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This week’s topic: Again, the start of the Stanley Cup finals. What else?

Scott Burnside: Hello, Damien. Happy Stanley Cup finals! Are you pumped about your trip down Highway 401 to Detroit? Can’t wait for Big Al, The World’s Most Famous Zamboni Driver, to send bits of octopi flying around Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night to kick off the big tilt.

Damien Cox: I think this one’s going to be good. Then again, I thought last season’s would be, and it was, well, about as exciting as watching you order lunch. Being a veteran of the Detroit-Windsor corridor, how do you think people will react when they learn of your new betrothed, the Penguins of Pittsburgh?

much more on the series at ESPN…

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Detroit Is Hockeytown

from Cam Cole at the Windsor Star,

Minnesota: “The State of Hockey.”

Montreal: “The City Is Hockey.”

Small-town Canada (courtesy of the CBC): “Hockeyville.”

None is an exaggeration. Each has a claim to its title/status/slogan. Each is a fundamental part of the game’s bedrock, its history, its future.

But so is this. Hockeytown, USA requires no quotation marks, and makes no apologies.


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Talking Hockey With Musicians

from Sportsnet,

Sportsnet.ca’s Perry Lefko spoke with the legendary (Stompin’ Tom) Connors in an exclusive conversation on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final….

Q: You mentioned “Bobby scores” in the opening stanza. Was it in reference to any particular Bobby?

A: There was so many Bobbys out (in the National Hockey League) that I thought if I was going to put a name in the song at all that somebody was going to score, it just had to be a Bobby. If I had said Pete or Harry or something like that, I wanted to cover as many bases as I could.


Perry Lefko is keeping busy these days,

Sportsnet.ca spoke with a few of Canada’s prominent musicians for their thoughts on the game and this year’s matchup between Detroit and Pittsburgh.

JIM CUDDY, Blue Rodeo

Cuddy says hockey has always been a big part of his life.

“I don’t ever remember not being involved in hockey,” he says. “By the time I could skate I was living in Brantford or Ottawa or Montreal and joined the local hockey leagues. I’ve always loved it….


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Media Frenzy

Media everywhere, players everywhere, microphones thrown into the bearded faces of players we are used to seeing on the ice, not in suit coats and fancy shoes.

It was a great scene in Detroit’s Cobo Hall where Media Day was held.  NHL.com, XM, NHL Network and a few other media types had areas set up where they could do one-on-one interviews.

Most of the players were very open but a few were filled with a little nervous tension.

First the Wings appeared and each player had an area sectioned off for them.  Some stood around waiting for interviews, others were kept very busy.  Johan Franzen created the biggest media scrum, followed by Holmstrom, Draper and Maltby.  Some of the Wings players were brought to the NHL.com area where the crew interviewed them and I was able to participate in the process too. 

After the Wings vacated the room where Media Day was being held, the Pittsburgh Penguins entered and basically followed the pattern of the Wings players.  After Sidney Crosby spoke to the media in a group setting, which you may have watched via the NHL Network, he simply vanished.  Players who drew the most attention from the media were Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts and Georges Laraque.

One sidenote to this day, both the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophies were on display and the players avoided looking at them.  I did see Evgeni Malkin get within about five feet of them, then quickly turn his back to them.

It was a great experience for me, especially with this all happening in my home town.  I will have more throughout the weekend and hope to improve the quality of the pictures I took that Alanah posted earlier today.

I am a bit tired, but the real fun begins tomorrow.  I can’t wait for tomorrow and as Ron MacLean of HNIC told me, “Just drop the puck”.  I agree, Ron, and I am sure most hockey fans feel the same way.

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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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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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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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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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