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from Damien Cox at ESPN,
Those potentially on the hot seat:
Dave Tippett, Dallas Stars
Probability of getting the ax: Medium to high.
• You have to believe Tippett has to get the Stars out of the first round to hang on to his job. He has had three seasons to get this club back to the level it was at during the Ken Hitchcock years, and—despite very good regular-season results—Dallas has been unable to make big noise in the postseason.
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from the NY Post NHL blog,
Someone at 1251 Avenue of the Americas deserves a raise. And it ain’t Bettman. It’s the ingenious pencil pusher on the 47th floor responsible for scheduling the regular season. Have you taken a look at what’s happening in the East? What foresight! Who did that guy sell his soul to?
If some underpaid gofer ran a computer program last spring to generate the matches to be played out tonight and Saturday, I don’t want to know about it. Especially if it was some snot-nosed Ivy Leaguer out of Cornell. I want to believe the scheduler is a butterball of a man with a combover and horn-rimmed glasses who looks like he should be a cog in the wheel of Mission Control circa 1972 rather than sitting in a Manhattan skyscraper.
Some of you may know NHL teams will be undergoing a website transistion for next year.
The Hurricanes have started and all of the teams will have this basic format by the start of next season.
What do you think?
added 3:00pm, The Canes provide some information about the new look…
from David Amber at ESPN,
In this week’s Facing Off, Luc compares Sid the Kid to Super Mario and The Great One, discusses a shootout experience he will never forget, hands out advice on Barry Melrose’s mullet and picks his Stanley Cup winner.
Q: Who was the best coach you ever had?
A: Scotty Bowman, and probably Barry Melrose.
Q: Wow. Melrose is going to love to hear that.
A: He was great. He was the best communicator I ever had and he was a real player’s coach.
Q: Now, why didn’t you and the rest of the guys pin Barry down and cut off that mullet?
A: We should have, but you guys at ESPN should do it now [laughs]. In those days, in the early 1990s, it wasn’t bad. But now, the mullet is totally over with.
From Stephannie Johnson at ParrySound.com,
Mr. Trottier, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, said the group’s message is to instill confidence in children from smaller rural communities who may struggle to complete high school.
“We all had challenges, I’m non-status, I grew up in a small community,” said Mr. Trottier. “We just want to let them know that they can do it. It’s not easy, it’s hard work, but the payout at the end is worth it. If you only play one game, one shift, score one goal the memories and the dreams remain.”
But the group’s message isn’t just about hockey, they want to encourage everyone to follow their dreams whatever they may be.
“Whether you’re a child or an adult, whether it’s sports or painting, whether it’s mechanics, find your skill, your passion and work towards is,” said Mr. Troittier.
With donated orange rubber bracelets from the New York Islanders, the men had each child put on the bracelet and promise to complete high school.
more *Wayne King and Dan Frawley were also in attendance
NEW YORK (April 3, 2007) – Fueled by a dramatic race to the playoffs, sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for the month of March increased 51% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced. The most searched term last month on Shop.NHL.com that yielded results was “Stanley Cup.”
For the seventh consecutive month, the Buffalo Sabres remain the top-selling team on Shop.NHL.com. The Sabres’ March 2007 sales increased 657% compared to last year. Other teams that more than doubled merchandise sales for March were the Pittsburgh Penguins (205%), New York Islanders (155%), Minnesota Wild (154%), Anaheim Ducks (119%) and Nashville Predators (100%). Twenty-four of 30 teams increased their sales for the month of March on Shop.NHL.com.
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League’s exciting countdown to the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with 13 games featuring 16 of the 20 playoff-eligible clubs. Among the honors still to be determined with just six days remaining in the regular season: all six division titles, both conference titles, the Presidents’ Trophy as the League’s top regular-season club, all 16 playoff seeds and four playoff berths.
Six clubs could clinch division titles and/or playoff berths tonight:
Buffalo can clinch the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference tonight:
* If they beat Pittsburgh.
NY Rangers can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight:
* If they beat the Islanders
* They get one point and Carolina gets one or no points against Tampa Bay and Toronto gets no points against Philadelphia.
from the CBC,
Tuesday could be a crucial day in determining the playoff picture as all six teams chasing a post-season berth are in action.
All eyes will be on Montreal (home to the Boston Bruins) and Toronto (hosting the Philadelphia Flyers) to see who, if anyone, blinks first in the ultimate high-stakes game of chicken.
Also on Tuesday, the Rangers and Islanders clash in Long Island while the Hurricanes pay a visit to the Lightning in Tampa Bay.
I learned a valuable lesson yesterday while at the Detroit Tigers ballgame.
Check out my NHL.com blog.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Mats Sundin crying about the NHL’s playoff arrangement is pure and simple sour grapes. Why would he suggest that it’s unfair that the Southeast Division-winner getting home ice in the first round is unfair? Sundin knew the score at the start of the season and said nothing about it then. That’s why we can’t buy any of his end-of-campaign bleating.
• Marty Biron may be the answer to the Flyers’ goaltending prayers. But, then again, his showing on Friday and Saturday suggests that Robert Esche and Antero Niittymaki would have been just as good with the mediocre squad in front of them.
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