Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/01/13 at 04:24 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- We may see some tinkering with draft lottery odds. On HNIC Radio, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said one potential idea is determining each team's chances by percentage of points in the overall "pool," instead of standings. The fourteen teams that missed the playoffs combined for 635 points. Florida -- which was 30th -- had 36 of them. Will have to follow-up on exactly how that would work, but it's an intriguing idea.
- Asked one Eastern Conference coach how the Islanders could beat Pittsburgh. His reply: "The Penguins are the most physical team in the Eastern Conference, hard to play against, with good speed. It's incredible how hard everyone plays. If you are not willing to stand up...it is tough on you. Pittsburgh really imposes their will on you in the first five-to-seven minutes in their own building. The Islanders do have good puck-moving defencemen. If those 'D' can get the puck before the forecheck, that's how they can play with them."
-One executive on Detroit's extension of Jimmy Howard: "Great timing to do it right before the playoffs. Sends a message: 'We can win with him. He's our guy.'"
more plus some NHL hardware awards talk...
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