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The New Jersey Devils on Tuesday hired Claude Julien as their head coach. ''Claude Julien brings experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and discipline that will complement the players here in the New Jersey Devils organization,'' said Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Masters of Zen hockey, unflappable, unshakable, the Carolina Hurricanes have withstood the best the frenetic Edmonton Oilers can dish out and stand on the verge of claiming their first Stanley Cup championship. Outhit by the Oilers, 32-19. Dominated in the faceoff circle, losing 39 of 56 draws. Still, the patient, skilled Hurricanes trotted out a well-worn playoff script: Don't sweat the small stuff, wait until your opponent flinches, then be just a little better.more
from the CBC,
Dick Pound, chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, is sticking by his earlier statement that the NHL's drug testing is "seriously flawed," even though the league's testing garnered no positive tests. Pound told the Canadian Press Tuesday that these results were meaningless given all the flaws in the league's drug testing system. Pound said the NHL does not test for stimulants and other banned substances and does not test at times when players are likely to be caught, such as during off-season training. "All we can do is keep drawing the attention of the public to its shortcomings and make sure the public understands that it's being fooled by the NHL when it says it has a serious testing program," he said.more
I need to step away for about four hours or so today. Will update early this afternoon.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It wasn't so much that they were beat. It was that they looked like they were beat. And now, it says here, they probably are. Midnight can't come until about 11 p.m. EDT in Raleigh tomorrow, at the earliest, for the Edmonton Oilers. But it looked like it arrived early in the second period last night when their adrenalin kicked out and the Carolina Hurricanes kicked in. It was then when the Carolina carbon monoxide poisoning, as Oilers coach Craig MacTavish identified it after Game 2, started to take effect yet again. After that, MacTavish's dream team certainly looked like dead men skating. And the dream appeared to die.continued
from the Vancouver Province,
The third hot rumour has unrestricted free agent defenceman Wade Redden going to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Redden would be a great fit because the Ducks have lots of room under the cap and GM Brian Burke seems to enjoy the spotlight that goes with making the big deal. The fourth hot rumour is out of Buffalo, where the Sabres currently have only three players under contract. Word has it the team can't afford to re-sign unrestricted free agent defencemen Teppo Numminen and Jay McKee, either of whom would look just fine in a Canucks jersey. The fifth hot rumour is out of Dallas. The Stars are said to be shopping goalie Marty Turco and have already talked to Vancouver, Toronto and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Trouble is, Turco had another playoff meltdown this spring and has three years left at $3.16-million per.more
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
There is considerable sentiment at the NHL's board level that the playoffs should become a 20-team extravaganza. That's hardly a surprise. At the board level, there's always strong support for anything that shows a profit. ...But even though Bettman can influence a vote, he can't control it, and in this case, he is a bit biased. He strongly opposes seasons that drag on to late June and, as a result, strongly opposes the NHL's involvement in the Olympics. For the same reasons, he doesn't want to add a week to the season to accommodate a play-in round. The answer of course is to start the season a couple of weeks earlier. In Canada, the only place in North America where the NHL really matters anymore,more
-Of the 27 clubs who have led 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939, 26 have won the Stanley Cup. The only club to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Final was the 1942 Maple Leafs, defeating the Detroit Red Wings. The Maple Leafs had trailed 3-0 in the series. -The Hurricanes successfully killed all five Edmonton power plays in Game 4, improving their record in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final to 24 for 25 (96%). -Carolina won their sixth consecutive postseason game that followed a loss. Carolina has not lost consecutive games since Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against Montreal.
via the Contra Costa Times,
The NHL expects its new economic system will stop the financial bleeding for most of the 30 teams this season, but the Sharks said Monday they will finish in the red once again. Sharks CEO Greg Jamison said the franchise probably will lose $5 million, citing the loss of sponsorships, a decline in ticket revenue and an increase in the cost of doing business. To help offset that, the team told season-ticket holders over the weekend that prices are going up. "When you look at it, the league did very well and rebounded very strongly post-lockout," said Jamison, who does not disclose specifics of the team's financial operations. "There are still some areas we have to deal with, but we're closing the gap."
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