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Candidates For The Phoenix GM Job

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via the East Valley Tribune,

A Coyotes spokesman said Saturday that Neil Smith, Craig Patrick and Doug MacLean are among the nine names on the team’s list of possible replacements for Mike Barnett, who was fired following the 2006-2007 season. The team plans to begin interviews this week but didn’t release any other names.

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Right To The Point

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Katrina Hancock of WDIV in Detroit, “Pavel, what happened today?”
Pavel Datsyuk, “We won.”


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Game Six Will Be Tough

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from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Two straight tough losses for the Sharks is probably too much to overcome, but these guys aren’t the Atlanta Thrashers, either. Expect Game 6 in San Jose Monday to be as hotly-contested as every other showdown between these two teams.

more on the game…

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Game 5 Highlights

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Updated 1803 EST:  Gorilla Crouch analysis below.

I’m not sure if this compares to watching an extreme closeup of Tommy Hammonds on NBC, but here are the images from today at the Joe.

Hammonds, on NBC’s Derby Coverage, literally frightens me.  I’m not real sure who he’s affiliated with, if you catch my drift.

Good stuff from Dave at Gorilla Crouch.

The big concern heading into this series from Detroit’s perspective was Specialty Teams. After five games the Specialty Teams have unquestionably been a positive in the Red Wings’ favor. They have scored 5 power play goals (22.7%), 1 short handed goal, and have held the Sharks to 2 power play goals in 23 power play opportunities for an 8.7% success rate. The Wings have completely shut down the San Jose power play over the past 2 games and have allowed 1 power play goal since Game 2 for a 95.5% kill ratio over that time span. That is simply outstanding.



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Schneider: Done For Playoffs

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Well…if you’re looking for another bit of adversity, another footnote to recall when the Wings raise the Cup in a month or so, this should do nicely.  Mathieu Schneider has played his last game of the 2007 postseason.


Mathieu Schneider suffered a broken wrist in the first period of Saturday’s game and will not play again in the post-season. Either Brett Lebda will return to action or Derek Meech or Jonathan Ericsson—both up from Grand Rapids—will be pressed into duty.
Mike Babcock: “(Lebda) When he’s ready, he’ll play. We have Meech and Ericsson here now. There’s nothing you can do. I kind of expected to have Kronwall, Lebda and Schneider, but that’s just life.”

So…a blueline corps of Lidstrom, Markov, Chelios, Lilja, Quincey and Meech? 

No firm word on the return of Lebda, but the urgency is definitely accelerated.  Naturally, there’s been nothing written lately of Niklas Kronwall.


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Skate Firmly On Throat.  Push Down.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Another Game 5 in Detroit.  Another blowout.  Another favorite completely flustered and, eventually, outclassed.  Welcome to your 2007 Red Wings.  Good news is obviously a victory as convincing as any we’ve seen in Detroit since a Game 7 in 2002.  Bad news is, equally obviously, an injury to Mathieu Schneider that no one knows the extent of.  Choose your source and you’ll hear anything from forearm to shoulder, broken to separated. More to follow.

For now?

Continue Reading »

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Mathieu Schneider Out

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Schneider left today’s game early in the first period with a left forearm injury.  Looked harmless but will not return.

update 5:07pm, Broken wrist for Schneider, done for the year according to Babcock presser and the comment left in this post.

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Over But Not Yet Out

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from The Maven,

Then, it happened.
An unnecessarily bad icing that could have been averted.
A penalty against Dainius Zubrus for fouling Dan Girardi, which never was called.
The scramble; the puck arriving at Chris Drury’s stick; Girardi scrambling to fill the empty net before Drury’s shot sailed goalward.
Too late.
And then the overtime crusher by Slapsy Maxie Afinogenov on a slapper that sailed through Henny Lundqvist’s five-hole.
Over – and out!
Well, not quite.

read on

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Out Of The Blue

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz, the reclusive owner of the 1,800-store Katz Group pharmacy empire, has launched a surprise $145-million bid to acquire the Edmonton Oilers.
The all-cash offer by Katz, 45, an Edmonton native and University of Alberta law school grad whom Forbes magazine now ranks among the world’s richest men, was made to the 37-member Edmonton Oilers ownership group earlier this week.
Under terms of the offer, disclosed to The Journal late Friday by a source familiar with information shared at the meeting, the Oilers would remain in Edmonton.


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Drury Comes Through- Again

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

But as each minute expired Friday night, as the clock ticked into the final 10 seconds, there was no avoiding that sinking feeling that the Sabres had no escape. Really, anybody who thought the Sabres would come away unscathed again was drowning in fantasy. It defied the laws of probability, which had been gaining ground.
Don’t worry, it wasn’t a dream.
Buffalo’s hockey god, Chris Drury, answered all prayers, resuscitated the Sabres once again and carried them within one victory of reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in nine seasons under Lindy Ruff. Even the eternal optimists and strongest die-hard would agree that this is getting a little ridiculous.

read on

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