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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So there sat Lundqvist, a King with a crown tarnished by an ultra-talented group that seems to have his number … or numbers, as in a 4.75 GAA and .840 save pct. in six meetings this season covering the regular season and this round.
There he sat alone until general manager Glen Sather entered the room, walked to his franchise player’s stall, and offered quiet, private words of love and encouragement.
Lundqvist will need much more than those words as he seeks to find answers between now and Friday’s Game 4, for when he met the press a few minutes after Sather had left the room, it was clear that the goaltender had been shaken out of the Conn Smythe-worthy comfort zone in which he had been living until the Lightning became his — and his team’s — worst nightmare.
“For some reason I didn’t really pick it up,” the beleaguered goaltender said of the winner on which Palat cut across the zone from the right before unleashing the drive that beat him to the far, stick side. “I’m going to have to look at the video to see why.
“It’s really challenging for me, the way they move the puck and find open ice for the shot, the way they get scoring chances from right in front,” said Lundqvist, who had blundered by directing a soft initial shot onto Steven Stamkos’ stick for the Lightning’s first goal. “They’re good, but I need to be more consistent with my game plan.”
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Don Cherry conducted his usual "Coach's Corner" during Wednesday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, and he's changed his tune about Mike Babcock:
Puck drops sometime after 8:00pm ET and the game is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.
Series tied at one, first game in Tampa.
Should be an exciting one and feel free to discuss the game tonight or anything hockey related.
Coaching the Leafs will require an inordinate amount of patience, until the player talent matches the organization’s Stanley Cup ambitions. This then will be the ultimate test for Babcock who, 13 years and 950 games into his NHL coaching career, has never quite faced the challenge that Toronto will pose. There are not many coaches more competitive than Babcock. How he handles the challenge of those early dark days will be a sight to behold.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail on Mike Babcock in Toronto. Read more on this topic.
(May 20, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Martin Brodeur Assistant General Manager. The Blues and Brodeur have agreed on a three-year contract.
Brodeur, 43, originally joined the Blues as a free agent on Dec. 2, 2014. After a seven-game stint with the club, during which he posted a 3-3-0 record, Brodeur announced his retirement from the NHL on Jan. 29 and moved into the Blues’ front office as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
from Mike Shackil,
The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing and teams are going full tilt for the illustrious Stanley Cup trophy. While the joy of winning the Cup will prove immeasurable for the championship organization, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP can lead to a windfall off the ice for a player.
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
This was a crushing blow for Pegula and Co. I'm not going to be phony about it. I was prepared with a column that said Babcock would be huge get for the Sabres and the city, further evidence that Pegula was making Western New York a destination for free agents.
Coming on the heels of the Rex Ryan hire, landing Babcock would have given Pegula the top two coaching free agents in the NFL and NHL. You could have argued that little Buffalo possessed the most dynamic head coaching tandem of any American professional sports city.
This shows that Pegula's money can't buy everything (including a quarterback). I haven't heard the financial details. Maybe the Maple Leafs didn't have to outbid Pegula to get their man. But it certainly looks as though Babcock didn't find the Sabres' situation quite so enticing as Buffalo fans had assumed.
Reports had Babcock turning away from the Maple Leafs as recently as Tuesday. The prevailing wisdom said they were too far away from being a true Stanley Cup contender. They didn't have enough promising young centers, or top players in the pipeline of any sort. They don't even have a general manager in place.
Some felt Babcock would be committing career suicide by going to Toronto, where he would join the long list of coaches and executives who couldn't turn the Laffs around and wound up getting skewered by the media.
MLSE President Tim Leiweke talks about his pride for Brendan Shanahan, who he says with the Babcock signing proved he’s a great president.
Claude Julien has the Boston Bruins head coaching job. But there's plenty of question as to how long he'll have that job. So in Don Sweeney's inaugural press conference as the Boston Bruins general manager, he addressed Julien's standing.
"I have some things that I want to sit down with Claude and go through in a very orderly fashion, as to where I think things need to change and what direction we need to change as a group," Sweeney said. "Also, acknowledged to Claude that I think tremendously of him as a coach and as a person, so it's just about lining up philosophical approaches that I believe in, that he believes in and that we can move forward.
"As I said, some of that will involve personnel decisions. Some of that will involved staff member decisions and/or changes. That's to be determined. He's the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure."
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