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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Proof positive that no honest-to-goodness bad blood has developed yet between the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks?
The fans here boo Brian Campbell every time he touches the puck.
Brian Campbell, for gosh sakes! The carrot-topped Chicago defenceman is a sweet skater and a nice puck-handler but he isn’t anybody’s idea of a villain. But evidently the good people of San Jose have memories like elephants, because two seasons ago — for all of two months — Campbell was a late-season rental who elected not to re-sign with the Sharks when free agency season opened.
The fans ought to throw him a parade. No knock on Campbell, who had cost the Sharks a first-rounder and winger Steve Bernier to acquire from Buffalo, but his decision to sign in Chicago that summer made San Jose GM Doug Wilson go beat the bushes for another offensive defenceman, and the result was Tampa’s Dan Boyle.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Sharks winger Dany Heatley has two goals in his past 18 games, including the regular season. San Jose needs him to put the puck in the net in the West finals against the Blackhawks.
“He does,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday. “You know, that’s why Dany’s a part of our organization. That’s what makes him a tremendous player, is the fact he had the ability to put the puck in the net. I’m going to answer the question with a collective reply. I think we all have to find a way to get one more past [Antti] Niemi and not leave it on Dany Heatley’s shoulders.
“But he does have to find a way to put the puck in the net, especially on the power play. That’s what he’s here for. That’s what we believe he can do. I believe he will get that done as the series goes on.”
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
For those willing to pay the price, whether through an offer sheet or a deal similar to the one that sent Kessel to Toronto, these three potential restricted free agents are now the most attractive.
Jaroslav Halak, Canadiens G
Halak is on a playoff run for the ages, which is great news for the Canadiens and the partygoers in Montreal. But just wait until the bill arrives. This is going to cost the Canadiens a fortune. Both Halak and Carey Price are restricted free agents, and there’s no way now Montreal can let Halak walk. The better play for rival general managers looking to raid the Canadiens might be to make a pitch for Price. There’s still considerable upside in Price—he’s 23 with a career save percentage of .912—and it’ll be challenging for Montreal to sign both.
read on including updated on Joe Paveleski and Bobby Ryan…
from Bob Verdi of ChicaoBlackhawks.com,
I have in my gnarled and arthritic hands a crinkled clipping from the august New York Times, dated April 16, 2010. The headline is as follows: “Entering Playoffs With Many Stars, Just Not In Goal.”
Surprise! The story is about the Blackhawks and their unknown soldier between the pipes, Antti Niemi, who went from Pelicans Lahti to Rockford IceHogs to No. 1 in Chicago, earns only $827,00 for manning what arguably is the most important position in sports, yet is so green he might as well be a vegetable.
The Times, which has earned numerous Pulitzer Prizes, was not breaking any news here. Most experts throughout the National Hockey League concurred that the Blackhawks would be vulnerable in net, and truth be told, so did thousands of nervous fans in Chicago.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
They come, in impressive numbers, from all over the country, from small towns in Ontario to large cities in Alberta; they come from the Prairies and they come from the north; they can even claim the Flying Frenchmen from Quebec.
They are the Philadelphia Flyers.
They beat Canada’s only team still standing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens, 6-0 the other night – francophones Daniel Brière, Simon Gagné and Claude Giroux all scoring – and they sat on the bench listening in awe as the familiar “Ole! Ole! Ole!” of Montreal hockey triumphs rained down from the rafters, the sarcasm of the Philadelphia fans dripping.
“It’s a lot of emotion for me and Danny and Claude to play against that team,” Gagné said Monday, as the Flyers prepared to meet the Canadiens in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series on Tuesday.
BUFFALO, NY (May 17, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Mike Grier, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Grier (1/5/1975, 6’1”, 225 lbs.) had 22 points (10+12) in 73 regular season games for Buffalo this season. He also contributed two goals in six playoff games, and was credited with a team-leading 33 hits.
The best plays from the past week in the NHL Playoffs.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
That sound you hear is the sound of about a dozen or more NHL general managers cheering, applauding for the hiring of Dale Tallon as the new GM of the Florida Panthers.
It’s not that they think Tallon’s a dope and will trade them Stephen Weiss or Nathan Horton for a song. It’s because Tallon was enormously popular as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks and most executives in the league believe he got a raw deal when he was dumped last summer by president John McDonough in favour of Scotty Bowman’s son, Stan.
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
It’s possible that both Jeff Carter (fractured right foot) and Ian Laperriere (brain contusion) will be back in the Flyers’ lineup at some point during their Eastern Conference Final series with the Montreal Canadiens. Both skated today in Voorhees, and while Carter’s status for the series is still very much up in the air, Laperriere has been cleared for contact.
via a Steve Gorten tweet,
Panthers will name Dale Tallon as their new general manager tommorrow
added 1:21pm, via Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,
It’s uncertain right now whether Randy Sexton will remain with the team in any capacity.
SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers announced today that Dale Tallon has been named the team’s new general manager, replacing Randy Sexton. Tallon will be introduced at a press conference at the BankAtlantic Center on Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we are thrilled and honored to open a new chapter in Florida Panthers franchise history with the hiring of Dale Tallon as general manager,” said Panthers managing partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel. “Dale brings with him a proven track record and an impressive franchise-building resume that we believe is the perfect fit for the future of the Panthers organization. We thank Randy Sexton for his service to our organization and appreciate his continued support throughout this transition process.”
“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I join the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “I would like to thank Managing Partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel, Alternate Governor Bill Torrey and President/COO Michael Yormark for giving me the opportunity to put my mark on this franchise. I look forward to getting to work and will immediately evaluate our club’s framework, as we diligently prepare for the upcoming draft and free agency signing period.”
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