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Roberts Out For Game #1

From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo!,

Gary Roberts tried to bite his tongue on the eve of the Stanley Cup final, visibly upset after Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel Therrien told him he wouldn’t be in the lineup for the opening game Saturday night.”Obviously, I’m not happy about it but I’m going to let Mike talk about why I’m not playing,” Roberts said.

Therrien was not asked about Roberts during his news conference Friday but later told a reporter that the media would find out after the pre-game skate Saturday whether Roberts was in or not.

Roberts let the cat out of the bag.

“I’ve been told I’m not playing tomorrow night,” said Roberts. “But it’s not the time for me to bitch and complain.”

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Penguins Media Transcripts

From Media Day in Detroit, transcripts from the Q&As with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury
  • Michel Therrien and Ray Shero

 

 

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  Tags: marc-andre+fleury, michel+therrien, ray+shero, sidney+crosby

Red Wings Media Transcripts

From Media Day in Detroit, transcripts from the Q&As with the Detroit Red Wings.

  • Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Osgood
  • Ken Holland and Mike Babcock

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  Tags: chris+osgood, ken+holland, mike+babcock, nick+lidstrom

San Jose is a Hockey Town

From Mark Purdy at the Mercury News,

We now have definitive proof that San Jose is a hockey town.

Earlier this week, a civilian spotted Joel Quenneville on the streets of our fair city. And actually recognized Quenneville. And tipped off a Mercury News columnist about it.

Quenneville is the former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, as of earlier this month. And unless he was here to visit the Winchester Mystery House or shop at Santana Row, odds are that Quenneville was interviewing for the Sharks’ vacant coaching job.

In fact, the Mercury News received multiple confirmations of Quenneville’s presence in San Jose. Pretty impressive feat by our citizen journalists. Quenneville is hardly the NHL’s most famous face.

continued… with more San Jose Sharks coaching speculation

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  Tags: coaching, joel+quenneville, rumors

Dallas Promises a New Deal for Tippett

From Tracey Myers at the Star-Telegram,

There are a few little details to work out, but Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett will have a new three-year deal, co-general manager Les Jackson said today. An official announcement will be made Tuesday or Wednesday.

Tippett’s deal will take him through the 2010-11 season, as will the co-general managers’ deal that Jackson and Brett Hull each signed on Thursday.

“Dave is very deserving of a good contract. He’s done a good job for us,” Jackson said. “He represents our team and our philosophy well.”

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44 Reasons to Watch the Stanley Cup Finals

From Page 2 at ESPN,

1. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin: The most exciting tandem since Gretzky and Messier, these franchise cornerstones are a combined 41 years old, which is still five years younger than …

2. Chris Chelios: A first-ballot lock for the Badass Hall of Fame, he’s one of the fittest athletes you’ll see in any sport. He might be the only one to have actually threatened his commissioner with physical violence.

3. Not one word about Spygate.

4. Not one word about Roger Clemens.

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  Tags: playoffs

Players Hold a Power Edge

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

If the player who is under contract decides he simply doesn’t feel like playing – the way Niedermayer did last fall – he can simply kick up his heels and sit out for as long as he wants. The team has no recourse except to suspend the player. But here’s where it gets really silly.

The moment the player decides he wants to come back and play, the team must lift the suspension, reactivate him and start paying him according to the terms of his contract – as long as he decides to return before the trade deadline when rosters must be set. 

It’s another classic example of how the players, who were supposedly clobbered in the last round of CBA negotiations, continue to hold an inordinate amount of power. After holding a team to a commitment by signing a contract, the player then decides if and when he wants to come back.

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  Tags: cba, contracts

Saving Hockey

From Matthew Futterman at the Wall Street Journal,

For National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, rock bottom arrived long before he watched three of his teams go bankrupt and canceled the 2004-2005 season.

It came in 1999, when Mr. Bettman looked at his major moves during his first seven years heading the NHL and saw that they were going to wreck professional hockey in North America. For one thing, the gap was widening between rich and poor teams, especially those in smaller Canadian cities and in the Southern and Western U.S., where Mr. Bettman had pushed the league to expand. Salary growth was also out of control. Worst of all, a once lightning-fast game was slowly turning into a boring grind.

“I watch the game—70, 80 games a year,” Mr. Bettman, now in his 16th year heading the league, said last week. “You could see what was happening.”

continued… a very in-depth article on the mistakes and accomplishments of the NHL over recent years

Update 4:45pm ET: From CBC’s Playoff Blog, an article arguing that the darkest days of the NHL have since passed.

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Updates From Kukla

Paul is at the NHL’s media event in Detroit (for which we’re hosting the live video feed on the previous post). 

This post will be an open forum from the event, to add photos he sends in and links to audio he’ll be posting on NHL.com later today. 

Updates will be added below throughout the day, with Wings stuff coming in first since the Penguins aren’t yet available.  To start, I’ve put up a couple screenshots from video he’s shot today so far…

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  Tags: chris+chelios, dan+cleary, gary+roberts, jordan+staal, kirk+maltby, marian+hossa, nhl+media+day

NHL Media Day—Live!

As Paul mentioned earlier, today is NHL Media Day in Detroit. The event brings members of both teams together for a variety of televised press conferences and various side interviews with members of the press.

You can watch it on television via the NHL Network. But if you don’t have access to the network via TV, the NHL Network Online is broadcasting it live, from 2pm ET onwards. 

So, head over to the NHL Network Online website, or watch it live on the player embedded below, here on KK:

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  Tags: interviews, media, television

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