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Binghamton Senators Win Calder Cup

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The AHL championship Calder Cup has just completed.  The results of the first round are here, the second round is here and the third round is here.

In the finals Binghamton Senators defeat Houston Aeros four games to two.  Binghamton is the Ottawa Senators AHL team and Houston belongs to the Minnesota Wild.  Each game in this series was quite close and relatively low scoring.  After a slow start, where Houston held a two games to one lead, Binghamton came back to win the title.

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Holmgren Talks About Acquiring Bryzgalov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Q: Are you confident that you can sign Bryzgalov?

“We’re going to give it our best shot. Obviously we gave up an asset to get a chance to get in early so we have every intention of trying our best to get a deal done.”

Q: I spoke to Rich Winter yesterday for quite a while and he wants four or five years. Are you willing to go that far with Bryzgalov?

“Well, we’ll see what we can do. He’s certainly not an old goaltender. He’s 30 or 31 years old. I feel like he’s got a lot of good years left in him. We’ll see how it goes. When you get into a negotiation like this, you’re dealing with a salary cap, you try to get a number you can live with. We’ll see.”


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Burke Consulted In Rome Suspension - Canucks Furious

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The Vancouver Canucks were furious with the four-game suspension handed down by the NHL to defenceman Aaron Rome Tuesday.

One day after head coach Alain Vigneault and captain Henrik Sedin admitted Rome’s hit on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton was late, the Canucks were singing a different tune, more defiant in their characterization of the hit, and outraged at the league.

And there’s good reason for that. Several of them, in fact.

For starters was Mike Murphy’s admission that he consulted with Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, a former NHL disciplinarian, before arriving at his decision. The mere mention of Burke’s name elicits anger from the Canucks, because his relationship with team owner Francesco Aquilini is toxic.


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Ilya Bryzgalov Now A Flyer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

PHX trades Bryzgalov’s rights to PHI.

added 8:00pm, also from McKenzie tweet,

PHX gets 3rd rd pick in 2012 plus future considerations.

added 8:01pm,

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have traded the negotiating rights of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Philadelphia’s 3rd round choice in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, future considerations and forward Matt Clackson (whose contract will expire June 30, 2011). Bryzgalov will become a free agent on July 1, 2011.

“After several discussions with Ilya and his agent, it became very clear to us that we were not in a position to sign Ilya to a long-term contract,” said Maloney. “We will now focus our efforts on adding another goaltender to our roster for the upcoming season.”


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What Happens Next?

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

That is what everyone from fans and media members in the hockey world are wondering as the Stanley Cup Final goes to Game 4 tomorrow night in Beantown.

Last night was obviously a whomping by the Boston Bruins over the Vancouver Canucks. With that said, one has to wonder if this was simply a case of the Bruins winning just one game in the series and then the Canucks winning the series in five.

On the other hand, one has to wonder if the Bruins have finally woken up and are playing the way they are used to playing and that is by forechecking, going hard to the net and being physical. The Bruins have been successful with that kind of hockey all postseason long.

The Bruins are now also playing for one of their own, Nathan Horton. Horton suffered a severe concussion after getting hit in the head by Canucks’ defenseman Aaron Rome and the organization found out today that Horton will be gone for the rest of the series. The Bruins will certainly use that as motivation going forward in the series.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, vancouver+canucks

Darren McCarty recalls the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup championship

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via Fox Sports Detroit, Art Regner sat down for a timely interview with former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty:

Exactly 14 years ago Tuesday, Darren McCarty’s highlight-reel goal in the second period secured a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena and a four-game sweep of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.

It was the Red Wings’ first Stanley Cup title since 1955, setting off a celebration in Detroit that culminated in a parade that drew more than a million people downtown a couple of days later.

FOXSportsDetroit.com’s Art Regner on Tuesday had lunch with McCarty, who vividly recalls that Cup run, which got an early start—March 26, 1997 vs. Claude Lemieux and his Colorado Avalanche.

Regner’s video interview with McCarty is over 35 minutes in duration!

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Red Wings quickies: Wings to speak to Todd Richards about assistant coach’s job

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo, you can add Todd Richards’ name to Bob Boughner as one of the candidates to replace Brad McCrimmon behind the Red Wings’ bench:

The Wild has made it clear to NHL teams that they have permission to speak to the former Wild coach, who has one more year left on his Minnesota contract. Richards has begun to be contacted by NHL teams seeking assistant coaches.

According to multiple league sources, Richards has interviews lined up with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel within the next week. Detroit is looking to replace Brad McCrimmon, who stepped down, while Columbus is looking to replace Bob Boughner, who also stepped down.

Most interesting though: According to sources, the Winnipeg franchise has already reached out to Richards and plans to interview him in the near future for an assistant coaching position. This would lend further credence to reports that Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel, Richards’ mentor from their days together in Milwaukee, could soon be replacing Craig Ramsay as coach.

My gut still tells me that, somewhere along the line, the Wings will both consider simply promoting Keith McKittrick, the team’s video coordinator…and I have to believe that Babcock’s attempted to get permission from the Phoenix Coyotes to speak to his old pal Dave King…

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Ted Nolan Wants To Coach Again

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From The Moncton Times & Transcript,

Nolan makes it clear he wants to coach again some day and it doesn’t matter whether it’s the NHL or major junior.

“I definitely miss coaching,” he said. “I really miss teaching the game, watching the players improve and develop their skills, and taking a group of individuals in training camp and seeing them gel together as a team over the course of the season.”

“I remember the way [Moncton Wildcats owner Robert Irving] approached me to come to Moncton and wanted me to be part of the organization. I do want to coach again. I want to go to an organization where they really want me to be part of it. You wait around and hopefully that opportunity comes.”


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How’s Luongo Doing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Have the Bruins gone all Blackhawks on Roberto Luongo or was Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals just a blip on an otherwise terrific run by the Vancouver Canucks star goaltender?

And by going all Blackhawks on him, we mean getting inside his head for a few games.

For what it’s worth, Luongo’s demeanor Tuesday suggested a calm and confident person, not the same cat we saw the last few years during his struggles with Chicago.

“Obviously, it was disappointing last night,” Luongo told ESPN.com Tuesday after having spoken to a horde of media for close to a half hour. “We’re all upset with ourselves. But right now, I’m in the Stanley Cup finals. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. I’m not going to shrug my shoulders and put my head down. It’s time to go to work here. Pick yourself back up, dust yourself up and go back at it. We have a chance to win the game tomorrow and go home up 3-1.”


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Despite Rome ban, bad deal for Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By pcoffey


Is trading Aaron Rome for Nathan Horton a trade you would make?

Didn’t think so. But we’re not the the Vancouver Canucks, who will gladly lose the journeyman defenseman for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final, knowing the Boston Bruins will be without Nathan Horton, one of their top-six forwards, for the remainder of the series thanks to Rome’s crushing, late hit in Game 3.

Listening to each team is useless in this instance. The Bruins have been robbed of one of their top players, so they aren’t in a forgiving mood. The Canucks are singing that ‘Gee, Aaron’s a great guy, not a dirty player” dirge.

That drops the problem into the lap of the NHL’s Hockey Operations department, which is stuck in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. Rome was tossed from the game on the hit, considered late by just about everyone not wearing a Canucks sweater. But if the punishment is to fit the crime, shouldn’t the Canucks lose a player akin to Horton’s value for the remainder of the Final. Can anyone say the Canucks aren’t benefiting in this “trade”?


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  Tags: aaron+rome, nathan+horton

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