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from John Buccigross at ESPN,
The Stanley Cup playoffs leave nothing to the imagination. It is all right there in front of you. This season is no exception. Watching this extreme reality television on a nightly basis reaffirms what we already know: There is nothing like it. You know that feeling you get when you’re next to a new sheet of ice and you can’t tie your skates fast enough? That’s how we feel every night at this time of year as we wait for the games to begin.
There are more games tonight, and these nightly soap operas can change on one game. But here are some initial observations after the first week of the first round.
No. 1 Red Wings vs. No. 8 Flames
We are big Mike Babcock fans and he has his squad ready. Hands down, he would be my Canadian Olympic coach for 2010. His lines? Crosby-Heatley-Briere; Lecavalier-St. Louis-Getzlaf; Thornton-Marleau-Nash; Staal-Staal-Richards. Gold medal. Thanks for coming.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Left winger Alexandre Picard, the Blue Jackets’ No. 1 draft pick in the 2004 NHL draft, will likely miss at least part of the 2007-08 season after suffering a serious knee injury over the weekend.
Picard suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee Friday when he was submarined by a defender while playing for the Blue Jackets’ top minor-league club, the Syracuse Crunch, a Blue Jackets source said.
Typically, the injury requires at least a six-month recovery from the time of surgery.
USA Hockey today named the first 18 players to its U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Moscow, Russia, April 27-May 13.
“We’ve got a good mix of players with World Championship experience and younger players who will likely be a part of our program for years to come,” said Jim Johannson, senior director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “Our National Team Advisory Group has done an outstanding job in selecting players who we feel will excel in international competition.”
Thanks to Liz Mullen and the folks at Sports Business Journal, we have access to the most in-depth article on Bob Goodenow in years.
Take some time out and read it today!
from Liz Mullen at Sports Business Journal (normally a paid sub.),
In retrospect, it’s hard to say when, exactly, Bob Goodenow lost control of his union, but it may have begun in a very innocent way.
In the early days of the 2004-05 hockey lockout Goodenow, the NHL Players’ Association’s executive director, attended all the important bargaining sessions, as did NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. That changed about four months into the work stoppage.
“I think they were both involved in the negotiations for a certain point in time,” said Steve Larmer, a former NHL all-star who was the union employee in charge of player relations during the lockout. “And then Gary wasn’t there, and so [union officials] didn’t want Bob there.”
Gaetan Duchesne, who played over 1,000 NHL games, has died, according to a report on RDS.ca.
Duchesne reportedly suffered cardiac arrest while working out. He was 44 years old.
Duchesne played for five NHL teams in his career: Washington, Quebec, Minnesota, San Jose and Florida. He totalled 179 goals and 254 assists in 1,028 games.
from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,
It’s back to Kari Lehtonen for game three in New York. Bob Hartley announced today after practice that he’s returning to his young goalie, and expects him to play well on Tuesday in New York.
from USA TODAY,
The NHL doesn’t get the TV ratings of the other big five pro sports. But other leagues could learn from the inventive way NBC Sports is using “Inside the Glass” reporters for hockey telecasts.
Rather than the usual sideline reporters interviewing coaches, NBC is putting ex-players-turned-TV analysts into the small space between rival benches. The unique vantage point enables them to brief viewers on who’s up, who’s down, as well as the insults flying between teams in a hard-fought game.
continued.. at the bottom of page and it is Sean Avery, not Steve…
thanks to a KK member for the tip…
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The first decision to be made in Phoenix must be the one regarding Gretzky. Sources say that he never really wanted to coach, but as the team’s most visible asset, his ownership partners leaned on him to become more involved. He wasn’t going to play again, and Barnett was in place as GM, so Gretzky had to coach.
But now that Barnett has gone, perhaps Gretzky should take over as GM.
KK member snafu submitted the following-
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is the country’s public television and radio broadcaster. The CBC is also Canada’s oldest broadcast service. One of the CBC’s crown jewels is Hockey Night in Canada, not only a consistently highly-rated program but the world’s longest running sports-related production. Recently the NHL and CBC announced a new agreement that allows the CBC to continue the HNIC segment (and certain playoff games) through 2014. The NHL will receive $100 million annually from the CBC.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Imagine Snow White and Cinderella are at the big ball, and all of a sudden, you look over and Snow White’s dunking Cinderella’s head in the punch bowl and Cinderella’s poking Snow White in the eye with her tiara.
It’s not a pretty sight and it’s shocking in its departure from the expected.
Which brings us to the Senators and their grunting, grinding 4-2 victory in Game 3 of their opening-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It left Ottawa with a 2-1 series lead and quelled, for a moment, all talk of playoff failures past.
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