NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Blackhawks need Kane and Toews to step up, Fleury outduels Ward and the Coyotes situation reaches decision day

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Shelly Anderson with a quick recap of Game 1.  Many of the Penguins were giving credit to Marc-Andre Fleury for keeping the team in last night’s contest.  Apparently Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey felt the same way.  Fleury was good, but two unlikely contributors […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 19, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Reaction out of Calgary and San Jose, Langenbrunner apparently had knee surgery after Game 2 and Tortorella continues to stir the pot with the NY media

Remaining First Round Matchups Washington Capitals (2) versus New York Rangers (7) Could Chris Clark return to the Capitals lineup tonight to replace the suspended Donald Brashear?  The Capitals have a chance to redeem last season’s Game 7 heartbreak versus Philadelphia tonight at the Verizon Center, writes Mike Wise.  Nothing like ESPN reporting that Mike Green […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Minnesota Wild,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 28, 2009

On the Beat: Pyatt returns to Canucks, Habs and Lecavalier and Pierre McGuire mentioned as a possibility in Minnesota

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: As much as San Jose didn’t bring their “A” game last night, the Ducks most certainly did.  Just a great performance by the veteran group. Sergei Samsonov’s status for Game 6 has not yet been decided.  They could use him in Game 6, but I don’t see […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Minnesota Wild,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,San Jose Sharks,Tampa Bay Lightning,Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, 2009

Non-Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Risebrough says goodbye

Jochen Hecht was very unsatisfied with his performance for the Sabres this season. While Doug Risebrough admitted to being surprised by his firing, he exited the franchise gracefully, writes Michael Russo.  (Writer’s note: Russo will be on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show tonight to provide more insight on the Wild.) Damien Cox has some more information about top […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Buffalo Sabres,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers on April 22, 2009

Afternoon Delight: Not Wild on Risebrough

Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough will not return next season, TSN is reporting. Georges Laraque will not back down from comments he made yesterday about Bruins’ players. Check out Kevin Smith’s hilarious NHL blog. North American Central Scouting adds another facet to their organization. Two good articles from ESPN. First, Terry Frei talks about odds. […]

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Afternoon Delight,Boston Bruins,Minnesota Wild,Montreal Canadiens on April 16, 2009

Breaking News: Risebrough fired as Wild GM

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Wild GM Doug Risebrough has been fired by owner Craig Leipold, in a surprise decision annouced by the team today. The Wild, in an annoucement released to the media just after noon, said Risebrough’s contract will not be renewed “beyond the 2008-2009 season.” “The entire Minnesota Wild organization is forever […]

Posted by David Minuk in General NHL,Illegal Curve News,Minnesota Wild,Northwest Division,Rumors,Teams,Western Conference on April 16, 2009

Non-Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Reaction to MacTavish firing

Here are the morning papers for the non-playoff teams: As linked on IC yesterday, apparently Jay Feaster has an interest in the Colorado GM job. Mike Heika wonders whether the Stars franchise will continue to move forward with a two-GM arrangement? The Oilers fired Craig MacTavish on Wednesday and Robert Tychkowski is calling the franchise […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Colorado Avalanche,Dallas Stars,Edmonton Oilers,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers,Tampa Bay Lightning,Toronto Maple Leafs on April 16, 2009