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How About A Bad Owner?

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from Jeff Gordon of the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Computer magnate Charles Wang told Newsday he regrets buying the New York Islanders nine years ago. Given his costly failure at the helm of the franchise, Hockey Guy can understand that sentiment.

But it wasn’t a bad buy. It was a potentially good buy that went terribly wrong, due to Wang’s naive and/or inept management.

Why did he let Mike Milbury run the franchise into the ground? Appointing the team’s back-up goaltender, Garth Snow, as the latest general manager was equally egregious.

Hockey Guy postures as if he could run a franchise better than the men actually in charge. In the case of the Islanders, though, this presumption is legitimate.

There might be 50,000 people – Hockey Guy included – who are better qualified to run that team than Wang, Milbury, Snow, et al.

continued & more hockey topics too…

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Game 2 Notes- Ducks/Wings

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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

• It was so quiet in Joe Louis Arena after Marchant beat Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, you could almost hear the Ducks players celebrating along the boards all the way back in Anaheim.

• You could read Babcock’s lips as the Red Wings players left the bench at the end: “Good job, men.” Babcock knows it could be a deflating loss, so he was trying to soften the blow of a potentially devastating defeat.

• The Ducks don’t win very often in Detroit during the regular season (1-6-1 in the past four years), but they are now 5-2 in the playoffs at Joe Louis Arena since 2003. They also have won four consecutive overtime games at The Joe. Go figure.

• For what it’s worth, the Ducks also are 3-0 in playoff series tied 1-1 through two games.


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Bruins Came Into The Game A Little Cocky

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So says Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe…

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Wings Will Win The Cup

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Detroit Red Wings are going to win the Stanley Cup again this year, and it’s not even going to be close. Don’t let Sunday’s 4-3, triple-overtime victory by the Anaheim Ducks over the Wings fool you. Only Jonas Hiller and some oddly inaccurate Detroit shooters on great scoring chances in the first two OTs prevented the Wings from staying perfect in the postseason.

Plenty has gone wrong in Detroit in recent history, but nothing goes wrong with the hockey team anymore.

Its star forwards never get hurt, its star defenseman (Nick Lidstrom) never gets old, and when it’s anybody’s turn at a potential big free-agent payday, Detroit’s top players always sign at big hometown discounts to stay.

The Wings were supposed to join the Avalanche at the bottom of the NHL seabed following the lockout, when a new economic order was imposed to supposedly stamp out rich-team dominion. But the Wings just kept getting richer.

read on

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All About The NHL Email You Receive

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from Laurie Sullivan of Online Media Daily,

The National Hockey League connects with fans through email every day, and sends 62 newsletter versions weekly. Online Media Daily spoke with Amie Becton Ray, senior manager of direct marketing at the NHL, about the league’s email strategy and the impact on hundreds of thousands of fans receiving messages specifically created for them.

OMD: How often does the NHL send communications to fans?

Ray: NHL’s email list includes nearly one million fans. There are 62 versions of the weekly newsletter sent each Thursday. We began sending targeted newsletters in the fall. This lets us send each person specific information about their favorite team, depending on where they live.


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Playoff MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

During the first round of the playoffs I picked Evgeni Malkin as the playoff MVP, but there has been another player who has passed him.  Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks is my current choice as playoff MVP.  He has the lead in assists and points, with 10 and 13 respectively.  In fact he has as many assists as any other player has points in the playoffs so far.

A lot of credit has been given to goaltender Jonas Hiller for the Anaheim Ducks defeat of the San Jose Sharks are current 1-1 tie with the Detroit Red Wings, but I think Getzlaf has been even more important.  He has been the player who has made the Ducks offence succeed.

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Situation Room Review Of The LaRose Shot

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Video Review: Carolina at Boston, 19:58 of 2nd period

Hockey Operations reviewed the shot by Carolina’s Larose to see if the puck was entirely across the goal line.  The referee’s call on the ice was no goal - therefore video review needed to determine conclusively that the puck was over the line.  Video review determined that it was inconclusive as to whether the puck crossed the goal line in its entirety - no goal.

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  Tags: chad+larose

Evening Line

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“I applied for the (TV) play by play job in Columbus before the team’s inaugural season and would have loved to come home and been the voice of the Blue Jackets for 40 years.  I didn’t get the job and have been stuck working at the most successful network in TV history. Darn the luck. My current contract (with ESPN) is up July 1, 2012. We will see what happens then.”

-John Buccigross of ESPN.  A bit more from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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  Tags: john+buccigross

Flyers Show Interest In Emery

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Philadelphia Flyers have had significant discussions with Emery’s agent J.P Barry about the potential of the 26-year-old returning to the National Hockey League. ...

Following Philadelphia’s first round playoff elimination, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren acknowledged he’ll have to consider all options in goal, considering Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.


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  Tags: ray+emery

Ducks Even Series With Triple OT Win Over Wings

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Rest up boys, next game is Tuesday at 10:30pm EDT.

Long plane ride for both teams and many tired bodies on both sides right now.

added 8:04pm, via Curtis Zapke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,


The Ducks were called for just two penalties in regulation, their fewest in the postseason. They took one penalty in the first overtime but killed it.


The Ducks continued to lose the puck possession game. They were beaten, 56-38, on faceoffs and have been beaten, 92-43, in the first two games. Andrew Ebbett lost all eight of his faceoffs.


The Ducks improved to 5-0 against Detroit in postseason overtime games. They beat the Red Wings twice (on goals by Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne) in the 2007 Western Conference finals and twice in the 2003 quarterfinals (Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin).

Watch Marchant’s game winning OT goal below…

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