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All the odds you want, provided by Bodog.

Odds to win the 2011 Stanley Cup
Vancouver Canucks 17/10
Boston Bruins 5/2
San Jose Sharks 3/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 7/2

What will be the Matchup in the Stanley Cup Final?
Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks 9/5
Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks 5/2
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vancouver Canucks 5/2
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks 7/2

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Larry Brooks Reports on Boogaard

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Brooks of the NY Post, on Twitter:

Post has learned that Derek Boogaard was receiving counseling through NHL/NHLPA Behavorial Health/Substance Abuse Program at time of death.

Moments later, he followed it up with:

Story that will appear in Sunday’s editions will be posted on NYPost.com….No inferences should be drawn as to cause of death.


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Western Conference Verbal Wars Have Started

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

The NHL Western Conference final hasn’t even started but Kevin Bieksa has thrown the first hit.

The sharp-tongued Vancouver Canuck defenceman took a few verbal shots at former teammate Kyle Wellwood, who now plays for the San Jose Sharks.

Bieksa was asked Saturday about some comments Wellwood made earlier this year when he questioned the Canucks’ ability to win in the playoffs.

“I don’t even remember what that weasel said,” snorted Bieksa.

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Custance: Red Wings still hope to move East

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There’s basically no way that the NHL would realistically move the Red Wings to the Eastern Conference given Columbus and Nashville’s statuses as ahead of the Wings in the pecking order and the Wings’ status as the Western Conference’s “anchor tenant,” but the Sporting News’s Craig Custance reports that the Wings would still like to move East if the Thrashers re-locate at some point in the future:

According to Jimmy Devellano, Detroit’s senior vice president, a move won’t be happening next season for the Red Wings. “We’re going to be right where we are next year,” he said on Saturday. “Beyond that, I can’t comment. Next year we’re right where we are.”

Moving East would mean money and time saved on travel for the organization, not to mention reasonable start times for fans in Detroit when the Red Wings are on the road. That’s why Devellano is holding out hope that it could still happen as soon as the 2012-13 season. “Fingers crossed, toes crossed, saying prayers,” he joked.

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Red Wings locker room clean-out updates: Lidstrom to decide on future by July 1st

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 15x at 7:34 with Babcock on Modano: Via the Detroit Red Wings’ official Twitter account, as of noon EDT, the team’s taken its team picture and its players are addressing the media as they prepare for a long summer:

Rolling out the red carpet for the team photo. http://yfrog.com/h4ho4gcej
Lidstrom said he expects to make a decision on next season by July 1.

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Jagr Makes Sense For Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Connecting the various dots, it would appear that the Penguins are interested in mending fences with Jaromir Jagr , and that Jagr is interested in returning to the NHL. Add into that his hat trick Wednesday against the United States in Slovakia and, man, that sure sounds to me like a connection worth making.

In fact, it sounds like a win-win-win.

But let me start with this: No, this would not be an Alexei Kovalev type of situation. Jagr long ago adjusted his game away from beating guys one-on-one to more of a stationary shooter. He started that with the Rangers and carried it over to Russia. And, from watching him up close in Vancouver last winter at the Olympics, I can offer that there is absolutely no question he would continue to be an impact player in the NHL, even if he is not the mullet-headed, stickhandling wizard so many of us recall. There were many hockey executives there shaking their heads that he was wasting his time in Russia rather than adding to his points and legacy in the NHL.


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A Different Look At The Late Derek Boogaard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I don’t know where I’m going to go with this blog to be honest. In fact, my cursor has been flickering in this spot for about three hours, it’s 3 a.m. and I’m still sickened.

Even as I start typing now, my eyes are watering. So maybe that’s my answer.

I’m supposed to be a professional, but I’m also human. In my role, you cover players professionally, but you get to know them personally.

Like many of you, I was floored and saddened by tonight’s tragic news. But I’ve thought about this a lot the last few hours, and I want to do my best to not make this a tear jerker.

I want to give you a different perspective to Derek Boogaard from someone who covered him.


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Keep An Eye On…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As the conference finals get underway, hockey reporters Paul Hunter and Kevin McGran offer up a dozen glorious things to keep an eye (and ear on) on — some subtle, some not so much — as the playoff field narrows.

Joe Thornton’s passes

Jumbo Joe has the body of one of those elephants about to be shipped out of Toronto but he also has the hands of a jeweller. The San Jose centre makes precision passes the way pachyderms pop peanuts.

Milan Lucic’s body-slams

With Niklas Kronwall out of the post-season — much to the relief of a battered Dany Heatley — the Bruins winger will take over as the designated hitter an opponent least wants to meet and greet along the boards.

Roberto Luongo head snaps

Is he a goaltender or is he a bobblehead doll? The Canucks puckstopper morphs into a soccer player every time an opposition forward nears his crease as he tries to draw penalties.

Steven Stamkos’ one-timers

Though he’s yet to get fully untracked in these playoffs, the Tampa sniper’s ability to set up in the left faceoff circle and bury any pass close to his wheelhouse is an art form unto itself

more from the Toronto Star….

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The Physical Side Of The Game

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

I had more than one Canadiens fan mention to me after they were eliminated in Game 7 of their firstround playoff series with the Boston Bruins that they almost felt a sense of relief. The fans didn’t know if they could have handled the mental and physical stress of continuing to watch the home team in action every second night on television.

Imagine if they had actually been playing the games?

I don’t believe there is a more physically challenging sporting event in the world than the Stanley Cup playoffs. After surviving 82 regular-season games, National Hockey League players are then expected to perform at their peak through four best-of-seven series if they want to hold the Cup over their head in June.


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T.R. Goodman’s ready to torture NHL’ers this summer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ted Lindsay isn’t the only Red Wings alumnus who frequents the team’s gym any more. According to the Wings’ players, Chris Chelios, who’s now mentoring the team’s defensive prospects, has been seen enjoying his daily sauna bike ride. While Chelios now works out with Bally’s founder Don Wildman and pro surfer Laird Hamilton in Malibu—with his sons, Jake and Dean—in the summer, his old trainer, T.R. Goodman, will subject a host of NHL’ers (including Wings forwards Danny Cleary and Jiri Hudler) to his famously torturous workouts, as he told the Montreal Gazette’s Stu Cowan:

“Work-ethic wise, they’re the best to work with,” Goodman, who has trained athletes from every major sport, as well as some celebrities, said this week over the phone from California. “I don’t even work with basketball players anymore, because they’re the worst,” added Goodman, a former college hockey player who has made The Hockey News’s list of 100 People of Power and Influence and is a contributor for Men’s Health Magazine. “Temperament-wise, hockey players are by far the best ... they work the hardest, they’re the most humble and the most down to Earth.”

Goodman has an interesting theory about why that is the case.

“I think honestly the reason they are that way is because of the fighting in the game,” he said. “Sometimes, if a guy decides he wants to get a little cocky or his head gets a little big, there’s somebody that’s always going to come along and give him an adjustment.”

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