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Two More Years For Lidstrom

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whoa.  This one came out of nowhere, as Holland’s moves typically do.  Nick Lidstrom has extended for two more years.

Khan(!)

The Wings just announced they have signed defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a two-year extension that runs through 2009-10. Lidstrom was in the final year of his contract, earning $7.6 million.

“Nick has been the best defenseman in the world for several years”, Holland said in a statement. “He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice. We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.”

No indication as to whether the money is for more than the 7.6 he’s currently making…

More from TSN. No word on salary.

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Wings Lock-Up Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom on Wednesday.

Financial details were not available but the deal means Lidstrom will be under contract with the Red Wings through the 2009-‘10 season.

‘‘Nick has been the best defenceman in the world for several years,’’ Red Wings general manger Ken Holland said in a statement. ‘‘He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice.

‘‘We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.’‘

added 2:38pm, Lidstrom will earn US$7.45-million a year under terms of his new deal. He is making $7.6 million this season.

For the folks in the Detroit area, don’t you think it is kind of a slap in the face to hockey fans that this signing has not even been mentioned on the Wings radio flagship station?  Things never change at that station except for the “avoid all hockey talk” as directed by their program director.

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Hartigan Re-Joins Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1255 EST: More from the Freep’s George Sipple,

Quick update from Red Wings practice in St. Louis.

Mark Hartigan has been recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) for tonight’s game against the Blues.

Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), Tomas Holmstrom (knee) and Kirk Maltby (knee) are not going to be in the lineup tonight for the Wings.

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Mark Hartigan’s been recalled on an “emergency basis.”  No word yet as to who isn’t ready (Zetterberg or Holmstrom). Diggers aren’t on this one yet, but will be soon…I’m assuming.
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Good point from Nathan below:  If Hartigan’s been recalled, it could very well mean neither player is ready.

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Havlat To IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have recalled forwards Martin St.Pierre and Michael Blunden from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. The Blackhawks have also placed forwards Martin Havlat (groin), Dave Bolland (broken finger), and Ben Eager (mild concussion) on injured reserve.

Hopefully for the Blackhawks, the moving of Havlat to the IR is just a short term issue.

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Back In Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It sure seemed a lot longer than 2 days without NHL Hockey.

Watch a preview video for the games tonight…

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Could Not Wait To Get Back To Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector returned to work a day early and updated his site today, including the latest rumors from the last several days and a brief word about some impending changes to his site.

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Leafs Sweater Draws Boos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—Pity poor Major Eric Cottenoir of the Vandoos.

A brand new hockey sweater arrived in the mail for him yesterday. But when he put it on at the hockey rink, all his friends laughed at him.

Instead of sending him the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens, a big Canadian clothing chain had instead mailed the blue and white sweater of the hated Toronto Maple Leafs.

All the other players favoured les Canadiens. Nobody wanted to wear the Toronto sweater. Major Cottenoir was booed by his fellow hockey players the moment he put it on.

continued

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Oilers Still In The Playoff Hunt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers, however, are still in a dire situation. They likely need to garner at least 60 points in their last 45 games in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

But they seem incapable of getting over the .500 mark, which they absolutely must do, and very soon, in order to finish in the top eight. There’s only six points separating sixth place from 13th in the West.

“There are more teams in it this year for the playoffs, which really brings focus to each and every game,” admitted Oilers defenceman Steve Staios.

Almost every game, in every city, seems like a one-goal game or an empty-netter to win by two goals.

Faith, hope and parity—for sure.

more on the Oilers…

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Blackhawks Find The Right Chemistry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Daily Herald,

You see it every hockey season, when teams suddenly find a strong chemistry within the dressing room that helps carry them to great things. The Hawks have that look.

“We’re just finding ways and gutting things out,” Savard said. “They’re giving their bodies and sacrificing and getting good results.

“There’s a good atmosphere. They’re playing for each other, playing for the guy next to them. They don’t care what it’s going to take, they’re going to keep bringing it.”

more

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Bruins Lacking Scoring Lately

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

We would change the names to protect the innocent, but when it comes to scoring this season, especially the past two weeks, the Bruins’ roster has guilt written all over it.

Marc Savard - No goals, and only two assists, in the last five games.

Phil Kessel - Nothing but zeroes for the last six games, and a meager 3-6 -9 in his last 25.

Peter Schaefer - Only two assists in the last six games.

Marco Sturm - Two goals, and only 9 points, over the last 17 games.

Chuck Kobasew - One goal, two assists, in the last eight games.

more

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