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from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
It was suggested to me this morning by a friend in the business that the Senators and Sharks might want to consider a 1-for-1, high-profile trade that would give each team a significant shake on the heels of a disappointing season: Jason Spezza for Joe Thornton.
Spezza, who is 25, is listed as 6-foot-2, 206 pounds. He has 418 points in 404 regular season games. He has 39 points in 40 playoff games. He’ll make $8 million for each of the next four years.
Thornton, who is 29, is listed as 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. He has scored 842 points in 836 regular season games. He has 53 points (and just 12 goals) in 76 playoff games. He’ll make $7.2 million for each of the next two seasons.
My opinion: The younger Spezza has more upside. But if the cap goes down, as expected, that salary could be a real handicap.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
...The more immediate concern for the Ducks is shoring up some breakdowns that cost them Friday night. Cutting down on penalties, minimizing turnovers, lessening congestion in front of Hiller, making it more difficult for the Red Wings to penetrate their blue line and challenging Detroit goalie Chris Osgood with more shots and traffic are among “a few points of emphasis.”
Another is faceoffs. The Red Wings piled up a monumental 36-15 advantage in the circles, providing a huge leg up with the puck-possession style they employ so effectively.
“There are a few things we can do to change that,” Carlyle said. “They did a better job of supporting their centers in those situations, as far as that loose puck. Their winger or their defenseman got to it before ours did. Their mandate is that they’re going to jump one of their wingers into the middle. You can call it cheating. You can call it aggressive, whatever you want to call it. That’s up to the linesmen to control. I don’t call it cheating.”
This save deserves two calls, one from NBC and the other from CBC.
Watch both below…
added 6:22pm, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insiders quotes a few players and both coaches on the save,
Sidney Crosby: “I don’t need to discuss [the big stops]. You don’t want to waste those opportunities. You want to take advantage of it. You end up losing the game, 3-2, and you don’t want to look back and say, ‘What if?’ The fact is, it happens in the game. As a player, you have to forget that quickly.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Ducks said they hadn’t been contacted by the league regarding any disciplinary action against Mike Brown for his hit on Jiri Hudler in Game 1 and the Wings believe there will be no suspension.
“I’m not surprised (no suspension yet) and I don’t think there will be,’’ Wings coach Mike Babcock said….
Babcock confirmed that defenseman Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) won’t play in Game 2 Sunday. Rafalski did not skate Saturday. Dan Cleary (lower-body injury) also didn’t skate, which has been common since the playoffs started, but he is good to go.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Expected to address the media sometime Monday, Sutter wouldn’t surprise anyone if he cut Keenan loose.
The question is who comes in if Iron Mike isn’t back as he said he believed he’d be for the final season on a three-year contract?
While many would jump at the chance to coach a team with as much talent as the Flames—on paper if not in practise over the past few post-seasons—few would keep their hands in the air if told it would be a one-year deal.
He’d have to be a little crazy.
Jacques Lemaire would be perfect.
Formerly of the Flames’ Northwest Division foe Minnesota Wild, Lemaire has often been accused of having a couple of screws loose.
He’s also a great coach.
And just what this team needs after struggling to return to the defensive roots that in 2004 got it past the first round in its first playoff appearance in eight years.
I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1. Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.
HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.
Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.
The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!! So Pat, what game were you watching?
In the end, however, we have one general hope for this series: That it doesn’t suck.
That it’s competitive and engaging and unpredictable. That there are flashpoint moments between these teams that shift the momentum in unforeseen ways.
-Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy writing about the anticipated Pens/Caps series. More from Greg on the matchup…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The NHL’s 2009 post-season has a theme rapidly developing.
If you happen to be a netminder in the greatest hockey league there is, it’s probably not a theme you’re fond of.
You could see that theme – let’s call it “The Running Of The Goalies” – on display during both second-round games played Friday night.
Skating before their hometown fans, the Red Wings were the beneficiaries of Johan Franzen’s bull-like charge into Anaheim G-man (if a defenseman can be a D-Man, surely a goalie can be a G-man, right?) Jonas Hiller for Detroit’s first goal in a 3-2 Game 1 win over the Ducks.
In Boston, Hurricanes left winger Ryan Bayda barreled into pipe patroller Tim Thomas milliseconds after Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen scored the visiting team’s first goal in a 4-1 Game 1 loss to the Bruins.
continued & watch both plays from last night that Adam refers to below…
ESPN starts off on the wrong foot in this video hightlight of game 1 between the Wings and Ducks…
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