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A Tired Pair Of Captains

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Tonight is the 110th hockey game of Mike Richards’ season and the tank appears to be running on empty.

He won’t come out and say that he’s running out of gas and his coach, Peter Laviolette, won’t hear of it, but others around the Philadelphia Flyers are whispering that if they want to win the Stanley Cup, they may well have to do without much contribution from their captain and first-line centre.

And he isn’t alone.

Tonight is Jonathan Toews 103rd hockey game. Through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he was the most dominant player on any team. He still leads the playoffs in scoring, but it’s not because of anything he has done through three games of the final.

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, mike+richards

Hartnell Back In The Game

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s many things. I don’t know if I can go there,” said chronically honest linemate Briere. “There’s a lot of issues that sometimes people have to go through.”

Briere didn’t specify Hartnell’s issues. Neither did Hartnell. It was clear, however, that the issues had less to do with Hartnell’s skating than with his head.

Laviolette declined to talk about how Hartnell, in particular, dealt with his off-ice issues. So did other team officials.

But nobody denied that off-ice issues existed. And everyone agreed that he has dealt with them better, and, as a result, he has played better.

“It’s my life. Some people are different handling [things] different ways: emotionally, physically, or whatever,” Hartnell said. “It’s been a difficult, ah, little go of it this season. It’s all passed, and behind me now. It’s time to focus on hockey.”

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Choose One

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL is always rich in small debates that make the sport interesting. Currently, there are some debates around the NHL that are of a more serious nature — so I will choose my side.

Marleau or Kovalchuk: Ilya Kovalchuk will the most prominent free agent in the marketplace and there will be more suitors for him than I originally thought. But if you ask me whether the Los Angeles Kings are more likely to go after either Patrick Marleau or Kovalchuk, I might say Marleau. It’s expected that the Kings will pursue an elite-level forward and the presumption they will go after the dynamic, fan-pleasing Kovalchuk to put more people in the stands. But GM Dean Lombardi knows Marleau well from their days in San Jose. If the Kings chase a free-agent forward, I’m guessing Lombardi will give strong consideration to Marleau.

more decisions…

 

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Not Following The Blackhawks

from Rex W. Huppke of the Chicago Tribune,

Ezell Walker stood on the sidewalk outside his well-kept West Side two-flat — a short half-mile from the United Center, currently the hub of the hockey universe — and spoke for a part of the city largely immune to Blackhawks fever.

“Let’s put it this way,” he said, a wide grin spreading across his face. “You’re not going to see many African-Americans walking around wearing a Patrick Kane jersey.”...

I bet if you went into one of the schools around here, most of the kids wouldn’t even know what’s going on with the Blackhawks,” said Fred Jones, pastoral associate at St. Malachy Catholic Church, about three blocks west of the United Center. “It may be that it’s just always been considered a white man’s sport.”

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Briere Is The Flyers MVP

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Briere, now a bona fide Conn Smythe Trophy candidate as playoff MVP, had the first goal of the game and an assist on the winning goal in overtime by Claude Giroux. That score was created by the fact Briere was alert enough to recognize an awful Chicago line change had basically created a 5-on-3 advantage for the home team.

Briere was also in the Blackhawks crease causing headaches for netminder Antti Niemi on Philly’s second goal, one that wasn’t officially called a goal until replay review confirmed it. On a night when baseball was again given reason to believe it needs to consider expanding its video review system, hockey’s came through with flying colours.

For Briere, it’s a noteworthy turnaround when you consider he was a frustrated centre forced to play right wing all season and began the playoffs by getting only 12:18 of playing time in the post-season opener.

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  Tags: daniel+briere

Report- Two Year Extension For Holmstrom In Detroit

George Malik of Snapshots has the information,

According to Fox 2’s Jennifer Hammond, the Red Wings have re-signed Tomas Holmstrom to a two-year contract:

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Ex-Wings Impressive In The Final

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

The smartest team in hockey wasn’t smart enough, this time around, to beat the salary cap.

And the fallout, for the Detroit Red Wings, was most likely what killed their 2009-10 season. Mikael Samuelsson escaped to Vancouver, where he scored 30 goals and eight more in the playoffs. Marian Hossa and his under-appreciated 200-foot game left for Chicago. Waterbug Jiri Hudler bolted to Moscow Dynamo of the KHL . . . and then, there’s the pair of Detroit bit players who have figured prominently in the boxscores of two of the three games in this Stanley Cup final.

How much better, and deeper, would the Wings have been had they not lost Game 1 hero Tomas Kopecky to Chicago through free agency, or traded Ville Leino, whose third-period goal forced ovetime in Game 3, to Philadelphia in February for the proverbial bag of pucks?

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  Tags: tomas+kopecky, ville+leino

Avalanche Sign Budaj & Koci

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Peter Budaj and forward David Koci each to a one-year contract for the 2010-11 season.

Budaj appeared in 15 games (11 starts) for the Avalanche this past season, compiling a 5-5-2 record with a 2.64 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout.  He also saw action in one game during the Stanley Cup playoffs against San Jose. 

Budaj, 27, was Colorado’s first selection (second round, 63rd overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft.  He has spent each of his five NHL seasons with the Avalanche, compiling an 86-70-23 career record with eight shutouts, a 2.74 GAA and .903 Sv% in 197 appearances.  He ranks third in franchise history in games, shutouts and minutes (10874), and is fourth in wins.  Budaj led the Avalanche with 31 victories in 2006-07 and 20 wins in 2008-09, and also paced Colorado in goals-against average (2.86) and save percentage (.900) as a rookie in 2005-06.

“Peter has been a valuable goaltender for our franchise over the last five seasons,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “He’s had success at the NHL level and we look forward to having him back for another year.”

Koci, 29, appeared in a career-high 43 games in his first season with the Avalanche in 2009-10.  The 6-foot-6, 238-pound left wing tallied one goal and no assists while finishing second on the team with 84 penalty minutes.

“David brings grit and toughness to our lineup,” added Sherman.  “He was a good fit for our team last year.”

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Watching Game 3 SCF On Versus

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 3, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, garnered a 3.1 national HH rating and averaged 3.6 million viewers for last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 3 telecast.  The game made VERSUS the most-watched cable network in the country among total viewers, all key male demos and among Adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. 

It was the most-watched Final game on cable since 2002 and the highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever in network history, surpassing the net’s previous high set by Game 4 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final (2.8 HH rating and 3.448 million viewers).  The game peaked at a 4.3 HH rating and 5.051 million viewers between 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET. 

Locally, VERSUS garnered a 17.7 HH rating and averaged 1.099 million viewers in Chicago and a 17.4 HH rating and 801,000 viewers in Philadelphia, making VERSUS the top-rated network overall-among both broadcast and cable-in both markets.  The local market ratings were the best ever for a Blackhawks or Flyers game on cable in both cities. 

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More Puck Questions For Pronger

A few answers then exit stage right.

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  Tags: chris+pronger

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