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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Well, thankfully, no one of any influence is currently peddling that notion, so as we get set to begin the run to the Stanley Cup, we can be relatively secure in the knowledge that one of our game's great traditions - sudden death OT - is alive and well. But, you should know there is some concern about marathon OT sessions in the playoffs and how long they go. The marathon playoff games can be alternatingly exciting and tedious and as dramatically as they end, they can create havoc with everything from network TV schedules to teams' travel schedules and beyond.read on
from the Selma Times-Journal,
Surprise, surprise, surprise! That's exactly what came to my mind this morning when I did my usual trolling for sports information. I consider myself pretty well schooled on everything that's going in the world of sports. But sometimes, even I get sideswiped. And I'll bet there are some things on "The List" this week that you didn't realize, either. For instance, did you know .. the NHL is still in operation? - You know, the guys that have the beefed up figure skates and knock that large piece of flat charcoal around an enclosed frozen pond? Yeah, them. I thought it was great. I mean, ever since Wayne Gretzky retired, who cares? Kinda like Michael Jordan. Except not bald. And not as ummm, tan.
from the Mercury News,
So it's on to Nashville, cats. Everything is set. The Sharks will be in Tennessee next weekend to start the NHL playoffs. But how far can they go from there? Far. Really, really far, maybe. Joe Thornton, the Sharks' grand high exalted mystic centerman, made the understatement of the day following his team's eighth consecutive victory. ``I think we're peaking at the right time.'' Uh, yeah. ``And,'' Thornton added, ``we'd like to keep it up for a couple more months now.''continued
from the Phildadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News,
On the ice, the Devils made the Flyers look slow and clueless. On the bench and in the locker room, the Flyers made themselves look dysfunctional and panicked. With the playoffs about to begin this weekend, that is a reason for real concern. Peter Forsberg came to North Jersey expecting to play. After pregame warm-ups, he decided his left groin was bothering him too much. This was not a case of the superstar center being overly cautious. Asked if he would have played in a playoff game, Forsberg indicated he would not.read on...including a goalie issue...
Fans camp out for 16 hours waiting for Nashville playoff tickets, not aware of ticket lottery plans. Tired fans get bumped to 80th in line. read the Tennessean for more...
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For those HDTV owners who are able to get HDNet, they announced last night they will be telecasting some playoff games. Nothing on their website yet, but I am sure they will post a schedule when the the brackets are finalized.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Changes are on the horizon in Leaf Nation. While Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson is expected to survive any purge once the season officially ends on Tuesday, coach Pat Quinn likely won't be so lucky. There will be a bidding war for Senators D Zdeno Chara in July and already teams are lining up. There is talk out of Boston once the GM situation is settled there -- interim GM Jeff Gorton is a front-runner along with Lombardi and former Hawks GM Mike Smith -- the Bruins are going to make a pitch. Florida and Toronto are both expected to make big offers to Chara, toomore...
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
The debate is raging in Vancouver. Someone must be sacrificed to the hockey gods to appease them after the Canucks missed the playoffs. Who is it to be? Coach Marc Crawford has been on shaky ground for a long time, but general manager Dave Nonis ignored the advice of his confidantes and kept him on. He may not feel comfortable doing so for much longer. Nonis himself probably is safe for a while. He inherited Crawford and likely will be given a chance to make amends with his own man behind the bench. Even though Bryan McCabe is the highest-profile Group 3 (unrestricted) free agent on the Maple Leafs, the team will have to make some difficult decisions regarding other players in the same boat. Or they might have their decisions made for them if the player goes elsewhere while the Leafs dither. Still on the subject of contracts, which is, unfortunately, a way of life in the new artificially regulated NHL, there's an intriguing situation brewing in Minnesota. The Wild, a team which understandably doesn't want to spend much money because it may have an unsold seat some day, must try to come to terms with Marian Gaborik.read on
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