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via the Detroit Free Press,
“Redneck to me, the word came about when the Scottish and Irish come over here and worked, and they were bent over in the fields all the time and their necks got red and the Indians called them rednecks,” Cherry said Saturday (and later on “Hockey Night in Canada”). “To be a redneck is to be proud.
“This is a redneck city, a blue-collar city, and Probert and Kocur and McCarty were the gods when they were here,” Cherry said. “I’m not knocking the team ... people would rather see a good, tough team.”
more from Don…
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Simply, the Sabres aren’t going anywhere regardless of whether Golisano decides to cash in on his investment. And that remains a possibility.
Who could blame the guy?
Even conservative estimates show potential profits surpassing $50 million if the team is sold. Golisano expressed concerns about the NHL’s future if the salary cap continues rising. He would get the biggest bang from a sale after pulling the team from bankruptcy and assuming the risk. Quinn would stand to make a good buck. Presumably, Chief Operating Officer Dan DiPofi would get a slice, too.
If it were me, sorry, but I’d be selling.
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Now that Therrien and the Penguins are within sight of the Stanley Cup final, he is more experienced and wiser than in his early days as a coach—and those stretch to when he was 23, after knee surgery ended his playing career—but he carries the same approach.
“Everybody to some degree changes a little bit, but he keeps the same drive, the same enthusiasm,” said Penguins assistant Andre Savard, who, as the Montreal Canadiens’ general manager, had the displeasure of firing Therrien from his first NHL head-coaching job during the 2002-03 season.
“He wants to win. He wants to be prepared. He works hard to be prepared for the opposition. His drive to win, that hasn’t changed.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Even if they won’t admit it, the Senators know trading goalie Ray Emery just isn’t going to happen.
As a matter of fact, three league sources told Sun Media last week that dealing the enigmatic goalie is “nearly impossible” and the only option the Senators have is to buy out the remainder of Emery’s contract.
“I just can’t see anybody touching him with that deal. It’s a very high-risk situation for anyone who would want to get involved and nobody is sure if that is worth it,” a league executive said.
from Mike Sielski of phillyBurbs,
“Vinny’s a great passer,” Stevens said yesterday at Mellon Arena, after the Flyers practiced. “He’s got great vision with the puck. He gets standing still and not moving his feet too easily when he gets checked, and I thought that was the case (Friday) night. When he’s moving his feet, when he’s jumping off the wall, when he’s giving and going, more things happen for him. I thought he got a little bit away from that.”
Though the jargon and coded language of a coach and teammate too generous to call out Prospal publicly, there came a clear message: Start skating, Vinny. Start working harder and doing more.
Barry Melrose of ESPN breaks down the Wings/Stars game from last night.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
With all this talk about time and space, you half expect Albert Einstein to turn up at the morning skate.
The Flyers need to create time and space for their best players, especially Danny Briere’s line. They have to deny time and space to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ stars. The Flyers’ theory of hockey relativity - E=mc2 - stands for Energy equals Malkin/Crosby to the second power.
Of course, all this time/space continuum chatter is just modern coachspeak that means, We have to hit their guys before they can move with the puck.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Playing in New York has tangible value for Avery, both as a personality and as a player. The parts of the city and the city culture that he cares about have embraced him. The coach for whom he plays has accepted him. Never will Avery play for a coach so loyal to his players as Renney….
The relationship has been mutually beneficial, but the Rangers need Avery every bit as much as Avery needs the Rangers. It’s crazy to think otherwise.
It’s imperative for Sather to recognize that and stop acting as if he’s Darcy Tucker at center-ice during warmups looking for a fight, looking for a fight he’s not going to win and that the Rangers are going to lose.
via Dan Noxon of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
This was the kind of game I expected from the Stars. They played much better and they’ve got to be heading home tonight knowing it was one they very easily could have won….
But I say this series is far from over.
I’ll say this, too. After seeing the game-ending replay several times, Ozzie could have been called for a dive had the game still been going. It’s not like Ribs even really swung the stick.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Outside, on the Riverwalk that skirts Joe Louis Arena, the 2008 Downtown Hoedown was underway – a country music block party in the cradle of Motown. On the street-level apron just outside the building, the Dallas Stars’ bus was greeted by the smells of Big Al’s BBQ, a fund-raiser for the Detroit Red Wings’ Foundation, featuring plenty of down-home cooking from the arena’s executive chefs.
Motor City did its best to make the visitors from down Texas way feel right at home on Saturday night – until they stepped on the ice, that is.
There, it was the same sad story for Dallas.
added 10:49pm, again, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Stars’ goalie Marty Turco called it “a pretty dangerous play on their part – a butt-end to the eye. It’s one thing to engage in a physical battle; that’s pretty gutless if you’re hitting someone in the face, if that’s what did happen, and I’m pretty sure it did. We’ll see what transpires in the next little while.”
more on the incident at the end of the game…
Video of the incident added on 5/11/08, watch below…
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