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from the Arizona Republic:
Coach Wayne Gretzky said Tuesday that he hopes associate coach Barry Smith does not pursue becoming the head coach of a Russian Elite League team and stays with the Coyotes beyond this season.
Smith confirmed recent Russian reports that stated a struggling St. Petersburg-based club made initial contact with him about possibly becoming its next head coach, but Smith said he isn’t negotiating with the team.
“I’m not trying to leave here by any means whatsoever,” Smith said. “They just made contact, which is nice.”
“I’ve talked to Barry at length and explained to him his importance to me and the organization,” Gretzky said. “I think it’s something he’s going to think about at the end of the year, but right now he’s definitely leaning towards coming back.”
There’s a beauty quote of Barry discussing his acerbic style in the story…
from the City Pages,
They talk about the Boogeyman as if he were another species. At six-foot, seven-inches tall—add three inches in skates—the Wild left winger stands a head above most NHL players (one writer describes him as “yeti-like”). Weighing 250 pounds, he has a gorilla’s arms and hands the size of concrete blocks. They’re always thrown with bad intentions.
But when Derek “the Boogeyman” Boogaard arrives to meet the press, he almost looks like a model out of GQ. Wire-rim spectacles perch upon an improbably straight nose. His chiseled chin rests on battle-scarred knuckles.
from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,
As we prepare psychologically for the Red Wings to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s time to ponder one of Hockeytown’s most important and perplexing questions: Why is Jimmy Devellano not in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Devellano’s title these days with the Wings is senior vice-president/alternate governor. He is in his 25th year with the club, and even his biggest critics must agree that Devellano played a major role — and perhaps even a crucial role — in building the franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the past decade.
The National Hockey League’s theme for this year’s Stanley Cup playoff is “Do or Die.” To promote this theme and the event’s upcoming Conference Quarterfinals, the NHL has created a promo piece featuring some of the league’s greatest players.
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from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,
The pressure is on everyone.
The pressure is on Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. He’s never played a playoff round and the expectations are high. It’s on Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. He’s slipped a little lately but nobody is counting out the undisputed King of the Crease. It’s on Detroit’s Dominik Hasek, Toronto’s Andrew Raycroft, Carolina’s Cam Ward-who won the Conn Smythe Trophy a year ago and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller.
There’s tons of pressure on Mike Dunham of the New York Islanders, with No. 1 starter Rick DiPietro on the sidelines with post-concussion syndrome.
Steve Lepore at SportsFan Magazine,
Super-zoomed in cameras are not the answer to the NHL’s television problem. Just because we’re getting closer to the ice with the angle does not give you a better view of the game, it worsens it. Watching New Jersey-Florida from Sunrise on Saturday, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Grinding along the boards was a mystery, a few goals were out of sight.
Also some very flattering words about Kuklas Korner,
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from the Mankato Free Press,
Professional teams quickly begin signing draft picks and free agents, grabbing some extra help for the playoffs and bolstering their minor-league stables with fresh meat.
They don’t discriminate, either. They don’t care if the players are seniors who have just completed their college eligibility, like Minnesota State’s Travis Morin, or if they’re underclassmen who have been in a team’s future plans, like Morin’s teammate Steve Wagner.
In the case of the underclassmen, the NHL comes along dangling max contracts and $85,000 signing bonuses to lure the youngsters away from school.
from the CBC,
Tuesday’s slate of games could go a long way toward bringing the playoff picture into focus as all seven teams are in action in critical contests.
To give you an idea of how tight things are in the conference, 11 points separate the New York Rangers (sixth in the East with 87 points) and the Florida Panthers (12th, 76 points).
The New York Islanders’ playoff hopes have suffered a significant blow.
Netminder Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely, suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Sources tell TSN DiPietro is not feeling well and did not pass a neuro-psychological exam and will be out of the lineup until he feels better and can pass the test.
added 4:40pm, from On The Islanders Beat,
If the headache that knocked Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro out of tonight’s game against the Devils is gone in time, he will start Friday night in Buffalo.
Contrary to an earlier report by The Sports Network in Canada, DiPietro has not been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and was not ruled out of tonight’s game because he failed to pass the neuro-psychological exam that was administered. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, DiPietro’s status is based simply on the fact that he reported experiencing a headache following the Islanders’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers Sunday at Nassau Coliseum.
NBC Sports and the National Hockey League today announced an extension of their revenue sharing partnership through the 2007-08 season highlighted by a new, innovative “Game of the Week” flexible scheduling component. The deal includes an NBC option for 2008-09. The joint announcement was made today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
“Flexible scheduling will always allow us to have the best possible games,” said Ebersol. “Nothing could be better for hockey fans, who now will be able to see the best teams and marquee players on national broadcast television each week.”
added 11:24am, NBC release...
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