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from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes President Doug Moss refuted that report late Wednesday night, saying the league has not assumed control of the Coyotes.
“We are not reporting to the league,” he said. “We report to (owner) Jerry Moyes. I’m dealing with things in my area, the business side, and Donnie (General Manager Don Maloney) is dealing with the hockey side.
“It’s business as usual. He’s preparing for the draft. I’m preparing for next year on marketing and sales.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
“I apologize to our fans and I apologize to our owners because they deserve better,” Wilson said. “And believe me, I take full responsibility. You bring in people and you bring in situations and if there’s any enabling or entitlement that comes from that, then that belongs right here and nowhere else.”
Wilson noted that he usually waits a week to calm down after a playoff exit, “but you don’t deserve me having a week.”
Wilson, who said this was by far the most painful playoff exit yet, said at various times that fans “should be pissed off” and “should feel cheated.” That last point prompted someone to ask him if he felt cheated, too.
“I don’t feel cheated. I feel responsible. I’m part of it. If I’m part of the problem, then I better be working to find us solutions here.”
from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,
The National Hockey League, which loaned the Phoenix Coyotes money in February to keep the team in business, is now running the franchise and has promised Glendale that the NHL would reimburse the city for parking fees and security costs owed by the team, Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley said.
“The NHL is in charge of the team right now,” Beasley said. “We have assurances from the NHL the money will be paid . . . .We are sitting down with the NHL and working confidentially with them, and the city expects to be paid in full.”...
We have been told from the NHL that they are responsible for the team,” Beasley said.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The battle in net. This series will be won or lost within about two feet of Hiller and the Anaheim goal. The Columbus Blue Jackets had no answer for the big, talented Wings, who made life miserable for Vezina and Calder Trophy candidate Steve Mason in goal. Will the Ducks be able to keep sight lines open for Hiller? Can they do it without taking too many penalties? The answer had better be yes if the Ducks want to stay close.
This one should be fun, and tough. But there’s simply too much offense, too much talent, too much Red Wings for the Ducks to come up with two straight major upsets. Red Wings in six.
Al Cameron of the Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald, from Mike Keenan’s press conference:
Also interesting was Keenan’s somewhat condescending point (or maybe I’m just a little over-sensitive) that, yes, he’s been a member of the media in the past, and yes, he knows the pressures we’re under from higher-ups (yes, you editors know who you are!) to draw conclusions and pass judgement on hockey matters, but maybe, just maybe, we don’t know the full story in all cases..
A bit more from Keenan about this year’s playoffs here, mentioning that he plans to be behind the bench next season, and a few other points.
And what did Miikka Kiprusoff have to say today? Another posting from Cameron:
Hey, whaddya know? Miikka Kiprusoff, for the second straight year, has elected to blow off the media and, by extension, blow off the fans of the Calgary Flames by not speaking on garbage bag day.
Yes, I know his job is to stop pucks for the Calgary Flames, not speak to the media, but at some point he’s got to say something to the people who pay a good chunk of his salary by buying tickets to see him play.
No such luck this year. Thanks for nothing, Miikka . . .
The following officials have been selected to work together in the Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal series (previous playoff games listed in parenthesis):
Bill McCreary (270) & Eric Furlatt (31)
Paul Devorski (155) & Dennis LaRue (41)
Marc Joannette (59) & Kelly Sutherland (34)
Kevin Pollock (86) & Dave Jackson (59)
Brad Watson (99) & Tim Peel (29)
Dan O’Halloran (67) & Mike Leggo (29)
read on for the linesmen…
via Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,
What if Saturday’s Penguins-Capitals game on NBC runs late, what with the Kentucky Derby scheduled for early evening on the network?
If the game goes to one overtime, it will remain on NBC.
If it goes beyond one OT, it will switch to Versus, except in Pittsburgh and Washington.
Two years ago, NBC famously sent a game in the Eastern Conference finals over to Versus to switch to Preakness pre-race coverage.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The interviews had ended, and Alex Ovechkin walked through the crowd in the Caps’ dressing room and into the shower area. As soon as the door closed, one could hear a distinctive scream.
“Flipping right!” ... or something like that. Kids are reading, so we’ll keep it PG.
The weight of the world probably was lifted off his shoulders. For one night. Now come No. 87 and the rival Penguins. Put your seat belts on.
“We believe,” Ovechkin said. “It doesn’t matter [if] we lose 2-1, 3-1 [in the series]. ... We come back. Not many teams do in history, [but] we do. We did. We did it. This year, we make everything history.”
continue for more on game 7 of the Rangers/Capitals series…
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Vindication. It’s something no player ever wants to have to achieve. But there’s no better time to do so than during the playoffs. Over the years many players have made a name for themselves with just a single post-season performance. This year there are likely to be a few as the playoffs go on, but through the first round we noticed quite a few.
Thus we present THN’s Top-10 Vindicated Players From Round 1….
1. Chris Osgood, G, Detroit
Osgood had a horrendous regular season; poor enough to earn THN’s anti-Vezina Trophy in our upcoming annual awards issue of the magazine. A 26-9-8 regular season record is impressive, but was also indicative of the team he plays for, not Osgood’s individual play. His 3.09 goals-against average was 41st of the 47 NHL goalies who played at least 25 games and his .887 save percentage was even worse at No. 45….
2. Michael Ryder, RW, Boston
Another former teammate coming back to haunt the house he once lived in; this time after basically being run out of town by the fans….
What scares you the most about the opponent your team will be facing in the Conference Semi-Finals?
For example: As a Wings fan, I fear a Wings neutral zone turnover, then watching the Ducks storm the offensive zone, create some havoc around the goal and the next thing you know, the puck is in the net.
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