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Different Look Wings

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They are in the same place as they were a year ago, the only one of the four remaining teams in the chase for the Stanley Cup that is back in the semi-finals for the second year in a row.

But the differences between then and now are night and day, for the Detroit Red Wings. Last year, they were missing two of their three top defencemen – Nicklas Kronwall and Mathieu Schneider – at this stage of the playoffs, meaning Methuselah (a.k.a. Chris Chelios) was playing upward of 20 minutes a night. Kyle Quincey, a minor-leaguer, got into 13 playoff games. Andreas Lilja was a top-four rearguard.

You get the picture.

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Getting To Know The Dallas ‘D’

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Who the heck are these guys, you ask?

Fistric was the Stars’ first pick, 28th overall, in the 2004 entry draft. In 37 games with the Stars in the regular season - his first taste of big league play - Fistric had two assists. So you know he wasn’t brought to town to add offense.

Grossman was chosen the same year – 56th overall – and has a similar offensive upside to Fistric, which is to say hardly any at all. In 70 NHL games prior to this year’s playoffs, he had seven assists.

Daley, meanwhile, is a scoring defenseman, but like the other two, it was his stellar defensive play in Game 6 that was most notable.

read on

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Leafs Talk

from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired coach Paul Maurice and sources tell TSN that the team has approached the Vancouver Canucks asking for permission to speak with recently fired GM Dave Nonis.

Nonis would be brought in to handle the Leafs’ managing duties through next season, with speculation suggesting the Maple Leafs would then approach Brian Burke at the conclusion of the season, with designs on Burke overseeing the entire hockey operation with Nonis continuing to occupy a management role as well.

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  Tags: dave+nonis

VERSUS HD Update

Just heard from Versus and the opening game of the ECF between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is still not in HD.

I will keep you updated as it becomes available.

Update May 8th, 12:35pm: More information available here.

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Conference Calls with the Philadelphia Flyers

Today, the NHL set up a series of conference calls with the media, in part featuring:

  • R.J. Umberger—Philadelphia Flyers, Center
  • John Stevens—Philadelphia Flyers, Coach

The transcripts of their individual Q&A sessions are available below.

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  Tags: interviews, john+stevens, media, nhl+conference+call, rj+umberger

Conference Calls with the Pittsburgh Penguins

Today, the NHL set up a series of conference calls with the media, in part featuring:

  • Ryan Malone—Pittsburgh Penguins, Left Wing
  • Michel Therrien—Pittsburgh Penguins, Coach

The transcripts of their individual Q&A sessions are available below.

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  Tags: interviews, media, michel+therrien, nhl+conference+call, ryan+malone

CP Says Pens/Wings

from the CP,

Two powerhouses meet in the West. Two teams on the rise in the East. Two toss-ups.

The NHL’s conference finals could be long ones. A look at both series with predictions: Eastern Conference final - Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Many believed the Flyers would lose to Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in the first round. Almost everybody was sure Philadelphia would be taken down by Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens in the second round.

Now comes Sidney Crosby and his high-flying Penguins.

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Throwback Flyers

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Not only are the Philadelphia Flyers poised to become the first team in the NHL’s post-expansion era to go from dead last to the Stanley Cup finals in a year, but they’re doing it in a way that truly harkens back to their glory days of the mid-1970s.

Great goaltending. More skill and finesse than people give them credit for. A nasty, take-no-prisoners approach that appeals to the hockey fans of Philadelphia and channels the snarling, uberaggressive attitude of Freddie “The Fog” Shero’s Broad Street Bullies.

With no apologies. Never, ever apologize.

read on

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Questions for Lidstrom, Franzen and Osgood

A short Q&A session with the media, talking with Detroit Red Wings players Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen and Chris Osgood.

        Q. Chris, 6?0 an incredible run here in the playoffs. Where do you point the finger? Why have you had such success?

        CHRIS OSGOOD: In two parts I’ll answer. Personally, just doing the right things in practice with Jim Bedard and staying ready. Even when I wasn’t playing, I felt confident, even before I went in that I could do the job. Just being ready so I wasn’t standing there doubting myself whatsoever.

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  Tags: chris+osgood, johan+franzen, media, nick+lidstrom

Questions for Mike Babcock & Ken Holland

A short Q&A session with the media, talking with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland.


        Q. What sort of lessons do you take from being at this point last season as you enter this series?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I think the big thing is I’ve been really fortunate to be here. This is my third time in five years, and it’s the best time of year. It’s a lot of fun. You want to prepare as hard as you can and get your team ready to go.

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  Tags: ken+holland, media, mike+babcock, playoffs

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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