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Stop The Comparisons

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

“With all due respect for [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin, I don’t think they are Mario Lemieux,” said Jagr, preparing to go to Pittsburgh, his first NHL home, for tomorrow’s night second-round opener between the Rangers New York Rangers and Penguins.

“I say that with all due respect because the game has changed.

“The gap between the best and worst players on a team [today] is very small. The gap between Mario and the rest of the guys when I was in Pittsburgh was so huge he was able to score 20 points in one series. I don’t think those kids are able to do it. If I am wrong I am going to apologize and [say], ‘Great job.’

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Confusing Statements By Tortorella

from the St. Petersburg Times,

John Tortorella wishes he could do it over again because he certainly would do it differently.

The Lightning coach said he regrets telling general manager Jay Feaster perhaps it was time he step down because he discovered that is not how he feels.

“I want to stay here and fight and try to make this team better with the new ownership group and Jay Feaster,” Tortorella said Wednesday. “I want to be part of the retooling.”

But at his postseason meeting with Feaster, Tortorella said the opposite; that after seven seasons and finishing 2007-08 last in the league, “Maybe there needs to be a different voice.”

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Let The Octopus Fly

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

It’s over. If Al tries it tonight, it’s a $10,000 fine. That’s a lot of Zamboni rides. And whose bright idea was this? What NHL official actually sat at a desk and decided that a tentacle twirl is bad for business? When asked for an explanation, the NHL sent this e-mail to the Free Press last week: “Because matter flies off the octopus and gets on the ice when he does it.”

This from a sport on a TV network known for cattle rustling.

“Well, I, for one, am glad,” says the octopus. “You have no idea what it’s like.”

What what is like?

“My journey. Think about it. I start in the ocean. I’m happy, I’m content. I have eight of everything. Next thing I know, I’m in a net, then a boat, then a glass window in a fish shop, next to a cod. And the next thing I know I’m in a plastic bag, then in a car, and then — then I get stuffed down someone’s pants.”

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Burke Staying With Ducks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke will remain with the team through at least the 2008-09 season, which is the last under his current four-year contract. Negotiations between the club and Burke on a contract extension will continue.

“I work for the best owners in sports,” said Burke. “After meeting with Mike (Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman) this morning, we’ve decided to end all unnecessary media speculation and commit to working together for at least one more year while continuing to discuss my long-term future with the Ducks.”

“Brian Burke is the best general manager in the NHL and we always expected him to return,” said Ducks Owner Henry Samueli. “Our goal is to sign him to a long-term agreement beyond next season.”

“I met with Brian this morning to discuss his future,” said Schulman. “We agreed to move forward, as planned, under his existing contract while working toward a contract extension.”

added 6:30pm, link to Ducks website now available….

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  Tags: brian+burke

Did Keenan Do The Right Thing?

from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,

Several players were furious but couldn’t say anything for obvious reasons.

Team members watching from the press box also lost their minds.

Miikka Kiprusoff bit his tongue.

Even the San Jose Sharks players were so surprised by the minor league move, they side-stepped the controversy altogether.

One day after Mike Keenan scuttled any chance of a comeback in Game 7 by pulling Miikka Kiprusoff late in the second period of a 4-2 game, the debate rages on over Captain Hook’s panic move.

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Clean Living Pays Off

From Greg Beacham at the AP (via USA Today):

When Roenick postponed retirement for another Stanley Cup run, he also gave up alcohol for the year. Roenick doesn’t have a drinking problem, yet the 38-year-old forward partly credits his teetotaling for his remarkable resurgence this season, capped by a spectacular Game 7 that sent the Sharks onward to face the Dallas Stars in the second round.

“I think that has a lot to do with it - clean living and making sure that my body is fresh, that there’s no toxins in it,” said Roenick, who had two goals and two assists. “A healthy mind will create a healthy body, and the San Jose Sharks have allowed me to have a healthy mind. I haven’t felt this good in maybe 10 or 15 years, since I was a kid. I feel like I did when I played in Chicago, before Philly and Phoenix, way back when.”


On a similar topic, AskMen.com currently has a feature article on Chris Chelios online, looking at the customized workout routine that keeps him nearly “bulletproof” at the age of 45.

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  Tags: chris+chelios, jeremy+roenick, training

NHL Conference Call with the Calder Finalists

Today’s NHL media conference call brought together Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Nicklas Backstrom from Washington.  Earlier today all three were named as finalists for the Calder Trophy Award for the NHL’s Rookie of the Year.

Here is a transcript from that Q&A session.

Q. For Patrick and Jonathan, going after the same award, how do the two of you feel about that?

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  Tags: calder+trophy, interview, jonathan+toews, media, nicklas+backstrom, patrick+kane

Great Coaches Have Great Goalies

from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

There was only one true genius among coaches and that was the great Scotty Bowman.

What makes the rest of us coaches look like geniuses in the playoffs is great goaltending.

Pitching is at a premium at the World Series. You usually don’t win a Super Bowl unless you have a great quarterback.

And you just don’t win Stanley Cups without great goaltending. You need that stopper.

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Round 2 Refs

from TSN,

With the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs over, the National Hockey League has trimmed the number of referees that will work the second round.

The list of those staying on is headlined by Paul Devorski, Don Koharski and Bill McCreary, all of whom have worked more than 1,500 regular season and playoff games.

Notably absent from the second round is referee Kerry Fraser, who has also worked more than 1,500 regular season and playoff games.

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A Special Hockey Game

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The most inspirational hockey performance on Tuesday wasn’t Jeremy Roenick’s heroics in leading the San Jose Sharks to a Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames or the Philadelphia Flyers dodging the Alexander Ovechkin bullet to get to the second round.

It took place that morning at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic School in Whitby, Ont.

A game of ball hockey was played between the Grade 8 students and their teachers there but this was no run of the mill student-teacher activity. This was a full-scale game-day presentation that could put some NHL teams to shame and this was an event with a higher purpose, of that there is no doubt.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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