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Toronto Review, Including The Media

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Among the relative newcomers to the hockey media, I enjoyed the work of Doug MacLean on Fan590 and Rogers Sportsnet. On the flip side, I continue to be unimpressed by Sportsnet’s Darin Millard, who’s been around since the launch of the channel and is easily the most irritating and unlikable personality in hockey broadcasting.

  The biggest joke of 2009-10, unfortunately, was the spectacle of James Mirtle attempting to function as a Globe and Mail hockey writer. A statistics wonk with limited journalistic skills, poor James struggled, to say the least. Consider his gruesome effort on April 12, in which he “reports” on Leaf coach Ron Wilson’s assessment of the season.

  Mirtle wanted us to know that some ex-Leafs felt the players in the room had given up playing for Wilson.


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Stories We Could Be Talking About

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

As the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs get under way Wednesday night, here are 10 storylines we’ll be watching this postseason:

1. Beware betting against those Coyotes
By now, you’ve likely seen almost every hockey pundit (including me) pick the red-hot veteran Red Wings to beat upstart Phoenix in the first round. But wouldn’t it just be like the Coyotes to once again prove us all wrong? All season long, people have been waiting for them to fall apart. Hasn’t happened. Not even close. Now, they’re given very little chance against hockey’s model franchise. Could there be another great story out of the desert?

2. League discipline/head shots
Under the newly approved fast-tracked rule, NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell has the power to suspend players for blind-side hits to the head. The postseason rule of thumb has always been that one playoff game was worth four or five in the regular season when it comes to suspensions. How will Campbell react to the first blind-side head shot incident?


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Video Preview Of Wings/Coyotes

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Dave Strader and Tyson Nash break down the series between Detroit and Phoenix.

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Morning Line

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“I want to be on a winning team.  It’s three years of this and (we’re going) back to square one, so I want to be on a winning team. That’s the biggest thing. I’m not getting any younger. We’ll see how it all shakes out this summer.”

-Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  More from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times.

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First Round On-Ice Officials

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from NHL Officials,

The Officials selected for this year’s first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are as follows:


Paul Devorski, Eirc Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Dennis Larue, Chris Lee, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Bill McCreary, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom, Ian Walsh and Brad Watson.

read on for the linesmen…

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Something Is Different With Theodore

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Whatever drives Theodore, this postseason stands as a defining moment for many who believed Theodore’s ship had sailed. These coming days and weeks will possibly bring not just wins, but also something like redemption.

“He’s been a guy that’s said from the beginning, ‘OK, last year was last year. If I have to prove myself, I’ve proved myself my whole life.’ And he’s going to be proving himself again,” Boudreau said. “And he did it in the face of a lot of adversity this year. I give him full credit for everything he’s done.”

One thing is certain: Theodore has been thinking about these playoffs for a long time.

“For sure. A lot of people counted me out when the season started for different reasons,” he said. “It was a big challenge for me just to have a solid season pretty much since training camp. Obviously to have the chance to play in the playoffs ... that’s where you want to be, it’s in the playoffs, and now it’s finally starting. So we’ll see.”


added 11:11am, Reports from practice this morning state Theodore headed to the locker room after tweaking some body part or taking a shot to the said body part.

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Tampa And Atlanta Clean House

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With the regular season over, two of the more ineptly run teams have announced that their GM and coach will not be back in those positions next year.  The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired GM Brian Lawton and coach Rick Tocchet and the Atlanta Thrashers have moved GM Don Waddell to team president and fired coach John Anderson.

Tampa has been owned and managed very dysfunctionally.  The Oren Koules and Len Barrie ownership circus atmosphere ended when the team was sold to Jeffrey Vinik, but its problems remained.  The GM and coach did not get along.  In mid-season, GM Lawton fired assistant coach Wes Walz and coach Rick Tocchet did not agree with the move.  Jim Johnson was brought up from AHL Norfolk to replace Walz and was seen by Tocchet as a GM spy in the dressing room.  Eventually Johnson was re-assigned to Norfolk, but the bad blood remained.  In order for Tampa to make a fresh start, it was necessary to turf both Lawton and Tocchet and start again.

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It Just Feels Like A Tuesday

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Wow. This sounds familiar, eh?

The Desert Dogs are underdogs once again.
“We’re a team that at the start of the year, nobody gave us a chance, and now probably nobody’s giving us a chance against Detroit, either, and that’s kind of what we built our identity on,” Tippett said.

That’s from yesterday’s Arizona Republic.  It could have been from last year’s Columbus Dispatch or the year before’s Tennessean.  Woe is us.  Underdogs again.  We’ve been “dis’d” all year. 

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We Start Tonight

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The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight with 8 teams in action.

My question to you today is- What player will have the highest point total for the 2010 Playoffs?


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Shakeup In Atlanta

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via a Chris Vivlamore tweet,

BIG NEWS: Thrashers move Don Waddell to president, name Rick Dudley GM and dismiss coaching staff.

added 9:50am, Read all about from Chris at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

added 9:57am,

ATLANTA (April 14, 2010) - The Atlanta Thrashers have promoted Don Waddell to President and Rick Dudley to General Manager, according to Co-Owner Bruce Levenson.  The team also announced that it will not retain Head Coach John Anderson and Assistant Coaches Randy Cunneyworth, Todd Nelson and Steve Weeks.  In his new role, Waddell will focus primarily on all business aspects of the organization, and as General Manager, Dudley will be responsible for all hockey operations.

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