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Phoenix area newspapers, business journals, TV and radio stations are all reporting on the current financial situation of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Maybe if they provided this much coverage on the team itself, you know, during the regular season, the Yotes would not be in this situation.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
A 2-1 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings would be cause for at least some sense of accomplishment in many NHL locker rooms.
The Ducks had far too many areas for concern to harbor any such sentiment Wednesday as they prepared for Game 4 of their second-round playoff matchup Thursday night at Honda Center.
Dealing with repeated inquiries regarding referee Brad Watson’s quick whistle that wiped out what would have been a tying goal by Detroit’s Marian Hossa late in the third period of Tuesday night’s 2-1 Ducks victory was only the start.
“We got a break,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, boiling down the controversial call into simple, short truth.
from John Gaudiosi of IGN,
Corey Perry already has a Stanley Cup ring at the age of 23. Now the Anaheim Ducks forward is gunning for a second. The 2003 first round pick had 72 points this season, including 32 goals and 40 assists. The eighth-seeded Ducks already toppled the first place San Jose Sharks and now have their sights set on the Detroit Red Wings.
In addition to focusing on his team’s latest run for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Perry lent EA Sports a hand with its motion-capture for its upcoming NHL 10 hockey game. He donned the skates, helmet and a special suit with reflective balls to have his on-ice maneuvers captured for inclusion in this fall’s latest hockey game. Perry talks about his love of videogames in this exclusive interview.
IGN: What’s it like to know that your actual moves and trick shots are now going to be part of NHL 10?
Corey Perry: It’s pretty exciting. It’s something that you really don’t think about as a kid – all of the stuff that it takes to make a videogame like this. When you’re part of it, it’s special.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,
The Lightning has spoken to former Wild coach Jacques Lemaire about perhaps coming on board as a consultant.
“Anything can happen,” Lemaire said Wednesday from his Palmetto home. “It could be Tampa it could be Florida. I’d like to work with an eastern team.”
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….
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