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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

"We're Taking The Coyote Ugly Thing To A New Level." - Phoenix GM Don Maloney.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

"He's Been OK But The Team In Front Of Him Hasn't, Our Defensive Core Has Been Real Light - People Staring At The Puck And Not Taking Anyone." - Preds' bench boss Barry Trotz defends the play of Pekka Rinne.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

"Alex Burmistrov Is Under Contract To The Jets, ...so That's The End Of That Story. I'll Tell You How This Starts: They Print Something In The Russian Media And Somebody, Instead Of Picking Up The Phone And Checking On The Story, Copies It As Gospel." - Winnipeg Jets forword Alexander Burmistrov's agent Mark Gandler alluding to the often bologna-filled Russian press.

Friday, May 04, 2012

"We Sacrificed A Lot, And We Certainly Bent Over Backwards To Make It Work. Especially Early Generation, We Know We Cannot Come Back To Our Home Country, Which Is Saddest And Most Lonely Thing You Can Ever Imagine." - Sergei Fedorov, the second Soviet hockey player to defect.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

"We Are Definitely Not Working Hard Enough On The Power Play, It's As Simple As That." - Flyers' center Danny Briere.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

"Everyone Knows North Dakota Is A Special Place For Me." - University of North Dakota associate head coach Cary Eades, who was let go this week.

Monday, May 07, 2012

"You're Always Trying To Find The Most Concise Way To Describe The Most Action, But In A Way That's Pleasing To People Who Aren't There." - John Walton, the Caps' rookie radio voice.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

"...While A Majority Of Councillors May Vote To Pay Jamison What He Is Demanding, Coming Up With The Money Is Another Matter. Glendale Is Facing A Deficit Of $35-million In Its 2013 Budget, Which Has To Be In Place By Late June." - The Globe and Mail's David Shoalts on Glendale's financial woes.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

"The New Jersey Devils Played Outstanding, And We Did Not Play Our Game, What Was It? I Don't Know" - Ilya Bryzgalov.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Besides Looking To Smith And Their Defense, The Coyotes Will Need More From Winger Radim Vrbata, Who Had 35 Goals This Season But Has Only Two In The Playoffs." - The Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott.

Friday, May 11, 2012

"I Don't Like To Be Compared To That, Really, It's A Totally, Completely Different Sport. I Don't Want To Say Anything Negative, I Just Think This Will Be More Compelling And Engaging. But Time Will Tell." - Bikini Hockey League Creator Cary Eskridge (probably doing best to keep a straight face) when asked about Lingerie Football League.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

"The Notion (replacing Full Shields With Visors) That It Improves Safety By Taking Away A Safety Measure Is Downright Silly. If It Makes Things Safer, Why Does Every Player With A Facial Injury Play With A Full Cage Instead Of No Facial Protection?" - Western College Hockey blog author on likely NCAA action.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

"His Imprint Is Certainly On Both Teams, Both Teams Should Be Grateful For The Imprint That He's Left On Them." - Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on Wayne Gretzky.

Monday, May 14, 2012

"We Got Beat In Every Facet Of The Game." - Coyotes' Dave Tippett on Game 1 loss to Kings.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"You Hear About The World Rankings, But It's Important For The (Olympics) - The Way Your Schedule Is Set Up And What Not. We Want To Do Well At This Tournament. We're Trying To Get A Successful Program Going And We Haven't Won A Gold Since 2007." - Steve Yzerman on World Championships and upcoming Olympics.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Paul And I Were Never Really Fanatical Hockey Parents, ...They Didn't Play Spring Hockey. It Was Never A Priority For Them." - Theresa Reinhart; wife of Paul and mother of three boys attracting the attention of scouts.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"When You Look At It, It's Not Very Normal That You've Only Played This Few Of Games In The Third Round," - Kings' Head Coach Darryl Sutter on his team's 11 playoff games this year.

Friday, May 18, 2012

"The Game Is Turning A Little Dishonest And It's Embellishment By Players, When It's Done Well, It's Very Hard For The Referees, Very Hard, Because If You Fall Down Near The Boards ... You're Putting The Referee In A Very Tough Situation." - Coyotes' Head Coach Dave Tippett on the increase of FIFA-quality of flopping in the NHL.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"Zach Likes Torts A Lot, Zach Knows How To Work, He Doesn't Shy Away From The Discipline Part Of It. He'd Fit Right In There." - ex-North Star J.P. Parise on son Zach.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Having Both Goalies Back In Vancouver Next Year Is Definitely A Possibility And Probably The Leading Possibility, Cory Will Approach The Season As He Did This Year - You Focus On What You Can Control." - Mike Liut, Cory Schnieder's agent.

Monday, May 21, 2012

"There's Two Ways To Look At It: They're Either Due To Lose, Or We Have To Do Something To Stop Them. Law Of Averages Says They're Going To Eventually Lose On The Road, Next Game Would Be A Bad One To Lose." - Shane Doan on the fact that the Kings have yet to lose on the road in the playoffs.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Throughout A Seven-game Series, Both Teams Are Going To Get Frustrated With Things." - Zach Parise.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"One Of The Reasons Why [Inside The Glass] Had Such A Positive Effect Is That Slowly But Surely We've Been Able To Build Up A Trust Factor Between The Coaches And Players And NBC." - Pierre McGuire on not spilling the gossip on what Tortorella and DeBoer said over his head at the benches.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"For Sure, I'll Be At Game 3 (at The Staples Center)" - Wayne Gretzky.

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Granlund Would Look Better With Parise." - 92-year-old Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman while actually writing something about hockey.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

"You Know, We're In The Stanley Cup Final For A Reason, They [Rangers] Were Really Good On The Road All Playoffs Long, But I Don't Think They Faced A Team Like Us Yet. It's Nice We Start At Home, And I Think That's Going To Be A Big Advantage For Us." - Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"I Love Our Jam; I Love Our Balls." - Tortorella praising Rangers.

Monday, May 28, 2012

"There Is Something Special About Beating The Rangers. ...The Rangers - That's All You Hear Is The Rangers. It's Like The Mets; All They Hear Is The Yankees. That's The Analogy. Now We've Got That Feeling Out Of The Way. Now We Can Go Out And Play." - Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"The Devils Need To Win The Cup Now: Goalie Martin Brodeur May Only Have One More Good Decade Left In Him." - Sean McIndoe.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"I Think I Was On A Fishing Trip In Canada This Time Last Year." - Zach Parise responing to the question 'Where were you this time last year?'..

Thursday, May 31, 2012

"It Was Like Playing With A Tennis Ball, Quite Honestly." - Dustin Brown on Prudential Center ice.