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Doug MacLean’s Future in Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets’ ownership group will meet this afternoon at a private location, where they’re expected to determine the fate of president and general manager Doug MacLean.
Majority owner John H. McConnell called the meeting, which will include the three principal minority owners—Wolfe Enterprises; real-estate developer Ron Pizzuti; and the Crane Family, which owns Crane Plastics.
Multiple sources indicated yesterday that McConnell, who owns 80 percent of the franchise, will seek input from the other owners, and that this will not be the typical end-of-season meeting.
Anticipation of the meeting and uncertainty regarding MacLean’s future have made for a curious time in Nationwide Arena.

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Columbus has missed the playoffs for 6 straight seasons. Will MacLean pay for it?

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Flyers Dancing Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

And now for a brief break from actual “news”... a tribute to the Flyers Dancing Guy.

Really, you’ve got to respect a fan that can dance after the season his team just had. smile

Note: Thanks to David for pointing this vid out to me this morning. Always good to get a smile into the hockey newsday.

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Massive Changes Coming to Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

While the Coyotes claim that Wayne Gretzky will be given more of a say in personnel matters, the team has yet to hire a new general manager to replace Mike Barnett. Finding a general manager with an independent voice, and not tied so closely to the Great One, is the only way to affect the dramatic change necessary.
Off-Season Game Plan looks at what should be an eventful summer in Phoenix.
In recent years, the Coyotes have made terrible player evaluations, while also surrendering quality players that were deemed to be too expensive, leaving a team that is consistently out of the playoff contention and doesn’t have a roster that figures to change that situation any time soon.
Masive changes have to happen, both in the front office and on the ice.

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Edmonton Plotting a New Arena

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

Mayor Stephen Mandel will soon announce a blue-ribbon committee to examine building a $400-million arena in downtown Edmonton.
The downtown arena, an idea talked about in Edmonton for years, would be built on the site of the downtown post office just north of city hall.
Mandel will name a panel next week that will be charged with examining the details, such as figuring out how to pay for the arena.

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What? Edmonton still has a hockey team…?
(Just kidding, Oilers’ fans, honest!) wink

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Alexander Semin Kicked off Team Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Hockey News,

The Hockey News.com has learned Washington Capitals star Alexander Semin has been kicked off the Russian national team, prompting Semin’s agent to refer to the fiasco as, “the most bizarre situation I’ve ever experienced in hockey, ever.”
Mark Gandler, who represents Semin, said the Russian team’s decision to remove Semin from the team because he arrived hours after the team’s first practice was unreasonable and far too harsh.
“I don’t understand it…there is no explanation for it,” Gandler said. “Alexander did nothing wrong, but even if he had, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.”

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All Aboard The Stress Train

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The honeymoon is, not surprisingly, over; and we have returned to our regularly scheduled playoff programming: stress. And you know when it started? Not yesterday morning, or afternoon, or early evening. Nope. That kind of stress is a pleasant nervousness, a sense of anticipation. You like it because you like to look back on it and think, "What was I worried about?" The real stress started on the first shift when every one of us saw a different type of game, even though we expected it. Did the Flames look that good? No. But they looked...different, right off the hop.

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Ducks’ Brad May Facing Possible Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the LA Times,

No one in the Ducks’ dressing room said, or at least was willing to say, if there was a clear view of Brad May’s punch to Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson late in the third period of Game 3 Tuesday that knocked Johnsson out of Game 4.
May drew a match penalty for intent to injure and could face a suspension by the league. Johnsson, who crumpled to the ice before leaving under his own power, suffered a head injury, according to Wild officials.

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Blackhawks Owner Bill Wirtz and Bad Press

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the WSJ,

Sitting in $80 seats just behind the net at a recent Chicago Blackhawks hockey game, Anthony Molinaro and his girlfriend could see the sweat roll down the goalie’s face and hear the grunts of the skaters as they battled for the puck along the boards.
The seats were freebies, courtesy of owner Bill Wirtz, as part of a “fan appreciation” program. So was Mr. Molinaro, a 39-year-old community-college employee and lifelong fan, grateful? Not quite.
“He should be giving the seats away,” said Mr. Molinaro. “There’s no way I’d pay for them.”

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* Read more here from Eric McErlain

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Tampa’s Luke Richardson Loves Cats

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From YouTube,

One of BCR’s favorite supporters to have around is the NHL’s Luke Richardson. Recently the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman came out with a Sun Sports film crew to film a segment on the cats for cable tv. From years of checking people into the boards to now being a Big Cat supporter, Luke does it all.

Video available here.

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Flames/Wings: Babe Ruth and the Eurotwins

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Randy Sportak at the Calgary Sun,

Down the road, Jarome Iginla can tell the tale of when he pulled a Babe Ruth—calling his shot and delivering at the biggest moment.
For now, though, the Calgary Flames captain just wants to chalk it up to a good break coming at the right time.
Yesterday morning, Iginla proclaimed he was on the verge of snapping a personal drought against the Wings.
Hours later, he scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period in a 3-2 victory over Detroit.

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From Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press,

Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t use hair-care products, a teammate pointed out, while Henrik Zetterberg has rock star hair.
The two young Red Wings have markedly different personalities, and there are those around them who wonder at times how they communicate so well. Their chemistry, though, is indisputable: They became fast friends four years ago, have played well with one another, and now they’re as dominant a pairing as can be found in the NHL.

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