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A Hemsky Trade Could Work Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of he Edmonton Journal,

Would you trade Ales Hemsky?

I know, I know. His Edmonton Oilers contract is user-friendly in today’s salary cap world. His cap hit for the next three seasons is a very agreeable $4.1 million, less than Dustin Penner’s number, although Hemsky’s salaries are $4.4 million, $4.5 million and $5 million during the last season in 2011-12. On the other hand, his contract is also attractive to other teams that might want to trade for him.

If the Oilers could get two front-line players for him, at least one a bigger, stronger body like winger Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and retrieve hard-nosed defenceman Matt Greene, too, would they consider it?

Is it that far-fetched? I don’t think so.


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Vladimir Konstantinov - Where Are They Now?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ESPN during their Sports Center show this morning did a feature on Vladimir Konstantinov.  The video below is not as in-depth as the one that appeared on the show this morning but still gives us a look at Vladdy today.

update 1:05pm, added the full video of the feature below…

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Home Ice At Stake Today

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Will Anaheim and/or Carolina be able to steal home ice advantage today?


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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 2: Red Wings (1-0) host Ducks (0-1)  (2:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

19:10, 29.0, 37-24, 27:55.  The first number, one that I hope is personally burned into the hearts of Duck fan forever, is the time of The Perfect Human’s second goal of the game (his third point of the night, 2 g, 1 a, +1).  29.0%  was the Duck’s faceoff percentage in game 1.  37-24 are the shot totals (ANA 8 9 7 24, DET 9 10 18 37)  3-2 advantage for DET.  Hopefully, the shot totals are an indicator that the Wings finally found their stride in the 3rd (although ANA were short-handed 4 mins in the 3rd).  27:55 was Getzlaf’s TOI (by comparison, Lidstrom was 27:15, Zetterberg 22:24).

Two things to look for this afternoon, shots into Hiller’s pads, and a faster tempo.  Hossa:  “. . . when we got [Holmstrom] in front of him or Franzen or [Dan] Cleary, there [were] lots of rebounds and we have to capitalize on those second chances.”  Uncle Mike:  “We’ve got to get after them. We’ve got to get the tempo way higher.”

Here is one more number 7:28, the time of Perry’s 1st goal; as I recall that is the 1st time DET have trailed in the playoffs. Game 1 was incredibly tight, yet the Wings found a way.  Fil, Homer, and Hoss did not leave a mark on the scoresheet, yet DET had seven players with at least one point.  ANA had only 4 players tally, Getlaf and Pronger each had 2 A.  Perry and Selanne (the 5-3 PP goal)  each had a goal—end of score sheet for the Ducks.  Ducks have little scoring after their top line.  If DET can minimize the top line scoring, they should prevail in this series.

Game 2 Matinee, Bitches.



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Report- Naslund May Retire

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned.

It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who wore down dramatically as the season and then the seven-game series against the Caps progressed, notified GM Glen Sather of his decision at his exit interview on Thursday, though The Post has not been able to confirm that.


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Wings Battling A Stereotype

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from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press via the Royal Oak Tribune,

There seems to be much pent-up resentment toward the Red Wings in North America because they feature so many European players, and that there is a lot of rooting going on for the Ducks as a result.

That appears to be particularly true in Canada, where the commenting on “Hockey Night in Canada” has clearly leaned away from giving European players their due. It’s been going on for decades, but has gotten worse recently with the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup triumph last spring. It will surely only grow now that all three finalists for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP are Russians — including the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk….

Also Friday night, Jonathan Ericsson, a Red Wings’ defenseman from Sweden, dropped Anaheim’s Corey Perry, a forward from Canada, to the ice with a series of overhand rights.

Ericsson wasn’t wearing a face shield like Perry. Can you imagine the outrage if it were the other way around? Yet, you didn’t hear anything about the chippy North American player hiding behind his face shield, did you?


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Flyers Have Needs

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

The first order of business for the Flyers is getting a goaltender under contract. With starter Marty Biron and backup Antero Niittymaki scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, the Flyers currently have no goalies with NHL experience in the organization.

Biron wants a long-term deal and the Flyers do not, and that could open the door to a free-agent goalie such as Craig Anderson, Scott Clemmensen, Manny Fernandez or Nikolai Khabibulin signing with the Flyers on July 1. There is also talk the Flyers are interested in Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen.

The Flyers will spend the month of May trying to re-sign Biron, but if they are unable to come to terms they will break ties and look into making a deal at the NHL draft or on July 1.


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Hockey Talk In Early May

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Ron Wilson took the blame for all the San Jose playoff collapses of the past. So who gets blamed now? And Wilson didn’t have Dan Boyle and Rob Blake on his defence.

• Nobody mentions Randy Carlyle among the better coaches in hockey, but they should. He might be the best bench coach in the game.

• The starting Olympic goaltenders should be: Roberto Luongo, Canada; Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden; Evgeni Nabokov, Russia; Niklas Backstrom or Miikka Kiprusoff, Finland; Tim Thomas, Ryan Miller or Rick DiPietro, USA, Tomas Vokoun, Czech Republic: Can’t wait for Vancouver.

• I worry about Jaromir Jagr. He says if he doesn’t play in Russia next season, he wants to play in Edmonton. I think he is badly in need of a travel agent or a therapist.

more hockey notes plus a look at Kyle Wellwood…

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Looking At The Sedins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

If Vancouver’s Sedin brothers, Henrik and Daniel, hit the free agent market in July with their names on the Cup as conquering Canucks, imagine the score they’ll make at the pay window.

Los Angeles and Toronto will be just two of the clubs with enough cap room and interest to woo the talented Swedish forwards. Montreal, with the league’s most available cash, also could be enticed. Ah, two Sedins and one Celine, how lyrical.

Their deal in Vancouver paid each of the Sedins $3.75 million this season. They easily will average upward of $6 million each on their next contract, and given that they won’t turn 29 until September, they might persuade someone to cough up, say, $90 million over six years, averaging out to $7.5 million per Sedin.

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Carolina Needs More Production

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In the playoffs, with Cole, Samsonov and a long list of other important players still looking for their first goals, the Hurricanes are a two-line team, and only because of the unexpected contributions of the fourth line.

That was good enough to beat the New Jersey Devils in the first round, in part because Staal dominated Game 6 and scored a dramatic game-winner in Game 7 and in part because of Cam Ward’s sensational goaltending.

It won’t be good enough to beat the Boston Bruins in the second round, particularly with Staal facing Zdeno Chara on every shift, and it was a major reason for Carolina’s 4-1 loss in Game 1 on Friday.

It’s not just the lack of top-level production that hurts the Hurricanes, although a goal at 1-1 could have changed everything Friday. So many of the mistakes they made — and there were so many — were the result of trying to do too much offensively and leaving giant gaps defensively.


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