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from the CP via TSN,
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock knows his team can play much better, which is why he wasn’t overly worried about the loss the day after.
“I’m not jumping off any bridge,- Babcock said. “I think we’ve got a real good team here with a good opportunity.
“We’ve only lost one game.-
The Wings feel they have something to atone for.
“The boys were fired up and excited,- Cleary said. “That was a good practice.-
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The big issue in Nashville is not Trotz’s job security, but who will be on his roster next season when he returns. Even if the Predators keep the same budget, re-signing free agents will be difficult, and if the Predators lower their budget, it could be impossible.
Hartnell turned down a three-year, $6.2 million offer before the season and there will be teams that might overpay to land a younger forward with some bite.
If you are Timonen and you look at the economic landscape for defensemen, you are going to believe that you should get $4.5 million-plus a season, particularly when teammate Marek Zidlicky is getting $3.5 million.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“The one thing about Joe is, he makes the players around him that much better,” said Draper. “He has such good vision. He can make those passes, where it doesn’t look as if there’s a lane, but he finds a lane. Even down low, he’s so big and strong and he has that big wingspan he uses to his advantage.
“The best thing to do against a guy like Thornton is to try and make him play in his own end. You want to get some good cycle shifts and some good grind time in the offensive zone. That keeps him 200 feet away from doing something dangerous.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Ray Emery of the Ottawa Senators has always looked up to Brodeur. As he is to so many young goalies seeking a place among the class of the NHL elite, Brodeur is a role model for Emery.
Brodeur, meanwhile, keeps his eye on the good ones coming up behind him.
Yesterday, on the morning of Game 1, Brodeur was talking, en francais, about the Senators and their 25-year-old netminder.
“It looks like they’ve finally found a goalie,” Brodeur said, “who gives them a chance to win every night.”
Last month’s KK Challenge to write the best argument about why your team deserves to win the Stanley Cup, produced hundreds of great entries. Fans were clearly well-motivated by the prospect of a new NHL team jersey of their choice!
Contest entries were all judged by the crack writers at NHL.com, and we’d like to give them a big ‘thank you’ for helping out.
The surprise of the contest was that there was a tie, so TWO winners will be picking up new jerseys! One fan for the Vancouver Canucks and one fan for the Buffalo Sabres. Both will be contacted by email this week to make arrangements to get them the jersey of their choice.
Now, please read their contributions. And our thanks to everyone who shared their team spirit.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It’s a well-deserved reputation with as rich a hockey tradition as any Canadian city. It’s the place where Gordie Howe became an icon. They’ve won 10 Stanley Cups here, trailing only Toronto and Montreal in that regard.
But something is changing, and it’s a troubling development for one of the NHL’s oldest franchises: the Red Wings can’t sell out the Joe Louis Arena for playoff hockey.
Amid ongoing speculation of a coaching change, Dallas Stars general manager Doug Armstrong emerged from a meeting with team owner Tom Hicks on Friday and immediately informed the Stars coaching staff that Dave Tippett will not be relieved of his duties.
Assistant coaches Mark Lamb and Rick Wilson will also be kept on in an effort to build on what Dallas management believes was a strong season.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
A better Avery
Sean Avery did not play a Sean Avery game.
He looked more like Ryan Hollweg than anything else. He skated hard and was aggressive, while throwing some decent hits, but he didn’t come close to crawling under anyone’s skin, like only he can do.
Although the Rangers had 34 shots on net, a lot of those shots were long shots, or taken from bad angles, with no one crashing the net for rebounds. Traffic in front is a must.
from the NY Post NHL Blog,
I’ve said before that Hasek is the weakest link for the Red Wings, and I’ll say it again. When Mikkaa Kiprusoff can face more than 250 shots, Hasek faces about 125, and the series still goes six games (and easily could have gone seven had Johan Franzen not been the 2OT hero) ... then Detroit isn’t getting the kind of stellar netminding it needs….
Keep in mind that this is a fan blog, and that my statements on here are in no way meant to reflect “objective journalism” ... I simply don’t like Hasek because of his attitude, whether towards his teammates or opposing players.
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
The question: Does the NHL need the Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals?
Another playoff season brings this question to the forefront and whaps it in the faces of hockey fans. It causes guys like MSNBC contributor Mike Celizic to stroke the keys in rhapsodic tones in favor of New York’s men of old Broadway playing for the grandest, hardest-to-obtain prize in North American pro sport.
And the question is pure, unadulterated bull. The answer is simple: No.
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