Rich Peverley was fantastic all series long. I wonder if he has a top six role in Boston next season? Jordan Caron will probably replace the retiring Recchi on the right side.

 

What happened to the Sedins? They got shut down by a fantastic goalie and two fantastic defensemen. Sidney Crosby was shut down two years ago by Lidstrom, and Toews was shut down last year by Pronger. Great players aren't always able to dominate.

 

I don't buy the argument that the physicality was too much for them. Boston played them perfectly - what you need to do is clog up the areas around the Sedin without the puck, and limit their options for those quick passes and cycles.

 

Colorado has signed Joakim Lindstrom. Lindstrom played in 2008-09 with Phoenix (20 points in 44 games) before returning to Europe for two seasons.

 

He had an impressive 2010-11 campaign in the SEL, recording 60 points and 134 PIM in 54 games. The next highest PIM total on his team was 56.

 

Injury news coming out - Ryan Kesler torn groin, Alex Edler broken fingers, Christian Ehrhoff separated shoulder, Chris Higgins broken foot. Dan Hamhuis groin/abdominal tears. Guess he won't be hipchecking Milan Lucic again...

 

Unsurprisingly, Mark Recchi announced his retirement. Three cups and a ton of points - not a bad career.

 

Dobber - re: the Prospects Report update - our fate is now in the hands of one Matthew Bugg. When he revises his Mock based on the final order and adds a third round, this can be re-released. Today? Tomorrow? Soon!

 

Toronto! In 24 hours - come celebrate the launching of Dobber Sports with me, Justin Goldman, the Goalie Post's Jeff Hillen and fellow hockey fans! If you don't like talking about your fantasy hockey team over beer and nachos, then don't come! But I'd like to meet you and see how I've helped/hurt your fantasy squad this year. Sports Centre Cafe at Yonge and St. Clair at 6pm on into the night. Be there!

 

Angus here - survived the riots. Downtown Vancouver was as crazy as it looked.

 

More ramblings coming in the morning.

 

Full marks to the Bruins - earned the win. Brad Marchand was phenomenal all series long.

 

Tim Thomas of course was well deserving of the Conn Smythe.

 

Injury updates are trickling in - Ryan Kesler had a torn groin and a torn hip labrum.

 

 


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Hek said:

87Flyer
Big Ev If not for a Krejci injury what's to say they weren't in the finals last year(and no I'm not a Bruin fan but a Flyer)? There's no guarantees from year to year but the Bruins ARE going to be a top contender for some years providing the injury bug doesn't cripple them. And no a healthy Crosby and Malkin is not a probability to beat them. Two top notch star forwards aren't enough to beat 18 players who are all on the same page and working as one. As much as most people like to talk of the size of the Bruins they also have the right amount of speed elements. Not liking the prospect of playing them when they're on their game either but with the right depth that can be pretty much said about most of the elite rosters. Teams that are lacking 3 lines that can score are going to find it real difficult to reach the ultimate prize.
June 16, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... A healthy Malkin and Crosby probably beat the Bruins; ditto Montreal with even a bit of skill. I don't see them going back next year.
June 16, 2011
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Santo aka Ross10019 said:

ross10019
Boston next year Fzusher, there is no doubt in my mind that Boston will be a better team next year, especially with the Krejci/Horton/Lucic line having all year to play together unlike this year and with the confidence of this year filling their sails. PLus you have to think of Seguin's emergence and, longer term, guys like Jared Knight and Jordan Caron, plus of course Rask eventually taking Thomas' place having had the perfect mentor. As a Habs fan, I don't look forward to competing against the Bruins for the next 5 years or so, they will be pretty damn awesome, but the Habs have a solid young core too, I predict a pretty crazy series of battles between those teams over the next few years, great for the rivalry!
June 16, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Boston next year People don't really seem to notice this, but unlike CHI last year and other recent winners, BOS has most of the current roster locked up into next year. Marchand is the only RFA, with Recchi retiring and Ryder, Kaberle, and Hnidy the only UFAs. The middle is set with Bergeron-Krejci-Kelly-Campbell, and the wings are set with Lucic-Marchand-Caron-Paille on the left, Horton-Peverly-Seguin-Thornton on the left. With about 10M under the cap to work with, plus the IR cushion of Savard if still injured, there should be enough to resign Marchand and add the top-4 puck moving D Kaberle was supposed to have been, plus a rugged minimum-wage no. 7 a-la Hnidy. This could potentially be a better team next year ...
June 16, 2011
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Dictionnary said:

PMac
... met·tle/ˈmetl/

Noun: A person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way: "the team showed their true mettle".
June 16, 2011
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PM again said:

PMac
... Most of the Sedins' points in the San Jose series
were on 5-on-3's, like the 3 goals scored in the first period
that basically gave them Game 6.

The Sedins do not have the mettle to lead a team to a Cup,
unless the team they play against decides to play soft.

Jagr wants to be a Red Wing:

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2011/06/jaromir_jagr_to_the_red_wings.html
June 16, 2011
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Kevin Hildebrand said:

bunkerkev
Vancouver riots Note to Bettman. For the sake of the city of Vancouver, rig the games if you have to, but do whatever it takes to make sure the Stanley Cup Finals never hit the city again. Too bad a bunch of idiots overshadow (again,'94) another great run at the Cup.
June 16, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... And Henrik had 13 points in five games against a physical San Jose team. It was defensive skill/goaltending that shut them down.
June 16, 2011
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PM again said:

PMac
Sedins soft I totally buy the argument that the Sedins are soft
and can be bullied/intimidated, and that they'll NEVER push back
or fight back.

How many points did Hank have in 7 games? 1

The team scored 8 goals in a 7-game series, the lowest
in NHL playoff history after being the highest scoring
team in the 82-game regular season. Take a bow twins.
June 16, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Fatal flaw with Sedins is that they dont do 1 on 1 plays or speed to outside or just charge the net. Always trying to make a passing play for a shot.

Boring finals IMO. I had no interest in either team and both teams were annoying in the end.
June 16, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... I agree with tGr- the Sedins may not dish it out-but they can take it. Still with the game out of hand, wouldve loved to see Daniel clobber Marchand-mightve lit a spark under his teammates.
The PP was awful- having Chara infront of the net almost negated the PP in itself-but he had a few pentalties himself-and the Nucks still couldnt get it done. Ad a few PP goals thru this series-and maybe it never gets to 7 games.
Star players having trouble scoring in the finals isnt new- happened to Toews,Crosby and there was an interesting stat- between Datsyuk and Zetterberg they had played 29 finals games- and scored a grand total of 5 goals. Not exactly lighting it up. The lack of calls wasnt a total surprise (this series was overboard mind you)which doesnt favour the skill game the Nucks play-which is a shame,as it is the more entertaining style when allowed to florish.

As for the looters/arsonists- that really had nothing to do with hockey- that was just too many morons with too much alcohol. It wouldve happened win or lose.
June 16, 2011
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Sean P said:

Plus1Plus1
... Not a Nucks fan, but...

I agree that this core has so much potential. Injuries devastated them this playoffs, leaving the Sedins without much support.

They will be back in the finals with a stronger team on the ice within the next couple of years.
June 16, 2011
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tGr said:

27Blue
... vancouver didn't need the sedins to be tough, they needed them to score.
they needed kesler to score, they needed burrows to score, they needed others to score.
even strength. powerplay. whatever.
none of them did and that is why they lost to the bruins.
8 goals in 7 games is not gonna get it done - especially for the highest scoring team in the regular season.
June 16, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
... nice how after that fourth goal they go celebrate and start banging on the boards in the face of the fans.
June 16, 2011
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Jaco said:

fado
Bruins deserved it. I picked Bos and Van to meet in the finals but ultimately didn't think Bos could score enough to beat Van. Even though I've never thought Luongo was as good as some made him out to be, I thought the Sedins would be enough to push the team over the top. In the end, both Luongo and the Sedins failed their team and their fans. The Canucks never really got that inspiring play from their goalie that instills confidence and the Sedins lacked the toughness required to win the cup. Everyone in the Vancouver organization is aware that in the playoffs the toughness and compete level go through the roof, yet somehow Vancouver wasn't prepared for it. I found it embarrassing to watch Marchand use Sedin as a punching bag. I know the Sedins are not physical players but at least throw out one jab. Might have done wonders for the team cause in the end those little things really mean a lot.
June 16, 2011
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Pavel Nikiforovitch said:

Pasha
BOTH MY TEAMS WON!!! Both my fantasy teams won their respective championships!!!

Daniel Paille is the only player that won all three (my two fantasy ones and the Stanley Cup). :-)
June 16, 2011
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Peter Maingot said:

PMac
Bruins full value for the Cup The bottom line was that Boston was the better team, the tougher team, and the team with the better goalie.

Injuries played a part but that's part of the game.

The Sedins were exposed in this series as soft players.
They simply weren't willing to pay the price physcially in
order to win the Cup. You have to play with an edge in the
Cup final. Even 43-year-old Recchi went to the net and took
his licks. Moreover he never embellished nor did he dive.

Sorry to sound like Donald S. Cherry but when you're best player(s) are European you are not going to win the Cup. Forsberg had Sakic to draw the first checking line and Roy in nets. Malkin had Crosby to draw the first checking line and Fleury in nets. Lidstrom usually had Yzerman amongst others. Khabibulin had Vinny, Marty, and Brad Richards.

Congrats to the city of Boston and especially to Tim Thomas,
the second American born player to ever win the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP.

The first time an American won MVP was in 1994 when Vancouver also lost in 7 games. Then it was Brian Leetch.

The B's were a tight knit group with 14 Canadians who all finioshed their checks
and played hard. The Canadian way of old time hockey: a mix of grit, heart, and skill.
June 16, 2011
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Wade Colborne said:

Diffusion
Riot Footage Here For any interested here is a good collection of footage from the riot:
http://tinyurl.com/3av6rqn
June 16, 2011 | url
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Great SC Playoffs Overall, this was one of the best four rounds of Stanley Cup playoffs that I can remember.
Hockey, I will miss you.
June 16, 2011
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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Props for Kesler Kesler played great in Game 7 and showed more jump than he had all series. To be able to skate/play like that with those injuries is a testament to his guts -- and a great pharmacist.
June 16, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Riots and Luongo Rioters were ridiculous. The spectators who stuck around to take cellphone videos even more ridiculous as they effectively shielded the rioters from the riot police.

Is Luongo's contract tradeable? Good news - I think he is. Bad news - I think there is one team that can absorb this contract (that is, has both the need and the cap space, and in fact their GM recently said the option of taking a goalie on a long term contract from another team was acceptable to them) is Colorado. Do the Canucks send a starter and former captain on an 11 year contract to a division rival? Do they gamble that they won't be division rivals after next summer's realignment? Fun times ...
June 16, 2011
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paul said:

donpaulo
... What rubbed me was how classy and standup most Canadians are, especially after a tough loss. Still kinda wondering how it got out of hand and why...

The loud booing of Gary Bettman was a nice moment for me however smilies/smiley.gif
June 16, 2011
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Vito Ruggia said:

Rustyrug
... Luongo isn't going anywhere with the contract he has.

It was not his fault, the three games they won were thanks to him. It is not as if they scored alot of goals in the wins (2,3,1). Not very much scoring is what killed the Canucks. Every team has chances, you need to bury them.
June 16, 2011
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Hek said:

87Flyer
Not any consolation but there's the theory that great teams have to learn about pain and strife before they can become the champions. The Canucks are a great team(no I'm not a fan) and should be for years to come, no reason to think that with the core they have in place they don't have the pieces to get themselves back to the finals. Is it conceivable that maybe they do it with Schneider in the pipes instead of Luongo? Ya I know Luongo is locked in forever but if Gomez can be moved....
June 16, 2011
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Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
... A Riot War you say? I'll tell you what. You want to get back at those Vancouver fans and reclaim your riot war title? Here's how: call out the blue barricade and challenge it to a fight. Man-o to inaminate object-o. The Vancouver fans seemed to have had some real trouble with the blue barricade. So get in there and show'em how its done. Go get'em champ, you can do it!
.
"All bad. You do that, you go to the box, you know. Two minutes by yourself, and you feel shame, you know. Mm-hm. And then you get free". - Denis Lemieux.
June 16, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Canucks If the Canucks were unable to win the Cup this year despite Lou, I'm not sure they ever will. This team was geared for a title and couldn't get it done. Not sure they'll have a better chance than this for a while.

That being said, 4-0 be damned, that was a good game 7. Canucks were dangerous early and had spurts throughout, Thomas was unbeatable. The Bruins cashed in on the few good chances they had.
June 16, 2011
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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
O Canada.... Living in Montreal, I always thought we had the most passionate, over the top call the police crazy fans... well Vancouver I think you might win this riot war. Photos and videos from DT Vancouver last night. http://www.lionsdenu.com/burn-...-cup-riot/
Unfortunately for both us Boston wins the only thing that matters and they deserved it. They won 3 game 7s, Tim Thomas was unreal, their defense was the best in the playoffs and the depth of forwards they went and traded for/drafted won them a cup. Good on you Boston, hoping for a hangover next year so the Habs can win the division again.
June 16, 2011
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JP Smith said:

jeamcasmith99
Luongo Angus, I noticed your tweets on Luongo.

So what do you think we should do with him?

He's way too inconsistent a goalie and seems to suffer a meltdown every year in the playoffs. I think he might be too mentally fragile to ever be a big-game playoff performer.

Sure, down the line.... I could see the Canucks winning the cup despite Luongo the same way Team Canada won gold despite Luongo.... but that's about it.

But can you justify paying him that much to be a "Chris Osgood" for the Canucks?
June 16, 2011
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