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Thinking Canadians

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

You couldn’t swing a cat Saturday night without hitting a story about all the Canadians playing on the Chicago Blackhawks (12) and Philadelphia Flyers (14) in Game One of the Stanley Cup final. Which is what the media does when there isn’t a Canadian team in the final: imply that you have to have lotsa Canadians to win it all. (Tell that to the Detroit Red Wings.)

What few stories also mentioned is how many Canadian NHL stars now would rather wear Lady Ga Ga’s stilettos than play for most of the franchises north of the border. For a bevy of reasons – media overkill, chronic losing, crummy taxes, travel, lack of palm trees and swimming pools 24/7/365 – it’s getting harder to persuade Canadian unrestricted free agents to stay home when they have the chance to call the shots. Scott Niedermayer popularized the trend by famously spurning Calgary for Anaheim in 2005 because of the lower stress of playing in sunny southern California for the same money.

When players talk to their agents these days, their priorities are 1) financial 2) winning 3) lifestyle 4) media pressure. Currently, the Canadian franchises are battling perception problems on all the above – and that’s with a 95-cent dollar.

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Flyers Can’t Go Down 0-2

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

How many times can the Flyers expect to tempt the hockey gods and still emerge victorious? We think the margin for such error is none. If the Flyers fall behind 2-0 in this series, they are done. Not that anyone in the Philadelphia room will go so far as to say so….

In the days leading up to this series, the Blackhawks were established as prohibitive favorites. In Game 2, they will get the opportunity to justify that faith. Meanwhile, the Flyers were a loose bunch Sunday, hooting and hollering, playing soccer in the hallways of the United Center and exuding confidence in dealing with the press after their workouts.

“Every loss is big in the playoffs. I’m not going to lie about that,” said Danny Briere, one of the best Flyers in Game 1 with four points. “But at the same time, coming in, everybody was talking how good the Blackhawks were. And not too many people—I haven’t heard anybody giving us a chance to win this series.

“What I liked is, [Saturday] night, we proved we belong with them. You know, maybe not to all the hockey experts, but in our room, I think we realize we can play and we can stretch the series and definitely come back in it.”

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A Crazy Game 1

from Scott Niedermayer at the Fabulous Forum,

A crazy game, without a doubt. Very entertaining and great to watch.

Pretty surprising when both teams suffer similar breakdowns that kept the game close. Most of the time when one team makes mistakes, the game gets out of hand. But it seemed to me both were guilty of the same type of mistakes. Both goalies probably would have liked to have a couple goals back, too. It’s not often this happens to both teams in the same game.

If you play enough games, eventually weird stuff does happen. I thought there were a few reasons why the game went that way.

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Remembering The Forsberg To Nashville Trade

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“It was a tough deal to make at the time; obviously we were trading away Peter Forsberg,” Holmgren told NHL.com this week.  But it was a deal that had to be made considering the bounty that was offered.

The Feb. 12 deal sent Forsberg to a Nashville team desperate to make some noise in the playoffs that postseason. Nashville GM David Poile pulled the trigger—sending Scottie Upshall (a first-round pick), Ryan Parent (another first-round pick) and first- and third-round picks in that spring’s Entry Draft to Philadelphia for Forsberg—because he believed his franchise needed the pop of a long playoff run to generate fan interest.

“Arguably, has there ever been a better player traded at the trade deadline than Peter Forsberg?” Poile asked at the time. “My answer to that is probably not, and the price we paid was very high. We did it because we believed it was a necessary ingredient to give us that much better a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we were comfortable with doing that.”

Things did not work out for the Predators, who lost to the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

But the deal has come up roses for the Flyers.

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Watching SCF Game 1

NEW YORK – May 30, 2010—Last night’s Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 is the best since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox). NBC also won the night finishing No. 1 in primetime (1.7, A18-49).

The game—broadcast by NBC Sports on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend—also saw a 12-percent increase over last year’s Game 1 (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, 2.5 on NBC), which was also on a Saturday night but not played during Memorial Day Weekend and was between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

The 2.8 overnight rating also ranks as the highest overnight rating for a Game 1 played on a Saturday in 13 years (since 1997 Detroit- Philadelphia, 5.1 on Fox).
Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed with a 13.2 rating and 25 share.

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OK To Disagree

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

When I write something like I did the other day about the logo of the Chicago Blackhawks and how some might consider it racially insensitive, it’s not to preach or convince anyone.

It’s just an opinion. You can agree or disagree. I certainly didn’t attack anyone who might love the Blackhawks Indian head logo, and in fact I went out of my way that the original intent of Frederic McLaughlin, while it had nothing to do with honoring aboriginals (he was honoring his military comrades from World War I), wasn’t about insulting aboriginals, either….

f you’re looking for a columnist or blogger who just wants to find which way the wind is blowing before writing, you’re looking in the wrong place.

more and if you missed the original story from Damien regarding the Blackhawks logo, you can start here...

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Around The League

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- If the New Jersey Devils hadn’t signed winger Brian Rolston two years ago for $5 million a season, maybe they would have enough dough to make a legit offer to left-winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Instead, they’ll let Kovalchuk walk, and giving up two role players in Niklas Bergfors and draft Patrice Cormier for Kovalchuk hurts. They owe Rolston, who is on his last legs, for another two years, along with fellow left-winger Jay Pandolfo, who’s getting paid $2.5 million US.

- The Montreal Canadiens probably want to unload defenceman Roman Hamrlik’s $5.5-million salary, but that will be a big gulp. He’s 36 and while he still has the smarts, he doesn’t have the legs he used to have.

- Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock got his start as a player/coach in Britain. “My biggest chore was convincing the players to start drinking on Monday and Tuesdays, not Friday and Saturdays when we played the games,” joked Babcock…

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Sunday Morning Hockey Points

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Gary Bettman claims there is too much speculation — a lot of it inaccurate — about the number of National Hockey League teams that may or may not to be for sale.

Then, when asked directly to clarify exactly which teams are for sale, he answers: “I don’t see any point in running through that list.”

Typically, the commissioner of the National Hockey League wants it both ways.

He will, in his usual accusatory tone, admonish the media for what he deems to be inaccuracies. But when given the opportunity to provide the truth, or what he believes to be the truth, he refuses to clarify, which only leads to the very speculation he finds so disturbing….

• Columbus holds the fourth pick in the NHL draft and there is all kinds of speculation around the Stanley Cup final that the Blue Jackets are under pressure to make the playoffs and may not have the time or inclination to wait for yet another player to develop. Don’t be surprised if Brian Burke makes an attempt to deal Tomas Kaberle and more to Columbus to try and get an early pick.

• The story going around about Devils players receiving text messages on the afternoon of playoff games informing them they are not dressing that night was reason enough to fire Jacques Lemaire, who instead fired himself as coach.

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Morning Line

I swear, Chris Pronger is the spawn of Hannibal Lecter.

-Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune.  More of Steve’s observations from game 1…

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Goalie Questions After Game 1

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Will Leighton be back for Game 2, asked to bounce back just like he did in Game 4 of the last series, 48 hours after allowing five goals in the only loss to Montreal in the Eastern Conference Finals?

“I don’t know what they are thinking, but I definitely would like to be back in,” Leighton said.

Or will Laviolette roll the dice and go back to Boucher, who entered the postseason as the starting goalie and was dominant against New Jersey in the first round?

“I’m glad I don’t have to make those decisions,” Hartnell said. “Leighton’s been strong since we picked him up and Boucher helped us get us into the playoffs and in the first round. It doesn’t matter who is between the pipes, we have to play better.”

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