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Post Game Interviews:  Therrien and Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Transcripts for both coaches are below.

First, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien, then Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.


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  Tags: interviews, michel+therrien, mike+babcock, quotes, transcripts

Pittsburgh Wins in OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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Wow. What can you say about that? Except:  Great. Playoff. Hockey. (Although you could also say “Alanah was right and the boys were wrong…”). smile

Anyway, post-game press conferences broadcast live at the NHL Network Online.

Update 1:25am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Michel Therrien and Mike Babcock.

Update 1:43am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Petr Sykora, Sidney Crosby and Sergei Gonchar. 

Update 2:11am ET: Transcript of a brief interview with Niklas Kronwall.

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Thirty Four Point Seven

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Posting will be light today. 

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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GM Meetings Produce Little News

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Helene Elliott at the LA Times,

The general managers’ meetings produced many discussions but little news.

Among the issues debated were whether to disclose injuries and whether to adopt no-touch icing. The consensus was no and no.

“We play the number of games that we play and reporting injuries sometimes could be a detriment to the players’ health rather than a positive,” said Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils.

“We report the player as possible he’s playing or not playing, our practices are open every day. Everybody sees who practices, who doesn’t practice. I’m one who believes you shouldn’t report injuries.”

plus more on the GM meetings, and some words from Brian Burke on his contract status.

Note: Burke also told an interviewer on HNIC on CBC during Game 5 that the meetings produced some positive discussion on the possibility of limiting OT penalties to one-minute in length. He indicated the issue will be passed onto the AHL for further approval and testing.

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  Tags: brian+burke, nhl+rules

Tiger Shows His Teeth

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via International Herald Tribune:

The world’s top golfer appeared via teleconference on Monday, promoting August’s PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in suburban Detroit.  Woods was asked if he was rooting for Detroit or Pittsburgh.

Woods started to laugh, then landed a zinger.

“I don’t really care. Let’s talk about the Dodgers,” the California native said. “I don’t think anybody really watches hockey any more.”

Charming, Tiger.  And you don’t want to get me started on my opinion of televised golf—but fortunately, the NHL’s Frank Brown responded with a lot more class than I would have:

“The National Hockey League has enormous respect for Tiger Woods, for all his accomplishments and for his work with the community. We think he’s a great golfer.”

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  Tags: golf, pga, tiger+woods

How About A Game 5 Live Blog?  You’ll See Some Old Friends, Good For The Soul

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve already jinxed our Stanley Cup party.  So, now you can just relax.

It’s a Game 5 Cup Clinching Live Blog.

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Countdown To 11

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

3.5 hours.

6.5 hours.

Six years.

11 Cups. 

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Panthers Get Permission to Interview Paul Maurice

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin said today that he has received permission to speak with former Toronto coach Paul Maurice about the vacant Florida coaching job.

Martin, speaking by phone just before the NHL general managers meetings in Detroit, said the permission came from interim Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher about two weeks ago, when Fletcher called to inquire about the services of Joe Nieuwendyk.

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  Tags: jacques+martin, paul+maurice

Leafs Have Offered Head Coach Position to… Someone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

Cliff Fletcher confirmed on Monday the Toronto Maple Leafs offered their head coach’s job to someone but did not identify him.

However, the only coach the Leafs spoke to recently was former San Jose Sharks head coach Ron Wilson. The Leafs recently asked for permission to talk to Wilson.

“We’re in negotiations,” Fletcher said before leaving an NHL GMs’ meeting to catch a plane.

He said they have spoken to only one coach about the job.

Update 4:48pm ET: Some thoughts on Fletcher’s future from Kevin McGran in the Toronto Star,

In an apparent about-face from what had been the Leafs stance since he replaced John Ferguson, it seems Fletcher is in the job for the long haul.

“Am I interested in keeping it? No, but I’m prepared to continue as long as necessary until they issues is resolved favourably for our board,” said Fletcher. “I’m committed to doing whatever I can to get the Maple Leafs going in the right direction and I’ll continue to do so.”

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  Tags: ron+wilson

Zetterberg a Top Dog

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Whether he gets recognized with the award or not, it’s been quite a ride. Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall first played with Zetterberg as a teenager in Sweden and never thought he’d see him blossom into the player he is now.

“Back then I didn’t think too much about it,” Kronwall said Monday before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup. “When I was 17 and he was 18, it was all about the Sedin twins. Hank was kind of the second-line winger on that team and didn’t get a lot of attention.”

There’s no question in Kronwall’s mind that Zetterberg is among the “top dogs” in Swedish hockey now.

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