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Your Vezina Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK -- Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced today.

The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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What Type Of Coach Do The San Jose Sharks Need?

from Curtis Pashelka and David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Two hockey analysts with ties to the Sharks have very different ideas about what General Manager Doug Wilson should be seeking in his next coach.

"A coach is going to have to be able to come in there and be a fence-mender a little bit," said Drew Remenda, longtime Sharks broadcaster until this season and a onetime assistant coach for the team. "The coach coming in, he'll be solid in Xs and Os -- and everybody who gets a shot is -- but his communication skills are key."

NBC analyst and former Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick suggested Wilson should hire someone a bit rough around the edges to replace Todd McLellan, who left the team by mutual agreement last week.

"They need someone with a firm hand, someone who is not afraid to challenge the players verbally," Roenick said. "I thought Todd was a great player's coach. If there was one thing that I wish he did more was be a little bit more verbal and vocal on a fiercer side."

There are some players, he added, "that need to be motivated, that need to be kicked in the ass on more of a regular basis. When they disappear for four or five games, it's not acceptable."

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Video- Last Night’s Action From Ice Level

I really enjoy these types of videos.

 

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Those Injury Reports

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

This is the time of year when we get to hear phrases like “overall body soreness,” and watch as NHL coaches wince and shake their heads defiantly when asked about injuries.

This is playoff time, the time of secrecy and subterfuge and subterranean X-ray rooms manned by men who carry cyanide pills just in case they’re captured.

Really, it’s all so silly.

There is no hiding the fact it makes a reporter’s job significantly harder when the specifics of a player injury are kept hidden, so of course I’m frustrated. But by not disclosing all information available, you’re really keeping it from the fans, the people who pay all of the bills. All of them.

I understand teams think the more information they give out, the better it is for the opposition. If you don’t know how hurt a guy is, you can’t really game plan for him. But if they were honest with themselves, they would know injuries are not hidden from those within the league. It’s one big web — coaches talk to other coaches, who talk to agents, who talk to players, and very little is kept entirely under wraps. If just about everyone the ice knows what an injury is, why shouldn’t the people in the stands?

Transparency, then, is the answer.

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The Changes In Edmonton

April 24, 2015 (EDMONTON) – Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson announced today significant changes to the management structure of the organization – both in hockey and business operations.

Peter Chiarelli has been appointed President of Hockey Operations and General Manager effective immediately. Chiarelli will report to CEO Bob Nicholson, and be responsible for all aspects of hockey operations.

“We are delighted to bring a person of Peter’s considerable hockey knowledge and experience to the Edmonton Oilers. Peter has had success at all levels of the game and we look forward to his leadership,” said Nicholson.

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Live Stream- Major Press Conference For The Edmonton Oliers

The Edmonton Oilers will have a major press conference which is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm ET.

Watch below...

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The Nashville Predators Update The Health Status Of Shea Weber

The Nashville Predators announced Friday that Captain Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the club’s Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury the defenseman suffered in Game Two of the series. However, contrary to erroneous broadcast and media reports over the last 24 hours, he did not suffer an ACL injury. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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NHL Short Notes

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 3, DETROIT 2 (OT) – series tied 2-2
WASHINGTON 5, NY Islanders 1 – WSH leads 3-2
NASHVILLE 5, Chicago 2 – CHI leads 3-2
VANCOUVER 2, Calgary 1 – CGY leads 3-2
 
JOHNSON SPARKS (AND CAPS) LATE LIGHTNING RALLY
Tyler Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining in regulation, collected the primary assist on the tying goal 1:17 later and then recorded the decisive tally 2:25 into overtime to help the Lightning overcome a late 2-0 deficit and even their series with the Red Wings at two games apiece.
 

 
* Via Elias, the Lightning won a playoff game in which they trailed by two goals in the third period for the first time in franchise history.

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A Must Win Game For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s not hopeless when you’re down, 3-1, in one of these NHL best-of-sevens, but the unfortunate thing for the Penguins is that they are not playing the Penguins, who have demonstrated a kind of ingrained readiness to give series away from that very vantage point.

The Penguins’ last best hope for the moment is, in fact, the venue tonight. At least they have a chance at beating the Rangers in Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

“This game, going into New York, we win, the series changes completely,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Thursday. “And it heads in our favor, for sure.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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Ralph Strangis Will Be Missed

from Ralph Stragis at DallasStars.com,

A guy tells me one time – he was a writer this guy – I’m trying to learn about writing a screenplay and he says remember – anybody can write a good first act. He tells me this like 20 years ago and it’s been bangin’ around in my head ever since.

What he doesn’t tell me – this guy – and it’s something I only find out by working on writing books and movies and plays in my spare time over the years – he doesn’t tell me how hard it is to know when to end Act 1. And how to start Act 2. Turns out art’s like life that way. Messy. No straight lines. No right or wrong answer. Just yours.

My timeline isn’t your timeline – I know that. You wish I’d be here forever. I would if I were you. I always wanted Ray Scott to do the Vikings and Al Shaver to call the Stars games forever. See how it works – Al has the chair – then another guy has the chair – then I have the chair – then another guy has the chair. It ain’t our chair to begin with.

To be in the chair for 25 years – that’s a rare thing. Saw lots of big stuff – huge – you probably heard me tell you about those things as they happened so we’ll share that forever. Also went through the tough times with ya. Shared those with ya too. Again like life. You’re up – you’re down. They come and they go…

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