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A Classic In The Making

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

In other words, these are teams that don’t really like each other and have a pretty good idea what lies ahead. Still, don’t expect things on the ice to get out of hand no matter how much tempers might flare. With a trip to the Stanley Cup dance on the line, something that Ottawa has never been part of and Buffalo missed by one game last season, getting even isn’t really a primary concern.
“I don’t think it’s a factor,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “That might be in the background, but there’s a lot of other stuff that’s going to take the forefront over that. The big prize is one team is to go on to play for the Stanley Cup. Penalties for retaliation for something that happened a couple of months ago, if you’re going to take those at this time of year, then I think your mindset is in the wrong place.”

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Why Not? Holland Would Welcome Back Hasek and Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below with riveting IwoCPO commentary. Don’t miss it!

Their performance this playoff season, the entire season, probably made this decision about as easy as they come for Boy Wonder Kenny Holland.

Ken Holland said today he wants to bring back both Chelios and Dominik Hasek.  Hasek has declined to show his hand when asked about his future, but Chris Osgood told me last week he thought Hasek would be back. Holland is hoping the same.

“Dom has been a big factor for us,” Holland said. “Chelios, we play him 18-19 minutes, but he wants to play more. He’s bugging our coaching staff all winter long and bugging me all winter long to play more hockey. We’re holding him back because we want to have him fresh for the long haul.”

 

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NHL & MySpace Create Partnership

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from NHL.com,
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today a partnership with MySpace giving members of the community access to NHL content through the official NHL MySpace profile at http://myspace.com/NHL and via MySpace Video. Users will be able to watch video clips from games leading up to, and including, the 2007 Stanley Cup Final as well as clips from the 2006-07 regular season. The NHL is the first major professional sports league to team with MySpace in this capacity.

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Dominating Again

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Hasek’s style of goaltending is difficult to define. He suggests no word for it himself. He uses the butterfly leg spread that long ago became the rage, and he also flops around as if he’s trying to make snow angles on the ice.
“I do anything to stop the puck,” he says. “It doesn’t matter how I am described.
“I like to always be in the right position. Unfortunately, there are times you are not in the right position and you have to jump and do whatever you have to do to reach the puck. I don’t care how my style is described as long as I stop the puck.”

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Conference Officials

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from TSN,

Among the eight referees who will receive third round assignments are Don Koharski and Bill McCreary, both of whom have more than 20 years experience. McCreary has worked in every Stanley Cup final series since 1994, while Koharski has been a referee since 1977.

read on for the list…

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Quoting Drury, Briere & Miller

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The Sabres players took part in the final pre-series press conference.

Q. Ryan, can you comment on the comparisons to Hockey Town and Buffalo, having known what Detroit is all about and just beyond ?? exciting is beyond anything you’ve ever saw there in?
RYAN MILLER: I got a chance to go to a lot of games but not around the time they were playing for the Cup, but the affiliation with the team and the city and the way they feel about hockey there, yeah, this town definitely is from what I’ve seen, I think this town is actually a little crazier so, it’s been a lot of fun.

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Bob McKenzie Talks Hockey

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Bob McKenzie of TSN was kind enough today to give me a few mintues to discuss the East and West Conference Finals and a few other topics.
Hope you enjoy the interview.

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Reputation On The Line

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from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

The playoffs are a time when players can create reputations. Have a bad regular season, but show up in the playoffs, and you can be hailed a hero. Have a great regular season and a bad and short playoff season and you are seen as a failure.
Playoff pedigree matters. Look at the men who will be playing in the Conference Finals this year and you see some huge playoff performers:

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Bargains And The Anti-Digger

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Brophy at The Hockey News has a story up referring to our boy Homer’s status as a big-time bargain.

So when the veteran GM of the Detroit Red Wings had the opportunity to lock up gritty right winger Tomas Holmstrom for three years at $6.75 million, he jumped at it.

And why not? The 10-year veteran appears to be getting better with age. While some 30-goal scorers command significantly more money, Holmstrom is one of the NHL’s biggest bargains at an average of $2.25 million a season.

In his past two seasons, the 34-year-old from Pieta, Sweden has enjoyed career-high years of 29 and then 30 goals, making it hard to believe he didn’t test the free agent waters.

 

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Wings Ticket Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, this morning I took a quick look at the Wings ticket situation for game 1.  I could have purchased a block of 16 tickets in the upper bowl, row 24 at $99 a piece or a block of 20 standing room only tickets for $108 a pop.
Can you imagine if the opposing team was a little closer than Anaheim?  The Joe would have a well represented presence from the visiting team.

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