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Daily Skate: Mohr's host work, new realignment

Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 11:12 am

Here's what you might have missed while recovering from the NHL Awards after parties.

MORE OF MOHR: For the second straight year, Jay Mohr was tagged to host the NHL Awards and it seems to be a great fit. I thought the opening monologue was very good and did its best to avoid the incredibly easy jokes. The best part in my mind, though, was the opening video in a spinoff of the Penguins/Capitals 24/7 feature. And when he made a mistake, like calling the Tampa Bay GM "Steve Why-zerman" he owned up to it and later called out the Real Housewives of wherever for their mispronunciation of Martin St. Louis, which followed a very awkward presentation. All in all, Mohr did well I thought, and the reaction all seemed pretty positive.

SWEET EMOTIONS: Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry seemed genuinely surprised and honored when he took home the Hart Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player voted by the writers. His acceptance speech was very brief as you could see the impact of the moment hitting Perry. "I'm an emotional person," Perry said. "It's like going back when we won the Stanley Cup. I cried after that. That's just the person I am." Eric Stephens of the OC Register has the whole story.

RETHINKING REALIGNMENT: It's going to happen after next season: There will be a shift in the divisional format of the NHL. But according to the Toronto Sun, if Gary Bettman gets his way, it's going to be a pretty radical change. Bettman reportedly proposed a four-division format with the top four from each division making the playoffs and the first round a divisional round. The Sun says both Columbus and Detroit could get what they want and move to the East. Jackets Cannon takes a shot at what the new layouts could look like.

YOUR MOVE, JAGR: In the latest episode of As the Jagr Turns, Detroit general manager Ken Holland admits to being very intrigued about adding the 39-year-old veteran, noting he added old vets in Mike Modano and Dominik Hasek, too. But at this point, the Red Wings have done their part and now are just waiting for an answer back from Jagr as to where he will play, be it Detroit, Pittsburgh, some mystery NHL team or back in Russia. Free agency doesn't start until July 1, but Jagr can sign before, and that's what is expected to happen.

NEW DIGS FOR DUDLEY?: Recently, Rick Dudley was informed he would not stick around with the Winnipeg organization after the move, leaving a guy known as one of hockey's sharpest eyes for talent without a job. But perhaps not for long. Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch reports Dudley had an "exploratory chat" with Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson. Columbus has a few positions to fill in its hockey operations department, so it could be the beginning of a working relationship.

TEDDY TAKES ON D.C.: Washington Capitals Examiner blogger Michael Hoffman recounts the interesting and often rocky relationship Caps owner Ted Leonsis has with the local-area media. The latest squabble surrounds the discussion by a blogger about the possibility of Jagr coming back to Washington and Leonsis hammering him for such speculation.

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:52 pm

Daily Skate: Mohr's host work, new realignment

Jay Mohr was bad, but not as bad as the rest of the show. It was all a dreadful mess. And WTH were the Real Housewives Of BH doing there, and mispronouncing the names as well? Pitiful, ridiculous pandering to the lowest common denominator. The players deserve better.

Ted Leonsis is the most accessible of owners, and he takes an awful lot of crap from idiot juvenile fans. He's very involved with his teams,  and I appreciate it more than I can say. He makes himself open for abuse in trade for getting real feedback from intelligent fans. No matter what this idiot blogger said, no real Caps fan even wants Jagr's name mentioned unless in a curse.

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