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Chicago Eyeing The Bigger Prize

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Toews was four years old in 1992, growing up in Winnipeg when that team - coached by Mike Keenan with a young Jeremy Roenick leading the way - was swept out of the final by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mario Lemieux. The Blackhawks came up short that year and Roenick and Co. never made it back to the dance - a lesson that Toews and his equally precocious line-mate Patrick Kane understand only too well.

These opportunities to win a championship don’t come along every year. You need a little of everything to go your way - a little luck, reasonable good health, timely scoring - to get to where the Blackhawks are today, awaiting the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers-Montreal Canadiens’ series over in the Eastern Conference.

So the Clarence Campbell bowl?

“It’s a made-up trophy for winning the Western Conference,” said Toews. “Big deal. It’s not what we’re after. We’re here to win the Stanley Cup.

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added 8:24pm, E.J. Hradek and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN review the Chicago/San Jose series which you can watch below…

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What Will San Jose Do?

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Where does San Jose go from here?

Put it this way, the Sharks have roughly $22-million in cap space, enough room to retain the existing team, relatively intact, or overhaul the top end of their roster.

Forward Patrick Marleau and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov—both with 10 years in Teal—are unrestricted free agents. At their positions, both should be among the highest-paid players this summer.

Accounting for restricted free agents Joe Pavelski and Devon Setoguchi, the Sharks should be able to squeeze Marleau and Nabokov under the cap for 2010-11. It would be tight.

Defenceman Rob Blake, 40, and third- and fourth-line centres Manny Malhotra and Scott Nichol are also unrestricted free agents.

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Czech Republic Takes Home The Gold

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from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Jaromir Jagr found some new Czech teammates to celebrate a gold medal with.

The veteran forward set up Jakub Klepis just 20 seconds into Sunday’s game and Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35 shots as the Czech Republic captured the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a stunning 2-1 win over Russia.

Jagr expressed concern at the outset of the tournament that the country could be a candidate for relegation because so many NHL players declined an invitation. Not only did the unherladed team go on to win gold, it did so by handing star-studded Russia its first loss in 28 world championship games.

No one could have seen this coming for a Czech hockey program that had seen its men’s national team lose in the quarter-finals of the last four major international tournaments, including the Vancouver Olympics

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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Host Game 1 & 2 Of the Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Blackhawks sweep the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final and will be the heavy favorite to win the Cup.

San Jose just seemed to be fighting an uphill battle in every game and could not get a key goal throughout the whole series.

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World Hockey Championships - Playoffs

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After a preliminary round and a qualifying round, the World Hockey Championships in Germany have gone to the playoffs.  Here are the results:

Quarterfinals

Czech Republic 2 Finland 1 (shootout)  Petri Kontiola opened the game with a Finnish goal in the first minute.  The Czechs finally tied it on a third period goal by Jakub Klepis.  The game played to a tie as goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Tomas Vokoun were only beaten once each.  Due to the need for a quick winner, some sort of skills competition was played with the Czechs winning.

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To Wear The Foot Guard Or Not

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from Arpon Basu of the CP at the Toronto Sun,

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges was still coming to grips Sunday with the broken strap on his foot guard that limited his mobility and allowed Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux to open the scoring in a 3-0 Game 4 win for a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference final.

“It’s frustrating,” Gorges said after a brief team meeting Sunday at the Canadiens’ suburban practice facility. “I came back to the bench and, it was no fault of anyone, but I was ready to just yell. But who do you yell at?”

Gorges said the strap broke about 15 or 20 seconds before the goal 5:41 into the second period and he was unable to push off on his skate because he stepped on the strap as Giroux easily skated around him before roofing a shot short side on Jaroslav Halak.

After playing most of the season wearing the plastic guards - which prevent foot injuries when blocking shots - Gorges is considering abandoning them for Monday’s Game 5 match-up in Philadelphia where the Canadiens will be playing to keep their season alive.

read on and skate issues from last night is brought up too…

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Open Post- Game 4 WCF Sharks/Blackhawks

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The only question for today is- Will there be a game 5?

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Wings Need A Player Like Armstrong

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Red Wings are looking for some sandpaper on the third line next season. If defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom signs for $6 million, down from his current $7.4 million, they’ll have some money to go after a free agent. How about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ (try the Atlanta Thrashers) Colby Armstrong?

• When they say Teemu Hartikainen needs work on his skating but is a bulldog like Tomas Holmstrom, that’s good enough for me. Holmstrom hasn’t been able to skate for the last 12 NHL years and he’s won four Stanley Cups. The Red Wings will probably give him a new two-year deal for about $2.75 million a season.

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Does Any Team Want Spezza?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Who knows? Maybe there’s a team out there that wants to make a splash and they’d be willing to trade some of their young guys, but then you’re going to have to wait for those guys to develop. I think you can still win with the guy, but you just have to make sure you have the right players around him.”

POSSIBLE SUITORS

TAMPA BAY: The Bolts first need a GM. The next man in the door will have to decide what to do with C Vinny Lecavalier. The Senators wouldn’t want his $7.27-million annual cap hit, potentially all the way through 2019-20.

COLUMBUS: The Jackets have been looking for a No. 1 centre since they came into the league. Neither former Senator Antoine Vermette nor Derick Brassard has been able to grab the job. Brassard would be offered up, along with the fourth overall pick in the draft.

EDMONTON: The Oilers would love to get Spezza. They’d offer D Sheldon Souray, possibly Andrew Cogliano and underachieving C Shawn Horcoff. That’s just not the answer for the Senators. Won’t make them better.

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Sharks Proving They Can Almost Win

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The Sharks will lose this series. But they can also use this series. They can keep proving to the hockey world that this is not the same old Sharks team that has fallen out of the playoffs by losing to inferior teams.

Of all the subtexts to this postseason, that one has been the most frequently texted. The Shark players are well-aware that with only four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup tournament, the rest of the hockey world is watching them against Chicago.

In that sense, the Sharks have made their point. We tend to forget that most of the continent seldom sees them play, being stuck out in our little Pacific time zone corner of puckishness in the Bay Area. In two of three games against Chicago, the Sharks have earned full marks, playing well enough to almost win, but not quite.

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