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What David Quinn Brings To The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They were talking about practice at Thursday’s introductory press conference for David Quinn. The 35th coach of the Rangers talked about practice, so did general manager Jeff Gorton, and so did lettermen Kevin Shattenkirk and Kevin Hayes, both of whom are familiar with Quinn’s methods.

In fact, they talked about practice so much at the Garden that Allen Iverson’s head must have hurt by the time the festivities had ended.

Attention to detail, work habits and sound defensive structure are the tenets by which the Rangers will live and breathe playing for Quinn. This will mark a dramatic and refreshing change from the previous regime, under which practices became fewer and farther between (and less constructive) and the papier-mâché structure eroded as Alain Vigneault’s tenure reached five years.

In one sense, this move from the veteran with 1,216 NHL games and 648 career victories to this NHL neophyte was a radical one in keeping with the organizational philosophy to go young. 

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Watch below as the New York Rangers recap David Quinn's hiring day in 60 seconds.

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What Would You Do?

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Video- Mic’d Up Western Conference Final Clinching Game

Just a little under 4 minutes to watch.

 

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Video- Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman Met With The Media Today

Steve Yzerman on the season and playoffs.

 

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Video- Plays Of The Week

Take 5 minutes of your time and watch the great plays from the past week in the Stanley Cup Playoffs,

 

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NHL Network Broadcast Coverage Of The Stanley Cup Final

May 24, 2018 – Following a commanding Game 7 win by the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals, NHL Network today announced its 2018 Stanley Cup Final coverage plans, featuring more than 70 hours of live programming from Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC. NHL Network’s comprehensive on-site coverage begins with Media Day this Sunday, May 27.

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Evander Kane Re-Signing Is Official

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilsonannounced today that the club has re-signed Forward Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) to a seven-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders. It's extremely heartening to have Evander join a trend of elite players who have chosen to remain in San Jose. It speaks volumes as to how players view this organization and further illustrates the continued commitment to our fans by our owner Hasso Plattner."

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Video- Top 10 Plays From The NHL Conference Finals

Just south of 6 minutes long.

 

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About The San Jose Sharks Signing Evander Kane

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

According to multiple reports, the team is close to finalizing a contract with free-agent-to-be Evander Kane. The deal, expected to pay $49 million over seven years, is another step in the passing of the torch from Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to a new generation of players.

While the longterm commitment to Kane is raising eyebrows because of the forward’s checkered past, it’s a deal the Sharks absolutely need to make.

The Sharks are attempting to pull off an extaordinarily difficult trick in the NHL’s salary-cap era: transition from one core to another while maintaining status as perennial Stanley Cup contender. It’s difficult to replace all-star players such as Thornton and Marleau without falling down.

But the Sharks managed to capitalize on a market inefficiency related to Kane. His questionable reputation enabled them to get him for a bargain price at the trade deadline — a first round pick, a fourth-round pick, and Danny O’Regan. With this contract, they’ve essentially replaced Marleau with a player 12 years younger and not much more expensive (less than $350,000) than Marleau was in the final year of his contract with the Sharks.

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Destiny Denied

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

This one stings. And it will ache for a long time. Maybe forever in these parts.

Another chance for a Stanley Cup. Another disappointment. As the Lightning skated off the ice after losing Wednesday night's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, it was hard to recall a more somber ending in Lightning history.

The ending was so gloomy only because everything that happened before it looked so promising.

This felt like a season of destiny, a season that would end with captain Steven Stamkos lifting the Stanley Cup over his head. Almost as soon as it began, back in October, the Lightning quickly showed all the signs of a team that could win it all. Scoring and defense. Veteran leadership and energetic youth. An elite goalie, a smart head coach and a thrifty general manager.

The Lightning had it all.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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