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No Hiding In Denver

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from Randy Hahn at SanJoseSharks.com,

...radio voice Dan Rusanowsky and I grabbed lunch (yesterday) at a place near the team hotel here in Denver. While we were eating,  in walked Sharks players Niclas Wallin and Dany Heatley.  Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal but on the day of the game the players usually dine together at the hotel in a private meeting room.  Something was up. We knew Wallin was not in the lineup but what was up with Heatley.  That’s when it became apparent he was hurt and wouldn’t play in game 2.  We were asked to keep it to ourselves. It’s that time of year. Nobody wants to reveal information about injuries, especially to the media or to the opposing team. No problem. Even being the big mouths that we are Rusanowskiy and I know the rules.  Moments later, in one of the strangest coincidences I can recall, into the restaurant walks Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix and his wife.  They were just popping in for lunch. They saw Heatley and Walin. So much for keeping a secret.  Bizarre!

more on yesterday with the Sharks…

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Playoff Notes

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NEW YORK (April 19, 2010) —A statistical summary of the first five days of NHL playoff action confirms what those watching at home or in person already know—that the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a sensational start.

  From upsets to comebacks to cliffhanger overtimes, following are notes on the exciting first 20 post-season games.

Continue Reading »

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The Best Trades Of This Season

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The Maven tells you know what they were.

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Talking Ales Hemsky

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Journal reporter Jim Matheson has been around Oilers ace Ales Hemsky, 26, since Hemsky broke into the NHL at age 19.

Now, with two years to go on his $4 million a year deal, Hemsky has been mentioned (by fans and bloggers at least) in trade talks and management hasn’t exactly been bursting with superlatives in terms of his play.

But what does Hemsky think? Matheson, a Hockey Hall-of-Fame reporter, provided a few major clues in a candid live chat talk he and Dan Barnes did with fans today.

Here are some of Matheson’s entries:

* “Hemsky will be going in two years when he’s unrestricted free-agent. Bet on it.”

* “I say they give Hemmer one more year then they will look around. They would have to trade him to a team that wants to re-sign him and keep him around to get full-value for such a young forward.”

read on

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The Playoffs Are Fun Again

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Yes, the NHL deserves credit for making the playoffs fun again. When it decided to open up the game after the lockout season, it was with the intention of making the game more watchable and it has hit a home run on that one. At the same time it was considering all the changes that have made the post-lockout game so entertaining, it came within a Rob Blake vote on the competition committee of going to 4-on-4 in overtime (His vote was the deciding one and he decided against it).

That would have been fine, too, but we can see now it also would have been unnecessary. Because when it comes to overtime now, hockey fans are getting a bountiful amount of a good thing as opposed to the pre-lockout days when it was getting way, way too much of a bad thing.

So far this playoff season, seven of the 20 games have gone into overtime and not a single one of the extra sessions has hit the 15-minute mark. The average overtime in this year’s playoffs is 5:43, with the longest being 13:19 and the shortest 31 seconds.


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Why Do People Still Consider Bleacher Report As A Source?

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

So the solution would seem simple: Get the Bleacher Report off of Google News as others have called for, or have BR label their news-reader headlines correctly as “satire.” Or “plagiarism,” which can also sometimes be accurate.

read on for another mistake from them…


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Scott Niedermayer - Media Guy

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from Curtis Zupke of the OC Register,

While it’s one thing to answer questions after a game, it’s another to deliver instant analysis on live television with thousands awaiting his first misspeak.

That’s the position Niedermayer found himself in last Thursday, when he did guest commentary on the NHL playoffs for ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Niedermayer had never done television analysis before, let alone on a stage like “SportsCenter.”

How did it go?

The Register tagged along with a slightly nervous Niedermayer for his broadcasting debut at ESPN’s Los Angeles studio:

read on

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Bad Luck Sharks

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from Mark Masters of the National Post,

The San Jose Sharks have experienced their share of playoff heartache over the years, but on Sunday night the team seemed to hit a new low. After dominating the eighth seeded Colorado Avalanche for basically the entire game the top-seeded Sharks lost in overtime after defenceman Dan Boyle scored on his own net….

A headline in the San Jose Mercury called the sequence of events ‘A truly unbelievable blemish’ but in truth, it is only the latest chapter in the star-crossed playoff history of the San Jose Sharks. 

Here’s a quick look back at some of the playoff disappointments in San Jose history.

read on

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Talking NHL Attendance

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from Matthew Coller of The Biz of Hockey,

SportsBusiness Daily reported that overall attendance in the NHL is down 2.2 percent from last season.  In December, Biz of Hockey looked at how attendance was doing and found that it was down almost 5 percent from where the league finished in ‘09.  The second half of the NHL season saw a sizable recovery possibly due to momentum gained from the Winter Classic.

continued with a chart showing first half and second half attendance figures…

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Marc Savard Feels Great

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,

Marc Savard, symptom-free for over a week, skated on his own for the first time this morning and said he felt like his old self.

“I feel great,” Savard said. “The biggest thing is that over the last seven days, I’ve had some great days.”

Savard passed an exertion test yesterday. Savard plans to skate on his own again tomorrow morning, then undergo a neuro-psych test in the afternoon.


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