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Rob Parker, Please Don’t Talk Hockey

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from George Malik of Snapshots,

On WDIV’s Sports Final Edition, correspondent and shift disturber Rob Parker issued what might become a common—and completely illogical, if not impossible—trade rumor among the Detroit media types who neither grasp the complexities of the salary cap nor want to wade their way through a relatively drama-free Red Wings off-season.

Parker suggested, in his “Clubhouse Confidential,” that the Red Wings will kick the tires on acquiring Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who sports a conveniently media-forgotten $6.2 million salary on a contract which runs through the 2013-2014 season.


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Where Were The Refs?

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

After outlasting the mighty Washington Capitals, and sending Sidney Crosby and his vintage whine back to Cole Harbour, the Canadiens deserve something better than to be run over by a team given carte blanche to play hockey the way Bobby Clarke did.

See Valeri Kharlamov, Bobby? Go break his ankle.

That’s Flyers hockey. Always has been, always will be. That’s the way they played it last night, tumbling over Halak to the point where you almost wished for the return of the toe-in-the-crease rule. Or for Halak to be replaced by Carey Price, which is what happened. At least Price is large….

But if the referees (we believe there were referees working last night’s game, although it wasn’t always obvious) are going to allow Philadelphia to bully Halak and the Habs out of the playoffs, before this ends in a pile of broken bones, we should pay tribute to the one man who is responsible for the Canadiens extending their season well into May.

Despite the revisionist historians, the man who deserves the accolades is Halak, not Bob Gainey. Had Gainey been in charge after Game 4 of the Washington series, when the critical decision was made to go back to Halak rather than sticking with Price, you know the nod would have gone the other way.


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Avs Could Use Kovalchuk

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...Here, then, are my top three recommendations to the Avs as potential signees:

Ilya Kovalchuk, LW — Yes, I would make an offer. No, he didn’t even help the New Jersey Devils get out of the first round after his blockbuster acquisition from Atlanta. But the Avs should seriously consider getting him. He’s only 27 and has skills you can’t teach, and the Avs could afford what figures to be at least an $8 million salary.

The Avs need another goal scorer. Their top prospects are mostly de- fensemen and role-playing forwards. A left winger of Kovalchuk’s skill and age doesn’t come around too often on the open market, and the Avs would be foolish not to make a big run at him.

more on the Avs…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Pronger At His Best

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Sunday evening, at 35 and long since filled out to 220 pounds, he stood as the Broad Street Bully, a player whose success, or lack of success, against the small and swift Montreal Canadiens could well be the deciding factor in this Eastern Conference final.

This night it was all success.

Pronger made his opening statement instantly, taking down Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri, the leading goal scorer (12) of these Stanley Cup playoffs at the 1:13 mark. His was the first name to go on the scoresheet: two minutes for cross-checking.

“We want to play physical on every play,” he said at the end of this 6-0 destruction of the Montreal offence.

Pronger sent a second signal early in the second, pounding Montreal’s Mathieu Darche to the ice for daring to chase a puck that was bouncing dangerously close to Flyers netminder Michael Leighton


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Blackhawks Get The Better Goaltending In Game 1

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosnBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

If the kid netminder ever was going to crack, this would’ve been the game and this would’ve been the period in perhaps the league’s loudest building. But the unflappable Niemi said no.

And now the Hawks have won six straight playoff games on the road, surviving then thriving. This is what great teams do. This is what good teams growing into greatness do.


added 8:14pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Taking a step back and looking at the aesthetic value of Game 1, we appear to be in store for quite a series. How often do you see both teams with 40 or more shots in regulation ... in a playoff game? The game had an electric pace, with two heavyweight contenders slugging it out.

“It was intense. Yeah, it was fast. I think that was one of the fastest we’ve seen,” said Keith. “The Sharks have a lot of guys who can skate and move the puck.”

The question many had entering this series was whether the Sharks could keep up with the Hawks. The answer from Game 1 was an unequivocal yes. Now, the question is, can the Sharks solve Niemi?


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Open Post- Flyers/Canadiens Game 1 ECF

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Versus, CBC and RDS will have the game, just after 7:00pm tonight.

Does any team have an advantage?

It is a pick-em series in my opinion and we may change favorites on a game to game basis.

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Open Post- Sharks/Blackhawks Game 1 WCF

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Puck drops just after 3:00pm ET and can be viewed on NBC, TSN or RDS.

Should be an entertaining opening game and I say high scoring too.

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Any Ideas?

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will make a significant player-related announcement on Monday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va

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Afternoon Line

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There’s no reason the Penguins can’t win it again next year. Obviously, they’ll make some personnel changes. But the biggest change will be in attitude. Once again, they remember how much it hurts to lose.

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  More from Elliotte on the Penguins.

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Let’s Talk Broadcasting

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from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,

“There have been some great storylines and great series with incredible Game 7 action,” said NHL COO John Collins during a wide-ranging interview on May 14. “We’re looking at the best ratings since 2000 and maybe back to 1994.”

The Nielsen upticks should augur well for upcoming rights negotiations: Versus’ multiyear pact and NBC’s two-year revenue sharing deal both conclude with the 2010-11 season. The current TV partners will get first crack at new deals.

“We hope to sit down with them in late fall. We’re eager to see what they come up with,” said Collins. Versus and NBC will be part of the same corporate team if the Comcast-NBC Universal joint venture proposal passes regulatory muster.

Meanwhile, ESPN officials have indicated the sports programming giant is interested in returning to the ice. Is there room for two TV lines? “It’s too early to speak to that,” said Collins, who noted that ESPN’s (Americas) international contract with the league is co-terminus with the deals of the U.S. national partners.

Asked if there could be a move toward airing more or all of the games in the first two rounds of the playoffs exclusively on a national basis, Collins replied: “We’re always talking with our partners about ways to improve our schedule.”


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