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Can’t Stop Talking About Filppula

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A moment we won’t soon forget. Through all the hooting and hollering in the Wings’ dressing room last June after capturing the Stanley Cup, we ran into former Wings executive and coach Scotty Bowman, and he went on and on about one player: Filppula.

Zetterberg had won the Conn Smythe, Datsyuk had been superb and Nicklas Lidstrom was majestic as always, but we’ll never forget how Bowman, the game’s greatest all-time coach, talked at length about Filppula.

Now we’re beginning to see even more of what Bowman was talking about. Filppula has 13 points (1-12) in 15 playoff games this spring, surpassing last season’s tally of 11 points (5-6) in 22 games. Suddenly, the offense is coming in bigger doses.

“I’ve been trying to play the same way,” Filppula said. “Getting more offense this year, which is always good. The main thing is to play really well defensively and be happy with the offense I can get.”

more on the Wings/Blackhawks game 5 matchup.

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  Tags: valterri+filppula

The Dynamic Duo In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been tough to stop during the playoffs.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

Z & Mule Producing In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen have teamed up and produced in a big way for Detroit during the playoffs.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, johan+franzen

Molson Family May Want Canadiens Back In The Fold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Frederic Tomesco of Bloomberg,

Quebec’s Molson family will consider bidding for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League to regain control of the 24-time Stanley Cup winners.

Geoffrey Molson, a 38-year-old director of the Canadiens and Molson Coors Brewing Co., is leading the investor group, the family said today in a CNW Telbec release. Brothers Andrew and Justin Molson are also involved in a potential bid, the statement said.

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Coaching Issue No Longer A Factor For The Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If you looked at the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday morning and assessed that — new coaches or not — they are not a Stanley Cup contender, you’d get no argument here.

But if you ever thought that this was a team vulnerable to being outcoached, or you wondered whether a new set of opinions was required to raise the compete level of a soft and easy-to-play-against club, then you can put those opinions to bed as of this morning.


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  Tags: pat+quinn

Balsillie Wants Coyotes By End Of June

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Jim Balsillie says he will withdraw his bid for the Phoenix Coyotes if a sale cannot be completed by the end of June.

In a document filed on Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Thomas Salerno, a lawyer for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, said Balsillie notified the Coyotes that he made this ultimatum because he “nor any other known entity will fund another year of significant losses.”


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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Darryl Sutter Talks Flames Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Darryl Sutter says he will consider stepping back behind the bench for the Calgary Flames.

Three other NHL coaches, all under contract, are of interest to Sutter. Otherwise, the Calgary GM considers himself the top candidate to replace the fired Mike Keenan as head coach.

“I have high standards,” Sutter said Tuesday. “We have high standards.

“I can separate general manager and head coach pretty easily if you’re surrounded by good people. …If I find out at the end of the search that I’m the best candidate, then I’m the coach.”


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  Tags: darryl+sutter

All The Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Charlie Teljeur (Loose Change) at The Hockey News,

Question: Who has a better chance of salvaging their series, the Hurricanes or the Blackhawks?

Answer: The Blue Jackets.

Question: If it is a Detroit-Pittsburgh final, who will win?

Answer: I saw this one last year. It had a great intro, but the plot fell flat really quickly and the car chase at the end was so gratuitous and badly put together (you could see the strings). Save yourself the heartache and rent The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (interestingly, Marian Hossa’s in both).

more Q & A…

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Consequences Of Losing Fedorov To The KHL

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s sure looking like it.  Craig Custance doesn’t dig it. Neither do I (more on that when it’s confirmed) and neither does Chris Osgood.


“To lose those guys is huge. We have to figure out a way to keep guys like Sergei and Jagr and those great older veteran players, have them over here and find roles for them,” Osgood said. “I think it’s important to have older guys like that, that younger European players can look up to when they get over here and understand how to handle themselves on and off the ice. That’s what guys like Igor Larionov did for him.”



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Injured Hawks Don’t Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville didn’t rule out Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin playing Wednesday in Game 5 at Detroit, but it doesn’t look good - particularly for Khabibulin.

Neither player practiced Tuesday morning at the United Center but both accompanied the team to Detroit.

“We’ll have a better assessment (Wednesday),” Quenneville said.

a bit more on the Hawks…

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