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The top 5 teams going into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft have been decided as follows by the draft lottery moments ago. As reported on TSN:
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Atlanta Thrashers
4. St. Louis Blues
5. New York Islanders
Update 8:32pm ET: TSN story here.
from the Globe and Mail,
“They’ve got size and skill up front and a really strong back end,” Phaneuf said. “It’ll be a battle. You have to be aware when [San Jose centre Joe Thornton] is on the ice. We’ll have to do a job on him.”
more on the Flames and Phaneuf…
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
While some are still clamoring for a major trade or free-agent signing, Dean Lombardi attempted to explain why that’s not likely to happen. Here’s what he said:
“That possibly is not even there to tempt you. We saw this two years ago, when we put Cloutier on the two-year deal. It didn’t work out. You can talk about trades. How many proven No. 1s do you feel really good
about (trading for)? I don’t think there’s much of a shot. I don’t think there’s a No. 1 out there like that. Vokoun fits that category, but we tried that last year and it didn’t work out. Is there going to be that caliber of player on the market? I don’t think so…”.
more on the LA goalie situation…
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post feels the Sharks would have been a better matchup for the Avs instead of the Wild.
Watch Adrian in action…
NEW YORK (March 24, 2008) – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, and Washington Capitals goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending April 6.
via Bruce Garrioch at Off The Posts,
Asked what he thought about the Penguins tactics by sitting Sidney Crosby Sunday, Murray stated what I thought.
“I knew what was going on,” said Murray. “You guys all know they wanted to play Ottawa. That’s fine. That was fairly obvious from the drop of the puck.”
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks, who will return to practice Tuesday after taking Monday off, enter the playoffs without a Pacific Division championship to their credit, as they boasted last year, and seeded fourth in the Western Conference instead of second, as they were in 2007. Should they advance, they could have to open every series after the first round on the road, and potentially play any decisive seventh games on enemy ice.
In the minds of the Ducks, those negatives classify merely as minor annoyances. They’re in the playoffs, with the opportunity they wanted, the chance to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup. For all the challenges they have faced this season, the Ducks believe they have another gear, and will shift into overdrive now that the stakes are at their highest.
from Jamie Baker at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Bob Errey was captain of the San Jose Sharks as the team prepared for the 94 playoffs. A couple of nights before the playoff series with the #1 seeded Red Wings began, Bob was laying in bed and couldn’t sleep. Bob had won a Stanley Cup while in Pittsburgh and was thinking about what it takes to succeed in the playoffs. After awhile he decided to jot down what he was thinking which he shared with the coaches and all the players. While many of these seem obvious, it’s the mental part of hockey that ultimately takes you to the top of the mountain….
14. Never out of a game (ie. high sticking major = 5 minute PP)
15. Have fun
16. Heart is more important than skill
via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Patrice Bergeron has been cleared for full-contact practice. He is on the ice this morning and taking part in battle drills.
GM Peter Chiarelli said Bergeron will not play in Game 1.
from SCF PressPoint,
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox and Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a unique partnership between the two sports organizations. The new marketing partnership, one-of-a-kind among sports franchises, gives the Blackhawks a significant presence within U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox, during the 2008 season.
Throughout this season the White Sox will incorporate the Blackhawks during in-game activities, including a “Shoot the Puck” competition held once a game atop the home dugout. The White Sox also will hold “Blackhawk Night” at the ballpark on Saturday, August 23. That night will include appearances from Blackhawks players and legends, and fans will have the opportunity to purchase Blackhawks game tickets for 2008-2009.
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