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The folks at NHL Network discuss the best of the best goals.
from Mike Sielski of phillyBurbs,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — two of the three most dynamic offensive forces in the NHL — playing on separate lines. So, the core question of this series was put to Trotz on Tuesday afternoon: If you were John Stevens, would you match Timonen against Crosby or Malkin?
“Wow,” Trotz, the head coach of Timonen’s former team, the Nashville Predators, said over his cell phone. “Which devil do you want to dance with? The Penguins will probably play Crosby with [Marian] Hossa, so I’d play him against them. ... The best way to answer is, whatever player whose game you think you need to take away most, that’s the guy to put Kimmo on. He can really take people’s games away from them.”
Update11:42am ET: (by alanah) From Alexandra Burroughs at the Calgary Herald,
Alberta native and Calgary Flames star defenceman Dion Phaneuf became the latest hockey player to grace the pages of tabloids around the world. He and his fresh-from-the-playoffs abs were photographed with bikini-clad Calgary-born actress Elisha Cuthbert, star of TV thriller 24 and such Hollywood comedies as Old School. The duo was captured by paparazzi frolicking in the Hawaii surf, canoodling in the waves and generally enjoying (at least for Phaneuf) some well deserved time off. A video of the pair captured by celeb news agency Pacific Coast News was hot enough news that it was picked up and posted on YouTube.
more… of a fairly good article glancing over the ‘culture of celebrity’ in the hockey world.
The YouTube video referenced in the Herald article is below.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
This is a pretty good situation, but I’m not thinking about that right now,” Stuart said. “I’d like to see how it plays out, but I’d like to explore the possibility of staying. When the time comes, I’m definitely hoping to be here.”
While financial considerations will play a role in any negotiation, Stuart said the price of happiness isn’t always tied to money.
The native of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., has had his fill of losing since entering the NHL with San Jose and L.A.
“Winning definitely comes into play,” the 28-year-old Stuart said.
“Being on a losing team is not that much fun no matter what you’re being paid. Coming to the rink, to a winning environment and a positive atmosphere is definitely worth something.
“Those things are going to be something I think more about after we’re done (the season).”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
A new contract for top-line centre Daymond Langkow is expected to come to fruition soon, and the club expects Matthew Lombardi to ascend into a second-line position for the coming season.
Where that leaves Conroy remains to be seen.
Conroy, content with the fact he’ll have to take a cut in pay from the US$2.85 million salary he received this past season and a reduced role to remain in Calgary, just has to sit and wait.
“They have to figure out what they want to do and make their decisions and let me know,” he said.
from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The young players - Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger - were young and struggling (and not entirely healthy). But Holmgren - remember, his old job was running the development side of the organization - was determined to stick with them. Still, it was hard. He admits to having to remind club chairman Ed Snider about how young the young players were.
“There was the uncertainty of my job - I didn’t know,” Holmgren said. “I can remember talking to Mr. Snider one time and we were getting beat on a regular basis and I remember saying to him, ‘We’re going to get lumped up even more.’ He kind of looked at me but he understood. I think I followed up by saying, ‘We’ve got some young kids who are going to turn the corner.’ I think he had a belief, like I did, that they would.”
Then, Holmgren said, “We felt we needed to stabilize certain areas of our team. Goaltending certainly was an issue.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Next season will be pivotal for the Dave Checketts/John Davidson Era of Blues hockey.
The Note must compete for one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference, thus proving that Andy Murray really is the right coach for this team. The Blues must continue building ticket sales, too, which is no small feat given the tough economy and last season’s second-half collapse.
Conventional wisdom says the Blues need to do something enormous this summer to meet both goals
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Both teams are well coached. Flyers boss John Stevens has rebounded from a (at times) difficult regular season to get his team focused and playing well while hiding perceived flaws on defence (lack of mobility) and in goal (stamina issues).
Michel Therrin has also brought his team along in a timely fashion. He’s dealt with a goaltending question (Marc-Andre Fleury or Ty Conklin) and chose wisely in Fleury. He has maximized his team’s solid firepower, but not at the expense of overall team defence. He has but one puck, but found a way to make a lot of players happy by moving it around a lot.
If you subscribed to the oft-stated theory that the playoffs are a marathon and not a sprint (and we do) then the Pens have piled up a significant advantage. You need to dispatch at least one team with relative easy to stay fresh enough (and healthy enough) to go deep in the playoffs.
Yet another NHL teleconference today featured Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who has posted and 8-4 record with a sparkling .173 goals-against average, and Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who has recorded seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 12 games, including two overtime game winners in the series win over San Jose last round.
Here is the transcript of their Q&A.
Q. Marty, you’re just fresh off winning two incredible series and beating two fellow great goalies. I see right off the bat that people are already asking you about your record at Joe Louis. There’s no time to breathe. What do you make of that? Does it mean anything?
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