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Would the Washington Capitals be better off if forward Marcus Johansson had been unable to return to the ice during Monday night’s loss to the Penguins? No one would seriously hope for such an outcome. And yet the NHL’s disciplinary process for dangerous hits at least raises such questions.
-Dan Steinberg of DC Sport Bog where you can continue reading on this topic.
from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
His vision for a Las Vegas team: Think the New England Patriots....
Foley would encourage an atmosphere of discipline and accountability, with quotes from Patton about how perseverance, study and eternal desire can make any man great and ones from MacArthur about there being no security on earth but rather only opportunity, being displayed in the locker room.
He would have hockey people handle hockey business.
“I would know what’s going on at all times,” Foley said this week from his Las Vegas office across the street from TPC Summerlin. “I’m not going to let anyone screw things up. I know what I know. But whoever we would hire can certainly convince me of things. I would want open-minded people who want to be part of a team and who listen to others, but when tough decisions need to be made, you make them.
“Team work. No bickering. Free communication. The ability to talk to anyone up and down the line with no fear of retribution. A free flow of information. I talk to everyone in my organizations. I find out who’s working hard and who isn’t, and what’s good and what’s bad, and how we can do a better job from the bottom up.
“You delegate responsibility and give people the authority to make decisions within a certain area. And if they sway from it, I stop them. People would want to play here. They should believe in me, have confidence in me that we would be very successful in a positive environment. Hockey guys are good people. They don’t screw around. They’re fighters. They want to win.”
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today, May 3, that forward Matt Beleskey (left hand), forward David Krejci (left hip) and defenseman Torey Krug (right shoulder) have all undergone successful surgeries and are expected to make full recoveries.
Beleskey’s surgery on his left hand was performed by Dr. Matthew Leibman at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on April 14, 2016. His recovery time is expected to be six weeks. Beleskey completed his first season with the Bruins in 2015-16 and established career highs with 80 games played, 22 assists, 37 points and 65 penalty minutes. He finished tied for fifth on the team in goals (15), fifth on the team in penalty minutes and tied for seventh on the team in points. Beleskey also led the team and ranked eighth in the NHL with 260 hits.
Krejci’s surgery on his left hip was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY on April 25, 2016. His recovery time is expected to be five months. Krejci finished his 10th season with the Bruins in 2015-16 after being drafted by the club in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He led the team with 46 assists, tied for second on the team with 63 points and finished fourth on the team with 17 goals in 72 games played.
Krug’s surgery on his right shoulder was performed by Bruins Head Team Physician, Dr. Peter Asnis, at Massachusetts General Hospital on April 21, 2016. His recovery time is expected to be six months. Krug finished his third full season with the Bruins in 2015-16, establishing career highs with 81 games played, 40 assists, 44 points and 33 penalty minutes. His 40 assists ranked second on the team, while his 44 points ranked sixth among all Bruins players.
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GM Brad Treliving outlines the Calgary Flames decision to fire head coach Bob Hartley, saying there’s much blame to made throughout the organization, but Bob taken this team as far as he could at this time.
CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have relieved Head Coach Bob Hartley of his coaching duties. Additionally, Associate Coach Jacques Cloutier has been informed he will not be returning to the club.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Only eight teams have a shot at winning the 2016 Stanley Cup and the Islanders are one of them. The Blackhawks are out, so are the Kings and so are the Rangers, those three teams that combined to produce an aggregate 28 series victories the previous four springs.
But the Islanders are not only in Round 2, they’re tied 1-1 with the defending Eastern Conference champion Lightning entering Tuesday’s Game 3 in Brooklyn following an opening split in Tampa Bay. Win this series and the Islanders are Early Bird Special champs … but that’s not quite the title this group is seeking.
“We have to understand what’s at stake,” said Matt Martin. “We have to understand that with eight teams left, we have to find another level.”
The Islanders chased away the ghosts of ’93 after chasing the Panthers on the scoreboard for most of the six-game, first-round matchup. Indeed, the Islanders played with a lead for just 45:55 of the series’ 559:12.
But chasing the Florida seniors was less of a task than chasing Tampa Bay’s Triplets, who sliced and diced the Rangers in last year’s conference finals. The Islanders are going to need to throw a much better brand of hockey onto the ice at Barclays than they did over the first two games in order to win three more.
from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,
“We’ve got to get ourselves on the board,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after the long flight from San Jose, after the excruciating 3-2 loss in Sunday’s Game 2 that featured everything he wanted to see except for the finishing.
Game 1 was nearly a steal, a 1-0 lead entering the third period, but the legs looked understandably rubbery late and the rested, loaded Sharks overwhelmed. Game 2 was a steal, because Nashville was the better team for most of it.
There should be no scarcity of confidence that the Predators can play their game and challenge San Jose, a team that — like Anaheim a few weeks ago — is gaining buzz as a Cup contender. Nashville looks like one for stretches as well, especially when Rinne does some of the Gumby-like things he was doing Sunday, but 39 shots and one goal in the first 59 minutes and 56 seconds of a game won’t win in May.
“We got better and played more to our identity and what we expect from ourselves on the ice,” Laviolette said of Game 2, “and it just wasn’t meant to be. So we’re in a time of the year where wins matter. It’s not so much always about the process anymore. It’s just about getting the wins and putting them in the column.”
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan comments on the Kris Letang hit on Marcus Johansson in Game 3.
FYI- Barry Trotz basically said let the league handle it.
If you missed the Letang hit, watch it here.
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