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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
...Despite the job Tallon has done in four seasons as Hawks GM, rumours persist that he and McDonough don’t see eye to eye.
“No, it’s not true,” McDonough said this week, as the playoff returned to Chicago for the first Round 2 in 13 springs. His take on why the smoke of Tallon’s dismissal continues to waft over the NHL landscape?
“Any time that somebody new comes in to run an organization, and you’re getting to know people’s styles—and their styles are different than yours—that’s probably going (perceived) that there is friction between the president and the general manager,” McDonough said.
“Dale is more of a laid back, casual, get-it-done (guy), but in a different style. Mine is more aggressive. It’s everyday aggressive. So, we’re learning more about each other.
from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,
The question is, can grit-and-character be measured in terms of playoff success? Or is success/failure more a matter of random chance?
Using rates of goal scoring and prevention, about 94 per cent of regular season winning can be explained by a relatively simple mathematical model. If one assumes that character doesn’t count for much, then this model ought to be equally productive in the playoffs.
Although the model says that the Detroit Red Wings have a 69 per cent chance of success against Anaheim, their second-round opponents, the problem is that they are in tough against a team of considerable character. Anaheim’s win in the Game 2, three-overtime marathon on Sunday suggests that the Ducks continue to be a frightening team.
There is considerable randomness in sport — much more than players, coaches and fans would like to believe. People want to find cause-and-effect. But that thought process does not always work well in hockey, a fast-paced game played on a slippery surface with a small rubber puck.
read on with statistics…
From Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy:
Q. I know that you get really tired of this question. But this series thus far is exactly what the NHL wanted: Crosby vs. Ovechkin.
OVECHKIN: I am tired of this… This is a game. Two teams are playing, and not just two players. What must not be forgotten are those chances that our teams create for us. Yes, we score goals. Yes, our names are announced as stars of the game. But if it weren’t for our teammates, the guys who create those chances, we wouldn’t be anywhere.
much more from Ovechkin, plus Sergei Gonchar, and Simeon Varlamov
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
Whispers on the wind: Jerry Reinsdorf may be interested in purchasing or investing in the Coyotes.
This is interesting.
Reinsdorf has a home in Paradise Valley. He has connections with the city of Glendale, having brokered a deal to move his baseball team out of Tucson and into the new Camelback Ranch facility. One of his attorneys, John Kaites, is an Arizona lobbyist who has done business with Glendale city manager Ed Beasley….
Reinsdorf has won six championship with the Bulls, courtesy of Michael Jordan, and also won a World Series title with the White Sox.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin was hoping for more, but Pittsburgh Penguins wing Chris Kunitz will not be suspended by the NHL for his late-game hit to the neck area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov seconds before Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of Game 2 with 30.4 seconds left in the third period.
League officials confirmed that the tape has been reviewed.
Tuesday morning Ovechkin called the play “dirty” and said, “I think the League has to do something about it. It’s a cheap shot and it’s not good for hockey.”
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
When a team loses, just like most anything else, the immediate urge is to point the finger and pass off the blame to a party without recourse. The refs are an entity that hold ultimate power over each game and are an easy and wide open target for mudslinging, character assassination and even physical challenges. Unfortunately it’s an ugly part of this game and it’s here to stay in some way, shape, or form, but like all the other intangibles within hockey, one can grow up and take a lesson away from the rink.
Being the natural and organic game it is, human error can play a decisive role in any given hockey game. Slashes, trips and interferences go undetected or overly detected, livening up the atmosphere of a game by getting people up in arms and into the action. But what’s done is done; name-callings and death stares will linger, but regardless of what anyone else thinks, someone is going on the power play when the ref makes a call.
from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,
So this is it. This is where we see just how Marian Hossa’s $72 million gamble turns out. The Red Wings winger famously spurned that many millions (and long-term security with the Edmonton Oilers) for a one-and-out shot at winning the Stanley Cup with Detroit. When have you seen a free agent do that?
Six minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.
from Matthew Nadu of NBC Philadelphia,
Legendary Philadelphia Flyer Dave Shultz became a South Philly icon by crashing his fists into opponent’s faces. These days Shultz is still doing some heavy crashing—on the comedy scene that is….
Now his face will be used for something other than a punching bag as the Canuck takes a swing at stand up.
more and yes, the writer forgot the ‘c’ in Schultz…
added 11:52am, It occurred to me many of the younger hockey fans may not know who Dave Schultz is, so watch him action at about the 2 minute mark in the video below. How fitting is it that Ted Lindsay is doing the color?
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
The short list includes Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, TSN and NBC color analyst Pierre McGuire, longtime NHL GM and coach Pat Quinn, Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and Wild acting GM Tom Lynn.
While other unidentified candidates possibly could emerge, sources say the two considered frontrunners have interviews lined up.
Fletcher, 41, is expected to be in town later this week, while it’s believed McGuire, 47, will interview today.
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