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A Season Wrap-Up with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Now that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over, I figured now would be a great time to conduct an e-mail interview with aone of my favorite interviewees, Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice.

Terry was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final, the season in general and what the league is doing to try and improve the game.

PH: So, did the Stanley Cup Playoffs turn out as you expected them to? Why or why not?
TM: Well…I picked the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup at the start of the season in the XM Staff pre-season poll. I wasn’t sure about them against Vancouver because of their horrible power play..but they pulled it out so all’s well that end’s well. Although I have to say this was one of the weirdest Cup Finals I’ve ever seen. Vancouver could just have easily won this as Boston.

PH: In your opinion, did the Bruins “win the cup” or did the Canucks “lose the cup”? Why?
TM: I think both. The Bruins took advantage of a Vancouver team that went south at the wrong time.

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  Tags: nhl+home+ice, terry+mercury

Habs Markov close to signed

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

As per the Team 990’s Tony Marinaro, and as seen on RDS’s webpage as of a few minutes ago, the Montreal Canadiens and Andrei Markov have agreed on a two year deal worth $11.5 million.

More information available (en Francais) here: Markov returns for two years?

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hypothetically, you’re talking about a guy in his last year in the National Hockey League had 75 points. That’s leading our team last year. That’s an intriguing thing to think about. He’s a power-play guy. What you saw him do in the World Championship against NHL-caliber players was nothing short of outstanding on a bigger ice surface. Those are intriguing things to think about hypothetically. It’s tough not to think about adding 75 points to your roster if it’s something you’re capable of doing.

-Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.  More from Bylsma on numerous topics at Penguins.com.

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  Tags: dan+bylsma, jaromir+jagr

No Name, No Logo, No Jersey but Hell, They Have a Web Site!

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

Behold, winnipeg.nhl.com.

Now then, who will become the first-ever draft choice of the second-ever go-round for the Winnipeg

Jets

Whatevers this weekend? And what will they wear on stage?

Oh, and officially, R.I.P., Atlanta Thrashers.

Condolences to those whose career paths have now been drastically altered.

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Fleischmann Should be Healthy - With the Avs or Elsewhere?

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

From the Denver Post‘s Adrian Dater:

It’s June 21, 10 days before the start of free agency, and the Avs and Fleischmann have yet to talk at all about a new contract. On July 1, Fleischmann can talk to any team, as an unrestricted free agent.

Fleischmann scored 21 points in 22 games with the Avs after coming over from Washington for Scott Hannnan, but then was sidelined for the rest of the season with pulmonary embolism (blood clots in his leg). Fleischmann has yet to be medically cleared by the Avalanche medical staff.

Question is – is that because the Avs have no interest in signing him, and hence no interest in examining him? The Avalanche has no comment on that issue. Fleischmann’s agent, Richard Evans, seemed to have no idea what the Avs’ intentions are regarding his client. Evans does not want to be quoted for the record on the status of things, which is an unfortunate side effect of the Avs’ extreme paranoia about people talking about anything contract-related.

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  Tags: tomas+fleischmann

Bettman Expects Devils’ Potential Sale Won’t Need His Involvement

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

From Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti:

A report in The Hockey News earlier this month said the commissioner would “focus on the situations in New Jersey and Los Angeles” after the Atlanta/Winnipeg sale and Dallas’ sale were resolved.

“I don’t know who wrote that or why, but no,” Bettman said when I asked him if he had any plans to focus on the Devils’ ownership situation or monitor it more closely.

Although Brick City LLC – headed by Mike Gilfillan and Ray Chambers – is looking to sell its 47 percent share, Bettman said that the potential sale is not impacting team business and he expects it to be resolved without need for him to be involved, “to the best of my knowledge in my constant communications with everybody.”

More, including an update on Zach Parise…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, zach+parise

Shea Weber Talks Contract (Briefly)

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

With Josh Cooper of The Tennesseean:

“It’s going to take care of itself. It will sort itself out. My agent is taking care of it with David [Poile], I’m sure it will work itself out,” Weber said. “We’ve been talking the last little while here and hopefully things will continue to go well.”

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  Tags: david+poile, shea+weber

The Stanley Cup is Priceless but the Bar Tab’ll be $156,679.74, Please

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

And here I was thinking I’d been to some serious parties in my day…

Our friends at Puck Daddy (via their friends at SixteenWins.com) help to grow the legend of the Boston Bruins’ blowout Stanley Cup celebration at MGM Grand at Foxwood’s SHRINE with a tasty graphic representation of all that was consumed.

All I can add to what they’ve put out there is this:

You just won the Stanley freakin’ Cup and THAT many of you went with Bud Light?!?!?!?!?!?!? Pfft.

Hop on over to PD for more...

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CBC’s Playoff Ratings Shatter Previous Records

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Playoff Series Rounds, Stanley Cup Final Series and Vancouver-Boston Game 7 All set new network highs. On television and on-line, Canadians watched hockey in record numbers this playoff season on CBC.

On air, ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s coverage of the 2011 NHL playoffs has shattered all previous records for post-season audiences.  From the four playoff series, to the Stanley Cup Final, to the Vancouver/Boston Game 7 showdown, this year’s playoff run truly was one for the record books.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA - Stanley Cup Final – Vancouver/Boston*
• Average audience of 6.15 million viewers, up 98% compared to the 2009/10 Stanley Cup Final.
• Marks the highest Stanley Cup Final average since TV metered measurement (originally set by 2004 average of 3.73 million, a difference of 65%).

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Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Playoff Talk, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cbc, hnic, media, ratings

Final Thoughts on the Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Elliotte Friedman at CBC:

5. Considering the level of disappointment the Vancouver organization had with the refereeing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Sedins showed an unbelievable amount of class by skating over to the officials after the handshakes and thanking them. According to one source, their comments were along the lines of, “We know that a lot gets said. This is an emotional time and you shouldn’t take all of it personally.” And, if anyone thinks that makes them soft, the two Flyers who did the same thing last year were Mike Richards and Chris Pronger.

12. Before every game in the final, Bruins players put on Stanley Cup rings provided by Mark Recchi, Shawn Thornton and assistant coach Doug Jarvis. That’s some serious motivation.

20. Claude Julien read that Bobby Orr said he couldn’t play in the coach’s system because it was “too restrictive.” Julien laughed and said if he had Orr, “The system would apply to the other 19 guys, not him.”

read on for more of Friedman’s 30 thoughts

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