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via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,
Pavel Datsyuk is on the ice right now at Red Wings’ practice.
added 2:20pm, via Bruce’s Twitter…
Datsyuk is practicing as though he’s playing Game 4, centering Filppula and Hossa.
added 2:31pm, Bruce continues to update… Holmstrom & Rafalski not on the ice, but he does expect Rafalski to play. No word on Homer but I do remember him sliding into the boards last night and favoring his left knee I believe.
from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,
Barring a collapse in negotiations, the Flyers are expected to sign Ray Emery as their starting goalie for next season.
Several general managers at the Stanley Cup Final consider the matter a “done deal.” Emery was Ottawa’s property until released by the Senators last June.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined to confirm what others are saying at the Cup Final.
“We’ve had conversations with his agent [J.P. Barry] about a lot of things,” Holmgren said. “But I’m not going to comment on our internal discussions of players.”
Q. Talk about players, as Playoffs go on, having to do more and the competition becomes more key. Is that true for coaching? Do you have to do different things at this stage that maybe you didn’t have to do in the first round?
COACH BYLSMA: I think it often depends on your opponent. And there are coaches that like to make a lot of adjustments. There are coaches who, last night Zetterberg was definitely, obviously coming on the ice and off the ice at key moments trying to get different match?ups. That poses a different situation than some of the other things early on. I don’t think it would be ?? I don’t think it’s just because it’s the Finals. I think it’s because it’s Mike Babcock and the Red Wings.
So each series is a little bit different. And this one is presenting different situations.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL’s free-agent doors swing wide open in 28 days, but goalie Dwayne Roloson still hasn’t received a contract offer from the Edmonton Oilers.
Roloson’s age obviously is a factor—he turns 40 in October—so the Oilers may not be willing to pitch anything more than a one-year deal.
“We haven’t started talking at all,” Roloson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “But they’ve had other issues to get resolved ... lots to do with hiring coaches and firing coaches.”
Oilers general manager GM Steve Tambellini, who attended meetings in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, said the two sides would begin serious negotiations on a new contract very soon. But how many years the Oilers want to offer and how much money is available is anybody’s guess.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Three reasons Detroit will win
The wildcard, Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk skated Tuesday morning and Babcock said Detroit’s injured Hart Trophy candidate could be ready for Thursday’s Game 4. His return would tilt a tightly contested series in Detroit’s favor.
Three reasons Pittsburgh will win
Crosby’s quiet determination. He might not be piling up points, but the Penguins feed off Crosby’s drive to win his first Stanley Cup. “He’s an on-ice leader,” teammate Jordan Staal said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does everyone is listening.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Colorado Avalanche completed a major organizational shuffle on Wednesday. The team parted ways with six parted members of the franchise’s hockey operations staff including head coach Tony Granato.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the team has made Greg Sherman the new General Manager. Sherman has been assistant general manager of the Avs for the last seven years; he has been in the organization for the last 13 years.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has relieved six members of its hockey operations staff from their respective duties.
The list includes head coach Tony Granato, assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet and video coordinator PJ DeLuca.
The Avalanche will make an announcement regarding its new management structure later today.
added 11:17am, DENVER – Colorado Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix announced today a new management structure for the organization, effective immediately
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
In Detroit, the referees favoured the Red Wings with a few crucial calls. But in the NHL, turnabout is fairplay and it’s expected. Pittsburgh would get its turn.
You see, there was no conspiracy at the NHL head office to favour the Red Wings. No, all there was at play was the very real human emotions of NHL referees, not wanting to incite the wrath of the most rabid of all fans, hometown fans during a Stanley Cup final….
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Pittsburgh Penguins got away with a few in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win.
Most outrageous was a late elbow by agitator Matt Cooke to the head of Red Wings hustler Darren Helm. It was a typical Matt Cooke nasty, sneaky late hit special, the kind of late hit that the NHL should outlaw.
Right now, of course, the lateness of this hit wouldn’t get Cooke a penalty, though that elbow certainly should have.
read on with picture evidence of the Cooke hit…
Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discuss game 3.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Edmonton Sun,
• No matter what the Lightning says, Vincent Lecavalier is available. The talk among NHL executives is that Tampa’s ownership group has told GM Brian Lawton to deal Lecavalier and his massive contract, which is $10-million US next season….
While all the talk regarding a deal involving the star centre was focused on the Canadiens, it appears the Kings are serious suitors as well….
Sources say the Oilers also made a pitch for Lecavalier last season and remain interested.
Lawton vehemently denied having trade talks with anyone.
“There isn’t one single thing going on with (Lecavalier) ... not one,” Lawton told Sun Media. “And I continue to read it everywhere. It’s a farce. I haven’t talked to one single person about it. As they say, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.”
• Another GM getting a lot of attention is San Jose’s Doug Wilson. Sources say he has gotten numerous calls about captain Patrick Marleau and centre Joe Thornton after a first-round exit from the playoffs, thanks to the Ducks.
Wilson insisted he isn’t going to move either player, but he wants to make moves.
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Detroit Red Wings, who had spent Games 1 and 2 on the sunny side of random events, suddenly found the forces at work in the old Uptown barn considerably more ominous. Perhaps it was the lighting.
How else could four on-ice officials allow six Penguins skaters on the pond simultaneously for 21 seconds in the first period, unless someone figured that if the Red Wings could have two goalies, the Penguins could have six skaters?
Detroit had gotten away with Henrik Zetterberg covering the puck in the crease when goaltender Chris Osgood could not in each of the first two games, but the Red Wings were catching no breaks in Game 3.
“I know that, from the bench, you don’t want to yell,” said Penguins forward Matt Cooke about the too-many-Penguins incident. “So I was kind of whispering [to Mark Eaton], ‘Eats, Eats, Eats,’ and then he nodded at me and started counting: one, two, three, four, five, and, uh-oh.
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