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Red Wings mid-day news: Griffins talk, a matter of interpretation, the ‘Howe Trophy’ and rambling

The Grand Rapids Griffins were back on the ice this morning in Grand Rapids, preparing for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the AHL's Calder Cup Final against Syracuse. The games take place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, respectively, and if you're wondering about attending, I can tell you that the tickets are being sold through the Griffins' website and from their ticket office...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

HHOF Honors Harry Neale And Jay Greenberg

from CBC, The Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that longtime Hockey Night in Canada colour commentator Harry Neale will be inducted in November as recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. The award is given for outstanding contributions made as a hockey broadcaster, named after the first man to gain fame as the voice of Hockey Night in Canada. It is presented...
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Barclays Center - A Unique Hockey Venue For The Islanders

from Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank, When Barclays was initially being constructed under the design of architect Frank Gehry, the arena considered whether to make it a basketball-only facility or a dual basketball-hockey facility. After Gehry was removed from the job for driving costs higher the arena had to make a decision on how to continue. Given that at the time...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Ranking The Logos

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, In a completely unscientific study to rank the current NHL logos from worst to best, we polled sportsnet.ca readers, fellow staff writers, and a select group of NHL stars for their opinions.... 30. Carolina Hurricanes “Obviously ours is the best,” says Hurricanes 20-year-old forward Jeff Skinner, who is obviously biased and obviously too...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

SCF- Great Defense vs. Great Offense

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, So Boston will largely be a mystery to Chicago when the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final opens Wednesday, and Chicago will be equally unfamiliar to Boston. “I’m sure the rivalry could return instantly come Game 1,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think it’s good for the league and it’s good for hockey...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The Bigger Byfuglien

from Gary LawLess of the Winnipeg Free Press, Dustin Byfuglien is going to be mentioned in trade talks as the NHL draft draws closer and the talking point that will be raised again and again is his weight. It was evident Byfuglien grew heavier this season as the games moved on and according to accredited Jets blogger Pete Tessier, the player's weight rose to 302 pounds...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Protecting The ‘Canadien’ Net

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star, The door is shutting to puckstoppers from Europe. Within four years or less, there will be no more European goalies playing major junior hockey in Canada and the U.S. after the CHL officially moved to make goaltenders ineligible to be selected in the league's import draft starting next year. As reported 10 days ago...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

If You Are Into ‘Regularized Logistic Regression Model’ Talk

from PRNewswire, As the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins prepare to do battle in the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, new research from two University of Chicago Booth School of Business professors indicates that National Hockey League teams depend more on group performance than individual stars, and that some teams may not be getting the best players for...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on Tomas Tatar, free agency and Justin Abdelkader, Arab-American NHLer

Beware yet again, dear readers: an auto-play highlight clip lurks within: The Grand Rapids Griffins spent Sunday night and Monday morning busing back to Grand Rapids from Syracuse, New York, where some might argue that a bizarre standard of officiating helped the Griffins take Games 1 and 2 of the Calder Cup Final. Today, the Griffins will get back on the ice and prepare for...
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Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire weigh in on the Stanley Cup Final

 NBC's Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire weighed in on the Stanley Cup Final at hand during a conference call on Monday afternoon, and NHL.com's Adam Kimelman noted their comments: "Original Six [teams] and wild fan bases that go back over generations, and this is going to be a thrill for us to be part of it and watch it all with you," Emrick said...
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How ‘cheering the anthem’ really began

Quite a few myth-busting has been going on of late regarding the fact that the Boston Bruins-Chicago Blackhawks series may be the first "Original Six" Stanley Cup Final since 1979, but the concept of "Original Six" hockey is in fact a post-1967 expansion concept--The Score's Dave Lozo dearly noted that the NHL actually started play with 4 teams, and "...
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It’s time…It’s time…To let the Onion make fun of Gary Bettman

I would laugh at this lovely article from the Onion a little bit more if I didn't think that Chairman Mao had some catching up to do with his buddy and constant lockout companion Jeremy Jacobs. Just in case you aren't familiar with the Onion, what follows is ficticious and a farce and/or satire: [SATIRE] With the Stanley Cup finals quickly approaching, NHL commissioner...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Playoff injury disclosure, Sutter style

Oh, Darryl Sutter, your style of engaging with the media is one part Tortorellan, one part Babcockian and one part, "Whee, this is fun! Whee! Whee! Listen to me, hee hee!" Per NHL.com's Curtis Zupke, the Los Angeles Kings' coach offered an insight into one of his players' injuries suffered during their playoff run in...Typical Darryl Sutter fashion: Los...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

A pair of press releases from the Griffins, one from the Crunch, and some ‘business of hockey’ talk

This popped up a little late on Monday evening--right before the trophy appeared at 5/3rd Ballpark--but as an FYI, the Calder Cup will be touring Grand Rapids over the next three days... The American Hockey League’s Calder Cup will appear at numerous locations throughout West Michigan this week as the Grand Rapids Griffins prepare to host as many as three straight Calder Cup...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

On Pittsburgh’s Playoff Results

The Pittsburgh Penguins were considered the team most likely to win the Stanley Cup this year according to the Las Vegas odds.  They lost in the semi-finals to the Boston Bruins.  This isn't an unpredicted result in my mind.  If you asked me before the playoffs, I would have agreed that Pittsburgh was the team most likely to win the Stanley Cup.  I certainly would not have...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Subban, Norris, Last Laugh (or something like that)

If you believe the news, PK Subban, aka The Subbanator, is the 2012-13 Norris Trophy Winner. Well done Mr. Subban. Well deserved. For anyone who does not see PK regularly, this guy plays his guts out night in, night out. Along with many fans, I am quite interested to see how Hockey Night in Canada reacts, as they have been one of the few outlets to continue harping on PK as being...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Eakins On His Coaching Style

from Ryan Dittrick of EdmontonOilers.com, In order to win and become a perennial Stanley Cup contender, it takes a total team effort to succeed. On the development side, Dallas Eakins says, it's up to the coach and 23 individuals to maximize their potential for the greater good. "I don't coach a team, I coach individuals. It's important to remember that...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Evening Line

“I am very excited because I know they are going to be doing everything to make sure the team is going to be turned around and move forward, and the team is going to be better next year. I feel like the organization is going to improve the team over the summer, and I am really excited to be part of it.” “My priority at this stage of my career is to really have a chance...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Ball Hockey Gone Bad

from QMI Agency/Toronto Sun, In a fit of rage Saturday, a member of Canada's national men's ball hockey team sent an official to hospital. With Canada trailing 5-1, Justin Pender chased a Czech opponent across the rink with one second left in a quarterfinal game at the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championship in Newfoundland. Prior to the scrap, Pender is seen jawing...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

The Absolute Latest On The Phoenix Coyotes

from Craig Morgan of FoxSports Arizona, While sources maintain that the NHL is pressuring Renaissance Sports and Entertainment to strike a deal this week (at least in principle) with the City of Glendale on a lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena, Glendale councilmember Gary Sherwood received mitigating information over the weekend. Sherwood spoke to NHL deputy commissioner...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Dallas Eakins Becomes The 12th Head Coach For The Edmonton Oilers

via a release by the Edmonton Oilers... General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Dallas Eakins as the clubs' new Head Coach.  Eakins becomes the 12th Head Coach in Oilers franchise history. Continue reading "Dallas Eakins Becomes The 12th Head Coach For The Edmonton Oilers"
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The Ducks Have A New Goaltending Consultant

from the Anaheim Ducks, The Ducks announced today they have named Dwayne Roloson as the team's goaltending consultant. Roloson will assume the responsibilities of Goaltending Consultant Pete Peeters, who retired from coaching on June 5, 2013. “We are happy to have Dwayne in the organization and look forward to him joining the NHL club this season,” said Ducks Executive...
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Syracuse Crunch’s owner weighs in on the officiating fiasco

Well, this was going to happen. In the wake of the controversy regarding officiating during the Grand Rapids Griffins' back-to-back wins over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 1 and Game 2 of the Calder Cup Final, Syracuse Crunch owner James Dolgon made sure to make his voice heard in a conversation with the Syracuse Post-Standard's Lindsay Kramer (in an article titled, "AHL...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators ink Roman Josi to 7-year contract extension

Per the Tennessean's Josh Cooper: #preds announce they've re signed Roman Josi 7 years 28 million — JoshuaCooper (@JoshuaCooper) June 10, 2013 From the Predators' website: Continue reading "Nashville Predators ink Roman Josi to 7-year contract extension"
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No surprise here: Free Press readers name Claude Lemieux the most-hated athlete in Detroit sports

Somehow, this doesn't surprise me, per the Detroit Free Press: When it comes to holding a grudge, the Turtle is at the top of the Detroit sports fans’ list. Former NHL forward Claude Lemieux, who played with, among others, the New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche, beat out his former teammate, Patrick Roy, in our online voting tournament to “crown” the...
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