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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.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a multi-year contract.
“Jay played his best season in the NHL this past year on both ends of the ice and is one of the best defensive forwards in the league,” said Davidson. “He will continue to provide strength and experience on the penalty kill as we move forward.”
McClement, 26, led all forwards in the NHL with 315:08 of shorthanded time this past season. He was one of four Blues to play in all 82 games, a career-high and posted career-highs in points (26), goals (12) and assists (14). McClement recorded a career-high three-game goal scoring streak from Feb. 24-Feb. 28, scoring three goals over-the-span.
The Kingston, Ontario native has skated in 311 career NHL games, all with St. Louis, collecting 111 points (35 goals, 76 assists) along with 140 penalty minutes.
The Edmonton Oilers are holding a 2:00pm ET press conference and will be streaming it live if you want to watch.
added 12:45pm, NHL Live reporting we could see a Pat Quinn as coach and Tom Renney as asst. coach scenario.
added 12:55pm, TSN confirms the above scenario.
added 2:16pm, from the Edmonton Oilers,
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have hired Pat Quinn as the club’s new Head Coach. In addition to Quinn, Tambellini also announced Tom Renney has been named Associate Coach and current Oilers Assistant Coach, Kelly Buchberger, will also be on the coaching staff.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Well, it’s all mercifully coming to an end for the thoroughly overmatched and outplayed Hurricanes. That’s not to say the Canes can’t pull one out Tuesday at the RBC Center for their fans, but there’s no way they win four straight against the high-octane Penguins.
Carolina has been outscored 16-8 through three games and outshot 113-87. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have eight goals and 14 points between them, while the entire Carolina roster has eight goals and 22 points. And that’s been the problem; Carolina has been unable to contain Crosby and Malkin, especially the latter who has nine points in the three games.
from Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times,
If the Wings win this series, Kronwall deserves an award. The entire Hawks team felt his Game 3 hit on Martin Havlat and carried the pain into Game 4. You have to admire how the Hawks stand up for one another. But in this case, nothing good came of it. The players were emotional wrecks on Sunday, and Quenneville couldn’t do anything to get their heads back in the game. Maybe the coach was suffering from a Kronwall hangover, as well?
Quenneville isn’t buying that theory. He thinks the Hawks’ discipline ‘‘eroded as the game eroded,’’ and that ‘‘was more reflective of the score’’ than of a desire for revenge. Could be. But I’m not so sure. Cam Barker was asked about the Kronwall hangover on Monday, and sounded conflicted.
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