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Can a Stanley Cup Get Them in the HHOF?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

For a number of veteran players, that elusive Lord Stanley is the one piece of the puzzle left in what could be a Hall of Fame career. Let’s look at the candidates.

Mats Sundin, Vancouver – As my colleague Brian Costello has posited in the past, Sundin is not quite a Hall of Famer just yet. But the way I see it, clinching a championship would put him in. The big Swede’s next goal will put him past former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk for 20th all-time in NHL history (Teemu Selanne passed both of them and Mike Bossy this year) and he also ranks 33rd overall in assists (passing Jean Ratelle, but getting passed by Mike Modano) and 25th all-time in points.

Stats aside, I really get the sense the Hall of Fame wants him in.

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And while you’re at THN, you can check out Risto Pakarinen’s piece on Jonas Gustavsson, the netminder in the Swedish Elitserien finals, and on a record shutout streak which currently resides at 240 minutes and 25 seconds.

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It’s Tough Being An Islanders Fan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Twenty-five years after the club’s last appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, the Islanders have been a study in mediocrity and are no closer at the end of this decade to being a playoff contender than they were at the start of it.

Players, head coaches and general managers have come and gone, with the only constant being the Charles Wang, who purchased the club as a co-owner in 2000 and took over full ownership in 2004.

Islanders fans keep looking to the future and hoping management will land the kind of quality talent the Isles desperately need to finally put the futility and frustration behind them.

Despite a modicum of promise earlier in the decade the Islanders have continued to stumble along, facing what seems an increasing litany of woes

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O-SHIE

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues took control in the third period, and the crowd took over the building.

“O-SHIE! O-SHIE!”

“That’s unreal,” he said. “It’s one of those things, when you’re younger, you imagine the crowd screaming your name. For it to happen my first year, it’s something else.”

more on the Blues victory over Vancouver last night and watch the video below why the fans where chanting for Oshie.

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Emery Back In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

The former Senators goaltender was allegedly involved in yet another traffic violation Sunday night while driving his Hummer on Highway 416.

Grenville County OPP pulled over a vehicle around 10:30 p.m. when an officer spotted it going well in excess of the speed limit. The Hummer was impounded in Kemptville and Emery’s licence was suspended for one week.

Emery was charged under the stunt driving provisions of the Highway Traffic Act. Under Ontario law, police have the authority to seize a vehicle going faster than 50 km/h above the speed limit, however they would not confirm how fast the vehicle was going.

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Predicting The 1st Round Of The 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NHL Central Scouting will meet next weekend to compile its final rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft, giving NHL front offices and fans a first look at how things might shake out come late June in Montreal.

NHL.com decided to beat the scouts to the punch, tasking three of its draft experts to come up with their own thoughts on how the first round of the draft might play out.

Adam Kimelman, Brad Holland and Shawn P. Roarke all took the challenge, consulted their notes, called their contacts, and came up with their thoughts on the first 30 picks come June 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

continued and check out their mock draft on the right sidebar.

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NCAA Hockey Tournament TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from College Hockey News,

All NCAA tournament games will be televised exclusively by ESPN and its sister stations this season, unless the games conflict and cannot be carried live.

ESPN is emphasizing its college sports channel, ESPNU, now.

continue for the schedule which starts today.

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IIHF President & Bettman Talk 2014 Winter Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via the Globe and Mail,

Speaking at the SportAccord convention, Fasel and Bettman had a frank and sometimes heated exchange that underscored the difficult negotiations ahead for the NHL to remain part of the Olympics.

“It can be a challenge or a nightmare (bringing the NHL, IIHF, NHLPA Players’ Association and IOC together) and I take it as a challenge, a fantastic challenge and I will work day and night to have them (NHL players) in Sochi,” said Fasel.

The 2014 Games will be held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi following next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

But Bettman said: “It’s not so easy to simply say ‘Let’s go to the Olympics’. We shut down our season for two weeks to 17 days and there is a momentum to our season that is lost…it all comes to a screeching halt and we go off to the Olympics.

“No other league stops to go do this. In fact, baseball doesn’t do it and it’s no longer an Olympic sport. This is hard, it’s not always a good experience and the benefits we’ve sometimes seen were not always worth what we’ve had to sacrifice.

“I don’t think we get enough credit and I don’t think the IOC (International Olympic Committee) tends to recognize how difficult it is.”

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The Playoff Race Is Still On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL games scheduled for tonight and below find an expended NHL Standings chart.

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Top 30 Free Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With the American economy in turmoil and future salary cap projections clouded in uncertainty, NHL general managers are all cautioning that it would be best to tiptoe rather than bull-rush into any more long-term contracts. But even with all of the warning lights flashing, the expectation is that this summer’s free agent signing season will be as busy as usual. With July 1 less than 100 days away, it’s not too soon to window shop.

Here’s a look at my top 30 potential unrestricted free agents for the summer of 2009:

30. Defenseman Derek Morris (New York Rangers): There seems to be mixed reviews about Morris around the NHL, and his playoff performance will dictate how much interest there will be in him.

29. Defenseman Jordan Leopold (Calgary): He’s a 20-minute defenseman with offensive skill. He has scored on a penalty shot and in the shootout this season.

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GDT - Game #75: Red Wings host Islanders (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The race for Best in the West appears to be a sprint to the finish, and it could become important if the Wings eventually play the Sharks in the WCF.  The Sharks, as good as their record indicates, do not enjoy swimming outside their home tank.  At home, SJS own an obscene record of 30-3-4; however their road record is a more mortal-like 18-12-7.  SJS have lost their games in hand against DET as they are coming off an OTL at CHI on Wed., and a 2-3 L against NSH last night.  DET and SJS each have 107 pts, but DET now sit atop the WC by virtue of their win total.

DET begin a four game homestand tonight against the NYI, and will play 6 of their remaining 8 games at the JLA; where they are 26-5-4 overall and 10-1-2 since February. Mule is en fuego; he has four goals and eight assists and is riding a six-game point streak, DET are winners of five of those games.  Hank’s next goal will give DET four players with 30 for the first time since 2001-02.

DET are attempting history tonight, trying to join BOS (1970-74) and MTL (1975-79) as the only teams with 50 wins in four straight seasons. Mike Babcock would become the first coach with four consecutive 50-win campaigns since Scotty Bowman did it while with the Canadiens in 1979.

NYI have given up 16 goals during a three-game slide, and are perilously close to their worst finish since their 52 point total in 2000-01.  The Isles are 8-26-3 on the road.


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