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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
By the middle of the third period last night, even the New York Rangers’ notoriously diehard fans in the upper reaches had thrown in the towel, turning their anger on their heroes and finally on themselves in a series of punch-ups.
Down on the ice, the Rangers were punchless by the third period, having thrown everything they had at the Pittsburgh Penguins, only to run up against goaltender Marc-André Fleury, who has never been bad in this NHL playoff series, but was far better last night than his Rangers counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, for the first time.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Ask Peter Karmanos what his team’s payroll will look like next season, and he’s quick to say what the Carolina Hurricanes spend on players will be determined by what the franchise makes on advertising and tickets.
And in that respect, the Hurricaanes’ owner is putting his mouth where his money is.
Having completed a hands-on restructuring of the sales force of Compuware, the software company he helped found, Karmanos said he’s going to try to do the same with his hockey team.
‘‘I plan to come in and actually help work on both those areas myself two or three days a week starting in July,’’ Karmanos said this week in a telephone interview from his Detroit office. ‘‘We’re going to do just fine.’‘
From the Dallas Stars:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has re-signed center Steve Ott to a two-year contract worth $2.85 million ($1.35 million in ’08-09 and $1.5 million in ’09-10) through the 2009-10 season. Ott’s current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2008.
“Steve Ott has done a great job of earning this contract and we are very pleased to have him secure in Dallas for the next two years,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He has developed into a valuable piece in our team chemistry and he brings a solid work ethic to our hockey club day in and day out.”
From Andrew Lupton at the National Post,
More than 20 years after her death, the Philadelphia Flyers continue to channel the spirit of singer Kate Smith.
Born in 1907, Smith was a famous broadway, stage and radio singer whose name became synonymous with the song God Bless America after she sung it to glowing reviews on Armistice Day in 1938.
continued explaining the story of why Kate Smith’s performance was resurrected by film at Wachovia Center last night. And here’s a video of one of her Philly performances, prior to the 1974 Stanley Cup.
from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,
To play your best hockey, your players have to be loose. And is there anyone in hockey better than Hull at understanding how to stay loose?
You can’t play this game if you are uptight, and Hull has never been uptight about anything in his life. The Stars changed their chemistry by bringing in Brad Richards at the trade deadline, and they had to play without injured defenseman Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher, and it didn’t matter to them because they go out there and play without any worries. That’s the Hull influence.
When you watch the Stars right now, what you see is a team that is in sync at every position
from Working the Corners,
Everybody was on the same page this morning. Talking positive, making it all sound pretty simple for the Sharks to climb right back into this series tonight.
“We’ve just got to put in our chances,” Joe Thornton said. “We’ve had some golden opportunities that we haven’t actually buried.”
The Czech site iDNES has reported the following:
Some unnamed player from Omsk was told by the boss of the club that Jagr is gonna play there next year. “We dont know anything about length of contract or about money but they told us Jagr will play here. Thats fantastic news!”
Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the translation.
The Bolts bring Vinny Lecavlier and his shoulder to you.
Thanks to Bolts Report for the pointer…
Watch the video below…
From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca,
4) Is there an NHL team that looks dumber or cheaper than the Buffalo Sabres right now?
Former Sabre Danny Briere, who practically begged the Sabres to give him a reasonable contract offer last season, is leading the league in playoff scoring and is a big reason that the Flyers still have a chance to go from worst to first in a single season. The Sabres made it clear they had no interest in signing Briere (though for the record they did make a token effort hours before free agency opened, an effort that reminded many of their “attempt” to re-sign Ted Nolan as coach a decade earlier).
more… observations gleaned from this year’s playoffs
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,
In fact, the team chemistry is such that head coach Michel Therrien does not want to change it even though veteran forward Gary Roberts is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Roberts, who played a big role in the first two games of the first round of the NHL playoffs before suffering a groin injury, was told in the morning that he will not play in Game Three of the Eastern Conference semi-final against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
With the Penguins holding a 2-0 series lead and Adam Hall playing well in Roberts’ place, Therrien decided to leave things as they are.
“We want Gary Roberts back in the lineup but we want him back at the right time,” Therrien said. “If we bring him back, who are we going to take out? We have great chemistry right now.”
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