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from the Toronto Star,
Sure the beer may be cold, the hangovers pulsing and the aging legs on fire, but those post-game grins aren’t memories saved from something once-young: a passion for the great game burns in the desert.
And with the NHL playoffs airing in Dubai via satellite, that passion has gone global (sort of). Witness the just-completed CAE Dubai Mighty Camels tournament (won by the host club, but that’s beside the point). The DMCT is home to a mind-boggling 18-team, three-tier round robin, stacked with over 100 Canadians – Maritimers and Albertans, mostly – nearly all of them lost in their 30s, working all over the Middle and Far East. These guys take the DMCT seriously. Very seriously. Almost as seriously as the beverages.
from the Ottawa Sun,
In obvious discomfort after taking a shot on his catching glove yesterday at practice, Senators goalie Ray Emery smashed his stick and left the ice.
The Senators’ top ‘tender was quick, however, to assure the gathered press corps he’ll be ready for Game 1 against the Devils on Thursday in New Jersey.
“As long as I’m ready when they sing the songs, that’s all that matters,” Emery said in reference to the national anthems after emerging from the training room.
Oh Tony, if only you could have found an extra goal in the first round!
Tony had 216 total goals in the first round and 215 were scored.
Therefore the KK Challenge continues for the Conference Semi-Finals.
Again, how many total goals will be scored in this round? Select the correct amount and win a $100 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com or IceJerseys.com.
You need to be a KK member (register on the left sidebar under KK Sections) and answers must be submitted in the comments of this post. Your guess must be timestamped by Wednesday, April 26th- 5:00pm EDT.
If more than one person gets the correct amount, a random drawing will be held to select the winner.
note: this post will be a sticky occasionally through Wednesday evening.
from the New York Times,
“I don’t know if they’re the cream of the crop right now,” Rangers Coach Tom Renney said of the Sabres. “They’re certainly one of eight teams left, and a good one. I’m not going to suggest I don’t want to give them credit, but we’re where we are because we belong here, too.
“One thing I will say is we are a different team than we were three months ago. Buffalo is what they are. Maybe we’re a little less familiar to them than they are to us. They are a good team. I’m not going to take anything away from them, but I’m not going to pump their tires, either.”
A few weeks ago I pointed out to KK readers the new site design of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Now a little bit more info, via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
While the site design will remain the same from team to team, content will vary and be determined by individual teams. The Canes’ site offers an in-depth section that connects visitors to team weblogs, video and news clips. That will allow each club to retain a local voice and allow each site to reflect the club’s focus, said Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises.
“The way the league explained it is, ‘We’re going to build a house and the clubs are going to have to paint it,’” said Ben Aycock, the Hurricanes’ manager of creative services. “It’s not the extreme extent of complete league control but something between that and being totally on your own like we were up to three weeks ago.”
The Hurricanes’ site provides more evidence that the new team sites will further strengthen the league’s new media efforts. The home page rolled out by Carolina emphasizes large news stories, video content and ticket sales, which are the first option on the site’s navigation bar. Plus, by having one template, it will be easier for teams to share best Web practices.
from The Maven,
* The Islanders’ playoff exit virtually guarantees that Alexei Yashin will be bought out unless a trade is possible and that’s extremely doubtful. There’s no way the Captain and Ted Nolan can co-exist for another year where the coach remains King. The feeling up front is that Yash is too slow for the current NHL and less than super-motivated.
* Tough Question Dep’t.: Where does Mark Messier land in 2007-2008? One possible – though not probable – scenario would have Don Maloney moving into a GM slot giving Mess the possibility of taking over as Rangers assistant GM.
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League today announced the dates and starting times for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Wednesday, April 25 when the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks host either the San Jose Sharks or Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks and Dallas Stars contest the seventh and deciding game of their Conference Quarterfinal series tonight in Vancouver.
From James Mirtle at the Globe & Mail,
Here’s a question worth pondering now that seven (and, soon enough, eight) teams have bowed out of the postseason race: Did the Thrashers, Islanders and Predators seriously err in unloading picks and prospects for the Forsbergs, Tkachuks and Smyths of the world at the trade deadline?
With the benefit of hindsight, the short answer is unequivocally yes.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
As a team, the Flames need to get quicker and hungrier up front; one of the issues in the Detroit series was they simply couldn’t get in on the Red Wings’ defence hard enough or fast enough to turn the puck over. The infusion of youth and speed may address that issue; it also means that many, if not most of, their 30-something forwards (Darren McCarty, Byron Ritchie, Marcus Nilson, Amonte, Friesen and depending upon his wishes, Primeau), may be seeking employment elsewhere next season.
It’s a different story on defence, where the Flames will almost certainly bid to retain one or both of Roman Hamrlik and Brad Stuart, a pair of minute-munching rearguards, for whom there are no replacements waiting in the wings.
more… *including thoughts on Jim Playfair’s coaching future with the Flames
From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca,
The Flames disgraced themselves and the game they profess to love. They didn’t play hard, they played dirty ... and stupid. If it weren’t for their magnificent talent in goal, Game 6 would never have existed. Kiprusoff also extended their good fortune into overtime Sunday when he kept the Red Wings off the board after Craig Conroy received a double minor for striking Tomas Holmstrom in the face with his stick.
continued… *more on Calgary, and the NHL’s response
Update 4:49pm ET:
John sent this photo, seen below. Thought it might be an amusing addition (for some of you) to add to this post.
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