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from the Mercury News,
Humming. Humming. The laptops are always humming for Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler. They probably spend more time with their hard drives than they do with their families. Hey, it’s a living.
But it all pays off. Hunter and Zettler are the Sharks’ two assistant coaches. They are probably the most crucial unsung guys in the entire operation. But they are having a good playoff run right along with the team. And as the Sharks prepared for today’s Game2 in their series with the Red Wings, Hunter and Zettler were on the case full bore.
Those laptops? Hunter and Zettler use them as video weapons, downloading every game and breaking it up into diagnostic tools.
from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
If the Wings are to compete against the Sharks, they need to hear resoundingly from Datsyuk. So far in the playoffs, Detroit’s best forwards have been the likes of Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen, Kris Draper and Valtteri Filppula; bully for those players, but at some point, the Wings’ most-talented forwards have to be their best forwards….
“It’s hard to score point every game,’’ he said Friday. ‘‘I try to shoot more and I think it’s coming. I have lots of chance, need finish. I need to be quicker and . . . shoot (more), and not give them chance to block my shot.’‘
from John Ondrasik at Sports Illustrated,
So what to do about nothing? What does the hardcore hockey head do at playoff time when his team is somewhere between the third tee and training camp?
Maple Leafs fans know this dilemma. For me, it’s a quandary.
One option is to go bandwagon. Pick a team. Jump ship. This is easy for Los Angelinos. We do it every year with the NFL. Two years ago, I had the Steelers. Last year, I took Farve and the Packers. Hockey-wise, the Pens were a popular pick with the band this year until they got bounced by the Sens.
Sharks’ radio anayst Jamie Baker is a name Wings fans remember very well.
Jamie was kind enough to join me in a casual chat today to discuss game 1, the matchups, Guerin and Rivet and a few other topics.
Feel free to listen...
from the CP via TSN,
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock knows his team can play much better, which is why he wasn’t overly worried about the loss the day after.
“I’m not jumping off any bridge,- Babcock said. “I think we’ve got a real good team here with a good opportunity.
“We’ve only lost one game.-
The Wings feel they have something to atone for.
“The boys were fired up and excited,- Cleary said. “That was a good practice.-
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The big issue in Nashville is not Trotz’s job security, but who will be on his roster next season when he returns. Even if the Predators keep the same budget, re-signing free agents will be difficult, and if the Predators lower their budget, it could be impossible.
Hartnell turned down a three-year, $6.2 million offer before the season and there will be teams that might overpay to land a younger forward with some bite.
If you are Timonen and you look at the economic landscape for defensemen, you are going to believe that you should get $4.5 million-plus a season, particularly when teammate Marek Zidlicky is getting $3.5 million.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“The one thing about Joe is, he makes the players around him that much better,” said Draper. “He has such good vision. He can make those passes, where it doesn’t look as if there’s a lane, but he finds a lane. Even down low, he’s so big and strong and he has that big wingspan he uses to his advantage.
“The best thing to do against a guy like Thornton is to try and make him play in his own end. You want to get some good cycle shifts and some good grind time in the offensive zone. That keeps him 200 feet away from doing something dangerous.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Ray Emery of the Ottawa Senators has always looked up to Brodeur. As he is to so many young goalies seeking a place among the class of the NHL elite, Brodeur is a role model for Emery.
Brodeur, meanwhile, keeps his eye on the good ones coming up behind him.
Yesterday, on the morning of Game 1, Brodeur was talking, en francais, about the Senators and their 25-year-old netminder.
“It looks like they’ve finally found a goalie,” Brodeur said, “who gives them a chance to win every night.”
Last month’s KK Challenge to write the best argument about why your team deserves to win the Stanley Cup, produced hundreds of great entries. Fans were clearly well-motivated by the prospect of a new NHL team jersey of their choice!
Contest entries were all judged by the crack writers at NHL.com, and we’d like to give them a big ‘thank you’ for helping out.
The surprise of the contest was that there was a tie, so TWO winners will be picking up new jerseys! One fan for the Vancouver Canucks and one fan for the Buffalo Sabres. Both will be contacted by email this week to make arrangements to get them the jersey of their choice.
Now, please read their contributions. And our thanks to everyone who shared their team spirit.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It’s a well-deserved reputation with as rich a hockey tradition as any Canadian city. It’s the place where Gordie Howe became an icon. They’ve won 10 Stanley Cups here, trailing only Toronto and Montreal in that regard.
But something is changing, and it’s a troubling development for one of the NHL’s oldest franchises: the Red Wings can’t sell out the Joe Louis Arena for playoff hockey.
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