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From the CP via TSN:
The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville US$10,000 for criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the Western Conference final.
Quenneville fumed over a roughing call against defenceman Matt Walker during a scrum as the first period ended Sunday.
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:
The NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes have essentially agreed on how the team will be operated on a day-to-day basis as a result of court-ordered mediation.
Both sides will be able to tell U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum at a hearing on Wednesday that the once-contentious issue of who controls the team has been resolved. It is expected that the league will continue to finance the team’s operation until a buyer is found.
There is one source of conflict remaining – the timeline of the bankruptcy petition, sale of the team and its possible relocation. The Moyes camp wants it done quickly so that the winning bidder, be it Jim Balsillie and his $212.5-million (all currency U.S.) offer or anyone else, can move the team by the start of the season this fall and avoid another year of $40-million-plus losses in Phoenix. The NHL remains adamant that is much too soon for a move for various reasons, including their procedures for allowing a franchise to move and logistical problems with the schedule.
Update 9:03pm ET: On a related note from TSN—
Jim Balsillie has formally asked other NHL owners to let him into the club.
The Canadian billionaire filed an application with the league’s board of governors seeking a transfer of the Phoenix Coyotes ownership interest, one of his representatives confirmed Monday.
Q. Just curious if you’re getting to a point or would you like to get to a point where you go back to six defensemen? And sister question, did you assess Sergei Gonchar’s play since his injury?
DAN BYLSMA: Again, you know, the reasons why we entertained going to seven, they’re still there to varying degrees. Things have changed, but we’re still contemplating that situation.
You know, I think at some point we’d get back to six.
Sergei’s play – I think we’ve benefitted a lot from him on the power play. The way he brings the puck up the ice and in the zone. Just knowing the nuisances of getting the puck to different areas that we need to try to have success.
So he’s big in that regard.
Q. You said your biggest challenge is going to be telling your players it’s possible to come back.
PAUL MAURICE: It will be stronger than yesterday. We have to get these guys back out there, so they can get on the ice. And that’s part of what’s supposed to happen, instead of each mistake being part of what’s supposed to happen. Getting across that mental divide is a challenge.
We’ve done it before. Not in conference finals circumstances this year. But that’s what counts.
Q. Statistically, right now people are making a comparison of Crosby and Malkin To Whitney and Staal. When I asked Eric if that was fair, and maybe he’d say no. He said, ‘yes, I’ve earned that comparison with my work through the years’ and he’s not offended by it. What are your thoughts?
Martin Havlat was out cold for more than a minute with a vacant stare on his face.
Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall had just crushed the Chicago Blackhawks’ leading scorer, and once he regained consciousness, Havlat needed the help of a teammate and trainer to get up and off the ice. He didn’t return. But two days later, the 28-year-old was in the lineup for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.
“I was shocked,” concussion specialist Michael Czarnota told CBCSports.ca.
Czarnota, the neuropsychology consultant for the Canadian Hockey League, wasn’t attending the game and is not treating Havlat. But alarm bells went off when he saw No. 24 return in time for Sunday’s game.
“It’s the NHL, it’s the playoffs, so guys are willing to do a little bit more.… But it sure seemed that two days later was sort of pushing things.”
Video below is the second hit, the one that knocked him out of game 4.
Q. You made some comments last night that were fairly pointed about officiating, how it changed the game. A day later, do you feel any differently?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: No. What happened happened. We want to move on. I know that what I said yesterday, it’s over with and done with. We’ll handle what we’re gonna be facing on Wednesday.
Q. There are times when things like that get said in an effort to take the pressure off the team. Was that in any way part of it?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: That’s tough to say. I think after games, sometimes you’re more emotional than other games. We have a young team. We’ve overcome a lot. The nice thing about our group, we seem to just move on and handle the next challenge. We obviously have a huge challenge ahead of us.
Q. Mike, can you give us an update on your injured three.
MIKE BABCOCK: Who are the three? We got like five of ‘em. Pick which ones you want.
Q. Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Draper.
MIKE BABCOCK: Draper won’t be playing. Datsyuk and Lidstrom are day to day. And I don’t have to worry about it today. We don’t practice or play. So, you know, for a couple more days… I’m hopeful to see Pav and Nik very shortly here.
from Al Cimaglia of ESPN,
Quenneville commented after the loss that the refs ruined the game by issuing a penalty to Walker at the end of the opening period. I concur to some degree. At the most they could have called offsetting penalties and let cooler heads prevail during the break.
In my view a major problem for the NHL is that officiating from game to game is too scattered. Many times those in the media or fans can overlook the inconsistent actions of officials because their miscues might not directly affect the final outcome. That shouldn’t be the determining factor in judging the performance of officials. A bad job is a bad job even if the final score was not altered because of officiating mistakes….
Unfortunately the young Blackhawks took the Red Wings’ bait time and time again and were whistled for 16 penalties. Chicago players picked the wrong time to jostle after whistles and run around after the Wings. With every penalty the Hawk frustration grew and the Detroit lead seemed to get larger. The overzealous officiating was bad but the Hawks didn’t do much of anything right to deserve a victory….
Maybe next year the referees as well will benefit from mistakes made in this season’s playoffs. Seemingly it is very difficult for NHL officiating to get the right balance and that should be cause for concern.
more on the Blackhawks…
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
But perhaps the most noteworthy thing he (Crosby) has accomplished in this postseason is to sprout facial hair that is starting to look a little like—well, almost a little like—an actual playoff beard….
“It doesn’t look pretty, but there’s a little more hair,” Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “He’s pretty greasy. Just patches.”
Fleury is something of an authority on that, since he long ago abandoned efforts to grow a beard—“I have like four hairs that grow,” he said. “Then they’re just long hairs, and look kind of dumb.”—and settled for a modest goatee.
Talbot’s description: “It’s like a Zorro-type of moustache.”
An informal survey in the locker room identified Crosby as owner of the worst playoff beard, but there were some dishonorable mentions. Fleury, of course. And winger Ruslan Fedotenko, who attributes his inability to grow a beard to being caught in fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when he was a boy.
According to a Montreal report, Pierre Lacroix has upped the ante in his pursuit of Patrick Roy to rejoin the Avalanche. Ruefrontenac.com - a website run by locked-out journalists from Le Journal de Montreal - reported Sunday that Avs president Lacroix has offered Roy the jobs of coach and general manager, and that Roy wants to hire Sylvain Lefebvre and Guy Boucher as his assistant coaches.
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