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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
A key question is the style of play Julien will employ in relation to traditional, defense-first, Devils hockey. “The approach of this hockey club is a perfect fit for me,” said Julien. Julien‘s appointment follows weeks of speculation during which names such as MacLean, Pat Quinn, Lemaire and Brian Sutter were bruited about. When all was said and done Julien was Lou’s choice because, as the boss put it, “we have a similar philosophy.” My personal take is that Julien – while not a household name – will make an excellent leader. It reminds me of the hiring of Jacques Lemaire which surprised a lot of people. But when all was said and done, Lemaire turned out to be a winner Julien will be likewise.more
from the News & Observer,
Should the Carolina Hurricanes win the Cup, they'll take a victory lap later around the RBC Center parking lot in a daytime celebration, the city and the Centennial Authority said Tuesday. But Cup fever aside, that idea fell flat for some fans, who thought any celebration ought to have the Raleigh skyline as a backdrop. "If you win the main prize, you've got to have the parade downtown," Jerry Thompson, a fan in Roanoke Rapids, said in an interview. "The arena is really the runner-up venue. That's where you have the parade if you don't win."read on
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Don Cherry, the populist voice for those who yearn for the dismissed days of scrums, scraps and unregulated hand-to-hand combat on ice, barked his disfavour. "Stupid rule," he said loudly as passengers boarding an Air Canada flight yesterday morning for Toronto craned their necks to learn the target of Cherry's unmistakeable thundering. That target, although those marvelling at Cherry's celebrity might have been unable to identify him, was league refereeing commander Stephen Walkom.... Cherry and MacLean, the signature voices of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada, refuse to acknowledge the spectacular improvements in the game that have culminated with this rip-roaring, hard-hitting and exciting Cup final between Carolina and Edmonton. That the league has simply ignored each and every one of their complaints has only, it would seem, infuriated the standard bearers for the old NHL more and more.more added 8:13am, from Willian Houston of the Globe and Mail,
MacLean's railing against the new NHL started before the 2005-06 season began and it hasn't stopped. That's why Campbell asked to appear on the show. He accused MacLean of "killing" the referees. The interview quickly turned into an argument, but it was helpful in illustrating MacLean's preoccupation with officiating and, frankly, the weaknesses of his arguments. MacLean, a former amateur referee, started by knocking a holding call made by referee Bill McCreary on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Matt Greene late in the second period of Game 4. (McCreary spoke out against MacLean, before the playoffs, for his on-going criticisms of referees.) What was Greene supposed to do? MacLean asked Campbell, "let [the opposing player] go by, I guess." No, Campbell said. Greene should have kept both hands on his stick and then turned to establish position. If he couldn't do it, well, he could take a penalty.read on
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
"Obviously, I want to win as bad as everybody else," said Wallin, who is playing in his second Stanley Cup finals in four NHL seasons, having been with the Hurricanes in 2002 when they dropped the Cup finals to Detroit in five games. Wallin and Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom are good friends, and they've talked about winning the Cup. Now, Wallin wants the experience, not the words. I think it means just as much to Canadian, American as Swede, Czech or Russian," Samsonov said. "It's the ultimate prize. It's a story you'd like to tell your grandkids about." Samsonov recalls the excitement in Russia when Detroit's Russian Five carried the Cup into Moscow for the first time after the Red Wings won the Cup in 1997. "That was a big deal," he said.more
from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
For many, Jeremy Roenick is a symbol of when the Blackhawks mattered in Chicago and were a factor in the NHL. His acrimonious departure from the Hawks in the summer of 1996 damaged both parties - Roenick hasn't been the same player since leaving and the Hawks began a downward cycle that continues. Could a reunion change both their fortunes? Roenick thinks so and said on WGN radio Monday and in a Tuesday phone interview with the Chicago Tribune that returning to the Hawks is his priority. ''One of the places I would love to play is Chicago, absolutely,'' Roenick said. ''Once July 1 comes and free agency opens up, that is one of the first places I would like (agent Neil Campbell) to call.''continued
The Stanley Cup has an exclusive interview with Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail:
G&M: "Is it true you've had more White House visits than former Prime Minister Jean Chretien?" Cup: "Hey, you're funnier than David Letterman. Did a gig with him once. Nice guy. Good with the lists. I've spent time with three U.S. presidents. Not one knew much about hockey but then again I'm not much into U.S. politics …. Wait a second. That's my cell phone. (Checks caller ID.) No big deal. It's Pamela Anderson. We met a few years ago at a Chris Chelios party after the Detroit Red Wings won. She said she'd dump Kid Rock for me and I said, "Who's Kid Rock?" I hear they split up not long after that."read on
Off-day talking from Wesley and Weight-
DOUG WEIGHT: I think we're in the fourth round of the toughest championship in the world to win. We know it's going to be the toughest game to win. I think we're all pretty well grounded. We know what we have it do. We know how we have to play. We know how they are going to come out. Obviously we're going to have to have the fans behind us, it's going to be a big game emotionally, and have to talk about some things to keep in check and keep discipline in check, but I think we know what we have to do. Q. Will this be a long 24 hours for you never having been this close before? GLEN WESLEY: I slept well the night before Game 4, so I don't see why it's going to change. Obviously we have got to focus and get our rest and prepare for Game 5 here, but the bottom line is you know, in preparing for Game 5 and you know, it's obviously difficult to think about, and the biggest thing you got to do is prepare ourselves and know what is going to be at stake and we know we have got to play our best game in the series.more in the comments...
The Nashville Predators aren't happy at having their net worth questioned by an attorney hired by the local government, and now they're asking Nashville to pay up on bonuses owed to the company that runs their arena. The Predators had attorneys outline their demands in four letters delivered to Nashville attorneys Monday in response to arguments over the team's financial stability over the past year. They charge the contract has been breached and have given Metro Nashville government until July 10 to pay up or negotiate. That could open up a clause for the Predators to end their agreement, which might allow them to leave Nashville. "I don't think the Predators have any intention of doing that," team attorney Chris Whitson said.continued
Taking a tour around the hockey bloggers today, I see some of us received the same notification from NHL Draft Net. They are distinguishing themselves as a hockey blog intent on full coverage of the NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 24th. I will let Ted Leonsis give you a little background on the blog and my feelings are we do need something like this. I know when June 24th roles around, I hope to have a nice cocktail in my hand, lounging in the sun. It has been a long year and a half for me and burnout is right around the corner.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Playing the 2010 Winter Olympic hockey tournament on North American-sized ice makes sense, considering the contribution the NHL makes to the Games, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. "We think it will enhance the tournament and we're pleased," Bettman said in Edmonton while attending the NHL Stanley Cup final. "Considering we stop our season in the middle, and in Turin 160 of our players went, I think it is a sensible decision." Edmonton Oiler defenceman Chris Pronger, a three-time Olympian who won a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Games, said playing on the smaller ice will give Canada and the U.S. an advantage. "It's going to play more into our hands, Canadian and Americans who have played on that ice surface for their whole lives," said Pronger. "It's a little more tailor-made for our skill sets and how we like to play."more
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