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Video- A Look At David Poile

Elliotte Friedman with the feature....

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

On July 9, 2017, David Poile will mark his 20 year anniversary as Nashville’s GM. This piece looks at Poile’s history, and how his willingness to make heavily scrutinized trades have shaped the current Predators roster.


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Open Post- Game 5 Western Conference Final

Feel free to comment on tonight's game.

Nashville @ Anaheim, series tied 2-2, 7:15 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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Before The Puck Drops On Game 5 Anaheim/Nashville

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The news cycle went into overdrive between Games 4 and 5. And we’re not talking about affairs of state.

Most of it concerned the leftovers from Anaheim’s overtime win in Nashville Thursday.

In ascending importance, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf got fined $10,000 for an epithet he delivered to the officials from the Anaheim bench.

It was a homophobic expression, approximately the same as the one used by Chicago’s Andrew Shaw last year in Game 4 of a first-round series against St. Louis.

Shaw was suspended for that Game 5. Getzlaf was not suspended for this Game 5. So we’ll hear a lot of byplay about that.

It was already on the minds of Canadians because Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar got a one-game suspension for the same type of thing, delivered toward an Atlanta pitcher.

Shaw also was asked to attend sensitivity training sessions. Sounds more like he and Getzlaf need vocabulary adjustments

Referring to someone as a body part or a descendent of an animal is presumably more appropriate.

Maybe we should expand our definition of an obscenity. There are certainly things in life that are universally despised.

The next time an official makes a bad call, the players should be trained to yell, “You telemarketer!”

Or maybe, “You son of a Madoff!”


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Hockey Topics Today

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- Leon Draisaitl’s contract will expire on July 1. Connor McDavid, meanwhile, has one more year on his entry-level deal. Even so, Draisaitl will have to wait until his captain re-ups before he finalizes his extension with Edmonton. McDavid, appropriately, is the Oilers’ priority, even if the timing isn’t critical. Soon after July 1, the first date he’s eligible to re-sign, McDavid will put pen to paper on an eight-year extension at megabucks money. Only then will Edmonton turn to Draisaitl, whose deal will not be cheap, even compared with McDavid’s. The wide-shouldered forward — coach Todd McLellan can use him as McDavid’s right wing or as the No. 2 center — has a first-line ceiling. Draisaitl scored 29 goals and 48 assists in 82 games, then followed it up with 16 points in the playoffs. GM Peter Chiarelli has pledged to match if any rival signs Draisaitl to an offer sheet.

- Dion Phaneuf’s seven-year, $49 million contract does not expire until 2021. Four more seasons of Phaneuf’s play at $7 million annually, however, do not seem as odious as before. The 32-year-old remains overpaid, but the left-shot defenseman is no longer the albatross of earlier. Phaneuf has been a very good fit in Senators coach Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 system, which has him playing a defined shutdown role. One of Phaneuf’s baffling tendencies in Toronto was to roam and strand himself more than Thurston Howell III. Boucher gives Phaneuf the green light to step up in the neutral zone when he’s the strong-side defenseman to blunt opponents’ advances. Otherwise, he’s been tasked to stay at home in the defensive zone, use his stick and reach, and play forwards physically. Other teams used to take advantage of Phaneuf’s aggressiveness. That doesn’t happen as much anymore.

- The Penguins had 60 percent of their regular-season games played by NCAA alums, a record high, according to College Hockey Inc. Phil Kessel (Minnesota), Nick Bonino (BU), and Ian Cole (Notre Dame) were three of the ex-collegians appearing in 80 or more games. The 2014-15 Rangers had the previous record (54 percent). Pittsburgh’s number has risen to 65 percent in the playoffs.

many more topics...

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Ryan Getzlaf Fined $10K For Inappropriate Remark

NEW YORK (May 20, 2017) – Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been fined $10,000, the maximum permitted under the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, for directing an inappropriate remark toward another on-ice participant in Thursday’s Game 4 of the team’s Western Conference Final Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Nashville Predators, the National Hockey League announced today.

Getzlaf’s comment is a violation of the League’s policy which prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks, and the use of obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures in the game.

“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League.”

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

added 2:05pm,


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Afternoon Lines- Bill Daly

via Liz Mullen tweets at a Sports Lawyers Conference,

NHL's Bill Daly: 1 thing they will look at in next CBA "our definition of hockey related revenues."

"From an owner's standpoint, anything that generates revenue is of interest."-- NHL's Bill Daly

NHL's Bill Daly wouldn't answer if players who go to the Olympics will be fined.

Bill Daly said sending players to Olympics is a cost-benefit analysis. "In this case we felt the costs outweighed the benefits."

added 12:47pm,

NHL's Bill Daly on hockey-related revenues in next CBA: Not a matter of expanding or shrinking but making definitions "more precise."

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Videos- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the first period of Ottaw/Pittsburgh, Nashville/Anaheim, defensive player- get your stick out of the way and a few more topics.



And after the game, more Sens/Pens talk below....

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The Nashville Predators Are In Trouble Without Ryan Johansen

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

It’s not happening this year, Nashville Predators fans.

If it does after Ryan Johansen’s season-ending injury, well, then take what would already be the greatest achievement in Nashville sports history and make a movie out of it. The idea of the Predators winning the Stanley Cup without the services of its top-line center — a young star who is becoming a force in this league before our eyes — is far-fetched to say the least.

That doesn’t mean the Predators won’t rally around each other and come up with a “Win One for the Joey” performance in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday in Anaheim. I wouldn’t even completely rule out an improbable case of ham-and-egging with smoke, mirrors and duct tape — have you ever watched the 1990s show “MacGyver”? — to beat the Ducks twice and advance to the first Stanley Cup finals in franchise history.

That alone would be incredible. It would have been incredible to reach the final round with a healthy roster.


If wondering how the injury may have occurred, watch below...

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Mediocre In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

This is becoming a disturbingly familiar scenario. It’s spring in Montreal and there’s top-drawer, super-intense hockey being played but, sadly, yet again they’re hockey games not featuring your Montreal Canadiens.

This is the 24th straight year the Habs will not win the Stanley Cup. It is also the 24th straight year the team will not be in the Stanley Cup final. But who’s counting, right?

In the 24 years since Montreal last won the Cup, Les Boys have made it to the conference final only twice and, both times, they got smoked. It was worse in 2010, when an ordinary Philadelphia Flyers team crushed the Canadiens, with journeyman goalie Michael Leighton shutting out the Habs in three of the Flyers’ four victories. The other conference final appearance was in 2014 and that one ended before the final whistle in the first game — Rangers forward/villain Chris Kreider smashed into Carey Price and, in a nanosecond, the Habs’ chances of advancing went up in smoke.

Any way you slice it, it hasn’t been a memorable near-quarter-century for Habs fans. I get it. You don’t expect to win the Cup every year or two the way the Habs used to back in the day, but you do expect the team to be in the discussion every now and then.

So, like every spring since 1994, we stand around water coolers, cappuccino machines and bars, and mull over this sorry state of affairs as we watch amazing hockey teams out of the corner of our eyes playing amazing hockey at a level the Habs can only dream about.


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Back In Their Series With The Ottawa Senators

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If the demise of the defending Stanley Cup champions has been greatly exaggerated, the Ottawa Senators have themselves to blame.

They let them off the mat on Friday night, making this Eastern Conference final a toss-up.

Just when it seemed the Pittsburgh Penguins might have been running out of gas, playing their 204th game since the start of last season, they guaranteed Friday night there will at least be a 206th.

“You can’t expect to come in here and play an average game and go up 3-1 in the series against Pittsburgh. It’s just not going to happen,” Clarke MacArthur said. “We had to have our best game and we fell short of that.”

Instead, the Senators poked a sleeping giant in Pittsburgh’s two-headed monster.


Watch the game highlights below...

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