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from Jerry Sullivan at the Buffalo News,
This won’t go over well with Sabres fans — particularly the die-hards who can’t bring themselves to take the flags off their cars. But if I were a betting man, I’d wager that neither Chris Drury nor Daniel Briere will be playing hockey for Buffalo next season.
My suspicions were heightened by the news that the Sabres won’t be able to spend up to the NHL salary cap next season. The cap is expected to rise from $44 million to at least $48 million. Judging from the comments by owner Tom Golisano, there’s a greater chance that the Sabres will spend less in payroll next year than in the season just past.
from the LA Times,
Predictably, the Ducks defended what they do.
“We’re going hard to the net and we’re going to go try and score goals,” said Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who got the tying goal in Monday’s 3-2 victory. “We’re definitely not trying to do anything to provoke him or injure him, by any means.
“I think we’re going into those dirty areas, and when there’s loose pucks, we’re going to try to put them in the net.”
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from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,
They have no nickname — Ducks, surely, is bad enough — but Bruce Hood says he couldn’t stop thinking that, somehow, the Broad Street Bullies were back in the Stanley Cup final.
Not the Ottawa Senators versus the Anaheim Ducks, as advertised. But the 2007 Ottawa Senators up against the Philadelphia Flyers, circa mid-1970s.
Hood is not as lost in time as it might appear. Something happened to the “new NHL” on Monday during Anaheim’s 3-2 victory. It became the “old NHL.” Or the “new new NHL,” where obstruction appears to have been welcomed back.
from the Pioneer Press,
Yearning to “break free of these chains” binding him to the Wild, goalie Manny Fernandez expects to be traded this summer and said Tuesday he wants to play for more supportive coaches and teammates than he has had in Minnesota.
With his bags packed for a transaction that might not occur, Fernandez said he has been “fighting against some demons” since the Wild acquired him before their inaugural 2000-01 season and is ready to move on with his $9.25 million contract.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The CBC’s telecast of the first game of the Stanley Cup final on Monday (Senators-Anaheim Ducks) drew an average audience of 2.608 million, down 14 per cent from the first game last year (Oilers-Carolina Hurricanes, 3.033 million).
The audience was off 15 per cent from the 3.063 million viewers who watched the first game of the 2004 final between the Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning….
In the United States, Versus did not receive a national rating Tuesday, but regionally, Buffalo produced the largest overnight, a 3.9 (percentage of households tuned in).
The Los Angeles market, where the Ducks play, produced a 1.7, the largest hockey rating Versus has earned in the market. Versus ranked fifth among the cable networks in Los Angeles from 8 p.m. EDT to 10:45 p.m.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Pahlsson centres a line with Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen on the wings and it had a huge impact in Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in the opener of the Stanley Cup final Monday night. Game 2 is Wednesday and the three hope to again play a prominent role.
Besides shutting down opponents’ top scoring lines, they’ve supplied 11 of Anaheim’s 47 goals in the team’s 16 playoff games. It’s been an unexpected bonanza for coach Randy Carlyle’s crew.
“We shudder to think where we would be without them,” says Carlyle.
Q. Bryan, other teams in these playoffs have talked about maybe the Ducks’ extra hacking and whacking at the goal on plays in front of the net and whatsoever. How much do you think - is that maybe them crossing the line at all? How much do you think - are you going to maybe voice that with Colin?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I think everybody sees what - I don’t have to say one word to anybody, really. I am. I have. But I don’t have to, because every time I talk to one of the league officials they’ve seen it and it’s a matter of application.
And I’m not sure if they do or not. I think there were a couple times last night where Ray Emery had the puck covered and there were two or three extra hacks at him.
But I asked one of the officials one comment, and he told me to go stand behind the bench. So it’s very hard for me to do anything other than be the guy behind the bench standing there and hope that somebody recognizes that there are levels that we’ve been told you play at, and it’s called accordingly.
But I can’t answer for the officials.
from the AP via Ft.Wayne.com,
Ron Wilson will return to coach the San Jose Sharks next season, general manager Doug Wilson said Tuesday after another week of self-evaluation and soul-searching for the playoff underachievers.
Ron Wilson and assistants Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler will get another chance to coax postseason success out of the Sharks despite a second-round playoff loss to the Detroit Red Wings last month. The postseason exit - culminating with three straight losses - infuriated Doug Wilson, apparently prompting the GM to consider major changes to his winning club.
“This coaching staff will be back, and I’ll look forward to the work we’re going to do,” Doug Wilson said.
Q. Ray, having a night to sleep on last night’s game, do you feel like maybe you’re not quite as far off as the 3-2 final score and maybe you guys are right there with these guys and maybe just a couple adjustments and you’ll be back in?
RAY EMERY: Yeah, that’s what I thought last night. We made a lot of mistakes. And definitely it didn’t play our type of game. And still gave ourselves a chance to win and still - in most cases when we have a lead going in the third we do win.
So if we correct even some of the mistakes, we’re looking pretty good. But we want to definitely correct a lot of those mistakes and we’re not short of confidence. If we correct those mistakes, we’re going to come out on top.
Enough of the complaining from the hockey “experts”!
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