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Winnipeg Waiting For An Answer

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Winnipeg will soon find out whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes franchise will return to the city it once called home.

Sources tell TSN this decision will be made within the next three weeks, if not sooner.

With Jerry Reinsdorf’s deal to buy the Coyotes hanging precariously in limbo, sources say Glendale city officials are scrambling, trying to push Ice Edge Holdings to sign an agreement of exclusivity, with ties to the existing lease, in time to position a proposal for vote at next Tuesdays Glendale city council meeting.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We win as an organization. We lose as a unit. We are in it together and we are a tight knit, in-synch group. We have spent many years rebuilding a culture, a system, and a relationship with our affiliates in Hershey and South Carolina while implementing a system that is successful.

We need to tweak, change, and adapt to win and go deeper in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That is a process. It will be painful, but it is one that I am willing to take on, and one that we as a unit are all dedicated to see through.

-Ted Leonsis, Owmer of the Washington Capitals.  More at Ted’s Take.

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Less Pressure On Ovechkin If Crosby Slump Continues

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Hard to believe, but Sidney Crosby might be Alex Ovechkin’s greatest ally right now. Confused? The Montreal Canadiens once again shut down the Penguins captain Thursday, evening their series at two games apiece. The longer that trend continues, the less heat, perhaps, Ovechkin will face in the offseason for his struggles against Montreal in the first round. And just imagine, for a second, if the Cinderella Habs pull off back-to-back upsets? If the rival Pens also go down to the same underdog Canadiens, the Caps’ first-round stunner suddenly gets easier to digest if you’re a Washington fan.

read on for more hockey talk…

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When To Pull A Goalie For An Extra Attacker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Much of the statistical focus in the 2010 NHL playoffs has been on the proliferation of too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties. TSN especially is having fun with that development - glitzy graphics; pictures of that old soothsayer, Maggie The Monkey; host James Duthie handling everything with a nice light touch; even the odd bit of explanatory analysis tossed in for good measure.

Year over year, penalties for botched line changes and player brain cramps are way up - 28 in all, through Thursday, after the Detroit Red Wings’ one oopsie moment in that monstrous five-goal first-period vs. San Jose Sharks.

But there is another statistical oddity in these playoffs that has been largely ignored, one that reverses a significant regular-season trend. It has to do with pulling the goalie - and how little impact that has had thus far in these playoffs.

continue and more hockey topics too…

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We Have A Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The winner of the two tickets to the HHOF is KK member Russian Rocket.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment and look for another KK Challenge next week.

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The Tweeting Player Agent

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

It’s become a running joke in hockey circles: Allan Walsh, player agent for Octagon Hockey, pimping his players’ exploits on Twitter with a familiar adjective before their names:

“‘Client’ Jaro Halak with the most epic Mtl goaltending performance since Patrick Roy in 86 and Ken Dryden in 71. Good company!”

(Walsh, of course, is infamous for his opinionated use of social media, like when Martin Havlat split with the Chicago Blackhawks last summer.)

Walsh has had plenty to tweet about in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Montreal Canadiens goalie Client Jaroslav Halak has been one of the League’s postseason MVPs, backstopping the Habs to an enormous first-round upset of the Washington Capitals and continuing his mastery in the second round.


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NHL Playoffs Are Being Ignored

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from Mike Freeman of CBS Sports,

The NHL playoffs have actually been outstanding to watch. They’ve outdone the NBA’s playoffs for drama and in some ways are better than the early rounds of last year’s NFL postseason. Plus, as far as we know, hockey doesn’t have its own version of troglodytic asshat Ben Roethlisberger dragging the image of the sport into a toilet.

Still, despite a great postseason, few are watching hockey nationally and the post-Olympic bump that was supposed to help has been a molehill, not a mountain. It’s a sad statement on how most of this country really feels about hockey and unfortunately that statement is, “Who cares?”

I’m not certain how it happened and don’t know if it was possible for the NHL to stop it from happening but that once-captured post-Olympic hockey glow is now gone. It has dissipated into the ozone and the NHL is back to being ignored by most sports fans.


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Care To Comment

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note:  Moving this to the top of page so folks have a chance to see it.  Original post was yesterday at 10:02am.

Within the next 15 minutes or so, a slight change will be made to the comment section of KK.

Only KK members will be allowed the option to comment on a post.  This policy will hold true on every blog under the KK umbrella.

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How Will The Sharks React?

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The danger, moving forward, would be if the Sharks either underreacting or overreacting to the result. Hockey momentum shifts on a dime. For example, the six-goal defeat did indeed tie for second on the list of the team’s worst five blowout playoff losses ever. But to show you how much that truly matters, after two of the those other four blowouts, the Sharks came back to win the series.

At the same time, losing a grip on a series can be a slippery slope. Nine days ago, if you had told our beloved Los Tiburones that they would be taking a 3-games-to-1 lead over Detroit into Game 5 on Saturday night, the Sharks would have rushed to the bank. But the Sharks now must take advantage of their bank deposit by winning Game 5.

Losing that one wouldn’t be fatal, of course. But it could lead to a Game 6 back here before another loud crowd. Which could lead to an anything-could-happen Game 7 back in San Jose.

One major concern for the Sharks, moving ahead, would be how to counter a stunningly effectively lineup change that Detroit coach Mike Babock implemented Thursday.


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GM Of The Year

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The NHL has another award which it has no clue how to decide its winner with the GM of the Year award.  The problem is that it is usually necessary to determine how well a GM is doing by looking at his record over many years.  When you give the GM of the Year award, you wind up giving it to the GM of the most improved team, which is much like the way the coach of the year is often determined.

The inaugural nominees are Don Maloney of the Phoenix Coyotes, George McPhee of the Washington Capitals and David Poile of the Nashville Predators.  It is widely believed that Maloney will win the award, just like Dave Tippett will win coach of the year.  Both will win the awards because Phoenix was the most improved team.  I do not believe the idea that Phoenix’s improvement is due to having both the best coach and the best GM in the league.  It is just a simple way to give out an award to somebody who is in the right place at the right time.

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