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from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
I’m officially picking the Wild in six games over our brave boys.
How could I pick the Wild after I dared to poke some fun at Marian Gaborik and rip the wondrous skills of Derek Boogaard? First of all, settle down all you Wild lovers. It’s a hockey blog for crying out loud. Let’s have a little fun now and then, sheesh.
But I’m picking the Wild because of three guys some of you may never have heard of ’til now: Stephane Veilleux, Branko Radivojevic and Mikko Koivu. Along with being one of the all-time hard-to-pronounce lines, they’re the Wild’s checking line, and I just think they are the major difference over the Avs.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
After all this, three Cups, seven Atlantic titles, and yet another finish above their unneighborly neighbors, the Devils New Jersey Devils enter the fifth Battle of the Hudson still Strangers in a Ranger land, even in their own home, by their own admission.
“It’s weird living here,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner Jamie Langenbrunner told The Post. “You have all these people in New Jersey that are Rangers New York Rangers fans. And you have the Devils fans.
“It’s like we’re the ugly stepchild team and they’re the glamour.”
from the Boston Globe,
“Felt great,” said Savard. “It’s getting better every day. It’s going along good.”
Savard missed the last seven games of the regular season because of the injury, which came courtesy of a Steve Begin cross-check. Savard said he hopes to practice today with teammates.
“I’m going to hopefully see action right away,” Savard said of a possible Game 1 return. “I’ve been doing everything I can. I’ve been resting on the couch. I’ve been resting every day.”
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Ryan Miller received word that Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn wanted to sign the goaltender to a long-term deal. That was well and good Monday, but Miller wanted to meet with management first before making any bold statements about his future with the franchise.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Miller looks for a few assurances before he begins talking about a long-term deal for big money. Miller is going to get his dough one way or another. But as a competitor, he should want a commitment about where this whole thing is headed.
The goal hasn’t been clear since the whole Chris Drury-Daniel Briere charade last summer. Are the Sabres simply trying to turn a buck? Was this a transition year for a team looking to win the Cup?
From the Pioneer Press,
Wild defenseman Nick Schultz underwent a successful appendectomy Monday evening, the Wild announced.
“Schultz is resting comfortably and his status will be updated when more information becomes available,” the Wild said in a statement.
The Wild were already short in defensemen, having lost Kurtis Foster to a broken left femur suffered on March 19.
The top 5 teams going into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft have been decided as follows by the draft lottery moments ago. As reported on TSN:
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Atlanta Thrashers
4. St. Louis Blues
5. New York Islanders
Update 8:32pm ET: TSN story here.
from the Globe and Mail,
“They’ve got size and skill up front and a really strong back end,” Phaneuf said. “It’ll be a battle. You have to be aware when [San Jose centre Joe Thornton] is on the ice. We’ll have to do a job on him.”
more on the Flames and Phaneuf…
From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,
Throw the regular season out the window. Do it now and don’t try to find it- ever! All stats are a big zero right now, both team and individual ones. No win streaks, no point streaks, no hot goalies, no scoring slumps.
It is the second season and everything is reset to zero.
continued… (though the headline of that piece sure doesn’t sound like Paul!)
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
While some are still clamoring for a major trade or free-agent signing, Dean Lombardi attempted to explain why that’s not likely to happen. Here’s what he said:
“That possibly is not even there to tempt you. We saw this two years ago, when we put Cloutier on the two-year deal. It didn’t work out. You can talk about trades. How many proven No. 1s do you feel really good
about (trading for)? I don’t think there’s much of a shot. I don’t think there’s a No. 1 out there like that. Vokoun fits that category, but we tried that last year and it didn’t work out. Is there going to be that caliber of player on the market? I don’t think so…”.
more on the LA goalie situation…
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, will take place tonight at the NHL’s New York office. NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will televise the results of the Draft Drawing live at 8 p.m., ET. The 30-minute show, produced by TSN and hosted by TSN’s James Duthie, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury, also will be available on VERSUS, NHL.com and on XM Radio (Ch. 204).
Also, the NHL Network has a night of hockey for us, minus the games. All times listed are ET.
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