NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Willie Mitchell motivated Patrick Kane, Brian Rafalski a game-time decision and Crosby/Ovechkin set for seventh game

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on May 12, 2009 — 2 Comments

2nd Round Playoff Matchups

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins (1) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6)

Washington Capitals (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4)

Western Conference

Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Anaheim Ducks (8)

Vancouver Canucks (3) versus Chicago Blackhawks (4)

Teams that are not in the playoffs:

The Coyotes situation:

  • The city of Phoenix is holding a rally to save the Coyotes.
  • Are the Stars going to follow the Coyotes and also file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?
  • Apparently Hamilton is close to an arena deal.
  • What do Canadians think about Balisillie’s bid?
  • Some legal experts expect Balsillie to lose his court battle.
  • Even if he loses, Balsillie has set the wheels in motion for another team in Southern Ontario, writes Stephen Brunt.
  • The ongoing Phoenix situation and the media’s generally sycophantic stance towards Bettman is becoming ridiculous. When even Stan Fischler states (in this week’s Fischler Report) that the NHL is better off in Phoenix than “some hamlet in Ontario) you know the league is handing out a lot of kool-aid to the scribes.

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the empty buildings in some of the southern markets is a disaster. For every Dallas, there are three other places that literally can’t give tickets away. Its time for the NHL to admit that there were mistakes made. It happens to everyone and its best to fess up to the fact and move on. You can’t force people to like hockey, and ignoring actual fans in a ready-made market only compounds the problem.

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