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Stories We Could Be Talking About

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

As the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs get under way Wednesday night, here are 10 storylines we’ll be watching this postseason:

1. Beware betting against those Coyotes
By now, you’ve likely seen almost every hockey pundit (including me) pick the red-hot veteran Red Wings to beat upstart Phoenix in the first round. But wouldn’t it just be like the Coyotes to once again prove us all wrong? All season long, people have been waiting for them to fall apart. Hasn’t happened. Not even close. Now, they’re given very little chance against hockey’s model franchise. Could there be another great story out of the desert?

2. League discipline/head shots
Under the newly approved fast-tracked rule, NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell has the power to suspend players for blind-side hits to the head. The postseason rule of thumb has always been that one playoff game was worth four or five in the regular season when it comes to suspensions. How will Campbell react to the first blind-side head shot incident?


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Video Preview Of Wings/Coyotes

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Dave Strader and Tyson Nash break down the series between Detroit and Phoenix.

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Morning Line

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“I want to be on a winning team.  It’s three years of this and (we’re going) back to square one, so I want to be on a winning team. That’s the biggest thing. I’m not getting any younger. We’ll see how it all shakes out this summer.”

-Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  More from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times.

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First Round On-Ice Officials

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from NHL Officials,

The Officials selected for this year’s first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are as follows:


Paul Devorski, Eirc Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Dennis Larue, Chris Lee, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Bill McCreary, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom, Ian Walsh and Brad Watson.

read on for the linesmen…

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Something Is Different With Theodore

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Whatever drives Theodore, this postseason stands as a defining moment for many who believed Theodore’s ship had sailed. These coming days and weeks will possibly bring not just wins, but also something like redemption.

“He’s been a guy that’s said from the beginning, ‘OK, last year was last year. If I have to prove myself, I’ve proved myself my whole life.’ And he’s going to be proving himself again,” Boudreau said. “And he did it in the face of a lot of adversity this year. I give him full credit for everything he’s done.”

One thing is certain: Theodore has been thinking about these playoffs for a long time.

“For sure. A lot of people counted me out when the season started for different reasons,” he said. “It was a big challenge for me just to have a solid season pretty much since training camp. Obviously to have the chance to play in the playoffs ... that’s where you want to be, it’s in the playoffs, and now it’s finally starting. So we’ll see.”


added 11:11am, Reports from practice this morning state Theodore headed to the locker room after tweaking some body part or taking a shot to the said body part.

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Tampa And Atlanta Clean House

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the regular season over, two of the more ineptly run teams have announced that their GM and coach will not be back in those positions next year.  The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired GM Brian Lawton and coach Rick Tocchet and the Atlanta Thrashers have moved GM Don Waddell to team president and fired coach John Anderson.

Tampa has been owned and managed very dysfunctionally.  The Oren Koules and Len Barrie ownership circus atmosphere ended when the team was sold to Jeffrey Vinik, but its problems remained.  The GM and coach did not get along.  In mid-season, GM Lawton fired assistant coach Wes Walz and coach Rick Tocchet did not agree with the move.  Jim Johnson was brought up from AHL Norfolk to replace Walz and was seen by Tocchet as a GM spy in the dressing room.  Eventually Johnson was re-assigned to Norfolk, but the bad blood remained.  In order for Tampa to make a fresh start, it was necessary to turf both Lawton and Tocchet and start again.

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It Just Feels Like A Tuesday

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Wow. This sounds familiar, eh?

The Desert Dogs are underdogs once again.
“We’re a team that at the start of the year, nobody gave us a chance, and now probably nobody’s giving us a chance against Detroit, either, and that’s kind of what we built our identity on,” Tippett said.

That’s from yesterday’s Arizona Republic.  It could have been from last year’s Columbus Dispatch or the year before’s Tennessean.  Woe is us.  Underdogs again.  We’ve been “dis’d” all year. 

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We Start Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight with 8 teams in action.

My question to you today is- What player will have the highest point total for the 2010 Playoffs?


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Shakeup In Atlanta

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via a Chris Vivlamore tweet,

BIG NEWS: Thrashers move Don Waddell to president, name Rick Dudley GM and dismiss coaching staff.

added 9:50am, Read all about from Chris at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

added 9:57am,

ATLANTA (April 14, 2010) - The Atlanta Thrashers have promoted Don Waddell to President and Rick Dudley to General Manager, according to Co-Owner Bruce Levenson.  The team also announced that it will not retain Head Coach John Anderson and Assistant Coaches Randy Cunneyworth, Todd Nelson and Steve Weeks.  In his new role, Waddell will focus primarily on all business aspects of the organization, and as General Manager, Dudley will be responsible for all hockey operations.

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GDT - WC Quarterfinals, Game 1: Red Wings (5) at ‘Yotes (4)  (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Facing scoring talent loss due to salary cap issues, and an absurd rash of injuries to top line players, the Red Wings/Griffins battled all year and have managed to earn a spot in the playoffs for the 19th consecutive season (the longest current streak in all of professional sports).  DET’s run of excellence is a testament to Mr. Illitch, Ken Holland, Jim Devellano, and a core of players determined to succeed.  DET have won four Stanley Cups since 1997 and appeared in six Finals since 1996. In their final 15 games this season, the Wings finished 12-1-2, they led the NHL with 32 points since March 1, and went 15-3-2 after the Olympic break.  However, DET hits the road to open the playoffs for the first time since the 1991-92 season, and PHX have the 5th best home record.

At the other end of the spectrum, the ‘Yotes haven’t been in the playoffs since 2002 and haven’t won a playoff series since 1987 – 10 seasons before the franchise left Winnipeg to relocate to Phoenix.  The ‘Yotes also finished the season strong, going 13-4-2, including a nine game win streak, and a seven-game home winning streak. It is worth noting that PHX earned 14 points this season via the shootout. 

Eleven weeks have passed since the last game between these two teams on Jan. 26.  Neither DET nor PHX have the same roster. PHX added five new players, including forwards Lee Stempniak, and Wojtek Wolski, who each have 18 points in 18 games with the ‘Yotes.  DET have (finally) returned every player on LTIR (only Kirk Maltby remains on the injured list).

Uncle Mike has a plan and is confident:  “We’re gonna have to play real patient because they’re gonna be hard to beat,” Babcock said. “But I like our team. We’ve battled through a lot of adversity, and we’re as healthy as we’ve been all year.”  Babcock also could have added that Jimmah saves(!)  The desert dogs are soon going to realize what it means to be down and out.

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