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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star is another reporter, like Bruce MacLeod, I find myself delinquently forgetting about.  And that’s too bad because he’s another anti-digger.

By putting Datsyuk and Zetterberg back at their preferred centre positions, Babcock has solved one problem for his team and created some headaches for the opposition.
In Zetterberg, Babcock has got the so-called second-line centre he needed to replace the departed Robert Lang creating some challenging match-up problems for the Wings’ opponents.
Teams now have to pick their poison on whom to match-up their checking line against.

Waddell disappoints me a bit in another story posted tonite.  He claims Igor Grigorenko could very well be headed to Grand Rapids (not gonna happen), then provides a variety of quotes from Uncle Mike that don’t require a whole lot of reading between the lines.  He’ll be starting the season in Detroit.

“I know he wants to be here. We sure like the skill level that he has. Can he get a pace and a tempo to his game so he can help us, only time will tell.”

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Mowers Lands In London

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

Acquired in a Monday afternoon trade with the Boston Bruins, Mowers quickly threw together a few things, spent as much time as possible with a family that includes two young daughters, and made his way to New York to join the Ducks’ charter flight that had made a refueling stop before its overnight trek across the Atlantic.

“It’s kind of a shocker, at first to switch teams, and then come to the realization that you’re not just going out to California, but you’re going overseas,” Mowers said. “It was a crazy 24 hours, but I feel like I’m settling in, getting to know the guys. The excitement is definitely starting to hit me now.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, mark+mowers

Postcards From London

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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NHL.com’s Shawn P. Roarke is in London and providing daily updates about his experiences and the upcoming games. From his Day #3 installment:

Wednesday, NHL.com took an abbreviated double-decker bus tour of London. But the company couldn’t be beat as I joined the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Stanley Cup itself for a quick jaunt through the city.

We all climbed aboard a 30-year-old traditional red double-decker bus that is only used for special occasions. And, what could be more special than escorting the Ducks and the Stanley Cup on a sight-seeing tour?

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, los+angeles+kings, stanley+cup

Not Much NHL Talk In London

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com,

The Anaheim Ducks proudly toted the Stanley Cup they won last spring to various tourist sites on a double-decker bus here Wednesday to promote this weekend’s National Hockey League season curtain raiser.

But few Londoners seemed aware of who they were, or what they were carrying, as the team braved a chilly autumn wind that swept across the Thames River.

Steve Campbell, a sports fan from northern England, looked baffled as he watched playoff star Ryan Getzlaf lug the Cup across a busy street to pose with his teammates in front of Big Ben.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, los+angeles+kings, stanley+cup

Flyers Feel The Pain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Wednesday that four of his players were hurt in the contest.

Forwards Joffrey Lupul and Scottie Upshall both suffered left wrist injuries.

“Lupul sustained a left wrist injury and we will know more once he is examined by a specialist tomorrow,” said Holmgren.

“Upshall sustained a fractured left wrist, which will require surgery. He will have the surgery tomorrow (Thursday) and will be out of action for four to six weeks.”

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  Tags: injuries, philadelphia+flyers

Nicklas Lidstrom Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings was made available to media by teleconference, to answer questions.  The transcript will be made available later on this post, but for now we have put the audio of the conference online. (update 3:30pm ET - transcript now available below audio player).

You can listen to it on the player below (or download it here if you prefer).

One thing worth mentioning—Lids answers a question in Swedish from about minutes 3 to 5, so you might want to skip that part if you’re not up on your Swedish. smile

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, nicklas+lidstrom

How Good Can Crosby Be?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at MACLEANS,

As a result of both his and the team’s success this past season, the dynamic has changed. Crosby has shown what his hard work, determination, feistiness and immense skill can do.The team also climbed to another level, thus the expectations for both grow, knowing the expectations for the team can’t be fulfilled without The Kid meeting his.

“It doesn’t really feel a whole lot different,” he says of the pressure. “I think I put so much pressure on myself every year to perform that whether I had a good year or bad year last year I’ve learned to erase that season no matter how it went.We want to win, obviously. It’s a lot easier said than done, but like I said, just because we made the playoffs doesn’t mean it’s a gimme this year….”

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Ducks in London

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Brady at Ducks Blog,

The Ducks finished up practice at the O2, had lunch and headed to the double-decker bus that was to take them on their sightseeing trip through London. Sitting in front of the bus was the Stanley Cup, but it had a new addition to it. All of the Ducks’ names have been engraved on the Cup, and this was the first time they had seen them. It was a sight to see as each of the Ducks players went up to the Cup and got their faces close enough to see their names. They looked like little kids.

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The Ducks have also provided two photo galleries here and here.  I’ve added a couple photos from those galleries, below.

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Grigs The Griff? Not Gonna Happen

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Through five games Igor Grigorenko has 4 shots on goal and 1 point.  Based on our expectations, realistic or otherwise, his performance to this point has been nothing short of a significant disappointment.  If pre-season ended today, he would not make the team...if results were the sole qualifier.

Igor Grigorenko is in danger of not making the Detroit Red Wings. His skating is not really up to snuff and there is a real possibility that he will be sent to Grand Rapids.

Sure that’s a real possibility, but it’s not happening. 

Prediction:  Still transfixed by his potential, the Wings are going to keep him around.  He stays in Detroit and the Wings give him an extended tryout, maybe a month or two.  If he can’t prove himself in that amount of time, he’s gone. Gone to Russia, or traded.  Igor Grigorenko won’t see the ice in Grand Rapids.

 

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Rangers Win - Everyone Is Happy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lindsay Berra of ESPN the Magazine,

If relatively anonymous. Drury, carting two gallons of milk out of a bodega on Manhattan’s Upper West Side recently, had to stare at a guy he thought was on HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” (he wasn’t) before he got a “Hey, you’re the new Ranger!” in return. And Gomez spent an hour in a Starbucks near MSG on a late-summer workday afternoon, drinking his grapefruit soda in total peace. Think that’d happen to Eli Manning or Derek Jeter?

But Gomez and Drury just got into town; give them a season. Next June, the Rangers could be polishing the Stanley Cup, and NHL brass could be glowing about their improved ratings. Then the only unfinished business would be the ticker-tape parade.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

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