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From David Newland at The Canoe Dossier,
I want to see the NHL succeed. It’s a grand tradition and was once a great game. But as a lifelong fan, I feel like I’ve never been consulted on what would make the game great again. So I’m offering my two cents’ worth anyway, and I hope you’ll do the same.
1. Management must love the game more than the money.
I think we can call that first idea “unintended humor.” Other ideas on the list might be more feasible, however. Matters for debate, anyway—check it out.
We are getting closer folks! Soon a new picture will be added.
Watch the Cup Raise video below…
From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,
There could be a good reason the Panthers have been so patient in selecting a new head coach: One of their leading candidates is still working.
Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Andre Savard, who has been an NHL head coach and general manager and is a close friend of Panthers GM Jacques Martin, has emerged as a top candidate for the Florida vacancy, according to several league sources.
Savard was also rumored earlier this month in a report from Bruce Garrioch (previously cited here on KK). Other names in the mix include former Panthers coach Doug MacLean, current NYR assistant Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn, Pat Burns, Joel Quenneville and AHL Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth.
from Dave Gross at the National Post,
Bench-clearing was in decline by the mid-1980s, and was nearly completely eradicated from the game after Rule 72 hit the books.
But there was that blip 17 years ago.
NHL statistician Benny Ercolani says that March 17, 1991 game was—technically—the last bench-clearer on record.
Asked if he remembers the fracas, former St. Louis Blues’ enforcer Kelly Chase was fairly direct.
“[Expletive], I got suspended 10 games, how could I forget it.”
Chase, who’s now the radio analyst for the Blues, was tagged with Chicago Blackhawks’ enforcer Mike Peluso for a 10-game sit by the league which had adopted anti-brawling regulations in 1987.
TORONTO (May 21, 2008)—The following officials have been named to work the 2008 Stanley Cup Final. Their career playoff games are also listed (updated through round three).
REFEREES: Paul Devorski (147); Brad Watson (91); Dan O’Halloran (59); Marc Joannette (52).
LINESMEN: Jean Morin (134); Jay Sharrers (113); Shane Heyer (97); Pierre Racicot (83).
KK member Heaton brings up an interesting subject in the KK Forums…
Are ticket brokers an underlying cause for the “lack” of passion that people are tying to the empty seats at Joe Louis Arena? I’m one of those people who usually buries their head in the sand on this subject, I hate it, I think it’s overblown and makes false pretenses about the Wings and their fans.
read on and although this is his first post at the KK Forums, Heaton is well known within the hockey web world.
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
The Wings’ top four on defence—Lidstrom, Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall—is of a quality that the Penguins have not faced this year.
For the first time in these playoffs, the Penguins won’t have home-ice advantage. They’re a perfect 8-0 at Mellon Arena.
Sid and the boys will make this a tougher final than many will predict, but in the end, experience and home ice are the difference for me.
Wings in a very difficult seven. And let’s enjoy every minute of it.
LA Kings executives met with season ticket holders…
from Inside the Kings,
The next fan had wide-ranging criticisms, mostly about the signings of underachieving free agents, and summed up his question by basically asking, ``Why should I give you my money now, and not wait two or three years to see how this turns out?’‘
(Ron) Hextall said, ``I’m not going to try to sell you on the fact that we’re going to win the Stanley Cup next year, because quite frankly I don’t see it happening. We’re trying to build the team. ... The guys we signed last year, we didn’t expect them to step in and be star players. Michal Handzus, that was the worst year I’ve seen him have. ... You won’t see how good he is until we get to the playoffs and he shuts down a guy like Ryan Getzlaf or Joe Thornton.
Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero participated in a NHL teleconference today. Below is the transcript from the Q&A.
Q. Being swept up in the middle of this playoff run, have you had a chance to step back and appreciate what your team has done, the rebuilding process that has gone on in the last couple of years?
RAY SHERO: I think so. In between every round, there’s a different challenge, the first one being Ottawa, which was, honestly, a little nerve-racking. They were a team that beat us last year quite handily in five games. Trying to see how the team would react. Getting the early goal from Gary Roberts in Game 1, that was great.
But it’s been a great experience for our club here. Every round we’ve gone on, I think we’ve got more confidence. Hopefully we’re going to be ready for Saturday night.
Ryan Malone participated in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Could you sit back and look at the big picture, where this franchise and team was about 15 months ago when it looked like the team might possibly move, the arena deal was difficult to negotiate. Nervous time for everyone in Pittsburgh. 15 months later you’re in the Stanley Cup final, sold out every game, a new rink on the way. Has that been kind of a fun but nervous ride?
RYAN MALONE: A little bit. I think especially being from Pittsburgh, even being with the team early on, when you heard all the rumors about we might be moving, I think deep down inside with the fan support we had at the time, it was great, so it would have been tough to leave such a good hockey town with the support we were receiving at the time.
I think deep down inside we knew we weren’t really going anywhere. For some reason, people were dragging their feet, finally got the rink deal done. It would have been crazy to think at the end of this year we would be going somewhere else.
Definitely great to see. I think you really have to thank the fans for the way they supported us. Had big rallies during that time to make sure we knew they were supporting us. It was great.
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