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“The commissioner made it very clear he does not want Jim in the league under any circumstances..period,” Balsillie’s advisor Richard Rodier told TSN on Wednesday.

more from the TSN staff…

Note: For the original report and the NHL’s reponse, go here.

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Highly Intelligent Babble

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Looking through the comments of this post today, a few jumped out at me.

First, Captain Dennis Polonich’s high-speed graph showing his work productivity during the playoffs:

G _*
O __*
O ___*
D ____*
  _____*
  ______*
B ________*
A __________*
D ____________*
APRIL_____MAY_____JUNE

That, my friends, is the kind of technical brilliance that has made A2Y what it is today.

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Game Day with Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Can you just talk about the atmosphere of the skate this morning?  Did you think the guys looked pretty loose?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  Yeah, I mean, I thought they were fine.  But I haven’t rated that all year, the last three years or any of that, not a big believer that the pregame skate has a whole lot of impact in the outcome of the game.

Q.  It’s been clear throughout the year you guys remained level-headed, is that more than anything else the signature of this team, they just never let anything get to them really too much?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  Well, I wouldn’t say that at the start of the last game.  At the start of the last game we were nervous, no question about it.

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  Tags: interview, mike+babcock, quotes, transcript

“The” Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bucky Gleason at the Buffalo News,

“Everybody is talking about the game everywhere you go,” McGuire said. “I mean, this is amazing theater. . . . The players are the story. It’s been phenomenal to watch. It was one of the better games you’ll ever see in a Stanley Cup final because it had everything.”

On Monday, it was Game Five. By Tuesday, it was The Game.

In an oft-exaggerated sports world, this one can’t be overstated. What a game it was. What a series it has been.

more…

*hat-tip to Sportsnet.ca

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Chat with Bret Hedican

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The boys at AOL Fanhouse are hosting a live-chat today:

Be sure to stop by at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon as we host another live chat session. I’ll be co-hosting along with Ted Starkey, NHL Editor for AOL Sports as we talk to Bret Hedican, currently a defenseman with the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s sure to be interesting, as Hedican won a Cup himself just two seasons ago with Carolina, and he’s been in the headlines thanks to his wife, Olympic Gold Medal winner Kristi Yamaguchi, the current champion at Dancing With the Stars.

Check it out. It starts right away, at 1pm ET.

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Game Day with Michel Therrien

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.      Coach, can you talk about how proud you are, as a head coach, of the effort that your guys showed in Game 5, you had guys with broken noses and injuries, and seeing them come back and Max making the goal, is that the most proud you’ve been of a team in your coaching career?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: They showed a lot of character, there’s no doubt about that. And they see the prize. There’s a lot of sacrifice. It’s nice to get the reward, and they deserve it. It was a game that could go to both sides. We capitalized on the power play. And we get a high stick in the face.

        But there’s no doubt, this is a team that faced adversity through the course of the season. And it was not any different last game.

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  Tags: interview, media, michel+therrien, quotes, transcript

A Long Time On The Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,

As a reporter, you know that the playoffs have reached critical mass when you can no longer remember where you are, never mind what day it is.

That day arrived Tuesday for the NHL.com group.

After staying up all night Monday after Game 5 – we left the arena at 3:30 a.m. —to catch a 6 a.m. bus Tuesday to Pittsburgh, the NHL.com crew arrived in the Steel City at noon. As usual, there was work to do so we scattered to all corners.

Some of us went to Pittsburgh availability, others to Red Wing availability. The rest went straight to hotel rooms to maintain the site. Myself and Brad Holland made sure we got the post-game podcast with Kings coach Marc Crawford, an NHL.com exclusive, done.

continued

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Is NBC Beating CBC in Hockey Coverage?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Deacon at AOL Sports Canada,

The unthinkable has happened.

Hockey Night in Canada, the absolute gold standard in hockey broadcasting for generations, is being matched - and in some aspects beaten - in its coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.

By NBC, no less. An American network.

It’s sacrilege to even suggest such a thing. Hockey fans expect HNIC to be the best because, well, it always has been.

continued…

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  Tags: cbc, hnic, media, nbc

A Polite Dismissal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

I think comedian George Carlin is one of the great minds of our time. And one of my favorite bits of his centers around the needless softening/wimpification of language. That was on display again Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Lightning sent out an e-mail announcing head coach (and preferred target of this space) John Tortorella “will not return” to the team.

I suppose it was just too hurtful to say the guy was dismissed. Perhaps the next franchise that fires a coach can do the Bolts one better and issue a press release that reads, “Coach X will be coaching the team next season (in spirit only).”

It’s funny that Proteau mentions this. When we first got the press release about the Tortorella story, it did make me pause for a moment.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, john+tortorella, media

Penguins Refuse To Die

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Once over lightly in this Stanley Cup final series, which nearly everyone (including yours truly) advertised as likely to be the most exciting and hotly competed in recent memory. It took a while, but if you happened to be among those who put in impressive couch-potato time for a game that started at 8:15 p.m. on Monday and didn’t end until 12:51 a.m. yesterday, that’s what this series was supposed to be all about.

So you and I had to wait until Pittsburgh’s 4-3 victory in Game 5? So what? It was worth waiting for. No matter what happens in Pittsburgh tonight, the Penguins’ refusal to die is what the NHL represents - and always has.

continued

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