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from the Mining Journal,
His Atlanta Thrashers had made the NHL playoffs for the first time in the team’s brief history, but Don Waddell didn’t celebrate much Sunday night.
“I was in New York and was excited,” the Thrashers’ executive vice president and general manager said in a telephone conversation Thursday morning, “but it had been such a long time coming, I didn’t go out and celebrate. I just thought, ‘we finally made it.’...
“We try to get character guys,” said Waddell, a member of the NHL’s Competition Committee. “You need that to be a successful team and we have an outstanding locker room.
“You have to have patience, though. There were many times I wanted to blow up (our roster) or trade younger guys. But then there’s the danger that you’ll miss the playoffs — or have a short run — and not have any future assets,” he added.
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
I’ve spent plenty of time and newsprint lambasting the league for all the above and more.
But the critical points are these:
• The NHL product is worlds better than it was before the lockout of 2004-05, even if scoring is slightly down this season.
• The playoffs again will be wildly, ridiculously entertaining, as they were last season.
Get the scoop on both teams as they prepare to play Saturday night at 7:00pm EDT.
from David Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Saturday’s Toronto forecast calls for cloudy skies, a high of 1 C, a 70-per-cent chance of flurries – and a 100-per-cent chance of monster TV ratings for CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and RDS’s La Soirée du Hockey.
The Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre to see who goes to the Eastern Conference playoffs and who goes golfing.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),
The Leafs were hopelessly inept offensively last night in losing 5-2 to the New York Islanders. All that saved them was the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, which kept the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference, held by the Canadiens, one point away.
But the Leafs cannot let the Canadiens gain a point in an overtime loss when they meet at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night. The Canadiens hold all the advantages in the tiebreakers if the teams finish the season tied in points.
from the AP via Newsday,
The Islanders trail ninth-place Toronto by one point and eighth-place Montreal by two points. New York has two games remaining, while Montreal and Toronto face each other Saturday night in their finales.
A couple of KK readers discovered tonight that Versus has added “On The Fly” to their schedule.
It is scheduled for 1:00am EDT for every night of the playoffs.
Oh my! Go to the 16:40 mark of this podcast from Prime Time Sports on The Fan590 in Toronto, then refresh your memory with the Larry Murphy talk from APRIL 1st!
That’s Jim Kelley talking about the rumor to Bob McCown of The Fan590.
Thanks to a KK member for the heads-up!
from the State News, Five years ago,
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was playing hockey in Rochester, N.Y., and came across Jason Snyder’s clothing store, Men-tality.
The two became friends after talking, and decided to team up to spread their love of fashion to East Lansing….
But it was always Miller’s dream to come back to East Lansing — the place he grew up.
“This store was something the town could appreciate,” he said. “They needed something local and trendy providing students in Okemos and East Lansing an opportunity to get a taste of what is usually reserved for Chicago.”
“With a couple great colleges in the area, there’s going to be a lot of people wanting to express themselves,” he said.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
Now, in Orange County at least, the old-school approach is in ascendance, in the traditionalist form of Brian Burke, and perhaps finally, this is the ticket. In his two years with the Ducks, his teams have enjoyed great on-ice success, and are about to enter the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
More significant, there are hints that they finally belong….
“It’s a much better hockey market than people think,” Burke maintains. “When I was offered the job here, I didn’t have any doubts about the market. There are a lot of hockey fans here….”
from the AP via Fox Sports,
Sabres mania has hit town, and has started to bubble over as the team prepares to enter the playoffs next week as the Eastern Conference’s top seed with one objective: Winning the Stanley Cup.
Everyone - and that includes Bishop Edward Kmiec - is on board with the blue and gold.
When The Buffalo News unveiled a series of Sabres collectible medallions last month, fans began lining up at stores at 6 a.m. each day for the $2.99 trinket. When coach Lindy Ruff was fined $10,000 by the NHL in February, it took one local pizza parlor a month to raise the money, which will be donated to charity.
Who told us? Not the Detroit media, not the Wings organization, but Chris Chelios. Listen to him at A2Y.
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