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From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,
The ‘75 Islanders knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins in a quarterfinal-round series, joining the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who beat the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final, as the only teams in League history to come back from the absolute edge of defeat to achieve victory.
His advice to the players in Philadelphia and Dallas is the same one he got from his coach, Al Arbour—keep the focus small.
“More than anything else, what we did, and what Al instructed us to do, was think about winning one shift,” [Bob] Nystrom recalled for NHL.com. “When you think about four games, it seems impossible. But when you look at it as one shift, it doesn’t look that bad.”
from Stan Fischler of the Hockey Journal,
• Just Musing Dep’t. If the Rangers made a pitch for Patrick Marleau, it wouldn’t surprise us. …
• Something To Watch Next Year Dep’t. If Evgeni Malkin continues to upstage Sid Crosby, how’s the supposed Top Banana going to feel being down a bit in the bunch? …
• Atlanta’s front office puzzle should be sorted out in the next week or so. …
more hockey talk from the Maven…
Spector has the latest trade and free agent talk too…
Gary Bettman was in Dallas last night and did a little Q & A with the media before the game…
Q. What is the likelihood we’ll see another outdoor game next season? Is Yankee Stadium a possibility as a venue?
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: ...We have no shortage of interested cities and teams. And we’re exploring them. One of the possibilities is Yankee Stadium. But there are a variety of issues with respect to all of the possibilities. We have to see which can be resolved satisfactorily.
There is some construction going on, on and about the Yankee Stadium area, the old stadium area, which may impact us. There are some winterization issues, because it is an older stadium. As I sit here today, I don’t know whether or not they can be resolved. We don’t have a deal yet to go anywhere, but we’re in discussions with a variety of places, some that have been named, I’m not breaking any news here, Chicago, Boston, Colorado, Denver, Pennsylvania.
more at NHL.com…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Contact with a goaltender is not under the criteria for a review; however if you are going to use video review to decide something as subjective as a goal being scored with a high stick, than this should be a no-brainer. If a player is standing in front of the net it is much more clear-cut from the overhead view to see if there was contact or not with the goaltender. The NHL either needs to include interference in the criteria of goal review or get rid of the review of goals scored with a high stick.
From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,
The following top 10 list shows active players who have earned the most since former union head Bob Goodenow introduced salary disclosure in 1990. Some players who were active prior to 1990 do not have those figures included in their totals, but none would have cracked the top 10. [...]
10. Peter Forsberg, $65.4 million
9. Chris Pronger, $66.2 million
8. Mike Modano, $70.1 million
*thanks to a KK member for the pointer
From Ian Winwood at The Guardian,
I have just one question: what kind of lunatic would play a game that sees this thing [a hockey puck] flying about the place at a hundred miles an hour?
The point of this week’s column is to wonder ... actually, to marvel at the toughness of the hockey player. It is, of course, a given that those on skates, especially those skating six weeks into the post-season, are among the toughest athletes in the world. This truism, though, wasn’t quite good enough for me, so in the interests of authenticity, not to mention hard science, I conducted an experiment. These are my findings.
From Tom Jones at Tampa Bay.com,
First, I’m a hockey guy. I covered the NHL for 15 years and if the choice is between watching a hockey game on television and watching another event live from the first row, I’d probably pick the hockey game. To me, it’s the best sport there is, and there’s nothing like the passion, drama and intensity of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Except this year. (And, to be honest, last season, too, because I wrote about this same subject.) Quite frankly, the NBA playoffs have been better than the NHL playoffs. Here are five reasons why:
continued… and he’s got a couple good points, but I have a feeling that hockey fans are going to disagree strongly with some others…
The NHL has built a dedicated website for the 2008 Entry Draft.
Site features all the latest news, player profiles, scouting reports, photos, video and interviews, and will continue to be updated.
A couple days ago, Steve pointed to the story about the interest Versus might have in “puck tracking” (i.e. flashbacks to the infamous glowing puck). Today, William Houston at the Globe & Mail notes that any such plans would be limited:
Versus is pursuing a puck-tracking technology that, according to USA Today, could be used as soon as the next NHL season. This would be for replays rather than live coverage. Anything involving a live application - such as the FoxTrax from the 1990s - would require the NHL’s approval and participation.
*hat-tip to Puck Daddy for the pointer
From Chuck Gormley at The Sporting News,
The reason the Penguins-Oilers comparisons don’t hold any water is because the days of NHL dynasties are over.
There is simply too much parity in the NHL. As good as the Penguins are right now—and they are good—Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will need to get past players such as Mike Richards and Jeff Carter of the Flyers, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin of the Capitals and Chris Drury and Scott Gomez of the Rangers every year to have a shot at consecutive Stanley Cups. That won’t be easy in a salary-cap driven NHL, rendering the days of NHL dynasties as a thing of the past.
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