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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
If so many people weren’t hurt along the way, it would be almost comical to note that the core issue — the health of the Coyotes — remains unchanged a year after the drama began.
The team is still losing money and Reinsdorf is still willing to take it if his controversial deal from Glendale holds together.
But reputations were damaged, fans were held hostage, and the fallout took its toll.
In many ways, it was more than a tale of two cities. It was also a tale of two men and a tale of two icons.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Iron Mike has thrown his black hat in the Devils’ ring.
Mike Keenan, the only coach in 70 years to lead the Rangers to a Stanley Cup, told The Post he is interested in trying to end the Devils’ seven-year drought.
“I’m interested in coaching, not just any possible job, but with somebody like Lou [Lamoriello], who has a lot of experience and continues to formulate strong teams, probably the best in the game, well . . .” Keenan said yesterday.
It is believed that Keenan was interested in the Devils job last summer, but Lamoriello waited out top choice Jacques Lemaire.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
What would it take for Steve Yzerman to leave the comfort of the Red Wings, a team he has been with as a player and executive for 27 seasons, and take a job as, say, Lightning general manager? Scotty Bowman, who coached Yzerman from 1993-2002, said don’t hold your breath.
“I’d be surprised if he leaves,” Bowman said Friday. “He’s like the son to the owner. He’s been there nearly 30 years, and I think he’s in line to move up the chain.”
But Bob Nicholson, president of Hockey Canada, said, “If the right situation came along, I think Steve Yzerman would step out and take on the challenge.”
Lates word on Staal’s injury was still being evaluated.
update 10:26pm, Staal will have more evaluation tomorrow.
added 11:35pm, from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
There is little question, though, that the injury has the potential to be serious. Staal is a true iron man for the Penguins and has not missed a regular-season game in the past three years. So for him to not be able to answer the bell, there is a deep concern that this injury could leave the big center sidelined for a long period of time.
“Any time a guy misses (time) in the playoffs, there is a good reason why,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. “You never like to see anybody go off, period. It’s scary and you are always disappointed to see that, but that is the game we play and those are the things we work through.”
Clean hit but Markov is out with a lower body injury, probably a right knee issue.
Looks like a slow hockey news day, so this post is for you.
Want to talk anything hockey, including Penguins/Canadiens which starts soon, be my guest.
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
The Canucks feel they have got some good preparation for Chicago goalie Antti Niemi in the first round of the playoffs.
That would be playing against the L.A. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who’s about the same size, gets low to take away the bottom part of the net and in is in his first NHL playoffs.
The Canucks are also hoping to see the same proclivity for giving up juicy rebounds that Quick exhibited, some of which allowed Vancouver to light up the Kings goalie for 21 goals in the six-game series.
“We’ve talked about him having a lot of the same tendencies as Quick,” said Canucks defenceman Shane O’Brien.
“That should help us going in here, but he’s had a great season and obviously won the first round. We’re going to have to make life miserable for him. We’re going to get as much traffic as possible in front of him and get pucks to the net and challenge him. We’ll see how he deals with it.”
from Ken Daniels at DetroitRedWings.com,
I discovered again last night, I don’t enjoy watching hockey!
Ok, before you say, “for the love of Nicklas Lidstrom, what are you talking about?”
I don’t enjoy watching the team I love to work for, when I should be working! It’s just too intense. Now I know how most of you feel.
Once again, that NHL network some of you get, and some of you don’t, put Mickey Redmond and me on the sidelines – something it can do with its exclusive broadcasts two times in the second round – and it will do so again for Game 2, and then FS Detroit takes over as long as the series goes. And if you listened to San Jose coach Todd McLellan during his post-game conference last night, he said, “This is just one game, with six to go”. Oops. He let the cat out of the bag. This thing is going seven. For Red Wings’ fans, at this point, that’s great news! Almost as great as the news that Jiri Hudler will return next season. But back to Game 1.
Aside from Caps owner Ted Leonsis, the biggest losers are the Caps Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin and sports marketing powerhouse IMG. Ovechkin and IMG singed a deal about 5 months ago hoping to cash in on Ovechkin’s global appeal. This will be harder now. With the Penguins still in the hunt the playoffs are all about Sidney Crosby, who will be plastered all over Versus, the NHL Network and NHL.com.
-Michael K. Ozanian of Forbes.
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