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From Greg Logan at Newsday,
Popular backup goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, who helped the Islanders reach the playoffs two seasons ago, is among a group of unrestricted free agents the club plans to let go. General manager Garth Snow said no offers have been made to forwards Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko and Josef Vasicek because of the need for roster space for a youth movement, and “Dubie” rejected the offer he received.
“We made a significant offer that he turned down,” Snow said of Dubielewicz, who had a 9-9-1 record last season with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. “We wish him the best.”
continued with more on the NYI’s upcoming roster plans
[Gary] Bettman told interviewer Ron McLean before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final in Pittsburgh that interest in Canada is helping drive revenue but that it was partly a reflection of market forces and not cause for concern.
“It’s a little disproportionate and I think that may be a good thing, because if you go back seven or eight years ago when people were saying we’d only have one club left from Canada, the revenues were disproportionate the other way,” said Bettman.
“What it means is we’ve done a very good job of getting the Canadian clubs healthy. Frankly revenues are growing across the board — it isn’t just the Canadian dollar and it isn’t just the Canadian clubs and any suggestion to the contrary is somebody trying to get a headline.”
Note: McLean’s questions were motivated by this article from Rick Westhead in last Thursday’s Toronto Star. There’s also an audio online at FAN 590 featuring an interview with Westhead about his report.
From Michael Traikos at the National Post,
After Stamkos, the next five North American skaters are all defenceman. But the order in which they will be drafted depends on whom you ask and when.
According to Central Scouting, Peterborough’s Bogosian is ranked the highest at second overall. Four months earlier Guelph’s Doughty (third) was the top-ranked defenceman. One league scout believes Kelowna’s Tyler Myers (fourth) has the potential to become the best of the bunch five years down the road, while another puts Kelowna’s Schenn (fifth) and Niagara’s Pietrangelo (sixth) at the top because they are the most NHL-ready.
“There’s no slot after No. 1,” said Rick Dudley, assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks. “With most organizations, there’s a difference of opinion over who’s the second to sixth player in this draft. That’s a little unusual.”
Trying to choose between five defencemen who have the capability of becoming franchise players is so difficult that teams are asking the players themselves for advice.
From Bob Duff at the Windsor Star via Faceoff.com,
With the crush of media here covering the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings, feet are constantly in close proximity of the logo. What’s puzzling about all this is that as the players doff their equipment, they fire their Penguins sweaters into said trash cans blocking access to the Penguins logo.
So it’s alright to toss your sweater in the trash, but don’t tread on the logo.
Also, as the Penguins take the ice, one of their rituals involves the players punching a Penguins logo.
Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail shares some random news from the SCF today, including:
Red Wings’ defenceman Niklas Kronwall has a connection to the Swedish rock group ABBA; his father, Hasse, who passed away in 1992, toured with the group briefly before meeting his mother and marrying and getting out of the music business. However, Kronwall suggested that his family’s ABBA connection was “a little overblown. At some point, he was working with them; I don’t know exactly what his position was; he was traveling with them a little.”
Still, Kronwall counts himself an ABBA fan. “All Swedes are fans of their music; obviously, we don’t listen to them as much as back in the day, but I like the music and I think the musical Mamma Mia is great.”
ABBA, Nik? All Swedes? So cliché, but I suppose it’s better than that disaster pointed out earlier. Still, just once I’d like to hear about a Swedish hockey star listens to something less predictable and who has no idea what an IKEA is.
Q. Could we get an update on Tomas Holmstrom, we saw he skated a bit this morning and went off?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: He did just what everyone else did. And basically what we’re going to do is he felt pretty good. He’s going to come back for the game tonight, see how he feels.
If he’s ready to go, he’s playing. If not, obviously he’ll be scratched.
From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo!
Dominik Hasek will enter the Hall in his very first year of eligibility. But right now, he’s been reduced to Hall of Fame backup.
“That’s the way it is,” Hasek said. “It’s definitely disappointing, especially because I feel well. Like I’ve said many times, I’m ready to go any time. But the team is playing very well, we’re winning. Ozzie is doing a great job for us. So I understand the situation. I wish to be there but the coaches feel they better go with Ozzie.”
And that’s a pure, honest sentiment from the 43-year-old Czech star. It’s eating him up inside not to be in goal right now. But he also has tremendous respect for his goalie partner and has been nothing but the good teammate since losing his starting job 26 minutes into Game 4 of the opening round in Nashville.
From Dave Waddell via the National Post:
Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, who was injured Wednesday when he was dumped by Pittsburgh defenceman Hal Gill, said he’s optimistic he’ll play in tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final [...]
“Yeah, that’s how it looks like,” Holmstrom said when asked if he’ll play tonight. “It feels good.”
While opting not to discuss the nature of the injury, Holmstrom said it’s unrelated to his groin problem that caused him to miss almost all of March.
Plus more on practice lineups at Red Wings Corner.
From Scott Burnside at ESPN,
During the playoffs, we often talk about the sacrifices players make to reach the Stanley Cup finals; the commitment, the good fortune. NHL officials are no different. This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings represents their ultimate competition. Only the best of the best are chosen to call these games. This is their Stanley Cup as much as it is the players’.
So, every day, when O’Halloran steps out of the shower and notes the meandering scar that runs from his stomach around to his back, he is doubly thankful to be here, not just professionally, but at all.
“You wonder about karma sometimes,” the 44-year-old O’Halloran told ESPN.com this week. “March 13, 1983 was the day I was shot. So that’s why I wear No. 13.”
From Erik Erlendsson at the Bolts Report:
This is also what I was able to surmise from conversations last night. Barry Melrose is not a done deal. No definitive offers have been made to anybody and the team is still talking to other candidates. And to clarify one other thing, no deal with Melrose, or anybody else for that matter, can be done anytime soon, and certainly not in the next couple of days. Oren Koules and his group were told by the executive board of the NHL the other day that the only issues that can be dealt with right now are those of a time sensitive manner. A head coach, is not a time sensitive matter. Nothing can be done until the board of governors meeting on June 17 in New York. So even if a deal was in place, it certainly couldn’t be announced.
Now my reaction to the Melrose news is the same as many of you guys. I’m not sold on a coach who has been behind a television camera the past 13 years, and not behind a bench. I also can’t believe that if this were to be true, that Melrose will command a $2 million annual salary - NHL coaches not named Scotty Bowman don’t make that kind of money.
Note: Melrose himself maintained that no deal had been reached when talking to ESPN’s SportsCenter last night.
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