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All Options Open For Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Spin,

It now appears that one way or another, the Phoenix Coyotes are going to be playing games in Canada next season.

That could occur if the Ice Edge Holdings group, now back in the game, is able to purchase the team, as that group is still believed to want to hold at least five games a season in Saskatoon and the rest in Arizona.

Or, the entire kit and kaboodle could yet end up in Winnipeg with the rebirth of the Jets. It’s not impossible Manitoba could welcome the team it lost as early as later this month.

Wild. Crazy. But nothing seems too bizarre for this oddball situation any more.

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Canadiens/Penguins Head Back To Pittsburgh Tied 2-2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

After being badly outplayed for two periods and trailing by a goal, the never-say-die Montreal Canadiens roared back for a 3-2 victory Thursday, punctuated by goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s cheeky attempt to score into an empty net and a double-pump celebration at the final horn.

Afterward, the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were left to rue their luck as they chalked up their first road loss of these NHL playoffs.

“It’s their game,” Pittsburgh defenceman Kristopher Letang said. “We didn’t get very many dangerous shots in the third [period], and they played according to their game plan.”

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Wings Win To Play Another Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Detroit defeats San Jose 7-1, lead by Johan Franzen who had 4 goals and 2 helpers.  Todd Bertuzzi chipped in with a goal and 3 assists.

Next game Saturday night in San Jose.  Puck drops just after 10:00pm EDT.

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Here We Go Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Jerry Reinsdorf is in jeopardy.

Sources tell TSN the city of Glendale has asked Ice Edge Holdings to return to the bargaining table as a back up plan to buy the Coyotes, in the event the deal with Reinsdorf falls through.

Sources say Glendale reached out to Ice Edge late last week amid growing concern Reinsdorf’s accepted bid to purchase the Coyotes from the National Hockey League is at risk of falling apart.

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Put The Game On Versus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pete Dougherty of the Times Union,

Please, ESPN, won’t you come back to the NHL?

Tonight on Versus, something that has happened throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bill Patrick welcomed viewers back to the studio at the conclusion of the Penguins-Canadiens game.

“We’ll be taking you to the third period in Detroit, as the Red Wings face off against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their series in just a few moments, but first, back to the highlights of the game you just saw.”

The italics are mine. Why do we want highlights from a game we just saw when we know another game is going on?

Such backward thinkng is typical of Versus and the NHL, which needs to find a new cable television partner.

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Fellas, It’s Too Rough To Feed Ya…STFU Gordo

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I found this to be amusing.

Art Regner at MLive

The Wings really don’t have an alternative at this point, and while Howard’s game has gone a bit south, don’t blame the rookie netminder - blame Mike Babcock.

Art Regner…really.  I thought we established a long, long time ago that this clown wasn’t qualified to comment on the Wings (irony, I know).  Now he proves it.  Memo to Regner:  Chris Osgood is the reason Chris Osgood played so little, and it’s because he played so poorly.

 

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Wings Need To Find A Way To Win A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Daniels previews game four between San Jose and Detroit.

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Following The Playoffs In Non-NHL Markets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK – May 6, 2010—The NHL is coming off of the most-watched Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals in the U.S. in 10 years with both VERSUS and NBC showing increases overall for the playoffs. That success has been mirrored on the NHL’s digital platforms with unique visitors to NHL.com up 33 percent over last year and video starts up 146 percent.

The increased demand for NHL content has led to growth in fan engagement across all platforms, highlighted by especially impressive growth among non-NHL U.S. markets and U.S. markets of teams not qualifying for the postseason.

Below is a summary of the U.S. markets experiencing the biggest increases for the first round on VERSUS, NBC and VERSUS/NBC combined (metered market ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research):

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A Problem In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There’s not much doubt what the Montreal Canadiens - and that includes management, coaching staff and players - would like to do with Sergei Kostitsyn right about now.

Kick his butt down Rue Ste. Catherine on the way out of town would appear to sum it up.

But it’s in no one’s best interest at this moment to make a spectacle of the Sergei Kostistyn situation.

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Would You Play Jordan Staal Tonight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

There are regular humans, there are quick healers, and then there is Jordan Staal.

The hulking centre suffered torn ligaments in his foot this past Friday in a collision with Montreal’s P.K. Subban, but barely six days later, the 21-year-old is a possibility for Thursday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Canadiens.

Staal said he feels as if he could play – Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he would be “a game-time decision” – and was blunt about the stakes of this game, where a victory would give the defending Stanley Cup Champions a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

“This is definitely a breaking point game,” he said.

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