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Lester B. Pearson Finalists

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TORONTO (May 6, 2009) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals have been selected as finalists for the 2008-09 Lester B. Pearson Award. The Lester B. Pearson Award is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

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Afternoon Line

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“I think anytime you have someone who is a passionate hockey guy who loves the sport and plays the sport, who is a true fan of the sport, as an owner, is a great thing.  If it happens that that person has deep pockets, that would be a better thing. Jim obviously has all of those attributes.

“I sensed his passion for the game [in conversations with Balsillie] and I do think it would be somebody worth considering. But there is a lot of politics and history here [between Balsillie and the NHL] that I am not in a position to comment on.”

-Paul Kelly, Director of the NHLPA on Jim Balsillie.  More from Kelly from Alam Adams of CBC.

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When In Doubt, Shoot The Darn Puck

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So says Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

With all the off-ice news going on today, I thought maybe you would like to think hockey again and pick the top five Rick Jeanneret calls from the 2008-09 season.

If so, head to BuffaloSabres.com and make your choice, video is included…

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On The Road During The Playoffs

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from ESPN The Magazine,

Your team’s in the playoffs, trying to steal a W in your opponent’s house. The crowd is rowdy and vicious, attacking you, your teammates and even your mother with howls and rally rags and those damn ThunderStix. But you’re prepared. You’ve stuck to your routine—a nap (thanks to that block on your hotel phone) and cards with teammates—plus, you know your game plan cold and are ready for anything. “It’s those first 10 minutes that can kill you,” says Pens center Jordan Staal. “The fans can’t scream for a full two hours….


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Time To Shrink The League

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province via the Calgary Herald,

The Coyotes have now been in the desert for 13 years, they’ve gone through owners the way some people go through cellphones and the situation has never been worse than it is now.

A similar story exists in Florida, Tampa Bay, Long Island and Atlanta. Those stories have also become one of the league’s talking points, which is why you see Bettman giving the same implausible answers to the same tired questions every time he holds a news conference.

And to what end? If the NHL has proven anything over the last decade, it’s proven it doesn’t work as a 30-team entity.

But think of what a 26-team league would look like. Think of the concentration of talent. Think of the product on the ice. Now think of the game being played in markets that cared about hockey and, while you’re at it, think of the revenues that league would generate.


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All East Action Tonight

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Will Pittsburgh maike it a series tonight and will Boston get back home-ice advantage?


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Now What Detroit?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Ducks continued to amaze Tuesday night with a 2-1 win in Game 3 and now have the defending Stanley Cup champions playing catch-up for the first time in the playoffs. They’ve achieved this with the tried-and-true methods of playoff success – incredible, game-stealing goaltending, timely scoring and almost flawless penalty killing.

The Red Wings, on the other hand, must be wondering what the heck is going on. Going into this playoff series, they controlled their opponents largely because they had the puck almost all the time. In this series, the Ducks have figured out a way to take a physical toll on the Wings and control the puck long enough to generate enough offense to win games.

read on

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Did He Hear It Or Read It?

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from CTV,

Sports writer Howard Bloom, publisher of Sports Business News, said he has heard that Balsillie has offered Gretzky a stake in the team worth between 10 and 15 per cent. Bloom also reported speculation that Balsillie would build a new arena for the team named for Gretzky patriarch, Walter.

The overtures to Gretzky show Balsillie will do what it takes to become the owner of an NHL franchise, Bloom said, and the moves may just work.


Last night I posted this,

Just to up the ante, Balsillie should offer to give 10% of the Coyotes to Gretzky (who coaches the team), locate the team in Brantford—driving distance from Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo and west-end Toronto—and name the arena after Walter. Then watch Bettman squirm.

-Kelly McParland of the National Post when writing about the Phoenix situation.

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Versus Talk In Chicago

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from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

“A lot of people don’t even realize that Versus exists,” Hawks’ owner Rocky Wirtz said Tuesday before Game 3 at the United Center. “You just have to grin and bear it. It’s a league-mandated decision.”...

“Hopefully the league will realize that access can only help the game instead of trying to funnel it through a very small eye of the needle,” Wirtz said. “We didn’t make a lot of money on our WGN deal, but the idea was that eventually we would.”...

“Hopefully, the league will look at this,” Wirtz said. “What we’re competing with is everybody’s free time. There are a thousand things they could be doing besides watching the Hawks.”


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Caps Make Plans To Eliminate Crosby

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from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

Through two games, Crosby has accounted for four of the Penguins’ five goals, and three of his tallies have come while standing atop the Washington crease. Coach Bruce Boudreau said that without the Capitals taking penalties against Crosby every shift, it’s likely the Penguins center will continue to position himself in front of or next to goaltender Simeon Varlamov.

“We’ve got to make sure that we eliminate him,” Mike Green said. “[In Game 2] there was two times where pucks bounce off legs and in the blink of an eye he’s got it on his stick. Definitely have to be more aware of it, but you live and you learn. It’s just his presence around the net. If he’s not able to have any room or you get more in his face, then maybe he won’t have that opportunity to score.”


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