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Rangers Could Use St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In the wake of a playoff series during which John Tortorella discovered he had no go-to guys he believed he could go to, take it to the bank that the coach’s first postseason order of business will be to work with GM Glen Sather to find the way to get Martin St. Louis out of Tampa Bay.

Understand that St. Louis, regarded as the heart and soul of the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, is one of Tortorella’s favorite players ever. Understand that St. Louis has a no-trade clause that he would all but certainly waive to join the coach, for theirs is a mutual admiration society.

Understand, too, that St. Louis, even at the age of 34 he’ll reach in June, is the big-play difference-maker whose absence was bemoaned by Tortorella following Game 7. Gutsy, too.

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Coyotes President Says League Not In Control Of Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes President Doug Moss refuted that report late Wednesday night, saying the league has not assumed control of the Coyotes.

“We are not reporting to the league,” he said. “We report to (owner) Jerry Moyes. I’m dealing with things in my area, the business side, and Donnie (General Manager Don Maloney) is dealing with the hockey side.

“It’s business as usual. He’s preparing for the draft. I’m preparing for next year on marketing and sales.”

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Plans For Today And Brilliance You Can’t Miss

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yesterday we brought you some reaction from the Poultry bloggers.  We’ll probably have more of that today.  I know that Cindy Brady’s got her thoughts up and James O’Brien has a couple SoCal fashion kings named Arthur and Daniel previewing the series. 

Us? Here’s our plan today.  All Wing bloggers all day.  If there’s a Saler or a Deke or a Pete, a Malik, Hammond or Static who’ve said a word about this series, then we’re gonna find it, cut/copy/paste it, and claim it as our own…as usual.  So look for that.

In the meantime? This.

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The Brashear Suspension

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I commented on Daniel Carcillo’s suspension, I assumed that suspensions would get harder to come by as the playoffs went on.  This does not seem to be the case yet.  In fact Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals was suspended for six games after two altercations in game six of the Caps series with the New York Rangers.  During the pre-game warm up, Brashear shoved Colton Orr of the New York Rangers.  For this he was suspended for one game.  Orr was a healthy scratch in the game, so nothing further occurred between the two of them.  In the game he gave a late hit to the head to Blair Betts.  The hit came from behind so Betts was taken by surprise by it and suffered a broken orbital bone (the bone surrounding the eye).  For the hit, Brashear was suspended for five more games giving him a total of six games in his suspension.

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Sharks GM Apologizes To Fans And Owners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

“I apologize to our fans and I apologize to our owners because they deserve better,” Wilson said.  “And believe me, I take full responsibility. You bring in people and you bring in situations and if there’s any enabling or entitlement that comes from that, then that belongs right here and nowhere else.”

Wilson noted that he usually waits a week to calm down after a playoff exit, “but you don’t deserve me having a week.”

Wilson, who said this was by far the most painful playoff exit yet, said at various times that fans “should be pissed off” and “should feel cheated.” That last point prompted someone to ask him if he felt cheated, too.

“I don’t feel cheated. I feel responsible. I’m part of it. If I’m part of the problem, then I better be working to find us solutions here.”

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The NHL Is Running The Phoenix Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

The National Hockey League, which loaned the Phoenix Coyotes money in February to keep the team in business, is now running the franchise and has promised Glendale that the NHL would reimburse the city for parking fees and security costs owed by the team, Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley said.

“The NHL is in charge of the team right now,” Beasley said. “We have assurances from the NHL the money will be paid . . . .We are sitting down with the NHL and working confidentially with them, and the city expects to be paid in full.”...

We have been told from the NHL that they are responsible for the team,” Beasley said.

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Should Be A Fun Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Key Matchup
The battle in net. This series will be won or lost within about two feet of Hiller and the Anaheim goal. The Columbus Blue Jackets had no answer for the big, talented Wings, who made life miserable for Vezina and Calder Trophy candidate Steve Mason in goal. Will the Ducks be able to keep sight lines open for Hiller? Can they do it without taking too many penalties? The answer had better be yes if the Ducks want to stay close.

Prediction
This one should be fun, and tough. But there’s simply too much offense, too much talent, too much Red Wings for the Ducks to come up with two straight major upsets. Red Wings in six.

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Late Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

‘‘I like to coach one of those games.  You know why? In baseball, they don’t let the coach do whatever he wants to do. In hockey, if you want to fight, let’s go fight. You get a two-minute penalty. In baseball, you get a 10-day suspension.’‘

-Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Calgary Flames Media Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Al Cameron of the Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald, from Mike Keenan’s press conference:

Also interesting was Keenan’s somewhat condescending point (or maybe I’m just a little over-sensitive) that, yes, he’s been a member of the media in the past, and yes, he knows the pressures we’re under from higher-ups (yes, you editors know who you are!) to draw conclusions and pass judgement on hockey matters, but maybe, just maybe, we don’t know the full story in all cases..

A bit more from Keenan about this year’s playoffs here, mentioning that he plans to be behind the bench next season, and a few other points.

And what did Miikka Kiprusoff have to say today? Another posting from Cameron:

Hey, whaddya know? Miikka Kiprusoff, for the second straight year, has elected to blow off the media and, by extension, blow off the fans of the Calgary Flames by not speaking on garbage bag day.
Yes, I know his job is to stop pucks for the Calgary Flames, not speak to the media, but at some point he’s got to say something to the people who pay a good chunk of his salary by buying tickets to see him play.
No such luck this year. Thanks for nothing, Miikka . . .

 

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Your Conference Semi-Finals Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The following officials have been selected to work together in the Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal series (previous playoff games listed in parenthesis):

Referees

Bill McCreary (270) & Eric Furlatt (31)

Paul Devorski (155) & Dennis LaRue (41)

Marc Joannette (59) & Kelly Sutherland (34)

Kevin Pollock (86) & Dave Jackson (59)

Brad Watson (99) & Tim Peel (29)

Dan O’Halloran (67) & Mike Leggo (29)

read on for the linesmen…

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