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from the New York Times,
“I don’t know if they’re the cream of the crop right now,” Rangers Coach Tom Renney said of the Sabres. “They’re certainly one of eight teams left, and a good one. I’m not going to suggest I don’t want to give them credit, but we’re where we are because we belong here, too.
“One thing I will say is we are a different team than we were three months ago. Buffalo is what they are. Maybe we’re a little less familiar to them than they are to us. They are a good team. I’m not going to take anything away from them, but I’m not going to pump their tires, either.”
A few weeks ago I pointed out to KK readers the new site design of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Now a little bit more info, via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
While the site design will remain the same from team to team, content will vary and be determined by individual teams. The Canes’ site offers an in-depth section that connects visitors to team weblogs, video and news clips. That will allow each club to retain a local voice and allow each site to reflect the club’s focus, said Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises.
“The way the league explained it is, ‘We’re going to build a house and the clubs are going to have to paint it,’” said Ben Aycock, the Hurricanes’ manager of creative services. “It’s not the extreme extent of complete league control but something between that and being totally on your own like we were up to three weeks ago.”
The Hurricanes’ site provides more evidence that the new team sites will further strengthen the league’s new media efforts. The home page rolled out by Carolina emphasizes large news stories, video content and ticket sales, which are the first option on the site’s navigation bar. Plus, by having one template, it will be easier for teams to share best Web practices.
from The Maven,
* The Islanders’ playoff exit virtually guarantees that Alexei Yashin will be bought out unless a trade is possible and that’s extremely doubtful. There’s no way the Captain and Ted Nolan can co-exist for another year where the coach remains King. The feeling up front is that Yash is too slow for the current NHL and less than super-motivated.
* Tough Question Dep’t.: Where does Mark Messier land in 2007-2008? One possible – though not probable – scenario would have Don Maloney moving into a GM slot giving Mess the possibility of taking over as Rangers assistant GM.
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League today announced the dates and starting times for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Wednesday, April 25 when the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks host either the San Jose Sharks or Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks and Dallas Stars contest the seventh and deciding game of their Conference Quarterfinal series tonight in Vancouver.
From James Mirtle at the Globe & Mail,
Here’s a question worth pondering now that seven (and, soon enough, eight) teams have bowed out of the postseason race: Did the Thrashers, Islanders and Predators seriously err in unloading picks and prospects for the Forsbergs, Tkachuks and Smyths of the world at the trade deadline?
With the benefit of hindsight, the short answer is unequivocally yes.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
As a team, the Flames need to get quicker and hungrier up front; one of the issues in the Detroit series was they simply couldn’t get in on the Red Wings’ defence hard enough or fast enough to turn the puck over. The infusion of youth and speed may address that issue; it also means that many, if not most of, their 30-something forwards (Darren McCarty, Byron Ritchie, Marcus Nilson, Amonte, Friesen and depending upon his wishes, Primeau), may be seeking employment elsewhere next season.
It’s a different story on defence, where the Flames will almost certainly bid to retain one or both of Roman Hamrlik and Brad Stuart, a pair of minute-munching rearguards, for whom there are no replacements waiting in the wings.
more… *including thoughts on Jim Playfair’s coaching future with the Flames
From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca,
The Flames disgraced themselves and the game they profess to love. They didn’t play hard, they played dirty ... and stupid. If it weren’t for their magnificent talent in goal, Game 6 would never have existed. Kiprusoff also extended their good fortune into overtime Sunday when he kept the Red Wings off the board after Craig Conroy received a double minor for striking Tomas Holmstrom in the face with his stick.
continued… *more on Calgary, and the NHL’s response
Update 4:49pm ET:
John sent this photo, seen below. Thought it might be an amusing addition (for some of you) to add to this post.
Regular visitors will recall that last week, Paul Kukla was unavailable for two days because of a family medical emergency. Unfortunately that situation remains difficult right now, and he again won’t be available, for the rest of today at least.
Alas, you’re stuck with me again. Any questions or concerns you may have today can be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your patience.
From Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post and Jamie Mottram of AOL Sports, it’s The Blog Show.
The first few minutes are dedicated to what’s happening in hockey. (And the first story relates to my own blog Canucks & Beyond, so that’s cool. Thanks, guys!)
From CP via TSN,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Aaron Boogaard to a three-year entry-level deal, the team announced Monday.
The six-foot-three, 245-pound Boogaard spent the past five seasons in the Western Hockey League, where he collected 54 points (26-28) and 589 penalty minutes in 273 games.
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