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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The conversations surrounding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier are likely to heat up as we get closer to July 1, when the no-trade clause on his contract kicks in.
The two teams mentioned most when Lecavalier’s name comes up seem to be the Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings. With regards to the Kings, defenceman Jack Johnson is one of the players mentioned as possibly being involved in any deal with Tampa.
I had an interesting chat with Barry Smith, who is the head coach of SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL - and he said Johnson’s father, Jack Johnson Sr., contacted St. Petersburg prior to the World Hockey Championship to see if the team would have interest in signing his son to a one-year contract.
Pittsburgh wins 3-2 in a game filled with numerous scoring chances.
It looks like this series could go deep.
from Yvonne Zacharias of the Vancouver Sun,
Crooner Michael Buble is in Los Angeles these days recording a new album set to be released Oct. 15.
But don’t think he hasn’t made time for hockey. The Vancouver native, who is a part owner of the Vancouver Giants, is a huge hockey fan. He watched the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs, including their 7-5 loss to Chicago in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal, at his home in the City of Angels.
Q: What did you think?
A: I was disgusted. I have to take you back to Game 4 with a period left where [Alain] Vigneault stopped sending in two guys and started playing the trap. All year, when everyone kept saying, “Fire the coach!”, I kept saying No, he is a good coach. But every time the Canucks were up by one, he started to employ the trap. We should have won this series. I think the Canucks should have gone home up 3-1 and that would have been that. Instead, I think [Vigneault] tried to play a chess match. I don’t think we were beat by a better team ... I think we were out-coached.
A few months ago I was introduced to Michael’s music and was very impressed, glad to know he is a hockey fan too.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Motown was a depressing place long before the auto industry began crumbling, and it’s only getting worse. Just the other day, General Motors announced it was chopping 1,100 dealerships across the United States. People who spent their lives making an honest, middle-class living are now struggling to put food on the table.
Virtually everyone in southeast Michigan has a neighbor, friend or relative who has lost their job or watched their homes sink into foreclosure. Steve Yzerman has a radio spot saying how proud he was to live here. It sounded as if the region needed a civic pep talk from one of its sports heroes just to make it through the day.
Fortunately, the hard-working people here can take comfort knowing Joe Louis Arena is just down the street from GM’s headquarters. The Red Wings provide an opportunity for people to escape from the stress that comes with the daily grind. Every few days, they can rally behind the best hockey team in the league.
Q. Before we get to X’s and O’s on the series, your thoughts on Patrick Roy being offered the Colorado Avalanche job?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: I think it’s speculation. I don’t really want to touch that story. So we’ll see. I don’t want to talk about innuendo and speculation.
Q. Do you think a lot of adjustments need to be made by your team in Game 2 or do what you do better?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: I think we got to do things better. You know, some things we’ll look at to maybe tweak a little bit along the way. But I still think we got to be—the pace of our game’s got to be consistent and stronger, and we got to be harder in the puck area.
Related story from Scott Burnside of ESPN…
George of SnapShots at Mlive posted the off-day press conference with Mike Babcock today…
Q. How much do you think the maturity factor plays into it at this time of year? It came up last year against Pittsburgh.
MIKE BABCOCK: Did it come up last year against Pittsburgh?
Q. We brought it up.
MIKE BABCOCK: So did that mean it actually happened?
Q. Well, I thought that throughout the course of the series, your experience came through.
MIKE BABCOCK: How do you tell that?
Q. I thought you guys weren’t as panicky with the puck as they were.
MIKE BABCOCK: Okay.
read the whole transcipt…
from Al Cimaglia at ESPN,
I am not sure why some had the notion the Blackhawks were going to overwhelm the Red Wings with their speed. Detroit has a very good skating club—as does Chicago, but no team skates faster than the puck can travel. The Red Wings are an older group, but age doesn’t prevent them from passing the puck as well or better than any other team in the NHL.
Much of the Wings’ fast play starts from their defensive zone. Same with the Hawks. The Wings were able to get out of their defensive zone more efficiently on Sunday and then moved the puck through the neutral zone quickly. Detroit won the battle between the bluelines as the Hawks could not gain speed for their attack during most of the game.
Another false impression in my view is the Hawks played the Wings’ style. Both teams want a fast pace and strive to control the puck. They have similar styles. In fact, the Wings played the Blackhawks’ style better than the Hawks. Detroit managed the puck, especially near the bluelines better than the Hawks.
via Puck The Media,
NBC’s coverage of Game 1 of the Detroit/Chicago series drew a 2.0/5 on Sunday. That rating marks the best ever rating for an NHL On NBC broadcast, excluding obviously the Stanley Cup Finals and Winter Classic.
Steve at PTM hopes to have local numbers later today, so check back for those.
added 1:18pm, The local numbers are in for Chicago and Detroit. People were watching in Detroit and Chicago. See the numbers by clicking the above link.
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