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The Talk Is…

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• You might want to keep on an eye throughout the playoffs on impending Minnesota free-agent left wing and power-play point man Brian Rolston, and on impending Montreal free-agent right wing Michael Ryder, because the Rangers sure are.

• There’s a word for the Ottawa fan boy-writer who called on the Senators to break Sidney Crosby’s ankle with an imitation of Bobby Clarke’s 1972 Summit Series slash that did the same to the USSR’s resplendent Valeri Kharlamov. It’s the same word that applies to the editor who allowed the plea to actually appear in the newspaper.

It’s spelled, M-O-R-O-N.

more NHL talk from Larry…

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The Business Side Of The Playoffs

from Steve Ladurantaye of the Globe and Mail,

It’s spring, and many will be staring at our television sets in the hope a Canadian team will hoist the Stanley Cup. Five Things takes a look at the business of playoff hockey….

5. PAY DAYS

When the regular season ends, it also means an end to regular paycheques for NHL players. Mind you, they’re not playing for pride alone. An elaborate system of shares exists to ensure those who carry their teams deep into the postseason are rewarded. This year, after the Cup winner is determined, $6.5-million will be split among the 16 teams that made the playoffs. While the exact method of distribution hasn’t been determined by the NHL Players Association, last year the Ducks were given 25 shares worth $75,000 each, for a total of $1,875,000.

more & some of the topics have been brought up on KK in the past, but there is some new information too.

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Today in Playoffs History—April 12

Flashbacks: 1938, 1941, 1945, 1960, 1979, 2007
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April 12, 1938 • The Chicago Black Hawks captured the 1938 Stanley Cup title with a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the best-of-five Final.

Eight American-born players—Carl Dahlstrom, Roger Jenkins, Virgil Johnson, Mike Karakas, Alex Levinsky, Doc Romnes, Louis Trudel and Carl Voss—skated for Chicago in the Final.

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No-Touch Icing Doesn’t Look Like It Will Happen

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…

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Today in Playoffs History—April 11

imageApril 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. 

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No “Pity Party” for Kolzig

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.

more…

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Volchenkov Expects to Play Game #2

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.

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Today in Playoffs History—April 10

imageApril 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.

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Fighting in the NHL

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?

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  Tags: david+singer, hockey+fights, jeff+marek

The Playoff Alphabet

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.

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