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Habs Owner George Gillett Looking For Junior Partners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via Yahoo,

American George Gillett is seeking a partner willing to invest $400 million into a sporting empire that includes Liverpool soccer club and the Montreal Canadiens NHL team, a newspaper said on Saturday.

The French-language La Presse, citing sources involved with the proposed sale of the Canadiens, said such an investment would enable the financially-pressed businessman to hold on to the teams.

La Presse said Gillett had proposed to several business executives that they invest $400 million and become a junior partner, but had generated little interest so far.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“They won the game and the only thing he (Tortorella) did was cry about the two [areas] we won—faceoffs and a penalty. He’s playing the whole game, and it’s pretty lame, quite frankly.”

“He’s talking about Nicky Backstrom, who was 48-percent. He was one of the worst centermen the first half of the year in faceoffs altogether. We went in and I talked to the league and the league said they are perfectly legal. So he’s just crying right now. It’s a dumb thing to cry about. We’re told not to do this, but he’s trying to play the gamesmanship and get the referees on their side. ...Give us a break.”

-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider.

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Hunwick Taken To Hospital With Spleen Issue

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,

Matt Hunwick has been transported from Ristuccia Arena via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital. Claude Julien said Hunwick has been hospitalized because of a spleen ailment.

Hunwick arrived at the rink this morning for a team meeting. Hunwick looked fine when he walked into the rink. According to Julien, Hunwick started feeling ill after he arrived, prompting the training staff to call for an ambulance. Two fire trucks and two police cars also arrived at Ristuccia.

“He didn’t feel very good, so our trainers did what was right and called an ambulance,” Julien said. “Hopefully we can get some good news here as we move on.”

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added 12:14pm, via Elliotte Freidman at Twitter,

Hunwick taken to hospital with spleen injury. Julien says, “It appears to be under control.” Trainer wanted to take no chances.

added 7:45pm, Hunwick had his spleen removed and recovery is several months.  Best wishes for a full recovery.

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4 Teams Can Go Up 2-0 Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Can four teams build a 2-0 series lead by winning again today?

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I’m Not Insane…It’s Just Game Day Stress

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For some reason, today is worse than Thursday for me.  I’ve got an idea why, and I’ll share it with you…in a moment.  I’m not fond of the word, “moment.”  I don’t like people who would say “moment” instead of “minute.”  I think “moment” is less specific than “minute”.  I think “moment” is soft and shouldn’t be uttered by men.  Take that onboard, will you?

Needless to say, I’m in full playoff stress mode.

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Komisarek Responds To Eye-Gouging Remark

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Komisarek is not one of the Three Stooges.

The gritty Montreal Canadiens defenceman wants to make that clear to anyone who claims he gouged the eye of Boston Bruins’ Matt Hunwick after the final horn on Thursday night.

Informed that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had made that allegation and requested that the league review the incident, Komisarek broke into a sarcastic grin, the type that implied the message: “You’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me.”

On the record, Komisarek’s language was not quite as vulgar. But his response to Chiarelli was just as direct.

“It’s a bit of a ridiculous statement,” Komisarek said. “It’s the playoffs. Face-washes happen on every second shift in the playoffs. I don’t know if the kid (Hunwick) has soft skin. (But) I’m not Larry, Moe or Curly. I’m not trying to poke anyone’s eye out.”

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Burrows Finally Arrives

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from Teryy Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Alex Burrows sits beside Roberto Luongo in the Vancouver Canucks dressing room. And he plays on the same line as Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

When you’ve recently played for the Baton Rouge Kingfish, Columbia Inferno and the Greenville Grrrowl in the ECHL, this is the kind of stuff you don’t even dare dream about.

When you are a bigger name in ball hockey than an actual hockey, playing on the No. 1 line on a top team in the Stanley Cup playoffs and sitting beside the great goalie/captain is pretty heady stuff.

“I was making $425 a week and living the dream,” said Burrows when he came off the ice for the morning skate prior to Game 2 of the series against the St. Louis Blues.

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Devils Lose More Than Just The Game

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Venue isn’t the only thing that has turned on the Devils. So have the tables.

They head to Raleigh, where they’ve lost their last six playoff visits, having conceded home-ice advantage. They may be without their captain, as well, for Game 3 tomorrow.

Brent Sutter sounded as if the Devils may have to manage without Jamie Langenbrunner for a while, after the captain left last night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Newark with what the team called a “lower-body injury.”“We’ll see as we go along,” Sutter said of the lines he revamped because of Langenbrunner’s absence. “Hopefully, Jamie will be right back. We’ll know more [today].“Besides performing his role as captain, Langenbrunner shared the team’s goal-scoring lead since New Year’s (24) with Zach Parise.

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The Word On Roger Millions

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Reporter Roger Millions has been taken off the air for a few days after Rogers Sportsnet unintentionally aired an embarrassing outtake, according to network sources.

The Calgary-based correspondent was taping a pregame report prior to the NHL playoff series opener between the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday, when he uttered an obscenity after he messed up his presentation.

Somehow the outtake was not only filed back to network headquarters in Toronto, but was shown on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at approximately 6:20 p.m. EDT. The faux pas sent shock waves through the all-sports network yesterday, prompting an internal memo from executive producer Mike English.

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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 2: Red Wings host Blue Jackets (6:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Coach Hitchock believes his BJ’s just don’t get any love, and he is all blue about it.  Recall before the series started that Hitch was concerned about the Wings having all the powerplay time?  Game One, 1st period, Wings whistled for 4 minors, BJ’s only one. Yesterday, Hitchcock bemoaned that the Wings cheat on draws.  Hitchcock demands reciprocation, if the Wings cheat, his BJ’s will also. The BJ camp certainly are determined to try to instill confidence in the players; glass half-full analysis abound.  Hitchcock even said:  “We put two in our own net,” “The game was right there for us halfway through. Then they took over on the faceoff dot, and they started to control the game.”  Granted Malholtra’s play was bone-headed, but CBJ had only eight shots in the final 40 mins of the game, including 2 - count them - 2 SOG in the 3rd.  I don’t claim to be a hockey genious (just a rabid Wing fan), but were the BJ supporters really watching the same game 1 as the rest of the “19”?  My two-cents: Wings started slow (imagine that), Ozzie was brilliant, especially in the 1st (imagine that too!, and he didn’t have to do much of anything for the rest of the game), and once the Wings got their legs, game over. 

Game 2 is early tonight, see you Bitches on the train.

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