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Shelly Anderson, Pens beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had an online chat today…
CupHolder92: I keep hearing that the Western Division plays a different style of hockey, but after watching a few playoff games it seems pretty similar to the East. Maybe a little more wide open, but not by much. Is there something I am missing? How do you think the Pens style meshes with the West style?
Shelly Anderson: First, you would have to define the Penguins’ style, and that’s not a simple thing. Their game is both defensively sound and, because of their speed, high-voltage on offense. Detroit has similar attributes. Both teams can win playing different styles. So there’s probably not a big difference based on which conference they play in. Not too many years ago, the East was considered more defense- and trap-oriented (New Jersey had a lot to do with that) while the West was more wide open, but since the lockout with the new rules and rules interpretations, things have evened out across the NHL.
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
GM Doug Wilson is expected to make a strong effort to retain defenseman Brian Campbell, who Wilson acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline. But that could prove expensive as Campbell could command up to $7 million per season in this summer’s unrestricted free agent market.
Persistent rumors of Wilson trading Patrick Marleau have predictably flared up again, but unlike this time last year they won’t be dragging on for an entire season.
Marleau’s new two-year, $12. 6 million contract – with a no-trade clause – kicks in on July 1, so if Wilson is in fact shopping his long-time captain he has a limited window to pull off the deal.
more rumor talk…
Montreal’s new soccer stadium was the site of an all-star soccer game Sunday that featured goals by one of the top players in the National Hockey League.
Alexei Kovalev, right winger for the Montreal Canadiens, demonstrated his moonwalk after scoring two goals.
Kovalev said he plays soccer three months of the year when he’s not playing hockey.
And Puck Daddy has some more, including video of Kovalev’s Michael-Jackson-ification.
Some questions for Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock:
Q. I’m not sure how willing you are to divulge military secrets, but any chance you might split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg at times in the game?
Some questions for Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett this morning.
Q. Where did you get the idea or what did you see in Toby Petersen that made you think this would be a good matchup for him?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Probably the speed element. I mean, there’s a couple things. He’s got very good hockey sense and the speed element was something we felt we were lacking. He’s a player that plays fast. He makes solid plays. He’s not spectacular from any stretch of the imagination, but is a very conscious player on both sides of the puck.
We were down 3-0. We had to find something to give us a little spark, and he’s been one of those guys.
From the National Post,
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, recently appointed to the NHL rules committee, said he will enter discussions about smaller goaltending equipment with an open mind.
“You have to walk a fine line,” Miller told the Buffalo News. “They’ve already trimmed it down once. I suffered for it from breaking my thumb (during the 2005-06 season). That situation wasn’t well thought out. They had dimensions and said, ‘Here, this should work.’ ”
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
Russian hero Ilya Kovalchuk said it best when he summed up his team’s ability to come back from a two-goal deficit to win the gold medal game of the World Championship against Canada in overtime Sunday afternoon.
“When you’re playing on the big rinks and you’re trailing by two goals, it’s always tough to come back,” Kovalchuk said.
There is a certain contingent of hockey snobs that look down their noses at the NHL product, all the while claiming the international game to be far superior, in large part because the players have so much room to display their creativity.
They are wrong, so wrong.
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
Like, how did a 29-year-old center with eight games on the Stars’ regular-season roster become one of the unlikely heroes of the postseason? How is it that [Toby] Petersen, who spent 63 games with the Iowa Stars this season and has one point in 17 career playoff games, became the key to derailing Detroit superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk? How does a man who is making less than $300,000 this season stifle two players who combine to draw more than $9 million in salary?
“It’s a pretty good story,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
Then again, the Stanley Cup playoffs are filled with these stories.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
The Russians threw their gloves and helmets in the air, left their sticks littering the ice and headed to the corner to create a happy pile of players on top of Ilya Kovalchuk,who had tears in his eyes.
Remember when we saw Russians as being so stoic and emotionless?
Remember when we believed Canada had the market cornered on hockey heart?
Well, remember this.
note: original post timestamp was 9:16am on 5/18/08
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