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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It’s the kind of decision that could easily cost the Ducks Game 4 on Thursday. And if it costs them Game 4 it will give Detroit a 3-1 series lead and hence almost certainly cost the Ducks the series. And by extension, a loss to Detroit Thursday will likely cost the Ducks a trip to the Stanley Cup and the Cup itself.
If there has been a suspension handed down to a more high profile player than Pronger, a former Hart Trophy winner and nominated once again this year for the Norris Trophy, at a more crucial time of the season in recent memory, we couldn’t recall it.
But that’s the point of the matter, isn’t it?
read on, including Brian Burke comments…
added 8:37pm, more on this from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail…
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from the AP/CBC via CBC,
The Washington Capitals agreed to terms with a player they hope will be one of the building blocks of their future — Swedish forward Nicklas Backstrom.
Backstrom, 19, was selected fourth overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft but decided to remain in the Swedish Elite League for another season.
Plus, from the Washington Capitals,
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host a news conference with center Nicklas Backstrom, the No. 4 overall draft-pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Monday, May 21, at noon at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have agreed to terms with center Jonathan Toews on a 3-year entry level contract.
TSN breaking news, Chris Pronger gets a one game suspension… no link yet.
added 4:14pm, link available to TSN...
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
No less a hockey authority then Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League agrees.
Now to be perfectly upfront here, Daly, who by the way loves the game as much, perhaps more, than the business of the game, isn’t calling for a change (not yet anyway), but in a brief audio interviewed that is still posted here (KK audio of interview with Bill Daly), a respected hockey blog site, Daly states in no uncertain terms that several of the designs are barely noticeable in terms of perception of being oversized and that they deserve to be looked at, maybe even under game conditions.
“It’s absolutely true with some of the testing we’ve had,” Daly said about the changes not being all that noticeable. “Even keen and ardent observers of the game (admit that) if you’re sitting in the stands you really wouldn’t notice the difference. Adding three or four inches on both sides and whether you add it to the top of the net or not, it’s almost imperceptible from a fan’s standpoint.”
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Pick your poison. That seems to be the name of the game.
No team in the NHL is complete like they used to be. The Canadien, Islander and Oiler dynasties would have marched through the playoffs in today’s game going 16-0 en route. Even the teams from the 90’s would have had a relatively easy road to the Cup because those teams had it all – defense, offense and goaltending.
Now, because of both expansion and the salary cap, a true GREAT team is no longer present in the NHL.
from the CP and TSN via TSN,
The National Hockey League has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for later today with Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger.
The fact that a hearing will be held does not guarantee a suspension will be handed out, but it does officially open up that possibility.
from Scott Morrison at CBC,
What to do with Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger, that is the question being pondered today?
It says here Pronger should be suspended for at least one game, maybe two.
Pronger is a great player to be sure, but he made a mistake Tuesday night, and it could have been a great big mistake, when he drove Tomas Holmstrom’s head into the glass in the second period of an eventual 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, the Ducks trailing by four at the time.
added 12:07pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Speaking of Niedermayer and Pronger: both deserve at least a one-game suspension for their tag-team assault on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom. But I won’t be surprised if neither player receives supplementary discipline, mainly because Daniel Alfredsson got away with a similar cheapshot on Henrik Tallinder in Game 2 of the Sabres-Sens series.
From Paul Hunter at the Toronto Star,
To understand how the Senators have transformed from choking dogs to doggedly determined, it’s necessary to recall the calamitous events around Christmas.
At the time, no one could have known that the negative circumstances enveloping the club foreshadowed a likely trip to the Stanley Cup final. Such a prediction would have earned only scorn.
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