Birth of the playoff beard; Schultz steps up; Robinson leaves Sharks (Puck Headlines)

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Pittsburgh Penguins new owner Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO of Research in Motion, holds a news conference between periods of the Penguins season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 in Pittsburgh. Mario Lemieux’ ownership group agreed to sell the 39-year-old franchise to Canadian businessman Balsillie on Thursday.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

• How do you think Jim Balsillie, the man who tried to purchase and move both the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, is feeling today?

• How Nashville has fallen in love with the Stanley Cup-bound Predators. [The Ringer]

• Want Stanley Cup tickets in Nashville? It appears you may need an extra kidney. [On the Forecheck]

• With the rise of the Predators and outdoor game talk never dying down, how about Nashville playing one at Neyland Stadium? [Saturday Down South]

• Diving into the birth of the Stanley Cup playoff beard. [ESPN]

• David Poile isn’t the first one in his family to make a mark in the NHL. [Chronicle Journal]

Justin Schultz has stepped up big time for the Penguins in the absence of Kris Letang. [Post-Gazette]

• Get ready to hear the following Stanley Cup storylines over the next two weeks. [The Comeback]

• It can’t just be the Big Three carrying the Anaheim Ducks going forward. [OC Register]

• Now that their season is over, here are six things the Ottawa Senators have to worry about this summer. [Sportsnet]

• Dismissed Colorado Avalanche assistant Tim Army with some interesting comments regarding Matt Duchene: “I think he needs a break right now… I think he needs a summer to get away and forget about hockey for a little while.” [Denver Post]

• Larry Robinson will be leaving his post as associate coach and director of player development for the San Jose Sharks this summer to pursue other opportunities. [Montreal Gazette]

• The Vancouver Canucks are rebuilding, so of course GM Jim Benning wants to bring back Ryan Miller and won’t deal Chris Tanev and Alex Edler. Wait, what? [Province]

• The Buffalo Sabres finally announce the signing of Russian defenseman Victor Antipin to a one-year deal. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Why the Sabres jersey design should mesh nice with the Adidas overhaul. [Scotty Wazz]

Patrick Kane on getting swept in the first round: “It was a clean sweep and that’s probably how it should have been.” [NBC Chicago]

• This is a big summer for Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens if they’re to keep their championship window open. [Spector’s Hockey]

• An interesting look at the impact Queens, N.Y. has had on the game of hockey. [QChron]

• Breaking down the top 100 fantasy hockey keeper league goalies. [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, here are three keys for the Stanley Cup Final: