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Kobasew Signs 3-Year Extension with Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Boston Bruins have signed a three-year extension with forward Chuck Kobasew.

Kobasew will earn $2 million next, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.5 million in 2010-11.

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Babcock Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q You were in this situation in the last round against Colorado. Is the message exactly the same to your team going in the fourth game with a 3-0 lead, as it was then?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I mean, it’s a different series. It’s hard to say that. It worked out well last time. I think part of the reason it did was we were mature, stayed focused and played a really good game. And I think that’s what we have to do here, is we’ve got to be really focused.

And we tried to get that back on track here today. They’re going to have a huge push, we understand that totally. In saying that, we have to push them as hard as we’ve pushed them all series, and harder. And we’re optimistic. We’re capable of doing that. So we’re going to prepare hard, and then try to play real well.

And tried to look at the mistakes after last night. I thought the second period we got turning the puck over too much and the momentum went the wrong direction. We can’t let that happen tomorrow.

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It’s Not Only About Drafting Well

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It isn’t so much a myth about the Detroit Red Wings as a half truth — the reason for their consistent, year-over-year success is that they choose well in the later rounds of the NHL entry draft.

Yes, the players that make a difference offensively for the Red Wings now were all selected in the afterthought regions of the NHL entry draft. Pavel Datsyuk was 171st overall in 1998; Henrik Zetterberg 210th in 1999; Tomas Holmstrom 257th in 1994; Johan Franzen 97th in 2004.

But drafting players is one part of the equation and developing them is another, and this is where Detroit doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves for the organization that it has in place.

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Gretzky Shoots Down A Rumor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

You can cross the Great One’s name off the list of potential candidates to take over the hockey operations of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wayne Gretzky will be staying in Phoenix.

“I have always been a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and wish them luck in the future.  Right now my focus is on the Phoenix Coyotes and developing our young talent,” Gretzky told NHL on TSN’s Darren Pang.

Gretzky was responding to rumours linking him to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team he grew up cheering for in Brantford, Ontario.

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added 4:22pm, Here is the rumor…

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Not So Fast

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So we’ve heard from a Digger and MacLeod today, each with roughly the same story.

St. James

Franzen underwent tests in Detroit Monday, and Nill hadn’t heard any news regarding results. He said the decision not to play Franzen tomorrow has already been made because the Wings lead the series, 3-0.

MacLeod

General manager Ken Holland said that the tests found nothing that needed treatment.

But Franzen’s headaches persist, so he’ll have to rest until they subside. He’s not able to work on conditioning (bike, etc) right now.

Franzen is officially listed as day-to-day.

 

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Talking to Mike Modano and Dave Tippett

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Interviews today with the Dallas Stars’ Mike Modano and coach, Dave Tippett.

First, Modano:

Q How is your head?
MIKE MODANO: Good.

Q Do you think you’ll be in for Game 4?
MIKE MODANO: Yeah.

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Don’t Forget Conklin

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Much has been said and written about Evgeni Malkin’s superb play when Sidney Crosby went down with injury this season.

But it also should not be forgotten that the Pittsburgh Penguins, nearing a Stanley Cup final berth, may not even be here had it not been for how Ty Conklin stepped in for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury this season.

“Him and Gino, it was probably a coin flip to see who is our MVP this year,” defenceman Brooks Orpik said after Tuesday’s pre-game skate. “Without one of those two guys, we probably would have not made the playoffs. They were instrumental.”

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NHL 2008 Entry Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageThe NHL has built a dedicated website for the 2008 Entry Draft.

Site features all the latest news, player profiles, scouting reports, photos, video and interviews, and will continue to be updated.

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Franzen Out Indefinitely for Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner,

Johan Franzen won’t play in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. When he returns to the ice is still unknown.

THe NHL’s leading goal-scorer in the playoffs had tests, Monday, because of concussion-like symptoms ... headaches. General manager Ken Holland said that the tests found nothing that needed treatment.

But Franzen’s headaches persist, so he’ll have to rest until they subside.

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Making a Difference Away From the Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Bishop at BostonBruins.com, a note that The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care celebrated the opening of The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

The Neely family launched the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care in 1995 after the passing of their parents Marlene and Michael Neely from cancer. The Neely Foundation has raised more than $17 million from donations of all sizes, impacted thousands of families and continues to dedicate itself to designing, funding, and completing projects with immediate and tangible results.

“I know that neither of us ever dreamed that we would have this kind of impact when we set out on this mission some 14-plus years ago to honor our parents,” said Scott Neely, before turning to his brother to say, “Cam, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done to help us achieve our mission to be able to, in such a meaningful and significant way, honor the memory of mom and dad.”

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