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From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,
...there is a brewing problem between coach Michel Therrien and some of his players—a number of them despise playing for him.
No one will choose the Stanley Cup final as a forum to call out their coach but there are far too many whispers out there that too many players can’t stand working for—or with—Therrien.
If that isn’t an issue to be dealt with immediately, it is certainly something that will grow with time. Brooks Orpik, the free agent defenceman who will be coveted by many teams after July 1, has told people he will not re-sign in Pittsburgh if Therrien is the coach. Jordan Staal, the terrific young player who lives in the shadow of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin—but is poised to bust out as one of the most complete centres in hockey—is another Therrien complainer.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
General manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that Bret Hedican has told the team he’s moving on, and although there’s a chance he could end up back with the Canes at some point later in the summer as a free agent, he no longer figures in their plans at this point.
The 37-year-old defenseman and his wife, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, have said they plan to leave Raleigh and move to Northern California.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Henrik Zetterberg’s days of anonymity are over.
Well, folks in Detroit would tell you Zetterberg hasn’t been a secret to them for a long, long time. But on a Red Wings team loaded with talent, it’s also fair to say that the Swedish version of Doug Gilmour – superb offensively, superb defensively – has flown under the radar for the most part during his NHL career.
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Spoke with JM today at The Bank, got a little bit of news from him regarding the coaching search—among other things.
First off, the Panthers have asked for and been granted permission to speak to Paul Maurice (Toronto) and Perry Pearn (Rangers assistant). Martin has already had a conversation with Maurice, done when JM was at the team’s development camp outside of Toronto….
JM says he has spoken with Jay Bouwmeester’s agent, but there has been no progress in talks for a contract. He says he expects talks to continue. When I asked him if he could foresee trading Bouwmeester at the draft if something isn’t reached, he said “I would doubt that. We’re not at that stage yet. We’re at the begining stages of the negotiations.’‘
via TheFan 590,
Jim Kelley joins Bob McCown to discuss the shady situation between Jim Balsillie, Williams Del Biaggio, the Nashville Predators, and the National Hockey League.
listen now and you will get a little Wings talk too…
added 7:03an, from Theresa Tedesco of the National Post,
Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie attempted to buy an interest in the Nashville Predators from troubled financier William “Boots” Del Biaggio two weeks ago but the National Hockey League cautioned against the plan, sources say.
WDIV in Detroit will be streaming their Wings parade coverage beginning at 9:00am ET this morning.
The parade is scheduled to kick-off at 11:00am and it promises to be a hot one, temps in the 90’s today in Detroit!
from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
And so the question of the day is this: Will Penguins fans ever get to see their team raise the Cup? Will they some day get to wonder who captain Sidney Crosby will turn to first?
For the moment the answer to those questions rests not with Crosby or Evgeni Malkin or Marc-Andre Fleury or even coach Michel Therrien. The fate of the franchise left their hands Wednesday night around 10:45 and was passed to general manager Ray Shero. It will be the decision-making ability of Shero, steeped in hockey knowledge but an inexperienced GM, that will impact the team’s future the most.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In short, the Red Wings did what was supposed to be nearly impossible — rebuild on the fly, with most of the players who make a difference on what was the best team in hockey, regular season and playoffs, playing on affordable contracts in an environment they’re not anxious to leave.
For all the winning the Red Wings did in the past, it was clear that this championship resonated with general manager Ken Holland, the architect of the team. In the pre-salary cap era, the Red Wings were able to outspend some teams. Even though they succeeded where other large-market teams (Rangers, Maple Leafs) faltered, there was always a stigma attached to their financial clout, as though somehow that cheapened the victory.
Not this time.
Ken Kal—the play-by-play voice of the Red Wings’ on their flagship station for some 12 years now—ran into a serious occupational problem on Wednesday night: a bout of laryngitis.
Fortunately, Ken did get to call the final 15 seconds of the game, and on Thursday he spoke to Dan Tencer of 630 CHED in Edmonton about the series and the after-party.
With our thanks to Dan for providing the audio, you can download their conversation here, or use the audio player below.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
I cried when Nicklas Lidstrom first picked up the Cup, knowing full well that the label of “first European captain of an NHL champion” really couldn’t have been applied to a more polite, respectful, decent human being.
I cried when the first person Lidstrom handed off the Cup to was Dallas Drake, a guy universally acknowledged as one of the league’s best foot-soldiers for the past 15 seasons, and now, someone who earned a spot where he was able to bask in the glow of championship glory.
I cried when Drake passed the trophy to Dan Cleary, a onetime elite prospect pushed to the periphery of the NHL before he scratched and clawed his way into a tryout opportunity with the Wings and turned the chance into a personal resurrection that will live on in the minds and hearts of his fellow Newfoundlanders for as long as the Atlantic tides touch the province’s shores.
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