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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
There are some solutions being kicked around, which include sending goalie Cristobal Huet to the minors (where his $5.6 million salary has to be paid but will not count against the cap) and trading defenseman Brian Campbell along with either a top prospect or solid draft pick so that another team would pick up the six years and $7.1 million a season that is left on Campbell’s contract.
The Stars don’t have the money to make the Campbell situation work, but it would be an interesting option. Obviously, the commitment to Campbell would be ridiculous, but he still is a solid puck-moving defenseman and if the Blackhawks really are desperate you could get them to toss in Dylan Olsen or Niklas Hjalmarsson (think what it would mean to Chicago to be rid of Campbell’s contract and you see just how much negotiating strength you would have in this situation). If you were willing to take that kind of money commitment, you could make over your defense in one fell swoop and probably with very little going in the other direction.
The other players who are probably up on the trade market are Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg . I would say the Stars would love Dave Bolland _ a right-handed center who has the offensive upside to be a No. 2 center _ but I just don’t think the Blackhawks would let him go.
from Ted Leonsis at WashingtonCapitals.com,
By now you have probably heard the news that my partners and I have completed our purchase of the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center and created a new company – Monumental Sports & Entertainment – that owns those entities as well as the Capitals and the Mystics.
You’re likely to see and hear more from me on this news in the coming days – in the media, on my blog (tedstake.com), at the NBA Draft. It’s big news, and something my partners, my family and I are very excited about.
But I’m here to assure you that even if you hear me talking about the Wizards a lot, I haven’t – and never will – overlook the Capitals and our commitment to bring a Stanley Cup to Washington. I will continue to be focused on your well being and happiness.
A few people have asked how I expect to juggle these new responsibilities. I believe I’ve always been someone with great “bandwidth” to cover a variety of interests, including different companies, film projects and, foremost, my family. The Wizards will have a place in those interests, no bigger or smaller than the Caps – just as I don’t choose between my son and my daughter!
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Guy Boucher’s superb rookie season in as an AHL bench boss earned him an NHL job on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Lightning named the 38-year-old as their new coach during a introductory press conference at St. Pete Times Forum.
Boucher becomes the youngest coach in the NHL—and the second new coach named this week. Columbus hired Scott Arniel on Tuesday, one day after Boucher turned down the job. Atlanta and New Jersey are still without coaches.
Getting the Lightning job caps a meteoric rise for Boucher.
NEW YORK – June 10, 2010 – Last night’s series-clinching Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers registered a 5.8/10 overnight rating (8:15-11:15 p.m. ET), the best overnight for any Stanley Cup Final game in 36 years (7.6/27, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 6, 1974 on NBC).
The rating peaked for the final 15 minutes of the game (11-11:15 p.m. ET) with an 8.0 rating and 14 share. The 5.8 overnight is up 41 percent vs. last year’s 4.1/7 overnight for Game 6 between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
Following Chicago’s series-clinching 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hossa finally let down the guard he’s had up for nearly three years and admitted he truly was afraid of leaving the ice a loser once again.
“Oh my God,” said Hossa, who was grinning ear-to-ear on the Wachovia Center ice. “When we go to the Finals again, I was so happy to be in the Finals, but at the same time, it was scary. I’m so glad, what a relief. Third time’s the lucky charm. I won it and I got a Stanley Cup and ... what a feeling. This is unbelievable.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
This is an Original Six franchise that had fallen off the map in its own city; a franchise in the heart of America that lost its soul under the stewardship of Bill Wirtz. The Hawks had been stripped off of WGN television long enough for that old Indian head on their jerseys to become a stranger to two generations of Chicagoans.
Five seasons after they remade the game and its economics during the lockout of 2004-05, Chicago now represents the template for how teams are supposed to built in the new game - and the way they should play the game as well.
Chicago drafted Toews, Kane, Keith, Brent Seabrook, Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Nik Hjalmarsson and Adam Burish. The work was done by deposed general manager Dale Tallon, the new Florida GM who should get a ring for this, surely, in a ceremony held when the Panthers next visit Chicago.
Today the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.
And that old Indian? No wonder he’s smiling again.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN with their SCF coverage from Philadelphia.
from Russia Today,
There is a high possibility that New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will return to Russian hockey in the summer, the player’s agent told Sport-Express newspaper.
Yury Nikolaev has confirmed the info that Kovalchuk, who has not signed a new contract with his club in the NHL, is now in talks with KHL side SKA Saint Petersburg….
“The $40 million figure has been pulled out of a hat and is clearly overstated. But the information about the length of a contract is correct,” Nikolaev stressed, adding that such exaggerated reports “help them in the negotiations.”
“Ilya has a desire to play in Russia until the Sochi Olympics [in 2014],” he added.
from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
In the end, the ice was littered with the sticks and gloves of the celebrating Chicago Blackhawks, but littered also with the Flyers’ dreams. They were entitled to those dreams, too. They had earned them through 8 thrilling weeks of hell. But there they were, those dreams, ready to be swept up with the trash.
And Chris Pronger said, “I don’t think this will set in for a while.”
Thirty-five years. It is hard to believe sometimes that it has been that long since the Flyers hoisted the Stanley Cup. They just pushed us all to the brink with a playoff run that none of us will soon forget. It was thrilling, startling, indelible. But it is over, two games short of the goal.
Outplayed for much of the night but not outefforted - not last night, not for the last 2 months - the Flyers’ dream run ended with a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. After reaching heights that no one predicted, maybe not even them, maybe not even in their hearts, the ending was so shockingly sudden.
from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,
“It was storybook with Patrick scoring the game-winner,’’ Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said. “I dedicate this to my father, my grandfather, my uncle and everybody in our family who worked their asses off for so long.’‘
In the city in which a fictional boxer inspired generations of underdogs in a movie telling his story of redemption, another Rocky celebrated a rags-to-riches triumph that only felt too good to be true. Six years after seeing his family’s team ranked the worst organization is professional sports, Wirtz now can boast being an owner of the best hockey team in the land.
From Wirtz to first indeed.
“Everyone has a piece of this, it was much more than just me,’’ Wirtz said as players and coaches congratulated him on the ice.
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