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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Los Angeles Kings have been linked all spring to Tampa Bay star Vincent Lecavalier, but we’re told those talks have cooled off for now. One Eastern Conference source told us Saturday the New York Rangers have made Scott Gomez available around the league, but we’re not sure how interested the Kings are in him. It’s a heck of a big contract.

For our money, we believe the guy the Kings covet the most is gritty and skilled winger Ryan Smyth of the Colorado Avalanche….

Goalie Manny Fernandez is an unrestricted free agent July 1, but he won’t be staying in Boston. The Bruins believe it’s time for Tuukka Rask to come up and back up Tim Thomas. Look for the Bruins to shop the rights to Fernandez and maybe move him at the NHL draft, giving a team exclusive negotiating rights before July 1….

more topics discussed…

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Wings Dominate Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Pavel Datsyuk’s return from a foot injury was just the tonic the Detroit Red Wings needed as they scored three power-play goals in the second period and five different Wings scored overall in a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 that puts Detroit one game away from winning the Stanley Cup….

His return seemed to infuse the Red Wings with plenty of confidence and verve and put a deeper, more talented team on the ice for Detroit. Datsyuk is a finalist for NHL MVP honors.

read on

added 11:18pm, from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via the National Post,

Hands up, anyone outside the 313 area code who thought there was a snowball’s hope in Hockeytown of those tired, old Detroit Red Wings running the surging Pittsburgh Penguins out of Joe Louis Arena in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.

Nobody? Didn’t think so.

continued

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Wings One Win Away From Back-To-Back Cups With 5-0 Victory Over Penguins Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wings played their best game of the series and it coincides with the return of Pavel Datsyuk.

Elimination game now stares the Penguins in the face on Tuesday night.

added 10:48pm, from Doug Guthrie of the Detroit News,

Pittsburgh Penguins fans were heading for the exits at Joe Louis Arena before the start of the third period Saturday night.

Trailing 5-0 after a four-goal blitz in the second period, they’d seen enough of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

“A game like this shouldn’t be decided by power plays,” said Brad Smith, an Atlanta, Ga., veterinary technician wearing a Sidney Crosby jersey. Smith also was in Detroit for Game 1 and 2.

“This is a great building to watch a game, but it’s unfortunate that we didn’t have a better start to our season so we could have home ice,” he added. “A Game 7here is what we are going to need and that’s not going to be easy.”

continued

added 11:03pm, Watch live press conference streaming below…

 

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Lightning Need To Build Their Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

The cowboys who own the Tampa Bay Lightning told us last year they were hockey guys who would rebuild the franchise into a power once again. They would wheel, they would deal, they would spend whatever it took and we would all have a ball watching it come together.

Well, they wheeled all right - right into the ditch, cartwheeling several times along the path before bursting into flames. They made deals, spent lots of cash, and it really was entertaining as long as you didn’t actually have to watch too many games. They created a mess that had no chance to succeed under leadership that was doomed to fail….

mean, remember this quote to The Tampa Tribune from co-owner Len Barrie last July:

“You can hear from me first, our defense is better than people think. That’s why we are loading up on forwards because I really, really like our young defense,” he said.

He also predicted a division title to another media outlet.

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Troubles in the Hockey Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Arthur Staple at Newsday:

The Coyotes are just the biggest problem in a league that has had trouble stabilizing small-market franchises and now has the economic woes felt by everyone around the world on top of that. “I’m sure that Phoenix isn’t the only team in trouble,” Balsillie said.

Bettman and the league’s owners killed the 2004-05 season to gain “cost certainty” via a hard salary cap and revenue sharing while still trying to grow the sport around the United States with a national television deal that would put hockey on par with the big three of football, baseball and basketball. Five years later, the product has vastly improved. But what else has?

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Versus President Jamie Davis Says No Conversations With ESPN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mke Reynolds of Multichannel News,

Asked about reports of ESPN’s interest in getting back into the puck sport, Davis said there haven’t been any conversations with executives from Bristol.

“Versus has a contract with the NHL [through the 2011 season]. There haven’t been any talks with [NHL commissioner] Gary {Bettman] about that," said Davis. "He's only expressed encouragement, to ‘keep the momentum going.'"

To that end, Versus will sit down with the NHL and evaluate what can be done to enhance the product.

"After the Stanely Cup, we'll look back on what worked. I think the recap will show that it was a super season and we'll discuss what we can do to improve on it."

more on Versus…

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Born And Raised In South Detroit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

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We’re starting with this, because we should. 

But we’re also starting early because I want you reminded of what this year has been like.  What you’ve said about it, and what still could be.

 

 

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Read All About It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The secretive world of the NHL’s backrooms is now out in the open.

The NHL’s constitution – how it works, how the league is operated – is revealed thanks to the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case.

The entire document was included in filings that go to the heart of the legal case as to whether a bankruptcy court judge has the power to sell the Coyotes against the NHL’s wishes and allow it to move to Hamilton, also against the NHL’s wishes

continued and a link to the NHL Constitution and NHL Bylaws is availailable for you to read in pdf format.

Update 4:45pm ET: From TSN, more on buyers for the Coyotes—

The owners of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts are among four potential buyers that have expressed an interest in purchasing the Coyotes and keeping them in Phoenix, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a court filing.

Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon have sent the league one of the four preliminary applications to buy the troubled club, and each has “indicated an interest in operating the franchise in Phoenix,” according to Bettman’s declaration filed with an Arizona bankruptcy court.

The other applicants are: Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and John Kaites; Coyotes minority owner John Breslow; and a Phoenix businessman who requested anonymity pending the NHL’s due diligence.

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Coach Bylsma Before Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Can you compare what you sensed from your team in terms of what it’s thinking about right now, and the one you played for in Anaheim going into that Game 5?

        COACH BYLSMA: I wasn’t ready for that one (laughing). You know, I think you know you have to win one on the road as the road team. In both the situations, you feel like you miss those opportunities in Game 1, you had to really fight back to get back to even. And this is a game where we think we’re going to have to play our best.

        We think they’re going to come out really hard, and we think they’re going to play a very good game after having regrouped and coming home with their fans here. And this is going to be, in my estimation, probably the hardest fought game will be here tonight. To this point.

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Cleary A Game Time Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dan Cleary’s status for Game 5 tonight will be determined after the pregame warmups. Cleary, who didn’t skate this morning, said he sustained a “lower-body’’ injury in Game 4. Cleary was vague, as you would expect this time of year. Asked if it was a new injury or something that had been bothering him, he said, “a little of both.’’ He also said he had tests done but has not gotten the results back yet. He said it’s nothing that would require a pain-killing shot.

 

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