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Moscow Dynamo Is Done

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from Jamie Bell of TSN,

As a hockey fan imagine for a moment that after being eliminated from the playoffs this spring, the Montreal Canadiens ceased to exist?

Imagine if Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment decided that they were fed up with missing the playoffs for the past five seasons and decided to mothball the Maple Leafs?

Or imagine if suddenly the Detroit Red Wings announced that they were merging with the Dallas Stars?

Those scenarios sound unfathomable to fans on this side of the Atlantic, however it appears as though that is exactly what is about to occur with one of the most storied club teams outside the NHL, Moscow Dynamo.


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What’s Next For ‘The Perfect Human’?

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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Rumours of retirement are being whispered in the halls of Joe Louis Arena, what with the Detroit Red Wings captain turning 40 next Wednesday – just a day after a potential Game 7 in Phoenix, should the series go the distance.

With Lidstrom’s contract expiring this summer and the series tied 2-2, his final NHL appearance could even come this weekend if Phoenix takes the next two games.

Not that anyone’s betting on it.

“It’s going to come sooner or later,” Lidstrom said, chuckling at all the attention his milestone birthday is getting of late. “I’m getting up there in age, people are watching me closely and think something’s going to happen, but … nothing’s really changed. I know what I have to do. I feel the same out there.”

He also, incredibly, still looks very much like the same player – even 19 years on in a career regarded as one of the best in history for a blueliner.

read on

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

Giving Credit To The Capitals

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Jacques Martin, the coach of the Montreal Canadiens, says the Capitals made the most of the Montreal mistakes.

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A Unique After Hours For Sharks Fans

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The show is called Sharks Late Night Confidental and the one you can watch below was done from the hotel in Denver after last night’s game.

I am impressed that both Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda had enough energy to do something like this.

You may not be a fan of the video unless you are a Sharks fans, but wouldn’t it be nice to see something like this from your broadcasting team?

By the way, I asked Randy how many takes to do the video?  They nailed it on the first take.  True professionals!

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: drew+remenda, randy+hahn

Bettman Addresses The Conspiracy Theory

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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Question: There’s been a lot of talk in the past couple days about the incident of Sedin kicking in the puck, a lot of talk about the “kicking motion.” What was your take on that situation? And does it bother you, even if it’s just in a joking way, to hear the word “conspiracy” being tossed around?

BETTMAN: “First of all, I don’t believe we had an `incident.’ We had a close call that was made by our professionals in hockey operations in the Toronto office. I am comfortable with their professionalism, their integrity and their judgment. Whenever you have a situation that’s a close call, you’re going to have one side that’s happy and one side that’s unhappy. For anyone to suggest, or use the word `conspiracy’ is simply absurd. There’s no foundation to it. My guess is, it’s no different than what we’ve seen and experienced in prior years in the first round of the playoffs. Emotions are up, passions are up and the stakes are high.”

read on fro more Q & A and there is even a part 2....

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Are You Buying Smyth’s Story?

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Looked like Ryan Smyth got his bell rung didn’t it?

Watch the video…

But no…

via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

“My leg went numb,” Smyth said before Game 4 Wednesday. “I had a quick pinch in my nerve or something and numbness and I couldn’t feel my legs. But I feel fine.”

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Puck To You

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via Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

Shane O’Brien has been fined $2,500 for flipping a puck at Jeff Halpern before Game 3. He said it was friendly fire. Halpern had tossed a puck his way before Game 1 during the warmup.
The pair were teammates in Tampa Bay and O’Brien swears they were just joking around. League disciplinarian Colin Campbell didn’t find it fun or funny. He also fined head coach Alain Vigneault $1,000.

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NHL.com Now with Enhanced Facebook Features

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from Michael R. DiLorenzo at NHL.com,

Are you one of the 400 million members of Facebook? Are you also an NHL fan? Well then your NHL.com surfing just got a lot more interesting and interactive.

Today, NHL.com becomes one of a handful of global Web publishers to take advantage of brand new Facebook features that make NHL.com content more shareable with your Facebook friends.


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From Day-To-Day This Morning To This…

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via PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement regarding injured forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne on Wednesday afternoon:

“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will both have right foot surgery on Friday performed by Dr. Steve Raikin in Philadelphia to repair fractures. Simon could return to action in three weeks. Jeff is out indefinitely.”

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  Tags: jeff+carter, simon+gagne, simon+gagne

Shanahan Talks Playoffs

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Brendan Shanahan joins Deb Placey to discuss the playoffs.

Of course, Shanny has some stories to tell like the Wings going into Vancouver down 0-2 in 2002.

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