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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
If you looked at the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday morning and assessed that — new coaches or not — they are not a Stanley Cup contender, you’d get no argument here.
But if you ever thought that this was a team vulnerable to being outcoached, or you wondered whether a new set of opinions was required to raise the compete level of a soft and easy-to-play-against club, then you can put those opinions to bed as of this morning.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Jim Balsillie says he will withdraw his bid for the Phoenix Coyotes if a sale cannot be completed by the end of June.
In a document filed on Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Thomas Salerno, a lawyer for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, said Balsillie notified the Coyotes that he made this ultimatum because he “nor any other known entity will fund another year of significant losses.”
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Darryl Sutter says he will consider stepping back behind the bench for the Calgary Flames.
Three other NHL coaches, all under contract, are of interest to Sutter. Otherwise, the Calgary GM considers himself the top candidate to replace the fired Mike Keenan as head coach.
“I have high standards,” Sutter said Tuesday. “We have high standards.
“I can separate general manager and head coach pretty easily if you’re surrounded by good people. …If I find out at the end of the search that I’m the best candidate, then I’m the coach.”
from Charlie Teljeur (Loose Change) at The Hockey News,
Question: Who has a better chance of salvaging their series, the Hurricanes or the Blackhawks?
Answer: The Blue Jackets.
Question: If it is a Detroit-Pittsburgh final, who will win?
Answer: I saw this one last year. It had a great intro, but the plot fell flat really quickly and the car chase at the end was so gratuitous and badly put together (you could see the strings). Save yourself the heartache and rent The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (interestingly, Marian Hossa’s in both).
more Q & A…
from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville didn’t rule out Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin playing Wednesday in Game 5 at Detroit, but it doesn’t look good - particularly for Khabibulin.
Neither player practiced Tuesday morning at the United Center but both accompanied the team to Detroit.
“We’ll have a better assessment (Wednesday),” Quenneville said.
a bit more on the Hawks…
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche’s Patrick Roy saga is on the verge of becoming ridiculous. The Colorado front office’s cone of silence is characteristic and often has helped team president Pierre Lacroix get things done. Yet in this case, in light of all the maneuvering, speculation and leaks, it’s impractical.
I spoke with Roy on the phone briefly Monday, but he politely said he would prefer not to comment further on the record about reports he has a standing offer to be the new Avs coach and possibly general manager. Translation: The Avalanche almost certainly has asked him not to talk about his dealings with Colorado.
The problems now are about perceptions. Whether fair or not, the Roy drama is coming off as gamesmanship, including factors such as: a) Roy possibly playing off the Avs and the Montreal Canadiens, hoping to get an offer from his home-province franchise; b) the Avalanche trying to convince Roy that the franchise’s competitive situation isn’t hopeless; c) even the postponement of reaching and announcing a deal because of the desire to stay in the background until the Nuggets’ playoff run is over.
added 2:20pm, from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Put me into the cynic camp on this one.
The way the story is leaking out, it all seems to be coming from the Roy camp and the bits and pieces indicate that it includes everything he wants: complete control of the bench and who works it with him along with complete control of the personnel decisions.
from Dean Lombardi at LosAngelesKings.com,
On behalf of the Los Angeles Kings, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the passionate and undying support that you have shown the team for so many years. Your support of this franchise is unparalleled in the world of sports. Few sports teams can boast a commitment from their fans that encompasses 40 years of dedicated support that continues to thrive despite never having been rewarded with a championship. Your relentless fervor is one of the prime sources of motivation for my staff to continually raise the bar of our work ethic in order to deliver the type of product you so richly deserve.
Four minutes of the best saves, hits and goals from the NHL playoffs during the last week.
Q. An update on Lidstrom and Datsyuk?
MIKE BABCOCK: They didn’t practice. Both guys are feeling better. We’ll see what goes on in the skate tomorrow, see if they’re available for that skate.
Q. Given the fact that your team played as well as they did without them, any chance that you would give them…
MIKE BABCOCK: None. If they’re ready, they’re playing.
RDS is reporting that forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal to play with Salavat of the KHL for next season. Details of the contract were not reported.
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