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from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Knuckles still white? Oh, and did you think you had curses like that inside of you?
Up and down and round and round she goes. Welcome to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pass the antacids. Heck, pass the bottle.
It’s tough to imagine going through four series like this. But that’s what the eventual Stanley Cup champion will have to do. And then it’s time for a summer of therapy. Not for the players, but for the fans. This is nuts.
“Oh yeah, we feel it too,” Eric Belanger insisted after the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
When your favourite NHL team doesn’t make the playoffs or is headed toward quick elimination in the first round (not that you’d know any team like that), hockey fans can do one of two things: Turn off the TV, go outside and rake the ... ah ... snow, or go to Plan B and bandwagon-jump another club.
C’mon, we all do it. It doesn’t mean you have to buy their car flag. You just quietly release your inner Angelina Jolie and adopt them for a couple of months.
And right now, the Washington Capitals are harder to resist than a puppy in a shelter.
from Ethan Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,
Yet it is reasonable to wonder whether Martin, who didn’t work out as the last coach, is the ideal guy to pick the next one.
Will he recognize that a still-young team could benefit from a young, energetic voice? A communicator? Someone with a style and philosophy quite unlike his own? And if he does hire such a person, who works so differently, how will they work together? Will they co-exist? Clash? Will Cohen regret the creation of another unconventional and potentially uncomfortable structure?
We’ve seen this show before, after all.
So Panthers fans have just cause for concern whenever Cohen makes a move, even if he seems to have just cause to make it.
If Martin stays on as GM, I wonder if Pat Quinn would be considered for the coaching job.
via the AP,
Flyers left wing Patrick Thoresen was taken to the hospital for tests after getting hit in the groin by a shot during Philadelphia’s 5-4 loss to Washington on Friday night.
“He’s going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles. It’s bad enough they may have to remove one,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Right now, we’re not sure how serious it is, but there’s a chance he may need surgery.”
Thoresen blocked the shot with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the game, then dropped to the ice, writhing in pain. Moments later, Washington scored to tie the game 4-4.
“Obviously, I’d have liked to see a whistle,” Flyers coach John Stevens said.
from the Dallas Morning News,
The transformation occurred two summers ago in Marty Turco’s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
That’s when he shaved off his wavy black locks, opting for a low-maintenance buzz cut. It’s when he completely changed his diet and revamped his off-season workouts, opting more for core strength and flexibility.
You saw the results of his new approach last year in the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 series loss against Vancouver, and you continued to see them the other day in Game 1 against Anaheim.
Gary Bettman is in Minnesota for the Avalanche/Wild game. He answered some questions befor the game..
from Russo’s Rants,
”I’ve been at every meeting of the competition committee since it was formed after the work stoppage — and this is both managers and players — (they’ve) said they don’t want to go to no-touch icing,” Bettman said. ”The sense is — and you get this from players as well — they don’t like play just stopping.”
–Bettman said the league is looking at its rules regarding college players in the wake of two high-profile players — Minnesota’s Kyle Okposo and Denver’s Brock Trotter — leaving their teams at mid-season. The league is talking with college conference commissioners and the players association about the issue, which Bettman said the league is not treating lightly.
more topics discussed…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
On Thursday night, Red Fisher wrote a column on deadline, as he usually does, off the Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins playoff opener.
Yesterday morning, he put together his usual Saturday package consisting of a column and NHL notebook that will fill a page in today’s Montreal Gazette.
Tonight, he will be back at the Bell Centre press box in Montreal, writing on deadline.
“Doesn’t everybody do it?” he asked yesterday.
Some do, but Fisher will be 82 in August, an age when all but very few sportswriters are long retired and telling war stories.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
“I’m biting my tongue here,’’ Keenan said after Game 2.
That didn’t sit well with Sharks coach Ron Wilson, who has long argued against a more relaxed standard of officiating in the postseason.
“The playoffs are an extension of the regular season, and we play by the same rules,’’ Wilson said Friday. “There’s not a red rulebook for the playoffs and a white one for the regular season.’‘
All in all, it’s been a virtuoso performance by two of the NHL’s top bench bosses and media agitators. Both are experts with pungent sound bites and jabbing comments to their players as well.
“They both have their thick books of things they say,’’ Roenick said. “At times, I’d like to put earplugs in my ears on the bench, but they both do it because they’re passionate about the game.’‘
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Just got off the phone with Joe Nieuwendyk who resigned from his post with the Panthers on Wednesday….
Today, Joe was nothing but complimentary about the Panthers. Here are some of the things Joe told me today. As always, more tomorrow in The Herald…
“It’s true I have decided not to return next season. I’m going to step back and decide what me and the wife are going to do. There are some personal reasons involved. I’m not going to comment about a blog that says I’m not happy with Jacques. These guys gave me an opportunity to stay in hockey. I’ll always appreciate that….”
ESPN had a poll up earlier today, asking the question: “Who are you going to watch Friday night?”
Results are below, including a map pinpointing the origin of the results. Find out if your part of the country is more hyped for Crosby or AO.
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