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Retroactive to 1 April: McLellan Returning To Wings

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Updated below with an ethical dilemma…for some.

Via the National Sports Review,

In a stunning turn of events, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday accepted the request of San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan to return to the Detroit Red Wings.

Unaware that the playoffs had even started, Bettman admitted that McLellan’s request was unprecedented and caught him off guard.

“This was a surprise,” Bettman said. “But in the end, the league determined that it would be best for the NHL if McLellan returned to a city where people actually care about the sport.”




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Watching Penguins/Flyers

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from Puck The Media,

So this is an interesting one.  According to SportsBusinessDaily (reg. required), NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs had a mixed weekend.  While the network’s Saturday coverage of Rangers/Capitals Game 2 drew a mere 1.0/3, flat with last year’s comparable Predators-Red Wings game, Sunday’s telecast of the Penguins-Flyers Game 3, drew a huge (for hockey) 1.7/4, NBC’s highest hockey ratings since the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, and likely tied for the highest non-Finals/Winter Classic rating on NBC in the network’s history.

continue with some local numbers…

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The ‘C Of Red’ Is Ready, Are The Players?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Their fans will be partying outside the Pengrowth Saddledome, where a series of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff impersonators – decked out in the home red jerseys of the Calgary Flames – will be getting fuelled up in the ‘Get Red Zone’ in advance of tonight’s third game of the Western Conference quarter-final.

The key, from the real players, inside the dressing room, will be to give those spectators something to celebrate.

The Flames go into tonight’s must-win game against the Chicago Blackhawks knowing the road back into a series in which they trail by two games is a long one.


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Khan(!) And Everyone Else: Draper’s Out For 3

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All anyone knows is that something’s wrong with Kris Draper’s upper body.  Is that like a Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau injury?  No, as far as we’ve heard, it’s not a heart issue.


Kris Draper practiced but has been ruled out of Game 3 Tuesday in Columbus due to his upper-body injury. Draper had tests performed on Monday and said the results were not favorable. He said he is taking it day-to-day.

Dan Cleary did not practice, giving his lower-body injury some more time off. But coach Mike Babcock and Cleary both said he will play Tuesday.

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The Shot-Blockers

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

In response to the rules and standard of enforcement changes four years ago, players can no longer hold, hook and interfere with rivals as much as before. As a result, NHL coaches, hockey’s top strategists, have responded with systems that resemble zones in basketball, all designed to keep shots coming from the perimeter or a considerable distance from the net.

To continue the basketball terminology, a lot of shots are coming from three-point range.

“The way the new rules were set up, there’s a lot less interference and it took away from the power of the defenseman,” Penguins defender Rob Scuderi said.

much more

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Bruins Say The Right Thing Regarding Lucic Suspension

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from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,

Suspended Boston Bruins battering ram Milan Lucic was not necessarily disappointed in Colin Campbell’s decision to suspend him for Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

His disappointment lied elsewhere.

“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Lucic said Monday in his first comments since the decision was handed down Sunday evening, “because our team’s done a really good job of being disciplined.”

Lucic, Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli all said they would have to live with Campbell’s decision, even if they don’t necessarily agree with it, and they each made a point of noting how difficult Campbell’s job can be.

continued with more Bruins and Canadiens talk…

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No Fair Peeking

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via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The New York Rangers had an interested observer sitting on the visitor’s bench as they took the ice for the pregame skate this morning.

Caps superstar Alex Ovechkin watched the Rangers practice before apparently being asked to leave by the home team.

The quote from Ovie on being asked to leave the bench during Rangers’ skate: “Because they’re afraid of me,” he said.

Rangers coach John Tortorella insisted after the skate he had no idea Ovechkin was there.

“Who? Oh, god, this is the first I’ve heard of it,” said Tortorella. “Ask me a question about the game, not that [expletive].”

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The Talk Around The League

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On the Fly goes around the league to listen in on what some of the players and coaches are saying.

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Those Ads On The Glass

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from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,

MSG Network is the country’s first regional sports network to run virtual advertising during its live NHL games, a potentially important application to attract advertisers during the economic recession.

The New York-area RSN successfully tested the virtual advertising by superimposing Subway’s logo on the glass above the dasherboards during the final week of the NHL’s regular season. MSG Network was set to expand on the application during the Rangers’ first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.

continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid link to KK readers…

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Be Prepared Columbus

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from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I just sell it. What they do with it is up to them,” said Frank Gonzalez, owner of Frank’s Fish & Seafood Market on Trabue Road in Columbus.

What they do with it is the second hurdle. The common method is to sneak the octopus through the turnstiles by slipping it into your trousers, a technique that Gonzalez does not understand.

“I wouldn’t want something moving around down there when you’re moving around,” he said, smiling.

“They’ve been creative,” said Eric Granger, general manager of Nationwide Arena. “We’ve caught them Saran-wrapped to the body.”

Most contraband carriers get caught before they reach their seats, having failed to elude the authorities, who conduct bag searches and quick visuals under jerseys and around torsos for every game and event.


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