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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
While nothing will be announced during the Stanley Cup final, unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa likely will be signing a long-term deal, believed to be seven years, to stay with the Red Wings.
more hockey talk…
added 5:28pm, A2Y has more on this story, Holland says no truth to it.
from Ben Klaymen of Reuters,
A publicly held company formed last year to acquire sports properties has agreed to purchase the Florida Panthers hockey team for $240 million, a source familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.
Sports Properties Acquisition Corp has agreed to buy the National Hockey League team; its home, BankAtlantic Center; an arena management company and some land surrounding the arena, said the source, who asked not to be identified because the deal has not been announced.
Last night, Papa Joe Chevalier of Las Vegas radio’s KLAV1230 spent some time chatting with Paul Kukla. Papa Joe is a long-time Penguins’ fan and he and Paul looked back at the first two games of these Stanley Cup Finals, then looked forward to tonight’s game.
You can download the audio at this link, or listen on the player below.
from Jay Levin of the Nashville Predators,
NP.com: What is it about Preds games that have hooked you on the sport?
Amy: It’s just fun. It’s a great night out for Vince and me. This past season we had a pair of tickets, so it made for a great date night. We’ve spent our last two Anniversaries at a Predators game; all of Vince’s guy friends are like, ‘Man that’s some kind of wife.’
Q. Has Draper been cleared to play by doctors and if so, will he play tonight?
COACH BABCOCK: Yeah, he was cleared before last game. Don’t know if he’ll play tonight. It will be based on Samuelsson. Samuelsson didn’t take the morning skate, so we’ll see what happens there.
Q. Second injury, we just saw Pavel out on the ice. Just your thoughts on him and how does he look today?
COACH BABCOCK: Well, I guess he had his best overnight experience that he’s had. And he seemed to have a big turn around. So he was real optimistic here today. I don’t assume that affects today’s game whatsoever, but it could really affect the following game.
“I think they are letting a few things go that maybe were called during the regular season, but I like it this way. This allows a lot more battles. You can see it out there. Guys are able to fight for the puck.
“As a player, a fan or a coach, all you ask is that it’s called equally both ways, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. It’s fun. It’s not back to what it was in the eighties or seventies, but it’s nice that you can go in and guys are fighting for the puck, or you’re in front of the net, and there are some battles. That’s the way it should be at this time of year.”
-Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings on the officiating during the SCF. More on this topic from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,
Babcock said that Draper’s status for tonight depends on Samuelsson. If Sammy plays, Draper won’t play.
Babcock just said that Datsyuk won’t play tonight, but might play in Game 4.
Q. Discounting the final 19 seconds of the second game, there had only been five minor penalties called in the first two games of this series. Do you think the officiating started has changed from the regular season, and does this favor one team or the other in this series?
COACH BYLSMA: I think the Red Wings power play numbers stand for themselves in terms of whether we want them to get more power plays or less. Our power play has been good in the last second half of the playoffs here. They’re talented players.
But I think the standard that’s been called in the game has been fair. I mean, is there penalties on each side ?? as a coach, you can go through the game and say that was a penalty, that wasn’t a penalty. But if you’re honest, you can usually say that about both sides.
You know, as a coach, you typically want to point out the ones that their team does against yours and you rarely want to point out the ones that your team does against theirs. So I think the standard on the ice has been pretty consistent for both teams.
from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
McCarty is happy to do whatever the team asks of him at this most important time of year. “To fill a role and to be a part of it is an honour,” McCarty said. “Obviously, you’d like to play and be part of it on the ice, but that’s not the way it’s been meant to be so far. This time’s a little different. It’s sort of on the outside looking in, but that’s not how it feels to me. It’s just nice to be a part of it.
“The bottom line is to win. That’s what this organization is all about. Just to be here and be at the finals again, it’s exciting. Everybody does their little part to chip in when they can.”
McCarty, 37, says he feels like a proud papa as he watches his Grand Rapids teammates like Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Ville Leino and Justin Abdelkader fill important roles along Detroit’s latest drive to the Cup.
I have a schedule, follow-up doctor’s appointment and will return around 11:00am or so.
In the meantime, feel free to discuss anything hockey related in the comments below.
Tonight is the biggest game of the year for the Penguins and it is a “Who wants it more” type game. That is my opinion, what is yours?
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