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From Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post and Jamie Mottram of AOL Sports, it’s The Blog Show.
The first few minutes are dedicated to what’s happening in hockey. (And the first story relates to my own blog Canucks & Beyond, so that’s cool. Thanks, guys!)
From CP via TSN,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Aaron Boogaard to a three-year entry-level deal, the team announced Monday.
The six-foot-three, 245-pound Boogaard spent the past five seasons in the Western Hockey League, where he collected 54 points (26-28) and 589 penalty minutes in 273 games.
from Taony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,
In an era when Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic defined the centre position, the greatness of Mike Modano has been grossly understated since he joined the Minnesota North Stars as the first overall pick in the 1988 NHL entry draft.
Compared to those guys, Modano played his whole career with a millstone around his neck, held back by club rules like the ones Hitchcock insisted upon: Never crisscross when on a rush. Wingers had to stay in their lanes and go up and down the ice in robotic fashion. And nowadays they can’t even go all the way up the ice unless the conditions are just right.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 23, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) online game-worn All-Star jersey auction came to a close last week and earned $140,397 to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer. The auction, which featured jerseys worn by NHL elite during the first period of the 55thNHL All-Star Game on January 24, 2007, was available for bidding through NHL.com and NHLPA.com.
The first NHL All-Star jersey ever worn by Pittsburgh Penguins center and All-Star rookie Sidney Crosby generated a record total of $47,520. The figure more than doubled the winning bid from the 2005 NHL & NHLPA auction, in which Crosby’s game-worn jersey brought in $21,010 to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Other notable final bids include jerseys from NY Rangers Left Wing Brendan Shanahan ($5,681.61) and New Jersey Devils Goalie Martin Brodeur ($5,020).
from Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,
Any team that wins the Stanley Cup always gets a few lucky breaks along the way; and if the Stars could upset the Canucks, that means the Sharks and Ducks get to beat up on each other in round two, leaving the winner bruised and battered for the Conference Finals. The Sharks and Ducks are widely considered the two best teams in the West, for while they won fewer games than the Wings, they played in a much tougher conference (division).
from the Buffalo News,
“They’re a balanced attack,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday. “It’s come from a lot of different places. They’ve got younger guys that have been in the scoring department, but I think it’s overall balance. They’ve played sound defensively, and their goaltender has been very good.”
The sixth-seeded Rangers are paced by Jagr, who figures to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he hangs up his skates. The 35-year-old won back-to-back Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh during his first two seasons. Mario Lemieux did the bulk of that work, and Jagr wants to return the favor to the youngsters on his team.
“I love the players I am playing with,” Jagr said last week. “When I was young, Mario gave me the Cup. I always wanted to help the younger guys like Mario helped me.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
There was some debate among Canadian analysts that perhaps Playfair, who was fined $25,000 by the league on top of a team fine of $100,000, should have been removed by GM and former coach Darryl Sutter after the Flames were outclassed in Games 1 and 2.
There shouldn’t be much debate now given how the Flames disintegrated into ash in the blink of an eye as Detroit’s 2-1 double-overtime win Sunday eliminated Calgary from the postseason in six games.
more...plus “Code” talk, Sean Hill and GM talk…
from the Calgary Herald,
While Miikka Kiprusoff dragged his Calgary Flames around for six playoff games, a much more subtle, equally impressive show of domination was being exerted by Nicklas Lidstrom.
The Detroit Red Wings captain was matched against Calgary captain Jarome Iginla throughout this Western Conference quarter-final series.
Apart from the fact Lidstrom’s team won four times and Iginla’s side twice, there’s a small mountain of evidence that supports the quality of Lidstrom’s performance.
from the NY Post,
“I’m sure the Senators feel this is their year. Every year I’ve been in this league, they’ve been right there,” John Madden said after the Devils advanced to the second round with their 3-2 Game 6 victory over the Lightning here yesterday.
“Their depth is going to be a big challenge,” Martin Brodeur said after becoming the second-winningest goalie in NHL history with his 93rd victory.
The Devils, however, showed that they’ll present the old tenacity that is their trademark, the spirit of the bulldog that should be their alternate emblem.
fromm the National Post via Canada.com,
Ordinarily, you wouldn’t wear a Vancouver hockey sweater into enemy territory. At Ciociaro Sports Bar and Grill, however, normally hard-wired Canadiens fans are clearly distinguishable from the rest of Montreal.
Hearts are tainted Cerulean blue—the jersey colour of Italy’s national soccer team—and Orca Bay navy, in deference to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
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