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NEW YORK (May 7, 2007)—The National Hockey League today announced the dates and starting times for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Eastern Conference on Thursday, May 10, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Ottawa Senators. The Western Conference Final will pit the Anaheim Ducks against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-San Jose Sharks Conference Semifinal series, which Detroit leads 3-2, and will start on Friday, May 11.
National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. All games also will be carried on NHL Radio. More specific broadcast information will be announced shortly.
2007 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Date Time (ET) #1 Buffalo vs. #4 Ottawa
Thursday, May 10 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
Saturday, May 12 8:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
Monday, May 14 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
Wednesday, May 16 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
* Saturday, May 19 2:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
* Monday, May 21 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
* Wednesday, May 23 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
The agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation and National Hockey League regulating transfers of and payment for players was extended for four years today. Vladislav Tretyak, president of the Russian Hockey Association is unlikely to sign it, which means that Russian players will move to foreign clubs for free.
Updated May8, 2007 11:05am ET:
From AP via SI,
Russia is unlikely to sign a new four-year player agreement regulating transfers from Europe to the NHL.
Russian hockey federation president Vladislav Tretiak said Tuesday that 80 percent of his nation’s clubs were dissatisfied with the terms.
“We are not yet happy,’’ he said. “We are in negotiations.’‘
The International Ice Hockey Federations’s national associations have until midnight Tuesday to ratify the latest agreement between the IIHF and the NHL.
About 30 percent of the NHL’s players come from Europe. The NHL annually signs 45 to 60 players from European countries.
Earlier today, Anaheim Ducks’ coach Randy Carlyle and player Ryan Getzlaf participated in a media teleconference:
Q. We know that you don’t know who you’re going to be facing yet, but in winning two series in five games, is there anything that you want to see your team do better than they have done throughout the tournament?
COACH CARLYLE: Well, I think there’s always areas of improvement. I don’t think that you could ever say that we’re completely satisfied with our whole team game. I think there’s been parts of our game as a group that we went for stretches where we’ve been very ineffective. We turned the puck over far too many times, and I guess the hugest area of concern for us right now would probably be our penalties. I don’t think that we can continue to take the penalties at the rate that we have in the first two series to continue to have success here as we go forward.
Q. You guys were heavily penalized throughout the regular season; is there a bit of a changing of the gears that your team needs to EMBRACE here in the playoffs where things are more magnified?
“The Kings are excited to launch our new-look website, and as the 2007-08 season approaches, we are looking forward to having the premier website in the National Hockey League,” said Kings Vice President, Communications and Broadcasting Michael Altieri. “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to deliver news and information on our team, and our tech savvy fan base will surely embrace the new LAKings.com, which we believe will deliver the best online experience possible.”
Earlier today, Buffalo Sabres’ coach Lindy Ruff and players Thomas Vanek and Teppo Numminen participated in a media teleconference:
Q. Just wondering after the stuff in February, the head-to-head games between you two guys, do you think that’s forgotten or is it a non-factor in this series in terms of all of the speed and matchups and the stuff that happened during the season, is that in the background? Is it a factor?
COACH RUFF: I don’t think it’s a factor. That may be in the background, but there’s a lot of other stuff there’s going to take the forefront over that.
Q. If I can follow that up, just in terms of both teams and the amount of offense, potential offense there, is this—do you see it as exciting as the fans might see it; that there’s a potential for both teams to score a lot?
Bryan Murray and Jason Spezza took part in an NHL teleconference today…
Q. My question is about the departure of Zdeno Chara. I know he’s a guy that’s talented enough you don’t want to lose his skills. But in losing him, how has this defense evolved and, specifically, Chris Phillips?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I think two things happened. Phillips became more important and certainly played at a real high level this year and Anton Volchenkov got a chance moving from No. 5 really in our depth chart to No. 2 as a shutdown guy.
I think the two of them developed as a real solid pair, obviously a big part of what’s happened here. And defensively and shot blocking?wise we haven’t taken a step backwards.
I think Chara was certainly a top player in our team and played the point in the power play on occasions and did lots of good things. But like in every other team in this business, when you lose a player, you have to move on; and we’ve been able to do that.
from The Maven,
Over – and out.
We say Bye-Bye to the Blueshirts with an unusually heavy heart.
I know precisely how they feel. Exactly.
A year ago, the Devils played Carolina in Game Two of the second round and scored the go-ahead goal with 20 seconds left in the third period.
The game not only was in the bag it was IN THE BAG.
I’ve updated the World Wide Web of Hockey page today. Lots of new sites added, and the page now features almost 350 unique hockey destinations on the internet. Thanks to everyone for helping make this page such a great resource.
Note: I’ve rejected very few submissions so far, only sites that don’t clearly have significant hockey content. If you have submitted a site that suits this requirement yet wasn’t posted, odds are that I just lost track. My apologies, and please send it again.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
A number of factors have contributed to what is a modest falling off in arena fan support.
First, the local economy, which is so dependent on the moribund domestic car industry, is in the dumps. The Wings also hiked ticket prices for the playoffs, and the casual fans haven’t anted up as they have in the past. The price increase may be one factor, but another is the unprecedented competition for the attention of the Detroit sports fan.
read on and additional NHL playoff talk too…
fromm Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
A team that was poised, relentless, blessed with timely (and reasonably proficient) scoring, defensively sound play and soundly physical play in eliminating Nashville in five games seemingly has chucked all of the things it did well in that series. The Sharks haven’t just lost their bite; they’ve gone belly-up in the face of a Detroit attack that has been neither withering nor relentless.
In fact, the Red Wings have pretty much been fortunate given the number of injuries they’ve had before and during this series.
more... plus some Sabres/Sens talk…
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