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Crosby’s Father Denies Retirement Report

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Is Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby considering retirement?

Veteran sports radio Bob McCown of the Fan590 in Toronto made waves Friday when reported he had heard Crosby’s family was trying to convince him to retire for fear of risking more injury.

Not true, said the superstar player’s father.

“Not at all,” Troy Crosby, from his Halifax, Nova Scotia, home, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get him healthy again. However long that takes, that’s how long it’s going to take.”

Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson also refuted the report.

As for Crosby’s status?

“He’s progressing,” said Brisson. “But there is no timetable.”

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Making It Safer On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

In February, the NHL put its stamp of approval on a new type of padding that soon will wrap stanchions inside an NHL rink near you.

The Fusion Safety Pad is taller, thicker and denser than the current industry standard and was developed by Minneapolis’ Sports Resource Group.

Over the past three weeks, the company has been negotiating a contract with the NHL. Once that’s finalized, “We can pull the trigger on production instantly [in Fridley] and have these in the hands of arena operators in seven to 10 days,” said Chris Guertin, President of Sports Resource Group. “Our goal would be to get these in the arenas for the playoffs.

“Unfortunately, if this [Pacioretty’s] hit happened April 8 instead of March 8, it probably would have been a non-factor and he would have skated off,” Guertin added.

more and here’s the website of the Sports Resource Group.


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Red Wings-Blues live blog: It’s time to get on a streak

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

After their cathartic 2-1 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, the Wings hope to get on a winning streak tonight as Jimmy Howard and the Wings tangle with the St. Louis Blues (8 PM EST, FSD/FS Midwest/WXYT).

The upset-minded Blues are essentially playing for jobs and establishing a pecking order for next year’s team, but they always bring their best against Detroit, and the Wings simply need to keep working hard and get their damn power play going while backing Halak into his crease.

Live blog away, with more cowbell:

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Another Day In The West- Flames Could Go From 8th To 4th

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,

VANCOUVER (44-16-9, 97 points) at CALGARY (36-25-9, 81 points)

Where they stand: The Canucks lead the West by nine points while the Flames are in eighth place.

What’s at stake: Vancouver will be trying to stay sharp (and healthy) for the postseason. Calgary could move all the way to fourth place with a win because the four teams in front of them are idle.

How it’s going: The Canucks have won five of six to become clear Presidents’ Trophy favorites. The Flames had won three straight before a 3-0 loss to Phoenix on Thursday.

Upcoming: Vancouver has a three-game homestand against Minnesota, Colorado and Phoenix next week. Calgary has just two games next week—at home against Phoenix and Colorado—before a four-game road trip.

continue for more NHL matches tonight…

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Red Wings-Blues game-day update: Howard starts and Babcock’s line tweaks continue

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the St. Louis Blues tonight (8 PM EST, FSD/FS Midwest/WXYT), Wings coach Mike Babcock suggested that he plans on continuing to throw the Wings’ forward lines combos into a blender, albeit with one big exception, as noted by MLive’s Ansar Khan:

After today’s optional morning skate, coach Mike Babcock said the only lineup change has Kris Draper back in. He wouldn’t say who will sit out. Babcock also would not reveal his line combinations, except to say that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg will be split up on the road and play together at home.

“I’m going to try to have one set I use at home and one set on the road,’’ Babcock said. “I’m trying to get it so that everybody is comfortable with playing with whoever. You just play. The other thing is a player doesn’t want to come to the rink every day and play with a different linemate. That’s why I’d like to have two scenarios and that’s it. It’s important to be able to go back and forth with matchups at playoff time.’‘

Khan reports that Jimmy Howard will start opposite Jaroslav Halak, and he estimates that the Wings will continue to employ the Stuart-Kronwall and Lidstrom-Ericsson defensive pairings against the following Blues lineup:

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GDT - Game #69: Red Wings at Blues (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Beware the Ides of March.  DET (40-20-8), snapped a winless March (0-2-2), and a three game home losing streak, in dramatic fashion for the “19” last night at the JLA.  Jimmah was brilliant (26-27, 0.962).  The Lizard King ties the game at 19:35 of the third, and Magically Delicious finishes it in OT.

DET are almost a lock for the playoffs, needing to earn only 29% of their remaining 28 points to reach 96 for the season.  The Wings maintain a somewhat comfortable 7 point Central Division lead over the hard-charging ‘Hawks (8-1-1 in last 10).  It is the SJS who carry the long-knives; (8-1-1 in last 10), they are only 3 points behind DET for the 2nd in the West.

DET needs to “find their game,” and their confidence in a hurry. What better place than at the BBB;s?  For STL, they are playing out the string (they would need to win 89% of their remaining points to reach 96), but are winners of their past three contests.

Game On(!), bitches.

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Video- Who Knew A-Rod Was A Fan Of The Bolts?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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GM Meetings Start Monday - What Can The GMs Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Before he traveled to Florida, Detroit GM Ken Holland polled a large number of his players about what they thought of the rules and what concerns they had. The vast majority said they liked the rules, Holland told ESPN.com. They like the rules designed to protect the vulnerable player, but they also want the onus on the puck carrier to keep his head up. They want to be able to separate a player from the puck, legally, Holland said.

“I think it’s a safer workplace today than it was a year ago,” he said. “I would say to you we’ve got a great game. I don’t think the game’s ever been better. I think the game’s in incredible shape.”

What cannot happen, he said, is that the league finds itself putting in rules in response to every incident.

What rule, for instance, could be put in place to prevent the Crosby/Steckel collision?

“I don’t know what rules you can put in to stop that,” Holland said. “Every time we have an injury, we can’t have a rule change to make sure that never happens again.”


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Classic Hockey Memorabilia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

The international hockey collection is always my favorite section at every ClassicAuctions.net offering. The current auction does not disappoint. Here’s the highlights:

* Vladislav Tretiak’s 1973 world championships game worn mask - Hey, I know it doesn’t look like much compared to today’s fancy art pieces, but this is cool. My birthday is in August.

continue for some great items and fyi, the Tretiak mask has a minimum bid of $2659.00.


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Dan Ellis To The Rescue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Two weeks ago, Dan Ellis was a little-used backup on a playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning team that had cast its lot with Dwayne Roloson as its lead goaltender.

Dan Ellis has won five of his seven starts since he joined the Ducks.

Never did Ellis imagine that he would become the Ducks’ new No. 1 netminder and maybe their playoff life preserver.

Since the Ducks grabbed him from the Lightning for a faltering Curtis McElhinney, Ellis has gone 5-1-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average in his first seven starts to help his new team keep some realistic postseason hopes alive….

“They made a decision that there was a goalie they felt could help us,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of the deal pulled off by General Manager Bob Murray and his staff. “He’s come in and provided us with goaltending that we always talk about gives us a chance.

“Not knowing that much about him and not knowing if he can withstand and continue to provide us with that, he’s going to get the opportunity if he continues to play the way he has.”

read on

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