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from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,
To play your best hockey, your players have to be loose. And is there anyone in hockey better than Hull at understanding how to stay loose?
You can’t play this game if you are uptight, and Hull has never been uptight about anything in his life. The Stars changed their chemistry by bringing in Brad Richards at the trade deadline, and they had to play without injured defenseman Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher, and it didn’t matter to them because they go out there and play without any worries. That’s the Hull influence.
When you watch the Stars right now, what you see is a team that is in sync at every position
from Working the Corners,
Everybody was on the same page this morning. Talking positive, making it all sound pretty simple for the Sharks to climb right back into this series tonight.
“We’ve just got to put in our chances,” Joe Thornton said. “We’ve had some golden opportunities that we haven’t actually buried.”
The Czech site iDNES has reported the following:
Some unnamed player from Omsk was told by the boss of the club that Jagr is gonna play there next year. “We dont know anything about length of contract or about money but they told us Jagr will play here. Thats fantastic news!”
Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the translation.
The Bolts bring Vinny Lecavlier and his shoulder to you.
Thanks to Bolts Report for the pointer…
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From Adam Proteau’s Tuesday mailbag at The Hockey News:
Considering the gazillions of dollars he has made over his career, do you think there’s a chance that Jaromir Jagr would go back to Pittsburgh at a deep discount just for a chance to play with Malkin & Crosby? [...]
Jaromir Jagr? Accept the minimum salary? If he was being held at gunpoint, maybe.
more thoughts on Jagr and others
From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca,
4) Is there an NHL team that looks dumber or cheaper than the Buffalo Sabres right now?
Former Sabre Danny Briere, who practically begged the Sabres to give him a reasonable contract offer last season, is leading the league in playoff scoring and is a big reason that the Flyers still have a chance to go from worst to first in a single season. The Sabres made it clear they had no interest in signing Briere (though for the record they did make a token effort hours before free agency opened, an effort that reminded many of their “attempt” to re-sign Ted Nolan as coach a decade earlier).
more… observations gleaned from this year’s playoffs
From David Littman at The Hockey News,
I joined the Oyster Bay youth hockey organization and went to summer hockey camps where I was coached by the likes of Resch, Smith, Lou Lamoriello and Brian Burke.
When I wasn’t playing on the ice, I was playing street hockey. When I wasn’t playing street hockey, I was in my basement throwing tennis balls against the stairs and making glove saves that would win my team the Stanley Cup.
Hockey was all I thought about and there was no doubt in my mind I would play in the NHL.
But not everyone else thought so.
Littman was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and played for both the Sabres and Tampa Bay, as well as in the AHL, ECHL and IHL. Currently he’s the producer of EA Sports NHL series and now a blogger with THN, promising a lot of great stories.
The guys at PlayAction.tv have been after me to participate in one of their prediction games and I finally took them up on their offer last Saturday.
PlayAction.tv offers a very unique prediction game that runs off your mobile phone. They send you a prediction question. You predict the outcome and send back the numerical code of your chosen answer. They have ‘game jockeys’ who run the games live and send out some very interesting questions.
The opening pick for Saturday’s Habs-Flyers game was “Can Habs carry momentum from GM 1? How will MTL do after 1st?”. I figured Montreal would certainly ride the momentum of their huge comeback win in Game One so I chose “Lead by 1”. Unfortunately, the Flyers didn’t follow the script…
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,
In fact, the team chemistry is such that head coach Michel Therrien does not want to change it even though veteran forward Gary Roberts is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Roberts, who played a big role in the first two games of the first round of the NHL playoffs before suffering a groin injury, was told in the morning that he will not play in Game Three of the Eastern Conference semi-final against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
With the Penguins holding a 2-0 series lead and Adam Hall playing well in Roberts’ place, Therrien decided to leave things as they are.
“We want Gary Roberts back in the lineup but we want him back at the right time,” Therrien said. “If we bring him back, who are we going to take out? We have great chemistry right now.”
From On the Forecheck,
Yes, it’s time for the 2008 Alternative NHL Awards, recognizing the best of the best (or is it the worst of the worst?) when it comes to on-ice illicit activity…
Boarding: Usually the haven of lumbering, slack-jawed knuckle-draggers who aim to intimidate opponents, this year’s crop of bellicose boarders included a number of smaller, workaday checking forwards like Todd Marchant (3) and Kris Draper (4), who tied for the league lead alongside defenseman Andrej Meszaros of Ottawa. Based on the fact that he’s obviously working through some “issues” since being so viciously boarded by Claude Lemieux in the 1996 Western Conference finals, the award goes to Draper for 2008.
and lots more...
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