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If Hasek Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Wings will have four options if Hasek decides to retire with #4 most likely to happen…
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,

4. Sign a low-priced veteran free agent to a short-term deal.
This seems like their most likely course of action if Hasek retires. Bring in a veteran who won’t break the bank to either compete with Osgood or be the No. 1 guy for one or two years. The problem is, the pickings are slim. Mathieu Garon of Los Angeles, David Aebischer of Montreal and Ed Belfour of Florida are in this group.
This only further goes to show how much the Wings need Hasek back for one more run at the Cup.

read on for the other three…

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Giguere Has Some Options

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

I think you can put him among the top three or four goaltenders in the league,” said Bob Sauve, who is Giguere’s agent and is, if anything, underselling him….
Burke called Sauve on Thursday to say he comes in peace. Sauve also sounded conciliatory, saying Giguere wants to stay and will do so “if he’s treated fairly,” which, of course, could mean a hundred things.
Only the Ducks and Kings can give Giguere easy access to the doctors who operated on his son, Maxime, in April. The generous role that owners Henry and Susan Samueli played in that episode also resonates with Giguere.
But the Kings have more cap room. Even if the Ducks could sign Giguere for $4.5 million, that’s $17.5 million for Giguere, Pronger and S. Niedermayer in an overall budget that probably won’t surpass $42 million.

more

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Travel With The Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Shea at the Hockey Hall of Fame,

The Stanley Cup remained on the ice surface at the Honda Center for almost two hours after the final buzzer sounded. Families and friends of the victors got photographs with the prized trophy. Once all were done, Chris Pronger carried the Cup into the dressing room, which was already in full celebration mode, jammed to the rafters with players and team officials, along with their families, friends, media and other invited guests. A limited edition champagne was equally consumed and sprayed around the room. Scott Niedermayer was there with his wife and children, brother Rob with his fiancée and their proud mother enjoying every moment along with her sons. Teemu Selanne huddled with friends from Finland who had arrived to witness the Stanley Cup Final.

more and follow the Cup all summer long…

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Now What?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,

So now, the next question is this: What impact will the Anaheim triumph have on the National Hockey League?
For starters, because success breeds imitation, the general managers will look at the Ducks’ success and ask if it was a fluke.
They will come to the conclusion that for the most part, it wasn’t. Granted, this should be the first time in history that a referee’s name is engraved on the Stanley Cup because without Don Koharksi’s outrageous interference call on Pavel Datsyuk late in Game 5 of the Detroit series, the Ducks might well have been on the golf course during the finals. But be that as it may, the fact remains that once the Stanley Cup final got under way, the Ducks were by far the better team.
The GMs will ask themselves why that was the case and decide that for all the NHL’s talk about giving the game back to the little man, size is still a crucial factor.

read on

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Balsillie Game Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Hamilton Spectator,

Councillors say that Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has an agreement to buy the NHL’s Nashville Predators for $220 million, wants them to approve his proposal to lease Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, and the Convention Centre at their meeting next Wednesday, June 13.
Six days later, Balsillie is slated to meet the NHL’s board of governor’s to seek approval for the sale of the Nashville team.
Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM, the company that makes the hand-held BlackBerry communications tool, is widely believed to be manoeuvering to relocate the money-losing Predators to Hamilton.
The word around city hall is Balsillie told Mayor Fred Eisenberger he believes he has a 50/50 chance of bringing the team to Copps, despite expected vetoes from NHL brass and compensation claims from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres for violating their territorial rights.

more

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Possible Changes at the CBC Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The National Hockey League season is over, but an important question about its television coverage remains unanswered.
Will the longest tenured play-by-play team in Canadian broadcasting, the CBC’s Bob Cole and Harry Neale, return to the Hockey Night in Canada booth next season?
It’s too early for a CBC announcement, but you can anticipate one of two decisions: Either the network will thank Cole, 74, and Neale, 70, for their long and estimable contribution to the show and say goodbye. And Jim Hughson will be offered Cole’s spot as the No. 1 play-by-play caller, and the CBC will look for additional announcing and analytical talent.

continued… *plus more about the television ratings for the SCF

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Former Leafs Coach in Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From London Free Press,

Dan Maloney squared off in countless hockey battles and gained a reputation as a tough guy and a team leader.
But the former National Hockey League star and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach has waged a lonelier struggle with a much tougher opponent—alcoholism—an addiction that landed him in court yesterday.

continued…

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Ten Years Ago Tonight…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...Hockeytown Erupted!

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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.

more

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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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