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Granato Named Head Coach of The Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere announced today the appointment of Tony Granato as the franchise’s head coach.  Granato previously served as the team’s head coach from 2002-2004.

more at the Avs site…

added 12:31pm, Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

Well, so much for going with a fresh, new approach.
I’ve said it before - nothing the Avalanche does ever totally surprises me. At this point, today’s news that Tony Granato will be the head coach - again - was like the effect on me of an already electrocuted man falling into the live wire fence one more time.


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The Hockey News Picks…

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Please, don’t put your first born child on the line because of what any of our writers or editors predict will happen…except maybe Edward, that guy is on fire!

So, for the final time this playoff season, here is our rundown of who each one of us thinks will win the Cup, in how many games and a quick one-liner why.

If you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, dying for the updated standings, the waiting has ended. Here are the rankings heading into the final:

read on at the Hockey News…

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Thursday Digging: The Bloggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Memo to all A2Y readers: the Hasek club car has been hosed, fumigated and refurbished.  It is now, once again, open for your patronage.  The Stress Train itself won’t leave the station until mid-day tomorrow, but I understand many of you have become homeless since Games 4 and 5 against Dallas.  I feel ya.  Establish residency for as long as domestic situations require you to do so.

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A Look At The ‘Binker’

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Where to begin with the remarkable career of Les Binkley, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first No. 1 goaltender who wore 15 sweaters from his junior debut in 1949 through his pro-hockey retirement in 1976?

Surely with his highlight-reel goals-against:

- Being scored on twice by future motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel in a train-wreck-ugly, 1970s World Hockey Association penalty-shot publicity stunt at Maple Leaf Gardens.


added 9:32am, for more on Les Binkley and some great pictures too, check out Habs Inside/Out...


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Too Many Numbers For Me

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from Empty Netters,

The NHL has staged a player draft every year since 1963. That’s 45 different drafts with 45 different first overall picks. Surprisingly, only 12 of those men have their name on the Stanley Cup. Should Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury lead the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup title, they’ll be two the “earliest” former No. 1’s to claim the trophy.

In other words, among all former top overall picks, they’ll have played the fewest seasons in the league before winning their first championship:

check the chart for more…

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Hockey Heat

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from Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Sun,

It was 108 in the shade Monday — and the Wranglers were getting ready to play another hockey game.

One hundred eight degrees. Hockey.

That had to be the strangest convergence of diametric entities since Julia Roberts married Lyle Lovett.

Human Torch, meet Mr. Freeze.

“The Flight of the Phoenix,” meet “Ice Station Zebra.”

Habanero pepper, meet Chunky Monkey.


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Chelios and Roberts Meet Again

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Every 20 years or so—or in this case 19—Gary Roberts and Chris Chelios play against each other for the Stanley Cup.

It happens about as often as all-Canadian final, which it happened to be when Roberts and Chelios met for the Cup in 1989.

For Chelios, this really is nothing new. He has rings older than Evgeni Malkin and trips to the final with Montreal and Chicago in ‘89 and 1992, and of course, a Cup ring from the Red Wings six years ago.

But for Roberts, this wait has almost been forever. From the time he won his first and only professional championship, so much has happened.


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Osgood Just Wins

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Chris Osgood has been labelled the worst goaltender to ever win a Stanley Cup.

Now, he could conceivably be the worst to ever win two.

Before we all get all weepy over Osgood’s legacy, or suggest he’s been unfairly criticized and evaluated over the course of his career, a little historical review would be in order.


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Leyland Sitting On The Fence

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MLB.com,

Leyland’s boss, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, also owns the Red Wings. They’re in the finals for the first time since 2002. Leyland has frequently expressed his gratitude and appreciation for Ilitch and the way he allowed the Tigers to make the moves they felt they needed.

On the other hand, Leyland is a Pittsburgh resident who attended some Penguins games over the offseason with former Tigers first baseman Sean Casey, who is a Penguins season ticket holder. They’re in the finals for the first time since 1992.

It’s an exciting matchup for fans around the league, but not the best matchup for Leyland. So when a reporter asked him about it, Leyland tried to be diplomatic.

“That’s obviously a no-win situation for me,” Leyland said. “I have no comment. May the best team win.”


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Columbus Talks Detroit & Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Dispatch hockey reporters Aaron Portzline and Tom Reed discuss the key issues heading into the best-of-seven series:

Question: Is this the Stanley Cup Finals matchup that could spring the NHL back into mainstream sports fans’ consciousness?

Portzline: If it doesn’t, the NHL might forever be a fringe sport. A great sport but a fringe sport. This is a dream matchup because both clubs have dynamic players that can get fans out of their chairs. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg—these are four of the top six or seven players in the league. Even halfhearted hockey fans might tune in to watch these clubs go back and forth.

read on

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