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Bryan Murray Wants Emery Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery’s tenure in the Nation’s capital is likely over.

The Senator’s top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season.  When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.

“My plan is not to have him back,” Murray told reporters.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.

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Update 5:05pm ET— Updates added to that TSN story link:

Murray also said he was not about to trade Jason Spezza or Dany Heatley, saying the team made a commitment to those players being part of the team’s core group. He acknowledged that both had poor playoffs and were spoken to about it on Thursday, but added, “I’m not going to discard players like these two people.”

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Helm In For Hartigan; Tootoo Needs A Beatdown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Four games too late in my opinion, but Mark Hartigan finally finds a seat tonite.  Abbadabbadoobiedoo?  No.  Darren Helm.

Khan(!)

Update from Friday’s morning skate: Rookie Darren Helm will make his playoff debut debut in Game 5 vs. Nashville, replacing Mark Hartigan. The fast-skating Helm will center the fourth line with Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake.

“Really excited and nervous at the same time,’’ Helm said. “There’s a lot of young guys up, being one of the first guys to jump in definitely means a lot to me, gives me some confidence that they believe in me.’‘

Oh and Kris Draper has gone ahead and confirmed for us that Jordin Tootoo is a piece of trash.

 

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Gaborik A No Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,

This was a big series for Gabby. He’s a year from free agency. This postseason could have been the crucible in which he proved himself irreplaceable.

Instead, through five games, he’s disappeared as surely as Alex Rodriguez in October.

When a talented player becomes frustrated, the operative phrase in hockey is, “He’s squeezing the stick too tight.”

It’s a wonder Gaborik is left with anything more than sawdust (or melted graphite) by the end of each shift.

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Everything Is Good With New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When Devils coach Brent Sutter walked into the room for the media availability this morning at the team hotel, I asked him how he was doing and he replied, “Everything is tickety-boo”.

I was pretty sure that meant, “Everything is good”, but just to be sure I did an internet search (I wasn’t sure how to spell it either) and it turns out I was correct.

The definition on Dictionary.com reads: “adjective Chiefly British Informal. fine; OK [Origin: 1935–40; perh. expressive alter. of the phrase that’s the ticket] “

With that settled, it’s on to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at Prudential Center with the Rangers leading three games to one and looking to wrap up the series with one more victory.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Our team is bigger and tougher than the Flyers. They know it now and we know it now.

We now know how to play playoff hockey, NHL style. We have figured out what the refs will call and not call except for the random bad call like the final penalty called on Kozlov driving to the net.

more from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take…

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Writers Have The Power

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Should the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final, a select number of members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assn., including those of us who cover the team throughout the season, would be thrust into a conflict of interest, for the final step in triggering the automatic one-year extension at $8.36M (with a cap hit of $4.94M) is Jagr winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.

A select number of writers votes for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Thus, as it now stands, we have it in our power to determine whether Jagr remains under contract to the Rangers or becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. As it stands now, we will have more of a say than Glen Sather, Tom Renney, Jim Dolan and Aaron Ward.

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Rangers Continue To Attack The Goal(ie)

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

Devils Coach Brent Sutter took special interest in the matter after the game, saying that if the Rangers were allowed to run into Brodeur, then his team would make it a point to crash into Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

It seems to have become a rallying cry for the Devils, who are trying to become only the 19th team in N.H.L. history to rebound from a 3-1 deficit to win a series.

“They are getting away with it; we should be able to get away with it, too,” Devils forward Jay Pandolfo said. “That’s the only thing you can do. It’s out of your hands after that. Sure enough, they are going to hit Marty, and if we retaliate we’ll probably get a penalty. It’s tough, but it’s been going on all series.”

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Update 1:25pm ET: A cartoon comment on the subject from Charlie Teljeur.

 

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Predators Know They Need A Road Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nashville City Paper,

“If we are going to win the series we have to win one in the Joe, plain and simple. We expect an all-out effort on our end. I know we are going to see the best that Detroit has to offer.

“We are not intimidated by that. I think we know we have to come in and play our ‘A’ game. The more times we play at the Joe, the better chance we have of it happening. That’s just the odds.”

Beating the Red Wings for the third straight time might be an even bigger challenge.

“I don’t think anyone can say they have beaten Detroit three times in a row in the last 10 seasons, never mind this season,” Trotz said. “Detroit is not rattled. They are a very poised team. They are going to come out with an outstanding effort….”

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Bruins GM Talks With Sinden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

They talked. That’s about all Peter Chiarelli would say. Some 48 hours after Harry Sinden kicked Chiarelli’s team down the block and around the corner, Chiarelli and Sinden talked for about a half-hour yesterday by phone, Chiarelli here with his Bruins and Sinden from his home in Florida, where he has spent most of this season.
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“I had a long talk with Harry today, and I think it’s best, for many reasons, that I don’t get into specifics,” said Chiarelli, standing outside his club’s dressing room at Bell Centre, less than an hour before the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 5-1. “He was contrite . . . and I’ll leave it at that.”

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Flames Still Believe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,

“Unfortunately we didn’t get it done tonight, but we’re going to do more of the same and go re-group and just get ready for Game 6,” Iginla said. “We really believe we can get Game 6 and we come back here for Game 7.”

While the Flames continue to search for production from the likes of Kristian Huselius, Alex Tanguay, Craig Conroy and Matthew Lombardi, the Sharks seem to be rolling because more of its second-tier players have stepped forward.

“I don’t know how much scoring depth we have, we’re a little bit top heavy at times,” said Sharks coach Ron Wilson. “Scoring comes and goes, you have to be a little bit lucky. Goal scoring is about being patient, being the right spot and being in the play. It’s not being in a hurry to get somewhere.”

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