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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Candidates for the job could include four assistant general managers -- Peter Chiarelli (Ottawa), Jim Nill (Detroit), Steve Tambellini (Vancouver) and Ray Shero (Nashville) -- scouts Dean Lombardi (Philadelphia) and John Weisbrod (Dallas) and former NHL player Brent Sutter, coach and general manager of the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League. Dave Taylor and Pat Quinn, who have experience as NHL general managers but became unemployed this week, could turn up in the mix, too. "You could be an assistant GM, a former GM, you could be an agent, you could be none of the above," Mr. Sawyer said.more
from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
"I was talking to Steve Duchesne," Yzerman says. "He won the Stanley Cup in 2002 and that was the last game he ever played. ... He has nothing but great memories of his career -- just on the basis of how it ended. He's a happy man. He left the game a happy man." He leans back. "I would love to retire that way." The cake is made. And where else but hockey can a captain go for icing?read on
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...the perception was created that Martin Brodeur had trouble moving laterally to play pucks at his feet. Tom Renney said yesterday he did not necessarily believe that perception to be reality, but the Rangers' head coach did say, "We see holes in his game in other places." Though Renney - surprise, surprise - did not elaborate, he did say, "You have to make Marty think about more than the puck; it's about how you attack [the Devils].more (reg.req.)
via the AP,
The NHL-worst St. Louis Blues decided to keep left wing Keith Tkachuk, exercising a $3.8 million option for next season.
from the NY Daily News,
The Devils have three Cups, home ice and an 11-game winning streak. Listen to them talk about the Rangers, though, and you wonder whether they have something else: an inferiority complex. The Devils never have beaten the Rangers in the playoffs, and it shows. Martin Brodeur went so far as to suggest yesterday that the league is rooting for the Blueshirts. "We know that the league probably wants them to be there," the goalie said. "You know, the best player (Jaromir Jagr) is there; it's the biggest city."continued
from the Scotty Bowman & the CP via Slam,
I've always thought that during the first round of the NHL playoffs form didn't matter. Lower-seeded teams come in with a lot of momentum because they've battled to get in. The first round is always a difficult round for a team that's had a good regular season. Usually you get a little stronger as the playoffs go along but you need to try and get by that first round because everybody starts with an awful lot of energy. Scotty's picks:continued
from the Courier Post,
Teams have been trying to find a way to slow down Forsberg in the playoffs for years, and in the past most have settled on the same strategy Hitchcock employed six years ago -- they hit him in the head. Stories from those series quote Hitchcock calling it "a street fight." Asked for his recollections Thursday, Hitchcock called it "primitive." Still Forsberg endured and dominated. He gave back as good as he got.more
from the NY Times,
It is a constant issue in hockey: Where are the viewers — and will there ever be more in the future? They haven't rushed to NBC or OLN, now in their first seasons of National Hockey League deals.... "People aren't in the habit of watching the N.H.L. on OLN," said Gavin Harvey, the president of OLN. "They're used to going to ESPN or to the regional sports networks." At the Fox Sports Net confederation of regional networks, hockey ratings for 19 teams have fallen by an average 10 percent. While Sidney Crosby's sensational rookie season fueled a near doubling of Pittsburgh Penguins ratings, the Detroit Red Wings' ratings tumbled by nearly 33 percent. Harvey is upbeat about the enhanced public profile that the N.H.L., a major sports league still in outpatient rehabilitation from the lockout, has added to its diet of hunting, fishing, cycling and bull riding. "It's a piece of the puzzle we lacked," he said during an interview Tuesday at the OLN studio in Stamford, Conn. "Everything changed with the N.H.L." He added: "We believe in hockey more now than ever. What we do is get fans fully immersed in their sport."read on
The captains of all 16 NHL playoff teams did a teleconference yesterday. If you are interested, here they are. They are quite long but if you want to read about your team, go right ahead. All are via noticias.info in Spain. Modano & Sakic Briere, Drury & Hatcher Elias & Jagr Iginla & Niedermayer Brind'Amour & Koivu Alfredsson & Richards Johnson & Marleau Yzerman & Smith
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Canadiens head coach and GM Bob Gainey ended the intrigue Thursday by announcing that Cristobal Huet will be his starting goalie in Carolina on Saturday. Gainey created doubts as to who he would use in the playoffs by starting David Aebischer in four of Montreal's last six games, but he was clear Thursday that Montreal's playoff chances will rest with Huet. “I think both goalies have played good games for us down the stretch, but I feel that he's the guy who probably had the harder tests and maybe the best preparation to start Saturday,” Gainey said. “I think he's our playoff goalie.”more
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