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from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Here’s a look at how the playoff goaltending shapes up, taking into consideration the 19 teams (realistically) still in the running. Disclaimers: (a) Prioritizing playoff goaltending situations isn’t necessarily the same thing as rating the goaltenders themselves, or rating the teams’ playoff chances; (b) playoff experience comes into play; and (c) offer void where prohibited.
2. Anaheim Ducks
Not only are the Ducks back on track, not only will they be able to withstand the temporary loss (again) of Pronger, but they have an ideal situation. Both Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Ilya Bryzgalov have been terrific in the playoffs; Bryzgalov, at least, for that amazing short-term run last postseason, and Giguere seems back on track.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Last season, on the few occasions in which he was a healthy scratch, Ribeiro could be found in the Bell Centre press box, entertaining himself.
“I was probably not interested in the gym and working out as much as they would have liked,” Ribeiro said.
“But the bottom line is that when I played, I tried my hardest and tried to help the team win.
“I think I was treated unfairly in Montreal. They just wanted to get rid of me, and they did it. They probably had their reasons.”
Christy at Behind The Jersey goes deep with this one…
So I think we’ve all complained at one point in time or another about expensive tickets to go see an NHL game, especially after the lockout in 2004-2005. Well, I guess it could be worse than being a Red Wings’ fan. This is a longer post, but I think it’s a very interesting topic and I’m hoping to hear from you guys what your thoughts are.
This post looks at: (1) the new cost of NJ Devils’ ticket prices, (2) how will this affect their already poor attendance?, and (3) should Wings fans complain less about ticket prices?
I was going to post this, but noticed the Ice Block had it up, so take some time out today and watch…
He’s an example of how a pro athlete SHOULD do it. He drives his kids to their hockey games, packs their lunches, works as a scout and coach to the Rangers and centers his whole life around family.
SuChin Pak Interviews Adam Graves…
from Wallace Matthews of Newday,
Note to Gary Bettman: Cancel the rest of your meaningless regular season. Trash-can your endless rounds of playoff games between teams nobody knows or really cares about.
Just match the Rangers and Islanders in a best-of-seven for the Stanley Cup.
Start it on Monday, get it over by Easter, resurrect your dying league and let us all get on with our lives.
from Alan Adams at Sportsnet,
• Doug MacLean is a great guy, but it’s obvious his plan to take the Blue Jackets to the next level is off track. If the Blue Jackets’ ownership wanted to make an astute move, they’d find a way to pry Jim Nill away from Detroit where he’s the longstanding assistant GM of the Red Wings.
• Lets’s face the facts here. The Coyotes are not a success on the ice and off the ice the team is said to be losing bucks. So why not have the league’s head office in New York create a job for Gretzky. Make him the NHL’s Hockey Ambassador. It’s better than watch a star fall to earth.
more NHL bits…
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Superstitious, Dany Heatley is not.
At least when it comes to his stick and his health, anyway.
The Senators sniper conferred with those who would know before reporting yesterday he goes through “16 dozen” Stealths in a single season.
That’s a total of 192 Synergy sticks—and a retail value of approximately $57,600 to spare you the arithmetic.
from On the Islanders Beat blog at Newsday,
According to an Islanders spokesman, Ryan Smyth did not suffer a significant injury in the final seconds of the Islanders’ 2-1 loss to the Rangers, and he is expected to play in their next game against Washington on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Smyth’s injury received considerable attention at the end of the game telecast, and team officials at first said they had no information. Coach Ted Nolan also said he hadn’t spoken to Smyth. But word came shortly before midnight that Smyth is “fine” and will not miss any time.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
“When I became GM, I didn’t think it was the right thing to do to trade Vinny. I said I won’t be the guy who traded Vinny Lecavalier — that won’t be my legacy,” Feaster said. “Since then, he has been MVP of the World Cup of Hockey, helped us win a Stanley Cup and win two division titles and chasing a third, and he’s on the verge of being the leading goal scorer of the National Hockey League. Why would I consider it now?”
The message is clear: The Lightning aren’t going to trade Lecavalier this summer.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“[Simon] has been a pretty honest guy his whole career, but that was disgusting,’’ said the Rangers’ Sean Avery, a vital force again. “I don’t think he should be allowed to play another game the rest of the year.
“I mean, that was just as bad as [Marty] McSorley. I was in shock. Let’s see if the league makes a statement here.’‘
added 7:55am, via the New York Times,
“I’ve always been known as a clean guy and I just feel bad for letting my team down,” Simon said. “I just don’t really want to say anything about the incident right now because I have to talk with the league first.”
Hollweg did not express anger at Simon.
“I’m a little surprised,” Hollweg said. “As far as I knew we respected each other as hockey players and that’s it. I just play my game. And playing my game helped us win, so that’s good.”
added 8:33am, from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
What will it take for the league to get serious in cracking down on this crap?
Three and five game suspensions aren’t enough to get the message across. It’s long overdue for the NHL to put some real teeth into the punishments they hand out for these kind of infractions.
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