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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The hard questions were supposed to come from the 2,400 people who showed up Thursday night at HP Pavilion for the annual State of the Sharks session. But none was more blunt than the one General Manager Doug Wilson threw back at the crowd as he talked about the future.
“Is this the final time we have to get kicked in the ass to realize we’re going to commit to whatever it takes to get to the next level?” Wilson said.
The general manager was defining the overriding issues he needs to deal with as he decides what moves must be made after San Jose finished the regular season as the NHL’s best team, only to be eliminated by Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.
The black drapes that served as the backdrop inside the Tank provided a funeral-like setting, and Wilson talks of his ongoing analysis as an autopsy.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
Take this for what it’s worth, note the third word, which is key:
According to unconfirmed information, the club forward NHL New York Rangers’ Nikolai Zherdev soon could move to one of the top clubs of Continental hockey league.
added 11:21am, Japers’ Rink notes Viktor Kozlov may be headed to the KHL too…
from Dave Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
This year’s version of the Detroit Red Wings reminds me of another Big Red Machine of years gone by, the Soviet National team.
Those Soviet teams were defined by a similar kind of player, tough and courageous but not rough, skilled but not individualistic, strong but not generally huge, talented enough to win on talent, but smart enough to do it with brains.
They are both heads up, high tempo, disciplined, highly organized, dynamic squads, not big on big hits and big rushes, but masters of their game.
Just as the Red Army teams were often criticized for the players being robotic clones, there is a certain sameness to the way the Detroit players play. They win the puck, control it, then hold it just long enough to move it in the right direction.
The National Hockey League today announced the dates for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Western Conference on Sunday, May 17 when the Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks. The Eastern Conference Final will match the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Carolina Hurricanes and will start on Monday, May 18.
Scott Walker with the OT goal and the Canes move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Late in the Blackhawks’ victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night, fans at the United Center started a derisive chant about the Detroit Red Wings.
They are going to get their chance to continue it as the Wings advanced to the conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their semifinal series Thursday night….
“Detroit is arguably the best team in the league,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Coming off winning the Cup they know what it’s like to win and play in big games. They have several high-end offensive guys. They have maybe the best player in the league in [ Nicklas] Lidstrom on the back end. They’re strong and very explosive. Seems like every game we played them this year there were a lot of goals scored. There’s a lot to be concerned with.”
added 10:13pm, Game highlights from Versus added below the Cleary goal video….
Playoff hockey they way it is meant to be played.
Chicago next up for the Wings.
added 9:58pm, Not the best of video, but here is Dan Cleary’s winning goal late in the 3rd period. Ron & Don on HNIC after the game questioned if it was goalie interference on Cleary, knocking Hiller’s pad to push the puck in the goal.
from Arash Markazi of Sports Illustrated,
Then again, Chelios isn’t you’re average 47-year-old NHL defenseman. He’s the ringleader of the “Malibu Mob,” an exclusive gang of athletes and celebrities that live in Malibu and hang out together during the summer. The Mob currently includes John Cusack, John McEnroe, Tony Danza, John C. McGinley, D.B. Sweeney, Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece.
“I’m going to take credit for the name,” said Chelios. “Tony Danza and myself were the original two guys that came up with that and, slowly but surely, we built a little clan with most being Irish. It’s a cool thing. We are like a mob. We travel in a pack whether it’s for sports or dinners or family outings we’re all together for two months out of the years.”
The name actually arose because Chellios would constantly point to the fact that most everyone in the group was Irish and that it was like hanging with the “Irish Mob” even though they would usually meet at Taverna Tony, a famous Greek restaurant in Malibu.
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