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via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Finnish blueliner Sami Salo made himself available to the media and he may have delivered the line of the playoffs.
When pressed by a Chicago reporter to reveal the nature of his injury, whether it was a groin or an ankle or a knee, Salo didn’t miss a beat.
“Maybe it’s just a burning sensation when you pee. You never know,” Salo said as the scrum exploded into laughter.
OK, so he remains day to day with the undisclosed injury. Is there a chance he’ll play Thursday in Game 4?
“There’s always a chance for anything,” said Salo. “We’ll see how it is tomorrow and go from there. The good thing is that it’s been getting better every day and that’s a positive thing.”
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
I’ve tried to reach Niclas Havelid’s agent, Mark Stowe, the last two days to get him to confirm the reports out of Sweden that Havelid has decided to play in his home country next season and has no intention of returning to the NHL. I’m still waiting for him to call me back.
I just spoke to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he had not spoken with Havelid about that subject, but added, “I would not be surprised.”
Havelid is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
There is still nothing on Devils coach Brent Sutter’s future. Although Sutter hasn’t said so officially, all indications are that he will be back next season.
Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the Florida Panthers announced today the restructuring of the hockey club’s broadcast teams on FOX Sports Florida and Sports Talk 790 the Ticket for the 2009-10 NHL season. Steve Goldstein, Billy Lindsay and Randy Moller will return to the broadcast booth in 09-10, while Denis Potvin will not be retained. Goldstein will continue to handle television play-by-play duties with Lindsay joining him as color analyst, while Moller will call Panthers radio broadcasts on 790 The Ticket.
“We look forward to teaming Steve “Goldie” Goldstein and Billy Lindsay on our television broadcasts and we are confident that they will provide entertaining and insightful commentary that will resonate well with our fans. Meanwhile, Randy Moller has done a superb job in the radio booth over the last two seasons providing our fans with exciting and colorful broadcasts that have gained attention on a local and national level.” said SSE president & chief operating officer Michael Yormark.
added 6:22pm, from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
“It’s tough. It’s very tough,” Denis said, adding that he’ll be trying to look forward instead of looking back. “You come to a point where you figure you’re a lifer with a company or a group. That’s not the case anymore. I was surprised. I was not expecting it.”
more from Potvin…
TORONTO (May 6, 2009) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals have been selected as finalists for the 2008-09 Lester B. Pearson Award. The Lester B. Pearson Award is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
So says Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.
With all the off-ice news going on today, I thought maybe you would like to think hockey again and pick the top five Rick Jeanneret calls from the 2008-09 season.
If so, head to BuffaloSabres.com and make your choice, video is included…
from ESPN The Magazine,
Your team’s in the playoffs, trying to steal a W in your opponent’s house. The crowd is rowdy and vicious, attacking you, your teammates and even your mother with howls and rally rags and those damn ThunderStix. But you’re prepared. You’ve stuck to your routine—a nap (thanks to that block on your hotel phone) and cards with teammates—plus, you know your game plan cold and are ready for anything. “It’s those first 10 minutes that can kill you,” says Pens center Jordan Staal. “The fans can’t scream for a full two hours….
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province via the Calgary Herald,
The Coyotes have now been in the desert for 13 years, they’ve gone through owners the way some people go through cellphones and the situation has never been worse than it is now.
A similar story exists in Florida, Tampa Bay, Long Island and Atlanta. Those stories have also become one of the league’s talking points, which is why you see Bettman giving the same implausible answers to the same tired questions every time he holds a news conference.
And to what end? If the NHL has proven anything over the last decade, it’s proven it doesn’t work as a 30-team entity.
But think of what a 26-team league would look like. Think of the concentration of talent. Think of the product on the ice. Now think of the game being played in markets that cared about hockey and, while you’re at it, think of the revenues that league would generate.
Will Pittsburgh maike it a series tonight and will Boston get back home-ice advantage?
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The Ducks continued to amaze Tuesday night with a 2-1 win in Game 3 and now have the defending Stanley Cup champions playing catch-up for the first time in the playoffs. They’ve achieved this with the tried-and-true methods of playoff success – incredible, game-stealing goaltending, timely scoring and almost flawless penalty killing.
The Red Wings, on the other hand, must be wondering what the heck is going on. Going into this playoff series, they controlled their opponents largely because they had the puck almost all the time. In this series, the Ducks have figured out a way to take a physical toll on the Wings and control the puck long enough to generate enough offense to win games.
Sports writer Howard Bloom, publisher of Sports Business News, said he has heard that Balsillie has offered Gretzky a stake in the team worth between 10 and 15 per cent. Bloom also reported speculation that Balsillie would build a new arena for the team named for Gretzky patriarch, Walter.
The overtures to Gretzky show Balsillie will do what it takes to become the owner of an NHL franchise, Bloom said, and the moves may just work.
Last night I posted this,
Just to up the ante, Balsillie should offer to give 10% of the Coyotes to Gretzky (who coaches the team), locate the team in Brantford—driving distance from Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo and west-end Toronto—and name the arena after Walter. Then watch Bettman squirm.
-Kelly McParland of the National Post when writing about the Phoenix situation.
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