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NHL releases Conference Final schedules

From the NHL:

The Anaheim Ducks will host the Nashville Predators at Honda Center when the 2017 Western Conference Final gets underway on Friday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Ducks defeated the Oilers in seven games in the Western Conference Second Round. The Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games.

The Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will begin at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals in seven games, the Senators defeated the New York Rangers in six games.

All times ET, subject to change

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Pittsburgh Penguins (M2) vs. Ottawa Senators (A2)

Saturday, May 13, 7pm: Senators @ Penguins | NBC, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, May 15, 8pm: Senators @ Penguins | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 17, 8pm: Penguins @ Senators | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

Friday, May 19, 8pm: Penguins @ Senators | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

*Sunday, May 21, 3pm: Senators @ Penguins | NBC, CBC, TVA Sports

*Tuesday, May 23, 8pm: Penguins @ Senators | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

*Thursday, May 25, 8pm: Senators @ Penguins | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Anaheim Ducks (P1) vs. Nashville Predators (WC2)

Friday, May 12, 9pm: Predators @ Ducks | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 14, 7:30pm: Predators @ Ducks | NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 16, 8pm: Ducks @ Predators | NBCSN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 18, 8pm: Ducks @ Predators | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

*Saturday, May 20, 7:15pm: Predators @ Ducks | NBC, CBC, TVA Sports

*Monday, May 22, 8pm: Ducks @ Predators | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

*Wednesday, May 24, 9pm: Predators @ Ducks | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

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Afternoon line: Carlyle on Ducks’ penalties

Randy Carlyle is nothing if not blunt:

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Ducks to honor 2007 Stanley Cup team on Sunday; Giguere reminisces

The Anaheim Ducks are going to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their 2007 Stanley Cup Championship team on Sunday, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere spoke with NHL.com's Lisa Dillman regarding his memories of the time and the team:

Giguere is scheduled to be part of the ceremony to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ducks' Stanley Cup championship before their game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, PRIME, CSN-DC, NHL.TV). They were the first team from California to win the Cup, and the gathering is the first time the players have reunited as a group, according to the Ducks.

"When you win something like that with a bunch of guys, everybody says when you see them again it's like you've never left each other," Giguere said.

The Ducks were coming off a 98-point season in 2005-06, so expectations were high for 2006-07. They went 48-20-14 (110 points) during the regular season, and defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger were Norris Trophy finalists. Giguere was 36-10-8, and his 2.26 goals-against average, fifth-best in the League, was his lowest since the 2001-02 season.

He remembers they had a feeling in training camp that it might be a special season.

"You can feel that and still not win," Giguere said. "It can still be a special year and you don't go all the way. You can have a really good season. We had one goal and it was the Stanley Cup. From the beginning, that's all we talked about."

Dillman continues...

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Ducks acquire Jhonas Enroth

The rare 1 AM trade:

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Report: Randy Carlyle to reprise his role as Anaheim’s coach

From TSN's Darren Dreger:

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The Nashville Predators Advance To The Second Round By Defeating The Anaheim Ducks

The final score was 2-1 Nashville and up next for the Predators will be the San Jose Sharks.

Meanwhile the Anaheim Ducks will be under much scrutiny in the coming days and beyond.

Paul Gaustad's first-period goal stands as the game-winner:

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NHL announces start times for Games 5 of Pens-Rangers, Ducks-Preds and Blues-Hawks series

From the NHL:

START TIMES SET FOR FIRST ROUND GAMES ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23

NEW YORK (April 22, 2016) – The National Hockey League today announced the following updates to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule:

· The start time for Game 5 of the First Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers has been set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 23, in Pittsburgh. In the U.S., the game will be broadcast exclusively on NBC. In Canada, the game will be on SN360 and TVA Sports.

· The start time for Game 5 of the First Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators has been set for 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Saturday in Anaheim. Outside of the local markets, the game will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

· The start time for Game 6 of the First Round series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks has been set for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on Saturday in Chicago. In the U.S., the game will be broadcast exclusively on NBC. In Canada, the game will be on CBC and TVA Sports 2.

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Kane, Ovechkin, Andersen and Gibson win Art Ross, Rocket Richard, Jennings Trophies

From the NHL:

KANE, OVECHKIN, ANDERSEN AND GIBSON CAPTURE 2015-16 REGULAR-SEASON TROPHIES

NEW YORK (April 10, 2016) – The 2015-16 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Sunday with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claiming his sixth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and the Anaheim Ducks tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson winning the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders who play at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.

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Anaheim acquires Jamie McGinn

From TSN's Pierre LeBrun...

added 3:49 pm,

added 3:51 pm,

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Saturday Headlines: On the John Scott trade, Ducks trade talk and more

Among Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman's Saturday Headlines:

  • The John Scott trade to Montreal was legitimate in that Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted Jared Tinordi badly and were afraid that the deal with the Canadiens would fall apart, so they didn't wait 3 weeks to make the deal, and Scott was the "only player who could go" back to Montreal in the trade;
  • Cox states that the Canadiens got $200,000 in cap relief and a player in Nashville's Victor Bartley, who the Canadiens believe may actually contribute to their blueline;
  • The NHL offered Scott the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game as a paid family vacation, but he's not responded, and Scott isn't sure whether he's going to bow out;
  • Cox states that Pittsburgh and Anaheim made the Hagelin-for-Perron-and-Clendening deal at 3:15 AM Saturday morning, and Cox says that the Penguins are taking on 3 more years at $4 million for Hagelin, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford still believes that his team will contend, while the Ducks' trade...makes people wonder if the Ducks are setting themselves up to trade for Jonathan Drouin;
  • Friedman says that the Ducks' Simon Despres and Cam Fowler may generate trade interest, as will the balance of their blueline;
  • Flames defenseman Kris Russell is generating interest, too, but the Flames still want to attempt to re-sign Russell;
  • Eric Staal is "still in limbo," and his agent, Rick Curran, will try to clarify his client's situation;
  • And Friedman says that the Kings still want to sign Milan Lucic to an extension if at all possible.

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Ducks lose Gibson in crease collision

From NHL.com:

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson left 41 seconds into the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center on Wednesday with an apparent lower-body injury.

Gibson was injured when he collided with Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri. Gibson was attended to by the Ducks training staff before heading to the dressing room.

Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen entered the game in relief with the Maple Leafs leading 3-0.

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Saturday Headlines: finding a home for Hamonic

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox issued the usual cornucopia of scoops during their Saturday Headlines segment, and this note about Travis Hamonic's trade status, from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons, is intriguing:

Hamonic’s preference is to play for one of the teams in Western Canada, so the Islanders have a limited market to work with. According to Friedman, teams such as the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks contacted the Islanders but were told they were not a “fit.”

"A lot of people would not be surprised if this turned into a three-way trade," Friedman said Saturday.

Here's the segment:

Hamonic wants to go to Western Canada, of course.

Also: Damien Cox discussed Eric Staal's and Cam Ward's contract negotiations, he stated that Dainus Zubrus will sign with San Jose, and Friedman says that the Montreal Canadiens are "trying to do some things to improve their team."

Friedman also states that Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto are trying to get a trio of outdoor games to be held during the NHL's 2016-17 (centennial) season, in November, December and January, respectively.

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Dreger: Ducks in a precarious spot, Boudreau included

From TSN's Darren Dreger...

The Anaheim Ducks will have to win 52 of their remaining 72 regular-season games to come close to the 109 points and central division title won last season. With every loss, Anaheim, a team favoured by many to win the Stanley Cup, is inching closer to being a non-playoff team.

Unbelievable.

...

Bruce Boudreau will require treatment in a local burn unit based on his media placement on a hot seat that has reached lava-like temperature. The question now is will Boudreau be behind the bench for the Ducks next home game on Sunday?

General manager Bob Murray may have more slack left in the rope, or may opt to make a trade to shake things up. However, a trade can't guarantee success and it makes little sense to trade Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm, young defencemen teams are interested in, unless Anaheim is getting quality young assets back. It’s too early for a transaction like that to materialize.

Bad luck, mistakes, an offence that has dried up with just 10 goals in 10 games and, subsequently, an eroding confidence are among the factors contributing to the Ducks’ demise.

If Boudreau makes it through the weekend he will have to steer Anaheim to a lengthy winning streak to get back in the hunt and away from the crosshairs that target him as the NHL's next coaching casualty.

Continued with discussion of Travis Green's readiness to coach at the NHL level, William Nylander's development with the Toronto Marlies and a note about the gentleman who swiped a puck from a young Pittsburgh Penguins fan last night.

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Tyson Barrie suspended for three games

From the NHL:

AVALANCHE’S BARRIE SUSPENDED THREE GAMES FOR CHARGING AND INTERFERENCE

NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2015) – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been suspended for three games, without pay, for charging and interference against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres during NHL Game No. 63 in Anaheim on Friday, Oct. 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 11:30 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Barrie will forfeit $41,935.47. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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Allen offers ‘overreactions’ to early-season trends

Among the items that USA Today's Kevin Allen believes are overreactions levied far too early in the 2015-16 NHL season:

Coach Bruce Boudreau is on the hot seat in Anaheim C’mon folks. This is a parity league, and even quality teams struggle on occasion. You wouldn’t even pay attention to their 0-2-1 stretch if this was the middle of January. The Ducks are in a scoring slump, probably caused by players trying to find chemistry with new teammates. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry don’t have a point. Do you think the NHL has magically discovered how to stop that duo after a decade of domination? The Ducks are a contender. They have the necessary ingredients to make it happen. Boudreau will be judged by what happens next spring, not what happens in the first three games of the season.

The 1-3 Penguins are already in a world of hurt Let’s take a step back here and remember that the three teams that have defeated the Penguins are a combined 11-1, including the white-hot Canadiens. We know that Crosby is eventually going to score plenty, and the Pittsburgh power play will likely end up as one of the league’s best. The Penguins have given up an average of two goals per game in the four games. They would be thrilled with that goals-against average  for an entire season. This is another team that is trying to figure out how to best use new personnel. It’s too early to assess where the Penguins are going this season.

Connor McDavid has been slow to adjust Now you understand why general manager Peter Chiarelli tried to tamp down the hype over this future superstar. Although McDavid has an overflowing amount of skill, he’s still an 18-year-old trying to find his way against the world’s best players. The lack of points (one goal) is not a shock to the Oilers. They understood that even budding superstars need time to sort out what works and what doesn’t. His point total will grow significantly as he gains experience. Don’t forget that he is not playing with a Stanley Cup contender. He is surrounded by players still exploring their own games. If you have watched McDavid in his first four games, you can see his potential dominance bubbling just below the surface. He always seems like he’s a half-second from a breakaway.

Allen continues

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‘Around the league’ from ESPN

Of note from ESPN's morning "3 on 3":

AROUND THE LEAGUE

• How about Michal Neuvirth? The Philadelphia Flyers goaltender made 30 saves en route to a 3-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. It was Neuvirth's second consecutive shutout. He made 31 saves in a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday. His biggest save Wednesday came when he stoned the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa on a breakaway to secure Philadelphia's 1-0 lead. For all the years the Flyers struggled with their goaltending, Neuvirth seems like he could be the answer.

• The Ottawa Senators trounced the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, and Columbus should be a lot better than 0-4. They proved it last season with a strong finish, but the 2015-2016 season has begun with a major skid that is cause for concern.

• It was an interesting night all around the NHL on Wednesday, including a shocking development in the West with that stunning Coyotes shutout of the Ducks. Arizona rookie Anthony Duclair recorded his first career hat trick, while goaltender Mike Smith has returned to form and made 37 saves en route to the shutout win.

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Ducks extend Despres

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EA Sports predicts an Anaheim Ducks Cup win

From the Canadian Press:

The Stanley Cup is headed to Anaheim this season, according to a video game simulation of the NHL season.

EA Sports says its "NHL 16" simulation has the Ducks winning the Presidents' Trophy, symbolic of the best regular-season record, and then defeating the Montreal Canadiens in the Cup final. Anaheim forward Corey Perry claims the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

The Ducks defeat the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference final while the Habs dispatch the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East final.

EA, which develops the hockey video game in suburban Vancouver, had the Los Angeles Kings winning the Cup last season in its pre-season simulation and the St. Louis Blues the year before that.

The new simulation has the Buffalo Sabres, who finished last in the 2014-15 standings, missing out on the playoffs by just two points. The Los Angeles Kings make it back to the post-season only to lose in seven games to the Calgary Flames in the first round.

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Update: Here's EA's video of their simulation:

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Simmons on the Leafs’ unstoppable forces, the NHL’s not-so-quiet summer and Ilitch’s health

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' sports notes...

Lou Lamoriello is an autocrat. Although, a former NHL general manager referred to him the other day as a dictator. Mike Babcock is somewhat of an autocrat as a coach. It’s his way or the highway. Jacques Lemaire is about as rigid as they come. What’s going to be fascinating is how these men of large minds, large egos, and total belief in their own ways find a way to work together. The Leafs could be way more interesting off the ice than on it ...

I see where young Auston Matthews, likely first pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft, will be paid $400,000 to play in Zurich this season. That’s slightly more than the going rate for under the table money in the OHL ...

The NHL’s summer? Superstar Patrick Kane investigated; Ryan O’Reilly arrested; Slava Voynov off to jail; Jarret Stoll caught with cocaine; Mike Richards, first investigated, then had his contract voided; And the Canadian dollar just keeps on dropping. And how was your summer? ...

This will surprise some Leaf fans: Dave Nonis, the fired general manager, had three offers to join NHL teams before deciding to take a senior consultant’s job with the Anaheim Ducks. Among the teams interested in Nonis were the Montreal Canadiens ...

And this one, we're familiar with in Metro Detroit, because far, far more of a stretch than it's made out to be in the out-of-town circles:

Many who admire Mike Ilitch, owner of the Red Wings and Tigers, are concerned about his ability to properly operate his franchises. Ilitch is 86, not in the best health, and there is a lot of family interference around him these days. The Dombrowski firing seemed odd as did the quick hiring of Alex Avila to replace him.

Simmons continues and comments on the Patrick Kane situation...

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Ducks sign Carl Hagelin to 4-year contract extension

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Chicago Blackhawks vanquish Anaheim in Game 7, advance to Stanley Cup Final vs. Tampa

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday evening, and Jonathan Toews' pair of goals paved Chicago's way:

The NHL had posted his on May 28th, but this still holds true, and all you have to do is give the Lightning home-ice advantage (thanks to a 108-point finish to Chicago's 102) to figure out where the games will take place:

STANLEY CUP FINAL WILL OPEN WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

NEW YORK (May 28, 2015) -- The National Hockey League today announced the schedule of dates for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Wednesday, June 3.

The Stanley Cup Final will match the winner of the Eastern Conference Final, either the New York Rangers or [the] Tampa Bay Lightning, against the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Both best-of-seven series are tied, 3-3.

The club which earned the greater number of standings points during the 2014-15 regular season[, Tampa Bay,] will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final and will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. The other club will host Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, Game 6. The Rangers collected a League-high 113 points, followed by the Ducks (109), Lightning (108) and Blackhawks (102).

The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8 p.m., ET. National broadcast information will be released when available.

2015 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
(all start times 8 p.m., ET)

Game 1    Wednesday, June 3 [at Tampa Bay]
Game 2    Saturday, June 6 [at Tampa Bay]
Game 3    Monday, June 8 [at Chicago]
Game 4    Wednesday, June 10 [at Chicago]
Game 5 *    Saturday, June 13 [at Tampa Bay, if necessary]
Game 6 *    Monday, June 15 [at Chicago, if necessary]
Game 7 *    Wednesday, June 17 [at Tampa Bay, if necessary]

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Game 7 of Western Conference Final will air on NBC Saturday at 8 EDT

From the NHL:

GAME 7 OF THE 2015 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL TO BE BROADCAST ON NBC IN THE U.S.

NEW YORK (May 28, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that Game 7 of 2015 Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. This is an update to the schedule as it was previously announced the game would be televised on NBCSN.

In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and TVA Sports. 

The game will start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Blackhawks force Game 7 in Western Conference Final

Both the Western and Eastern Conference Final series will go to 7th games after the Chicago Blackhawks held off a late push by the Anaheim Ducks and defeated Anaheim 5-2.

The teams will battle on Saturday night in Anaheim, battling for a Stanley Cup Final berth, and of Duncan Keith's 3 assists, this one may have been the prettiest...

But these goals counted equally:

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Toews’ late goals can’t snuff out resilient Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night was nothing less than wild and woolly. Jonathan Toews' 2 late-3rd-period goals gave erased a 4-2 deficit (and the Ducks' initial 3-0 lead) and forced overtime...

But 45 seconds into overtime, Matt Beleskey erased the Hawks' comeback, and gave the Ducks a 3-games-to-2 series lead via a 5-4 OT victory:

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Vermette gives Chicago a double OT win

Antoine Vermette finished off what was nothing less than a wild and wacky game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, scoring 5 minutes and 37 seconds into the second overtime period:

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Ducks’ 3 in 37 yield double OT

The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks are currently heading to double overtime because Anaheim scored 3 goals in 37 seconds, the second-fastest 3 goals scored in playoff history:

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Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at NHL mugshots, playoffs version

In the comedy department (we have that here), Jimmy Fallon poked fun at the "mugshots" of players taking part in the second round of tne NHL playoffs last night, and the results were quite amusing:

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Fredrik Andersen with the save(?) of the night

If you believe the replay, the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames are in overtime presently due to this fantastic save by Fredrik Andersen...

If you're Calgary Flames fan, this "Situation Room" blog entry from NHL.com serves as cold comfort:

At 13:43 of the third period in the Anaheim Ducks/Calgary Flames game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Sam Bennett's shot at 13:38. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck completely crossed the Anaheim goal line, therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Calgary.

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Flames advance to play the Ducks

The Calgary Flames rallied from a 3-0 deficit to pull of a staggering 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, advancing to the second round, where they'll play the Anaheim Ducks.

Jiri Hudler scored the game-winner for Calgary, scoring 6:14 in:

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Jets’ playoff flight is a short hop

The Winnipeg Jets made a rousing second-half and end-of-the-season flourish to earn a playoff spot, but they've just been swept by the Anaheim Ducks, losing 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Winnipeg's first playoff run involved a lot of fun for the fans leading up to the playoffs, and then a lot of realizing how incredibly hard it is to win in the playoffs, especially against a stacked Ducks team, come playoff time...

But as one of the few folks who remembers the Jets 1.0 struggling to make the playoffs in the 90's and the utter heartbreak that was Winnipeggers losing their Jets in 1996--having seen some of that in person--this adopted Winnipegger is happy to honestly suggest that Winnipeg is going to be back next year.

Maybe the playoff run will be longer next time around, especially if the final remnants of the Thrashers are slowly but surely replaced by Jets prospects

And yes, of course, for those of you who were absolutely *#$%@& over by Bettman pulled the rug from out under long-suffering Thrashers fans (nobody "deserves" to lose a team), I'm sure seeing the Jets get swept away is some small comfort.

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Simmons offers a spread-out set of Sunday topics

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the inevitable "falls" of Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel as the main topic in his Sunday notebook, but you and I both know that numbers 3 and 81 will be exiting Toronto in salary-and-or-player-dumps soon, and we all know that Jaromir Jagr's ability tos core in the "Dead Puck" era was (and now is again) pretty damn impressive, so this set of observations strikes me as the most pertinent "chunk" of Simmons' notebook:

Before trading David Clarkson to Columbus, the Leafs thought they had a deal going that would have sent him back to New Jersey. The player whose contract would have swapped in exchange has not been confirmed, but quite likely it’s the concussed Ryan Clowe ... There was significant interest in Roman Polak at the NHL deadline, including from his former team, the St. Louis Blues. The Leafs like what Polak gives them from a stability and maturity point of view, something the current team is lacking in ... Pretty sure Ron Wilson was an advocate of Phaneuf being named captain of the Leafs. Wasn’t he the coach at the time? ... The narrative once was that the Leafs won the trade that brought Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner to Toronto in exchange for Francois Beachemin. The standings don’t agree. Since then, the Leafs are playing .497 hockey and the Ducks are accumulating points at a .638 clip ... If you don’t love the Andrew Hammond, Hamburglar, story, you don’t love sports. I’m doing something I don’t remember doing before: I quietly cheering for the Ottawa Senators.

Simmons continues, discussing his usual potpourri of Sunday sports topics.

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Penguins get Lovejoy

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Here's compensation:

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McKenzie dishes February trade talk

TSN's Bob McKenzie appeared on NBCSN's Rivalry Night....activities...to discuss possible trades that the Predators and/or Ducks might make, diving and a host of other topics. It was quite interesting, and the clip from Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker isn't geo-blocked:

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Garrioch discusses the Coyotes’ fire sale and Anaheim’s attempts to snag Myers

A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is  on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:

In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.

For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.

For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.

Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.

“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”

Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:

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LeBrun tells the story of Selanne’s Anaheim exodus

Almost 20 years ago, before the internet was in wide use, I still recall the yelling and screaming coming from Winnipeg when an Arizona-bound Winnipeg Jets team traded Teemu Selanne to Anaheim for Chad Kilger nad Oleg Tvrdovsky.

Even given that in February, 1996, there was no hope of keeping the Jets in Winnipeg, fans were absolutely furious, feeling that the Phoenix owners had sold away the franchise player for a promising Russian defenseman who'd have to play like the second coming of Paul Coffey and possibly a 20-goal-scorer--and the trade was seen as one final stab in the back for Winnipeggers because Selanne was both embraced by Manitobans and embraced a prairie province that still isn't exactly seen as a prime destination for NHL'ers who like things like above-freezing weather between November and February.

Given that Selanne's #8 is being retired by the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun picked a helluva time to tell the definitive story of a move that most certainly helped make the Ducks, and a trade that set back a Coyotes team that chose to rid itself of both Selanne and Alexei Zhamnov before the team ever took to the ice in Arizona:

It all began in Jack Ferreira's office one Friday afternoon in early February 1996.

"I was sitting there with [then-Anaheim coach] Ron Wilson. We had both kind of heard rumblings about Winnipeg maybe moving Teemu Selanne," Ferreira recalled to ESPN.com this week. "So we were talking about our team, and then talking about Teemu, and I just said, 'The hell with it.'"

Ferreira, general manager at the time of what were called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, picked up the phone and called then-Winnipeg Jets GM John Paddock.

"I got him at his house," Ferreira vividly recalled. "I asked him flat-out: 'I heard these rumors, are you looking to move Teemu?' And he said, 'Well, we might.' So right then I said to him: 'I'll give you Oleg Tverdovsky.' Because I had to throw something at him to get his attention. ... John didn't say yes, he didn't say no. But I had his attention."

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Clayton Stoner hit sends Max Pacioretty to the hospital

Clayton Stoner hit Max Pacioretty during the third period of the Montreal Canadiens' 2-1 loss to Stoner's Anaheim Ducks...

And this is not good, nor is...Well...

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Was John Scott ‘just doing his job?’

The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa spends the first part of his weekly notebook discussing the evolution of the Department of Player Safety from the Matt Cooke-on-Marc Savard hit some four years ago to the implementation of rules against hits to the head and the most recent example of the league punishing a player for a hit to the head in the John Moore-on-Erik Haula hit, but then he goes on to launch a rather passionate defense of John Scott's decision to leave the San Jose Sharks' bench to fight Tim Jackman.

It's a curious contradiction, and I'm curious as to what you think about this:

John Scott is out $17,073.18 after the league suspended him for two games following his fight last Sunday with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman. The Sharks should do the right thing and get that cash back in Scott’s pocket. On the play, the San Jose tough guy did exactly what his employer hired him to do. Scott and Jackman had tangled earlier in the game.

Scott didn’t have issues about that fight. But the ex-Sabre didn’t appreciate Jackman’s third-period engagement of Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Jackman had 10 scraps last season, according to http://www.hockeyfights.com Vlasi.c, the Sharks’ ace defenseman and one of their best players, has one career fight: a hiss-and-scratcher against Daniel Briere in 2009.

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Garrioch: ‘The heat is definitely on Hitchcock’

Staal, Myers, and more! The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch also offers the following rumors:

The St. Louis Blues could fire coach Ken Hitchcock if his team isn’t able to get its act together quickly. The heat is definitely on Hitchcock after an early playoff exit last spring and the club brought in Bob Gainey to act as a mentor. The Blues signed centre Paul Statsny in the off-season and expect to be better. If they don’t buy into Hitchcock’s program soon, you would have to think changes are coming ... With the World Cup of Hockey set to return in 2016 in Toronto, the committee has spoken with organizers of the Toronto International Film about overlapping their last week with the tournament. Not sure TIFF needs the exposure but it would be a good fit for the NHL and NHLPA to get more notice ... Confirm or deny: The Coyotes and the Senators had discussions about defenceman Jared Cowen ... A league executive said Friday teams will start to get nervous at the 20-game mark. “You don’t really know what you’ve got after 10 games. You have a pretty good idea after 20,” he said.

Garrioch continues and suggests that Martin Brodeur is still dead-set on being a #1 goaltender, and I don't want to post this, but I suppose I have to:

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Afternoon round-up: Hillary Knight on ice with the Ducks; Flyers tweak cap; on the ‘Dry Scrape’

Amongst this afternoon's news, Twitter version:

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Anaheim Ducks trade for Ryan Kesler

Update: It's official:

Here's the press release:

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Canucks still looking to trade Kesler, but only at their price

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson happened to find himself  in an opportune situation on Thursday evening, and as such, he received an update on the Vancouver Canucks' attempts to trade Ryan Kesler:

Trevor Linden, the Canucks’ team president, [GM Jim] Benning and new coach Willie Desjardins were in serious conversation at a restaurant in downtown Philly Thursday night and hustled away.

“We’re talking to teams but if we don’t think we’re getting a fair deal we won’t do now…we’ll be happy to have him back. He’s a great player (that may be hyperbole; he’s a very good two-way centre),” said Benning, who knows every team’s prospect lists because he was a scout for the Bruins before he was an assistant GM, a scout like his dad Elmer, 73, who works for Montreal. “We do want NHL caliber players back (to offset his offence).”

For now, Anaheim’s sticking to their guns and keeping the No. 10 (Ottawa’s pick in the Bobby Ryan trade last year), but would trade their 26th. As it gets closer to the draft, maybe that changes. Certainly, Kesler fits better there (two-way player) than Jason Spezza, also on the trade block.

Benning does admit that he might get more for Kesler when the heat’s turned up at the trade deadline, than in the summer when nobody’s playing games.

“When you’re dealing a player of his stature at the trade deadline, that’s when you can really do well…teams feel they may only be one player away from winning. Teams might possibly give you more then, than in the summer when they aren’t playing hockey,” he said.

Matheson continues, and he goes into extensive detail as to what the Canucks might want from the Anaheim Ducks in a Kesler trade.

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Summarizing the latest edition of Insider Trading (and LeBrun)

Updated with LeBrun stuff at 6:57 PM:

TSN's Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie discussed pre-draft trade and free agent discussions in an edition of Insider Trading that lasts for nearly four minutes. TSN usually posts a summation thereof, but if you don't want to wait until 7:30 or 8...

1. McKenzie says that there are 3 teams in the Western Conference (Anaheim, St. Louis +?) and 1 "mystery team" in the Eastern Conference who are talking to the Ottawa Senators about Jason Spezza (who has a no-trade list of 10 teams, incl. Florida, Carolina, Columbus and the Islanders). McKenzie says the Senators want a 1st-round draft pick as part of the compensation package.

2. Dreger says that David Bolland wants "maximum value," and he wants an 8-year deal at $4.9 million to remain with the Leafs. Toronto probably won't give him the term he wants, but Bolland believes he'll be healthy by training camp;

3. Dreger says that the Oilers are looking for a center and a defenseman, and they're willing to trade the 3rd overall pick and/or Sam Gagner in their efforts to improve the team, which may include trading for the Panthers' 1st overall pick;

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Dreger’s ‘Off-Season Watch’: on Heatley and Malone, Kesler’s situation, Hawks, etc.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun posited a set of "Rumblings," and TSN's summarized a similar amount of rumor fodder posited by Darren Dreger:

Patience is a Virtue: Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley and former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone may have to be patient in free agency according to Dreger. Dreger says their willingness to take one-year contracts will draw attention from more teams. The Lightning used their second compliance buyout on Malone on Tuesday while Heatley will become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1.

Canucks Complex Dealings: The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade Ryan Kesler but this is a complicated negotiation. It's believed Kesler has identified just two teams in the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. That puts rookie general manager Jim Benning and the management of the Canucks in a tough spot because they're just negiotioation with the two teams. Maybe it's possible that the Canucks try to pull in their horns in an effort to encourage Kelser to expand his list.

Blackhawks Hope to Keep the Band Together: GM Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks are very eager to make sure the star component remains intact for a lengthy period of time. We're talking about how the new CBA is going to impact the superstar model of player and certainly Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews qualify as such. No longer is it allowed to frontload and go with that 10, 12 or 15-year mega-deal. Now we know it's a maximum of eight years so it's not inconceivable that, as long as the salary cap climbs to around $75 million in 2016 that Kane and Toews could come in around $11-12 million each.

The "Off-Season Watch" continues, and Dreger reports that Daniel Alfredsson's going to be "flexible" with his decision-making timeline. It is possible that, should the Boston Bruins don't re-sign Jarome Iginla, both Iginla and Alfredsson could be Wings next season.

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NHL Names All-Rookie Team

From the NHL:

NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

NEW YORK (June 24, 2014) -- The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.

Also named to the All-Rookie Team are two members of the Anaheim Ducks, goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding season:

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NHL Names post-season All-Star team

From the NHL:

NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-STAR TEAMS

LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2014) -- Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.

Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.

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Friedman talks cap conundrums, Pens, managerial compensation, John Gibson and Babs in 30 Thoughts

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:

1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.

 

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Roast Duck, indeed: Kings smoke Anaheim in Game 7

For all of the discussion of Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu's respective legacies that you'll be reading over the next few days--deserved discussion at that--the last game of the Highway Series between the aformentioned Finns' Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings wasn't much of a contest, because the all but literally ran over Anaheim.

NHL.com's Curtis Zupke's recap emphasizes that point:

The highly anticipated state title game was decided in an opening 10-minute, three-goal blitz by the Kings that began with yet another clutch goal by Justin Williams, who tied Wayne Gretzky for second all-time with his sixth career Game 7 goal.

After Los Angeles chased 20-year-old rookie goalie John Gibson on Anze Kopitar's first goal of the series that made it 4-0, Kings fans chanted "This is our house!" It was appropriate after the Kings won three of four games at Honda Center and improved to 6-0 in elimination games in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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[Justin] Williams nudged his second attempt across the goal line from the crease on the power play at 4:30 of the first period. Cam Fowler tried to rim the puck around but it didn't get out, and Richards put it on net for Williams.

Carter made it 2-0 when he finished a breakaway with one of his signature backhands at 8:48 after he muscled past Hampus Lindholm in the neutral zone. Richards sent Anaheim tumbling further with his second goal of the playoffs at 15:12 for a 3-0 lead. Richards dropped a pass to Dwight King and then went to the net to pop in the rebound that Gibson couldn't control.

That made it three goals allowed on nine shots against Gibson, who didn't have his best game but wasn't helped by his skaters either. Trailing 2-0, the Ducks might have changed the complexion of the game on a penalty shot awarded to Perry at 14:08, but Quick poke-checked away his attempt.

Zupke continues, and here's the NHL's highlight clip, including Corey Perry's unsuccessful penalty shot:

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Teemu Forever? Not so fast…

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne definitely played in his last NHL game as the Los Angeles Kings defeated his Ducks 6-2 in Game 7 of the teams' second-round series, but the widedspread Russian and Finnish articles suggesting that Selanne will jump to Jokerit Helsinki to play one more season just got quashed. Per the AP's Greg Beacham:

I wonder if that case was different if Jokerit wasn't switching to the KHL (one of their new owners is such a mucky-muck that he's on the U.S.'s Russian sanctions list) and was remaining in the Finnish league instead, but...Sometimes you've gotta know when to say when.

Here's more from the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek:

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NHL: Western Conference Final will begin on Sunday at 3 PM EDT. Participant 2 to be determined later

From the NHL:

2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL TO BEGIN SUNDAY

NEW YORK (May 15, 2014) – The National Hockey League today announced that the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final will begin Sunday, May 18, when the Chicago Blackhawks face off against the winner of the Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.

The starting time for Game 1 on Sunday will be 3 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and televised in Canada by TSN and RDS.

Based on the number of points each team earned during the regular season, the Ducks would host the Blackhawks in Game 1, while the Blackhawks would host the Kings in Game 1.

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Ducks lean on Smith-Pelly and Gibson, who’s impressed(?) Darryl Sutter

The Anaheim Ducks used a 3-goal second period and a pair of Devante Smith-Pelly goals to build a 4-1 lead over the Los Angeles Kings, and then they held on, leaning hard on John Gibson (who stopped 39 of 42 shots against) to defeat the Kings 4-3, taking a 3-games-to-2 lead in the teams' second-round series...

But the coaches stole the show in both of Monday night's games, with Kings coach Darryl Sutter delivering this zinger in his post-game presser (per LA Kings Insider's Jon Rosen). Prepare yourself for massive sarcasm!

On what has “most impressed” him about John Gibson:

He’s the best goalie I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe we got one by him tonight. A lot of pressure on him now. A lot of pressure on him.

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