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via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Quick update from the start of Wednesday’s morning skate: Nicklas Lidstrom (lower-body injury) and Pavel Datsyuk (bruised foot) aren’t skating. Will update shortly.
update 11:13am, In the same post as above, Babcock states both are out for tonight.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
By the time he retired as Red Wings coach in 2002, he had brought the organization three Stanley Cups. His success earned him a lifetime contract with the Red Wings, where everyone thought he’d wind down his career as a consultant to Detroit G.M. Ken Holland, an arrangement that allowed him to scout games from his home in Tampa. It was a sweet deal.
But Devellano got a phone call last summer that he says shocked him.
“Jimmy,” Bowman told him, “I love the Red Wings. I love Detroit. However, I’ve had a request from my son wanting me to join him in Chicago.”
Scotty’s lifetime deal with the Red Wings ended—at age 74.
Stan’s wife, Sue, remembers her husband struggling with how to express his desire to work together in Chicago with his dad. He didn’t want to pressure his father, but at the same time he wanted him to know how much it would mean to him.
“You kind of have to tell him something,” Sue says. “Don’t beg him or anything. Tell him what you’re thinking.”
A Russian sports newspaper reports that the Montreal Canadiens have offered the team’s captaincy to pending unrestricted free agent Alex Kovalev and that Saku Koivu is no longer in plans for the team.
According to Sovietsky Sport, the Canadiens don’t intend to re-sign Koivu and would opt to re-sign Kovalev to a one-year deal worth between $6 million and $7.5 million. The story also claims that Kovalev would be awarded the captaincy.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Late Tuesday night, Roy phoned Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix to tell him that, because of family reasons, Roy will not accept the Avs’ offer to coach the team this coming season. Roy will continue with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but said the door is not shut on his returning to the Avs at some point in the future.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Sports Properties Investment Corp. – a New York investment firm that’s flush with cash – was working with Chicago sports magnate Jerry Reinsdorf to buy the Phoenix Coyotes one day before the team filed for bankruptcy protection.
According to documents obtained by the Arizona Republic, Tony Tavares, a former baseball executive who runs Sports Properties Acquisition Corp., signed an agreement May 4 with the city of Glendale, where the Coyotes play their home games at Jobing.com Arena.
The document did not reveal a purchase price, but the Republic says Sports Properties has $215 million (all figures U.S.) in a trust account to buy “sports and leisure properties.” The publicly traded firm refers to itself as a “blank check” business that last month was trying to acquire the NHL’s Florida Panthers, according to published reports.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,
When it comes to job security, Darryl Sutter’s deal with the Calgary Flames is beyond long-term.
So says his boss, Ken King.
“Darryl does not have a year left on his contract,“King, the team president and CEO, said Tuesday. “Darryl has an employment agreement that does not have an end term on it.
“It’s unique in the league and it’s the best thing to build a long and deep relationship as part of our culture. We’ve deviated from the norm, and it’s a very positive situation.”
In other words, any talk of Sutter having to win next year or else—as general manager or head coach—is completely groundless, according to King.
from Chris Kuc of hte Chicago Tribune,
“The biggest thing is knowing in the first four games we’ve yet to play a good game,” forward Adam Burish said. “If we win a game here, things can turn. The fact it’s an elimination game and that there’s no more pressure because nobody’s giving us a chance anymore, that may give us a little bit of a lift.
“Everybody’s aware they’ve kind of written us off. You saw the way [the Wings] skated around during the end of [Game 4], kind of laughing at us and joking around. You saw the fans leaving early. It’s like, here’s a chance for us to prove some people wrong and try to climb back into this.”
more on the Blackhawks…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Troy Brouwer has a very good idea of the player he’d like to become.
In the last four games, the Chicago Blackhawks right winger has had a first-hand view.
It’s Johan Franzen, Detroit’s scoring machine.
“He’s a big power-forward who gets in the corners, grinds it out, has the scoring abilities and is one of the go-to guys,” Brouwer said. “That’s what I’m going for. I’ve got the big part. Now, I just need the scoring part. Hopefully, within the next season or two, I can find my scoring touch again.”
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Going into the playoffs, it looked like the Hurricanes would try to re-sign Cole, Tuomo Ruutu and Babchuk and allow Chad LaRose and Dennis Seidenberg to leave.
Now, no one would hold it against the Hurricanes if they decided the money pigeonholed for Cole, who has now gone 31 playoff games without a goal, was better spent keepingLaRose and Jokinen. (Ruuturemains a no-brainer.)
Deciding what to do about a player after a poor postseason is better than no postseason at all.
And then there’s the issue of who coaches this team next season, Maurice or Ron Francis.
The ultra-superstitious Crosby and his teammates surprised a lot of people by handling the Prince of Wales Trophy after NHL executive Bill Daly presented it to them following their victory in Game 4.
Crosby made the decision to not only have his photo taken with the trophy, but to lift it, after a brief post-game consultation with veteran Bill Guerin.
“We didn’t touch the trophy last year, and obviously we didn’t have the result we wanted,” Crosby said. “We figured we’d touch it this year although we haven’t accomplished exactly what we want, we still accomplished something here. You know, we can still enjoy it.
“It doesn’t mean that we think we’re finished, by any means, but we can still enjoy it. You know, we just wanted to change things up, and we didn’t touch it last year. Might as well grab it and get a picture with it and move on and go after the one we really want.”
more on the game…
added 7:39am, from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.
The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.
In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being “that wasn’t the trophy they wanted” in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
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