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How Would You Rate The Recently Completed NHL Season?

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from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Every Sunday on TSN, the host Dave Hodge convenes a panel of sports reporters to review the week on “The Reporters,” and unlike ESPN’s Sunday morning “Sports Reporters” show, the TSN program regularly discusses hockey. After the half-hour program, Hodge leads his panel in an extra segment that is seen on TSN’s Web site, and this week’s “Reporters via Podcast” episode expanded on a point Hodge made during the telecast’s discussion of the just-concluded final (video), as he asked the question, “Was this the best season for hockey ever?” (video)

In the show and on the podcast, Hodge submitted the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, alongside the tournament during the Vancouver Games and the world junior tournament as evidence supporting the greatness of 2009-10.

Damien Cox of The Toronto Star agreed, saying the season had “a bit of everything,” including the Coyotes’ remarkable turnaround, the head shot debate and a down-to-the-wire race for top scorer and top goal scorer.

read on

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The UFA Headliner

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It’s the NHL’s crazy season.

Check my blog out every day during this period. I will try to find out what’s going on, who’s going where and why it happened.

We start today with the big dog, Ilya Kovalchuk. He is easily the headliner for an unrestricted free-agent class that isn’t quite as deep in high-end talent as in recent years. All those restricted free agents signing long-term deals since the lockout are beginning to have an impact on the UFA list.

On the surface, Kovalchuk didn’t help himself too much when his new team, the second-seeded New Jersey Devils, was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs (although he didn’t play badly, putting up two goals and four assists in five games).

Personally, I don’t think the short postseason will have any impact on his market value. You know what you’re getting in the 27-year-old Russian: a goal machine just entering his prime. He already has 338 goals in 621 career regular-season NHL games.

read on and some Gonchar talk too…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Blues Sign Nikitin

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defenseman Nikita Nikitin.

Nikitin, 23, has spent the past seven seasons with Omsk Avangard in Russia.  In his seven-year career, the 6’3”, 215-pound defenseman has played in 265 games for Omsk totaling 61 points on 13 goals and 48 assists including 219 penalty minutes.  Nikitin was originally drafted by the Blues in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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Afternoon Line

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Get ready, Stan (Bowman). Soon the lawyers and NHLPA reps will be advocating that Eager, Fraser, Henry, Ladd and Niemi (or at least whichever of them goes to salary arbitration) won the Cup all by themselves. That’s one of the least enjoyable experiences for a GM and the beginning of the end for the “team concept.”

-Jay Feaster at The Hockey News.  More on this topic from Jay.

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Captain Toronto

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from Mike Ulmer at MapleLeafs.com,

There are about six billion people on planet earth right now.

There is one captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His name is Dion Phaneuf and he was unveiled to the media today at the new Real Sports Bar and Grill at Maple Leafs Square.

Six billion people. There were roughly that many on planet earth last year, and the year before.

There was no captain in Toronto.

One in six billion. Sounds about right.

The captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs have been men-about-town and abstainers, fancy talkers and quiet farm boys.


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Video Of The Stanley Cup At Wrigley Field

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The Cup takes a tour of the outfield at Wrigley Field.

More videos at Wrigley can be viewed at ChicagoBlackhawks.com.

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  Tags: wrigley+field

No Cup In Canada

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

For the 15th consecutive season the Stanley Cup will reside in the United States.

The Montreal Canadiens were Canada’s last team standing this year, but did anybody - even the most ardent Habs’ fan - really believe they had a shot to win it all? Kind of makes one wonder when we’ll see a Canadian-based championship team again?

It has to happen sometime, doesn’t it?

Here’s a look at the six Canadian teams and their Cup chances down the road.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are probably the closest thing Canada has to a bona fide Stanley Cup contender. But because they play in the tough Western Conference, even getting to the final is a tough task.


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Weight Wants To Return To The Islanders

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Nothing is finalized, but it seems highly likely that Doug Weight, 39, coming off shoulder surgery, will play again next season for the New York Islanders.

  “We’ve had discussions, but we are hopeful we will find a home there,” said Steve Bartlett, Weight’s agent. “It’s not definite yet, but I think our early talks have been positive.”


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It’s The Red Wings Way In Tampa Bay

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

That includes the recent hiring of coach Guy Boucher. What did Yzerman like about him as his first coach hire, despite Boucher not having any NHL experience?

“First, he is a strong personality,” Yzerman replied. “Second, his experience is rooted in winning, both as a head coach and as an assistant. I have no reservations about his ability to translate that at the NHL level. I look at guys like Dave Tippett, Mike Babcock and Todd McLellan, who had similar traits and were immediately successful as NHL coaches.”

There’s that Red Wings’ perspective again, with Babcock and McLellan cited. Understandable. But what about the task at hand? What about his new team now, the Lightning?

“We have Stanley Cup-winning vets in Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier to go along with young players Steve Stamkos and Victor Hedman,” he says. “But we can’t get things done in one offseason. We have to take a longer, realistic view of our young players and what we should expect them to contribute.”

That statement alone is telling. The Red Wings have long been loathe to rush young players into positions of prominence, and I’m sure that Yzerman brings that developmental sensibility to the Lightning. And that’s just one of many differences Yzerman will find in his migration from Hockeytown to Hockey Bay.


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A Great NHL Season

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from NHL.com,

After a regular season that saw record-breaking business success, propelled in large part by the NHL’s strategy of engaging fans through big events and robust digital offerings, the League built on that momentum with unprecedented success during a Stanley Cup Playoffs that attracted the largest audience across all platforms in the history of the sport.

The landmark playoff run was highlighted by the most-watched NHL game in the U.S. in 36 years; the highest audience for an all-U.S. Final in Canadian television history; the most-watched first two rounds on U.S. cable in history; the most-watched NHL game in TSN’s history; record TV ratings in local markets such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Boston; television and digital growth in non-traditional markets like Memphis, Kansas City, New Orleans and San Diego; another record year for NHL.com unique visitors; the hottest of all hot markets in Chicago fueling a Shop.NHL.com one-day sales record; in-arena sales for the Final growing by 129 percent; and measurable buzz on platforms like Google and Twitter.


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