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Blame Poile Too

from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,

Following three straight first-round playoff defeats, many Nashville Predators’ fans are wondering aloud on radio and on message boards whether coach Barry Trotz ought to be replaced.
Somehow, general manager David Poile has been given a pass, but in many ways Poile did not give Trotz as much to work with as a year ago. In that way, Poile has had as much — if not more — to do with the current state of affairs as Trotz.


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Smyth Feeling Comfortable

from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,

Now that Smyth’s Long Island experience has ended after 24 games, one of which he sat out with an injury, it’s the right time to share his comments about what it has been like to wear another uniform since his stunning trade on Feb. 27 from Edmonton. My first question to Smyth was about a recent poll conducted by The Hockey News in which the Islanders were rated as the third-worst team to be traded to in the NHL. Oddly enough, they finished behind Buffalo and Smyth’s beloved Edmonton.
“Ever since I’ve been here, the organization has been great, the players have been good,” Smyth said. “I have no regrets. The longer you stay, the better you feel.”

more from Smyth…

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Pointing Out A Few

from Jeff Z. Klein and Karl-Eric Reif of the New York Times,

There is always plenty of blame to go around when a team loses in the playoffs. This postseason, some of that blame has been directed at Russian stars: Ilya Kovalchuk of Atlanta, Alexei Yashin of the Islanders, even the Pittsburgh rookie Evgeni Malkin.
In the 1970s and ’80s, North American coaches, team officials and commentators routinely criticized European players in general for being soft and lacking the character needed for the rugged Stanley Cup playoffs. Although that point of view is rarely heard today, it still has its proponents, like the CBC commentator Don Cherry (who is also working for NBC).


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Sending A Message

As die-hard hockey fans, we know the Flames were trying to send a message to the Wings today.
In my opinion, they went too far.  McLennan should be gone for the rest of the playoffs and if Calgary is eliminated, serve at least 10 games next season.
The other “messages” sent by the Flames late in the game should be looked at too.
Not the way to end any game, and believe me, the media will be all over this.

added 8:12pm, from the AP via TSN,

The slash might lead to a stiff suspension from the NHL, which gave the Islanders’ Chris Simon a 25-game suspension for viciously swinging his stick last month.
McLennan didn’t talk to reporters after the game.
“I think the league will take a look at a few things that happened,” Zetterberg said.
Flames star Jarome Iginla got into the act, with hooking and cross-checking penalties with 43 seconds left with aggressive stick work.
“It was really about getting some fights going at that point to keep our energy up and carry some anger into the next game,” Iginla said with several new stitches over his left eye. “We’re not going away.”


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As The Story Goes- Wings Win

Will any road team win a game in the Flames/Wings series?
Wings have a chance tomorrow night and I believe the game will go to the team with the best legs.
I believe this will be Hasek’s first back-to-back game of the year.
Tighten the straps boys, it is going to be a great game.

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Edmonton Explains Bad Season

from the Edmonton Journal,

In a full-page newspaper advertisement in both Edmonton dailies, Patrick LaForge details a string of obstacles, including injuries and extended road trips, that hampered the Oilers’ performance this year. Under the headline, Proud to be in Oil Country, the letter from LaForge also defends Edmonton as a great place to play hockey.
“It’s our annual report back to the fans and the community on how we did,” LaForge told the Journal in an interview today.


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Bertuzzi A Force

from the Calgary Herald,

By now you’re probably getting the idea that Bertuzzi is one big set of shoulders. And that was on a night when the Flames won. Hand them a loss and the Flames will probably have him rivalling the Great Khali. His mass is especially noticeable on nights when Robyn Regehr, the Flames’ redwood, is out of the lineup—as he likely will be the rest of this series.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock obviously spied Bertuzzi barging through Calgary’s zone like a piano mover on Thursday.


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Pens To Play In World Championships

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The hockey season will go on for some Pittsburgh Penguins.
Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Sergei Gonchar will represent their countries at the IIHF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, at the end of the month.
Malkin and Gonchar will represent the home country, which opens play April 27 against Denmark.

continued... no mention of Crosby…

update 1:54pm, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The NHL’s Art Ross Trophy winner will not defend his World Championship scoring title for Team Canada at this year’s tournament in Moscow.
Crosby will sit out the tournament to let a broken bone in his left foot heal.
“It would have been a huge thrill for me to play for Team Canada again, especially in Moscow, which is a place I’ve always wanted to play,” he said.

read on

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Fridge Stocked

Getting down to nitty-gritty hockey today.  Enjoy the games!


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Atlanta Review

Ben Wright at Blueland Blog has a great recap from the exit interview process with Don Waddell and Bob Hartley.  This from Hartley,

On what went wrong:
“On our side we simply had no answers- for their puck control. That Hossa, Jagr and Nylander line- they took away lots of our energy and after that their support players which are great players, they played very well. It seemed that every game they got big goals from everyone.”

read on

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