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Today in Playoffs History—April 18

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Flashbacks To: 1942, 1959, 1963, 1987, 1994

April 18, 1942 •  The Toronto Maple Leafs completed the greatest comeback in Stanley Cup history with their fourth straight victory after losing the first three games of the Final to the Detroit Red Wings.

Leafs goaltender Turk Broda provided the heroics, allowing the Red Wings only seven goals in the last four games, including this 3-1 series-ending victory.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Offer Sheets Less Risky This Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rand Simon at The Hockey News,

While we have no way of knowing if the Gilbert signing was in any way motivated by the threat of a potential offer sheet this summer, we do know that thanks to the large increase in the average league salary (ALS), it will be easier for teams to make offer sheets without risking as much compensation.

If a team fails to match an offer sheet, it receives draft pick compensation from the signing team based on the average annual value of the new contract.

The catch is that the compensation levels go up along with the increase in ALS. For the first season after the lockout, ALS was $1.458 million but after a 17 per cent increase last season and an expected increase this season in the 10 per cent range, ALS will be around $1.9 million.


Note: For another perspective on offer sheets, KK also linked Lyle Richardson from THN a few days ago

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Anaheim - Dallas Game 5 Poll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Saku Koivu May Play In Game 6

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

There is a possibility that the Montreal Canadiens could have captain Saku Koivu back in the lineup on Saturday.

How strong the possibility is will be determined after the morning skate, prior to the sixth game of the first-round series Saturday.

Koivu has missed the past three weeks with a fractured bone in his left foot. But he skated for the third day in a row and will determine whether he is fit after skating with his teammates in the morning.

“He skated today and he felt better,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. “He pushed it a little harder. He’ll skate again tomorrow and then see.”


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Habs Fan Beaten in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jason Magder at The Gazette,

Jean-Pierre Masse was beaten and kicked in the face several times about 10:20 p.m. after Game 4 of the NHL playoffs in which the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. The incident happened on Causeway St. outside the TD Banknorth Garden, minutes after the game had ended.

Witnesses said Masse, 28, was wearing a red Canadiens jersey as he was walking by a group of about 20 Bruins fans.

“They began yelling things like, ‘Go home, you French (expletive)’ - things like that,” Hugo Contant told the Herald.

more… on what is certainly an isolated incident, but a disturbing one.

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Bryan Murray Wants Emery Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery’s tenure in the Nation’s capital is likely over.

The Senator’s top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season.  When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.

“My plan is not to have him back,” Murray told reporters.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.


Update 5:05pm ET— Updates added to that TSN story link:

Murray also said he was not about to trade Jason Spezza or Dany Heatley, saying the team made a commitment to those players being part of the team’s core group. He acknowledged that both had poor playoffs and were spoken to about it on Thursday, but added, “I’m not going to discard players like these two people.”

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Helm In For Hartigan; Tootoo Needs A Beatdown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Four games too late in my opinion, but Mark Hartigan finally finds a seat tonite.  Abbadabbadoobiedoo?  No.  Darren Helm.


Update from Friday’s morning skate: Rookie Darren Helm will make his playoff debut debut in Game 5 vs. Nashville, replacing Mark Hartigan. The fast-skating Helm will center the fourth line with Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake.

“Really excited and nervous at the same time,’’ Helm said. “There’s a lot of young guys up, being one of the first guys to jump in definitely means a lot to me, gives me some confidence that they believe in me.’‘

Oh and Kris Draper has gone ahead and confirmed for us that Jordin Tootoo is a piece of trash.


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Gaborik A No Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,

This was a big series for Gabby. He’s a year from free agency. This postseason could have been the crucible in which he proved himself irreplaceable.

Instead, through five games, he’s disappeared as surely as Alex Rodriguez in October.

When a talented player becomes frustrated, the operative phrase in hockey is, “He’s squeezing the stick too tight.”

It’s a wonder Gaborik is left with anything more than sawdust (or melted graphite) by the end of each shift.


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Everything Is Good With New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When Devils coach Brent Sutter walked into the room for the media availability this morning at the team hotel, I asked him how he was doing and he replied, “Everything is tickety-boo”.

I was pretty sure that meant, “Everything is good”, but just to be sure I did an internet search (I wasn’t sure how to spell it either) and it turns out I was correct.

The definition on Dictionary.com reads: “adjective Chiefly British Informal. fine; OK [Origin: 1935–40; perh. expressive alter. of the phrase that’s the ticket] “

With that settled, it’s on to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at Prudential Center with the Rangers leading three games to one and looking to wrap up the series with one more victory.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Our team is bigger and tougher than the Flyers. They know it now and we know it now.

We now know how to play playoff hockey, NHL style. We have figured out what the refs will call and not call except for the random bad call like the final penalty called on Kozlov driving to the net.

more from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take…

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