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Afternoon Line

From Adam Proteau’s Tuesday mailbag at The Hockey News:

[To] Adam,
Considering the gazillions of dollars he has made over his career, do you think there’s a chance that Jaromir Jagr would go back to Pittsburgh at a deep discount just for a chance to play with Malkin & Crosby? [...]

[To] Steve,
Jaromir Jagr? Accept the minimum salary? If he was being held at gunpoint, maybe.

more thoughts on Jagr and others

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How to Be a Professional Hockey Player

From David Littman at The Hockey News,

I joined the Oyster Bay youth hockey organization and went to summer hockey camps where I was coached by the likes of Resch, Smith, Lou Lamoriello and Brian Burke. 

When I wasn’t playing on the ice, I was playing street hockey. When I wasn’t playing street hockey, I was in my basement throwing tennis balls against the stairs and making glove saves that would win my team the Stanley Cup.

Hockey was all I thought about and there was no doubt in my mind I would play in the NHL.

But not everyone else thought so.

more…

Littman was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and played for both the Sabres and Tampa Bay, as well as in the AHL, ECHL and IHL. Currently he’s the producer of EA Sports NHL series and now a blogger with THN, promising a lot of great stories.

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  Tags: blogging, david+littman, media

Alternative NHL Awards

From On the Forecheck,

Yes, it’s time for the 2008 Alternative NHL Awards, recognizing the best of the best (or is it the worst of the worst?) when it comes to on-ice illicit activity…

Boarding: Usually the haven of lumbering, slack-jawed knuckle-draggers who aim to intimidate opponents, this year’s crop of bellicose boarders included a number of smaller, workaday checking forwards like Todd Marchant (3) and Kris Draper (4), who tied for the league lead alongside defenseman Andrej Meszaros of Ottawa. Based on the fact that he’s obviously working through some “issues” since being so viciously boarded by Claude Lemieux in the 1996 Western Conference finals, the award goes to Draper for 2008.

and lots more...

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  Tags: nhl+awards

Road Bumps Ahead

From Paul Kukla at his NHL.com blog,

Fans of the Red Wings, Penguins and Stars are laying low, hoping the apple cart is not disturbed and their team continues their winning ways.

Well, I am here to tell you to expect a bump in the road, and maybe, just maybe, a complete turnaround from your opposition. Both Detroit and Pittsburgh are on the road now. The Wings will be dealing with an unhappy group of players in Denver, players who have too much pride not to fight back with all they have.

continued… *plus some words on the officiating

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  Tags: playoffs

Goals Keep Coming

from James Mirtle,

Fifty-seven games into the 2008 playoffs, and goal-scoring hasn’t dried up at all. In fact, it’s right where we left it in the regular season, a 5.44 goals per game pace that, by playoff standards, is pretty darn high.

I’ve only put together figures for the past seven years, but those alone are telling:

more

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The Goalie Committee

from the NHLPA,

The Goalie Equipment Working Group will meet on June 11, 2008 in Toronto to examine the configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance. If the working group decides alterations to the rules governing goaltender equipment are warranted, and will not jeopardize the safety of the goalies, these recommendations will be forwarded to the Competition Committee for consideration.

more

As KK readers know, this was pointed out by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe early in April, and Michael Russo wrote about it in February.

A hockey entertainer is reporting this as breaking news, but that’s the entertainment business…

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Brush Up on Your Stanley Cup History

Joe Pelletier at Greatest Hockey Legends is looking back at every Stanley Cup champion since 1930, offering capsule looks at the playoffs and teams, and of course highlighting all the heroes.

This past weekend he has posted Stanley Cup capsules dating from 1930-1944. He’s added 30 new biographies as well.  A lot of great hockey reading.

[Greatest Hockey Legends.com]

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs, stanley+cup

Dealing With Interference & Crease Crashing

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

A couple of old favorites are getting a lot of attention in the playoffs.

No, not the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars — although they appear to be in the process of setting up a titanic struggle for the Western crown.

The two old favorites are interference and crease crashing.

Actually, the latter is a variation of the former, but either way, it’s fairly clear that the recently reconstructed competition committee is going to have to deal with these issues over the summer.

continued

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Today in Playoffs History—April 28

April 28, 1996 • A sold-out crowd at the Winnipeg Arena said good-bye to the Winnipeg Jets following a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game Six of their Western Conference Quarter-final series. It marked the final game for the Jets before moving to Phoenix and becoming the Coyotes.

Here are the final moments of that game, committed to YouTube for posterity.

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*historical info via NHL media

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Grumbles From a Grumpy Old Man

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

So I figure I’ve earned the right to complain about a few things I’ve seen during this season’s playoffs. If you agree with me, give me a call and perhaps we can further discuss our issues over a glass of prune juice. 

In any case, I remember when…[...]

• The NHL didn’t feel the need to pander to corporate sponsors by endorsing a contest where an NHL legend - in this case Mark Messier - brings the Stanley Cup to your house.  The news release for the Bring Home the Stanley Cup promotion reads like this: “Known as ‘the Holy Grail’…the Stanley Cup ™ (sic) is one of the most celebrated sports icons and is the ultimate goal of hockey’s greatest players.”

Then leave the Stanley Cup ™ to them, not to some painted-up slob whose fingers are greasy from eating too many potato chips.

more…

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  Tags: playoffs, stanley+cup

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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