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Ron MacLean & Gary Bettman Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ron was on Fan590 this morning and said he felt sorry for Bettman.  The man is under a lot of pressure especially with the Phoenix situation, since he told the owners they would not lose money on this deal.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, ron+maclean

Well We Have A Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Flyers win in overtime to shrink the Chicago series lead to 2-1.

Will the series go back to Chicago tied 2-2 or will the Blackhawks have a chance to win the Cup on home ice?

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Jimmy Howard Puts On The Tools Of Ignorance

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from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

A fastball is like a slap shot. A curveball is like a deflection from the point.

That was the observation made by Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard following his guest stint as the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen catcher Wednesday afternoon prior to the club’s baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park.

Howard, who will find out later this month if he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year, donned borrowed catcher’s gear to catch a bullpen session with Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.

“You watch him on TV some nights and he’s bringing it at 98 miles per hour,” Howard said of the Tigers’ All-Star hurler. “I was back there at first a little shaky, but he has such great control that he just put it right in the glove.”

continued with pictures…

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  Tags: jimmy+howard

The Difference Between A Hockey Guy & A Baseball Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jimmy Devellano and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski react to the play that was ruled an infield hit with two outs in the 9th inning to ruin Armando Galarraga’s perfect game.


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  Tags: armando+galarraga

Open Post- Game 3 SCF Chicago visits Philadelphia

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The last change favors Philadelphia now and they should use it to their advantage.

Flyers need this win more than the Blackhawks do, therefore take the Orange & Black tonight.

Puck drops a little after 8:00pm on Versus, CBC and RDS.

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Recap Of The GM Meeting Today

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via Damian Cox of The Spin,

* The agreement that the penalty for an illegal head shot next season - from the side or the back - will be a major and game misconduct, with no wiggle room for a minor penalty. This still needs the approval of the competition committee and the board of governors.

  * Significant discussion over whether there are too many shootouts, and whether overtime needs to be tweaked from it’s current five-minute, 4-on-4 format to something that would have more games settled in OT. The GMs basically agreed to monitor the issue.

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Dear Lightning Fans

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from Steve Yzerman at TampBayLightning.com,

It is with great respect and pride that I write to you today as the new Vice President and General Manager of your Tampa Bay Lightning. When offered this opportunity by owner Jeff Vinik to further my career, I carefully considered my options; looking for committed, solid ownership and an organization that would strive to be first class from top to bottom, through all facets of the business. In the end, I found Tampa Bay to be the perfect place for me. And I think you’ll find the Lightning to be worthy of your support as well.

It was not easy to leave the Detroit Red Wings after 27 years and four Stanley Cups as a player and an executive. The organization was built on loyalty, integrity and hard work, and our sustained success there proved the formula works. I want to bring a similar approach to Tampa Bay and I think we can achieve our goal of being a consistent winner on and off the ice.


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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Afternoon Line- Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know sports on grass and ground, and floorboards. I don’t know sports on frozen water.

Or what it is to spear, or rag or deke, or wash-out, or butt-end? Or all those checks: body-check, back-check, fore-check, sweep-check, poke-check. On the blue line, red line, crease line, or in the slot? And the shots: slap shot, snap shot, wrist shot, screen shot?

And the icing, as in icing the puck? Icing is frosting, isn’t it, on a cake? And a hat trick? That’s for magicians. And the players hooking. Hooking? That’s what bad women do. And what is a Zamboni?

-Walter Jacobson of CBS Chicago.  Now read what Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog has to say.

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Cherry Talks SCF

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A calm and collective Don Cherry talks all things Stanley Cup Final with Deb Placey.

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Anaheim Re-Signs Sheldon Brookbank

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Brookbank, 29 (10/3/80), appeared in 66 games for the Ducks in 2009-10, scoring 0-9=9 points with a +10 rating and 114 penalty minutes (PIM). Brookbank, who appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh, set career highs in points, assists, plus/minus, PIM and blocked shots (59). The 6-1, 200-pound blueliner also finished second on the Ducks in plus/minus and PIM.

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  Tags: sheldon+brookbank

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