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Try And Deny It Now: Datsyuk Best In NHL

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Nominated for the Byng, the Selke.

And now the frigging Hart.  And nice frigging job from Khan(!) to get the word and get it out there.

The Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk is one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. The official annoucement is due in about an hour. Don’t know for sure who the other two finalists are, but it’s safe to assume Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin are the other two.

Datsyuk is the first Red Wing to be named a Hart finalist since Sergei Fedorov won the award in 1994.

Great comment from Aphaea a few minutes ago, and anyone in the MSM with a pair will pick up on it too.

To think there might be three Russians as finalists for the Hart. Screw you, Don Cherry.



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Hockey Comes To An End In The New York Market

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from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

Consider this is a commentary on the state of New York area hockey, the only market anywhere, in any sport, that has three major-league teams: Right now, the hottest club around here is the Islanders.

Yes, the Islanders, 30th out of 30 National Hockey League teams in the regular season, are on April 29 the only ones who have something to which they can look forward. They’re the only ones coming off a victory, having won the draft lottery. They will be right in the mix of NHL talk from now until the draft in late June.

That is what is left of the New York hockey season, which came to a sudden ending for the Rangers and Devils in Game 7s Tuesday night.


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First Round Game 7 Heroes

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TSN presents the heroes of 1st round, game 7 NHL playoff games.

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Goaltending Questions In Philadelphia

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

But who will be the Flyers’ No. 1 goalie at the start of the 2009-10 regular season? Holmgren and Biron acknowledged it could be two months before that question is answered.

“I think Marty is a good goalie and I think he had a good couple years here,” Holmgren said. “If we move forward with him, that will be a decision we make in the next little while.”

At 31, Biron is coming off his second full season as the Flyers’ starter. He ranked 13th in the NHL in wins (29), 25th in goals-against average (2.76) and 17th in save percentage (.915).

But the numbers that will define whether Biron stays in Philadelphia will be his average salary and the number of years he is seeking on a new contract.

At $3.5 million, Biron ranked 19th among NHL goalies this season, just below Dwayne Roloson’s $3.667 million. Roloson, who is 39, had almost identical numbers to Biron this season with 28 wins, a 2.77 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

In other words, Biron’s market value is probably exactly what he’s making now. That could be a sticking point is his insistence on a long-term contract.


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Semi-Conference Schedule With Versus Exclusive Games

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Earlier today I pointed to the Semi-Conference Playoff schedule and now I have added the exclusive Versus games (in bold below)...

NEW YORK (April 28, 2009) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national broadcast coverage for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Thursday, April 30, when the Vancouver Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks. On Friday, May 1, the Detroit Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes. Saturday, May 2, the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of that series. NBC and VERSUS provide national television coverage in the United States, and CBC, TSN and RDS will televise nationally in Canada. Every Conference Semifinal game can be heard on Sirius XM Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NHL

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Any Interest In Marty Turco?

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Marty Turco did not reach the triggers for his no-trade clause this season, so he can be traded.

Also, while his cap hit is $5.7 million, his actual contract cost is only $5.4 million, so that does make the deal a little better.

Bottom line, I think if the Stars wanted to move him, there would be probably be interest (Philadelphia, for example, has no goalie signed). However, the Flyers have $50 million committed to next season already, and that will be the problem with a lot of teams.

We’ll see. My guess is the team is committed to Turco for next season and is hoping that he will have a great year as he faces unrestricted free agency.

read on for more on the goalie situation in Dallas…

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via Canes Now at the News & Observer,

How quick was Carolina’s 4-3 dramatic finish over the New Jersey Devils?

So fast that ESPN.com didn’t have a chance to take down its “Devils Oust Canes” (bottom left hand corner) before putting up its story on the Canes’ win.


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Prepare For The Hype

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from CBC Sports,

As much as legends Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux dominated their era, the two greats never faced each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Fortunately for the NHL, it won’t miss out on another golden opportunity.

Thanks to the Capitals’ Game 7 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, the two most recognizable hockey players in the world will square off for their first-ever playoff meeting Saturday afternoon in Washington.

“Welcome to the circus,” proclaimed Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau after Washington rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the second round.

read on

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Gary Bettman Will Be Around A Lot Longer

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So says Jimmy Devallano, Senior VP of the Detroit Red Wings.  You will have to scroll to the very end of the interview Devallano did with Norm Runack on the Fan590 last night to hear the Bettman talk, but first listen to Jimmy talk about the Wings/Ducks series and numerous other NHL topics.

Link to listen to the interview from last night…

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Doug Wilson Is Safe In San Jose

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from David Pollak and Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,

Whatever changes lie ahead for the Sharks after the embarrassment of their first-round playoff exit in Anaheim, they won’t involve a new name on the wall outside the general manager’s office.

Sharks President Greg Jamison said Tuesday that while he and the ownership group are frustrated with the team’s postseason performance, Doug Wilson will continue to lead the hockey department.

“His body of work stands for itself, and our goal is to work together toward that magic goal of the Stanley Cup,” Jamison said.


added 8:45am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There is an unofficial manual for building an NHL team and no one follows the text better than San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.

In short order, a team is supposed to draft the best available players, develop them patiently in the minors, and then promote them to the NHL, gradually doling out more and more responsibility as the experience levels increase.

The only thing missing from the manual is the unwritten final chapter, the one that deals with intangibles.


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