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All Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby took part in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. I think everybody knew that the Penguins with the young talent they had were going to be good, but I don’t think anybody knew they would be good this quickly. Can you give us your idea why the Penguins have come together so quickly with the young players they have?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I think it’s been a long time. Starting in goal, I think you have to have a great goalie in order to be successful. Marc has done a great job. Jocelyn, when he’s had the chance to go in, has. Starting there, I just think the young guys that we have really put the pressure on themselves to learn quick. I think everyone has the right attitude on our team, you know, just put a lot of pressure on themselves to learn faster than maybe typically younger guys would have to learn. They’ve really made an impact at a young age. Our veterans, guys like Recchi, Gonchar, Roberts, guys like that have really stepped up and led the way. I think it’s been a combination of things, but all those things combined.

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Ranking Playoff Goaltending

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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

So in evaluating each goaltending tandem, here are some different elements to consider:
Who has the biggest drop-off from their starter to their backup? Not surprisingly, that would be New Jersey and Vancouver, as Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo, respectively, render their goaltending partners to paid observer status. If either was ever hurt, could any of us really expect the little-used Scott Clemmensen of the Devils or the equally inactive Danny Sabourin of the Canucks to win a game, never mind a series?
Conversely, teams such as the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks have nearly interchangeable excellence between their two netminders.


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Avs Have Major Announcement

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via the Coloradoan,

The Colorado Avalanche have called a 2 p.m. MT news conference today, at which time executive vice president/general manager Francois Giguere will make what the team called a “major announcment.”
Coach Joel Quenneville also will be at the news conference to review the 2006-07 season, the first season the Avs did not make the NHL playoffs since they moved 11 years ago from Quebec to Denver.

added 2:39pm, via the Denver Post,

The Avalanche is expected to announce this afternoon the re-signing of captain Joe Sakic to a new contract.
The contract, expected to be a one-year deal, was agreed to in principle over the weekend between the Avs and their longtime leader, an NHL source confirmed.

added 4:02pm, from the Colorado Avalanche,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of captain Joe Sakic to a one-year deal for the 2007-08 season, which will be his 19th National Hockey League campaign and 15th straight as the franchise’s captain.
“I am privileged today to announce to our fans that Joe will be returning next season.  Joe is the heart of this organization and his leadership and value to this team and especially our young players is unquestioned,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He played some of his best hockey this past season and was a major part of the late-season success we enjoyed. Joe’s contributions both on and off the ice for this organization cannot be understated.
“We have great expectations for next season and Joe’s presence will be counted on to continue aiding in the development and growth of our young players,” added Giguere.

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The Playoff Officials

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from TSN,

The NHL has selected the 20 referees and 20 linesmen who will work the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, with one veteran referee surprisingly left off the list.
54 year-old Kerry Fraser, the longest serving referee in NHL history, did not make the cut this year.

read on for the list of officials…

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MacLeod’s Corner

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I’ve added Bruce MacLeod’s blog, Red Wing Corner, to the port side under “Head to Hockeytown.”  MacLeod, who writes for the Macomb Daily, is a goldmine as far as Deep Diggers are concerned.  Today, he brings good and bad news.

Everyone—including Henrik Zetterberg (back)—was on the ice for Monday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena except for Todd Bertuzzi. The forward was diagnosed with a concussion after colliding with goalie Chris Osgood last Thursday. His status for Thursday’s playoff opener has yet to be determined.


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Welcome The Celebs

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NEW YORK (April 9, 2007) – Starting today on NHL.com, celebrities from the television, motion picture and music industries will write exclusive blogs and provide original video content to offer fans a unique perspective of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Through NHL.com, the official web site of the National Hockey League and the leading online community for hockey fans, each celebrity will offer insight on their favorite team’s quest for the Stanley Cup. In addition, using Pure Digital’s new Flip Video™ - the only camcorder that connects directly to YouTube – the bloggers will capture and instantly share the original video content on YouTube at youtube.com/nhl. The Playoffs begin Wednesday night.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (April 9, 2007) – New York Islanders’ goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic and Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending April 8.

Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.


Dubielewicz backstopped the Islanders to four consecutive victories and the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. He made 36 saves through overtime and three in the shootout as the Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 3-2, April 3. On April 5, he made 28 saves in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, April 7. On April 8, he blocked 22 of 24 shots and then two of three in the shootout as the Islanders clinched a playoff position with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

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Prepare For “Do Or Die”

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from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

With the Stanley Cup playoffs starting in less than a week, Versus is finding the ad sales market to be sluggish, though it expects sales to pick up as the playoffs begin.
“We are living in an environment where clients and agencies continue to spend money closer and closer to the air date,” said Steve Margosian, Versus’ vice president of marketing solutions. “That, more than anything, contributes to the perception that the markets are sluggish.”...
Meanwhile, Versus has embarked on a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign on print, radio and TV to drive tune-in. The campaign, called “Defining Moment,” was created by Versus’ agency, TAXI.
The campaign will carry the tag line “Do or Die,” and will highlight great moments in Stanley Cup history. One TV spot shows five defining Stanley Cup moments, such as one from a New York Rangers win in 1994.

Versus, one more time, do some advertising on hockey blogs.  You would be surprised by the amount of attention you will draw!

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The Playoff Schedule Builder

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from NHL.com,

When the NHL’s schedule doctor, Steve Hatze-Petros, begins the first drafts of what the playoff schedule will look like about a month before the season comes to a close, there are almost 30 teams still alive in the race….
Hatze-Petros sat down with NHL.com during his busiest and most hectic time of the year to talk about what he goes through in constructing the playoff schedule every spring.
How do you go about organizing the playoff schedule?—“We start keeping track of potential matchups in the playoffs about 30 days in advance. When you’re 30 days out, you wind up seeing probably every combination that could possibly happen. Our preparation on a daily basis is getting a new schedule out with the possible matchups.”

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Let The Rebuilding Begin

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Roster changes are inevitable, but there could be a wholesale reshaping of the team after the Canadiens failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in eight seasons.
The Canadiens needed a win Saturday night in Toronto to grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but they fell to the Maple Leafs 6-5 in a game that was a microcosm of a failed season.

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