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  1. Forget 'Cindy' Crosby, now we have 'Chrissy' Pronger …

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    First*, there was “Cindy” Crosby. Now, the Chicago Tribune presents the latest hockey makeover(?): “Chrissy” Pronger. * – OK, that’s definitely NOT the first case of an athlete’s name being “feminized” but work with me here, folks. If you have an aversion to clicking, the link above captures a Photoshop job by the newspaper that…

  2. Atlanta Thrashers sign Jim Slater, interview Craig Ramsay for coaching job

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    There’s good news and bad news for the Atlanta Thrashers as they enter the first off-season of the post-Ilya Kovalchuk era. The glass half-full side will point to their $31 million-plus in cap space and handful of decent young players such as Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian. On the other hand, the team has as…

  3. Chris Terreri: Innovator of the goalie water break

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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    When I took a hockey first-timer to a minor league hockey game about a month ago, she asked an amusing question: “Why do the goalies get water bottles?” My answer was simple: goalies are on the ice for the entire game (more or less) and don’t have the same “access” to water as players who…

  4. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Michael Leighton to start Game 6

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was coy about it, but it appears that the team will start Michael Leighton for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The official Flyers Twitter feed announced it. Leighton’s home record is a staggering 6-0 and he’s been a mostly steady presence for the team, so I think it’s…

  5. Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will induct Sabres coach Lindy Ruff today

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Lindy Ruff will be named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame today. Current Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff, one of several inductees expected on hand for the announcement, will give remarks on behalf of the class. Ruff is the longest tenured coach in the NHL and enjoyed a 13 year NHL playing…

  6. Signs point to Todd Bertuzzi staying in Detroit

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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    There’s no doubt that I delight in lampooning Todd Bertuzzi. Obviously, there’s our once-weekly Bertuzzday award (we’ll probably start that again next season, in some form): a token of shame given out because of the Steve Moore debacle. Even beyond that, Bertuzzi has been a goat in the eyes of many bloggers for pure hockey…

  7. Colorado Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke hopes to hand team to someone within family

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    As I discussed last week, the Colorado Avalanche might need a new owner – though that owner might only have a different first name – if current owner Stan Korenke’s bid to own the NFL’s St. Louis Rams goes through. The Denver Post expands on that topic today. Stan Kroenke intends to keep ownership of…

  8. Discussion of new Edmonton Oilers arena pushed back until fall

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:55 AM EST

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    The rather muddled Edmonton Oilers arena situation won’t be resolved anytime soon, as the proposed June 28 meeting has been pushed back to “sometime this fall” according to TSN. A new date for the hearing has not yet been set, but it’s expected to take place sometime in the fall. Edmonton’s municipal election is Oct.…

  9. Ray Whitney will most likely be a free agent this summer

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    Crafty forward Ray Whitney refused to waive his no-trade clause during the trade deadline, making it certain that he’d finish the 2009-10 season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Perhaps the feelings of keeping “the Wizard” in Carolina aren’t mutual, though, because Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford says Whitney is likely to become an unrestricted free agent…

  10. Rumor: KHL team plans to throw big money Kovalchuk's way

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

    This weekend, I speculated where Ilya Kovalchuk might end up. One of the possible landing spots – at least according to my guesses – could be in the Kontinental Hockey League. My reasoning is simple: it’s Kovalchuk’s home country and the KHL could give him more money than any NHL team (conceivably) could. Well, according…

  11. Guy Boucher rejects Blue Jackets head coach job offer, hilarity ensues

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:35 PM EST

    Guy Boucher turned down the Columbus Blue Jackets’ offer for their head coaching job, reports Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. My immediate reaction ranges from “hysterical laughter” to “yikes!” When a minor league coach rejects an NHL head coaching opportunity, there really are only two possibilities: 1. your team is horrible or 2. no,…

  12. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Did officials miss a high-stick on Briere?

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    When you see a score like 7-4, it’s difficult to imagine that a controversial call really could have made a difference. Whether it would have made a difference or not, it looks like the referees missed a high-sticking penalty in the third period. As you can see from this video capture, Duncan Keith caught Danny…

  13. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks benefit from masterful line adjustments

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    There was no secret that, after an ugly Game 4 loss, the Chicago Blackhawks needed to make some changes. In fact, we called for such a thing before Game 5; Brandon asked if coach Joel Quenneville should relax his stubborn policy of keeping Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane together while I wondered if the top…

  14. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Game 5 post-game videos

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Let’s take a look at some of the interviews and analysis that took place during NBC’s broadcast of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. First, here is a post-game interview involving Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks.   In this video, we have some thoughts from Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and power forward Dustin…

  15. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Game 5 produces great ratings despite going up against NBA finals

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Sunday night was a double-edged sword for sports fans. On one hand, it was great to have two championship-level sporting events going on at the same time. Still, sports junkies also had to choose between Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals or Game 2 of the NBA finals. While a big market, history-soaked match…

  16. Ville Leino chases Dino Ciccarelli for all-time rookie playoff scoring record

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

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    Hockey fans “in the know” might have been a little surprised when the Philadelphia Flyers traded for former European league scoring stud Ville Leino from the Detroit Red Wings. Still, for the casual fan, Leino was a face in the crowd at best. Chances are he’ll struggle to fly under the radar again after the…

  17. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Sounds of the Game, Star Cam videos for Game 5

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Here are three more videos featuring NBC’s coverage of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. First, some highlights of the Sounds of the Game, which include some yapping from Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards.   Next, how about some highlights of the Philadelphia Flyers Star Cam? The Flyers players include Mike Richards, Chris Pronger,…

  18. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Ben Eager takes Game 5 puck before Chris Pronger can

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

    The next move in the Ultimate Hockey Chess Match took place during Sunday’s Game 5 match between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. Nope, I’m not talking about Chicago coach Joel Quenneville’s line changes or the game itself. Instead, I’m referring to the previously Pronger-dominated post-game tradition of players stealing the game puck. This time…

  19. New Jersey Devils expected to choose between Therrien, MacLean for head coaching job

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    While we discussed the Columbus Blue Jackets hopes of landing AHL coach Guy Boucher, it looks like the New Jersey Devils have narrowed down their search to either former Penguins coach Michel Therrien or John MacLean, the coach of the Devils’ AHL Lowell affiliate. The New York Post reports that those two coaches are the…

  20. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks play 'their' game to dominate Flyers 7-4

    Jun 6, 2010, 11:55 PM EST

    For most of the first four games – two of which, by the way, Chicago actually won – hockey fans kept asking: “What happened to the Blackhawks?” After all, this is the club who scratched and clawed through the trapping Predators, trampled the seemingly imposing Vancouver Canucks and then eked out win after win against…

  21. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Flyers-Blackhawks Game 5 Live Chat

    Jun 6, 2010, 10:38 PM EST

    Many hockey writers will tell you that a Game 5 is a “pivotal” moment in a series, especially when the teams are locked up 2-2. I guess that’s probably true, since the winner of tonight’s Flyers-Blackhawks game will only have to go .500 in the final two games once they take this victory. Will the…

  22. Chicago maintains three-goal lead after 2nd period, up 5-2

    Jun 6, 2010, 10:06 PM EST

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    It was a shooting gallery of a second period, but I get the feeling that this is the style of game the Chicago Blackhawks prefer. Each team scored two goals, making it a 5-2 game going into the third period. If you’re a fan of defensive hockey, this isn’t the game for you. It also…

  23. Blackhawks blast Flyers out of the gate, take 3-0 first period lead

    Jun 6, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    This is the Chicago Blackhawks team I expected to see. This is the group that wore down the Nashville Predators, befuddled the Vancouver Canucks and swept the San Jose Sharks out of the Western Conference finals. I’m not sure what happened to them – even in the first two games they won – but let…

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