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Gary Bettman is in Minnesota for the Avalanche/Wild game. He answered some questions befor the game..
from Russo’s Rants,
”I’ve been at every meeting of the competition committee since it was formed after the work stoppage — and this is both managers and players — (they’ve) said they don’t want to go to no-touch icing,” Bettman said. ”The sense is — and you get this from players as well — they don’t like play just stopping.”
–Bettman said the league is looking at its rules regarding college players in the wake of two high-profile players — Minnesota’s Kyle Okposo and Denver’s Brock Trotter — leaving their teams at mid-season. The league is talking with college conference commissioners and the players association about the issue, which Bettman said the league is not treating lightly.
more topics discussed…
April 11, 1936 • Detroit coach Jack Adams steered the Red Wings to their first Stanley Cup championship with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the best-of-five Stanley Cup Final. The Red Wings, who had entered the NHL in 1926-27, became the last of the League’s “Original Six” teams to win the Cup.
April 11, 1965 • Detroit Red Wings center Norm Ullman set NHL individual and team playoff records by scoring two goals just five seconds apart in Game Five of their Semi-final series against Chicago. Ullman scored at 17:35 and 17:40 of the second period in a 4-2 Detroit victory. The goals were scored in almost identical fashion—snapshots from about 50 feet out, using Chicago defensemen as screens to beat Glenn Hall. Chicago won the best-of-seven series 4-3.
From the AP via Sports Illustrated,
“I’ve had a good run here,’’ Kolzig said Thursday. “And I hope it continues in the next two months.’‘
In other words, until the playoffs are over. After that, Kolzig will become a free agent, presenting an understandably murky future for a 38-year-old goalie who lost his starting job just as the Capitals were becoming good again.
“The worst thing I can do is have a pity party,’’ Kolzig said. “I’m not really going to talk about the situation until the end of the year, but it is what it is and I’ve come to grips with it.’‘
Kolzig has been supplanted by Cristobal Huet, acquired from Montreal at the trade deadline.
From Ian Mendes at Sportsnet.ca,
Anton Volchenkov told reporters on Thursday that he expects to play in Game 2 on Friday night in Pittsburgh, after leaving Game 1 with a head injury.
The defenseman said he did not suffer a concussion when he blocked a Evgeni Malkin shot with his forehead in the second period Wednesday night. He required 15 stitches to close the gash and says that if he is able to put on a helmet, he will suit up for Game 2. He did not participate in a full team practice in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
April 10, 1934 • The Chicago Black Hawks earned their first Stanley Cup title with a 1-0 overtime victory versus the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the best-of-five championship. Harold “Mush” March potted the series-winner at 10:05 of the second overtime period.
The joy of Chicago’s inaugural Stanley Cup win was overshadowed less than two months later by the death of their star goaltender Chuck Gardiner. The 29-year old “Wee Scot” (Gardiner was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland) died from a brain hemorrhage on June 13, 1934.
From Jeff Marek at CBC, an interview with David Singer from HockeyFights.com,
Marek: Last season the Anaheim Ducks lead the league in fighting majors and ended up winning the Cup. How much did that affect fighting this year?
Singer: A good amount, especially as the season went on and good teams were bringing tough players onto the roster. It’s been a long time since any team carried enforcers with the playoffs in mind. At the same time, it’s also been three years for rivalries to re-blossom, players to adjust to new interpretations to rules, and for GMs to bring some new-style tough guys into the league.
M: Do you think the NHL and PA will scrap the instigator rule? Should they?
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Need a compendium of Stanley Cup tidbits to impress your friends? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a lot of what you need to know about the Stanley Cup from A to Z.
A> As in A.A.A. The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association won the first-ever Stanley Cup in 1893….
Z> Zzzzz. Sometimes, fans just can’t make it all the way through those West Coast multiple-overtime games.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
On Tuesday, NHL executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell conducted a conference call to educate postseason coaches and general managers on what the league will be paying close attention to.
At the top of Campbell’s list of unacceptable behavior is unnecessary late-game brutality. Traditionally, this type of message-sending takes place when the team trailing in the last five minutes of a game wants to change the emotional tone of the series.
The NHL says it won’t tolerate this.
From Mike Boone at The Gazette,
Despite selling out every home game this season, the Canadiens say they didn’t make any money. Team president Pierre Boivin told La Presse the club’s playoff participation, which begins tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre, will allow the team to make a profit on the 2007-08 season.
Boivin would not reveal specific numbers. He doesn’t have to; the Canadiens are part of a privately held company owned by George Gillett and Molson Coors.
But even without access to the club’s allegedly red-ink-drenched books, I am skeptical of its purportedly precarious break-even financial position.
more… *a breakdown by Boone estimating the possible profits of the Habs
*hat-tip to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer
From Edward Fraser at The Hockey News,
Storylines surrounding the NHL’s second season focus on players who’ve had long, illustrious careers, but have been unable to reach the NHL’s tallest hill (see Teemu Selanne in ‘07 and Jeremy Roenick this year); not about players trying to claim the grail their first time around.
Heck, most of the Calder candidates (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Peter Mueller, Tobias Enstrom, Sam Gagner) didn’t even make the round of 16.
With that said, there are still several youngsters who will play key roles during this season’s run to the Cup. Here are five fab freshmen to keep your peepers peeled for:
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