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"John Tortorella was on my staff for the Olympics in 2010. He's a good guy. I don't know what's going on in his head, but you know what? Shut your mouth and worry about your team. Leave my coach alone."

-Brian Burke of the Calgary Flames on Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.  

Tortorella made a few comments about Bob Hartley last night and you can read all about in a piece from the CP at TSN.

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All Alex Ovechkin

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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

On missing the playoffs being a wakeup call:

Of course it’s wakeup call for everybody, for us and for the bosses. I’m pretty sure everybody upset. It’s good wakeup call and I’m hopeful for next year we’re going to be better. [Whoever] is going to be on the team, these guys have to be better....

On whether he is tired of shouldering the blame for the Capitals’ shortcomings:

I’m not a judge. It’s wakeup call for everybody. I’m pissed because somebody says it’s bad system. I’m pissed about it’s bad situation when we didn’t play well. I’m a player, everybody players. Why were we in the playoffs last year? Because nobody point fingers on somebody. Everybody was in same position and everybody played for each other.

On the Capitals’ 5-on-5 play, where they were outscored 155-139.

It’s a situation when right now, 5-on-5 is very difficult to play. If you score on power play and you get the lead guys who play 5-on-5 will get more open and get more chances. If it’s a tie game or situation is 1-1 or 2-2, it’s so hard to score because everybody plays five guys in the [defensive] zone and everybody plays around the goalie. 

read on

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12 Hockey Experts At ESPN Make Their First Round Hockey Picks

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via ESPN,

Eastern Conference

All 12 pick Boston over Detroit, they are split ond Tampa Bay/Montreal, 11 pick Pittsburgh over Columbus and 10 votes for the NY Rangers and 2 for Philadelphia.

Western Conference

11 pick Colorado while one lone vote for Minnesota, it's a split for St. Louis/Chicago, 10 votes for Ahaheim and 2 for Dallas and 9 votes for LA Kings and 3 for San Jose.

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Expectation Management

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I read a comment from our resident pharmacist this morning, HockeyinHD.  Naturally, HD found an opportunity to profess his genius through the use of powerpoint, above-the-fray logic and shoddy sentence structure.  His point? The Wings will get trounced, but we should be satisfied by the effort it took to even get this far.

While I think HD is a tiny man with serious esteem issues?

I happen to agree.

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The NHL Draft Lottery Is Tuesday Night

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NEW YORK (April 14, 2014) – The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 15, at 8 p.m., ET.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the results of the Draft Lottery live during a 30-minute program produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation also will air in the U.S. on NBCSN and will re-air on NHL Network U.S. at 8:30 p.m., ET.

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The Wings Preparing Young Defensemen For Just In Case Scenario

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Rookie defensemen Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul will remain with the team until at least Thursday according to Wings general manager.

“They’re going to stay here the next three days so that they know our system so that they’re involved in all our preparations on Boston and the Boston series,” Holland said in a phone interview Monday. “Then, in all likelihood they’re probably going back. But if we have an injured defenseman and we need to call one up they know what we’re doing.”

continued

If you missed it earlier, the Wings sent Mrazek back to GR earlier today.

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Henrik Zetterberg Will Skate With The Team Tomorrow

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from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

“I don’t know if he’ll be in a full practice, but he’ll be on the ice at the start of it, be on for a little bit then get off,” Holland said. “Then we’ll see how he is Wednesday.”

Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 in New York to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“It’s eight weeks on Friday,” Holland said. “He skated on his own a little bit last week. It’s just the next step along the line or rehabilitation. The timeframe is we need another week before we can have any discussions where he’s at.

“It’s good news he’s going to skate with the team (Tuesday), but the bigger news is how does he feel on Wednesday,” Holland continued. “Then, if feels good enough to skate on Wednesday then the next bigger news will be how does he feel to skate on Thursday.”

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The Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli On The Detroit Red Wings

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from Jeff Pini at Boston.com,

“Getting back a healthy Daytsuk; that makes them more dangerous,” Chiarelli said. “Who knows what will happen with Zetterberg, he’s lurking in the wings, and [Detroit GM] Kenny [Holland] and [Coach Mike Babcock] will probably pull him out at some point.

They’ve had a ton of injuries, and Tatar, Reilly [Smith’s] brother [Brendan], Nyquist, Sheahan, all these kids… They’ve all helped energize them and when you’ve got these kids that are fearless and don’t really know what the ramifications are they become dangerous as a group, and that’s what they are.”...

“I have great respect of that organization, great respect for Kenny Holland, Mike Babcock, [and] the Ilitch family.” Chiarelli said. “I’ve followed them for a lot of years… Kenny I got to know him a little better during the Olympics he’s very bright, he looks at things a lot of different ways, A lot of different angles, to get a solution, and you see that in their development, they like developing people in the minors, but they also find players elsewhere in trades and free agents, and that’s what we try to do.

“I have respect for Mike Babcock, he’s a sharp guy… I got to sit in on their coaches’ meetings in advance of the Olympics and during the Olympics, and he’s very, very bright. So I have a lot of respect for them, but now they’re competitors on the other side of the ice, so we’ve got to figure out a way to beat them.”

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What’s Next For Barry Trotz?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So Barry Trotz is out as the Nashville Predators’ head coach after 15 seasons at the helm, the longest-tenured coach in the league finally paying the price for two consecutive playoffs absences. What Trotz could have done differently to keep Pekka Rinne healthy is a question for another day, but the overriding sense was that the Predators were going to make a coaching move after this year unless they miracle playoff run.

The name most closely linked to Nashville is that of former Philadelphia Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette, with whom David Poile, the Nashville Predators’ president of hockey operations and general manager, has a good relationship with through their USA Hockey backgrounds.

Trotz immediately goes to the top of the list of possible replacement for other teams that did not immediately fire coaches Monday morning. Could he be a fit in Vancouver, for example, if the Canucks ultimately decide to part ways with John Tortorella? Trotz has all of Tortorella’s experience, but a far greater ability to work with players and get the most out of them. If the plan in Vancouver is to retool rather than rebuild and hope the Sedins bounce back in a meaningful way, then Trotz could be a good choice.

continued

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You Stink Kronwall

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

 from Cornelius Hardenbergh oF Stanley Cup of Chower,

Niklas Kronwall is a dumb jerk of a Detroit Red Wing, and he always has been. Known for "Kronwalling," the act of using a lack of prior suspensions to prevent yourself from getting future suspensions despite dirty hits, Niklas Kronwall is the rock that holds the Detroit Red Wings defense together. Unfortunately for Detroit, they'd be better off with another guy named Niklas back there. But the other guy retired. Suckers....

Aside from not hitting and not playing defense, what has Kronwall been up to? Getting himself up to 10th in Defenseman scoring, is what he's done. The top 9 defensemen (in terms of points) all have over 50, and Niklas is sitting at 10th with just 49 (8 goals, 41 assists). This ties him with Daniel Alfredsson for the lead on the Red Wings. Kronwall also sits at 3rd on the team in PIMs, behind only Reilly's Brother and Kyle Quincey.

The Bottom Line is that we'll be seeing quite a bit of this fellow and I wouldn't buy front row seats this round, mainly due to him stinking up the joint.

a bit more...

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