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The Sunday NBC Talk

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from Luke DeCock of Talking Points at the News & Observer,

I had worked up a lather ripping NBC for choosing to broadcast Jeep World of Adventure and poker instead of the Canes-Devils game Sunday, if the Rangers-Capitals series ends tonight, but NBC is saying it’s not the network’s decision.

Network spokesman Brian Walker said the league is contractually obligated to provide games to Versus and TSN and there weren’t enough to go around Sunday.

I’ve asked around and it’s a little more complicated than that. Basically, the NHL wants a game on NBC on Sunday and NBC wants a hockey game on Sunday. If the Capitals win, then everything’s OK and it’ll be Game 6 of the Rangers-Capitals series.


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Koivu Would Like To Remain With The Canadiens

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Saku Koivu said it would be “awesome” if he finished his National Hockey League career in Montreal, but there are no guarantees that’s going to happen….

Koivu said if his vision of the future meshed with that of the team, he expected to have a deal, ideally for two of three seasons, before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He added that if there’s no deal before the deadline, he will probably be playing elsewhere next season.

When Koivu was asked if joining his younger brother, Mikko, in Minnesota was an option, he said: “It would be amazing in one way to play with him on the same team. But on the other hand, he’s at the point where he has his own career. He’s making a name for himself and in some ways, it’s easier for him and I’d like to keep it that way. But it’s tempting to think about playing on the same NHL team with him and having some success.”

read on

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Expect Changes In San Jose

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So if the Sharks go out in one of the next three games, what does GM Wilson do next? Last year, he fired coach Ron Wilson.

This year, he is out of easy options. Presumably, he’ll have to move either Thornton or Marleau - and hope that someone’s prepared to take a chance on one or the other, even though they have had so little playoff success between them.

In a perfect world, if Wilson could swap out one or the other for a player with less skill, but more grit and leadership ability, maybe that’s the recipe to turn a team on the perpetual cusp of playoff success into a winner.

Because nothing that they’ve done with this core group of players suggests that they can win big when it matters most; and their window of opportunity is closing in a hurry if they don’t do something soon.

more plus many NHL topics including the Montreal mess….

added 2:44pm, from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

I also asked for access to Evgeni Nabokov and Joe Thornton. Nabokov came out from the dressing area right away. And though I was surprised by some of his answers – when I asked if he was fighting the puck at all, he said, no, he actually felt good out there – he answered all questions.

Thornton, on the other hand, was not available. A media relations rep sheepishly and apologetically had to explain that while the press was meeting with McLellan, Thornton had dressed and gone – something we were told wouldn’t happen when the new system was implemented.

I won’t pretend to know why. Maybe there was something pressing he needed to deal with. But Thornton did not have a good game – and the minus-3 only tells part of the story – and it would have been nice to hear what he had to say.


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MacLeod: Anti-Digger and Here’s Why

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Last post before I head out on my boat where I damned well belong on an 80-degree day.

Bruce MacLeod has always impressed me, and most of us I think.  Why? He’s a better writer than the Diggers. He seems to have a genuine curiosity about the Wings and he lets his reporting reflect that.  And, I’m not positive, but I really believe the guy is a fan and a passionate one at that.  Now, that last attribute can be good and bad for a reporter and I thing we all realize that.

Not my point though.  Here it is: when’s the last time you saw a Wing beat writer engage readers at his/her blog?

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Hitchcock: Give Him Credit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, he whined a bit about the faceoff thing.  And we gave him a nickname because of it. But, overall, the guy’s been upfront and complimentary about The Dynasty.  Helene St. James, “before she drives home”, blogged a bit about it today.

St. James

He didn’t hold back, either, after the Wings won 6-5 Thursday to sweep the series.

“They play the game the right way,” Hitchcock said. “For a skill team, they get their noses dirty. They were going for the throat. When you are a championship team, you’ve got to close. They’re not resting on their laurels. They’re not just good players; they are good players that are well coached. If it isn’t one line, it’s another. That’s what happens when you are a deep hockey club and you are competing.”

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You Gotta See This

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sarcasm and true disdain for anyone who isn’t a Wing fan can only take you so far.  If you’re looking to reach that next level of bloggerdom, you need to have something else. A hook that is yours, yours and yours alone. Something new, creative and yours.  Thankfully, I have no aspirations to reach that next level.

But the frigging geniuses at Red Wings Central?  Oh, they are there. 

The RWC Salary Cap Generator.

Play with it. You won’t go blind, only get smarter.

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Lady Byng Finalists

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

“Is This The Year?”

That’s the NHL’s theme for the 2008-09 season and it’s an apt question when it comes to the nominees for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the League’s most gentlemanly player.

Is this the year that Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis reverses the outcome of the Lady Byng voting the past two seasons and unseats Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who is seeking his fourth straight Lady Byng?

Both players are among the finalists this year, along with New Jersey Devils left winger Zach Parise.


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One Game Tonight

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With only one game tonight, it looks like those of us that have been watching all the playoff action can get to bed early tonight.

The question of the day is, will Washington extend the series tonight or will the Rangers move on?


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Bobby Ryan Leading Ducks Charge

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Bobby Ryan knows when to let things go—like his bitterness over starting the season in the minor leagues—and when to hold onto other things, like pucks.

Those lessons have made him a finalist for rookie of the year honors and sent him zooming toward stardom. On Thursday they launched the Ducks to the brink of a playoff upset over the top-ranked San Jose Sharks, whose skates seem to fill with lead when the Stanley Cup is about to be taken out of its case and polished for presentation.


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All Is Not Lost In Montreal

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from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received: Never make important decisions in overly emotional moments. Right now, everyone in the Montreal organization should listen.

Take a step back, really think things through, and don’t make any major decisions in the immediate aftermath of the 100th anniversary letdown.

The Canadiens are at a crossroads, with a need for the most honest and extensive self-evaluation since Bob Gainey’s arrival. With the fans out for blood, it would be easy to offer up a series of public floggings/hangings to satisfy the mob. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s right.

That’s why it’s best that Gainey wants to stay. It was funny to hear the “Carbo! Carbo!” chants after the coach was fired, because many of the people yelling were probably the same ones phoning the radio shows and demanding his head in February. Those same people are angry at Gainey now, but would probably be yelling his name once the team lost three in a row under a new GM.


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