On the Beat: Phil Kessel still unsigned and Alexei Kovalev wants Dany Heatley to stay

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Boris Valabik has re-signed with Atlanta for multiple years.  No word yet on the term, or dollars but the massive defenseman could become an effecive player with more seasoning. Phil Kessel is the only remaining RFA the Bruins need to sign.  A trade still seems most likely, however, it […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlanta Thrashers,Boston Bruins,New Jersey Devils,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins on July 21, 2009

Play Sidney Crosby at least 25 minutes tonight

I don’t have to tell those of you reading this that tonight is Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.  The last game of the season; meaning, there is lots of time to rest after tonight’s game.  Therefore, I think tonight is the perfect spot for Dan Bylsma to give Sidney Crosby at least 25 […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Pittsburgh Penguins on June 12, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Game 7 is the difference between never and forever, reaction to Marc Crawford hiring and Heatley would be perfect fit for Oilers

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart says it is “kind of surreal” to have your season success determined by just one game.  Wings GM Ken Holland says that in this situation, you cannot let your mind wander off.  Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma really doesn’t remember […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 12, 2009

On the Beat: Wings lines and reaction from Dave Tippett

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Penguins fans are calling this “The Shift 2,” courtesy of Brooks Orpik.  The Penguins’ entire defense corps really is underrated. Here are the lines from the Wings’ last practice of the season.  Datsyuk still with Zetterberg. Everyone else Mike Heika has Dave Tippett’s reaction […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Buffalo Sabres,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Northeast Division,On the Beat,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): The experts like Detroit, a closer look at Judge Baum and Dany Heatley’s issues with Senators run deeper than just the coach

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Writing for USA Today, Jacques Demers likes the Wings in Game 7.  (Writer’s note: Kelly Hrudey also picked the Wings last night on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show.)  (Second writer’s note: You figure if Demers is submitting a piece to USA Today, they could at least […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins come up big, relocation fee becomes issue in Coyotes situation and Dany Heatley wants out

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Drew Sharp says that Chris Osgood was really the only Wing that came to play last night in Pittsburgh.  Ted Kulfan disagrees and has some high praise for Henrik Zetterberg.  Detroit played like a team that could lose yesterday, opines Mitch Albom.  Bob Wojnowski […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 10, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Game 6 will be defining moment for Penguins’ big three, Brent Sutter expected to annouce he won’t return to Jersey and decision day in Coyotes case

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) There are a few special Red Wings that have been apart of the team’s Cup victories since 1997.  Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press warns fans not to take the Wings’ success for granted.  Last year he played in zero playoff games, but […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 9, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Monday Edition): The Red Wings have demonstrated great discipline, Brent Burns recovering well and don’t take the alternate bids for the Coyotes at face value

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Mike Babcock made few, if any, adjustments for Game 5, writes Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.  Dan Bylsma tells readers what Babcock does that makes him so successful.  If the Wings do win the Cup, Marian Hossa’s move to the Motor City […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 8, 2009