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Renney And Shanahan

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Tom Renney and Brendan Shanahan participated in an NHL tele-confernce today.

Q. The Sabres seemed to make a bit of a deal out of a comment that you made yesterday about them maybe not being the cream of the crop. Could you characterize what you said and what your intention was?
TOM RENNEY: Well, when asked what I thought about the Sabres, I answered as, you know, I’m not sure. I wasn’t sure if they were the cream of the crop. But I do know one thing, they’re an awfully good hockey club and we’ve got a tiger by the tail.
From my point of view at least, nobody will know who the best team in the National Hockey League is till sometime in mid June.

Q. Just looking at the Sabres team, they’ve got a lot of speed. What do you think you need to do in order to contain them?
TOM RENNEY: I think a couple of things. We certainly have to match their speed if we can with our own attack and force them to have to play defense naturally. I think we have to try to keep their power play off the ice and play a real disciplined game within or game plan in general, and really stay poised and not allow frustration to be part of our game plan. This is a team that can capitalize on mistakes or miscues. They really do have a terrific transition game. We have to try to, as much as possible, eliminate that from their game.

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Iginla Would Like To Stay In Calgary

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Iginla has one year remaining on a deal that will pay him $7-million (U.S.) for the 2007-08 season, at which point he could become an unrestricted free agent. On the open market, a player of Iginla’s stature — tough, smart, physical, a first-rate NHL scorer — could theoretically become the league’s highest-paid player, if a bidding war were to begin.
However, Iginla said his primary goal is to win a championship, not lead the league in dollars earned, and believes that the Flames have as good a chance as any NHL team to do that in the near term.
“Personally, I’d like to stay and I want to win,” said Iginla, who added: “I’m not concerned about being the highest-paid player in the league. I’d like something that would work well for both sides.
“I’m already doing all right (financially),” he continued, with a laugh. “I’m thankful.”


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NBC Plans

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NBC is televising up to 10 dates through the Conference Finals and will then broadcast Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime.

Conference Semifinals
Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m. ET, San Jose at Detroit, Game 2
Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. ET, Buffalo at New York, Game 3

Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m. ET, San Jose at Detroit, Game 5*
Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. ET, Buffalo at New York, Game 6*

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All Burke

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Brian Burke took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Brian, is your team going into this year’s playoff after the first round is in better shape than last year? Do you feel better about this year’s team than you did last year’s game? You polished off Minnesota.
BRIAN BURKE: I don’t think it’s fair to say we polished off Minnesota. It was a 4-1 series, but they were all one-goal games, except the last game, which was a two-goal game with an empty netter. I thought it was a difficult series to play. It’s certainly a hockey team we respect.
As far as moving forward, you get to the playoffs. If you’re lucky enough to advance, you’re going to play another team that advanced. This is a good hockey team we’re playing.
The main difference this year is that I think for our team the addition of Chris Pronger on defense would be the biggest single difference, then the fact that we’ve managed to get both our goaltenders active and ready to play early.

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Lamoriello & Parise

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Lou Lamoriello and Zach Parise took part in an NHL tele-conference today-
Q. Lou, looking at the Ottawa Senators, obviously they’re a very different team from the Lightning. What do you see that you’re going to need to do differently as a team in order to succeed in this series?
LOU LAMORIELLO: There’s no question they’re a different team. They’re a deep team. They skate four lines, six defensemen. We’ll get more of our players certainly involved. As you know, the Tampa series, their bench is a lot shorter because of the matching that we do, and we are a matching team. So we see a lot of different players getting more ice time.

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Kyle Who?

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

His helmet was off and his jersey was gone, but somehow you knew the young man sitting on the far side of the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room had to be Kyle Quincey.
For one thing, he looked all of 21, which is to say unscarred and wide-eyed. Then there was the grin on his face that made him look like a jack-o’-lantern on Halloween.
“I had a smile on my face the whole game,” Quincey explained while trying to avoid the media horde that encircled his celebrated teammate, defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom. “It was unbelievable out there. Those fans, the whole atmosphere, it was amazing.”


thanks to a KK reader for the tip…

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Vote For Sidney

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Sidney Crosby is among the candidates for Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, known as the Time 100.
Voting is taking place right now here on Time.com. Crosby recently became the youngest player ever to win a scoring title in a major professional sport and is considered the fresh new face of the NHL.

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Murray & Alfredsson

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Bryan Murray and Daniel Alfredsson took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Could you talk about the play of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov throughout the first round and throughout the season?
BRYAN MURRAY: They’ve been our key match-up pair of defensemen. They’ve been real solid, obviously. I think both of them have developed their game even beyond what they were a year ago. There’s no question that if you don’t have that kind of shutdown pair, our team, number one, wouldn’t have had the year we had, and number two, wouldn’t have been able to stop Sidney Crosby and his group the way we did.

Q. Can we expect to see that pairing against the Gionta, Elias, Gomez line?
BRYAN MURRAY: Certainly part of that time will be that way. The other line we have to recognize is the Parise line. I think they were very, very good for them in the early series. We will have to play a little bit of toss the ball in the air and see which one is going on a given night.
They’re certainly our priority pair.

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The Cost Of Rentals

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It’s not as if Forsberg or Tkachuk or Smyth were washouts either. All three played pretty well for their respective teams; one could convincingly argue that without Tkachuk or Smyth, the Thrashers and Islanders might have missed the playoff picture all together.
Still, when the price of a rental is so prohibitive, the expectation goes up too — and in what so often happens in a team game, one player, more or less, couldn’t make the difference in getting his club out of the first round. The Thrashers in fact were skunked; the Islanders and Predators fell in five.

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Holmstrom & Lebda Not Ready

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via Red Wings Corner,

Coach Mike Babcock said after Tuesday’s practice that both Tomas Holmstrom and Brett Lebda will likely miss Thursday’s Game 1 against San Jose.

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