CTVs Brian Wilde on about Montreal's chances against Tampa. He comes down in favour of Montreal. [TSN 690]
He’s playing at a level of technical excellence and consistency right now that ... I mean, there are no loopholes so we focus on the basics. Get bodies in front of him, interfere with his line of sight.
In fact, I'm pretty sure Price is a robot - he celebrated his Hart nomination by watching Game 7 of Tampa vs. Detroit to find out who he's facing next. Then he apologised to reporters for being so boring. Wow. [The Star Phoenix]
Price claimed the possibility of being a Hart candidate only occurred to him on Wednesday, the day when the candidates were announced. He then credits the team for his success. [NHL]
Alex Galchenyuk was the first player on and the last player off the ice for yesterday's practice. The demotion from the powerplay unit myst sting, but teammates still praised his play with the puck. From Lars Eller: "He’s got that ability to sort of break pattern and do something unexpected on his own. At his best, he’s a difference-maker." [Sportsnet]
Max Pacioretty talks about heading into Round 2: [ESPN]
A playoff matchup is so different than the regular season. I think one of those [regular season] games could have been a different result had I not gift-wrapped a breakaway for [Steven] Stamkos. That’s the difference in one of those games alone. I think people look into it too much. Just like people are looking into Tampa playing seven, and they say they should be tired. It’s the playoffs; you find ways to play your best hockey no matter who you’re playing, no matter how tired or dinged up you are.
Around the League and Elsewhere
- Watch Nicklas Backstrom elbow the back of Dan Boyle[Blueshirt Banter]
- A wonderful eulogy for the Nassau Coliseum and the 2014-15 New York Islanders, written by Dan Saraceni over at Lighthouse Hockey. [Puck Daddy]
The building is an ugly, faded, moldy, disconcertingly sticky, smelly, stuffy, cramped, Stone Age shell of a husk of a hovel, remarkable in its aggressive un-remarkableness. It was once the home of one of sports greatest dynasties, a franchise that rose from an obscure expansion team playing in the middle of nowhere to an obscure four time Stanley Cup champion, playing in the middle of nowhere.
- Salary offers for Mike Babcock, professional coaching jesus, could hit $25-30 million on a five- or six-year term. Edmonton, Toronto, Buffalo and Philadelphia are anticipating a bidding war. Assuming, of course, that Babcock wants to leave. [TSN]
- Chris Collins on his minor league hockey career in Europe: "It’s an amazing and surreal world. Until it’s over." [The Player's Tribune]