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From Ben Schmitt at the Free Press,
Splat! The octopus hit the ice of Mellon Arena to a chorus of boos just after the national anthem Saturday.
But the tentacled toss didn’t come from a Michigander. Zach Smith, 19, of Cleveland, an avid Red Wings fan and adrenaline junkie, hurled the slimy creature. Then he got tossed. Security guards threw him out.
“You’re outta here,” Smith said they told him. “Come back in and you get arrested.”
But Smith and his two friends from metro Detroit, who asked not to be identified, had a plan. They had bought an extra ticket in anticipation of his booting. That’s an extra $300 from a scalper
From Tim Cowlishaw the Dallas Morning News,
“I came into the league and saw guys that were 32 and I said, “That’s not me. I’ll be done before then,’ ” he said. “Then 32 felt like it came and got here overnight. Now I hear young guys talking about not wanting to put in the work and I think, “Are you kidding me?’ “
Modano said he considered announcing his retirement at different points during the regular season when he was frustrated with his play.
“The first quarter of the season was really rough on me,” he said, recalling his struggles to surpass Phil Housley as the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in league history. “There were probably more times I didn’t feel I was as competitive as I wanted to be than there had been in the past.”
more including his current plans
From Erin Nicks at The Universal Cynic,
Anyway, back to Burns. The Senators need someone who can crack the whip and get this franchise back to a defensive mindset. It may only be a short-term solution for a couple of years (Burns’ act can wear thin), but it’s better than watching Bryan Murray wear two hats. He’s currently the right choice, which obviously means the Senators won’t get him. And don’t talk to me about Bob Hartley, okay? I want a coach who knows about building a foundation—I don’t want a guy behind the bench who wears it. (Combine the over-gelled hair and the eerily smooth skin tone, and you’ve got a walking corpse running the team.)
more… including thoughts on Bob Cole, Jim Hughson, the playoffs, etc
From Terry Frei at the Denver Post,
But major-junior players not making the NHL often end up educationally short-changed, or at least behind their contemporaries. The education-on-the-fly aspects of major junior and then major-junior’s scholarship program — roughly a year of college money for each year of playing — aren’t enough. (The major-junior scholarship program, let’s just say, doesn’t match a Harvard scholarship.)
Except for the absolute elite (and [Drayson] Bowman appears to be among that group) or players who would have little interest in a college education under any circumstances, I still believe the best route, for most U.S.-born players especially, remains NCAA hockey.
Elliotte Freidman did a great piece on Bob Probert duing the HNIC pre-game last night.
Cherry can’t believe the ice time for Malkin and feels Wings wrap up the series on Monday.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
When NHL GMs gather tomorrow in Detroit for their Stanley Cup get-together, they’ll start planting the deal-making seeds for the entry draft at Scotiabank Place June 20-21.
While not all the brass showed up at the prospects’ combine that was completed yesterday at the Westin Bristol Place, there were enough executives in the hotel lobby to fan the trade winds that have already started to blow.
Here’s a few players to keep an eye on:
Senators C Jason Spezza: His name will come up a lot in the next few weeks with his salary jumping $3 million (all terms US) to $8 million next season. Hard to believe the Senators would deal him; they’d have to get another front-line centre in return and Spezza has good chemistry with RW Dany Heatley.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Red Wings—a terrific club in just about every way—seem destined to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.
“Obviously, we’re in a tough situation,” Penguins winger Marian Hossa said. “But they still have to win one more game. We’re going to make it really miserable for them.”
That was the general theme in a disappointed Penguins dressing room. No one wanted to talk about having to win three consecutive games, two on the road. “We just have to win one,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “If you worry about winning three games, it can get a little overwhelming.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The NHL no longer is about referees who call games by feel and on instinct and who recognize that an elastic clause must be part of any rulebook, even if written in invisible ink.
Instead, it’s about referees who color by number, who are working not to please the participants but rather their supervisor who deducts points for every incident in which some player raises his stick parallel to an opponent’s and is not whistled for a penalty.
Missing significant and blatant penalties? That apparently doesn’t count for as much in this administration.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Three days of insistent whining by Michel Therrien about alleged obstruction and a well-timed dive by Sidney Crosby combined to put the Pittsburgh Penguins in a wonderful position to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive.
But the Detroit Red Wings would have none of it.
Instead, they absorbed an interference call produced by Crosby’s clever lunge that gave the Penguins a long, 5-on-3 power play in the third period last night, grimly fended off every second of it without allowing a single shot on goal and rode that tremendous effort to a 2-1 victory in a hard-fought, bruising Game 4 of the 2008 Cup final.
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