St. Louis Dispatch: Andy Murray Goes Ballistic

A day after the Blues’ 3-0 loss to Vancouver, television highlights continued to focus on the postgame tirade of head coach Andy Murray on the team’s bench. Murray was incensed because after Vancouver scored its empty-net goal, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault put his physical fourth line of Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Johnson and Rick Rypien on…

Calgary Herald: Cammy vows to rebound hahahahahahaha

Dropped into a slippery series hole, frustrated by otherworldly netminding, playoff light growing ever dimmer, Michael Cammalleri insisted he isn’t depressed. He feels…well . . . fortunate. Blessed even. “Our mindset is–we better thank our lucky stars that we’re good enough to beat anybody, even down two-oh,” Cammalleri said Saturday after the Calgary Flames fell…

Boston Globe: The Unfortunate Fourteen

What of those clubs that didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs? Well, the Unfortunate Fourteen are always a mixed lot, and this year is certainly no different. Some want immediate change. Some ponder and puckhandle. A few, such as the Los Angeles Kings, managed expectations from the outset. LA is left hoping a…

Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – April 19, 2009.

Al Strachan suggested it was now “highly likely” Marian Gaborik will remain with the Minnesota Wild now that GM Doug Risebrough and head coach Jacques Lemaire are no longer with the team. Pierre LeBrun however isn’t so sure, having spoken with Gaborik’s Los Angeles-based agent Ron Salcer who said his camp will listen to anything Minnesota…

Puck Stops Here: Cammalleri Non-Suspension B.S.

The main differences that the NHL has played up in explaining the lack of a suspension in this case is that it was a close game (so the resulting penalty mattered) and Cammalleri is a skilled player as Calgary’s top goal scorer this season.  Cammalleri is not a goon.  At 5’ 9” and 185 pounds…

Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: The Family Discount

It is one thing for a team to pony up $6-7 MM on a long term contract for a free agent, but its another to pay $13.5-$14 MM on a long term contract for two free agents. Particularly when everyone is running scared on league revenues and a falling salary cap. There aren’t that many…

New York Rangers sign Matt Gilroy to multiyear deal

The BU captain isn’t eligible to join the Rangers on their current playoff run. He will attend the club’s late summer training camp with an eye on making their 2009-10 NHL roster. via Sources: New York Rangers sign Boston University’s Matt Gilroy to multiyear deal – ESPN.  

Petty Schadenfreude Watch

Calgary loses, Cammalleri loses it. Double-plus good. San Jose loses. It would be nice if they could be swept. Anaheim wins. You can’t have everything. Ideally, they’ll crush the Sharks and then lose to Detroit.  

MacTavish Signs Long Term Deal Not

Two Edmonton-based sportswriters in a cab heading to the morning skate prior to last night’s Stanley Cup playoff game here sent a text to MacTavish inquiring about the press conference the Oilers had called inquiring if he’d made his decision either way. “Yes,” MacT responded. “I just signed a long-term deal. See U at the…

Adam Proteau’s Blog: Flames, Sharks scorers cause costly losses

Cammalleri … erred terribly when he drilled Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat in the head after a faceoff; Cammalleri almost certainly will (and definitely should) be suspended for the same swinging motion to the head that got Philadelphia’s Daniel Carcillo banned for Game 2 of the Flyers’ series against Pittsburgh. Cammalleri was playing his first NHL…

Doughty, Schenn, Stamkos to Team Canada

The best part of all is that he’ll have two buddies along for the ride. Stamkos, Schenn and Doughty have kept in close contact since becoming friends. “We’re texting each other all the time, a phone call here and there,” said Stamkos. “We got to spend a couple days at the Young Guns game in…

F-You Buffalo News

Nobody should accept the Miller excuse for finishing ninth or 10th in the conference while playing in a weak division. The Devils were without the best goaltender in the world, Martin Brodeur, for 50 games. They came together, found different ways to win, made backup Scott Clemmensen better, and captured the tough Atlantic Division. This…

Puckprospectus.com: The Plus and Minus of Plus/Minus

Hockey is usually not the sport where statistical or analytical innovation takes place. So it’s ironic that one of the most useful concepts in sports statistics has been an official NHL statistic for over 40 seasons, leading other sports by at least three decades. The statistic in question is Plus/Minus, which is perhaps the biggest…

Kukla’s Korner: Who Deserves 11 Year Contracts?

There’s no questioning his ability to put the puck in the net, but is he a core guy on your team that you want to keep until he’s 40? There’s no way to predict things, but goal-scorer skills tend to decline pretty fast once you hit your mid-30s. Ask John Leclair about that; his whole…

Detroit’s Cap Issues UPDATED FRANZEN CONTRACT EDITION

Datsyuk 6.7, Zetterberg 6, Franzen 3.95, Filppula 3.0, Cleary 2.8, Holmstrom 2.25, Draper 1.583, Maltby .750, Lidstrom 7.45, Rafalski 6.0, Stuart 3.75, Kronwall 3.0, Lilja 1.25, Lebda .650, Meech .483, Ericsson .900, Osgood 1.417, Hudler RFA, Hossa UFA, Samuelsson UFA, Kopecky UFA, Conklin UFA. TOTAL $52.016 But need to sign 6 forwards and 1 goalie. If the goalie is Howard, add 0.717. Now: $52.733. That leaves $3.967MM left to sign six forwards.  [the following…