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Pay To Play In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Echegaray and John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Every athlete who plays the Predators in Nashville would get slapped with a $2,500 “jock tax” for the privilege under a proposal a Tennessee Senate committee may take up today.

The Preds’ active roster would pay, too, but with a three-game cap of $7,500 a season. For team captain Jason Arnott, it’s just one more state getting its piece of his five-year, $22.5 million contract.

“We’re kind of used to it anyway,” he said. “They’re doing the same thing when we go into other states. So I guess why not pick up on that and make some money for Tennessee?”


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Enough Garbage Tracking

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HockeyBuzz Hogwash goes out with a bang!

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Is It Crosby’s Time?

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I picked the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup final in six games because Sidney Crosby was playing out of his mind and wasn’t going to let the team lose. I’m still sticking with ‘em even though Crosby hasn’t done so much against the Detroit Red Wings and the Penguins find themselves in a big jackpot, needing to win Game 6 tonight at home and Game 7 Friday night in Detroit. I’ve learned from these Penguins in the Washington series that it’s never too late. I’ve been watching the great Crosby too long to think he can’t have two terrific games when it matters most.

Positive thoughts ...

Hey, it beats dwelling on the alternative.

Oh, what the hay.

Let’s dwell for just a moment.

If the Penguins fail—tonight or Friday night—no one will lose more than Crosby.


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The Best Way To Beat The Wings

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The last coach to win a playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings takes pride in that distinction, and he should. With Detroit poised to win its second straight Stanley Cup championship tonight with a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena, Randy Carlyle might hold on to that honor for a while.

Carlyle’s Ducks defeated the Red Wings in the 2007 Western Conference finals before defeating Ottawa to win the Cup. The Ducks didn’t face Detroit in the 2008 playoffs but caused anxiety in Hockeytown during the second round this spring….

“The thing about Detroit is that the depth they’ve got throughout their lineup is starting to be the difference-maker in the games and inside the games,” Carlyle said by phone Monday.

“Pittsburgh seemed to have them on the run in the two games they won in their building, but the other night it seemed after the first seven minutes it was all Detroit.”...

At their best, the Penguins—like the Ducks—have initiated an aggressive forecheck and maintained a quick tempo. They’ve also tried to pressure Detroit’s defense by dumping the puck behind the defensemen and making them chase it while targeting them for punishing hits.

“I thought at times, especially in Pittsburgh, they really were able to get the body on them,” Carlyle said. “But again, you’ve got to put the puck into areas and skate off of it.”


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  Tags: randy+carlyle

All About Winning

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Not only do players want to come, they want to stay. Stars such as Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen worked creative, albeit lucrative, long-term deals in order to reserve a spot in Motown.

Goaltender Chris Osgood came back after leaving. So did Dominik Hasek, who retired again but not before winning a Cup.

That potential influx of players each summer allows the Wings to keep potential future stars such as Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson or Justin Abdelkader on the outside looking in until they are definitely ready or needed for salary cap purposes.

Despite that ability to sign new talent or consistently discover it through the draft, the Wings have four players who could win their fifth Stanley Cup with the team tonight. Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby are all looking for thumb rings. A fifth, Darren McCarty, was on those first four Detroit winners. McCarty played only 13 games this season and practises with the subs but the Wings could ask for his name to be included on the Cup.

To have a core of name players stay that long and have success – along with a GM in Ken Holland who has held that post since 1997-98 – only adds to the image of Detroit as a stable franchise.


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Clearing Up A Jack Johnson Rumor

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via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jack Johnson is not asking for $5.5 million a year, regardless of what you might read. That comes from Dean Lombardi, who would probably know such things. Again, I’ll advise the same thing I advise all the time. Pop some popcorn, read the rumors, enjoy them and try to forget about them the moment that you click to another page.

The Kings are negotiating with Johnson’s agent, not his father, which is good for everyone. There’s no real urgency because there’s no need for urgency at the moment. There can’t be an offer sheet and there can’t be arbitration, so it’s quite different from the O’Sullivan stuff from last year.

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SCF Ratings Down In Canada

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

The Stanley Cup final is turning out to be a bit of a ratings dog for CBC, with audiences down 15 per cent after the first five games.

If things continue and Detroit finishes up the series Tuesday night, this could be one of the least-watched Stanley Cup finals in years. But there’s a mystery here: Why?

The hockey’s been pretty good and there’s no shortage of stars on the ice. With the exception of Saturday’s blowout, which no doubt sent hundreds of thousands looking for quality reruns, the series has been competitive.

Even CBC is baffled by the ratings drop.

“We’re slightly mystified and slightly disappointed,” says CBC Sports head Scott Moore. “Maybe it’s a case of been there, done that and Saturday’s blowout certainly didn’t help.

“But beyond that we’re not really sure what’s happening.”


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Morning Line

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“I’ve never been so close.  It’s definitely exciting, but I know how hard it is to get that last win.

“I’m just waiting for the next game. Hopefully, we can finish it there, but it’s going to be really hard. That would be a dream come true, but it’s going to be a hard step.”

-Marian Hossa of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the Wings at the CBC 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog.

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Report- Sutter Leaving Devils

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via CTVCalgary,

CTV Calgary learned late Monday night that Brent Sutter will announce that he is stepping down as head coach of the News Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

This further fuels rumours that Brent Sutter will return to Alberta to join his brother Darryl, who is currently the Calgary Flames general manager.

There has been some speculation that Daryl Sutter has been waiting to make a decision on his team’s head coaching opening to see if Brent would be available.

added 11:14am, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have scheduled a noon conference call today with Brent Sutter in which Sutter is expected to announce he is stepping down as head coach.

Sutter has been pondering his future with the team since the Devils lost Game 7 of their first round series against Carolina on April 28. He has admitted that it has been difficult for him the last two years to be away from his family in Red Deer, Alberta and the team he owns there.

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History Beckons

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There’s a little, itty bitty, tiny, eentsy frigging weentsy box on a shelf in a room way in the bottom basement of NHL league headquarters. 

Is that where Gary Bettman’s spine is kept?  No. It’s where the dynasties are stored. 

That box is open…Abel and Howe and Lindsay are making room.  Trottier, Bossy and Smith are bitching because it’s tight in there already.  Scotty Bowman’s smiling because he enjoys any player’s discomfort.

And after tonite?  If all goes as Providence has decreed, there’s going to be a little welcoming bash in that tiny little box, down in a place Gary Bettman doesn’t like to talk about, in a dark corner where parity doesn’t exist.

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