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from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
The Anaheim Ducks, surely, will wake up one day soon and realize they’ve got to let their GM, Brian Burke, talk to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If not, they’re making a terrible mistake.
This is going to be a distraction for them every single day until Burke’s contract expires after next season. Especially if two things happen:
1) The Ducks can’t get Burke to sign a contract extension.
2) The Leafs hire Burke’s friend Dave Nonis in some form of front-office role while very much keeping the big job open. Nonis, fired as Vancouver Canucks GM last month, is meeting with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment early next week.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
There are 46,055 square miles in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which means it is obviously not big enough for two NHL teams in May.
On the one end of this great, diverse state is Philadelphia, now 25 years removed from its last pro sports championship. At the other end is Pittsburgh, which, relatively speaking, collects titles the way Lindsay Lohan attracts the paparazzi. Other than license plates and garrulous, sports-loving governor Ed Rendell, these cities, and their hockey teams, share almost nothing other than a healthy dislike for each other.
The rivalry is back in the NHL.
from Neil Stevens of the CP via Yahoo,
Considering that a forward’s average shift is about 40 seconds, it is of tremendous important to get the puck as soon as possible after jumping onto the ice.
“Instead of chasing the puck for 20 seconds, it’s nice to have it right away,” says Henrik Zetterberg, who won 12 faceoffs and lost only five. “Most of the time, if you win a lot of the faceoffs, you take the momentum in games.”
During Wings practices, coaches will work two players at a time through faceoff drills that incite laughter and good-natured teasing.
“You have to have fun out there,” Zetterberg said after practice Friday. “We usually do it at the end of practice.
Transcript from a press conference with Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett:
Q. What’s your off-day skate looking like? A lot of coaching going on there?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: That’s what happens when we didn’t get a lot of time between the last series and this one. We felt we had a few things we wanted to address out there. Not a strenuous day, but certainly some things we want to look at that we have to be better at.
from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
Call it a lesson learned. Or getting in sync. Or maybe just rediscovering what it is that drives your team once again.
Those were the words I heard most often before Game 6 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on a Sunday afternoon in Nashville in mid-April from people inside the Detroit Red Wings organization.
“Never have I been in a series where the other team so quickly changed the momentum of the game,” Wings center Kris Draper told me. “That’s usually us.”
Identity crisis? Not the Red Wings. Just call it a lesson learned.
Just received a phone call from Versus, Game 1 of the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Series will be in HD on VERSUS!!
Good new all around! And yes, they heard you!
added 2:25pm, Just wanted to thank Versus for working with me and making it right for HD hockey fans. Hope everyone enjoys the game.
From a press conference Q&A session featuring Philadelphia Flyers players Daniel Briere, R.J. Umberger, and Martin Biron.
Q. Danny, the way you’ve played this season and, the way the team has played overall this season, does this further validate your decision to leave the Sabres and go to the Flyers?
DANIEL BRIERE: You know what, when I was looking at my options, obviously looking at Philly, you know, very similar as far as offense, where it’s a team that doesn’t just rely on one or two guys or on just one line. We’ve seen it through the year. Everybody’s chipping in.
From the Colorado Avalanche:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joel Quenneville will not return to coach the team next season.
“After meeting with Joel, we mutually agreed that the best decision for both parties involved is to go separate ways,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “On behalf of the organization, I want to thank Joel for his years of service and wish him the best in his coaching career.”
Update 2:02pm ET: Previously noted on KK—Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News saw this coming yesterday.
Update 2:36pm ET: As a commenter noted below, my saying that Quenneville was fired was an inaccurate way of posting this news. In truth, his contract was up and simply not renewed.
added 4:19pm (Paul), from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Quenneville, who won the NHL’s Jack Adams Trophy as top coach for 1999-00, will undoubtedly be in the running for bench boss openings in Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Atlanta. He’ll almost certainly find work by the beginning of next season, as he wasn’t seen to be the primary problem with an injury-riddled roster still a couple years away from true Cup contention.
Update 7:11pm: Patrick Roy for the job, anyone?
From Spector at FoxSports,
The Stanley Cup playoffs are the time for the NHL’s best players to shine, and many have stepped up once again.
Veteran stars such as Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg; Dallas’ Marty Turco, Brendan Morrow and Brad Richards; Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere and Pittsburgh’s Marian Hossa continue to prove they’re among the game’s very best in leading their respective clubs to the conference finals.
That’s not to say young and emerging stars haven’t been sharing the stage with those established players.
Sidney Crosby is the most hyped and recognizable of the bunch but several others have earned a share of this year’s spotlight.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
If the Philadelphia Flyers plan to intimidate the Pittsburgh Penguins and set a physical tone for the Eastern Conference final in Game 1 tonight, they do so at their own peril.
That’s because even the best penalty-killing team in the league would have a tough time stopping the Penguins power play these days. If the Flyers create a conga line to the penalty box in an effort to make a point, the Penguins will demolish them.
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