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A downtown bar popular with Detroit Red Wings fans is installing bulletproof glass after vandals attacked the establishment Thursday night along with two other hot spots.
“It’s no longer random acts, now it’s senseless acts of violence,” said Gary Kohsman, manager of Cobo Joes. Its front windows were shattered Thursday night after closing time. Kohsman said a bulletproof door was recently installed because the bar has been vandalized so many times in the past two months.
The vandalism spree on Thursday also included Bookies Tavern and Cheli’s Chili, owned by Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
While the Philadelphia Flyers received encouraging news regarding their best defenceman, Kimmo Timonen, the situation regarding their second-best defenceman, Braydon Coburn, became a little more clouded on Friday.
Timonen, who has not played in the Flyers’ NHL playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, said on Friday that he is hopeful he can play on Sunday in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference final. He has a blood clot in his ankle as a result of blocking a shot in the previous round of the playoffs….
The swelling has gone down in Coburn’s eye and his vision has improved, but it looks like he may be suffering concussion-like symptoms. He became nauseous on the Flyers’ flight home from Pittsburgh after Game 2 and those symptoms may be lingering.
Today, some interviews with the Detroit Red Wings. Q&A’s featuring coach Mike Babcock, Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Q. A Franzen update? But can you also talk about what this has been like for him for him to be playing as well as he was and then have to watch.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Obviously it’s real difficult for him. It’s part of playoff hockey, though. Things like this happen. You know, the bottom line is you just got to overcome it. Every team gets injured.
There is no doubt about it, though: Balsillie wants to own an NHL team.
“I enjoy the pursuit. I do not get frustrated or discouraged. It would be a great thing to do and it may or may not happen. I think the most important thing is that Canada gets another pro hockey team, with or without me. I think the most important thing is to have one or two new markets in Canada.
“There are people who believe I am right and people who believe I am wrong. I have no doubt that Quebec could support a team and I have no doubt that Winnipeg could support a team.”
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The Florida Panthers announced Friday that Jacques Martin has reached an agreement to remain with the team as the club’s general manager through the 2011-2012 season.
Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca gets a 19-month jump plotting his Team Canada Olympic lineup for the 2010 games:
There’s still an NHL season and a half to play out, but as we sit here in May 2008, here’s who I would dress for the February 2010 Games.
Up front, these are my nine offensive guys at forward, in no particular order: Crosby, Eric Staal, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Jonathan Toews. Don’t be surprised by the last name, he’s a stud and 19 months from now you won’t question Toews on the Olympic team.
And in other international hockey news…
Geraldine Heaney, Angela James and Cammie Granato made women’s hockey history on Thursday. The trio of pioneers became the first women players inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, along with former superstar Mario Lemieux, Russian great Igor Larionov and the first French player ever to skate in the NHL, Philippe Bozon.
more here with video
Update 11:10am ET: A conversation with Larionov on the occasion of his induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame, discussing everything from the NHL to the state of Russian hockey.
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Patrick Roy will not be the coach of the Avalanche. Not for next season, anyway.
Roy told The Denver Post late Thursday night he wants to stay in Quebec at least through this coming season, mainly to keep coaching his sons, Jonathan and Frederick.
But Roy said he does want to coach in the NHL at some point, probably when his younger son, Frederick, leaves junior hockey.
“When Fred is done, it will be different,” Roy said. “But this is OK with me for now.”
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Pity Tomas Holmstrom.
How often are you going to see those three words in a row?
But really. For the second time in as many Western Conference finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ hard-headed Swede, who has made a living out of obstructing goaltenders’ vision and scoring garbage goals no longer than his hockey stick, is deserving of our sympathy. A limited amount. Certain terms and conditions may apply. See your dealer for details.
from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,
“What happened to the Stars I used to know? Where is the spirit? Where is the guts? This could be the greatest game of our lives, but you are going to let it be the worst.
“Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you, Ott. We might get in trouble.
“Well… not me. I am not going to take this.
“Osgood? He’s a dead man.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
In a development that may stoke debate about Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke’s future with the club, team owner Henry Samueli has been accused of securities fraud and could soon face criminal charges….
“The only way he could get out of the deal with Anaheim without their permission is if his contract has a specific provision that provides an escape clause if the team runs into financial uncertainties,’’ a lawyer in the hockey industry said yesterday, adding a criminal investigation of the owner could qualify.
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