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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Just days before Henrik Zetterberg skated with both the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy, I was talking with a scout about Detroit’s uncanny ability to pluck gems like the stylish Swede from the depths of the draft.
“How do their bloodhounds sniff ‘em out better than anyone else?,” I wondered.
“They don’t,” he said. “They’ve just stumbled across a couple while feeling around in the dark. It’s all dumb luck.”
Sour grapes from a rival? Hardly.
continued with some prospects who may drop down in the draft…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to encourage Mats Sundin to decide his playing future before July 1.
In the past 24 hours the Montreal Canadiens were granted persmission by the Maple Leafs to speak to Sundin’s agent about the possibility of the 37-year-old signing in Montreal.
Update 3:45pm ET (alanah): For a blast from the past, below is a video of Sundin when he was selected in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. I don’t think I would’ve even recognized him…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
However, Malkin’s agent, J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, said he’d had no direct offers from any team in Russia and it wouldn’t matter anyway because Malkin is not interested in going home to play.
“He’s been focused, since Day 1, on doing an extension with the Penguins,” said Barry. “We’ve had discussions with them, since the end of the playoffs, on a framework and expect to have something done with the team early in July.”
They also suggested that Malkin doesn’t want to play anywhere other than Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future — and has no plans to return to Russia,...
more on Malkin…
From John Kreiser on Canucks.com,
A look at the best picks in the history of the NHL Entry Draft, by where they were selected in the first round. (Up and coming includes players from 2003-07)
No. 1 – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh, 1984)—If the Penguins had not drafted Lemieux in 1984, the franchise likely would have left Pittsburgh two decades ago. Lemieux was brilliant from the day he arrived, and eventually the Penguins built a supporting cast that helped him lead the franchise to back-to-back Stanley Cups. Had he stayed healthy, it would have been interesting to see whether he could have broken some of Wayne Gretzky’s scoring records. Perhaps the most physically talented player in NHL history.
After the mixed information yesterday, the Thrashers have now confirmed their choice of head coach, John Anderson. From the Globe & Mail:
“John has an impressive record of success as a head coach and we are excited to be adding him to our organization,” said [GM Don] Waddell. “He’s a proven winner whose leadership and experience behind the bench will play a vital role in the resurgence of our hockey club.”
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
For all the hardware Dominik Hasek is taking with him as he exits crease left, the one thing I wish he’d leave behind is his nickname.
In an era where made-up monikers rarely go beyond adding a few letters to a player’s last name, ‘The Dominator’ stood out as a truly original, apt handle.
Hasek could bend, baffle, distract and infuriate at every turn. But it was his ability to utterly dominate a game that defines his career.
It appears as though the NHL buyout season has begun, meaning two underachieving goaltenders will be looking for new homes.
Goaltenders Ray Emery and Dan Cloutier have been put on waivers, the first step that must be taken to buy them out.
from Bob White at Coaster.com,
He was third to hoist the Cup, which first went to captain Niklas Lidstrom, first European to ever captain an NHL championship team, and then to 16-year veteran and first-time Cup winner Dallas Drake, who passed it on to Cleary.
“I wasn’t expecting to get it (the Cup) that soon,” he said. “It showed me how much the guys respect me and how they understood how huge this was for me. I love these guys, each and every one of them are friends. Now, we’ve got a bond for life, one that will never be broken.”
And just what was it like to finally raise the famous and coveted 35-pound piece of silverware?
more with a nice picture with Cleary and Bob Cole…
The Wall Street Journal ranks the greatest athletes:
We gave the performance stats and achievement records of 79 male athletes to a panel of 5 judges, and asked them to rank the competitors based on six criteria: speed; vision and reflex; stamina and recovery; coordination and flexibility; power, strength and size; and success and competitiveness. The final category examined success—records held and victories—as well as competitiveness, based on the sport’s popularity.
Sidney Crosby made the list at #6.
Guest writer Erin Nicks is covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend.
By Erin Nicks
As the top-ranked North American goaltender in this year’s draft, Thomas McCollum has garnered attention for being a potential franchise backstopper. At yesterday’s media luncheon featuring some of the top prospects, the soft-spoken ‘tender shared a few thoughts on the draft and his future.
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