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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Just prior to the start of the 2010 Olympics, Hitchcock was dumped by the Columbus Blue Jackets and replaced by assistant Claude Noel. But with no immediate offers elsewhere in the NHL, Hitchcock may return to the Blue Jackets as a senior advisor, a potentially good move for both sides since Hitchcock is still under contract to Columbus for two more years.
“I’ll move to the back of the bus and I’ll wait my turn (for a coaching position),” Hitchcock said. “Columbus has offered me a senior advisor position and I don’t even know what it is yet.”
“The year went really well. It’s not the problems that you have with the players. It’s nothing. It’s part of the game. It’s not the team. It’s not the lack of result that we had in the playoffs. It’s not that at all. I just find that it’s the end of the line. I’ll be 65. It’s just time.”
-Jacques Lemaire on why he announced his retirement. Much more from Phil Coffey of NHL.com.
As announced on NHL Live…
NEW YORK (April 26, 2010)—Kurtis Foster of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jed Ortmeyer of the San Jose Sharks and Jose Theodore of the Washington Capitals are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire announced his retirement this morning.
added 12:31pm, This was added to the same blog post from Tom,
Lemaire tried to tell the team during a meeting this morning at Prudential Cennter, but was too emotional to get the words out, so team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello did it for him..
via John Vogl of Sabres Edge,
Thomas Vanek will be in the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres tonight.
“All indications point to him playing,” coach Lindy Ruff said before the Sabres took the ice for the 11:30 morning skate.
“The only decision I can make is whether I think his conditioning will be enough to get him through a game,” Ruff said. “I think it will be. He indicated yesterday that he felt he was ready to play.”
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
1. The Oilers’ house-cleaning will continue. Some key players will be moved, in hopes of acquiring another first-round choice.
2. Up to six teams throughout the US are struggling big time. The league has advanced some TV dollars and a percentage of revenue sharing that teams would normally get in September.
3. The Stars’ sale will occur this summer and one of the potential ownership groups is led by a former Star. No, it’s not Brett Hull, but rather Jim Lites, the teams’ former president and the man who helped grow hockey throughout the state of Texas. That would be great news for the team and league.
more hockey topics…
In every game of the series the Bruins have gone down by a goal within the first nine minutes of the game. The trend is actually getting worse for Boston, as Buffalo has been on the scoreboard within the first 2½ minutes of the last two games.
Boston has held a lead for just under 20 minutes total in the entire series, while Buffalo has played with a lead for a cumulative total that nearly the equals three entire games — 178 minutes.
The Bruins hold an incongruous advantage in the series because they prevailed in a double overtime thriller in Game 4, a contest in which they never led.
more on the Bruins/Sabres series…
from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,
General manager Bryan Murray didn’t sound very optimistic when asked Monday what the chances were of re-signing the shot-blocking wizard.
“I don’t know whether or not I’m going to be able to get him signed,” Murray told reporters while his players cleaned out their lockers for the summer. “Cap numbers…it’s going to be very difficult.
“We all have to work with budgets and numbers imposed by the league,” he continued. “We have three or four restricted free agents, young people, that even if we get them down to the numbers I’m hoping to get them done at — that’s usually not the case — that, budget-wise, we’ll be in a position where it’ll be difficult.”
read on for more on Ottawa…
from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
The Wings are on the verge of proving that their regular-season record—often blamed on injuries—was more real than they admit.
“We ended up a five seed because that’s how we produced, how we played,” Zetterberg said. “If we would have been better, we would have been higher.”
They must be careful that that’s not their epitaph. There is no shame in taking lumps in any NHL playoff round. But great teams have to give more than they get.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
With the best first round of the playoffs in years coming down to the short strokes, I thought I would take time to write some letters to people in the hockey world.
Dear Phoenix Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings:
I don’t know how this series will ultimately turn out, but thanks for everything. Yours has been by far the most compelling and entertaining series in the first round so far. And given the quality of hockey we’ve seen this April, that’s saying something.
The only downside is that one of you won’t be around for the second round and I worry how much the winner will have left after Game 7.
Dear NHL referees:
Hey guys. When a player, either a defenseman or a forward, is standing in the slot and he gets cross-checked in the back and falls face-first into the ice, isn’t that supposed to be a penalty?
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