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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
For someone that has only played in eight post-season games, the goalie’s record is very impressive.
In Gerber’s first year with Anaheim, the Ducks made it to the Stanley Cup finals.
In his first year with Carolina, the Hurricanes made it to the finals.
And now, in his first year with the Senators, they are but a step away.
He’s been nothing more than the backup ‘tender in each case, but with Gerber on their side, their elimination of the Sabres would seem to be a mere formality.
from the Toronto Star,
Even though embattled NHL Players’ Association executive Ted Saskin directed a 17-month campaign to secretly read player emails, the union would still be obliged to pay him close to a million dollars if it decides to fire him “with cause,” a lawyer hired by the union has concluded.
In a three-page report delivered this week to the players’ union, Toronto employment lawyer Chris Paliare concluded the campaign, which started in September 2005 and ran through January 2007, also involved Ken Kim, the union’s head of business development. Both Saskin and Kim have already been suspended with pay.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
At the midway point of the 2007 Stanley Cup tournament, hockey experts are beginning to wonder whether the game is in trouble again.
Goal scoring is down. Columnists are griping about the absence of offence. At Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry have been complaining about the officiating and the decline of physical play.
Has the game really regressed, despite the continued zero tolerance toward restraining fouls? Or is it the crackdown on obstruction that’s responsible for the malaise?
We asked some prominent hockey broadcasters for their thoughts.
from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,
In other words, these are teams that don’t really like each other and have a pretty good idea what lies ahead. Still, don’t expect things on the ice to get out of hand no matter how much tempers might flare. With a trip to the Stanley Cup dance on the line, something that Ottawa has never been part of and Buffalo missed by one game last season, getting even isn’t really a primary concern.
“I don’t think it’s a factor,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “That might be in the background, but there’s a lot of other stuff that’s going to take the forefront over that. The big prize is one team is to go on to play for the Stanley Cup. Penalties for retaliation for something that happened a couple of months ago, if you’re going to take those at this time of year, then I think your mindset is in the wrong place.”
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today a partnership with MySpace giving members of the community access to NHL content through the official NHL MySpace profile at http://myspace.com/NHL and via MySpace Video. Users will be able to watch video clips from games leading up to, and including, the 2007 Stanley Cup Final as well as clips from the 2006-07 regular season. The NHL is the first major professional sports league to team with MySpace in this capacity.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hasek’s style of goaltending is difficult to define. He suggests no word for it himself. He uses the butterfly leg spread that long ago became the rage, and he also flops around as if he’s trying to make snow angles on the ice.
“I do anything to stop the puck,” he says. “It doesn’t matter how I am described.
“I like to always be in the right position. Unfortunately, there are times you are not in the right position and you have to jump and do whatever you have to do to reach the puck. I don’t care how my style is described as long as I stop the puck.”
Among the eight referees who will receive third round assignments are Don Koharski and Bill McCreary, both of whom have more than 20 years experience. McCreary has worked in every Stanley Cup final series since 1994, while Koharski has been a referee since 1977.
read on for the list…
The Sabres players took part in the final pre-series press conference.
Q. Ryan, can you comment on the comparisons to Hockey Town and Buffalo, having known what Detroit is all about and just beyond ?? exciting is beyond anything you’ve ever saw there in?
RYAN MILLER: I got a chance to go to a lot of games but not around the time they were playing for the Cup, but the affiliation with the team and the city and the way they feel about hockey there, yeah, this town definitely is from what I’ve seen, I think this town is actually a little crazier so, it’s been a lot of fun.
from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
The playoffs are a time when players can create reputations. Have a bad regular season, but show up in the playoffs, and you can be hailed a hero. Have a great regular season and a bad and short playoff season and you are seen as a failure.
Playoff pedigree matters. Look at the men who will be playing in the Conference Finals this year and you see some huge playoff performers:
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