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Sunday, May 1, 2016

"It Wasn't A Whole Lot Of Fun This Year." - Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"Questionable Hits Turning Up Heat Between Penguins, Capitals" - AP sports writer Will Graves commenting on Caps-Pens series..

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Boston University Has The Top Recruiting Class In The Country. It Should Immediately Vault The Terriers Into The Top Three Nationally." - Grand Forks Herald sports reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"The NCHC Has A Massive Buyout For Anyone That Jumps Ship. According To [sources], The Buyout Equates To A Year Of The League’s Operating Expenses. Right Now, That’s Roughly $1.5 M. It Also Requires A 24-month Notice. If It’s Less, The Buyout Goes Up." - The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman on the NCHC's approach to keep the league stable.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

"We Had Some Adversity That We Were Facing Here Tonight, You’re Missing Your Best Defenseman. We’ve Had Some Other Injuries That Have Really Affected Us. It Says A Lot About Us." - Penguins' center Matt Cullen after his team topped the caps in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead.

Friday, May 6, 2016

"You Know What, That Rule Has Been Clear As Mud To Every Coach In The League All Year, So Why Should It Be Different Tonight?" - San Jose Sharks head coach Pete Deboer.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

"I Have No Information About Meldonium In KHL." - Russian Ice Hockey Federation President claims he has no knowledge of meldonium positive in top Russian league after IIHF President René Fasel had revealed there had been a positive test in the league.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

"It Was Sobering Moment, Like Finding That Something Bad Had Happened To A Friend Of Yours Who You Hadn’t Seen In 30 Years. You Think To Yourself, ‘I Hope That Doesn’t Happen To Me." - The ECHL's Worcester Railers owner Cliff Rucker on news that investors in Springfield, MA are buying the Portland Pirates and moving them to Western Mass.

Monday, May 9, 2016

"In A Perfect World, Let’s Score Five Goals Every Night. But When That Doesn’t Work, You Better Be Able To Defend." - New Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau cooing music to the ears of Minnesota fans.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"We Wanted A Great Coach & This Process Yielded Our Top Pick. I Couldn’t Be Happier. On Behalf Of The Entire Senators Organization, The Great City Of Ottawa & Our Fans, I Want To Welcome Guy, His Wife Marsha & Their Three Children, Vincent, Mila And Naomi." - Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in a statement.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"We’ve Been Doing That All Year. We Didn’t Really Play Good Enough For Long Enough To Give Ourselves A Chance." - Caps' Braden Holtby on his team's slow start through two periods in last night's season-ending loss to Pittsburgh.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"The Vancouver Giants Wanted To Hire Marc Crawford. [Ottawa] Beat Them To It. The Giants, Who Are Looking For Both A GM And A Coach, Coveted Mike Johnston For The Combo Job. He [returned To] His Last WHL Team, The Winterhawks, Instead In That Dual Role." - Steve Exen writing for The Province in Vancouver.

Friday, May 13, 2016

"We Have One Way To Play, We Just Keep Coming After You, Hopefully We Make You Crack." - St. Louis Blues' head coach Ken Hitchcock on his team's style of play.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

"He Can Skate, Has Very Good Hands, He’s Got A Terrific Shot — All Kinds Of Shots — He’s Got Excellent Vision, And He Competes, There’s No Doubt About That, He Does Everything Well." - Chris Drury, the New York Rangers’ director of player development discussing freshly signed 21-year-old blue-chip Russian prospect Pavel Buchnevich.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

"I Had A Nice Black Tea This Morning, So I'll Go A Little Lavender, A Little Chamomile Tea Tonight, I Usually Do The 'sleep' Ones At Night." - Sharks' defenseman Brent Burns (The Mercury News' Dan Brown notes that Burns then posted a photo of herbal selections, with a shout-out to spiced chai, something Bobby Orr is not believed to have done.).

Monday, May 16, 2016

"[SI.com] Dubbed Him "the Most Interesting Man In The NHL" And Dedicated A 2,200-word Profile That Detailed Burns' Parking Lot Training Methods, His Eminem Impressions And The Four Times Kids Mistook Him For An Actual Pirate Of The Caribbean At Disneyland." - The Mercury News' Dan Brrown commenting on Sharks' defenseman Brent Burns.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"They Don't Really Understand It, They Just Know That Daddy Is Lazy And Saving His Energy For The Playoffs. You Just Try To Make Them Understand That It's A Big Deal." - The Sharks' Brent noting that his kids don't understnad why their father is hanging out at home.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"[He] Was A Slow-skating Offensive Liability When Given Minutes As A Third- And Fourth-line Center. In The End, The Strengths Simply Didn’t Outweigh The Weaknesses." - csnne.com's Joe Haggerty on Finnish center Joonas Kemppainen's 'one-and-done' as a Boston Bruin.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

"You Go From Furious To Curious Right Away, And The Quicker You Can Get To Curious, The Better You’re Going To Be. I’ve Learned That Over Time. You Better Be Looking For Things That You Can Fix" - St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock succinctly capturing the importance of moving on from a 4-0 loss when he met with reporters at the practice rink on Wednesday.

Friday, May 20, 2016

"Obviously When You're Talking About Something, The Severity Of The Surgery And Procedure, You're Going To Err On The Side Of Caution For The Most Part. Everything Is Progressing Well, Tests I've Had Since Day One All Look Great." - Lightning captain Steven Stamkos discussing the blood clot that has kept him on the bench.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

"I Should've Been More Disciplined, I [messed Up]. No Excuses For That." - Pittsburgh's Kris Letang after (another) one of his lapses of discipline hurt the Pengiuns during this year's playoffs.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"But I Didn’t Consider How I’d Cope With ...–15° Weather. My Apartment Got So Cold At One Point In Late January That I Slept At The Rink. I Had Been Sleeping In My Apartment For Over A Week Without Any Heat And Would Wake Up During The Night Shivering." - Corcoran, MN's Ryan Minkoff commenting on his year playing in Finland.

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Nghtlife In Town Was Nonexistent. Single Women Were Tough To Come By Unless You Were Willing To Take A Taxi To The Nearest City 20 Minutes Away, Late On Friday & Saturday Nights After Games, I’d Sit Covered In A Blanket On My Couch, Applying For Jobs." - Corcoran, MN's Ryan Minkoff writes about feeling alone during his year playing in Finland.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"You Think Back To Some Of The Best Scorers Ever, His Ability To Get His Stick On Pucks In The Offensive Zone, In Front Of The Net, Different Angles, Is As Good As Anybody I've Ever Seen. But It's A Great Lesson. He Works At It. He Works At It Every Day." - San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer talking Joe Pavelski after last night's game 5 win.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Brophy, Who Died Over The Weekend At The Age Of 83, Was A True Throwback. He Kicked Around The Minors As A Player For 20 Seasons And With 3,848 Penalty Minutes To His Name, Is One Of The Most Penalized Players To Ever Play The Game." - The Hockey News' Ken Campbell on John Brophy. Campbell goes on to note that Brophy once dropped 57 'F-bombs' during a 1988 postgame rant after his Maple Leafs lost to the last place North Stars.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"He’ll Kill Me For Telling You This Story, But Game 5, I’m Not Feeling Well, And Steve Ott Brings Me Something To Help Me Feel Better. Knowing That He’s The Guy Not Going In The Lineup If I Can Play, That’s Pretty Selfless." - a lip-quivering, watery-eyed David Backes after the Blues' Game 6, season-ending loss to San Jose.

Friday, May 27, 2016

"The Lightning Are Launching A Program That Will Pour More Than 6 Million Bucks Into Youth Hockey Programs Over The Next Five Years." - Sarah Hollenbeck of WTSP (Tampa Bay/Sarasota) commenting on the demand for kid's hockey in Tampa Bay, thanks in part to the Lightning.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

"Paul's A Pain In The [butt] To Play Against, I've Played Against Him In The Past; As Soon As You Turn Around, He's Right There In Front Of Your Face. [He's] A Very Smart Hockey Player.To Have Him On Our Side Is Very Huge... He's Annoying To Play Against." - Sharks' forward Joel Ward talking about fellow San Jose newbie Paul Martin.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

"“Playoffs Are Real About Three Things, Good Health, Good Luck And Good Goaltending." - Rylan Ferster, the head coach of the West Kelowna Warriors, the newly crowned national junior A champions..

Monday, May 30, 2016

"I Think I'm Getting A Visine Endorsement After That Interview. That Was Real, That Was Raw, That Was My Heart Right On My Face And Coming Right Out Of My Tear Ducts." - The St. Louis Blues' David Backes commenting about his teary interview after the game that ended his season.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"There's Definitely Less Kissing Going On At Our House These Days." - Tabea Thornton, whose husband, San Jose Sharks' centre Joe, has gone mountain man with the facial hair like never before in their seven years of marriage..