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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
While much of the hockey world substantially discounted the Flyers’ chances of upsetting the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final when their best defenceman was lost for the rest of the playoffs due to a blood clot in his ankle, the Penguins say they are not counting on anything when the series opens Friday night.
“We’re not going to assume anything,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after the game-day skate Friday morning. “Obviously, it’s a big loss for them. But it’s a prime example of when guys go down, other guys step up.”
However, Timonen’s loss is enormous for the Flyers.
from Empty Netters,
In case you haven’t heard, the Penguins and Flyers are rivals.
If you ask us, this rivalry is on par with some of the all-time greats:
read on for video comparisons and watch out for the falling anvil!
Left wing Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs, defenseman Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings and right wing Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers are the finalists for the 2008 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) announced today.
The award, under the trusteeship of the PHWA, is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
From the AP via USA Today,
A California Highway Patrol captain has been placed on leave while authorities investigate whether he tampered with a speeding ticket issued to Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf.
Ken Rosenberg, whose office is decorated with Ducks memorabilia, is accused of removing the ticket filed by an officer who stopped Getzlaf March 14 after he was spotted driving about 84 mph on a toll road.
“We received information that this particular citation may have been improperly processed,” CHP Assistant Chief Steven Lykins said.
Citations are normally sent to court and processed within 10 days, but a copy of the ticket didn’t get to court until April 28 — 45 days after it was issued.
*forgive me for the post title; I couldn’t restrain myself…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The top candidate to be Senators’ coach next season may already have the job.
While GM Bryan Murray has insisted he has no plans to return behind the bench next season, two league executives told the Sun yesterday they believe Murray has been asked to “at least consider the possibility” of doing both jobs by owner Eugene Melnyk.
Murray, one executive noted, “is a tremendous coach. He gets the most out of the players.”
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
A banner supporting the Hells Angels in Winnipeg. A link to a family member who’s a full-fledged member of the outlaw motorcycle club.
These are the things you’ll find on Winnipeg NHLer Riley Cote’s MySpace page….
But the head of the Winnipeg Police Association and a university criminologist say he hasn’t used good judgment on his internet site.
There, you’ll find a banner that reads, Support Red and White, Winnipeg, a moniker for the Hells Angels. There’s also a link to his cousin, Sean Wolfe, a member who’s had several run-ins with the law.
“It certainly makes you wonder about the suitability of the guy as a role model for aspiring hockey players,” Winnipeg Police Association president Mike Sutherland said yesterday.
Update 3:01pm ET: A response from Riley Cote (and words from the NHL at Globe & Mail),
“It shouldn’t be an issue right now in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” he said after the Flyers’ morning skate in preparation for the opening game of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I can’t believe someone would stoop so low to bring that up now. [Wolfe] is my cousin.. He’s my family. What do you want me to do?I can’t change anything about it,” Cote said. “I support him.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
So, my guess is these conference finals will be called tightly, and the teams that adjust best will be the teams that benefit. If Dallas can get in hard on the forecheck, force the play into the Detroit end and get to the front of the net, the Stars will get plenty of power play opportunities. But, if they sit back and chase Detroit, they will spend the night on the penalty kill. And once they get on the penalty kill, they will be so intimidated by the refs, that they will not be able to hook, hold or cross-check Franzen or Homstrom out from in front of the net.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
According to president Richard Peddie, the club wants “a winner,” someone who is a “long-term builder and short-term fixer,” an executive with “NHL experience and an established track record, a success on and off the ice.”
From that, most people have come to believe the Leafs want a president/GM with one or more Stanley Cup rings gathered through years of senior management experience with one or more teams before ascending, to steal Brian Burke’s words, to “the Vatican” of hockey.
An admirable goal.
What’s interesting, however, is that of the four teams that have made their way to the NHL’s conference championships this spring, none are managed by individuals who initially made their way into their current jobs by first accumulating the type of experience the Leafs are apparently demanding.
from Robert Dvorchak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“These teams have such a history,” said Bill Clement, who played on the Flyers’ title teams and is now a hockey analyst, “but five minutes after they drop the puck, none of it matters. They’ll be writing new history.”
He expects a “gladiator-type” series with Sherwoods instead of swords, one that will have the blood boiling not only among the combatants but the fan bases.
“Players respond to fans’ reactions, and fans are not compelled to show any restraint at all,” he said. “The Flyers are looked on as something like the Antichrist. Everybody loves to hate the Flyers. But you have to be careful. You can end up winning a battle and losing the war.”
Update 11:35am ET: The AP (via the Globe & Mail) previews the series as a “Bad Blood Showdown”
Two and a half minutes of Barry Melrose breaking down the Wings/Stars game from last night.
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