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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Today, we are treated to a diatribe about how all the “embedded” reporters at the Stanley Cup final - none actually named - were hiding the true nature of Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom’s injury, and that it took the courage for this intrepid Globe and Mail writer to break the news (from Calgary, apparently) that Lidstrom had suffered a testicle injury when he was slashed or speared.
It was suggested that reporters - again, all unnamed - were “complicit” with the NHL’s secrecy policy on such injuries, which is about as insulting to a journalist as you can get.
Well, I’ll leave the Globe writer to sort out the insults with his colleagues at his paper - some of whom are among the best in the business - but who he apparently believes are in cahoots with the NHL. But just for his information, Lidstrom’s precise injury was reported by The Star last week.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
So first, Sean Avery partners with pals in a bar on Warren Street.
Now there’s word that he’ll be a field reporter at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival starting Thursday for FUSE TV, interviewing musicians and fans at the Manchester, Tennessee site…
from Christine Brennan of USA TODAY,
Hockey has always been known as the world’s fastest game, a description the sport should play up at every turn as the attention span of the U.S. sports fan lessens year by year. Not only is there more beautiful passing and skating, and less fighting, in hockey’s playoffs than its regular season, it also should be noted that the NHL doesn’t hog your time like the NBA.
When there are five minutes left in an NHL game, that means it will take about five minutes to finish the game, give or take a 30-second timeout or two. When there are five minutes left in an NBA game, it’s time to order a pizza.
No new technology is needed, though, to accentuate hockey’s best attribute: Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, traditionally the best Game 7 in sports. For the first time in three years, the NHL gives us the ultimate finale Friday night. At the end, we can only hope it’s close, that someone is pulling the goalie, that an empty net looms ominously at one end of the ice.
Best of all, the game won’t have to compete with the NBA, which plays tonight, meaning all those basketball fans won’t have to wonder what they missed.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that Francois Allaire has joined the team. As Goaltending Consultant, Allaire will work extensively with the goaltenders at all levels of the Maple Leafs’ organization.
“We consider Francois to be one of the best in the world at his craft,” said Burke. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience and I know that he will make an immediate impact with our goalies. I would like to thank the Anaheim organization for making Francois available to us.”
Allaire, 53, spent the past 13 seasons as Anaheim’s Goaltending Consultant which included the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team
The Dallas Stars have fired head coach Dave Tippett.
added 5:12pm, from TSN with the same link,
While no successor has been named, sources say the Stars have asked for permission to talk to former Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford. All signs point towards Crawford taking over for Tippet, however that remains unconfirmed at this point.
added 5:35pm, Dallas fans start to respond to firing and possible hire.
added 9:06pm,via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I’ve talked to new Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk and he has issued an official ``no comment.’‘
He said he is not ready to talk about anything at this time.
Because I have to confirm these things through direct sources, and because Dave Tippett is not returning phone calls, that’s all I can say at this time. I do not have official confirmation yet.
from Mike Wilkinson of the Detroit News,
Can President Obama make the next save for the Red Wings?
After once helping to delay the transition to all-digital TV, the Obama Administration has already said there won’t be another, posing potential problems for local folks who want to catch the deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals with their rabbit-ear antennas.
The once-delayed transition to digital occurs on Friday, and a spokesman for WDIV-TV (Channel 4) said the station will no longer transmit an analog signal after 9 a.m. For thousands of Metro Detroiters who still haven’t gotten a converter box—and don’t have cable or satellite TV—that means they’ll have to find somewhere else to watch the Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Cup.
from Bucky Gleason of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
Crosby has been playing a strong two-way style that we don’t see often—or nearly often enough—from Sid the Kid. The Red Wings have shut him down, yes, but it comes with a price. Crosby has been effective in wearing down the Wings and creating more opportunities for his teammates. It makes you wonder if he’s learned a thing or two from playing against Henrik Zetterberg.
If anything, I’ve gained more respect for Crosby while watching him play in the series. He’s been physical, played better defense, did a better job backchecking and has been huge in the faceoff circle.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Had a long talk the other day with former Lightning coach Jacques Demers, who is now a television analyst for Canada’s RDS network. Not surprising the discussion turned to Vinny Lecavalier and the rumors that we will hear perhaps all summer that he could be traded….
“If he trades Vinny, he can’t make a mistake,” Demers said of Lawton. “If he trades Vinny and gets quality players in return, he can turn this whole franchise around. That’s what he’s probably mulling every day when he gets up until when he goes to bed. He’s in a position right now where he could turn the franchise around.”
All of us have been in a game 7 before. Check out my NHL.com post today for more.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A great movie needs a great ending, and these NHL playoffs are Oscar-bound with Friday night’s seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals.
In the backdrop of troubled franchises in Phoenix, Atlanta and Florida, among others, the NHL’s on-ice product has delivered a magical spring.
“I still have time to watch hockey, and let me tell you, it’s been freakin’ incredible,” Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Might have been the best hockey I’ve seen in years.”...
“Relative to the other years, most nights you can turn on the television and there’s a really strong chance that you’re going to get a very competitive and exciting game,” former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “From the viewers’ vantage point, it really is exciting. Watching Washington-Pittsburgh, that was a great series to watch because of the talent level and the talent shone through.
“That’s what we’re also seeing in the Cup finals. And that’s why it’s going seven games. It’s just tremendous to see.”
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