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Open Post- Game 4 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers
The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA. Almost a must win for the Rangers, they certainly do not want to go down 3-1. On the other hand, the Lightning hope to go up 3-1 before heading back to New York to play game 5 on Sunday. Feel free to discuss the game tonight.

Bad Response From Gary Bettman Regarding CTE
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, There was a smarter way for Gary Bettman to handle a question about the existence of any connection between contact in hockey and the brain damage condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The commissioner should have replied that the league is currently involved in litigation and then declined to speak any further. Evasive, sure, but perfectly understandable. Instead, he told reporters in Chicago on Thursday this:...

Do You Care About The Stanley Cup Final Ratings?
from Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing, Heading into the Stanley Cup Conference Finals, the suits at NBC were surely crossing their fingers and doing whatever superstitious ritual they could think of to get a dream Stanley Cup Final in the ratings department: Rangers vs Blackhawks. Chicago.  New York.  Two members of the original six.  Two of the biggest markets in the country.  Two teams with national namebrand recognition.  Two cities with hockey in their spor...

Time For The New York Rangers To Play Their Game
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, Despite coach Alain Vigneault’s assertions that the Lightning “aren’t dictating” the pace of the series, it’s pretty clear that’s exactly what’s happened during the past two games. The Rangers may be fast, but Tampa Bay has been faster, more insistent on the attack and far more creative. The Lightning are seizing New York’s zone. They’re scoring off the rush. And the Rangers are all but waving he...

Afternoon Line- Damien Cox On The Toronto Maple Leafs And Buffalo Sabres
Both teams were among the NHL’s worst this season and have a lot of questions to be answered. Today, you can’t accurately say either is absolutely on the right track, and in Toronto, Babcock has predicted “pain” for the near future. Both teams have owners who appear to be committed, but don’t have a track record of winning. How they build and develop their respective organizations will determine whether the pieces they already have turn into anything at all, ...

Dear Toronto
What can you expect from Mike Babcock... Honesty, to the point that it may hurt at times. Frustration, come on Mike, play someone else, he deserves the ice time. Fantastic- One of his buzz words. Compassion for the game and his team. Won't disclose much, it stays in the room. If he does disclose, there is a reason behind it. If a player sits, it is because he does not give your team the best chance to win. Bottom line, winning, in the end that is what counts m...

NHL Short Notes
THURSDAY’S RESULT Home Team in Caps Anaheim 2, CHICAGO 1 – ANA leads series 2-1   DUCKS BOUNCE BACK, TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD OVER BLACKHAWKS Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots, including all 21 he faced after the first period, and Simon Despres scored the tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the middle frame to propel the Ducks to a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final.     * The Ducks improved to 10-2 this postseason ...

Is Henrik Lundqvist Really “They Guy”?
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, It was a laughing matter to Alain Vigneault, the coach so taken aback by the inquiry at the Rangers’ press availability at the team hotel Thursday that he chuckled both before answering and while saying with a touch of incredulity, “Is that a question?” The question, and I am the one who posed it, was whether Henrik Lundqvist would be in nets for Friday’s Game 4 of the conference final against the Lightning after having ...

Overtime In The Stanley Cup Playoffs
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Tribune, Sudden death. It's the most dramatic moment in all of hockey. In all of sports, really. Is there anything more exciting, more agonizing, more gripping than sudden death overtime in the Stanley Cup playoffs? And the phrase itself — sudden death — is the most provocative in sports. Isn't it fascinating that it is from the perspective of the losing team, not the team that wins? We don't call it sudden victory or sudden life. A...

Frustration In Chicago
from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald, The Ducks stifled the Hawks in the third and yet another power play went for naught when the Hawks failed to get bodies to the net and pucks to the goal. "It's frustrating," Sharp said. "We have to be better. We have to get pucks to the net." Captain Jonathan Toews did not use the word, but he didn't have to. His remarks were short and his temper not far behind. "We're not making any excuses," Toews said. "We'll find ways to be b...

Video- Nick Kypreos Talks Stanley Cup Playoffs With Keith Olbermann
Nick Kypreos talks hockey with Keith Olbermann.  

The Anaheim Ducks Beat The Chicago Blackhawks 2-1
from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Instead of letting the past determine their future, the Anaheim Ducks revealed an inner fortitude that now has them halfway to a berth in the Stanley Cup finals. Less than 48 hours after a crushing triple-overtime defeat in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the Ducks turned up in one of the loudest, most difficult buildings to play in and came away with a 2-1 victory that gives them a 2-1 series lead. It was not particularly pretty at times. ...

Mike Babcock’s Hockey Night in Canada close-up
The end of Mike Babcock's media tour took him to Sportsnet's Hockey Night in Canada studios, where he sat down with George Strombolopolous for an 11-minute interview that aired during the 1st intermission: If it's possible to make Mike Babcock feel warm and fuzzy, and if it's possible for Mike Babcock to make himself seem fuzzy, this is as close as it's gonna get.

Salary cap likely to rise by $2 million, says Bettman
From the Associated Press: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around $71 million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar. Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night between the Anaheim Ducks and hometown Blackhawks, the commissioner said he expects it to climb five per cent from this year’s cap figure of $69 million. Bettman also faced several qu...

Open Post- Game 3 Western Conference Finals, Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and TVA. The series is 1-1 and the series shifts to Chicago for the next two games. Discuss as you wish.

To Keep Or Trade Milan Lucic
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, “All of our players have to understand that the four teams playing this week all have different attributes of skill, size, speed, and grit,” Sweeney said Wednesday at TD Garden. “But they have a sacrifice level that it takes to win in the playoffs. You have to have a blend of that to get there. We have to have more aggression in our game.” Sweeney also wants cap flexibility. The Bruins have approximately $60 million inv...

The Plan For The Toronto Maple Leafs
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Mike Babcock did nothing but win in Detroit. He won without high draft picks. He won without large free-agent signings. He won without all-star goaltending. He won — or better put, the Red Wings won — partly because of elite talent such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg — and moreso because the organization under general manager Ken Holland understood and fostered player development in a way few franchise...

Evening Line- Scotty Bowman
“I thought I was doing OK when I went to Detroit. They offered me double what I was getting in Pittsburgh, so I said, ‘Hell I might as well go'. “The best I ever did, I was the first coach that ever made a million. In Detroit, they paid me after we won the two Cups. That’s 20 years ago now, nearly.” -Scotty Bowman via Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more from Bowman, plus video of Mike Babcock talking from their studio.

Buffalo GM Tim Murray Puts The Babcock Issue To Bed
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, “People are looking for a smoking gun that doesn’t exist.” That is how Sabres general manager Tim Murray describes the fallout in Buffalo, after the city’s coachless hockey club finished second in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes to the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I’m not upset or anything,” Murray told WGR 550 Sports Radio in a lengthy interview Thursday afternoon. “It was a great process for me. This is my first ...

The Latest On Ken Hitchcock
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat, While he indicated Thursday he has been having discussions with current St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock since the season ended, General Manager Doug Armstrong refused to shed any light on the team’s coaching situation. Hitchcock’s contract expires in June and the Blues reportedly explored the possibility of bringing in former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Media reports suggested that Babcock had talks with the Blues, Red...

KK- We Are Hanging In There
As I have mentioned in the past, KK software is getting old or in hockey terms, it is like a 45 year-old verteran not named Chelios who is trying to keep up. We have increased the server side of things to relieve some of the strain, but it can only do so much. A complete re-build is scheduled for the summer months and KK will look a very different when released. KK depends on you, the members and readers more so than other hockey site.  We have no corporate backing so we depend on ...

A Massive Challenge In Toronto
from the CP at TSN, Mike Babcock took over as Toronto head coach Thursday, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada's team and they need to be put back on the map. The 52-year-old Babcock, no stranger to coaching Team Canada, becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs' history. Babcock said he was thrilled and excited to take the Toronto job. He cautioned the journey will be a long one, but promised it will be a lot of fun. The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a 30-44-8 Leafs tea...

Mike Milbury On Corey Perry
via Eric Stephens tweets, Milbury was apparently asked how he would stop Corey Perry. "If I were playing against Corey Perry, I’d probably want to hurt him in (1/2) (more) some painful and permanent way. And I think most of the rest of the league feels the same way." (2/2) via Helene Elliott tweets, Perry on Milbury comment last night: "it's not something that's been taken lightly. If somebody said something about his kid that way (more) How would he feel?" Milbury ...

NHL Short Notes
WEDNESDAY’S RESULT Home Team in Caps TAMPA BAY 6, NY Rangers 5 (OT) – TBL leads series 2-1   KUCHEROV’S OT HEROICS POWER LIGHTNING TO 2-1 SERIES LEAD The Rangers tied the game with 1:56 remaining in regulation, but Nikita Kucherov (1-1—2) scored at 3:33 of overtime to end a seesaw affair and power the Lightning to a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.     * The Lightning improved to 11-7 in 18 all-ti...

Live Stream- Mike Babcock Press Conference
It is scheduled to begin at 11:00am ET but there may be some talk before the conference begins. Watch below and you have two options...

The Defensemen For The Chicago Blackhawks Are Putting Up Big Minutes
from Eric Stephens and Rich Hammond of the OC Register, After their 4-hour, 52-minute Game 2 victory Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks stayed overnight in Southern California then flew home Wednesday morning. Not surprisingly, they skipped practice. The question for the Blackhawks involves how well they will rebound from a physical standpoint in Game 3, particularly on defense. Duncan Keith played 49 minutes, 51 seconds, in Game 2. Brent Seabrook played 47:46, Niklas Hjalmarsson ...

It’s Don Sweeney’s Job To Improve The Boston Bruins
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, The Bruins have Tuukka Rask, which is a good thing. An ace goalie is precious currency in the NHL, where scoring goals is harder than AP Physics. They have Patrice Bergeron, the league’s best two-way center. If Zdeno Chara can stay healthy in 2015-16, the 38-year-old should be an elite shutdown defenseman. They were not enough, in new general manager Don Sweeney’s estimation, to have made the Bruins a realistic Eastern Conferen...

It Was About The Money For Mike Babcock
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY, When it comes to employment, most people have a salary in mind at which point the money becomes too much to turn down. That's the simplest explanation for why Mike Babcock left a coaching job he loved with the Detroit Red Wings to become coach of a Toronto Maple Leafs team with myriad roster problems. Several media outlets are reporting that Babcock, 52, will receive $50 million over eight seasons, with much of the deal front-loaded. That $6.25 ...

The Top Line In The Playoffs
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune, They can’t stop these guys. The New York Rangers, who closed out Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who survived Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, have a problem on their hands. They’ve yet to slow the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. Hey, join the club. It was Kucherov who finished it Wednesday night in Game 3 at Amalie Arena — savin...

All The Mike Babcock Talk
from Toronto Sports Media, So, as we like to do when there is news, here’s what’s been written so far: First from Toronto: Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun doesn’t want the parade route planned yet: “There’s an old saying in horse racing: You can have the best trainer in the world, but without the horses, you’ve got nothing. Which is basically the situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs.” Steve Simmons finds the pos...

Morning Line- Nick Cotsonika
Gonna be a love fest in Toronto today. I can't wait to fast forward three years. Is the feeling the same? Or is everyone sick of each other? — Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 21, 2015

Bad Lundqvist
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, So there sat Lundqvist, a King with a crown tarnished by an ultra-talented group that seems to have his number … or numbers, as in a 4.75 GAA and .840 save pct. in six meetings this season covering the regular season and this round. There he sat alone until general manager Glen Sather entered the room, walked to his franchise player’s stall, and offered quiet, private words of love and encouragement. Lundqvist will need much mo...

Don Cherry talks Babcock
Don Cherry conducted his usual "Coach's Corner" during Wednesday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, and he's changed his tune about Mike Babcock:

Open Post- Game 3 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers
Puck drops sometime after 8:00pm ET and the game is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA. Series tied at one, first game in Tampa. Should be an exciting one and feel free to discuss the game tonight or anything hockey related.

Evening Line- Eric Duhatschek on Mike Babcock In Toronto
Coaching the Leafs will require an inordinate amount of patience, until the player talent matches the organization’s Stanley Cup ambitions. This then will be the ultimate test for Babcock who, 13 years and 950 games into his NHL coaching career, has never quite faced the challenge that Toronto will pose. There are not many coaches more competitive than Babcock. How he handles the challenge of those early dark days will be a sight to behold. -Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail on M...

Martin Brodeur Named Assistant GM In St. Louis
(May 20, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Martin Brodeur Assistant General Manager.  The Blues and Brodeur have agreed on a three-year contract. Brodeur, 43, originally joined the Blues as a free agent on Dec. 2, 2014.  After a seven-game stint with the club, during which he posted a 3-3-0 record, Brodeur announced his retirement from the NHL on Jan. 29 and moved into the Blues’...

Conn Smythe Trophy Winner Faces a Potential Upswing in Marketability
from Mike Shackil, The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing and teams are going full tilt for the illustrious Stanley Cup trophy. While the joy of winning the Cup will prove immeasurable for the championship organization, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP can lead to a windfall off the ice for a player.

No Babcock In Buffalo
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News, This was a crushing blow for Pegula and Co. I'm not going to be phony about it. I was prepared with a column that said Babcock would be huge get for the Sabres and the city, further evidence that Pegula was making Western New York a destination for free agents. Coming on the heels of the Rex Ryan hire, landing Babcock would have given Pegula the top two coaching free agents in the NFL and NHL. You could have argued that little Buffalo possesse...

Video- MLSE President On Brendan Shanahan And Mike Babcock
via Sportsnet, MLSE President Tim Leiweke talks about his pride for Brendan Shanahan, who he says with the Babcock signing proved he’s a great president.  

If You Are Claude Julien, How Do You Feel Today?
via CSNNE, Claude Julien has the Boston Bruins head coaching job. But there's plenty of question as to how long he'll have that job. So in Don Sweeney's inaugural press conference as the Boston Bruins general manager, he addressed Julien's standing. "I have some things that I want to sit down with Claude and go through in a very orderly fashion, as to where I think things need to change and what direction we need to change as a group," Sweeney said. "Also, acknowledged to Claude tha...

Toronto Maple Leafs Release On Mike Babcock
via the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced today that Mike Babcock has been named the 30th head coach in the club’s history. Babcock, 52, joins the Leafs after serving as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 10 seasons.

Mike Babcock To Toronto
via Elliotte Friedman tweets, babcock to Tor 8 years, maybe an out after five. Front-loaded deal...high salary in first two years May also have discussed Shanahan taking GM role, or Babcock/Shanahan having final say over personnel decisions.

The Babcock Watch
from TSN, The Buffalo Sabres and the Detroit Red Wings are out of the running for head coach Mike Babcock according to TSN Insiders Bob McKenzie and Aaron Ward. Ward reports that Babcock has decided to leave the Red Wings while McKenzie says the Sabres are out of the running for the highly coveted coach. continued

NHL Short Notes
TUESDAY’S RESULT Home Team in Caps Chicago 3, ANAHEIM 2 (3OT) – series tied 1-1   KRUGER, BLACKHAWKS EVEN SERIES WITH TRIPLE-OVERTIME VICTORY Marcus Kruger scored at 16:12 of triple-overtime to end the longest game in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and help the Blackhawks even the Western Conference Final at one game apiece.     * The Blackhawks have contested the last four triple-overtime games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including one ot...

A Three-Year Deal For Andrew Hammond In Ottawa
Andrew Hammond's 3-year contract with the #Sens is worth $4.05M. He'll make $1.2M next season,$1.35M in 2016-17 and $1.5M in 2017-18. — Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) May 20, 2015

Don Sweeney The New GM For The Boston Bruins
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, May 20, that the Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney the General Manager of the Boston Bruins. Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings Charlie Jacobs, Neely and Sweeney will hold a press conference at TD Garden on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. "Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire," said Jacobs. "He carries a unique and impressive mix o...

The Blackhawks Win The Battle
from Scott Burnside of ESPN, So after all of that -- the head-butted goal that wasn’t, the 118 shots on goal, the 244 shot attempts, the cross bars and posts and glorious chances that literally numbered in the dozens through the course of 116 minutes, 12 seconds of delirious playoff hockey -- the question is: What comes after epic? Because that’s what Game 2 of the Western Conference finals was right from the get-go when the Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in ...

Victor Hedman Has Arrived
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times, The time has arrived. He has arrived. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is no longer the kid with potential. He's no longer a future star. When it comes to Hedman, it isn't about "someday'' or "eventually'' or "down the road.'' Hedman is a star. Right now. It's happening right before our very eyes. If you've watched the Lightning this season — if you've watched the Lightning in these playoffs — you've seen the matura...

The New York Rangers Need Their Stars To Show Up
from Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News, “Their big boys put on the big-boy pants,” Vigneault said, after the Pittsburgh Penguins had badly beaten the Rangers. “I need mine to do that.” If ever Vigneault needs his big boys to put on their extra-extra-large pants, it is now heading into Game 3 in Tampa Bay, after a rare, systemic collapse during Game 2 at the Garden, a 6-2 disaster. The Rangers hadn’t been beaten by four goals in the playoffs since 200...

The GM Search For The Boston Bruins
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, ... But the No. 1 candidate remains Sweeney. He played 1,052 games as a Bruin. He is Neely’s former teammate. He was one of Chiarelli’s first hires in June of 2006, a year before Neely joined the front office. He is familiar with every niche of the organization, from the draft, prospects, personnel, and contract negotiations. Sweeney is similar to Chiarelli, his ex-Harvard teammate: smart, patient, objective, and thorough in his ac...

The Edmonton Oilers Have Their Guy
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli viewed former San Jose coach Todd McLellan as a prize free-agent catch when he and the Sharks said goodbye a month ago. Chiarelli wasn’t going to take it slow and easy in his pursuit, so he jumped in, swimming furiously, even knowing Mike Babcock might come free. “I thought the fit was right with Todd with our personnel and the fit was right with how I manage and, in this busine...

Who Said It?
I think any team that relies on free agents to fix their problems, that’s a bad place to be. I think they can definitely help if you find the right one, but you have to build from within, that’s where the strength is going to come from. I think in a perfect world, you’d go golfing on July 1 (the first day of NHL free agency). I’m not sure if we’re in that spot yet, but I can tell you I like our team and where we’re going. As a rule of thumb, you&rsq...

The Chicago Blackhawks Even Their WCF Series At One With A Triple OT Goal
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register, An epic playoff series needs a memorable contest to start earning that definition, and Game 2 of the Western Conference finals took care of that. The unheralded Marcus Kruger applied the dramatic ending. A fourth-line grinder and penalty-killer by trade, Kruger put in a loose puck at 16:12 of the third overtime to cap the longest game in the 21-year-old history of Honda Center and lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Ducks and e...

Evening Line- Cam Cole On Mike Babcock
How Babcock would do in Buffalo with a team that just tanked a season only to miss out on its reason for tanking is a topic for another day, but let’s just say he wouldn’t be leaving Detroit to improve on the weather. The Sabres’ problems may not be half as intractable as Toronto’s, but the coach could forget about winning championships for a while, even with Boston University’s Jack Eichel on the way. -Cam Cole at the National Post.  Read on for Cole's v...

Eugene Melnyk Underwent A Successful Liver Transplant Today
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators organization is confirming that team owner, Eugene Melnyk, underwent a successful liver transplant today at Toronto General Hospital. Mr. Melnyk went into surgery at noon today and the transplantation was successfully completed at 8:05 p.m. Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous donor are both resting comfortably and doing well. The University Health Network’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program will provide a progress update on Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous dono...

Open Post- Game 2 Western Conference Finals, Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The game starts around 9:15pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA., The Ducks want to head to Chicago up 2-0 while the Blackhawks want to grab home ice advantage. Feel free to discuss the game.

 

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