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Sidney Crosby and Keith Ballard go at it today after Ballard delivered a hip check to Evgeni Malkin. Both received five for fighting and Crosby also had two added for unsportsmanlike conduct.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Peterburg Times,
Owner Len Barrie said a revenue sharing check the Lightning will get this year from the league will not make it profitable.
“We’ll still be in the red for the year,” he said between periods of Saturday’s loss to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
But the bottom line won’t be as egregious. Barrie declined to give specifics, but Tampa Bay apparently can expect perhaps up to $14 million.
“It helps every team,” Barrie said of revenue sharing. “It helps every team that’s in a market that’s trying to grow and make the league stronger, and we’re in one of those markets.”
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Before the Ducks dealt the Oilers a critical blow with a 5-3 victory that night in Edmonton, MacTavish talked about the Ducks’ top line of center Ryan Getzlaf and wingers Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, comparing the trio to the famous Legion of Doom line iced by the Philadelphia Flyers in the mid-1990s.
Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg not only piled up big offensive numbers, but often dominated games physically.
Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan, who average 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, are doing the same things of late.
With a combined three goals and five assists in Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion — what San Jose coach Todd McLellan called a “flat-out dominant” performance — the three have totaled 14 goals and 32 points over the past six games entering a Sunday night rematch with the Sharks at Honda Center.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals are encouraging fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions—the playoff beard. Fans may elect to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a Capitals player or a fan who has elected to grow a playoff beard. The Capitals’ Beard-a-thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard and raise money for charity, as all proceeds will benefit Washington Capitals Charities.
Participants in the Capitals’ Beard-a-thon can invite family members, friends and business associates to pledge money for their playoff beard. Some of the participants in the Beard-a-thon are Comcast SportsNet anchors Brent Harris, Chris Hernandez, Michael Jenkins, Chris Miller and Russ Thaler. WJFK 106.7 FM’s John “Cakes” Auville from the Junkies, Chad Dukes from the Big O and Dukes Show and nationally syndicated personality Mike O’Meara from the Mike O’Meara Show will also participate in the Beard-a-thon. Money will be donated to Washington Capitals Charities for everyday that a fan maintains his beard. Fans who do not wish to or are unable to grow a playoff beard can participate by pledging a donation to your favorite Caps player. For more information or to enroll in the Capitals’ Beard-a-thon, log onto beardathon.com/capitals.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
One NHL agent thinks the Detroit Red Wings might get free-agent winger Johan Franzen for a salary-cap hit of $3.7 million US a season, which would be a huge hometown discount.
I think it will have to be at least $500,000 more than that a year. Franzen is a scoring machine. He had 28 goals in his final 32 games last season, including the playoffs, and has 33 this year in 66 games. That’s 61 goals in 98 games.
The Red Wings badly want to keep Franzen. They have major cap concerns next season, but not in 2010-11.
“We have $13 million coming off the books then,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. That includes captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s $7.45 million. The Wings would likely try to re-sign Lidstrom, one of the game’s all-time greats at a reduced rate—about $4 million a year. I still think Marian Hossa would take $6.5 million (between Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg’s annual cap hit) in a new five-year deal.
“It’s not a race (to see who signs first),” said Ritch Winter, Hossa’s agent. “Ken has said he would like to sign both Franzen and Marian. So far, Ken hasn’t told us what their price is.”
read on for more NHL talk…
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Nikolai Khabibulin is the most experienced of the Blackhawks and also the most stoic, but the goaltender is as excited as many of his younger teammates about the team’s first postseason appearance since 2002.
“I wish it would have happened sooner, but we finally made it,” Khabibulin said Saturday, one day after the Hawks clinched a Western Conference playoff berth. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Khabibulin, 36, joins Andrew Ladd and Sammy Pahlsson as the only Hawks who have won a Stanley Cup. Khabibulin, who helped Tampa Bay to the NHL championship in 2004, looks forward to using his experience to help the youngest team in the league adapt to postseason play.
“It’s easy for me; I just stop the puck,” said Khabibulin, who has a 31-25 record and 2.27 goals-against average in 57 playoff games. “It’s going to be a little more intense. We don’t have too many veterans here, but we have to make sure guys are not nervous and just stay calm.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Sean Avery felt yesterday was the perfect time to give Thomas one to grow on - specifically, a smack to the back of the helmet as the Bruins’ No. 1 goalie was stretching his legs during a TV timeout in the third period.
“Unwritten rule,” Thomas mused, following his 31-stop afternoon and a 1-0 win over the Rangers that led to the Bruins clinching the Eastern Conference regular-season title. “Nothing happens during TV timeouts.”
Like most parts of the rulebook, the TV timeout rule hasn’t been committed to memory by the pugnacious Ranger forward. With Thomas some 30 feet out in the slot, stretching his hamstrings, Avery oh-so-subtly cruised up from behind and smacked his stick to the back of Thomas’s head.
“You look up and see who it is,” recalled Thomas, “and you’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ So it was just reflex.”
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Rangers have three games left and 89 points; Florida has four games left and 87. Florida has to be one point ahead of New York by the end of next Sunday’s Rangers-Flyers game from the Spectrum.
—IF Florida goes 3-0-1 (94 points), Rangers can only go 2-1-0 (93). New York at 2-0-1 knocks out the Panthers.
—IF Florida goes 3-1-0/2-0-2 (93 points), Rangers can go 1-0-2 (93) and make it. A record of 0-0-3 or 1-2 would not cut it.
—IF Florida goes 2-2-0 (91 points), good luck. Rangers would have to go 0-2-1 (90) for Florida to beat them out.
—How about 1-0-3 Mr. Richards? Well that’s 92 points. Rangers could go 0-0-3 and make it in. And they would still have one more win to win the tiebreaker. So, Florida could still get in the playoffs with one win in these final four, but they would need three overtime losses and New York to go 0-1-2 or worse.
more on the Panthers…
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
“What Is There To Do? And What Is There To Say?”
It once was a top tune — love-song-type on The Hit Parade — but the words also apply to the dear, fond admirers of the Rangers.
What IS there to do?
The Maven will tell you what, as John Tortorella’s troops await the arrival of the suddenly surging Canadiens on Tuesday night at The Garden. Scoring a goal would be a good start; and then, maybe a couple or even three more.
What IS there to say?
That’s easy; find a quick — make that INSTANT — cure for the Blueshirts power play.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Goalie Marty Biron says he wants to remain with the Flyers, but his performance down the stretch and in the playoffs probably will determine whether they want him.
A potential unrestricted free agent, Biron is in the final season of a $3.5 million contact. After an inconsistent first half, Biron steadied himself and played solidly before sluggish performances in his last four starts.
Biron, who carried the Flyers into the Eastern Conference finals last year, has a 27-17-5 record, 2.80 goals-against average, and .914 save percentage this season.
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