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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
So here's the question: Which did you like better, the 5-4 opening game in the Stanley Cup Final or the 2-1 affairs we saw in Games 3 and 4? It's not just a throwaway question. The debate is on in the NHL about what if any rules will be changed by the competition committee this off-season. There's a school of thinkers that loved that 5-4 game. Sure it was a bit sloppy, but it featured a lot of skating, a lot of scoring and a lot of penalty minutes that led to a lot of power plays including a number of five-on-three situations. It wasn't overly physical but then it's hard to hit what you can't catch. There were goals aplenty and the action was fast and furious right down to the final seconds of play. Then there were Games 3 and 4 in which the refs let the physical side of the game shine. The scoring was down, but the hitting was ferocious and the tension regards which team would win (or even score the next goal) was very real. In many ways they were what the NHL playoff purists believe the game should be.continued
from Alan Adams of Fox Sports
, It's about to strike midnight for the Edmonton Oilers, the Cinderella team of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers are all but toast. The players are all but filling out the reservation cards at the Season's End Motel and they could take possession of the rooms after the finals resume in Raleigh.... Game 4 was the biggest game in the series for the Oilers. They talked the talk but didn't walk the walk, and now will pay the price. Everyone likes a feel-good story and seeing the eighth seed in the Western Conference defy the odds and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals was heart-warming to say the least. The run is all but over. The fat lady is warming up.more...I hope the Canes are not reading all of this. The Oilers have will not go down without a fight. A few bounces their way, who knows, game 6 is not that far away...
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The New Jersey Devils on Tuesday hired Claude Julien as their head coach. ''Claude Julien brings experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and discipline that will complement the players here in the New Jersey Devils organization,'' said Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Masters of Zen hockey, unflappable, unshakable, the Carolina Hurricanes have withstood the best the frenetic Edmonton Oilers can dish out and stand on the verge of claiming their first Stanley Cup championship. Outhit by the Oilers, 32-19. Dominated in the faceoff circle, losing 39 of 56 draws. Still, the patient, skilled Hurricanes trotted out a well-worn playoff script: Don't sweat the small stuff, wait until your opponent flinches, then be just a little better.more
from the CBC,
Dick Pound, chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, is sticking by his earlier statement that the NHL's drug testing is "seriously flawed," even though the league's testing garnered no positive tests. Pound told the Canadian Press Tuesday that these results were meaningless given all the flaws in the league's drug testing system. Pound said the NHL does not test for stimulants and other banned substances and does not test at times when players are likely to be caught, such as during off-season training. "All we can do is keep drawing the attention of the public to its shortcomings and make sure the public understands that it's being fooled by the NHL when it says it has a serious testing program," he said.more
I need to step away for about four hours or so today. Will update early this afternoon.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It wasn't so much that they were beat. It was that they looked like they were beat. And now, it says here, they probably are. Midnight can't come until about 11 p.m. EDT in Raleigh tomorrow, at the earliest, for the Edmonton Oilers. But it looked like it arrived early in the second period last night when their adrenalin kicked out and the Carolina Hurricanes kicked in. It was then when the Carolina carbon monoxide poisoning, as Oilers coach Craig MacTavish identified it after Game 2, started to take effect yet again. After that, MacTavish's dream team certainly looked like dead men skating. And the dream appeared to die.continued
from the Vancouver Province,
The third hot rumour has unrestricted free agent defenceman Wade Redden going to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Redden would be a great fit because the Ducks have lots of room under the cap and GM Brian Burke seems to enjoy the spotlight that goes with making the big deal. The fourth hot rumour is out of Buffalo, where the Sabres currently have only three players under contract. Word has it the team can't afford to re-sign unrestricted free agent defencemen Teppo Numminen and Jay McKee, either of whom would look just fine in a Canucks jersey. The fifth hot rumour is out of Dallas. The Stars are said to be shopping goalie Marty Turco and have already talked to Vancouver, Toronto and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Trouble is, Turco had another playoff meltdown this spring and has three years left at $3.16-million per.more
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
There is considerable sentiment at the NHL's board level that the playoffs should become a 20-team extravaganza. That's hardly a surprise. At the board level, there's always strong support for anything that shows a profit. ...But even though Bettman can influence a vote, he can't control it, and in this case, he is a bit biased. He strongly opposes seasons that drag on to late June and, as a result, strongly opposes the NHL's involvement in the Olympics. For the same reasons, he doesn't want to add a week to the season to accommodate a play-in round. The answer of course is to start the season a couple of weeks earlier. In Canada, the only place in North America where the NHL really matters anymore,more
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