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What Are The Leafs Thinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Antropov, 27, is often injured and has seldom contributed for elongated stretches. He skated onto the Toronto scene in 1999-2000, and in the past four National Hockey League seasons he has missed 83 of a possible 328 games he has been eligible to play in because of injury. Yet his truncated participation and mediocre production resulted in his salary being doubled.
The likeable Kazak has never scored more than 18 goals in a season. Heck, Jeff O’Neill scored 20 goals this past season. Is Ferguson going to double O’Neill’s $1.5-million salary, too? Not likely.
Sure, Antropov has played on the right side of captain Mats Sundin for a couple of years now. But that doesn’t justify Antropov’s new deal. The last time we checked the Leafs haven’t won many playoff series with him.

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Ducks Visit Leno

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight, three Anaheim Ducks, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Chris Pronger and Brad May will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Balsillie Plans To Spend Money To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The lawyer for the Predators’ prospective new owner says Jim Balsillie wants to take a run at the Stanley Cup in the coming season and that Balsillie plans to give general manager David Poile the payroll to do so.
Toronto-based attorney Richard Rodier made the comments in response to a Tennessean report which stated that Poile had not received any payroll guidance, despite the fact only three weeks remain before the unrestricted free agency period begins.
“We want to give David Poile a very generous budget to build the team however he wants, having regard only to the league salary cap and not to any budget restraints imposed by ownership,’’ Rodier said. “This is about winning, buying a team that has a shot at winning the Cup in our view.’’

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NPR Asks if Anaheim Really Cares

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NPR has put some audio online, exploring the issue of how—despite their Stanley Cup win last night—southern California still has a long way to go when it comes to loving hockey.

It’s a short piece, which can be heard here if you’re interested.

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*thanks to John for pointing this piece out to me earlier today.

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I Still Want To Give You A Fathead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Deadline is 11:59pm EDT tonight to submit your entry to win an NHL Fathead.
Get all the details...

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Ducks Full Of Warm Stories

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

But there are many more warm-n’-fuzzy examples than Selanne’s.
Look at head coach Randy Carlyle, who never won a Cup during his stellar 18-year playing career, but now joins an even more select club as the bench boss of a champ.
Look at GM Brian Burke, who showed gorilla-sized gonads in remaking the team in his own image, at a pace far faster than a Jason Allison breakaway.
Or how about Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz? None of those three were regarded highly enough to be drafted by any NHL team, yet all three combined for 14 goals and 28 points this post-season.

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Wild Sign Backstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a multi-year contract.
“Niklas’ character, his ability to adapt to the NHL and to a changing role, and his steadiness of play made him an increasingly valuable piece of our team,” said Risebrough.  “Since Day 1 goaltending has been the foundation of our team, and, with Niklas re-signed, we are confident that that position will remain one of depth.”

added 3:51pm, According to the Star Tribune,

The Wild signed goalie Niklas Backstrom to a 2-year, $6.2 million contract today. The deal contains a limited no-trade clause, which means Backstrom can’t be traded during the first year of the contract.

 

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Be Like The Ducks - Or Not

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

It’s debatable what kind of impact their Cup win will have on hockey. The NHL is a copycat league and if other clubs try to mimic Anaheim’s defence-first, hard-hitting style, the new NHL won’t quite be what it had hoped coming out of the lockout.
That’s not a shot at the Ducks, who were well-built and whose determination and work ethic was unmatched this season. They deserved the Cup. But from a fan’s perspective, the prospect of other teams adopting the defence-first philosophy won’t be terribly exciting.
The kind of hockey that Buffalo, Ottawa and Pittsburgh play in the Eastern Conference is what the league was hoping to see coming out of the lockout, a breathless offensive-minded style.

more on the Ducks…

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Memories Of The Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie of TSN,

So here’s what else I remember from the Stanley Cup Final.
MAY 28
The Ducks are a confident group. I predicted the Sami Pahlsson line will shut down the Jason Spezza line, Anaheim will overcome another Pronger suspension and win in five, while Scott Niedermayer gets the Conn Smythe.
Is it ethical to edit diaries after the fact? I never would. I was just wondering.
Only thing worse than the Senators in Game One: Stephen Stills. Worst anthem ever.
Either Crosby or Nash would have been better. And I mean Sidney or Rick.

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On The Front Page

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

James Mirtle takes a look at a few of the front pages of some of the newspapers in North America. Hockey gets some exposure!

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