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The Kings And Their Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

While some are still clamoring for a major trade or free-agent signing, Dean Lombardi attempted to explain why that’s not likely to happen. Here’s what he said:

“That possibly is not even there to tempt you. We saw this two years ago, when we put Cloutier on the two-year deal. It didn’t work out. You can talk about trades. How many proven No. 1s do you feel really good
about (trading for)? I don’t think there’s much of a shot. I don’t think there’s a No. 1 out there like that. Vokoun fits that category, but we tried that last year and it didn’t work out. Is there going to be that caliber of player on the market? I don’t think so…”.

more on the LA goalie situation…

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Hockey Related Viewing Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, will take place tonight at the NHL’s New York office. NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will televise the results of the Draft Drawing live at 8 p.m., ET. The 30-minute show, produced by TSN and hosted by TSN’s James Duthie, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury, also will be available on VERSUS, NHL.com and on XM Radio (Ch. 204).

Also, the NHL Network has a night of hockey for us, minus the games.  All times listed are ET.


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Are The Wild The Right Team For The Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post feels the Sharks would have been a better matchup for the Avs instead of the Wild.

Watch Adrian in action…

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Old Rivalries and New

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Lew Serviss at the NYT Slapshot blog has prepared a breakdown of the first round:

Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
After the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims and the Indians rode into town to watch the Bruins face the Canadiens. Well, it sure seems like this rivalry goes back that far. The Habs and B’s will go at it for the 25th time in the playoffs. This time, it hardly looks like a fair fight.

more… with a brief analysis of every team, including injury reports etc.

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  Tags: playoffs

Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 24, 2008) – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, and Washington Capitals goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending April 6.

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Down On Uncle Jim’s Farm

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gabe’s comments earlier got me thinkin’ you may be hankerin’ (practicing…sorry) for an update from The Nill Factory.  Where do we turn for that?  Prospect genius Matthew Wuest at Red Wings Central, of course.  Hot off the presses with info on Mursak, Kindl and our boy Grigorenko.  No mention of soon-to-be-legend Hat Trick Dick, though. 

RWC Prospect Udpate

It’s interesting to note that goalie Stefan Liv has led HV-71 to to the final with astonishing numbers. He has league-bests in goals-against average (1.37), save percentage (.952) and shutouts (three). He is a restricted free agent with the Red Wings until July 1, when he becomes unrestricted.

Because goaltending’s never a topic of discussion around here.

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NHL Teleconference—Talking Playoffs with the Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, Don Cherry of CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada”, Mike Emrick from VERSUS and NBC, Pierre McGuire from TSN and NBC and Mike Milbury from NBC and TSN were on a tele-conference discussing the 2008 NHL Playoffs.

You can download the audio [mp3 link] if you like, or listen on the player below.  (Be aware that it may take a few minutes to load.)

Update 4:41pm ET: Complete written transcript now available below.

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  Tags: cbc, don+cherry, media, mike+emrick, mike+milbury, nbc, pierre+mcguire, versus, vs

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce Garrioch at Off The Posts,

Asked what he thought about the Penguins tactics by sitting Sidney Crosby Sunday, Murray stated what I thought.

“I knew what was going on,” said Murray.  “You guys all know they wanted to play Ottawa. That’s fine. That was fairly obvious from the drop of the puck.”

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Ducks Ready To Shift Gears

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks, who will return to practice Tuesday after taking Monday off, enter the playoffs without a Pacific Division championship to their credit, as they boasted last year, and seeded fourth in the Western Conference instead of second, as they were in 2007. Should they advance, they could have to open every series after the first round on the road, and potentially play any decisive seventh games on enemy ice.

In the minds of the Ducks, those negatives classify merely as minor annoyances. They’re in the playoffs, with the opportunity they wanted, the chance to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup. For all the challenges they have faced this season, the Ducks believe they have another gear, and will shift into overdrive now that the stakes are at their highest.

We’ll see.


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A Point For Each Victory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Baker at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Bob Errey was captain of the San Jose Sharks as the team prepared for the 94 playoffs. A couple of nights before the playoff series with the #1 seeded Red Wings began, Bob was laying in bed and couldn’t sleep. Bob had won a Stanley Cup while in Pittsburgh and was thinking about what it takes to succeed in the playoffs. After awhile he decided to jot down what he was thinking which he shared with the coaches and all the players. While many of these seem obvious, it’s the mental part of hockey that ultimately takes you to the top of the mountain….

14. Never out of a game (ie. high sticking major = 5 minute PP)
15. Have fun
16. Heart is more important than skill

read on

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