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Saturday, April 1, 2017

"It's A Good Time To Be An Oiler." - Connor McDavid.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

"In The Long Run, It's Doubtful 7 Teams Will Be Sustainable. The Obvious Option Is To Invite An Eighth Team To Join Up. But Who? [Missouri's] Lindenwood, Being The Only Midwestern-located Program Not Already In The WCHA, Is An Option. So Is Penn State..." - The Brainerd Dispaltch's Jack Hittinger on the WCHA womens conference in the wake of UND eliminating womens hockey.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"I Haven’t Changed My Mind, And I Won’t, It’s My Country. I Think Everybody Wants To Play There. (If) Somebody’s Going To Tell Me Don’t Go, I Don’t Care — I Just Go." - Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin vowing to play for Russia in the Olympics.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"It’s Very Easy To Misconstrue Financial Information... What You Read In The Papers Is Mischaracterized And The Numbers Are Amalgamated When They Shouldn’t Be." - USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean commenting on the terms of the confidential four-year agreement with the U.S. women's team.

Friday, April 7, 2017

"So He Loved Reagan Because Of How He Had Gone Toe-to-toe With The Soviets In The 1980s And Refused To Back Down. The Kid Was Just All Smiles Anytime Ronnie Was Mentioned. And He Was So Excited To Be Over Here And Living His Dream." - Penguins' broadcaster Mike Lang, who, for five years during the nineties, sat next to Jaromir Jagr, and Jaromir Jagr’s magnificent hair, on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ team bus..

Saturday, April 8, 2017

"If There Is An Area Of Concern, It’s In Terms Of Possession. Under Yeo, The Blues Haven’t Exactly Taken A Nose Dive In The Possession Game, But There Has Been A Decrease Of More Than Three Percent." - The Hockey News' Jared Clinton commenitng on the St. Louis Blues before and after Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock behind the bench.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

"The KHL Has Been Pushing To Beat The NHL To The Potentially Lucrative Asian Market And Has Had A Team In China Since August. If Its Players Become Olympic Stars In South Korea While The NHL Sits Out, The KHL Could Cement Its Presence In Asia." - The Associated Press's James Ellingworth in a Sunday piece about Pyeongchang, the NHL, and the KHL.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"I’m Sure It’s Going To Turn Into Quite A Story. It’s Funny, In Sports These Types Of Stories Have A Way Of Coming Around." - Blues head coach Mike Yeo - His St. Louis team is up against his former team the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs,.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Although Through It All I Can Say With Confidence I Have Learned One Thing. I Do, Thank Goodness, Now Possess The Knowledge Of How Hockey Equipment Goes On. So There Is That." - Seafair MHA President, Nigel Shackles, commenting on 20 Years in British Columbia Minor Hockey.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"When We Talked In December And January, The Way We Fel [then] Is The Way We Still Feel Now, We Have A Lot Of Confidence In The Guys, In Our Group, And I Feel That We Have A Team That Can Do Something Special." - Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"I Know That They Had Some Real High-quality Shots, But Their Numbers Will Be Inflated Every Game, They Recognize That We Protect The Middle Of The Ice Pretty Well, And They’re Trying To Create From The Outside." - St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Yeo talking about game 1 last night against the Minnesota Wild.

Friday, April 14, 2017

"A Confidence Builder, For Sure, I Liked Our Game." - Leafs coach Mike Babcock after OT loss to Caps in game 1 last night.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"The More The Bowman Family Acquires Rings, The More Stan Emerges From His Father's Aurora Borealis Of A Legacy. Ask Around And You Hear He's Not Scotty Bowman's Kid Anymore." - Steve Rosenbloom writing for the Chicago Tribune about Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"[This] Takes Frustration To A Different Level, That Wasn’t Fun To Watch. Everyone Was Responsible, From Coaches Down To Every Player." - Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville after Chicago (now 0-2) was blown out 5-0 by Nashville for second straight shutout loss.

Monday, April 17, 2017

"Balls As Big As The Building, Doesn't He? It Doesn't Surprise Me With Him." - Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella's brassy comment about Zach Werenski returning to the game yesterday after taking puck to the face.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"If You’re Looking For Me To Criticize Our Team, It’s Not Going To Happen, We Were Friggin’ Good Tonight, And We Didn’t Get The Breaks. Quit Trying To Put Words In Our Mouths That Make Us Look Like We’re Bad Because We’re Not." - Bruce Boudreau talking to reporters after his Minnesota Wild lost to St. Louis in another low-scoring first round playoff game Sunday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"People Want To Talk About Being Undersized & Lack Of This Or That, But You Can Never Really Measure People's Heart, Their Competitiveness, Their (guts), It's Tough To Instill That In Guys. We Can Do Drills And Try To Increase Some Of The Competitiveness." - University of Minnesota associate head coach Mike Guentzel on his 180-pound son Jake, who has four goals in three playoff games and 20 goals since being called up by the Penguins in late November.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"When You See That People Are Writing These Things And Saying That You Said These Things, My First Thought Is Where Are They Getting This Information? If It’s Not Coming Out Of My Mouth And I Didn’t Verbally Say It To You Or Anybody..." - The Sabres' Jack Eichel responding to report that he had "no desire" to sign an extension with the Sabres if Dan Bylsma remained the coach.

Friday, April 21, 2017

"It’s Insulting To Not Give That Team Credit For How Well They Played And How Well They Played Us... They Were Relentless." - Jonathan Toews commenting on Nashville after the Predators swept the Hawks.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"The Wild Have Done A Masterful Defensive Job Against All-Star Vladimir Tarasenko, Who Has Been Limited To Two Assists And 16 Shots On Goal During The Series." - Jose de Jesus Ortiz writing for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"I’m Not Going To Take Anything Away From Them, But I Thought We Outshot Them, And (had More) Scoring Chances. I’m Not A Big Stat Guy, But I Thought We Had The Momentum There For The Most Part, And It Seemed Like They Had That One Chance & They Put It In." - Wild captain Mikko Koivu - echoing what many of those who watched the Wild lose to Saint Louis in five games were thinking.

Monday, April 24, 2017

"What Is This, Five Years In A Row? I’m Sick Of It. We’re All Sick Of It." - Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula, evoking memories of playoffs past..

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"At This Point In 2017, The IIHF Has Had Four World Titles Decided And The U.S. Has Won Them All -- The World Junior, The World Women’s, The Women’s U-18 And Now The Men’s U-18." - WHL writer extraordinaire Gregg Drinnan.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"The Hawks News Release Did Not Include A Statement From Quenneville, Who Was Close With Kitchen Since The Two Were Teammates In The NHL With Colorado And New Jersey From 1979-83. Multiple Sources Said Quenneville And Kitchen Are "best Friends."" - Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune noting that Joel Quenneville is not pleased with the firing of Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"More Than Ever, The Uncertainty In The Game Is Through The Roof, You're Seeing Guys Like Zach Fucale End Up In The [ECHL] Where They're Making $40,000 A Year, It's Tough To Live Off That,.. Your Career Could End At Any Time And You Have To Have A Plan B." - Moose Jaw Warriors goalie Zach Sawchenko, who is forgoing his final year of WHL play and takig advantage of the scholarshipmoney the WHL sets aside for its players that don't sign pro contracts.

Friday, April 28, 2017

"...Coaches Started Shuffling Lines. Partners Were Changing Like In Kaleidoscope. It Was Very Hard To Used To It... We Had Lack Of Understanding Each Other, There Were Some Problems. I Was Suffering Torments All The Season," - A snippet of Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov's copious and candid venting to Russioan sports writer.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

"A Number Of Major Junior Players Have Signed NHL Contracts Over The Past Month Or So. I’ve Always Wondered Just How Thrilled Their Junior Coaches Are To Have This Stuff Going On At This Time Of The Season." - Award-winning reporter Gregg Drinnan commenting on a likely distraction for some top CHL players chasing th Memorial Cup.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"The Penguins Went From Stumbling To Sprinting, Starting With Matt Cullen’s Short-handed Goal At The Start Of The Second. That Was The First Of Six Goals That Showed How Multi-faceted The Penguins’ Offence Is." - The Washington Post's Jesse Dougherty commenting on the Pens win over the Caps in game 2 last night.