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Close To A Dynasty

from Spector at Fox Sports,

In this era of free agency and the salary cap, dynasties — teams that win three or more consecutive Stanley Cup championships — are a thing of the past.

That being said, the Detroit Red Wings are the closest thing the NHL has to a dynasty.

Since 1994-95, the Red Wings have been to the Stanley Cup Final five times, winning four of them. They’ve also won the President’s trophy as the top regular-season team six times and the Clarence Campbell Bowl as the Western Conference champions five times.

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Whoops!

From TSN:

Alexander Ovechkin is the winner of the 2008 Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player to his team.

That is, according to the NHL’s online shop for a few hours on Friday.

The league’s official website briefly displayed a blue Reebok Washington Capitals T-Shirt of the Russian superstar, with the title ‘2007-08 Hart Trophy winner’ splashed across the bottom.

“The Hart Memorial Trophy, originally known as the Hart Trophy, the “oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey,” is awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the National Hockey League,” the sales page read.

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Update June 7th: From the CP via the Toronto Star,

A league source attributed the gaffe to a mistake by a third-party distributor, while pointing out shirts are created for every possible scenario. Should Ovechkin not win, the T-shirts would be destroyed.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, hart+trophy

Afternoon Line

This is a great atmosphere here in Detroit, much better than a parking lot.

-Brian Rafalski during the Stanley Cup Parade today.

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  Tags: brian+rafalski

Playoff Challenge Winner!

Before the playoffs started, KK announced a contest asking for members to guess the number of goals to be scored in this year’s playoffs, with a tie-breaker to be determined by shutouts.  It turned out, we needed the tie breaker. 

imageResults:  The total number of goals scored was 456 and there were 13 shutouts. [Information verified using statistics provided by NHL.com, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.]  There was a tie for the closest guess: 455 and 457. However the winner (457) also nailed the shutouts exactly at 13. 

Which means a big congratulations to Laura123!  Laura will be winning a Rbk EDGE Authentic Jersey representing the NHL team of her choice.

There’s also a second prize of a 1-year electronic subscription to The Hockey News. Chosen by random draw, the winner is Solo16.

Both winners will be contacted within 48 hours. Thanks to everyone for playing..
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*Our thanks to Dave82, who did a great job keeping track of the narrowing list of candidates in contention for the jersey throughout the playoffs

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  Tags: kk+challenge

The Stanley Cup Parade Viewed From the Sofa

Shawn Windsor at the Detroit Free Press:

It is 84 degrees outside at the moment. And muggy.

In my living room, it is a tidy 66. I acknowledge this off the top, to admit that in no way am I pretending to bring you the actual experience from Woodward today, standing in the sun, watching the Wings and the floats sail past, soaking up the parade to celebrate Detroit’s 11th Stanley Cup.

However, I’ve covered a few parades in my day. And I’ve covered a few championships. I was at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh until early in the morning Thursday covering the celebration. But enough about all that.

Today, I am blogging about the parade while watching it on television.

read on

Also, commentary and a few photos from A2Y readers can be found here

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NHL’s Summer Agenda

From TSN:

With the NHL’s 2007-08 campaign in the books, the drama now shifts from the ice to the front office as the league’s 30 teams begin their mad scramble to prepare for next season.

As of Friday, half a dozen teams are still in need of a new head coach, with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators conducting searches. And the list of ‘free agent’ bench bosses is impressive to say the least.

Names being circulated over the last month include…

read on for an overview of the coach quest, and other matters on the NHL summer agenda

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  Tags: coaching, free+agents, nhl+entry+draft

A Dream Season For Drake

from Dennis Chase of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, “

It was a dream come true season,” the Traverse City area resident said. “You dream about having the chance of carrying the Stanley Cup around the ice, over your head. My dream was no different than a lot of other kids.”

Drake said the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup was a major reason he signed with the Wings, even though it meant time away from his family, who remained in Traverse City during the season.

more on Drake…

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  Tags: dallas+drake

Jagr Waiting on the NYR

From John Dellapina at the NY

Post

Daily News,

“Do I have an offer from Russia? Probably,” Jagr said, refusing to discuss details of what Bardin promised him when he flew to New York to meet with him and with Sather on March 30.

But when asked whether it was now a case of seeing whether the Rangers would match the offer or come close, Jagr replied: “No, it’s not that at all. I just want to know if I feel any interest from New York. That’s what I want to know first.

“I told (the Omsk representatives) I didn’t want to talk to anybody before I talked to the Rangers. They know that.”

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Redden In Demand

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

An NHL source said yesterday that Panthers GM Jacques Martin—a former coach of Redden with the Senators—is going to take a hard run at signing the veteran defenceman off the open market.

The Panthers’ top priority in the off-season is signing a puck-moving defenceman and Redden, who struggled last year as the Senators’ highest-paid player, fits the bill.

The Panthers won’t be alone in their pursuit of Redden, who will likely have to take a cut anyway to sign with another NHL club, although only to the $5-million range. It’s believed the Blackhawks, Canucks, Predators, Flyers and, possibly the Maple Leafs have an interest in Redden.

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  Tags: wade+redden

Trouble Brewing with Therrien

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

...there is a brewing problem between coach Michel Therrien and some of his players—a number of them despise playing for him.

No one will choose the Stanley Cup final as a forum to call out their coach but there are far too many whispers out there that too many players can’t stand working for—or with—Therrien.

If that isn’t an issue to be dealt with immediately, it is certainly something that will grow with time. Brooks Orpik, the free agent defenceman who will be coveted by many teams after July 1, has told people he will not re-sign in Pittsburgh if Therrien is the coach. Jordan Staal, the terrific young player who lives in the shadow of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin—but is poised to bust out as one of the most complete centres in hockey—is another Therrien complainer.

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  Tags: brooks+orpik, jordan+staal, michel+therrien

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