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Maxim Lapierre scores the winner for the Canucks…wait, is that right?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Updated 3x with Bieksa, Nucks crowd shots and CBC highlights: To quote Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes, via Twitter:

So the hockey god who is in charge of karma just came out of the bathroom and said, “What did I miss?”

Update: Here’s Kevin Bieksa on the ice with NBC’s you-know-who after the game:

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Vancouver Canucks One Win Away From Raising The Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hard fought game with one play deciding the outcome.

We will find out

Sunday

Monday night what both teams are made of.

It will be must watch TV.

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Are The Oilers Planning To Buy Out Souray?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Sheldon Souray’s agent Paul Theofanous says he has yet to hear from the Edmonton Oilers on whether they plan to buy out the last year of his client’s contract and salary-cap hit with the buyout window opening next Wednesday. But it’s likely coming.

If the New York Rangers are buying out their injury-riddled captain Chris Drury at two-thirds of his $5-million US salary (two thirds of his $7.05 million cap hit), the Oilers can likely do the same with Souray, who spent all of last season on loan to the Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

June 15 kicks off a two-week period when NHL teams can partially extricate themselves from contracts they don’t like. In Souray’s case, it’s two-thirds over his $4.5 million salary and two-thirds of his $5.4 million cap hit for this upcoming season.

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Game 5 SCF Live Blog

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Since Alanah is at the game tonight, I thought I would take over the live blogging duties.

Vancouver does not want to go back to Boston down 3-2 while the Bruins would love the opportunity to win the Cup on home ice.

Tonight’s game will be the most intense one of the series.

Who wins?  Watch and find out.

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Smart re-signing by Columbus: Clitsome remains a Blue Jacket

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Beavis and Butthead, assuming that they were real human beings who could age, they would be in their mid-30’s and probably find themselves hospitalized if they’d watched CNN over the last, oh, let’s say month. Their favorite NHL player’s game is no joke, however, so even as a Wings fan, I have to admit that the Columbus Blue Jackets made an incredibly astute signing in retaining defenseman Grant Clitsome’s services for two years at a very reasonable salary, as reported by the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline:

Defenseman Grant Clitsome, a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jackets this season, has avoided free agency by signing a two-year contract worth $2.5 million, The Dispatch has learned today.

“It’s been an amazing six months,” Clitsome told The Dispatch today. “At Christmas, I was still in the AHL. Now, to have a one-way deal, it’s pretty amazing. The motivation is different now. Now I have to prove I belong and deserve to stay there.”

Clitsome, 26, will make $1.1 million in 2011-12 and $1.4 million in 2012-13. He could have been an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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Clitsome had four goals, 15 assists and a plus-2 rating in only 31 games with the Blue Jackets this season. Extrapolated over an 82-game season, that’s 11-39-50, but Clitsome wasn’t recalled from minor-league Springfield until Jan. 11. He quickly became one of coach Scott Arniel’s most trusted defenseman.

He’s just a really smart, smart player who is highly likely to take on the title of the “NHL’s most underrated defenseman” over the next couple of seasons.

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Contract Time In Tampa Bay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

For Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, the heavy lifting began Thursday, when he really got down to the business of signing Tampa Bay’s free agents.

Yzerman said he is working off a list “because every contract I do is going to affect the next one.”

No surprise, then, the list begins with the players who will command the most money: center Steven Stamkos and top-four defenseman Eric Brewer.

None of Tampa Bay’s 12 restricted or unrestricted free agents has been told he will not return next season, Yzerman said. But he admitted, “I probably can’t bring everybody back.”

That said, “I’ve told a few guys I’ve got a few contracts I’ve got to do first before I can make a decision on you.”

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KK Poll- I Want To Plan The Stanley Cup Parade

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Tell me which city will parade the Stanley Cup around town?

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Clitsome Signs Two Year Contract With Columbus

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Grant Clitsome to a two-year contract, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Clitsome, 26, registered four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, had 16 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 31 games with the Blue Jackets in 2010-11.  He ranked second on the club in time on ice average (21:16) and was fourth among defensemen in goals, assists and points.  He added 5-10-15 and 22 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

“We are pleased to have Grant signed for two more years,” Howson said.  “He is a great example of a player we drafted who has patiently developed at the collegiate and AHL levels and become a solid, dependable NHL defenseman.”

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The Numbers Favor The Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The pressure is on the Canucks’ top forwards.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin — derided by NBC’s Mike Milbury as “Thelma and Louise” during the Game 4 broadcast — along with Ryan Kesler know they must start producing offence if the Canucks are to take back the edge in the Stanley Cup finals.

The criticism of the Sedins is so loud, it’s as if the twins can’t even hear it anymore.

“After 10 years, you’re past that a long time ago,” said captain Henrik Sedin, who doesn’t have a point in four games. “We’ve been through it (criticism) throughout the playoffs. If we start looking back and not trusting ourselves, that’s a big problem. We like where we are.

“There are 600 players in the NHL who would like to be where we are right now — best out of three, and we’ve got two games on home ice.”

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RedWingsCentral presents new slate of Red Wings prospect rankings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Last week, Hockey’s Future’s John Henkelman posted assessments of the Red Wings’ AHL-playing prospects, and today, the resident guru of all things prospect-related, RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest, offers a new slate of rankings of the top 20 Wings prospects both playing in the AHL and elsewhere. Let’s stick with Wuest’s teaser about Brendan Smith, who both Wuest and Grand Rapids Griffins GM Bob McNamara believe could use a little more AHL seasoning, and then let’s gab a bit about his rankings in the comments section:

“He’s going to be a significant player in the NHL, he’s going to be a guy who could possibly end up running the Red Wings’ power play at some point, but he probably needs a little bit more seasoning,” said Griffins general manager Bob McNamara. “I don’t know that he would be a regular (yet). He’ll probably be a call-up guy, but his time is not long in the American League.”

Smith stayed ahead of four quality forwards in the end-of-season ranking, edging out Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Jan Mursak and Calle Jarnkrok.

The top 10 is extremely forward-heavy, with Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen, Cory Emmerton and Joakim Andersson earning spots six through nine. Goaltender Petr Mrazek, making his debut in the top 10, joins Smith as the only non-forward in the group.

Continued, and as usual, it’s worth your time!

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