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From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News,
Dear Jaromir: Thanks for the memories…or good riddance?
That’s pretty much how it breaks down when fans discuss the possibility that the 2008 playoffs may be the final NHL action for Rangers superstar Jaromir Jagr.
Because when it comes to Jagr, not many people sit on the fence. You either love him or you hate him, and you have a multitude of reasons to back up your stance.
On The Hockey Show hosted by the NHL Network Online, hockey fanatic Scott Ferrall encounters the heated rivalry between Flyers and Canadiens fans. Video is below.
Also, while I’m on the subject of the NHL Network Online, I contacted their technical people this week with a request for more information being made available to those who are encountering technical problems viewing the material. They were working on it already, but responded quickly by letting me know they put this FAQ page up. It’s a work in progress, but at least it will help troubleshoot some issues when accessing the available media on different computer systems.
Anyway, back to the video…
from the CP,
Tretiak says he’s hopeful that the NHL and European hockey federations can come to some sort of agreement on player transfers.
“I think there should be friendship between the NHL and the Russian leagues,” Tretiak said. “That is what I hope.”
Tretiak says his hope is that other Russian-born players are not denied a chance to play in North America as he was.
Sitting in Le Colisee Pepsi, where Tretiak played a handful of games, he says not playing in the NHL was his greatest regret.
From the Canadian Press:
A 17-year-old hockey player has been charged with assault with a weapon following an alleged stick-swinging incident during an Ontario Minor Hockey Association game in Paris, Ont., that ruptured an opponent’s spleen.
It’s alleged that on Feb. 22, a player on the Paris Wolfpack midget team took a “two-handed baseball swing” with his stick and struck a Caledonia Thunder player in the abdomen, causing him to fall to the ice and later be taken to hospital, provincial police Const. Larry Plummer said Friday.
• a lot of spleen talk this week…
Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins… Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien participated in a conference call today…
Q: How did your team react mentally after the loss last night and do you think this will be the first real test of their composure in these playoffs?
A: At the end of the season when we were battling for the division, their composure was really good and I believe it will be the same for the playoffs. I have to look at the big picture over the first four games; we played two at home, we played two on the road, and we have the lead 3-1 so we have to feel pretty good about ourselves. I think it is a great start. We know that we are playing against a team that is very competitive and that is very good with a lot of experience. Getting to play Game Five and have a chance to clinch the series…we have to feel pretty good about that.
From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:
The men skating for the Red Wings, Stars and Canadiens may be focused on the hunt for the Stanley Cup, but the front office staffs of these three clubs are locked in a fierce battle of their own this week.
All three are thought to be among the final contenders for the services of Fabian Brunnstrom, a 23-year-old Swedish free agent who has been described as a cross between Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Holmstrom.
You know, I won’t question that this Brunnstrom kid is likely very impressive, but this North American Tour thing that his agent J.P. Barry is running has turned out to be one slick marketing plan for his client.
Is there any other way that an undrafted, 23-year old Swedish player with 9 goals last season would ever have gotten this much ink if it weren’t for this well-publicized little journey around the NHL in recent weeks? Impressive.
May 2, 1967 • With the oldest lineup in Final history, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game Six to win the 1967 Stanley Cup. The Leafs’ roster included 42-year-old goalie Johnny Bower and 41-year-old defenseman Allan Stanley as well as seven others at least 30 years old.
Toronto center Red Kelly played his 65th game in Final competition, setting a Stanley Cup record later tied by Montreal’s Henri Richard.
*historical info courtesy of the NHL
*photo from Legends of Hockey.net
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
How much of a factor was fatigue in the slight, but discernible decline, in the overall performance of some of the NHL’s leading goaltending lights?
Or to put it another way, do NHL teams play their starting goaltenders too much in the regular season, only to discover there isn’t enough left in the tank to get them through four grueling playoff rounds?
more… *an in-depth look at goalie performance in the playoffs
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Giguere has over $27 million committed to nine players for next season, giving him sufficient cap space to retain many of the aforementioned but it remains to be seen how many will fit into his plans.
The Denver media is already speculating over the possibility of Sakic retiring and questioning Forsberg’s value, Liles was the subject of trade rumors for most of the season and Theodore’s struggles against the Red Wings could jeopardize his potential re-signing.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
It’s safe to say, one would think, that if the Stockholm Red Wings play the way they did in the second round of the playoffs, their players will be getting fitted for Stanley Cup rings just over a month from now.
Of course, if they make as short of work of their next two opponents that they did of the Colorado Avalanche, perhaps we might see the end of the season before we have to star applying sunscreen on a regular basis.
Is it just me or are the Red Wings looking very much the part of Stanley Cup champion?
Ken, you are not going to find many Wings fans who will answer your question. At this point, we are just trying to avoid a black cat walking in our path.
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