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from Phil Esposito at the National Post,
It’s hard to believe that both of last year’s finalists, the Edmonton Oilers and the Champion Carolina Hurricanes, both were outside looking in once the playoffs began. So it got me thinking about the final four teams this year, and if it’s possible that any of these squads could miss the post-season next year. Pretty difficult to figure out because I can guarantee you that nobody thought that Edmonton and Carolina were in trouble either. But a combination of injuries, free agents, goaltending and just plain bad luck can all contribute. Before you know it, the slope is slippery and down you go. Now, to this year’s crop.
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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The Buffalo Sabres finished No. 1 overall during the regular season with inoa franchise-high 113 points. The Detroit Red Wings matched them. Anaheim, with 110 points, led the Pacific Division. Ottawa, after a terrible first half, finished with 105 points, only two behind New Jersey.
Get the picture? No surprises. In a league that almost always delivers upsets during the playoffs, it’s only right that the NHL’s Big Four have made it to the finals in the East and West.
Now the fun really begins.
More from the World Championships from the Washington Caps Crew.
from Mike Waldner of the Daily Breeze,
All that separated the Ducks from possession of the Stanley Cup was a loss in the seventh game of the Finals.
Mike Babcock was the relatively young 40-year-old rookie NHL coach who molded the Ducks into a formidable team. He was bright, passionate, committed and, so it seemed, settling in for a long run in Anaheim.
You know, you never know.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Obviously, a one-year offer meant there were some doubts about whether Babcock could be the coach Burke wanted him to be, and Babcock wanted more than that.
“He said, ‘One year is not a lot of security,’” Burke recalled. “So he asked for permission to look around. ... He asked for a window (to negotiate with other teams) and he later asked for an extension to that (negotiating window).”
And a few days later, Babcock accepted a multiyear offer to coach the Red Wings.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
And all we wanted was the Detroit Red Wings to (a) embrace their spineless-ly Poker-ish ways and fold early and (b) realize that two of their key cogs in the bid for a championship were, at one time, deck hands on The Ark. Now you have the Red Wings getting unexpectedly vital contributions from players with names ending in “son”, “ov”, “berg” and “Datsyuk” and they really have this belief that a route to the Cup doesn’t necessarily require taking the Yzerman Parkway.
more on all of the teams in the CF…
from Bob Duff of the Wndsor Star,
“Our second night in Kandahar, they took us over to see the spy planes,” Probert said. “We were in the one of the rooms getting briefed on the spy planes and all of a sudden the sirens start going off.”
“They came in an escorted us right to the bomb shelter. The bunker, they called it.”
While there, Probert looked around at his fellow retired NHLers and spied Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Lou Franceschetti, Dave Hutchison, Dave (Tiger) Williams and Kevin Maguire, all of them former Toronto Maple Leafs and decided to add a little levity to a tense situation.
“I said, ‘Apparently, they found out the Maple Leafs were here,’” Probert said. “That didn’t go over too well.”
from The Maven,
Lamoriello’s current assistant coach John MacLean has just thrown his hat into the ring.
Matter of fact, Johnny Mac – one of the all-time New Jersey hockey heroes – just told me so.
My question was simple: “John, how interested are you in the head coaching job?”
To which Mac shot back: “I’m definitely interested.”...
Pat Burns would love to return behind the bench now that he’s feeling healthy again. Other possibilities include Scott Stevens, Mike Sullivan and – if he’s released by San Jose – Ron Wilson.
TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - After being shut out for more than a quarter century, Peter Puck is locked, loaded and ready to score. Created by hockey historian and past CBC Hockey Night in Canada commentator Brian McFarlane, Peter Puck is bouncing out of retirement to the applause of hockey enthusiasts around the world. The chirpy, cartoon rubber biscuit emerged in 1973 and quickly became recognized as the most popular intermission personality ever featured on televised NHL games.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Sabres coach was quick and sharp when asked about comments made by Ray Emery, who said in Tuesday’s Sun that he’s not thrilled about having to spend off-days in Buffalo and joked on TSN’s Off The Record that he might pass his spare time this week hanging out at TGI Friday’s.
“He’ll find things to do,” Ruff said with a chuckle after the Sabres practiced yesterday.
“Rent a Hummer truck ... go for a ride, go for a drive, drive around a little bit.”
more on the Sens/Sabres…
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