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It’s always a little dangerous to stray into areas external to The Dynasty.  Wing talk is easy. We know it.  Very secure and warm in the comfort of that level of conversation.  But, sometimes, the staffers here at A2Y like to get a little nuts and branch out a bit.

But not quite yet.  First?  This little ditty.  If the playoffs started today, we’d be looking at a Detroit/Dive first rounder.  Didn’t we just leave this daydream?  Weren’t the Wings just competing for a President’s Trophy while the dinky-doo Dives were fighting for the 8 spot?  I guess it’s normal now.  Oh well. Nice little run. Looks like Ryan Smyth chose real well.

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Beliveau’s View Of The Canadiens

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via Habs Inside/Out,

“I’ve seen Price facing 35 to 40, sometimes more shots per game. I’ve said all along, ‘The poor kid, if he’s going to get that many, there are going to be nights when he won’t stop them all.”

No matter the Canadiens’ current skid, with five straight home losses heading into tonight’s game against Tampa Bay, Béliveau jokes that he hasn’t yet had to scalp his tickets; he still finds eternally grateful friends and guests to join he and his wife, Élise, in their four seats.

If asked, he’ll remark on the speed of the Canadiens, wondering whether it’s an optical illusion, and he’ll comment on the dart board that seemingly produces Carbonneau’s lines.

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Groin Problem Slows Down Cheechoo

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via MediaNews,

The team is listing him as day-to-day, and Cheechoo said he honestly had no idea if there was a chance he could play tonight against the Minnesota Wild at HP Pavilion.

“It’s a little sore right now,” Cheechoo said. “It might take a little time to heal. I’ll just have to see how it reacts.”

On his sixth shift Saturday, Cheechoo was digging for a puck in the corner when the ice gave way beneath a skate. He slipped and felt something pull.

He also doesn’t know if the groin injury is related in any way to the double hernia surgery he had last May. But the medical staff, he added, is treating this as a new injury.

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  Tags: injuries, jonathan+cheechoo

Filling Joe Louis A Priority

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from Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press,

“Detroit’s Hockeytown crown has slipped,” wrote SI hockey writer Michael Farber.

Not so fast, says Mike Ilitch, owner of the Red Wings.

On Monday, Ilitch announced the hiring of Steve Violetta as senior vice president for business affairs, a new position reporting directly to Ilitch. Ken Holland, executive vice president and general manager, will continue to run the hockey operation.

Violetta’s mission is clear: Get more butts back in those seats. ASAP.

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  Tags: arenas, fans, mike+ilitch, steve+violetta

Keenan Remembers Florida

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from the Calgary Sun,

“There was a lot of scrutiny in terms of budgets and financial perameters that may or may not be there (now). I think the budget went up 10-million bucks the year I was fired as a manager,” said Keenan, who planned on building around centre Olli Jokinen and star goaltender Roberto Luongo but dealt the latter when financial negotiations failed.

“Hopefully they’re confident enough that the marketplace will turn around and support the budget they’re working ... At the time, coming out of the lockout, it was tough for an ownership group because they didn’t get the fanbase they had anticipated. I respect what they were doing but it’s difficult in those circumstances to put a team on the ice that maybe you’d like.”

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When Is It A Penalty

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from the LA Times,

Carlyle is often the first to acknowledge the errors of the Ducks’ ways. It’s when there are plays such as the Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash leveling forward Rob Niedermayer in the first period that leaves the coach scratching his head.

“You put your stick up and touch a player’s hand, that’s a penalty,” Carlyle said. “If you put a stick between a player’s legs and impede his progress, that’s a penalty. And we were guilty of a couple of those things.

“When you’ve got players leaving their feet to make body checks and not get called, there’s a question. But that’s the way it goes.”

more (reg. req.) about the game last night with Columbus…

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  Tags: officiating, randy+carlyle

Kansas City Comparable To Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Kansas City Star,

When Columbus was awarded an NHL franchise in 1997, critics howled that the city had no business getting a team. Bob Kravitz sarcastically wrote in the Rocky Mountain News: “It’s like I always tell my hockey-loving friends, ‘If there’s one thing I’ve always believed, it’s that Columbus, Ohio, deserves a hockey franchise.’ ”

As the NHL ponders expansion, many of the same things are being written about Kansas City.

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No Word On Richards’ Injury

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from Lightning Strikes,

Brad Richards, limping noticeably as he left the locker room Monday night, declined comment about his injured left knee, and coach John Tortorella said he had “no idea’’ about his star center’s status. Richards, though, did travel with the team to Montreal, where the Lightning plays on Tuesday.

That the Lightning lost 6-1 to the Maple Leafs in what Tortorella called “just an old-fashioned (expletive) kicking’’ was bad enough, but consider the possibilities if Richards is out

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Luongo Reveals Rib Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ice Hole,

So, it turns out a “coach’s hunch” is a rib contusion.

Good, now we know.

It was strange to everyone when Roberto Luongo didn’t address the media after the Penguins game Saturday. It was out of character and the first instinct of many was that Luongo was suffering some sort of injury.

The Canucks had made the decision to hide the injury and their commitment to that decision went from the odd to the ridiculous.

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Editing After The Facts Change

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 0530:  I’ve added a comment from Matt Saler, pointing out that Khan(!) isn’t the only culprit here.  As is usually the case, the Wing Deep Digger incompetence is a group activity.  See the bottom of this post for more.

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Of all the Wings it couldn’t have been, Nick Lidstrom was the only one singled out yesterday by Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!).  Remember this?

“We’ll see who’s eligible and who’s not,’’ said Babcock, who wouldn’t reveal the injured player but said it’s not Nicklas Lidstrom.

Now? Well, now it gets interesting.

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