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This Could Be It For Sakic

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Although Sakic feels blessed to have spent 19 NHL seasons with a single organization and won loyal admiration from Quebec City to Denver, his decision to stay or go must ultimately be made alone, after input and heartfelt support from family and team.

Nevertheless, every cheering, banner-waving fan in the Avalanche’s home arena must realize we are guaranteed no more than one more chance to tell Sakic what Denver thinks about a man who has done this city and his sport so very proud.

Don’t go, Joe.

If that’s the way you feel, do not hesitate to tell him so.

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It’s All About Goaltending

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

“Habs,” read a sign raised after the Flyers scored into the empty net, “it’s over!”

Well, not officially. There remains the fifth game, which now becomes a true “must win” situation for Montreal.

Halak or Price? Price or Halak? Halak or Price? …

It really doesn’t matter, it appears, quite so much as those Montreal players not wearing the big pads getting pucks past the big pads at the other end.

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AO- The Marketing Machine

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

On the heels of an MVP-calibre season in which he scored 65 goals, added 47 assists and led the Washington Capitals into an unlikely playoff berth, the 22-year-old’s marketing representatives are close to announcing Ovechkin’s first major sponsorship contracts.

In the works are deals with Ferrari and U.S. mobile phone company Verizon, says Konstantin Selinevich, who spearheads Ovechkin’s off-ice business relationships. Selinevich says talks continue with others, including Coca-Cola. Just last month, the Wasserman Media Group, a powerful sports marketing agency in Los Angeles, was hired to buttress efforts to land endorsements for Ovechkin.

While the star already has sponsor agreements with Reebok’s CCM brand, trading-card company Upper Deck and Hype, an energy drink, none has put much marketing muscle behind him. (Selinevich says that will change this summer when Reebok rolls out an Ovechkin clothing line.)

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One Thing On Jagr’s Mind - Win Tonight

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from Lynn Zinser at Slap Shot,

“I’m going to play tomorrow to try to win the series back, not thinking about myself. It’s going to take care of itself. I’m going to try to play to win the hockey game, to have a chance to play the next game. That is my goal.”...

Jagr may still be back if he does not find what he is looking for with another N.H.L. team. All the talk of him returning to Russia is just that, talk. The Rangers probably will not bring back Brendan Shanahan or Martin Straka to a team looking to get younger, but there is little doubt that the Rangers still believe in Jagr. It is a matter of whether he believes back.

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Kings Losing More Money In Salary Cap Era

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from Rich Hammond of the LA Daily News,

The Kings declined to release specific numbers, but said they’re losing more money per year now than before the lockout. At the start of the lockout, the Kings claimed to be losing $8 to $10 million a year.

“We’re building our organization differently, to meet the reality that we’re losing even more than we did before the lockout,” chief marketing officer Chris McGowan said. “We have to run a better business.”

Thus, the ticket-price increases, even coming off a season in which the Kings tied for the fewest points in the NHL. The Kings believe the increases are necessary, in part, to help stabilize their bottom line.

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Whistle Blower

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Video review works.  With the HD cameras it has in every building now, the NHL has virtually eliminated those “Was it a goal or not?” controversies.  They usually get it right.  So why not take it to the final frontier?  Allow reviews of early whistles.


Please refrain from eye-rolling.  And don’t give me that old line about once the whistle blows, nothing else matters.  We’re not talking about things that occur two or three or five seconds after the whistle.  All these goals happen within a fraction of a second.  It’s simple:  if the puck is on its way in when the whistle blows, and the folks in the video review room in Toronto decide the whistle should not have blown, the goal should count.

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Pens All On The Same Page

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Therrien and his staff have handled the preparations. And the players have taken it upon themselves to police themselves.

“Come playoff time, everyone’s got to step up and be on the same page,” winger Ryan Malone said. “And when you’re not on the same page, you’re going to hear it from the other 19 guys on the bench that you better be on the right page.

“We’re helping each other out when we need it, but we’ll also give each other a kick in the butt if we need a kick in the butt.”

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Sharks Plan To Make It A Series

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The Sharks were dynamically incremental Wednesday night. That’s how it must be from this point, as long as they are still playing. But at least they are still playing. After a mandatory 2-1 victory over Dallas, they are still playing. They are behind three victories to one. But they are still playing.

“A lot of people thought we were going to lose tonight,” said Joe Thornton, who emerged from a three-game fog of frustration and hit some people and assisted on the winning goal. “But the 20 guys in this room had faith. We still want to make a series out of this.”

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Finalists Announced For Jack Adams Award

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NEW YORK (April 30, 2008)—Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Guy Carbonneau of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters announced as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 12 during the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special, which will be broadcast live throughout Canada on CBC and the United States on VERSUS from the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

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Too Many Possible Sweeps

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from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

Just the NHL’s luck to have three second-round playoff series go into the toilet, eh?

The interest level will go down dramatically now that we have three of the four series at 3-0. Canadians have endured a long, hard winter, one of the worst in years in some parts, and given the option between watching a 3-0 series play out to its inevitable end or to go out and enjoy a beautiful spring day/evening, I think you all know what most fans will do.

And it’s a pity, because the hockey in these playoffs has been terrific.

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