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Starting From Scratch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Times,

This whole deal for the Washington Capitals — the sellout crowds, the crazy flurry of wins to finish the season and a return to the postseason — started with a fire sale.

Owner Ted Leonsis and general manager George McPhee decided during the 2003-04 season that the Caps were not a Stanley Cup contender and — with a possible work stoppage looming — it was time to start over. So McPhee went about taking apart the roster he had put together, sending away his best players for prospects, draft picks and salary relief.

“The process is hard to go through, but when the ownership back you up like they did, you feel like you can take your time and build it right,” McPhee said.


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No One Knows

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

Over 150,000 minutes of regular season hockey to separate the best 16 in the league and let 14 others know, yes, that they just wasted six months of their lives.

No one knows what is going to happen over the course of the next nine weeks or so, but two things are certain. There will be at least another 60 games, and perhaps as many as 105, played before Gary Bettman hands the hallowed Stanley Cup to one of 16 captains sometime in June.

Right now, it is nothing more than a guessing game.


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Just Be Careful

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

NOW magazine and North By Northeast Music Festival founder Michael Hollett, a regular player at the hockey game which sees rockers take on NHL old-timers in a friendly match up, broke his leg in three places during the game.

“He fell overbackwards during the middle of the game and he hit Mike Pelyk, the former Toronto Maple Leaf, and he fractured his leg in three places and it’s a pretty bad situation”’ said Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, also a regular Juno Cup player, backstage at the non-telecast Juno gala on Saturday night.

“He‚s in pretty rough shape. They’ll operate on him, they’ll put a rod in his leg, they’ll put some screws in. I think it‚ll be quite a long recovery.”


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Don’t Count Out The Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

It will be an upset for the Flames to again knock out the Sharks, especially when you consider how they finished the season in a middling manner.

But don’t count them out just yet, Keenan said.

“We’ll draw from our experiences this season and our playoff experience in the past to be ready.”


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Monday Morning And I’m Stress Free

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you believe that you are shockingly stupid.  Here’s what a fan of Michigan pro sports is thinking this morning.  “If the Red Wings lose, what then?” 

That’s right neighbors, the Tigers have affected the acceleration of the Stress Train.  Honestly, my thinking all winter has been that if the Wings cut my throat in April or May, the Tigers will pick up the ball and give me hope until next hockey season.

That plan, to put it very mildly, looks like it’s right down the crapper.  It would appear the Wings are our only shot at summertime happiness.  Because, two teams in 81 years have started 0-6 and made the playoffs. 

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Poile Made The Right Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily News Journal,

The Nashville Predators’ mad dash to the finish, which resulted in a fourth consecutive playoff berth, has made general manager David Poile the leading candidate — in the eyes of many — for Executive of the Year, and understandably so.

Keep in mind, though, the team that Poile cobbled together this season is not the one he wanted. The uncertainty and financial restrictions that preceded the sale of the franchise forced his hand with regard to players such as Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Tomas Vokoun, all of whom were traded, as well as Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg, free agents who walked with no effort having been made to re-sign them.


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2008 Playoffs At ESPN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ESPN has set up a 2008 NHL Playoff section, with all kinds of information fans may be seeking out.

Plus a breakdown of each first round series.

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Can Jagr Dominate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But now, two years later, beginning on Wednesday, Jagr will get a second chance at the Devils.

Yes, the conflict between Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur will be fascinating. And yes, there will be delicious subplots featuring Gomez, Sean Avery, Zach Parise and Patrik Elias, whose shootout goal was decisive in his team’s 3-2 victory over the Blueshirts at the Rock yesterday that gave the Devils first-round home-ice.

Still, the outcome of this series between this matched set of flawed opponents is almost certainly going to be determined by whether Jagr can dominate the Devils over seven games, the way he dominated for shifts at a time while logging 24:12 yesterday while skating on lines with both Gomez and Brandon Dubinsky.


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Redden’s Last Games With The Sens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Some will say he has already moved on.

But the fact remains that Wade Redden is a key member of the Senators and if he can somehow turn up his game, the 30-year-old defenceman will greatly enhance this team’s chances of a first-round upset while helping himself re-establish appeal to other NHL teams.

Redden, one of the most popular Senators ever, has as few as four games left here. With Redden set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, Ottawa won’t even bother to try to re-sign him


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Let Boogaard Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

The Avs no doubt are saying their prayers that a guy like Boogaard will be in the lineup a LOT in this series. He’s slow, not skilled and if he wants to fight guys all night and/or take dumb penalties, the Avs will take that all night long.

I don’t know what to think about the Wild. They’re a very good team, fast, with some good skill. But their defense isn’t overpowering. I mean, this is a D that suits up a has-been like Sean Hill, a soon-to-be has-been like Keith Carney and, lest anybody in Denver forget, Martin Skooooo(no, those are boos)la.

But I got a whiff tonight of a team that talks a little too much for one that has won the square root of Sweet Fanny Adam in this league.


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