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Hey DIRECTV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I sure would like to DVR the NHL playoff games, but find it kind of difficult when ‘No Title Available’ on all Center Ice channels for tonight!

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Lightning Continue Staff Reduction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning owner OK Hockey on Wednesday finished a third day of layoffs. The company said about 25 employees total lost their jobs. The most prominent Wednesday was media relations specialist Jay Preble, who had been with the team 13 years.

continued

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Enjoy the Playoffs, Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Dear Fans,

There is no suspense like NHL playoff suspense, no drama like NHL playoff overtime drama, no sacrifice in sports like NHL playoff sacrifice – and there is no trophy, anywhere, comparable to the Stanley Cup. So welcome to the excitement the next two months will provide as hockey’s top competitors rise to an even-higher level in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

We have the best sport, we have the best players, we have the best trophy and we have absolutely the best fans. Thank you all, so much, for supporting us in record numbers once again during the 2008-09 season. The season was absolutely fantastic and I believe the playoffs will be even better. I hope you enjoy every minute.

Gary Bettman

Source: NHL.com

Also, you can find the commissioner on his new Twitter account which he’ll be using tonight.  NHL Tweetups are being held around North America, so if you want to watch opening night in the company of other fans, check out the cities hosting events.

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Colorado’s Next Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

This one slipped past us earlier today. From the Montreal Gazette:

Colorado looks for GM ‘in-house’: A report in the Denver Post said fired Colorado Avalanche general manager François Giguère will be replaced by “one of several in-house candidates.” If that’s the case, you can bet team president Pierre Lacroix has already decided Patrick Roy will be behind the Colorado bench next season.

Thanks to Avs Talk for the pointer.

There’s more from Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes on Jay Feaster’s interest in the GM spot in Colorado:

“He was my main mentor in hockey and we have been close through the years,” Feaster said Wednesday of Lacroix. “I have known Pierre Lacroix for a long time ... and certainly let him know of my interest in managing again in the National Hockey League and that I would truly enjoy working with him.”

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How To Handle Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,

The Capitals are expecting some antics from Avery, prepared for it, actually. “Wouldn’t you do what you do best?” asked Coach Bruce Boudreau. Avery’s role in the first-round series between the Capitals and the New York Rangers will be to agitate Ovechkin if he can, and in general to be “a really good thorn in our side,” Boudreau predicts. They’re braced for his irritating act, the swaggering belligerence clad in a high-fashion wardrobe—will he wear Dries van Noten to the game, or Alexander McQueen?—and the combination of raw knuckles and condescension.

Avery’s tactics are all about control; it’s as if his hand is on a dial manipulating the temperatures of others. He upsets his victims with crudeness, but what should bother them most is his calculation. It’s all a set-up, he goads others by questioning their toughness, gets the best of them by honing in on their insecurities, then leaves them regretting the loss of self-control, and often walks away the winner.

read on

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Hockey Playoff Primer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Lopresti of USA TODAY,

We are not here to offer deep analysis on the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Pssst ... that’s the trophy that goes to the team that wins). Far from it. Just some basic tidbits, for those who have trouble remembering that Columbus, Ohio, has a hockey team.

NHL Playoffs for Dummies. Which I am.

No. 1. If you like overtime games, you’ve come to the right place. Last spring, nearly one in every five playoff games went extra periods. San Jose and Dallas had a marathon-on-ice, where three games went into overtime and the clinching sixth game lasted four overtimes.

read on

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Report- MacTavish Out As Oilers Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Sportsnet has learned that Craig MacTavish is done after eight years as the Edmonton Oilers head coach.

At a noon (mdt) press conference, Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini will announce that the coaching search is on in Edmonton, after the Oilers missed the playoffs this spring for the fifth time in MacTavish’s eight-year tenure.

It is believed that MacTavish stepped down from his post, and was not fired by the Oilers.

continued

added 2:06pm, Watching the video stream of the press conference, Tambellini confirms, “Time to move forward.”

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  Tags: craig+mactavish

If Islanders Owner Had A Second Chance To Buy The Team…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

Charles Wang to WFAN regarding the trials and tribulations of owning the Isles: “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t do it.”

Not surprising, since he said the team is losing $25 to $30 million a year.

He also called the Nassau Coliseum as “dump.”

click for the link to listen to the audio interview…

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Take That Slugworth.  Khan(!) and MacLeod Report That Buckets is In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Looks like a banged up Dan Cleary will be in the lineup for Game 1.

Khan(!)

Update from Wednesday’s practice: Dan Cleary didn’t skate but he said he is confident he will play in Game 1 against Columbus Thursday. Cleary sustained what he called a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s practice on a hit from Niklas Kronwall. Cleary had tests done, which he said “showed something,’’ but it was nothing significant.

Coach Mike Babcock also confirmed that Cleary will play.

Anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod has more.

“I should be ready to go, shouldn’t be a problem,” said Cleary.

Everything this time of year is a piece of the puzzle. How badly is Cleary hurt? Don’t know. But that he went for tests is a piece. That he can’t skate right now is a piece. That they’re sure he’ll be in the lineup is another piece.

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Cleary OK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Coach Mike Babcock just said that Cleary will be in the lineup for Thursday’s Game 1….

Cleary didn’t skate today. He suffered an injury during Tuesday’s practice, likely when Niklas Kronwall checked him into the boards. Cleary said that he went for tests, yesterday.

“It showed there’s something there, but it’s not a big concern,” said Cleary. “It’s more precautionary than anything.”

“I should be ready to go, shouldn’t be a problem,” said Cleary.

more

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