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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If these politicians really believe they have a right to question whether Doan is suitable to be captain of Team Canada at the current world championships, then they should have had their noses in there when Wayne Gretzky was putting Bertuzzi on Team Canada just months after pleading guilty to assaulting Moore, and they should be far more involved in other hockey matters of importance in the country, like violence, appropriate ages for bodychecking, skill development and abuse of referees.
Otherwise, they look like politicos cherry-picking issues that might sell a little bit on the home front. Which is, of course, what they are.
from the Toronto Sun,
An across the board hike of roughly 5% has been approved by the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. after a two-year freeze coming out of the lockout. Prices for 2007-08 will range from $37 to $182 for season-ticket holders, slightly more for the few thousand seats that are on public sale.
“We’ve spent a good deal more off the ice since last year,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of MLSEL. “We have expanded our coaching staff, there are travel costs and it has become more expensive for everything from player insurance to turning the lights on at the ACC for a game. We also have to pay 900 employees every game night.”
from Bucky Gleason at the Buffalo News,
The Sabres are a long way from being the cream of the crop after four games against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ottawa had a 3-1 series lead over New Jersey. Anaheim was dominat-
ing Vancouver. You could argue Buffalo isn’t even the best team in the state now that it’s tied with New York.
Fans are pulling their hair out wondering what’s wrong with the lovable and supposedly unbeatable Swords, the so-called darlings of the new NHL. Granted, Buffalo didn’t play well in Madison Square Garden, but folks around here have been slow to recognize there’s another team on the ice in the Rangers.
from The Maven,
Before the series started, I picked the Rangers to beat Buffalo in five. Now it will have to be six games.
The Sabres have been blunted; not to mention outskated, outhustled and outcoached.
Plus, Ryan Miller hasn’t been as good as Henny Lundqvist either.
I expect the Blueshirts to win tonight in Chicken Wings Village on Lake Erie and then gift-wrap the series on Sunday at the Garden.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
This being professional sport, the best team doesn’t necessarily always win, but this time, it surely did. Vancouver had no answer for Pronger, for Ryan Getzlaf, for Corey Perry. The Canucks didn’t have an answer for Travis Moen. And when the best player on the ice from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, was Sami Pahlsson and the three runners-up all played for your team, well, that’s not exactly a recipe for success.
That it stayed as close as it did for as long as it did had everything to do with Luongo’s will. That bend-but-don’t break philosophy served the Canucks so well after Christmas, when they went on their second-half run to put away all the Northwest Division challengers and made them a legitimate Stanley Cup dark horse.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
But alas, it was just a passing whim. By Game 2, with very few exceptions, playoff hockey reverted to what it has traditionally been — a battle of defenses. So far this postseason, the favorite score is 2-1. We’ve seen that 11 times going into Thursday’s action.
But even though the games are still being decided by defense, there is a change. This is not always your grandfather’s defensive formula. Or even your father’s defensive formula. For that matter, it’s not even your older brother’s defensive formula.
From the Washington Capitals today,
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will send four reporters to Moscow to offer hockey fans unprecedented coverage of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. The Capitals have partnered with Clearspring Technologies to deliver audio, video and written content to WashingtonCaps.com, Caps fans and local, national and international media outlets.
“I am proud that we are able to bring coverage of this prestigious tournament to our fans on WashingtonCaps.com and others around the world,” Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis said.
You can follow their IIHF coverage here on the Caps’ website.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The expectations of ownership were met. That’s why Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and coach Bob Hartley will be back next season.
“They are the coach and GM today,” Levenson said by phone on Thursday afternoon. “Don and Bob took us to within one games of the playoffs our first season and the second season they made the playoffs. That’s in line with the expectations that we’ve expressed to them. I’d expect them to continue to improve on that.”
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Jim Hughson has been doing play-by-play duty for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in these playoffs, to great acclaim by hockey fans everywhere. He’s currently covering the Anaheim Ducks / Vancouver Canucks series and was good enough to speak to Paul and myself immediately after the pre-game skate today, from sunny Anaheim.
You can download the audio file here, or play it on the video player below.
Even before he suffered two concussions in a 12-day span during March, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was playing hurt for the final two months or so of the regular season. Earlier this week, DiPietro underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear of his left hip.
For the next two weeks, DiPietro will be on crutches, and he is required to rest for the next four to six weeks.
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