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Quick Hits – May 31


In other news around the league…


  • Career Red Wing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired today at the age of 42. Lidstrom played 20 seasons, helped the Wings win four Stanley Cups and was a seven time winner of the Norris Trophy. Lidstrom is the current record holder for consecutive games played on one team with 1564 games. A four time Olympian, Lidstrom, who hails from Sweden, scored the Gold Medal winning goal for his country’s team in the 2006 games. In his career, he had 264 goals, 1142 points and a plus/minus rating of +450.


  • The Phoenix Coyotes (read:cry-babies) will not be disciplined for their post-game shenanigans after they lost in OT to the Kings in the Western Conference Finals. NHL executive VP Colin Campbell made the announcement prior to last nights Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. Campbell laid out to the press what he said to each of the offending parties on the Coyotes roster and essentially said that, beyond a stern talking to, no discipline would be levied.

So, let’s review as I’m sure this won’t be the first or last time this happens in a playoff series ending game: Shane Doan and Keith Yandle go off, positively bonkers in their postgame commentary invoking conspiracy theories, calling out league ownership of the Coyotes, comparing the referees color scheme to the Kings colors and relating this to why the Kings won and they lost…no discipline. Mike Smith throws his stick to the ice in the direction of a ref…no discipline. Martin Hanzal skating aggresively and threateningly to and getting in the face of a ref to yell and scream (I’m quite certain dinner plans weren’t being discussed)…no discipline.

When this happens again, be it this season or next, we’ll see how the league responds.


  • The Calgary Flames have hired Bob Hartley as their new head coach after not renewing the contract of Brent Sutter at the end of this season. The former Colorado and Atlanta coach is 329-226-61 in the regular season and 49-35 in the post season, winning one Stanley Cup while he was with the Avs in 2000-01 season. Harley has not coached in the NHL since being fired by the Thrashers six games into the 2007-08 season.



  1. Justin
    May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Your comments on Phoenix are hilarious!!! Yeah, the league and many fans alike don’t like it if you are bitter during the series hand shake. Whatever happened during the series, you are suppose to suck it up and take it like man and shake your opponents hand like a gentleman. Phoenix obviously didn’t do that and people were pissed off. I guarantee you if it happens the league will slap some fines down!

  2. May 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve been blasting them non-stop since my Blowback (https://bleacherbumblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/blowback/) piece last friday. They didn’t even get a ‘slap on the wrist’ for their sophomoric post game activities.

    Bettman sent his lieutenant to investigate, conduct some interviews and announced that he essentially scolded them like the 5 year olds they were? I think Captain Pancake should send them a years supply of flapjacks for their handshake line BS as well.

    Meh…kids these days, what can you do?

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