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Coaches Respond To Kronwall Hit

from CBC,

“It was a hard hit and a dangerous hit when you still haven’t touched the puck,” Quenneville said.

Havlat did not return to the game and is listed with an upper-body injury.

“He looked better after the game,” Quenneville said. “We’ll see how he presents himself (Saturday). We’ll call it day to day.”

Babcock bit down hard on his tongue when asked whether he thought the NHL might take further disciplinary action against Kronwall.

“I’d be shocked,” Babcock said. “I’d be absolutely shocked. You know what? No, I’m not allowed to say that.”

Then he said it anyway. “Players have bad games,” Babcock said. “Coaches have bad games, but (officials) are not allowed to have bad calls or games.”

more on the game last night…

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Holik Plans On Retiring

frm Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Bobby Holik told The Post yesterday that he is retiring from hockey after 18 NHL seasons, 11 of those with New Jersey.

“I’m done. I’m retiring,” Holik said from his home in Wyoming. “I miss being with my family every day. I knew when the season ended, but I wanted to leave and get home first, and not make a big deal of it.

“A player is what I was. Now I’m a husband and a father.”

read on

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Blackhawks Defeat Wings In OT 4-3

Patrick Sharp with the game-winner early in the first OT.

added 11:31pm, Video highlights from Versus added below…

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Kronwall Hit On Havlat

Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings delivers a hit to Martin Havlat that resulted in a five minute interference call and a game misconduct to Kronwall.

HNIC video…

added 10:02pm, Empty Netters chimes in…

That said, Kronwall’s a head hunter who has a history of leaving his feet to deliver hits. And he charged Havlat. Versus commentators Ed Olczyk, Brian Engblom and Keith Jones kept saying Kronwall didn’t leave his feet to deliver the hit. They must have depth perception issues because this is what we saw:

Kronwall was up in the air for maybe a split second, but that doesn’t matter. According to Rule 43 of the NHL’s rulebook:

“43.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.”


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  Tags: martin+havlat, niklas+kronwall

Keenan Fired

Reporting live from my hospital bed, waiting to check out.

via TSN,

Breaking News:

Sources tell TSN the Calgary Flames have fired head coach Mike Keenan and will announce the move shortly. Details to follow.

added 6:09pm, Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Mike Keenan has been relieved of his coaching duties with the team.

“Our team did not meet expectations,” said Sutter. “Following detailed evaluation over the past three weeks, and taking into consideration all factors affecting our season ending result, we believe this is a necessary change required to allow our team to continue toward our objective of winning the Stanley Cup.”

“The Calgary Flames organization appreciates and respects Mike for accepting the opportunity to come to Calgary and are thankful for his efforts over the past two years.”

Other members of the Flames coaching staff remain subject to further review and evaluation


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  Tags: mike+keenan

It’s Getting Nasty

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

However the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy proceedings go this week, the public scrap has become a zero-sum game for the two sides.

The release of private documents has embarrassed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, lifting the cloak of secrecy he and the league use to keep faltering franchises in line. The guerrilla attempt by Jim Balsillie to buy and relocate the Coyotes’ franchise to Southern Ontario has distanced him from even his most sympathetic supporters within the league.

But with no ceasefire in sight, the sides keep firing away. The release last Sunday of unprecedented Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. commercials supporting Balsillie’s makeitseven.ca website has ratcheted up pressure on the league, portraying it as anti-Canadian and self-serving.

read on

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  Tags: gary+bettman, jim+balsillie

Wings Go Up 2-0 With A 3-2 OT Win

Mikael Samuelsson with the OT goal on a 3-1 rush.

added 10:43pm, watch live streaming of the press conferences below…

added 10:57pm, game highlights via Versus added below (2nd video)...

added 11:20pm, added Samuelsson goal below (3rd video)...

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Still Doubting Osgood?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Perhaps one day, about five years after Chris Osgood is done with his NHL career, we’ll all wake up and realize he was a better goalie than anyone ever gave him credit for.

Perhaps it will be the day he goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame with 400-plus wins and a few Stanley Cup rings.

But, until then, it seems Osgood will have to live with the fact no matter what he does, people will second-guess him.

“It doesn’t really bother me to be honest,” Osgood told ESPN.com during an interview over lunch Monday. “I know I have respect from the guys in the room and they know what I can do.”


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Follow The Bankruptcy Hearing

Mark Spector of Sportsnet is live blogging the proceeddings, or was at least trying to until he was told no mobile devices allowed in the courtroom.

added 5:14pm, If you would have told me I would be pointing to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, who is twittering the court hearing, I would not have believed you.

added 7:04pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

U.S. Bankrpuitcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum ordered the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to take their dispute over which one controls the team to mediation.

The judge said he wants the matter resolved quickly and scheduled a hearing for May 27 for a report on their progress.

Both sides obviously want a sale of the Coyotes, the judge said, but cannot agree on the timing, although both agree it should be done as soon as this summer.


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Detroit/Chicago Pre-Game Report

Also, pre-game notes from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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