Posts Tagged ‘J-S Giguere’

Top Line: NHL playoffs doom regular season powers; more links

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Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks

Someone’s gotta lose: And that means the Kings or Sharks will be one and done. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• The postseason is always cruel, but never quite like this year. At least two teams that rang up 100 points will be gone by the end of the first round. And that number might be low.

• The Sharks’ long memories ensure that the hostility will be ramped up for their first rounder against the Kings.

• This piece by Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News…wow. He’s been on a roll this season, but this column suggesting the young Dallas Stars find inspiration in the film Streets of Fire might be his best of the year. Personally, I’ll never forgive Jim Steinman for ruining Sisters of Mercy, but that’s me.

“Detroit? Why did it have to be Detroit?”

• Fluto Shinazawa thinks the Boston Bruins will get through their opening round playoff series just fine. It’s the Stanley Cup Final against these guys that’ll be tough.

• The Flyers don’t have enough margin of error to allow for stupidity like the kind Scott Hartnell displayed in their season finale.

• Candiens goalie Carey Price says most Canadians will be rooting against his team in the playoffs. Which makes sense, given that most Canadians do not reside in or around Montreal.

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  • Published On Apr 14, 2014
  • Jamming the Crease: Isles fans putting bag on; Quebec can wait; more notes

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    New York Islanders fans

    Islanders fans have been driven crazy by the team’s ongoing ineptitude and misfortune. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Let’s warm up with a few quick notes before we hit a couple of meatier items:

    • Islanders fans are brown-bagging it for Saturday’s game against the Sabres at Nassau Coliseum. A group that originally hoped to orchestrate a walkout now plans on wearing bags over their heads and organizing chants of “Wang must sell!” and “Snow must go!” among other catchy slogans. This, no doubt, will end well.

    GALLERY: Islanders follies | GM Snow is Charlie Brown of NHL

    • If Jarome Iginla wants to remain with the Bruins past this season, he’ll have to take a significant pay cut to make it work. The B’s already have more than $62 million committed to 17 players for 2014-15 and RFAs Reilly Smith and Torey Krug are due hefty raises that will eat up a good part of what’s left. If the cap only goes up to $68 million or so, that won’t leave much room for Iggy and a backup goalie. Depth defender Matt Bartkowski might be on the way out and Boston won’t re-sign ’09 first rounder Jordan Caron. His size (6-foot-3, 204 pounds) and pedigree will earn him another shot elsewhere, but he has nothing of consequence to contribute at the NHL level.

    • I dug up some old transcriptions while doing some research and found this 2011 quote from an OHL executive about soon-to-be-drafted forward Boone Jenner: “Heart of a lion. Fearless … relentless … makes others around him better. He’ll make a team into a winner someday.” Jenner is doing a good job of that right now for the Blue Jackets.

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2014
  • Top Line: Time to end the shootout?, new Bryzgalov issue, more links

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    Tyler Bozak tries to score on Henrik Lundqvist in a shootout

    Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers knows the downside of deciding playoff spots with the shootout. (Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Gregg Kruppa of The Detroit News says it’s time to end the shootout. He’s not alone in that line of thought…but that doesn’t make him any less wrong. Think I might have to chime in on this one soon.

    • So, did the Flyers finally give starter Ilya Bryzgalov a break on Tuesday after 22 straight starts or was he benched after either falling asleep or pretending to fall asleep during a team meeting? It’s always something with Philly, isn’t it?

    • The Maple Leafs have tightened their grasp on a playoff spot by grabbing points in games decided by one goal, but there are concerns about Nazem Kadri as his hot hands have suddenly gone cold.

    • Here’s a solid take on what Roberto Luongo’s 40-save performance against the Flames meant to his teammates and to himself.

    • The Penguins want Jarome Iginla to start shooting more often. Hard to believe that a 500-goal scorer feels like he needs to defer to anyone, but that’s what’s been happening too often in Pittsburgh.

    • If a fourth straight loss doesn’t put an end to Edmonton’s playoff aspirations, the possibility of losing Taylor Hall to yet another suspension might do the trick. That two-handed slash should earn him a call from Sheriff Shanahan.

    • The problem in Edmonton? A lack of reliable support personnel. Pretty clear where GM Steve Tambellini needs to set his sights this summer.

    • Their 21-year string of playoff appearances hasn’t been broken yet, but the attention being paid to it indicates that the postseason is no longer being taken for granted in Detroit.

    • A stint on the sidelines is all part of the learning process for promising defender Brendan Smith. He’s expected back in the lineup for the Red Wings tonight against the Sharks.

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  • Published On Apr 11, 2013
  • Top Line: J-S Giguere rips his Avs, Red Wings’ streak at risk, more links

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    Goalie J-S Giguere ripped his Colorado Avalanche teammates.

    Losing is getting to Jiggy, who took candid exception to his team’s focus on a Las Vegas trip. (Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Adrian Dater called it “the strongest quote I’ve ever gotten from an Avs player in 18 years of covering the team.” You can read what J-S Giguere had to say about his Colorado teammates here.

    • The Avs lost the game, but at least they gained two points in the Seth Jones lottery.

    • Colorado fans were probably wondering who was wearing the Ryan O’Byrne sweater for the Maple Leafs last night. Their former whipping boy made an auspicious debut for Toronto in a win over the Rangers.

    • The Red Wings have been a playoff staple for 21 consecutive seasons, but that streak is at risk as this season winds down.

    • If these really are Ryan Miller’s last games with the Sabres, he’s going out in style.

    • Ryan Kesler returned to Vancouver’s lineup after missing 19 games and tallied the winner in a 2-0 win over a lifeless Coyotes squad.

    • Despite new players in the mix, there’s no sale imminent in Phoenix. No, really, this is a news story. Check it out.

    • The playoff hopes of the New York Islanders rest on the aging shoulders of Evgeni Nabokov. The way he’s going, you have to believe they will re-up him this summer.

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2013