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from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
The Purge of June 3rd is not as critical for the Avalanche as the demanding events in the rest of the month.
The Avs must sign the right coach, from the American Hockey League; sign the right goal protector, from the Swedish Elite League; and secure the right player, from the three potential stars available in the NHL draft.
The once-proud, twice-champion Avalanche was in crumple, collapse, out-of-crease mode from September to May.
The hockey club cannot swoon in June.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
There are a lot of allegations coming out of the Detroit Red Wings dressing room regarding the ‘too many men non-call’ against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3.
Allegations to the point that there are suggestions Dennis LaRue, who was one of the two veteran referees on the ice, was allegedly yelling at the Penguins players to get off. I don’t know that the video evidence supports that; this might just be part of the gamesmanship that goes on.
We do know that Detroit has had some issues with the officiating and this might just be a part of the sour grapes aspect.
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
The Vancouver Canucks plan to start contract talks with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin in the next week or two, assistant GM Laurence Gilman said Wednesday.
“We have a few weeks remaining between now and July 1 and we anticipate that we’ll be speaking with them shortly,” Gilman said from Winnipeg after he scouted the Manitoba Moose playoff game Tuesday night. “I would say we’re going to begin negotiations with them in the next week to two weeks.”
Asked if the team intended to wrap things up prior to the June 26-27 entry draft, Gilman could not offer any guarantees.
“Ideally we would,” he replied. “If we’re going to get them done, we’d like to get them done sooner rather than later. But it is conceivable that we’ll get to the draft and they’re not done — and it could go down to the wire.”
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
For this week, I thought I would check out the Game 3 box score and provide observations on each player. Here they are in uniform number order:
Detroit Red Wings
Nicklas Lidstrom: Played 26:40 and didn’t get a shot on goal. I think he will be more assertive in Game 4. It was his third game in four nights and he might have been pacing himself a bit. Lidstrom and the Red Wings will be in Game 7 lockdown mode in Game 4. They know Game 4 is the series.
read on for a brief look at every player from game 3…
from P.J. Stock of CBC Sports,
I’d love to sit here today, at this moment and tell all of you that this is a great series and it’s going to get even better. Pittsburgh is really going to even things up in the next couple of games and force a deciding Game 7, but … I’d be lying.
After watching the first two games and the latest morning skate, I’m worried that Detroit is just too good. I’m not sure if they can be beaten. There’s even a chance they might get Datsyuk back for Game 4. Imagine the Wings adding the NHL’s MVP and Selke trophy nominee to their already star-studded lineup?
In my heart, I’m pulling for them. In my head, I think the fat lady is warming up.
Q. Do you think you’ll be healthy enough to play Game 4?
PAVEL DATSYUK: Yeah, I’m healthy now. But we’ll make tomorrow a game decision. A game decision. That’s it.
Q. What do you remember when you blocked that shot, you know? As an athlete, you go through a lot of different injuries. Just how painful it was then, and at any point did you think that maybe you wouldn’t even have a chance to be a game-time decision, that you might not be able to play at all?
PAVEL DATSYUK: What I remember, just I blocked shot, this is all, but I’m so happy I did my job, I blocked. And after I don’t want to take off my skates. You know, I finished game or not. Now every day it feels better and better, and I hope it’s gonna help me.
Q. Pavel looked pretty good today. Is he pretty close or what do you think?
COACH BABCOCK: I don’t know. What we’ll do is we’ll go for the optional skate in the morning and see how he responded today and see how he felt.
I haven’t talked to him since he got off, and I haven’t talked to Pete. He was still out there well after I got off, so we’ll see how he is.
Q. Maybe we’ll deal in the ifs. If he is available, how much of a difference does he make just in that they have Malkin and Crosby on different lines and he obviously gives you another pretty good shut down guy?
COACH BABCOCK: Well, he’s - I don’t know if he’s a shut down guy, I just think he’s a pretty good player, right. He’s a Hart Trophy candidate. He’s one of the best players in the world. Obviously, we’d like to have him. But it’s one of those injuries. You have some situations at Playoff time, and we have to find a way to overcome, we’ve done a good job.
via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals received a 15.1 rating in Detroit and averaged 290,009 households. In Pittsburgh, Versus had a 26.1 rating and averaged 302,067 households.
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.”
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