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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
There likely will be a celebration at city hall some time in the next week or so to honour the Senators for winning the Eastern Conference championship, but is that really a reason to whoop it up?
These aren’t the Edmonton Oilers, who stole the hearts of the country with their heroic run last spring and forced the Carolina Hurricanes to a seventh game in the final.
If, as expected, the Anaheim Ducks win the opportunity to parade the Stanley Cup through Disneyland, the Senators will spend the summer wondering what went wrong and where they need to improve.
from Greg Logan at Newsday,
IFacing a potential mutiny from Islanders fans, owner Charles Wang bit the bullet and made the decision yesterday to buy out the remaining four years of captain Alexei Yashin’s 10-year contract, Newsday has learned exclusively. Some might view it as the owner admitting a costly mistake, but second-year coach Ted Nolan described it as a chance for a “new beginning” that might restore the fans’ faith in the franchise.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What they said…
“No, not at all.”—Alfredsson when asked if he thought his shooting the puck at Niedermayer motivated the Ducks in the third period of Game 4.
What they meant…
“I thought it was Samuel Pahlsson.”
you’ll catch on fast if you read more...
from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News via WFAA,
Quick, before commissioner Gary Bettman renders this league extinct, here are 10 ways to fix the NHL and deliver an improved product to more viewers in 2008.
3: Convince the selfish Eastern Conference general managers to act in the best interests of the game and change the schedule. This was voted on and rejected a few months ago. But Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, moving into the prime of what’s going to be a fantastic career, needs to play a game in Dallas and Los Angeles and Chicago every year. Not once every three years.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Whatever you may think about what Alfredsson did, it was an incident that was born out of frustration or anger at how his team was playing. Maybe it’s time that the Ottawa Senators show everyone what they are made of and rally around their captain, win a game in Anaheim and send the series back to Ottawa. After they do that then they can say “don’t talk about our captain like that.”
fro the CP via TSN,
‘I’d love to re-sign here,’’ said Giguere. ‘‘This is a team that’s going to be good for many years. You want to be part of a team like that. It’s well-run.; it’s well-owned; it’s well-coached. This would be my No. 1 pick.
‘‘There are many reasons: I’ve got my house here, I feel very comfortable around here. My son’s doctors are all around here, at UCLA. There are many reasons why I would want to sign here. Is it going to happen? Hey - I don’t have a (crystal) ball. We’ll see.’‘
more and numerous other SCF bits…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
With the Ducks on the verge of winning their first-ever Stanley Cup, Giguere isfor again a contender the Conn Smythe Trophy, but there’s a difference now. The last time around, there were no other viable contenders on the Anaheim team.
This year, any of Giguere, Sami Pahlsson, the Niedermayer brothers or Ryan Getzlaf could get votes. Chris Pronger’s candidacy might be compromised by his two playoff suspensions and while Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald have both contributed scoring at different intervals, they have been part of their success, no more and no less.
via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League plans to play host to another outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2008. The host team has yet to be determined, but this time the game is not expected to be held in Canada. Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh are three of the interested teams. The 2007-08 NHL schedule is not expected to be finalized until mid-July.
from the Christian Science Monitor,
No matter which hockey club embraces the Stanley Cup – and there could be trophy-hugs as early as Wednesday night – one particular breed of fan is more than likely to crack a broken-toothed smile: the Canadian one.
While the Senators of Ottawa could become the first Canadian team since the Canadiens of Montreal in 1993 to win the Cup, the Ducks of Anaheim have more Canadians on the roster – 18 – than any other National Hockey League team. And the Ducks have, with the help of the Sens, rejuvenated the so-called “North American” – really Canadian – style of play: heavy-hitting, intimidating, and opportunistic.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
If you’re going to strap on the gear and pull a National Hockey League sweater over your head the way every one of us Canadian boys dreamed of our entire lives—still have the dream once in a while, actually—then you should be ready to take an elbow (or a set of bare knuckles) in the chops once in a while.
Hard, tough hockey is at the root of why Canada is a one-sport nation. Sure, we play ‘em all. But there is only one we are the best in the world at; only one we would choose, if we were stranded on a desert island with only one specialty channel.
We’re rougher, and we fight more than everyone else. We’re hard to play against because we are a fearsome competitor. Beating us at hockey hurts, and the moment they start taking pain out of the game, all those other nations are going to take a step closer to Canada.
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