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from the Chicago Tribune,
“The rich, historical, traditional feelings [Chicago] fans have may be among the deepest in the league,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the Tribune on Wednesday via phone from Anaheim, where the expansion Ducks and Ottawa Senators were skating in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. “There has always been something special about all of the Original Six clubs.”
Rangers Report comes up with the best headline of the day- ““Wait, does it mean I have to show up every day?”, when questioning if Mark Messier is the right man for the Rangers asst. GM job.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
But what about a nickname for the line? Don’t Pahlsson, R. Niedermayer and Moen deserve one now?
Hmmm. How about “Crash, Bang and Boom”?
Or how about “The Swede, The Farmboy and The Other Brother”? (Pahlsson obviously is the Scandinavian, Moen is the farmer who spends his summer working on the family’s 3,500-acre cattle and grain ranch in Saskatchewan and Rob Niedermayer is often overshadowed by brother Scott, the Norris Trophy winner and captain of the Ducks.)
Or how about “The Plowboys?”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Let’s see, if Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson are supposed to be the best line in the NHL, and they are being thoroughly outplayed by Samuel Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen, doesn’t that make the Anaheim trio the best line in the league?
If you missed the game and want to catch the highlights…
from the National Post via Canada.com,
Owner Craig Leipold has signed a letter of intent to sell the Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, a deal with a closing date of June 30.
The National Hockey League’s free-agent window opens the very next day.
Nashville has seven players set to become unrestricted free agents, including captain Kimmo Timonen and forwards Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg.
The NHL’s board of governors still has to approve the sale, leaving players and agents in need of answers from the team and general manager David Poile.
“I don’t think the league wants David Poile to hit July 1 not knowing who his owner is and not knowing what direction it’s going to go in,” Timonen’s agent, Bill Zito, said Tuesday. “We have a 100-point team, and now, all of the sudden, it’s going to disintegrate because of the timing of legalities? That doesn’t make any sense.”
NBCSports.com today announced that sports fans can engage in an interactive television experience filled with predictive questions, polls, trivia, games and more during the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Final on NBC.
Hockey fans will be able to interact with the Stanley Cup broadcast like never before with NBCSports.com Screen Shot. NBCSports.com Screen Shot is an online “two-screen experience” that allows viewers at home to play along in real-time with NBC’s live Stanley Cup broadcasts.
from the Toronto Sun,
Mats Sundin is on the verge of remaining a Maple Leaf through the 2008-09 season.
Just one month before the long-time captain is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, the two sides are close to agreeing on a two-year deal worth about $11 million US.
As of tomorrow, the Leafs have a two-week window to pick up a team option on Sundin’s existing deal. While the option would pay Sundin $4.56 million, it would still cost the Leafs about $6.33 million in cap space.
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
The Ottawa Senators top line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson is failing to attack the offensive zone with any amount of speed. Their transition game is also not working and there is still the issue of giveaways. Alfredsson gave the puck away six times in Game 2, while Spezza gave it away four times.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
“It’s a change from the first three rounds,” said Jason Spezza of the Senators. “The officials are letting a lot of things go, and there isn’t much room and there’s bad ice besides.”
“To get outshot like this has been a little bit discouraging,” Corvo said, referring to the Ducks’ 31-16 edge for Game 2 and 63-51 overall.
“We’ve had a few guys trying to be creative offensively and it burned us,” Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. “And we’re turning it over and creating offense for them, and I’m not sure why.”
But wait until the Senators turn their clocks ahead to EDT. Or back to the Buffalo series.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The Nashville Predators may be headed for Hamilton, at least temporarily.
Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has a letter of agreement to buy the Predators that closes June 30, last night re-activated an exclusive lease arrangement with Hamilton city council in which he could use the facility temporarily or permanently as home to an NHL team.
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