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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero should be applauded for taking a chance on Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Not only has Hossa been a solid contributor on offense, as most expected he would, he has also played a stellar defensive game. He is often the first forward back on the back check.
All of that said, I’m not certain I’d cough up $7 million a year to a guy I see as more of a complimentary player than one who can lead a team.
more NHL bits…
From the LA Times,
The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed civil fraud complaint against Broadcom Corp. co-founders Henry T. Nicholas and Henry Samueli, owner of the NHL Ducks, in an alleged scheme to systematically backdate stock options.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, also names former Chief Financial Officer William J. Ruehle and General Counsel David Dull. None of the current and former officials at the Irvine-based chip maker could be reached for comment immediately.
The complaint comes on the heels of an SEC lawsuit filed against Broadcom on April 22 alleging that Nicholas, Samueli and other senior Broadcom executives “orchestrated and carried out” a long-running scheme to backdate stock options.
Update 5:15pm ET: A comment from Michael Schulman, CEO of the Anaheim Ducks:
“In terms of the Ducks, nothing is changed there, or in terms of our operation . . . this does not impact the Ducks.”
From Gene Collier at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins are simply too much. Too fast. Too precise. Too disciplined. And too reliably backstopped by the consistently brilliant Marc-Andre Fleury. All of it too much of a mountain for anyone on this side of the Conferencial Divide.
Even within the mandatory confidence of professional athletes, did anyone in the room think this team was capable of winning 11 of the first 12 postseason games?
“You never think that way,” Ruutu said. “It doesn’t matter how you keep going, just so you keep going.”
You might change your thinking now that the Penguins walked into this building where they hadn’t won all year, where they were supposed to get jumped by a desperate hockey club stung by misfortune, and turned the Flyers into the jumpees.
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien and Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens were both available for some questions today.
Below are the transcripts from their respective Q&A sessions.
from Spector ar Fox Sports,
Now, with the two clubs all but certain to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, their perceived weaknesses are among their strengths.
Fleury and Osgood have silenced their critics. The Penguins have proven adept at playing a strong defensive game and the Wings forwards have proven more than a match for their opponents with their physical offensive style.
Another factor has been the ability of their top forwards to lead the way offensively. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins are currently first and third in overall playoff scoring while Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk rank second and fourth.
Today’s media time with the Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow and coach Dave Tippett.
Q. What is the update on Brenden?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Brenden is fine, ready to go.
Q. Do you think you’ll be looking at different changes for lines?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: We’ll tinker around a little bit. We’re certainly looking for answers, looking for ways to win games. So that’s where we’re at. We’ll continue to find the answers and see if we can get the win we need.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Red Wings’ forward Dallas Drake figures they’ll see a big push from the Stars early tonight. On a rainy day in Dallas, the challenge will be weathering the storm.
“It always seems, in your opponent’s building, the team comes out real hard; the fans are behind them, they play with energy,” said Drake. “So you’ve really got to play smart and get the puck deep and get the puck out and when you do that, you seem to settle down.”
more on the game tonight…
From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
[T.J.] Oshie, 21, is expected to make the opening-day roster and infuse some offensive skill on a team that finished tied for 27th in the NHL in goals last season with 205.
The Blues also announced Tuesday the signing of forward Lars Eller, the 13th overall pick in last summer’s draft. Eller will be in camp but is likely to begin next season in Peoria or in Sweden.
“This is the whole program here ... this is our future,” Blues President John Davidson said. “We need our veterans really bad next year. But the kids are going to move forward as the season goes along. It’s going to be fascinating.”
from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,
The Sharks’ first phone call, which I’m assuming took place earlier this week, had to go to Pat Burns. Just had to.
It makes so much hockey sense. It helps explain how General Manager Doug Wilson persuaded himself to fire Ron Wilson, a coach he defended and kept through previous tense times.
Everything about the early stages of the Sharks’ search points to Burns - if he’s interested in moving to the West Coast and he’s healthy after two recent bouts with cancer (it sounds as if Burns is doing fine).
from John D. Stoll of the Wall Street Journal,
For the second round of the playoffs, Mr. Catallo’s family’s six seats were priced at $215 apiece, up from the regular season price of $85. The total cost for one second-round game: $1,290, not including parking, beer or hot dogs.
“For that price, I could buy a big, flat-screen TV, some popcorn and watch the game at home,” the 40-year old restaurateur and advertising executive said. “By the middle of the third period, the TV would pay for itself.”
For the cost of just two playoff games, he adds, “I could take my wife and kids to Disney World.”
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