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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that he has no reason to believe that Brent Sutter won’t be back as his head coach next season.
He also made it clear that he wants Sutter to come back.
“There should be no discussion on this,” Lamoriello told me today. “I have no knowledge of anything. You have to speak to Brent about this. Even to get into discussions about this makes no sense.”
Although Sutter has admitted to being home sick, he has said repeatedly that he makes decisions about his future after every season and this one is no different. That said, he has not commited to coming back next season either.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Not that the NHL would ever admit it cheers for certain teams, but the league must be beaming at the results of the playoffs so far. Because in terms of marketing the sport to casual fans, Gary Bettman and his buddies are looking at a huge summer.
The only Stanley Cup final permutation right now that doesn’t result in huge media coverage – let’s call it the ‘nightmare scenario’ – would be if Anaheim met Carolina. This is not meant to besmirch these two great teams; they simply don’t have the name recognition that draws in the ESPN crowd.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Will Washington Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, the top goal scorer in the NHL again this season, repeat as the winner of the Hart Trophy? Or will the title of most valuable player go to Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk?
The voting members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association had a tough challenge this season under the terms of the Hart, which is awarded to the “player adjudged most valuable to his team.”
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Consider this is a commentary on the state of New York area hockey, the only market anywhere, in any sport, that has three major-league teams: Right now, the hottest club around here is the Islanders.
Yes, the Islanders, 30th out of 30 National Hockey League teams in the regular season, are on April 29 the only ones who have something to which they can look forward. They’re the only ones coming off a victory, having won the draft lottery. They will be right in the mix of NHL talk from now until the draft in late June.
That is what is left of the New York hockey season, which came to a sudden ending for the Rangers and Devils in Game 7s Tuesday night.
TSN presents the heroes of 1st round, game 7 NHL playoff games.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
But who will be the Flyers’ No. 1 goalie at the start of the 2009-10 regular season? Holmgren and Biron acknowledged it could be two months before that question is answered.
“I think Marty is a good goalie and I think he had a good couple years here,” Holmgren said. “If we move forward with him, that will be a decision we make in the next little while.”
At 31, Biron is coming off his second full season as the Flyers’ starter. He ranked 13th in the NHL in wins (29), 25th in goals-against average (2.76) and 17th in save percentage (.915).
But the numbers that will define whether Biron stays in Philadelphia will be his average salary and the number of years he is seeking on a new contract.
At $3.5 million, Biron ranked 19th among NHL goalies this season, just below Dwayne Roloson’s $3.667 million. Roloson, who is 39, had almost identical numbers to Biron this season with 28 wins, a 2.77 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
In other words, Biron’s market value is probably exactly what he’s making now. That could be a sticking point is his insistence on a long-term contract.
Earlier today I pointed to the Semi-Conference Playoff schedule and now I have added the exclusive Versus games (in bold below)...
NEW YORK (April 28, 2009) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national broadcast coverage for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Thursday, April 30, when the Vancouver Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks. On Friday, May 1, the Detroit Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes. Saturday, May 2, the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of that series. NBC and VERSUS provide national television coverage in the United States, and CBC, TSN and RDS will televise nationally in Canada. Every Conference Semifinal game can be heard on Sirius XM Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NHL
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
Marty Turco did not reach the triggers for his no-trade clause this season, so he can be traded.
Also, while his cap hit is $5.7 million, his actual contract cost is only $5.4 million, so that does make the deal a little better.
Bottom line, I think if the Stars wanted to move him, there would be probably be interest (Philadelphia, for example, has no goalie signed). However, the Flyers have $50 million committed to next season already, and that will be the problem with a lot of teams.
We’ll see. My guess is the team is committed to Turco for next season and is hoping that he will have a great year as he faces unrestricted free agency.
read on for more on the goalie situation in Dallas…
via Canes Now at the News & Observer,
How quick was Carolina’s 4-3 dramatic finish over the New Jersey Devils?
So fast that ESPN.com didn’t have a chance to take down its “Devils Oust Canes” (bottom left hand corner) before putting up its story on the Canes’ win.
from CBC Sports,
As much as legends Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux dominated their era, the two greats never faced each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Fortunately for the NHL, it won’t miss out on another golden opportunity.
Thanks to the Capitals’ Game 7 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, the two most recognizable hockey players in the world will square off for their first-ever playoff meeting Saturday afternoon in Washington.
“Welcome to the circus,” proclaimed Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau after Washington rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the second round.
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