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Conn Smythe Candidates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

If the Senators finish off the Sabres and then win the Stanley Cup, Alfredsson would certainly be considered of the favorites, if not the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Incidentally, Yzerman won that trophy in 1998 when he captured his second Cup.
The prevailing wisdom is that Alfredsson is playing the best hockey of his career. But here a few of the other candidates still in the hunt for the Smythe:

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Snow Supports Yashin

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from Newsday,

For those who wondered whether a buyout of center Alexei Yashin might be a condition that had to be met if the Islanders hope to sign free agent Ryan Smyth, apparently it’s not. Negotiations have yet to begin in earnest with Smyth, but general manager Garth Snow Thursday expressed strong support for Yashin, describing him as “a vital part of the organization.”

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Head Shots Will Be Addressed

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A2Y provides his readers with a Weekly Dose of Cheli every Thursday.
At about the 4 minute mark of the interview, Chelios mentions the NHLPA and the NHL will address head shots and look for some changes for next season.
Glad to hear that, hopefully this will become a non-issue next year.

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Your Thursday Dose of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Courtesy of the guys at WDFN, here’s your weekly adventure with Chris Chelios.  Today…Sasquatch and what he’s got coming to him somewhere down the road, the brilliance of Nick Lidstrom and the necessity for the league to address hits to the head over the summer.

Listen here.

Heading out to dinner as part of a “team building” endeavor.  Love that stuff.  Since I won’t be around for the next two hours or so, I’m declaring the Stress Train officially open for business.

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Comes Down To Respect

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from the CP via the Hockey News,

Veteran Anaheim Ducks defenceman Sean O’Donnell remembers a time when if one team got a big lead in an NHL game, they eased off the hitting and just tried to get through the night without anyone getting hurt.
Not any more. “What I’m amazed at is a team can be up 6-0 and some of the players on the team that is up are still running guys and doing late hits,” O’Donnell said shaking his head prior to the Ducks facing the Detroit Red Wings Thursday in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference final.
“It’s gotten bad in the last couple of years. . . . Head shots seem to be more common and late hits.”

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Please Stop The Homer Abuse

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Enough!- We have had enough! (will open wmp audio)
Thanks to the classic work of Sean Baligian at WDFN.

added 5:36pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

McLennan said: “Holmstrom has unbelievable moves. They’re not in your face. It’s guarding. It’s like – and here McLennan put his palm an inch from my face, completely blocking my view and said, in a children’s mocking, sing-song voice – ‘not touching you, not touching you.’”

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Not Enough For Pronger

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

If the National Hockey League is serious about cutting down on head-hunting — and you can make a good case that it isn’t — then a one-game suspension for Anaheim’s Chris Pronger is simply not enough.
Pronger attempted to perform an on-ice lobotomy on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom by slamming his head into the glass with a cross-check to the neck. Is it mere coincidence that Holmstrom just happens to be the key to power-play success for the Red Wings, and that by the time the infraction occurred, the game was out of reach?

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The West Coaches Talk Today

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Pre-game Q & A with Babcock and Carlyle…

Q. Do you try to do anything to exploit the fact that Pronger is not there or could you just play your game?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: You always know who’s on the ice, who you’re playing against. We’ll do the same as always. What I found in this playoffs, if you go through our group, you know, we’re missing lots of people. I’d say we’re missing two of the top three on our team.
To me, they’re going to use that as a rallying thing. We’re going to use it as it doesn’t make any difference, we got to keep playing, playing hard, playing intelligent, keep our composure, get after them.

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Wings Have Moved On

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

It is almost sacrilege to suggest, but it is nonetheless patently clear that this Detroit Red Wings team is far better team now that icons and legends Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan are gone.
This is not to diminish in any way the contributions both these players made to the Red Wings. Both are Hall of Fame material—Yzerman a first-ballot Hall of Famer to be sure. Both were crucial elements of three Stanley Cup teams between 1997 and 2002. Yzerman was the playoff MVP in 1998.
Each was, in their own way, a significant part of the team’s identity through the 1990s, a time when the Red Wings were the toast of the Motor City and the envy of other NHL franchises.

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KK Challenge Winner

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KK member BethanyM85 was the winner of the very random KK Challenge from last night.
I will be in contact within 48 hours and congrats.
Look for more Challenges very soon.

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