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Draper Wants Four

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Sporting News,

“Once you’ve experienced it, winning the Stanley Cup is something you can never get enough of,” Draper said. “We’ve been fortunate to win three Cups in the last 10 years.
“Ask anyone in this dressing room and the guys who have won it want it more and the guys who haven’t won it want to experience it for the first time. That’s what makes this time of year so great, given the opportunity that sits there right in front of you.
“When you do win, it’s the most rewarding feeling a hockey player can have. Two months of traveling and playing every other night, the sacrifices you make and your family makes and, when the moment arrives when you’ve got that Stanley Cup, everything is worthwhile.”

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Confirmed: Maltby and Wings Reached 3-Year Deal Before Playoffs Started

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1431 CST with quotes from Maltby below

The worst-kept secret in Detroit?  Kirk Maltby’s contract extension, or re-signing, whichever you prefer.

DETROIT The Detroit Red Wings recently re-signed forward Kirk Maltby to a three-year contract. It happened before the playoffs, but both sides decided it was best not to talk publicly about the deal—until now.
Detroit hosts the San Jose Sharks tomorrow in a best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal that is tied at two games apiece.

Maltby has one assist in ten playoff games this season and 28 points in 129 career postseason games, all with the Red Wings since 1996. He helped Detroit win Stanley Cups in 1997, ‘98 and 2002.

 

 

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Keeping An Eye On The World Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Metro News,

One by one the Buffalo Sabres came off the ice at Friday’s pre-game skate and immediately took a peek at the big-screen TV in their dressing room to catch the score in the Canada-Belarus game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
And then the pot shots began. With players from Canada, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Germany, Finland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and the United States on their roster, national pride makes for interesting banter while the tournament is going on overseas.

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Game 6- Wings/Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks announced today that Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Sharks and Red Wings on Monday, April 7 is TBD at 6 or 7 p.m (Pacific). and will be broadcast on FSN-HD.
The exact start time is conditional to the New Jersey and Ottawa game on Saturday evening. Should New Jersey win on Saturday, there will be a Game Six between Ottawa and New Jersey on Monday. In this situation, the Sharks and Red Wings game will begin at 7 p.m. (Pacific).
Should Ottawa win the series on Saturday, the Sharks game on Monday will start at 6 p.m. (Pacific).

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Keep OT The Way It Is

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Cazeneuve at Sports Illustrated,

There has been talk about ways to shorten OT games—play four-on-four after a period; go to a shootout after two periods; flip hockey cards after three periods. It all seems like the same thing to me. OT is a tradition as glorious as the Stanley Cup itself. Yes, the NHL needs to find ways to market and to modernize, but changing overtime sounds too much like playing with the steak rather than the sizzle. Hey, it’s May. Anyone for steak?

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Watching Versus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VERSUS, the U.S. national cable television home of the NHL, garnered top ratings for Game 4 of the Buffalo Sabres-New York Rangers series on Tuesday, May 1 according to Nielson Media Research and VERSUS.
Among the highlights:

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Lamoriello Gets “Testy”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts at the Globe and Mail,

Things started reasonably well when she asked Lamoriello if he considered keeping both jobs next season. Lamoriello surprised the NHL world by firing head coach Claude Julien with just a few games left in the regular season and the Devils at the top of their division.
“No, last year I said it would never happen again and unfortunately I find myself here [again],” said Lamoriello, who has a well-deserved reputation for a late-season trigger finger. He last stepped in as coach in December, 2005 when Larry Robinson resigned for health reasons.

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At The Stanley Cup Finals…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK - To venerate its past, to celebrate its present and to anticipate its future, the National Hockey League has scheduled three major events in conjunction with the 2007 Stanley Cup Final:
The League will honor members of the 1955-60 Montreal Canadiens dynasty that won a record five consecutive Stanley Cups. Henri Richard, who played on 11 Stanley Cup champions, the most of any player, has confirmed his attendance. Other invited team members who played on all five champions: Jean Beliveau, Tom Johnson, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore and Jean-Guy Talbot.

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Are You Normal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tricia Garner at the Sporting News,

What better place to find out how casual, normal fans think than a town called, uh, Normal? I walked up to every normal-looking guy I could find in Normal, Ill., and asked him a handful of questions about the post-lockout NHL. Questions like ...
What network are the playoffs on?
(The answer: Versus, primarily, and NBC.)
“It’s not a big network. I know that.”
“Um ... I don’t know, but I know it’s hard to find.”
And then one man, definitive in his response: “Fox News.” Pause. “I mean, Sports. Fox Sports.”
The result: The biggest vote-getter—nearly 20 percent—was ESPN. ABC, CBS, ESPN2, FOX Sports and TNT all drew guesses. Sixteen percent said either Versus, the Outdoor Life Network or “the network that used to be OLN.”

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Trotz Will Be Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via The Tennessean,

The Predators have exercised the option years on the contracts of head coach Barry Trotz and his staff.
An official announcement is expected later today.

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