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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
All the playoff-bound clubs in the east have suffered through a recent dry spell. All must wonder today whether they have the stuff to go the distance. Other than the Devils, there isn't a team with a healthy, playoff-proven goalie in the post-season picture. Yet none — including the rattled Sabres — can be ruled out as the conference's possible representative in the Stanley Cup final come June. It's wide open. Eastern teams that miss this post-season prom entirely, you have to believe, will be kicking themselves all summer long.more
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Let's get right to it. Despite scheduled discussion about the issue at the post-season Board of Governors meeting, there's very little likelihood that the NHL will adopt a three-two-one-zero format for games next season - regulation wins worth three points, OT or shootout wins worth two, OT or shootout losses worth one, regulation losses worth zero - because such an approach will dramatically tilt the standings in favor of the league's most powerful teams, and if there's one overriding theme to which the NHL is committed, it's its commitment to the lowest common denominator.read on (reg. req.)
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
Want to buy a National Hockey League team? Want to investigate the activities of NHL players? Want to get some help for your labour negotiations? If you work on the 47th floor at 1251 Avenue of the Americas in New York, the advice is always the same. Just pick up the phone and call Proskauer Rose LLP. When you get right down to it, it is not Gary Bettman, the man with the nice big corner office on that 47th floor, who runs the NHL. It's the lawyers over at Proskauer Rose, an expensive (some would say obscenely expensive) legal firm near Times Square. Bettman and his staff can do the groundwork, but in any matter of consequence, Proskauer Rose gives the final go-ahead.continued
from the NY Times (Sunday edition),
Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, was asked last week who should win this season's award as the league's most valuable defenseman. "You look at Lidstrom," Niedermayer said in a telephone interview, referring to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, a three-time Norris winner, who led all defensemen with 73 points and 59 assists entering Friday's games. "He's doing extremely well in the stat department. I suppose it would be him."continued Note to Niedermayer and anyone else who thinks stats point to Lidstrom- It is not only the stats, it his play both offensively and defensively that makes him the favorite, although last night was not one of his better games.
from the CP via TSN,
Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler dismissed a printed report Saturday that suggested injured goaltender Dominik Hasek's season is over. The Ottawa Sun, citing a source close to the team, reported that it has been determined that Hasek will not be coming back from the strained adductor muscle he suffered at the Olympics in February. Muckler told reporters that such speculation is ''totally untrue.''continued
Both OLN & NBC have expressed interest in enhancing the "Behind the Glass" portion of their broadcasts. They have asked the NHL and NHLPA to allow Pierre McGuire access to the ice surface during stoppages of play. The intent would be to interview players while on the ice. A decision is expected by the start of the playoffs.
from the Toronto Sun via Slam,
A netminder such as Marty Turco of the Stars now has a shot at Bernie Parent's record of 47 wins from the 1973-74 season. Where ties once dotted the NHL landscape in the standings, the 'W' column has fattened considerably. But should all this be framed by a field of asterisks to mark this season's radical change in points' policy? Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says not to strain your eyes looking for asterisks beside players feats in the 2006-07 NHL Guide and Record Book.read on
from the National Post,
Sundin believes Toronto's future is as bright. "It's awesome," he said of Toronto's current crop of youngsters, which includes eight players selected in the 2001 and 2002 amateur drafts. "It's the first time for me that there's been this many young guys on the team. I think it's very positive for the organization that there is a bright future for this team."more
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the National Hockey League playoffs, teams go only as far as their goaltending takes them. The question always is: Which goaltender will carry his team on his back to the Stanley Cup? The answer is especially difficult this year because so many of the netminders on playoff hopefuls have limited or no playoff experience in the NHL, making them unpredictable.continued
Well, let the contract negotiating begin... from yesterday's Bray People (Ireland) (paid sub.),
Detroit Red Wing power forward Brendan Shanahan informed family members of plans to play in Belfast next year if his contract situation for next year cannot be settled. Shanahan, a popular National League Hockey player, was heavily involved in negotiations during last season's player lockout. Now at age 37, Shanahan has always had the desire to play in his homeland.I recalled reading something like this last year and dug up the old article.. from the Telegraph,
Could Ireland take part in the World Championship next week knowing that some of the biggest stars in the world could end up skating for the lowly-ranked nation in the future. Shanahan, whose mother is from Belfast and father from Dunmanus, said: "In past tournaments I have played for Canada and I've seen countries such as Italy and Great Britain and they're all using North Americans, so why not Ireland? I'd definitely like to get involved after I quit playing in the NHL."Shanny highlights (will open wmp audio), this could be the last we hear of these...
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