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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As many of you have pointed out, the writing’s been slow here the last two weeks.  I could easily blame that on blogger apathy and an outright disgust with the way our Wings “prepare” themselves for their Cup defense.

But that’s not the case.  In reality, I’ve been cutting back the last ten days as I prepare to transition from Kuklas Korner to one of the Detroit dailies where I’ve been hired on to provide a “voice of the fan” outlook on the playoffs, the Wings in the future and the Michigan sports scene in general.  Contractually, I can’t reveal which paper I’ll be joining and I can’t post the link here. But I can dole out some details.

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Hall Of Fame To Look Harder At Women

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have often suggested that the Hockey Hall of Fame should induct some women, but at the same time never been able to suggest one for this year’s class.  There are always a few ex-NHL players who seem to need induction now, thus making the women wait.  The Hall of Fame is addressing this issue.  Starting in 2010, they will consider male and female candidates separately and induct up to two female hockey players per year in addition to the up to four male ones.

This is a good move to get some of the phenomenal female hockey players who have been dominant players and pioneers in their game into the Hall.  I look forward to seeing Cammi Granato, Cassie Campbell, Manon Rheaume, Angela James, Hayley Wickenheiser, Danielle Goyette and others getting their inductions in the years to come.

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Keenan Defends Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

“I think he’s had a year of growth,” Keenan said. “Again, he’s 23 years old. People forget that. He’s learning. He’s learning more about his game. He’s learning more about the defensive aspect of his game. He’s learning more about the offensive aspect of his game.”

In 76 games, Phaneuf has 11 goals and 45 points with a plus-minus rating of minus-13.

“He will have fluctuations for a while yet, because of his age and his inexperience,” Keenan said, of the former Norris Trophy nominee. “He’s had some very strong games. For example, I told him he was a force in the Pittsburgh game. He was probably the best player on the ice. Because (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin were non-decript. They didn’t want anything to do with them. They certainly knew he was on the ice. They were looking for him. And he was a force in our game against Minnesota, and he was very much a part of the game last night.”

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, mike+keenan

Staying Fit Allows Kozlov To Play On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers coach John Anderson routinely offered his oldest players the option of skipping a morning skate. Former Thrasher Mathieu Schneider, 39, frequently took him up on it. Kozlov didn’t.

His work didn’t start when the season did.

“I was here most of the summer, and he was in the gym every day,” Anderson said.

Kozlov learned those work habits when he broke into the league with the Detroit Red Wings. He was an 18-year-old Russian kid who could bench press 130 pounds twice.

“I was so skinny,” Kozlov said. “Detroit was patient with me.”

He watched his Russian and Canadian teammates. He learned from Steve Yzerman, who didn’t smoke, didn’t drink and always worked out.

“Fitness is No. 1,” Kozlov said. “If you’re not going to take care of your body, it’s going to be tough to play. When I was 18, 20, I didn’t go to the gym every day. Now, I do.”

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Diggers Miss Yet Another Boat: Uncle Mike Opens Up To LeBrun

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

While Dave Dye was talking about how the Wings’ greatness actually prevents them from winning personal awards, and Ansar Khan(!) was babbling about the beauty of an extended layoff…we spent the day gnashing teeth and wondering what the hell this team is going to show us in two weeks time.

None of the Diggers, apparently, saw fit to drill down a bit and get to the point:  are the Wings ready to defend this thing?  Well…Pierre LeBrun apparently thought that was a decent question to ask Mike Babcock.

...losses to the New York Islanders and Nashville Predators in Detroit’s past two games have driven home a somewhat frightening point.

“The message I think that was sent was that we’re not ready yet,” Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told ESPN.com.

We got that message a long, long time ago Mike.  Ansar?  You get it yet son?  Might want to look into that.  We won’t hold our breath.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“My point is that, six games from now, we’re going to play a team that’s been in the playoffs for a month and half.  That team will have engaged physically every night for a while now. They’ve had their heart and soul in it. They’ve built momentum. We’ve been in a different scenario. We’ve had another good season; we’ve got 107 points right now, 49 wins, we’ve had good individual numbers. But the reality you and I both know is that they’re going to drop the puck and the team we’re playing is going to battle for every inch of ice.

“There’s no switch to prepare you for that, so we have six games to make a conscious decision that we want to win, and if you make that conscious decision, that means you’re all in.”

-Wings coach Mike Babcock.  More on the Wings from Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Quincey Will Have Back Surgery Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Kyle Quincey is expected to have back surgery tomorrow, to repair his herniated disc, and (obviously) will miss the rest of the season.

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Great Shootout Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This video has made the rounds on the web today, so maybe you have seen it already but Linus Omark, and Edmonton Oilers prospect, makes a nice move on a shootout goal.

I do have a couple of questions- I wonder how an NHL goalie would feel about the goal and is the announcer trying to imitate Jack Edwards (ha, ha, ha)?

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Report- Mike Danton Could Be A Free Man Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

TSN has learned that former NHL player Mike Danton, who has been serving time in a Federal prison in the United States, is back in Canada and could be a free man very shortly.

The Brampton, Ontario native pled guilty to “murder-for-hire” charges in November of 2004.  He has served over four years of his seven and a half year sentence in a Minnesota prison.  After petitioning to be moved to a Canadian prison, Danton finally got his wish on March 19th as he was transferred to Kingston Penitentiary.

Under Canadian law, Danton is now eligible for full parole.

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HHOF Changes Voting Procedure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Hockey Hall of Fame appears ready to open its doors to women.

The hall has changed its voting procedures to make it easier for female candidates to be considered for induction.

Previously, females nominated faced huge odds in overcoming a male bias in voting – the panel was all male and favoured NHL players. The voters had been limited to inducting four players a year.

Now, the board of directors have told voters that it may induct four males and two females each year.

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