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The Phoenix Coyotes win both home games to take a 2-0 series lead. Last nights 5-3 win was impressive, and as good as the Coyotes played, where was Alex Radulov?
Back to the Yotes, if they ride Mike Smith all the way to a Cup Championship they will be the first team in pro sorts to win a championship with no owner. Furthermore, wouldn't it be ironic if they win the Cup and then a few short months later move to Quebec!
If your team failed to make the playoffs, or has been bounced early and the remaining teams do not hold your attention, the World Championship begins on Friday, and TSN has coverage.
The NHL.com web site has the full team rosters here
The Canadian roster is very impressive and David O'Connor gives us a preview of the Canadian roster.
"Unlike many past years, on paper, Canada looks to have a very strong team. When compared to others, it appears that Canada could be a legitimate gold medal contender. So far the team has four Olympians and five NHL thirty-goal scorers. The talent assembled this spring has a high amount of All-Stars, and also contains some tremendous talent. Brent Sutter will be the team’s head coach this time around, and his assistant coaches will be Guy Boucher of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Kirk Muller of the Carolina Hurricanes. On the team put together so far, Canada’s general manager, Kevin Lowe, had this to say:
“We are extremely happy with the response we have received from players and are very pleased with the group that we have been able to assemble to date. We are looking forward to getting together as a team in Zurich and going for gold in Helsinki.”
Read the entire article here.
Dmitry Chesnokov reported on Twitter that Sens Captain Daniel Alfredsson will play for Sweden in the tournament. This is a very positive indicator to me that his chances of returning next season are good.
Other notable prospects that jumped out to me as participating ion the Worlds are Evgeni Kuznetsov, Vladamir Tarasenko, and Jakob Silfverberg.
The Montreal Canadiens interviewed Pierre McGuire for the GM position. Just to recap, the candidates also include Julien BriesBois (Tampa Bay assistant GM), Marc Bergevin (Chicago assistant GM), Claude Loiselle (Leafs assistant GM), Blair Mackasey (Wild Director of Player Personnel), and Patrick Roy.
Flyers Daniel Briere continues to be a monster in the playoffs. his career regular season points per game are 0.79 while his career playoff points per game is 1.02. His overtime game winner to take game one was his tenth point in seven games.
I am now hoping for a Flyers and Kings Cup final. The drama, emotion, and story lines there with Carter and Richards in LA would be a best case scenario in my opinion. Imagine Kings win with the Flyers cast offs, or vice-verse. For the record in this years post season, Jeff Carter has two points, and Mike Richards has four points. The players the Flyers received in their trades Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Sean Couturier, and Brayden Schenn have a combined 23 points, and no player has less than four points.
Alex Semin of the Washington Capitals is having his typical unimpressive playoff performance. Semin is being relegated to the fourth line and in his last three games is pointless and a minus -4. In total he has three goals in eight games. Heading into unrestricted free agency in the off season he is lowering his value. Could he be KHL bound?
Alex Ovechkin has been struggling and declining in recent years. Tyler Dellow of mc79hockey.com has a good read and analysis on the decline of the great eight.
Our friend Fred Poulin has a great read on the Hockey Writers, ten players entering their magical fourth year that you will want to draft for next season.
It was widely reported that after the Canucks traded Cody Hodgson, GM Mike Gillis gave him a kick in the *** out the door making some disparaging remarks about Hodgson and his back injury. Former NHL star and current conditioning guru Gary Roberts shared his thoughts about Gillis and his comments on NBC
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