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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
With the Ducks on the verge of winning their first-ever Stanley Cup, Giguere isfor again a contender the Conn Smythe Trophy, but there’s a difference now. The last time around, there were no other viable contenders on the Anaheim team.
This year, any of Giguere, Sami Pahlsson, the Niedermayer brothers or Ryan Getzlaf could get votes. Chris Pronger’s candidacy might be compromised by his two playoff suspensions and while Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald have both contributed scoring at different intervals, they have been part of their success, no more and no less.
via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League plans to play host to another outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2008. The host team has yet to be determined, but this time the game is not expected to be held in Canada. Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh are three of the interested teams. The 2007-08 NHL schedule is not expected to be finalized until mid-July.
from the Christian Science Monitor,
No matter which hockey club embraces the Stanley Cup – and there could be trophy-hugs as early as Wednesday night – one particular breed of fan is more than likely to crack a broken-toothed smile: the Canadian one.
While the Senators of Ottawa could become the first Canadian team since the Canadiens of Montreal in 1993 to win the Cup, the Ducks of Anaheim have more Canadians on the roster – 18 – than any other National Hockey League team. And the Ducks have, with the help of the Sens, rejuvenated the so-called “North American” – really Canadian – style of play: heavy-hitting, intimidating, and opportunistic.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
If you’re going to strap on the gear and pull a National Hockey League sweater over your head the way every one of us Canadian boys dreamed of our entire lives—still have the dream once in a while, actually—then you should be ready to take an elbow (or a set of bare knuckles) in the chops once in a while.
Hard, tough hockey is at the root of why Canada is a one-sport nation. Sure, we play ‘em all. But there is only one we are the best in the world at; only one we would choose, if we were stranded on a desert island with only one specialty channel.
We’re rougher, and we fight more than everyone else. We’re hard to play against because we are a fearsome competitor. Beating us at hockey hurts, and the moment they start taking pain out of the game, all those other nations are going to take a step closer to Canada.
Yesterday, Paul Kukla had the opportunity to speak with Matt Gannon of Stickmen Pictures, and producer of the film “In the Crease” that co-stars over a dozen NHL stars including the Ducks’ Scott Niedermayer and Senators’ Mike Comrie. It was been a #1 selling sports DVD in both Canada and the United States since its release last year.
Our thanks to Matt for taking the time to share more about his movie with KK readers.
You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.
Now the series shifts back to Hockeyville, California for Game 5 on Wednesday. Should the Ducks pull off a series clinching victory, the Stanley Cup will be on hand and polished up like George Hamilton. I’m telling you Anaheim, this is a big deal. This is possibly bigger than Jesus. I know such claims were the kiss of death for the Beatles, but at this point the NHL could use some blasphemy. Satanists, welcome to the Coolest Game on Earth. Buy our merch. You might be interested in the New Jersey store.
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from the Montreal Gazette,
I’m not sure whether this is good news, but Alex Kovalev says he wants to be a Canadien for a long time. Radio-Canada caught up with Kovalev on a visit to Ste. Justine Hospital and he offered a couple of mea culpas.
He admitted making some comments critical of the Canadiens organization and rookie head coach Guy Carbonneau. But he said the criticism came out of frustration after the Habs missed the playoffs. He said he and Carbonneau made mistakes, but that he was looking forward to next season.
continued...but do the Canadiens want him?...
Sort of a slow news day as folks fly and recover in Anaheim. So I thought we could help Wings GM Ken Holland out with a contract offer to Hasek.
Last year Dom had a base salary of $750K and earned an additional $900K in bonuses.
What amount of the cap would you offer him for next season if he decides to play one more year?
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Maybe we’ve been going at this thing all wrong. A player like Chris Pronger attempts to decapitate an opponent, the league acts self-righteous and embarrassed, then suspends said offender in an attempt to clean up the sport’s image to a vast majority of people who simply don’t care about athletes who wear thin strips of metal on their feet.
Meanwhile across town at the UFC, essentially the same thing happens but this story ends with a victorious champion collecting a belt, a vanquished opponent collecting brain cells and people who run the league collecting mansions.
NBC was virtually off the charts last night, with game four of The Stanley Cup Finals at a mere 2.2/ 4 in prime time. The year-ago Stanley Cup match-up scored a similarly lackluster 2.6/ 4 in the overnights on June 12, 2006.
Source is Media Week via AVSForum.
Thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
added 12:22pm, via SportsBusiness Daily,
Last night’s game did a 3.6/7 in the L.A. market.
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