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The San Jose Sharks are expected to name Peter DeBoer as their new head coach today.
The conference is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm ET and you can watch it below...
Winnipeg Sun hockey writer Ken Wiebe and sports editor Ted Wyman delved into the issue this week and now present their arguments as to which direction the Jets should take.
Sign Buff to a long-term contract: Wiebe
Finding a way to get Dustin Byfuglien's signature on the dotted line is the best option for the Winnipeg Jets.
After bouncing back and forth between defence and forward during the past two seasons, Byfuglien moved back in December out of necessity and took his game to another level.
Though there were still some lapses, the high-risk element was more under control.
The physical component was much more consistent -- just ask the likes of Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty -- who found themselves on the receiving end of some big hits that ended up on Byfuglien's expansive highlight reel....
Trade Dustin Byfuglien: Wyman
It won’t be an easy decision to make – and it certainly won’t be popular – but the Winnipeg Jets should seriously consider trading Dustin Byfuglien this off-season.
No question, Byfuglien can be a dynamic player, a rarity who can easily shift from defence to forward and back again and a big presence who can dominate physically while making significant contributions on the scoreboard.
But he can also be a liability on the blue-line, as evidenced by Claude Noel’s decision to move him permanently to forward in 2014 and Paul Maurice’s decision to keep him there for the first 26 games of last season.
And then there’s the issue of his contract status, which complicates the matter considerably....
much more from each...
Press release is below...
from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,
Much has been made about the reslience of the battle-tested Rangers, who are 15-3 in elimination games since 2012, and 7-0 in Game 7s at home.
"It seems like they always step up at the right moment and everyone is on their game when they need it the most," said D Anton Stralman, a former Ranger.
But as the Lightning enters tomorrow's Game 7 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, it enters with confidence having "been there" before, too, learning a lot from its Game 7 victory over Detroit in the first round.
"When you have success in them, we went to Game 7 and won, and right away, you just know you can do it," coach Jon Cooper said. "Knowing you're under the highest boarding pressure of situations when the season can potentially end, or you can go on and play for the Stanley Cup. Our guys have responded. We had success and found a way to win. I think that's what really pushed us in the Montreal series, and helped us in the Rangers series. We know we can do this. It's just a matter of have to do it again in a short couple weeks."
D Victor Hedman said that Game 7 against Detroit was "huge" for this young team, realizing how it has to play to be successful with its back against the wall.
from Scott Feschuk of Sportsnet,
“You don’t win without good people, and we’re going to have good people.”
Surely it was a surreal experience for current Leafs players to listen to Babcock’s remarks. He rarely spoke more than a couple dozen words before circling back to his key message: The Leafs, as currently constituted, bite the big one. He really rubbed their faces in it: “Long journey . . . a hard spot . . . there’s pain coming . . . massive, massive challenge.” One can only imagine what players were thinking.
Dion Phaneuf: “I better get to the gym!”
Nazem Kadri: “I better start packing my bags!”
Phil Kessel: “Man, this hammock is super comfy!”
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
Heading into Game 6 of the Western Conference final last night, the Anaheim Ducks held a 3-2 series lead, making it impossible not to watch the game without thinking that this might be the end of the Blackhawks.
Not the end of the Blackhawks’ 2015 season, mind you. That wasn’t the source of the drama. It was the realization that had the Ducks eliminated Chicago on Wednesday, they would be finishing off the Hawks for years to come. Finishing off the team that has spent the past seven years winning two Cups, going to five conference finals, and generally being just about the closest thing the league has seen to a dynasty in the salary-cap era.
Those Blackhawks are a brilliantly constructed team, but their pending cap crunch has been an inescapable subplot to their postseason. The question, never quite front and center but always just under the surface, has followed them all spring: Is this finally their last run? Last night, with the team facing elimination for the first time this year, everything that happened carried the weighty possibility that we were seeing something special for the last time.
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced the schedule of dates for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Wednesday, June 3.
The Stanley Cup Final will match the winner of the Eastern Conference Final, either the New York Rangers or Tampa Bay Lightning, against the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Both best-of-seven series are tied, 3-3.
Home Team in Caps
CHICAGO 5, Anaheim 2 – series tied 3-3
BLACKHAWKS HOLD OFF DUCKS, FORCE GAME 7 ON SATURDAY
The Blackhawks notched three goals in a 3:45 span of the second period – on three straight shots – to break open a scoreless deadlock and force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.
* The Blackhawks moved within one victory of their 13th all-time appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and third in the past six seasons (also 2010 and 2013).
via Dave Hodge of TSN,
Next season, it'll be called a coach's challenge, and it is long overdue. Last night, it was a goalie's howl of protest, and it was of no use. I refer to Corey Crawford's legitimate complaint on Anaheim's second goal. A shot by Clayton Stoner that Crawford might have stopped beat the Chicago goalie because his catching glove was jarred by the aggressive moving screen of Ducks' forward Jacob Silfverberg.
It was undoubtedly hard for the referees to notice the contact, especially as it did not involve Crawford's body, but rather his equipment. Crawford could yell all he wanted and all he could get was sympathy. The coach's challenge would have made for an easy correction. Joel Quenneville, heeding Crawford's signal, would have challenged the goal based on goaltender interference and the Ducks' goal would have been wiped out. Lest you differ on that interpretation, no contact is allowed on Crawford as he sets up to make a save, never mind that he is reaching past the front edge of the crease, and never mind that Silfverberg isn't in the blue paint. Replay clearly showed a goal that shouldn't have counted.
Thumbs up when a rule finally exists that can get it right.
Watch the goal below...
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