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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
After next season, Pittsburgh has only Crosby, Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Whitney and Kris Letang under contract. That will be the time when Shero will have to figure out ways to try and pay Malkin and Staal as they hit unrestricted free agency. Malkin, it’s quite likely, will be looking for the same $9 million Crosby gets, or even more….
That said, Detroit has really only one major decision to make this summer and that’s how much to offer unrestricted blueliner Brad Stuart. The Wings’ next challenge will be to sign Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen in the summer of ‘09, but they have a history of being able to sign top players for less than market value.
So the team to watch after this Cup final might not be the Penguins. It could still be the Wings.
more on the Pens cap situation…
from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
The rumor over the weekend was Nikolai Zherdev, Dan Fritsche or Stefan Legein and the No. 19 pick to San Jose for Patrick Marleau. I spent most of Saturday pursuing this and was told by a handful of close-to-the-situation sources that there’s no truth to it, that the two clubs have not put together the framework of any specific trade as of yet. No names have been mentioned.
If there was merit to the rumor, I would have sparked up a blog immediately.
from Empty Netters,
-The Penguins had no business winning that game. They were thoroughly outplayed for most of it.
-That was easily the highlight of our hockey-watching lives. We watched the four overtime game against the Capitals in 1996 and the five overtime game against the Flyers in 2000 on television. Those were memorable experiences, but they both pale in being able to witness Game 5 of a Stanley Cup final in person.
from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,
Not everybody likes endless overtime. After a marathon Stanley Cup game there’s always someone moaning that it takes too long.
Those folks say the NHL should solve its overtime “problem” by taking shortcuts. Like maybe a shootout.
If you hate drama, tension, great saves and unexpected heroes, truncated overtime is a great idea. But as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings demonstrated on Monday, it’s a dumb idea for anyone who loves hockey.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
All of the Penguins were too tired after 109:57 of tense, grueling hockey to revel too much in the win. There was no time for that. There’s still too much work to be done. To win the Cup, the Penguins must beat the Red Wings in Game 6 at Mellon Arena tomorrow night, then again in Game 7 here Saturday night.
The odds still heavily favor the Red Wings.
But, at least, Detroit’s big red machine no longer looks quite so invincible.
Not after the Red Wings blew a 3-2 lead in the final minute of regulation.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I think Michel ‘Call me Mike’ Therrien deserves a pat on the back for the moves he made in Game 5 - and I don’t think he’s gotten too many pats on the back in these playoffs.
The moves weren’t huge but they got some good chemistry going. He moved Tyler Kennedy onto a line with Evgeni Malkin and I thought Kennedy played inspired hockey.
Transcript from a brief media session with Detroit Red Wings player Niklas Kronwall.
Transcripts of interviews with Sidney Crosby and Petr Sykora of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Well worth a read. There’s a pizza story in there…
Updated at 2:41am ET: More quotes added from Sergei Gonchar & Petr Sykora
Transcripts for both coaches are below.
First, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien, then Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Anyway, post-game press conferences broadcast live at the NHL Network Online.
Update 1:25am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Michel Therrien and Mike Babcock.
Update 1:43am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Petr Sykora, Sidney Crosby and Sergei Gonchar.
Update 2:11am ET: Transcript of a brief interview with Niklas Kronwall.
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