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Anyone Can Win

fro Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Look for the Ducks to triumph over the Canucks if for no other reason than fatigue — both mental and physical — on the Canucks’ part.
But if there’s an upset, there won’t be a lot of long faces in the league’s head office. The Anaheim ice is an absolute disgrace and staging a postseason game on that surface is akin to staging a World Series game on a gravel infield.
Two of the league’s most atrocious surfaces — Nashville and Tampa Bay (in that order) — are gone.
Once the Ducks and Devils go, the quality of the overall spectacle will pick up.

more picks from Al, plus other NHL topics…

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Respecting The Opponent

from the Daily Post,

Ninety-nine years later, when a Colby Armstrong rings the bell of a Patrick Eaves with a shoulder to the head (when a less violent move would have served the same purpose)—and the victim’s bench boss shrugs and says, “That’s hockey!”—stories like the following are a breath of fresh air.
“Bun” Cook was no pantywaist! In 1929-30 he clocked 55 minutes in penalties when the real “bad man” of the NHL, Eddie Shore cooled his heels in the sin bin for 105 minutes. The game’s historians describe him as “determined and dedicated”.

more... a must read for old-schoolers…

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Who Said That

On the afterlife: “I’d like to die fast and painlessly at a hockey rink. I’ll watch a game, have a heart attack and go. Then I want my body to be frozen and stored off ***(not revealed, will give it away). Overhead will be a neon sign flashing my NHL numbers, ** and 7, nonstop.’‘
On a family excursion: “When I was a kid, my family moved to Australia because my dad had a crazy idea for supplying our troops in Vietnam with food. Within (a short time) the war ended, and he was stuck Down Under with his thumb up his (butt), so we moved back to ***.

click to find out who it is…

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The Cost Of Rentals

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It’s not as if Forsberg or Tkachuk or Smyth were washouts either. All three played pretty well for their respective teams; one could convincingly argue that without Tkachuk or Smyth, the Thrashers and Islanders might have missed the playoff picture all together.
Still, when the price of a rental is so prohibitive, the expectation goes up too — and in what so often happens in a team game, one player, more or less, couldn’t make the difference in getting his club out of the first round. The Thrashers in fact were skunked; the Islanders and Predators fell in five.

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NHL Team Sites

A few weeks ago I pointed out to KK readers the new site design of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Now a little bit more info, via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

While the site design will remain the same from team to team, content will vary and be determined by individual teams. The Canes’ site offers an in-depth section that connects visitors to team weblogs, video and news clips. That will allow each club to retain a local voice and allow each site to reflect the club’s focus, said Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises.
“The way the league explained it is, ‘We’re going to build a house and the clubs are going to have to paint it,’” said Ben Aycock, the Hurricanes’ manager of creative services. “It’s not the extreme extent of complete league control but something between that and being totally on your own like we were up to three weeks ago.”
The Hurricanes’ site provides more evidence that the new team sites will further strengthen the league’s new media efforts. The home page rolled out by Carolina emphasizes large news stories, video content and ticket sales, which are the first option on the site’s navigation bar. Plus, by having one template, it will be easier for teams to share best Web practices.

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Acording To The Maven

from The Maven,

* The Islanders’ playoff exit virtually guarantees that Alexei Yashin will be bought out unless a trade is possible and that’s extremely doubtful. There’s no way the Captain and Ted Nolan can co-exist for another year where the coach remains King. The feeling up front is that Yash is too slow for the current NHL and less than super-motivated.
* Tough Question Dep’t.: Where does Mark Messier land in 2007-2008? One possible – though not probable – scenario would have Don Maloney moving into a GM slot giving Mess the possibility of taking over as Rangers assistant GM.

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Playfair’s Job

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There was some debate among Canadian analysts that perhaps Playfair, who was fined $25,000 by the league on top of a team fine of $100,000, should have been removed by GM and former coach Darryl Sutter after the Flames were outclassed in Games 1 and 2.
There shouldn’t be much debate now given how the Flames disintegrated into ash in the blink of an eye as Detroit’s 2-1 double-overtime win Sunday eliminated Calgary from the postseason in six games.

more...plus “Code” talk, Sean Hill and GM talk…

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Forsberg’s Future

fro Reuters via ESPN,

Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche, said he would decide this summer whether he might continue to play professionally.
“I have other things than playing the world championships to think about ... I don’t even know whether I will be playing ice hockey next season,” he told Aftonbladet.

more & this will be the last time I bring up Foppa’s medical status.  UFA talk, yes, medical talk, no.  We have heard it before, from his spleen, to wrist, to foot.

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Now What BJ’s

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Blue Jackets were the NHL’s model expansion franchise — off the ice. They had a full building, a hands-off owner in John McConnell who put his trust in MacLean’s vision and his wallet at MacLean’s disposal. While Columbus’s three expansion confreres (Minnesota, Atlanta and Nashville) muddled along with bottom-five payrolls for much of first few years of their existence, MacLean got the green light to spend on players almost from the get-go.
That, in turn, proved to be his downfall. He didn’t have the patience necessary to build a franchise from the ground up — and for proof, consider that he fired his first coach midway through the team’s third year.

read on and some interesting NHL bits…

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The Best Refs In The World

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Somehow, championship teams find a way to overcome any and all adversity. The vanquished, meanwhile, too often seek out a bullseye for misguided blame. And the officials always are the easiest target around.
But unless Apple invents the iRef, we’re stuck with the guys and the system we’ve got. And until someone comes up with a practical, fail-safe solution to a game played and run by human beings, all you ref-blasting bleaters out there ought to stuff a hockey sock in your soundholes and allow the rest of us to enjoy the playoffs in peace.

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