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Waddell & Hartley Returning

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The expectations of ownership were met. That’s why Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and coach Bob Hartley will be back next season.
“They are the coach and GM today,” Levenson said by phone on Thursday afternoon. “Don and Bob took us to within one games of the playoffs our first season and the second season they made the playoffs. That’s in line with the expectations that we’ve expressed to them. I’d expect them to continue to improve on that.”

continued (reg. may be req.)

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KK Interview with CBC’s Jim Hughson

Jim Hughson has been doing play-by-play duty for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in these playoffs, to great acclaim by hockey fans everywhere.  He’s currently covering the Anaheim Ducks / Vancouver Canucks series and was good enough to speak to Paul and myself immediately after the pre-game skate today, from sunny Anaheim.

You can download the audio file here, or play it on the video player below. 


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DiPietro Has Hip Surgery

from Newsday,

Even before he suffered two concussions in a 12-day span during March, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was playing hurt for the final two months or so of the regular season. Earlier this week, DiPietro underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear of his left hip.
For the next two weeks, DiPietro will be on crutches, and he is required to rest for the next four to six weeks.

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Another Vote To Shorten OT

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

There are more reasons to change the NHL’s playoff overtime format than there are reasons to leave it alone.
The negatives of teams playing two, three or even more extra periods outweigh the positives. More people are complaining about multiple overtime games than are embracing them.
For the fan the journey between when overtime begins and a goal is scored is often less than pleasurable as the quality of play becomes very defensive and very conservative significantly diminishing the entertainment value of the game.

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Maltby And Draper Play On

fro the Detroit Free Press,

Maltby, whom the Wings have signed to a three-year extension worth $2.65 million, joined the Wings on March 20, 1996, almost three years after Draper was acquired during the summer of 1993….
“Both of us enjoy playing with one another,” Draper said. “There’s a real trust factor, especially playing in these big games in these situations.”

more

thanks to a KK member for the heads up!

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The First Week In Russia

from the CP via the Sporting News,

The NHL players are used to feasting like kings, but the buffet at the team’s hotel during its first week in Moscow offered up a menu more fit for a peasant.
Nick Schultz (Minnesota Wild) saw more than his share of “mystery meat.” Dan Hamhuis (Nashville Predators) wondered if the pasta was meant to be served without sauce.

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Taking Calls

Terry Frei at ESPN takes your calls…

Me: “Hockey Talk,” you’re on the air.
Caller: Hello? [Horns honking in background.]
Me: Go ahead, caller. You’re on the air.
Caller: I went to bed last night thinking the Wings were dead, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they pulled it out. Don’t you think the Sharks have let them off the hook and now the Wings are gonna … [In background: “HANG UP AND DRIVE, %$#*&$!”]

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Looking For Consistency

from Tony Gallagher of the Province via the Times Colonist,

Nobody is suggesting the NHL go back to the way the game was played in the old days when a skilled team couldn’t succeed because of the mugging. Everyone agrees on that. But there needs to be a happy medium found with the hope of at least finding some standardization of what will be called.
“The difference between referee pairings is what gets you,” says Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. “Some guys call everything to the letter, other guys will let them play a little bit. The little touches are often called as restraint and we as hockey people know they have no effect on the game, no effect on your ability to keep skating. But I don’t want to go back to the way the game used to be played either, because I’m telling you, the speed on the bench is greater than it’s ever been.”

read on

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Full House Expected At Devils New Arena

from the Bergen Record,

Empty seats will be scarce—perhaps non-existent—when the New Jersey Devils debut at the Prudential Center in Newark this fall, Devils principal owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek said Wednesday.
“Based on the response that I’ve been seeing, there’s a decent chance that we sell out every game,” said Vanderbeek, whose team is battling the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “Even my optimistic self has been overwhelmed by the demand for the premium seats.”

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The Sharks Side

Just in case you have not visited Sharkspage, you should make it a daily stop during the Wings/Sharks series.
PJ does a great job and always has some great photos that cannot be viewed anywhere else.

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