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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Other than Lou Lamoriello, there isn’t another coach in the NHL who wants the Devils to succeed in the playoffs.
Lamoriello’s decision to fire coach Claude Julien with three games left in the regular season hasn’t sat well in the NHL coaching fraternity, many of whom would love nothing more than to see New Jersey fall flat.
from the Toronto Star,
The inventor of a wireless timing system believes a game-time controversy on the weekend may move the National Hockey League toward adopting his technology next season.
Mike Costabile says his Precision Time System, used for seven seasons in the National Basketball Association, could have prevented confusion in Saturday’s New Jersey-Ottawa game over a Devils goal late in the first period.
“The key is that the officials on the ice control the clock with this system,” said Costabile. “Right now in hockey, the timekeeper has to look through a stack of legs and sticks to see the puck.”
fromm Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,
As a result, the Sharks regained hold of a series they looked as though they had lost, and chilled the members of the crowd who booed them as they left the ice after the first period.
“I don’t think they know how hard this is,” head coach Ron Wilson said afterward. “They’re the best team in the Western Conference for a reason. I mean, there’s no room out there for anyone.”
Well, almost anyone. There was room for Joe Thornton, just to name three or four of the best five or six Sharks.
from The Maven,
• The NHL Players’ Association Civil War within itself is no closer to solution then it was when Ted Saskin came under fire. One insider tells us that the there’s “chaos in terms of their direction.” The Union hasn’t reached first base in it’s quest to find a replacement for Saskin – assuming that he does go – than two months ago when the NHLPA mud hit the fan.
• No matter how the NHL, Colin Campbell nor Steve Walkom want to shake it, the officiating system is not working the way it should, particularly in the playoffs. One of the major problems is that legitimate hitting too often is penalized.
from John Buccigross at ESPN,
Maybe that’s the answer to save “Entourage.” Move the show to Queens. Have the boys get their keesters kicked by the old neighborhood, and have Avery and Brendan Shanahan make a guest appearance. Have the cast discover what they’ve become: an uninspiring, banal organism with no “feeling.”
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Stanley Cup playoffs are the most exciting reality show on television. Its entourage of characters is what people will be talking about 20 years from now, not someone named “Turtle.”
Watch the games. Feel the games. Feel life. Pass the beer nuts.
read on and a look at the teams still in the playoffs…
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
So here’s a topic for a lovely spring day:
Might Buffalo’s Darcy Regier be open to jumping ship if the right ship comes in?
Regier is said to be on the last year of his contract in Buffalo. The buzz is he’s already come to terms on a new deal and that it will all be announced after the Sabres complete their playoff run.
That may be and if the Sabres go all the way to the finals (as many think they might), Regier would likely be closed out of the market anyway just because other teams can’t afford to wait. But what if he is available?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Once upon a time, they were seen as the future of the Chicago Blackhawks and they even had a snappy nickname to go with the part. They were the ABC line — Tyler Arnason, Mark Bell and Kyle Calder — and they were thought to be the franchise’s best hope for a turnaround; three young players, with impressive credentials, who could eventually restore the Blackhawks to their glory days….
For Monday’s third game of the Red Wings-Sharks series, Bell was back in the press box, replaced in the San Jose line-up by rookie Joe Pavelski; and Babcock had Calder on a short leash.
When Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly took the ice for the start of the NHL playoffs in April after being sidelined for 11 months with post-concussion syndrome, his return in large part was due to a new treatment program developed by University at Buffalo researchers.
For unknown reasons, 5 to 10 percent of people who experience a concussion have symptoms that persist beyond six weeks. These people are diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Previously, there has been no treatment for the condition with proven success.
“The new program is in the experimental stages, but I think it’s going to change the way (post-concussion syndrome) is handled,” Connolly said.
Detroit area doctors cleared Holmstrom today. He is flying out to San Jose to join the team.
Looks like if all goes well, Homer will be in the lineup for game 4.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With the four series all heating up over the weekend, the number of young players contributing in prominent roles for their respective teams caught my attention. Some of them are guys we’ve heard about and who had high expectations associated with them, while others just sort of appeared.
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