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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
The Blue Jackets have extended an offer to Guy Boucher to become their next coach, The Dispatch has learned via NHL sources.
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson would not comment, but NHL sources said Boucher was pondering an offer this weekend with an agreement to get back with Howson by early next week.
via a Boston Bruins tweet,
The B’s have signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year contract extension.
When teams battle to a tie through 60 minutes of regulation and another five in overtime, what’s wrong with awarding one point to each team? It’s far better, for example, than awarding one point to a team that loses in overtime or in a shootout.
What I’m saying is that the NHL should go back to the rule it happily lived with for decades. Play 5-on-5 in overtime. Keep the overtime to a five-minute limit. The team scoring a goal gets two points, the losers zero.
In a few words: when you lose, you lose.
-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette. More from Mr. Fisher on this topic.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The storefronts along downtown streets in Kenora, Ont., have been adorned in orange with signs urging on the Flyers. The mayor and one of his councillors have been photographed wearing Flyer jerseys. The councillor happily stated a local sporting goods store had received a new shipment of Flyer ball caps, six dozen in all, and that they were in hot demand for the big event – Friday night’s gathering at the Recreation Centre arena, where fans watched the Flyers host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.
“We had to get a projector flown in from Winnipeg to show the game on a 15-foot-by-20-foot screen,” councillor Chris Van Walleghem said. “Everyone’s cheering for the Flyers.”
More to the point, everyone in Kenora and neighbouring Dryden is cheering for Philadelphia captain Mike Richards and that notorious puck-stealing defenceman Chris Pronger. In a Stanley Cup showdown that boasts a wealth of Northwestern Ontario-trained talent, from Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (Thunder Bay) and Duncan Keith (Fort Frances) to the Flyers’ Claude Giroux (Hearst), Richards and Pronger are the marquee masters and the reason why Kenora is awash in Flyers’ fever.
from John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
When you lure people into doing something in order to prosecute them, it’s called entrapment. Unless you work for NBC 5 in Chicago - then it’s called good TV.
Paula Faris is a sports reporter for WMAQ, the Peacock affiliate in Chi-town.
In advance of the Flyers’ heartstopping 5-3 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Friday night, Faris decided to find out whether Philadelphia’s fans - on NBCChicago.com, she said they’re “known to be ruthless” - are “rude” or just “passionate.”
Rather than put together a straight or objective piece, Faris went the unfair and unbalanced route and tried to get a rise out of Philadelphians. The other day, with a camera trailing her, Faris walked around the city wearing a red Blackhawks jersey to see how the locals would react. (Even worse, it was a personalized sweater with her name peeling off the back.) Faris periodically stopped random natives to discuss the finer points of Hawks hockey and Chicago - then waited for someone to flip out.
“What do you really think about the Blackhawks?” she asked one man.
“I don’t like them,” he said.
Maybe John doesn’t follow the SCF much. This type of story has been done for years but this is the first time I’ve seen a columnist respond to it like he does.
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,
The Flyers have neutered the Jonathan Toews line, holding Toews and Dustin Byfuglien without a goal through four games. Patrick Kane has one, but was a minus-4 in Game 4. Toews admitted after the loss that he doesn’t believe the Hawks could win their first Cup in 49 years if his line can’t light it up.
Quenneville broke up his lines in the third period and got some offense, but obviously that didn’t work. In fact, little has worked, outside of Antti Niemi, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
The Hawks passed on shots in Game 4—Kris Versteeg, especially—and have done too little the few times they fought to get close to the net all series.
Most obviously, the Hawks’ game has had none of the flow that allowed them to dominate in the regular season and playoffs.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Now we’ll really find out about these young and talented Chicago Blackhawks.
We’ll find out if they can cope with the pressure of being the favorites in these Stanley Cup finals.
We’ll find out what kind of character they have.
We’ll find out if they drop their sense of entitlement and finally start physically paying the price to score goals.
Because all we know through four games of this series is the Blackhawks are lucky they’re not down 3-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Chicago had to go into game 3 knowing if they could split in Philly, the would have the chance to win the Cup on home ice.
Now their only chance to raise the Cup on home ice would be a game 7.
Philadelphia on the other hand has all the momentum going into game 5 on Sunday.
Who wants it more?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Ice Edge Holdings group of investors is one step closer to taking ownership of the troubled Phoenix Coyotes franchise.
Ice Edge secured an exclusive agreement with the City of Glendale on Friday to work out a new lease agreement for the city-owned Jobing.com arena and will move to close a deal with the National Hockey League to purchase the Coyotes.
The Glendale City Council accepted the group’s proposal at an emergency meeting Friday in Glendale and they are expected to formally approve the memorandum of understanding on Tuesday.
“Much is left to be done,” Ice Edge CEO Anthony LeBlanc told ESPN.com Friday night.
Brian Campbell catches Ville Leino with his head down.
Leino went to the dressing room and missed a few shifts before returning to action.
Watch the CBC feed.
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