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Your First Round On-Ice Officials

from Scouting The Refs,

The National Hockey League has announced the 20 referees and 20 linesmen who will work the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Francis Charron, Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt, Trevor Hanson, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Francois St.Laurent, Kelly Sutherland, Ian Walsh, and Brad Watson.

Standby referees are Kyle Rehman and Graham Skilliter.

In: Trevor Hanson, Brian Pochmara

Out: Dave Jackson, Frederick L’Ecuyer,



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Shanahan’s Plans

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The author of the Shan-a-plan won’t allow himself a moment to stop and smell the playoff roses.

There is still too much work to be done, Brendan Shanahan said, in a lengthy interview. In his third season on the job as Maple Leafs president — the first year to assess, the second to strip down the roster and essentially tank, the third to remarkably qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs — Shanahan calls this rather stunning season as “just another positive step in the process.

“In the moment, like on Saturday night, it feels fantastic,” he said. “And then everyone involved, including the players, immediately switches to: ‘What’s next?’

“We’re like everybody else. We enjoyed that game and the nature of it. But five minutes after it’s over, it has to be: ‘What’s next?’”

What’s next begins Thursday night in Washington and a Stanley Cup playoff series against the best regular-season team in hockey. What’s next will be the first exposure many of his young Leafs have had to this new game called NHL playoff hockey.

Shanahan hopes the post-season run, however long it lasts, will give some perspective. He doesn’t just want to build a playoff team, as he already has. He wants to build a team capable of competing for the Stanley Cup every year.


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Video- “The Hardest Trophy To Win In Pro Sports”

Scott Morrison of Sportsnet with the narration.


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NHL Short Notes

A look back at the 2016-17 regular season in advance of the start of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs . . .
Intense competitive balance, a hallmark of recent NHL seasons, again was a notable feature in 2016-17 as seven teams made the Stanley Cup Playoffs after not qualifying in 2015-16 (BOS, CGY, CBJ, EDM, MTL, OTT and TOR).
* The seven-team turnover matched the largest year-to-year change in NHL history, equaling the mark achieved in 2014-15. Overall, there has been playoff turnover of at least five clubs in 10 of the past 12 seasons.
* Five Canadian teams qualified for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one year after – for only the second time in NHL history – none did.
* Four of the bottom five teams from the 2015-16 regular season qualified for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Toronto (30th in 2015-16), Edmonton (29th), Columbus (27th) and Calgary (26th).
* The Maple Leafs became the first team since the 2007-08 Flyers to qualify for the postseason the year after finishing last in the overall NHL standings.
* Seven teams posted double-digit gains in points from the 2015-16 regular season, led by the Oilers (+33), Blue Jackets (+32), Maple Leafs (+26), Canadiens (+21) and Wild (+19).
* Of the League’s 16 playoff teams, three made coaching changes midseason (BOS, MTL and STL). In 2015-16, Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan became the sixth head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after taking over midseason.

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Dean Lombardi And Darryl Sutter Out In LA

LOS ANGELES (April 10) - AEG, the world's leading sports and live entertainment company, has announced the following changes to the front office of the LA Kings hockey club. Luc Robitaille has been named club President and will now oversee all hockey and business operations, and Rob Blake has been named Vice President and General Manager, and will direct all day to day hockey operations for the organization.

The announcement of both promotions was made by Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG, the parent company of the LA Kings.

In addition, Beckerman today announced Dean Lombardi, who has served as Kings President and General Manager since 2006, and Darryl Sutter, who has served as the club's Head Coach since 2011, have been relieved of their current duties.

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Coaches Dress To Win

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The tradition of well-dressed coaches has been around for as long as anyone can remember. Formal attire is required to coach in the NHL, and coaches take the tradition seriously, even though there is no official coaches’ dress code in the NHL rules.

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz says he owns 25 suits, although he currently only has 12 in his game rotation.

“I like the tradition (of dressing up),” said Trotz, who has led his team to the NHL's top record for the second consecutive year.  “I’m not a big suit guy. I like to be casual. But it does add to our sport. You want to stay classy and this allows us to do that.”

Coaches sometimes receive comments about their attire, and one Twitter account rates coaches and broadcasters on the basis of their tie selection.

“I like suits and ties because it’s a business approach,” Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “But the guy I buy my suits from likes the tradition even more, because you need a lot of suits.”


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No Doubt About It, Dale Tallon Is In Charge Of The Florida Panthers

from the Sun Sentinel,

After a wayward season of leadership by committee, the Florida Panthers are returning to the method that worked well previously with Dale Tallon back in sole command.

Tallon made that clear Monday upon resuming his former role as general manager.

"We're turning the page on a disappointing season. From today, we're moving forward with a singular voice under my leadership in hockey operations," he said firmly.

Tallon and President and CEO Matt Caldwell both acknowledged that the changes in the front office structure to a group effort after the 2015-16 season, with Tallon as president of hockey operations but not driving the decision-making as in the past, didn't work.

"Especially with folks with military background, you'd think we'd get chain of command straight," Caldwell said. "We realized the importance of it. Everything was done with the best intentions. We want to win. ... but I think what we learned is that having a singular voice that listens to everything - listens to analytics, listens to scouts, listens to his gut for many, many years - and have one single voice that reports to ownership is most important."


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Video- Top 10 Goals From The NHL Regular Season

Have 4 1/2 minutes?  Watch them.


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Odds For The Stanley Cup Playoffs

via Bovada,

Odds to win the Stanley Cup

Chicago Blackhawks                 4/1

Washington Capitals                  9/2

Minnesota Wild                         8/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                  8/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             10/1

Anaheim Ducks                         14/1

Montreal Canadiens                   14/1

New York Rangers                     14/1

San Jose Sharks                       14/1

Edmonton Oilers                       16/1

Calgary Flames                         25/1

Boston Bruins                           25/1

Nashville Predators                   25/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 25/1

Ottawa Senators                        28/1

St. Louis Blues                          33/1

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Jack Eichel On The Sabres’ Season

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Jack Eichel hates to lose. He wishes that hatred was more evident in the Sabres’ organization.

“I think guys want to win,” Eichel said Monday, “but there’s a difference between saying you want to win and actually wanting to win and putting the work in and dedicating your life to it.”

The end of the season has hit Eichel hard. He was still in uniform long after Sunday’s season finale, and he was often short with his answers during Monday’s locker cleanout.

But when he expanded on his thoughts, he said a lot. He was directly asked whether more guys needed to hate losing.


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