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One other note on the game, Ryan Suter played just over 41 minutes
from Adrian Dater of All things Avs,
“Are Joe Sacco and Greg Sherman, and maybe others, gone from their jobs with the Avs?” Usually, I know pretty well about these things. But I’m not sure what the H is going to happen at the moment. If I had to say, based on my reporting: everything is still being evaluated. They could both well be gone, but as far as I can say at this second, it isn’t a done deal yet. And it may not be a done deal at all.
“What have you been hearing?” I’ve heard that Patrick Roy could be in the mix again as a possible coach. I’ve heard Tim Army will be the next coach. I’ve heard that Guy Boucher might be the next coach. I’ve heard that Sherman and Pierre and Eric Lacroix could be broomed by the Kroenkes. I’ve heard Joe Sakic will be the next John Elway of the Avs. I’ve heard all that. But have I been satisfied enough from my sources/reporting to actually authoritatively report that any of the above will happen? Nope. That’s why you haven’t seen anything from me on these scenarios.
“Who will the Avs pick with their top-three pick? If they win the No. 1 choice (18.8 percent chance to Florida’s 25 percent) I feel certain they will take D-man Seth Jones. If they don’t get that pick, I think they’ll still try to trade up to get it.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I was watching the live feed of the game last night on the NHL Network and felt badly for my friend, referee Tom Kowal when he was unofficially creditedwith a 'helper' on Daniel Carcillo's goal. Beyond that feeling my immediate response was, "Oh no, not again!" (Referee in a traffic lane.)...
Officials occupy necessary space on the ice and must constantly navigate to avoid contact with players and the puck. Most importantly the Referee must position himself in the very best location to see the play with an unobstructed view in order to make a good judgment. That typically means out of high volume traffic areas.
I don't blame Referee Kowal or his colleagues for often standing in this high traffic area behind the goal with a less than perfect sightline and much greater risk for personal injury. They are only doing as they are instructed by their Superiors in the "new way" that is poorly thought out and defies logic and common sense. This change for the sake of change is a bad idea and results in a giant step backward with regard to Referee End Zone Positioning - 101.
read on and watch the goal below...
from Bob Snow at NHL.com,
Drew LeBlanc had a pretty good day on Friday.
The senior forward from St. Cloud State was named as the 33rd winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college hockey player in the United States -- and shortly after receiving the award, he agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year contract.
LeBlanc is the first Hobey Baker winner from St. Cloud State and the 16th from the Western College Hockey Association. He finished ahead of the other two Hobey Hat Trick finalists --Johnny Gaudreau, a sophomore forward from Boston College, and Eric Hartzell, a senior goaltender from Quinnipiac University.
The 23-year-old, who was never drafted by an NHL team, was named winner of the Hobey Baker in a ceremony at the Consol Energy Center less than 24 hours after Hartzell and the Bobcats beat St. Cloud State 4-1 in the NCAA Frozen Four.
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
The Red Wings and Blackhawks get together Friday night in Chicago and tickets are currently averaging $410, making this the most expensive Hawks-Wings tilt this season, according to TiqIQ. Normally, tickets to see the Blackhawks at the United Center average $265/seat, making this matchup is 55% more expensive than the team’s home average. Get-in rates are available for $174 per seat. Prices are down 14%, however, so there's a chance they will continue to drop as game day approaches.
Hockey fans aren’t used to storylines about the Detroit Red Wings fighting for their playoff lives. Normally, the Wings’ postseason chances are seemingly guaranteed the first day of the season, and not like the Panthers’ are. We know the Wings are going to get in. It seems like a foregone conclusion year after year.
This year is different, however.
Another own goal, this time Jakub Kindl of the Detroit Red Wings with a backhand.
The goal was credited to Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
A source confirmed to the Daily Herald on Saturday that the Blackhawks and Islanders have been talking multiplayer trade with the centerpiece of the deal being New York center Frans Nielsen....
According to the source, the Hawks are seeking help on defense because they are nervous about going into the playoffs with Johnny Oduya as their fourth defenseman.
Oduya is minus-8 in the last four games paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson. The Hawks have lost three of those four games.
The Hawks may be shifting their attention to Islanders defenseman Mark Streit, a power-play specialist who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Streit has a cap hit of $4.1 million.
The Islanders are said to covet Rockford defenseman Dylan Olsen, the Hawks' first-round draft pick in 2009, and perhaps forward Jeremy Morin.
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
For hockey fans, Original Six matchups are what the sport is built on. Even as it’s expanded to the far reaches of North America, hockey relies on these six teams to be the cornerstone of its history, intensity and vivacity.
In the Midwest, Blackhawks-Red Wings battles are some of the NHL’s most anticipated and hard-fought. So far this season, the matchup has belonged to the Hawks, who’ve bested the Wings twice, each time by a margin of only one goal. The games have been low-scoring, feverishly-paced and decided in the final minutes of the effort. Both Blackhawks victories have come in overtime, with the latter win coming in the shootout.
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