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The New NHL Goalie

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Maybe we'll need to adopt the baseball term and assess their performances in terms of a quality start. Grant Fuhr made it to the Hockey Hall Of Fame with a career GAA of 3.38. During the NHL's dead-puck era, a 3.38 GAA would have earned most goaltenders a one-way ticket to Lowell or Hershey or Rochester or wherever a club's farm team happened to be based. According to Brodeur, in the new NHL, the increase in power plays becomes a "tiring" factor for goaltenders because of improved puck control in the larger offensive zones. The solution may be as simple as altering expectations in the new NHL, so that they return to the level they were at during Fuhr's era, where the stats weren't as important as the ability of a goaltender to come up with a big save with the game on the line.

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Talking Goalies

The goalies from the Eastern Conference Semi-Conference teams were involved in a teleconference yesterday. You can read the transcript of their conversation.

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Stat Report For April ‘06

KK showed a steady growth for April. Yoo can compare the stats to March and also get an understanding what each graph represents. image Sessions image Pageviews image Hits

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Sabres Owner Feels The Spirit

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

"This was my first playoff series and it is very, very exciting," Golisano said. "They told me about the intensity and I didn't believe it could be this intense. It is. The team performed extremely well. They're a young team and they're fast. They really looked like they enjoyed themselves in the last two games. We're quite happy in Buffalo." There's a good chance those players might be wearing different uniforms and representing a different city, were it not for Golisano. The founder of the Rochester, N.Y.-based Paychex, Inc., purchased the Sabres on March 14, 2003, after its previous owners fell into non-hockey-related legal and financial trouble.
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Is Yzerman Having 2nd Thoughts

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman said Thursday that he wants to make a decision relatively quickly — maybe as early as next week — on whether to retire from hockey. "I'm going to do the best thing for me and the best thing for the team," Yzerman said after posing for the annual team picture at Joe Louis Arena, only a few days after Detroit was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs with a Game 6 loss at Edmonton. The future Hall of Famer said he and his wife have been discussing the issue and have been going back and forth on whether he should come back to Hockeytown for one more shot at a fourth Stanley Cup.
more Thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up. added 3:30pm, Detroit radio now playing audio cuts of Yzerman today. The story says it all, but he says he will take the next couple of days to really decide. We don't hear "I have made up my mind" like he was talking before. If he wants to play, who's going to stop him? He also reflected, along with Shanny, that losing in the playoffs reminds him of what the Wings went thru in the mid-90's. Also mentioned Dats had blood drained from his charleyhorse and would not have played if it was the regular season. Stevie also mentioned that the goaltender did the best that he could in the playoffs. Not a ringing endorsement for Manny. added 5:33pm, Holland was on the radio and basically went through the whole lineup. The core of the team will not change. Was asked about Luongo and he stated he doesn't think Luongo will be traded. On Shanahan, he wants him back, of course depending on payroll. Will sitdown in the next 2-3 weeks and discuss goaltending. On Jimmy Howard, said he could play in the NHL but would go through growing pains and Holland feels Wings can still compete. Holland mentioned many Wings went played in the firs playoffs this year- Samuelsson, Franzen, Kronwall, Lilja (6 games), etc and players like Datsyuk and Williams were considered part of the solution this year instead of spare parts. He said there will be changes, wants to get more grit up front, and also mentioned the loss of Fischer really hurt. added 6:07pm, Shanahan now on radio. Will play for Canada in the WC. Shanny loves Detroit, has taken less money to play for the Wings, just wants to make sure it is the right fit. At times he thinks it may be best both times move on, but he said he felt the same way two years ago after losing to Calgary. Brendan says the coaching stafff did a great job, the best the Wings have had in years. Gave the team the chance to win, losing falls on the players shoulders, not the coaches. The one question he will ask Holland when they meet is, "Will I be a real, true fit with the Wings?" Then he will sit down with family and decide his future. Brendan just mentioned a play-in round being discussed for the future playoffs. Teams 7-10 would play a 2 of 3 or 3 of 5 series, then the winners would play Teams 1 and 2 in the conference. That would give the top 2 teams a reward for finishing first and second in the conference, meaning they would get a short break before the playoffs started for them.

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NBC Schedule For Conference Semi-Finals

SATURDAY, MAY 6 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC New Jersey Devils @ Carolina Hurricanes (Game 1) Commentators: Chris Cuthbert, Peter McNab, Cammi Granato Site: Entertainment & Sports Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina SUNDAY, MAY 7 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Mighty Ducks (Game 2) Commentators: Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Pierre McGuire Site: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California SATURDAY, MAY 13 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC Carolina Hurricane @ New Jersey Devils (Game 4) Commentators: TBA Site: Continental Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey SUNDAY, MAY 14 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Mighty Ducks (Game 5 if necessary) Commentators: TBA Site: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California All games available in HD

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Flyers Plan For Next Year

Hockey Fights recaps the Flyers press conference from today.

Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke announced offseason plans for the Flyers at a televised press conference earlier today. Clarke assured the media that Head Coach Ken Hitchcock will be back for at least one more season. Clarke also said that he would speak to Hitchcock at some point this summer about his contract. Hitchcock's current contract runs out after the 2006-07 season. Clarke spoke of the current goaltending situation, saying the Flyers will only have one starting goalie next year.

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Award Finalists Announced

from TSN,

Right wing Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames and center Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks have been voted finalists for the Hart Trophy as League MVP as the NHL announced today the nominees for eight annual awards.
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Cujo Visits Churchill Downs

via the Thoroughbred Times,

"For me, the main goal would be to start a horse in the Queen's Plate and win that race," said Joseph, making his second Kentucky Derby (G1) visit. "Of course winning this race would be even bigger, a dream." Known to hockey fans as CuJo, 16-season veteran Joseph ranks sixth on the NHL's all-time wins list for goalies with 427 victories. Joseph, 39, said he was introduced to racing by his agent. Two of his five starters are homebreds as he has kept several broodmares. "I didn't grow up on a farm or anything. I just got into it about ten years ago," Joseph said.

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Could Morozov Be A Wing

Is Alexei Morozov interested in playing for the Wings next year?

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