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from Cole’s Notes at the Vancouver Sun,
One of the sights I most look forward to, in the Stanley Cup playoffs, is that of Scotty Bowman standing in a hallway outside a locker room or sitting in the stands watching a practice ... or trying to watch one.
His solitude never lasts long because he knows everyone and everyone knows him, or thinks they do. There are few faces in hockey more familiar than the man who has won nine Stanley Cups with three different franchises and, at 74, he looks a decade younger.
from Stan Fischler of the Hockey Journal,
• Just Musing Dep’t. If the Rangers made a pitch for Patrick Marleau, it wouldn’t surprise us. …
• Something To Watch Next Year Dep’t. If Evgeni Malkin continues to upstage Sid Crosby, how’s the supposed Top Banana going to feel being down a bit in the bunch? …
• Atlanta’s front office puzzle should be sorted out in the next week or so. …
more hockey talk from the Maven…
Spector has the latest trade and free agent talk too…
One of the better lines from Melrose- To Linda Cohn of ESPN, “Don’t be a referee, you’re an anchor”!
Watch Barry in action breaking down the Stars win last night…
from Carl Steward of Inside Bay Area,
Reading the long list of possible candidates to coach the San Jose Sharks, only one name runs me up against the boards and slams me with intrigue—Mike Ricci. If nothing else, what a face to identify your increasingly faceless franchise, eh?
Stop snickering. I know there are a lot of things wrong with pinning Ricci’s name high on the candidate board. He has barely stopped playing, he’s never coached, and with those long locks and that hard-knock hockey mug, he doesn’t really look like a coach. He’s not button-down or buzz-cut, and unlike Ron Wilson, probably doesn’t spend half his day logging line rotations and brainy theorems into his laptop.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
It makes a difference how the Flyers go out.
If their season ends tonight, or Sunday in Pittsburgh, or whenever, it matters how this team plays its final periods of playoff hockey. It matters because that last impression will linger in the minds of these players and their fans.
There is a huge difference between feeling like a young team on the rise and feeling as if the Pittsburgh Penguins took their lunch money.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Imagine if Hossa had ended up a Hab or a Sen? Perhaps those teams still would be playing instead of watching the Penguins attempt to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final tonight, a berth in the Stanley Cup final hanging in the balance.
And maybe, just maybe, it would have been the Pens who would be on the golf course now had Shero not stepped up to the plate and snatched Hossa.
It is an entirely different Marian Hossa you see playfully wandering around the dressing room these days. Gone is the omnipresent frown he sported during all those playoff shortcomings with the Senators and Thrashers, replaced by a huge grin worthy of a talented goal scorer who finally is becoming the money player during playoff time that so many thought he should be.
Gary Bettman was in Dallas last night and did a little Q & A with the media before the game…
Q. What is the likelihood we’ll see another outdoor game next season? Is Yankee Stadium a possibility as a venue?
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: ...We have no shortage of interested cities and teams. And we’re exploring them. One of the possibilities is Yankee Stadium. But there are a variety of issues with respect to all of the possibilities. We have to see which can be resolved satisfactorily.
There is some construction going on, on and about the Yankee Stadium area, the old stadium area, which may impact us. There are some winterization issues, because it is an older stadium. As I sit here today, I don’t know whether or not they can be resolved. We don’t have a deal yet to go anywhere, but we’re in discussions with a variety of places, some that have been named, I’m not breaking any news here, Chicago, Boston, Colorado, Denver, Pennsylvania.
more at NHL.com…
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
So I move on to a blog that will only make Don Cherry shriek in horror and stick a pen in his eye. (Best Coach’s Corner Everrrrrrr!)
The Red Wings are not only Detroit’s team, they are Team Earth. Never has one hockey club had such a worldly roster: Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Russians, more Swedes, Czechs, a Finn. Sure, other teams have had more countries represented, but not in these numbers. The Wings have a chance to become the first team with a 50-50 North American/European split to win the Cup.
“I don’t look at nationalities, I just look for good hockey players,” says Wings General Manager Ken Holland.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars owner Tom Hicks said before Wednesday night’s game that he is pleased with the team’s co-general manager configuration and would like to take “interim” off of the titles for Les Jackson and Brett Hull.
“I look forward to having negotiations with them to talk about what the future is going to be,” Hicks said.
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
This fast-fading hockey chapter is overwritten in blood, and whether it’s clotting in Kimmo Timonen’s foot or spilling out of Braydon Coburn’s face, Philadelphia’s vengeance-themed hockey team is in a much messier situation than might have existed without those gruesome injuries to its superb defensemen.
All that said, no amount of perfectly located effort or plasma was going to derail these Penguins, whose pristine playoff run goes on stage again tonight at the Wachovia Center for Flying Elbows, a k a the Kate Smith Interactive Museum and Soft Pretzel Emporium.
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