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Lightning Co-Owner Wants To Take Hands-On Role

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from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),

Len Barrie, co-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, wants a hands-on role next season running one of the worst teams in hockey — as soon as he can sell a major real estate development in British Columbia….

Barrie, a one-time journeyman NHLer, has his mind on the Lightning, whose 2008-09 campaign was a disaster, ending with nine consecutive losses to ring up the second-worst record in the league. The team’s 24 wins were the fewest in the NHL.

“We’ve had a long year, we had a lot of injuries,” Barrie said in an interview yesterday. “It’s been disappointing not being able to help. I have to look after the main place [Bear Mountain] first, and we’ll see how it plays out.

“I’d like to have more of an involvement on the day-to-day stuff [in Tampa]. You can only do so many things.”

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Post Game Video

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Catch all the post game video from NHL Network below, including interviews, live look-ins, etc.

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Snow Job

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

After Game 1 Canucks coach Alain Vigneault complained that the St. Louis Blues weren’t just skating through Roberto Luongo’s crease and bumping into him a couple of times, they were spraying him with (gasp!) snow.

“I’m embarrassed to talk about that. It’s ridiculous. Nonsense,” said St. Louis winger Keith Tkachuk. “There is no way our game plan is to go out and try to spray their goalie. You have to stop on the puck - just in case he tries to play it.

“You can tell the game has changed over my 17-year career, when you complain about something like that. As opposed to runnin’ someone from behind or starting a brawl.”

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Flyers Need To Deal With Penguins Speed

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from the CP via TSN,

The speed the Pittsburgh Penguins brought at them shift after shift, period after period, shouldn’t surprise the Philadelphia Flyers—they’ve see it from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal 20 times over the past two seasons.

The fatigue and frustration it caused, and maybe the lack of discipline it provoked? The Flyers didn’t seem prepared for that, and already they find themselves in a likely must-win playoff Game 2 against the Penguins.

The Flyers, just as they couldn’t during last season’s one-sided Eastern Conference finals, didn’t handle anything the confident and under-control Penguins brought at them during a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

continued

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Direct From The Back Seat Of The A2Y ‘60 Chevy….It’s A Frigging Game 1 Live Blog Brother

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Holy Hell.  Could this day have moved any slower.  Several comments throughout the day from some of you whose wives are literally concerned for your health. Mine too.  She actually told people that she was “on the Stress Train” today. 

As we all are. And as we all shall be for the next two months.

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No Stubble For The Wings

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Every member of the Detroit Red Wings came to the rink Thursday morning clean shaven. That’s right. No playoff beards.

To a man and to coach Mike Babcock that’s the first motivational tool the defending Stanley Cup champions feel they need to show the hockey world that they are ready. They are not the team that had leaky goaltending or fell from the NHL’s best team defensively a year ago to a tie for 19th this season.

When asked if his team would be more preoccupied with getting their game in the moment, trying to stop Rick Nash, who had hat tricks against Detroit on Jan. 27 and March 7, or in trying to get rookie goalie Steve Mason off his game, Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom kept the answer in-house.

continue for more on Detroit & Columbus…

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All Aboard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stress Train is now boarding.  Four hours and small change until the puck is dropped in Hockeytown.

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Pressure On Boston

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from Damian Cox at ESPN,

This time, the pressure is all on the Bruins, and if they don’t treat the Canadiens like so much snow to be brushed off their skates, well, it will be the 2009 Eastern Conference champions who will suddenly appear more vulnerable than imposing.

Even the Bruins seem to understand that anything short of an impressive performance against the Habs will make them seem weaker.

“They’re going to have absolutely nothing to lose,” said Boston coach Claude Julien, who once coached the Canadiens and understands the emotional underpinnings of this rivalry. “We’ve got a lot to gain. We’ve got to make sure we don’t disappoint.”

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All About The Odds

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The odds are out from the various legal sports books and online sites, and they generally quote the Red Wings and Sharks as co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup, at around 7-2.

Perhaps there are already yells from fans of other teams about the oddsmakers’ showing them “no respect.” But the oddsmakers don’t worry about “predicting” anything other than the wagering patterns of the public, and then adjusting their odds if it turns out their initial guesses were wrong.

Plus, any cursory crunching of the numbers will show that if the odds are converted to percentages, they’ll add up to considerably more than 100. Among other things, it usually means bettors aren’t getting long enough odds on the true long shots.

continued with Frei’s own spin…

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Risebrough Out In Minnesota

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from Russo’s Rants,

(Craig) Leipold was said to have agonized over the decision but decided, in the final analysis, that a change in direction was called for.

Here’s the memo from the team:

Minnesota Wild Owner, Craig Leipold, announced today that the organization will not renew the contract of President and General Manager, Doug Risebrough, beyond the 2008-2009 season….

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Update 2:48pm ET: From the Pioneer Press

I’ve got just three words for Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold:

Bring back Jacques.

Not as the coach. Jacques Lemaire, he’s been there. He’s done that.

Now that Leipold has fired Doug Risebrough, the Wild have an opening for a president and general manager.

That’s the job for Lemaire.

Update 3:36pm ET: From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press:

Asked if he’d be interested in the general manager job, Lemaire said, “No, no, no, no. I wouldn’t look at it. We had a good thing there, that’s it.”

Lemaire said he doesn’t question Leipold’s decision to fire Risebrough, but added he doesn’t see the reason for it.

“Not myself,” he said, “but I was involved in it. When you’re involved in it, you see what you’re trying to do. We were going through tough times, but everybody does, and you keep working.

Update 3:38pm ET: More thoughts on a replacement from Bob McKenzie at TSN.

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