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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN held an online chat today...
If the playoffs started tomorrow, and you could choose your preferred five playoff matches no matter the round, what would they be?
Pierre LeBrun Hmmm... great question Ryan.here you go:1. Leafs-Habs (going to be doubtful unles they can finish 2-3 in Atlantic which doesn't look good right now)2. Ducks-Kings (first time ever)3. Blues-Hawks (second round probably)4. Penguins-Caps (second round?)5. Canucks-Hawks (first round)
Will the Wings ever win a shootout?
Pierre LeBrun yes
The better GM gig is in Calgary or Buffalo? I would include the NY Isles but we all know Garth Snow will be GM for as long as Wang is the owner...
Pierre LeBrun Buffalo. More coming up the pipe. Calgary has very little in the organization. Plus Sabres have the first-round pick from the Vanek deal.
from Risto Pakarinen at IIHF.com,
Gunnar Svensson has done it all in hockey. Before becoming an agent in 1996, he was a player, coach, and a general manager. He became the GM of Malmö in 1995, and still calls the host city of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship his home.
Malmö’s hockey past is a chequered one, with the local team going up and down in the divisions, often with creative financial planning in the background. Latest version of that was having their import players live in Copenhagen, only a bridge away from Malmö, so they would get preferential tax treatment.
But, Svensson says, Malmö is a hockey town, too.
from College Hockey News,
Boston's TD Garden will host the 2015 Frozen Four, one of four sites awarded, as announced today by the NCAA.
Tampa, Fla., Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., are the other locations, for 2016-18 respectively.
Adam Erne, also a Lightning draft pick, was the player who put the hit on Drouin.
from the IIHF,
With two months to go until the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, representatives of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association held a site visit in the Russian city on the Black Sea.
While there are still some diggers and cranes in and around the Olympic Park, they are mostly there to work on the final details and roads....
In total five ice sheets will be used for ice hockey. The Bolshoy Ice Dome, which includes 12 dressing rooms, an entry for bigger vehicles such as busses and a ring road under its roof, has a practice rink that was also used for local kids during the site visit. For many of them it is their first ever hockey season since there haven’t been ice rinks before in the city that used to be known mainly as a summer resort.
Just across the Shayba Arena, a third hockey building includes two practice sheets that will be used by the hockey teams at the Olympics.
from the Windsor Spitfires,
General Manager Warren Rychel has announced team captain Kerby Rychel and veteran defenceman Nick Ebert have been dealt to the Guelph Storm.
In return, the Spitfires receive winger Brody Milne and eight draft picks: Guelph's 2nd in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Kitchener's 3rd in 2016, Guelph's 4th in 2015 and Windsor's 4th in 2014.
Also included in the deal is a conditional 15th round pick in 2017.
"Obviously it's a tough trade to make with two impact players on our team." Rychel said, moments after the deal was approved. "But with an exceptionally tough Western Conference, we think it was important to take a step back now in order to take a big step ahead down the road."
I work in the KHL and see that we have the level of arbitration is growing every year. So I can not be happy by the fact that the main tournament four years, which - whether we like it or not - will be considered not only as a sport, but also as a political, my league is not represented.
This past century at the Olympics in leading teams 99 percent of the seats given to NHL players. Now the situation has changed dramatically. I think between the NHL and KHL in Sochi will be parity. That's just in the game, and not in the judicial matters.
-Andrei Nazarov, head coach of the HC Donbass in the KHL on the number of on-ice officials working the Olympics from the NHL. Read more (translated) at Sport-Express.
Bob McKenzie of TSN made his weekly appearance on NHL Live today and discussed Canada's WJC roster, the future of Jack Capuano and the health of Tylyer Seguin.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"All of sudden it's December, I thought of that today, I was texting with the coaches, a bunch of stuff today, we were going back and forth," Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock told ESPN.com Sunday before Detroit’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
"It's getting closer, but I really like the fact they moved the date."
It's ironic, really, that while Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic pushed the IIHF last week to extend the Olympic roster announcement deadline, no country will likely benefit more than Canada, which has the deepest talent pool to choose from and the harder decisions that come with it.
So with the IIHF, NHL and NHLPA agreeing to push the date from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7, it gives Team Canada another week to evaluate some of the players battling for those final few spots Team USA is sticking with its Jan. 1 announcement at the conclusion of the Winter Classic.
"What it does is that it gives the players more time to decide who is on the team," Babcock said. "To me, that’s what it's all about. We just watch them, but they decide (with their play)."
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Never mind the salary. Never mind the term. In hockey terms only, David Clarkson, at any price, isn't contributing enough to the Maple Leafs ... Martin Brodeur promised: "You'll love this guy." Still waiting for that guy to arrive.
- The three hottest Canadian scorers in November have been Joe Thornton, Chris Kunitz and James Neal, all of whom might be considered long shots to play for Team Canada. But right now, how do you leave any of the three off the Olympic team ?
- I have been associated with TSN for more than a decade and this is written from a personal side. I have great respect and regard for the work the people at TSN have done in broadcasting hockey and to see them shut out in the future breaks my heart on any number of levels.
Gary Bettman made a magnificent $5.2 billion deal for the NHL, maybe the greatest of all deals in his time as commissioner. But when he called it a "win-win" for hockey fans, I understood his sentiment but couldn't disagree more.
My NHL hockey, as a consumer not a reporter, not being affiliated with any network, includes Chris Cuthbert and James Duthie; Bob McKenzie and Ray Ferraro; Gord Miller and Darren Dreger; Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman. I want the best.
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