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Great Goalies Not Needed

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from Mac Engel of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram,

With the second round of the playoffs started, we should rejoice that all of the defensive-oriented teams have been eliminated. No New Jersey. No Phoenix. No Colorado. OK, so Washington is gone, but that appears to be an aberration.

You’re not going to win a Stanley Cup with Joe Stiff in net, but you don’t need Dominik Hasek, either. ...

The good goalies are old, or retired.

When the Devils lost in the first round, the most revered goalie in the game went out. With Martin Brodeur losing against the Flyers and being benched by Team Canada during the Olympics, it’s clear now that his run is over.

With no Brodeur, it unofficially marks the end of teams building around the goalie. The goalie who nearly single-handedly carried his team from April to June. They’re all gone now. And that’s not a bad thing.


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Senators Plan To Tinker With The Team

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I think we have to tinker a little bit,” Melnyk said from his Barbados home. “I have a meeting with Bryan next week about how we’re going to accomplish that with things that are going to be difficult to get done under the (salary) cap.”

During the wide-ranging, 15-minute discussion, Melnyk said he isn’t sure what the future holds for No. 1 centre Jason Spezza, who had a poor playoffs and whose no-movement clause kicks in on July 1.

Asked if the club was going to spend another summer trying to trade a star — after the Dany Heatley saga of 2009 — Melnyk put the ball in Murray’s court. Spezza has five years left on a contract carrying a cap hit of $7 million per season.

“That’s going to be Bryan’s decision. There’s a little bit of misconception about how hands-on I am. I keep myself knowledgeable,” said Melnyk. “But at the end of the day, the people that I hire make the decisions because they’re accountable ... and it’s their responsibility.


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A Bit Of Revenge May Be On Laviolette’s Mind

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Much like Bill Barber and John Stevens in Philadelphia, Laviolette had proven himself in the American Hockey League, by winning a Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins, and had served one year as a Bruins assistant under Mike Keenan.

At 36, he was ready to take on his dream job as head coach of the team he grew up worshiping, but the Bruins handed him his walking papers.

“My allegiance hasn’t been in Boston since they fired me,” Laviolette said.

In fact, Laviolette was not fired by the Bruins, he just wasn’t retained. The club went outside the organization by hiring Robbie Ftorek, and Laviolette bolted for the head-coaching job on Long Island.

“I’m not being disrespectful of Boston, but that’s the nature of coaching,” Laviolette said. “When I was coaching the Islanders, I couldn’t care less about Boston.

“But those days are gone. I’m not a kid anymore, and Bobby Orr doesn’t skate on the ice out there. Those days are gone….


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Problems Remain In Phoenix

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

If so many people weren’t hurt along the way, it would be almost comical to note that the core issue — the health of the Coyotes — remains unchanged a year after the drama began.

The team is still losing money and Reinsdorf is still willing to take it if his controversial deal from Glendale holds together.

But reputations were damaged, fans were held hostage, and the fallout took its toll.

In many ways, it was more than a tale of two cities. It was also a tale of two men and a tale of two icons.


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Keenan Interested In Devils Coaching Job

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Iron Mike has thrown his black hat in the Devils’ ring.

Mike Keenan, the only coach in 70 years to lead the Rangers to a Stanley Cup, told The Post he is interested in trying to end the Devils’ seven-year drought.

“I’m interested in coaching, not just any possible job, but with somebody like Lou [Lamoriello], who has a lot of experience and continues to formulate strong teams, probably the best in the game, well . . .” Keenan said yesterday.

It is believed that Keenan was interested in the Devils job last summer, but Lamoriello waited out top choice Jacques Lemaire.


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Difference Of Opinions On Yzerman Leaving Detroit

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

What would it take for Steve Yzerman to leave the comfort of the Red Wings, a team he has been with as a player and executive for 27 seasons, and take a job as, say, Lightning general manager? Scotty Bowman, who coached Yzerman from 1993-2002, said don’t hold your breath.

“I’d be surprised if he leaves,” Bowman said Friday. “He’s like the son to the owner. He’s been there nearly 30 years, and I think he’s in line to move up the chain.”

But Bob Nicholson, president of Hockey Canada, said, “If the right situation came along, I think Steve Yzerman would step out and take on the challenge.”


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Jordan Staal Injured Tonight

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Lates word on Staal’s injury was still being evaluated.

update 10:26pm, Staal will have more evaluation tomorrow.

added 11:35pm, from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

There is little question, though, that the injury has the potential to be serious. Staal is a true iron man for the Penguins and has not missed a regular-season game in the past three years. So for him to not be able to answer the bell, there is a deep concern that this injury could leave the big center sidelined for a long period of time.

“Any time a guy misses (time) in the playoffs, there is a good reason why,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. “You never like to see anybody go off, period. It’s scary and you are always disappointed to see that, but that is the game we play and those are the things we work through.”



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Matt Cooke Hit On Andrei Markov Tonight

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Clean hit but Markov is out with a lower body injury, probably a right knee issue.

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  Tags: andrei+markov, matt+cooke

Seeing Red Yet?

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KK- Open Post

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Looks like a slow hockey news day, so this post is for you.

Want to talk anything hockey, including Penguins/Canadiens which starts soon, be my guest.

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