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from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
Still, Wang says he is proud that he was able to save the Islanders from leaving Long Island nine years ago, and that it was important to him that the Island’s only professional sports team got a legitimate shot to succeed. Before Wang’s purchase of the team, many area public figures asked him to step in - an action that the financial documents show has cost him close to $300 million.
“I knew going in,” Wang said, “that I was going to lose money.”
National Hockey League Commissioner William Daly said the league is aware of Wang’s losses on the team. “His numbers are real,” Daly said. “Yes, we’re aware the Islanders lose money, a significant amount of money. And it goes back to the team’s need for a new arena.”
more on Wang and the Lighhouse project…
added 11:59pm, The Versus version of the save can be watched below…
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News (Sunday edition),
In Game 1 against the Red Wings, Hiller made 34 saves against the high-charged Detroit offense but left the arena feeling like the Ducks missed an opportunity to beat the Red Wings.
He got a taste of what the series will be like: plenty of bodies in front of him, namely Tomas Holmstrom, and shooters with pinpoint accuracy.
“They’re good players, but it’s not much different than the series against San Jose,” Hiller told reporters after the game. “I’ll have to do a better job next time.”
Don’t be surprised if he does a better job today. After all, he has done it before.
much more on Hiller…
added 10:10pm, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times (Sunday edition),
Saturday came and went and the NHL didn’t suspend Ducks forward Mike Brown, known in Hockeytown as The Baddest Man On Skates, for his hard hit on Detroit’s Jiri Hudler during the Red Wings’ 3-2 victory in the opener of the teams’ second-round playoff series.
Now, maybe they can get back to playing hockey today at Joe Louis Arena instead of playing victim and maligned villain.
“This is the script- You have a major market. You have transcendent players on both teams. I don’t know if there has ever been a team with three centers as good as Crosby, Malkin and Staal. And this is the most evenly matched series I’ve ever seen in the playoffs. You compare the stars, the lines, the goalies.
“This will go seven games. I don’t know how. But it will.”
-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis after today’s game. More on the Caps/Pens series from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.
from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
It was suggested to me this morning by a friend in the business that the Senators and Sharks might want to consider a 1-for-1, high-profile trade that would give each team a significant shake on the heels of a disappointing season: Jason Spezza for Joe Thornton.
Spezza, who is 25, is listed as 6-foot-2, 206 pounds. He has 418 points in 404 regular season games. He has 39 points in 40 playoff games. He’ll make $8 million for each of the next four years.
Thornton, who is 29, is listed as 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. He has scored 842 points in 836 regular season games. He has 53 points (and just 12 goals) in 76 playoff games. He’ll make $7.2 million for each of the next two seasons.
My opinion: The younger Spezza has more upside. But if the cap goes down, as expected, that salary could be a real handicap.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
...The more immediate concern for the Ducks is shoring up some breakdowns that cost them Friday night. Cutting down on penalties, minimizing turnovers, lessening congestion in front of Hiller, making it more difficult for the Red Wings to penetrate their blue line and challenging Detroit goalie Chris Osgood with more shots and traffic are among “a few points of emphasis.”
Another is faceoffs. The Red Wings piled up a monumental 36-15 advantage in the circles, providing a huge leg up with the puck-possession style they employ so effectively.
“There are a few things we can do to change that,” Carlyle said. “They did a better job of supporting their centers in those situations, as far as that loose puck. Their winger or their defenseman got to it before ours did. Their mandate is that they’re going to jump one of their wingers into the middle. You can call it cheating. You can call it aggressive, whatever you want to call it. That’s up to the linesmen to control. I don’t call it cheating.”
This save deserves two calls, one from NBC and the other from CBC.
Watch both below…
added 6:22pm, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insiders quotes a few players and both coaches on the save,
Sidney Crosby: “I don’t need to discuss [the big stops]. You don’t want to waste those opportunities. You want to take advantage of it. You end up losing the game, 3-2, and you don’t want to look back and say, ‘What if?’ The fact is, it happens in the game. As a player, you have to forget that quickly.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Ducks said they hadn’t been contacted by the league regarding any disciplinary action against Mike Brown for his hit on Jiri Hudler in Game 1 and the Wings believe there will be no suspension.
“I’m not surprised (no suspension yet) and I don’t think there will be,’’ Wings coach Mike Babcock said….
Babcock confirmed that defenseman Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) won’t play in Game 2 Sunday. Rafalski did not skate Saturday. Dan Cleary (lower-body injury) also didn’t skate, which has been common since the playoffs started, but he is good to go.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Expected to address the media sometime Monday, Sutter wouldn’t surprise anyone if he cut Keenan loose.
The question is who comes in if Iron Mike isn’t back as he said he believed he’d be for the final season on a three-year contract?
While many would jump at the chance to coach a team with as much talent as the Flames—on paper if not in practise over the past few post-seasons—few would keep their hands in the air if told it would be a one-year deal.
He’d have to be a little crazy.
Jacques Lemaire would be perfect.
Formerly of the Flames’ Northwest Division foe Minnesota Wild, Lemaire has often been accused of having a couple of screws loose.
He’s also a great coach.
And just what this team needs after struggling to return to the defensive roots that in 2004 got it past the first round in its first playoff appearance in eight years.
I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1. Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.
HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.
Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.
The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!! So Pat, what game were you watching?
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