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from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
If (so tempting just to say “when”) the Senators are eliminated in the next few days, the window will not completely close on their chances win a Stanley Cup in the next three years. Find a goalie, make a major shake-up trade or two, find a steal in the draft (any more Milan Lucic’s out there?) and this team could challenge again.
But the Senators need a fresh set of eyes in the front office to make that happen. A season this apocalyptic mandates major change.
Bryan Murray knew that when he fired John Paddock. He realized something drastic had to be done.
With one more loss, something even more drastic will have to be done. And Murray probably knows that, too.
from the National Post,
A shirtless man in a red cape and metal helmet made one of his final, grating appearances on the big screens above centre ice midway through the third period on Monday night. He was dressed to look like the face of the Ottawa Senators, and he exhorted the crowd to make noise: “Sens Army, our backs are against the wall - we must defend, defend, defend.”
But the man, like the team, failed.
Update 10:25pm ET: More on the game, the “half-naked gladiator” in the pre-game, and Daniel Alfredsson’s return in Tuesday’s Globe & Mail.
Watch the video of the pre-game…
from the CP via Sportsnet,
Some quotes from around the NHL on Rangers forward Sean Avery’s unorthodox screening attempt on Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during Sunday’s NHL playoff game:
“I’ve known this kid since he was about 16 years old. Once a jerk, always a jerk. You can’t blame the referee, because ... he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Could you believe what you were seeing? I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve been in every league that’s ever existed.”—CBC commentator Don Cherry on The Fan 590, a Toronto all-sports radio station.
from the Palm Beach Post,
As another day ticked by Monday without a decision from Jacques Martin about his future, some NHL sources believe Martin is buying time while investigating the possibility of finding a coaching job somewhere outside Florida.
Majority Owner Alan Cohen gave Martin the nebulous deadline of sometime this week to accept his offer to stay with the Panthers as general manager, but Justin Copertino, the team’s communications manager, said there was no firm deadline.
“It’s not even 10 days since the last game of the season,” Copertino said. “I think Alan is willing to give Jacques however much time he needs.”
from Jamie Baker at the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Dear Hockey God,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
This years playoff adversity is deja-vu all over again, except this time you didn’t wait until the second round. Sheesh, it only took 3 games for the “big test of adversity” to take place for our beloved Sharkies.
This version of the Sharks has stated since day 1 of the season they will be judged by how they do in the playoffs. This version of the Sharks has said they are different from the teams who lost in the second round in the last two playoffs. This version of the Sharks get virtually the same test as the previous two playoff teams. I mean, you can’t be anymore fair than that!
from Jason Reitman’s blog at NHL.com,
Current Jews still in the playoffs include Mathieu Schneider (Red Wings) and Jeff Helpern (Capitals). Synagogues across the world are praying for Detroit and Washington to meet in the ultimate Jew-on-Jew Cup Finals.
more and Jason, you need to study your rosters again!
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Checking-line right wing Rob Niedermayer was noticeably absent when the Ducks took the ice for practice Monday at a suburban Dallas rink.
Niedermayer was not even in Texas, though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Niedermayer would “most likely” take an evening flight from Orange County to Dallas. Niedermayer’s availability for Tuesday night’s third game of an opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center is uncertain because of what the team called only an upper-body injury….
Right wing Corey Perry, meanwhile, could be a long-shot possibility to play Tuesday after having gone through his most demanding practice since suffering a partially severed right-quadriceps tendon March 6.
“There’s a chance. There’s always a chance,” Perry said.
a little more on the Ducks…
from Fortune via CNN Money,
Going to 60 hockey games a year might sound like fun, but for Gary Bettman it’s just another day at the office. In 15 years as NHL chief, he has more than quadrupled revenues to $2.6 billion, added four teams and, more recently, signed a network TV deal with NBC and led the league to record attendance levels even after the 2004-05 lockout season.
But meeting with team owners, business partners and season ticket holders keeps Bettman, 55, on the road shaking hands, doing deals and catching scores on his cellphone. Fortune caught up with him in his New York office to see how he pulls it off when not on home ice.
1. Days on the road: Roughly 100.
from Dan Rusanowsky at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Okay, folks, the test has started, and it isn’t an open book test. It’s a Stanley Cup playoff test, it’s happening in the very first round, and it may be the best thing for a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup.
So, you thought that the Sharks would waltz to a four-game sweep or a relatively easy five-game knockoff, as was the case with the Nashville Predators in the past two years? Sorry, folks, that isn’t going to happen this time. The first supreme test for the Sharks this year is happening, right here and now, in the presence of the hard-working, hard-hitting Flames.
from Ryan Pyette at Best of Seven,
As the first-round NHL series reach their mid-point, let’s rank which ones are holding our attention and which ones are so boring, there’s no sense even turning on the TV.
Here’s the ranking system: Extremely intriguing (four stars); Has potential (three stars); Not living up to the hype (two stars) and finally, Yawn . . . What else is on? (one star).
Rangers-Devils: Extremely intriguing.
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