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The NHL In 43 Years

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

What should the NHL look like in the middle of this century, when today’s issues — obstruction, goal-scoring, officiating, U.S. television exposure — are hopefully finally put to bed.
By then, a 32-team entity, with eight teams in Canada, eight in Europe and 16 in the United States would make the most sense. Travel, of course, would be the biggest single issue in a global game.
Maybe the NHL could purchase half-a-dozen of whatever the 2050 equivalent of the Concorde is and use them as a means of getting teams from one end of the continent to the other and then overseas, as necessary — thereby pooling all travel costs within the industry and not necessarily penalizing Vancouver and Dallas for being geographically so remote from the rest of the league.

more... and some Drury talk…

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Western Coaches Talk

Mike Babcock and Randy Carlyle met with the media today…

Q. Tell me what Dan Cleary has meant to your team in these playoffs?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: He’s a great person, a good, good player. He’s worked hard enough over the last while in his career to get his game back. He’s a physical guy for us. He played on our puck-control unit there with Draper and Maltby. He’s good on the power play, real good on the penalty kill. He plays hard.
He was a child phenom. It got away from him. Through maturity and work ethic, he turned out to be the real good player in the league that he is.

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KK Interview with CBC’s Kelly Hrudey

Paul Kukla and I had a chance to speak briefly with Kelly Hrudey of Hockey Night in Canada. From his CBC television bio:

Hrudey became a full-time hockey analyst during the 1998/99 NHL season, after providing stellar commentary during the previous four playoff seasons alongside Ron MacLean. And during the 1999 NHL playoffs, Hrudey’s segment Behind the Mask became a regular feature on Hockey Night in Canada.
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During his 15-year NHL career with the Islanders (six years), Kings (seven years) and Sharks (two years), the former Medicine Hat Tiger compiled a record of 271-265-88, with a goals against average of 3.43, with 16 shutouts.

The conversation can be downloaded here, or listened to on the player below.  Our sincere appreciation to Mr. Hrudey for taking the time to chat with us about the Conference Finals now underway.

 

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Beware Of Youth

from the CP via Canada.com,

Getzlaf, who grew up in Regina, turned 22 on Thursday and went out for dinner with a group of other Ducks.
Perry is from Peterborough, Ont., and turns 22 next Wednesday.
Both were major junior stars — Getzlaf with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and Perry with the OHL’s London Knights.
They skate on the Ducks’ No. 2 attacking unit with Justin Penner, 24, who was cut from his hometown Winkler, Man., midget and junior teams. He went off to play college hockey for the Maine Black Bears to get noticed, and everybody notices him now.

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KK Interview with LA Times’ Columnist Helene Elliott

I had a chance today to speak with L.A. Times sports columnist, Helene Elliott.  Ms. Elliott is veteran hockey writer who also happens to be the first female journalist to be honored with a plaque in the Hall of Fame of any major professional sport.  From Legends of Hockey:

“Helene Elliott is a pioneer among female sports journalists,” said Kevin Allen, president, Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. “But she has truly been a role model for sportswriters of both genders. Her ethics are unquestionable. Her reporting is beyond reproach. Her prose is lively. Her professionalism is of the highest order. There is no one in this business any more respected than Helene.”

Our conversation can be downloaded here, or listened to on the player below.  My sincere thanks to Ms. Elliott for taking the time to speak to me on a busy game day.

 

 

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Wishing For Surprises

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Here’s hoping the next two rounds provide a little more drama than the first two.
Top 12 Late Playoff Surprises I’m Hoping For:
• A playoff game in the finals goes 13 overtime periods. The winning goal is scored by a guy who looks like Keith Richards. Frankly, at this point, everyone looks like Keith Richards.
• Don Cherry is wrongly beaten up outside a New York TV studio by Sesame Street supporters who thought he skinned Snuffleupagus to make a suit.

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Out On A Limb

from Espo on the Playoffs at the National Post,

To tell you the truth, the way they played on Thursday night, it looks like this could be one of the shortest series of the season. Looks can be deceiving and I’m not predicting that kind of outcome. But you tell me, where do the Ottawa Senators look vulnerable? When you find something, you let me know.

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DirecTV Viewers Shut Out Of HD Broadcast Last Night

from TVPredictions,

Well, although the game was originally scheduled to be broadcast by Versus HD, it was moved to MOJO, the High-Definition channel owned by several cable operators. (Comcast, a partner in MOJO, owns the Versus channel.)...
Consequently, DIRECTV could not show the game last night.
“We’re doing our best to schedule all of the HD NHL games from Versus,” DIRECTV spokesman Robert Mercer told TVPredictions.com. “In this instance, because it was not available by satellite, and combined with timing and our own technical constraints, we were not able to offer the (Ottawa-Buffalo) game.”

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A Russian Salute

Never heard “Smoke on the Water” played by violins before.

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Joe Goes Big Time

from Joe Pelletier’s Legends of Hockey,

My other hockey website, 1972 Summit Series.com, is going to Hollywood.
Actually, it’s going to New Brunswick where CTV is filming a made for tv movie called Sticks and Stones.

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