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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
If Leipold wants excitement, he’ll get it from the “Monster Man.” Think Don Cherry without the Chinese-tablecloth jacket and the Afghan mission. “Bam!”
But the former Hartford Whalers head coach is not just another Cherry. McGuire loudly stumped for no red line and is not a member of Hockey Night in Canada’s Granite Club when it comes to skill players and fighting. He favours visors. He’s not above eviscerating a Sean Avery, but prefers the positive approach — something he plans to take into any GM’s job.
Says McGuire, who won the 1992 Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins: “With the access I’ve had in the past 12 years to successful and unsuccessful teams, you can compile unbelievable reserves of information. I’m a better hockey person as a result. You saw that with John Davidson in St. Louis.”
“Mr. Balsillie is acting, again, in total disregard of any rules, or any structure. . . . I would be very surprised if the board would look favourably on the way that Mr. Balsillie has conducted himself in this instance.”
“He makes his own decisions and he’s making a decision that this is the way he wants to get into the National Hockey League. We don’t usually like to pick fights, but we end them.”
-NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on Jim Balsillie. More from the CP via TSN.
added 11:129pm, from Paul Waldie and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The group backing Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes unleashed its sharpest attack yet on the National Hockey League, alleging in a lawsuit that the league is operating like an “illegal cartel” by blocking Mr. Balsillie’s effort to move the Coyotes to Hamilton.
“The NHL is excluding competition and restraining trade in [the United States and Canada] through the application of unreasonable restrictions in its constitution and bylaws, which are preventing the relocation of the Coyotes from Phoenix, Ariz., to Hamilton, Ont.,” said the lawsuit filed Thursday in Phoenix.
from Dan McGrath of the Chicago Tribune,
Both the city of Glendale, Ariz., and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman have approached Bulls and White Sox chairman and part-time Phoenix-area resident Reinsdorf about taking over the troubled hockey franchise, and a business associate acknowledged Reinsdorf has explored the possibilities.
But the associate believes Reinsdorf likely will pass. The Coyotes have myriad obstacles standing between them and profitability, beginning with a bad lease deal and competition with rival American Airlines Arena for non-hockey events that could help make their building more profitable.
PITTSBURGH—Channel 11 News learned Thursday that Pittsburgh Police are investigating a death threat made against Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
Penguins’ spokesperson Tom McMillan told Channel 11 that the Penguins are aware of the threat and will be releasing a statement shortly.
added 4:36pm, The threat was made on a message board, according to WPXI.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Aided by vast improvements in equipment designed for safety and ease of movement that blocks much of the 24-square-foot net, N.H.L. goalies are recording the highest save percentage of any post-season in recent history.
“If you’re a boy learning how to play goal today, you’re taught to shuffle around on your knees,” Resch said. “And why not — you can cover everything along the ice that way. Goalies now are really good at flashing their glove hand up to catch high shots, but that’s because they’ve been learning and practicing on their knees their whole careers.”
Today’s gang of kneeling goaltenders is a far cry from a generation ago. The position has evolved drastically. “Imagine if baseball pitchers today threw underhand — that’s how different goaltending has become over a relatively short period of time,” Resch said.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
This was not the way things were supposed to turn out after Boston won its first five games of the postseason, including a 4-1 shellacking of Carolina in Game 1. But there is no denying that Boston has been the second-best team to the Hurricanes in each of the past two games.
As a result, the Bruins face their first crisis of confidence this spring. How they react will determine the legacy of the Eastern Conference’s best regular-season team. It’s a sobering fact for a team that has known nothing but success for so long.
“It was real already, but it’s time now; the reality is our backs are against the wall right now,” said goalie Tim Thomas, who made 38 saves but was helpless to stop a rebound conversion by Jussi Jokinen just 2:48 into the extra session.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
PHOENIX – The bankruptcy hearing that will determine the future of the NHL in Phoenix and Hamilton hadn’t even commenced Thursday when more motions were filed, showing the bad blood that exists between the two sides.
Lawyers representing Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes disputed the NHL’s claim that Moyes had been removed from all positions of authority and said the NHL was violating the proceedings by attempting to appear in court as “owners” of the club….
It’s also clear from the court filings earlier in the week that Balsillie and Moyes intend to fight tooth and nail — using every legal avenue possible — to complete the sale and move the franchise north where it would most likely play the 2009-10 season in Copps Coliseum.
The NHL is doing what it can to stop the sale, and prevent Balsillie from completing his long-awaited dream of bringing a seventh NHL franchise to Canada, one close to his home in Waterloo, headquarters of RIM.
added 2:34pm, from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
No matter how tempting it might be to blame NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for the mess that is currently the Phoenix Coyotes, it wouldn’t be right to do so.
There are two primary villains in this saga and neither one is named Bettman.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Altogether, Vancouver has a 7-0 cumulative scoring edge in the first 30 minutes of the first three games, heading into Wednesday’s pivotal fourth game, with the Canucks ahead in the series 2-1. The Blackhawks understand they’ve been playing with fire too long and need to do a better job off the start tonight, or else risking falling behind by two games, and leaving the Canucks with three chances to wrap it up, two at home.
“The starts are critical in the outcomes of games. You can’t expect to come back from 2-0 and 3-0 every night and win hockey games,” said Blackhawks’ coach Joel Quenneville. “It’s not the recipe for success, whether you have an older team or a younger team. Getting off on the right foot and staying out of the penalty box is what we’re going to stress - and coming with more energy at the start.”
“We’ll try to get a lead,” assessed the Blackhawks’ chatty centre Adam Burish. “Then guys will settle down and relax and play the right way. Playing from behind like we have been, you’re having to force and having to create.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Babcock, like San Jose coach Todd McLellan, is staying the course in attempting to break through offensively.
“We’re getting to the net, but we’re not getting second chances,” Babcock said.
“When you’re shooting the puck and you’ve got people at the net, I’m a big believer, over time, that you’re going to get a tip that goes in, or you’re going to get a rebound that comes to you eventually. Right now, that’s not happening, but that’s just part of the process. Stay with it, things will go your way.”
Of course, San Jose stayed with it, and things went all the way to an early vacation.
from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,
It is, he said, “an unreal life. A dream life. I can remember when I was 12, 13, 14, we had this garage. I don’t know what you call it—you drive in, it had pillars.”
“Yeah, a carport. And it was yellow. I would sit out there by the hours. I had 10-15 tennis balls, just slapping them. My mom would scream from the window because every time I missed the net, there was the tennis ball mark.
“My mom would go out—probably she should’ve sent me to clean it—but my mom was an eager beaver. She loved to clean. She’d be wiping down all these tennis ball marks. Next day I’m out there pounding tennis balls, and I’m pretending I’m this one ... I’m that one, and all of sudden you wake up one day and you’ve spent your whole career in hockey.”
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