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Osgood’s Hall Of Fame Case

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One disagreement between me and much of the Detroit biased Abel to Yzerman readership who frequent Kukla’s Korner is the value of Chris Osgood.  I argue that the 2009 version of Chris Osgood is far from being an elite goalie (a goalie who one could reasonably argue is among the top five or so goalies in the NHL).  As a result I argue Detroit is not an elite team on a historical scale.  They don’t have good enough goaltending to be one.  There are no elite teams in the NHL today.  Detroit may come closest to the level but their goaltending is too much of a weakness.  Were Osgood to win the Stanley Cup this year, he would likely be the weakest goalie to win a cup in the NHL’s ownership of the Stanley Cup.  A truly elite team on any historic level would not have such a glaring weakness.

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Throwing Up In Your Mouth Can Be Fun

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m still working on the trip recap. But I’ll warn you, it may not be finished today.  Two days away from the “real job” always, and there is never an exception, means ugliness when you get back. 

On to the matter at hand.  Pavel Datsyuk didn’t practice and Helene St. James says it’s a foot.

Asked if Datsyuk will play in Game 3, Mike Babcock said, “I sure hope so. He’s day-to-day.”

Uncle Mike was cranky when asked about some new line combinations at practice.

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Still In Hospital

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jut a brief update on my health condition.  Will probably remain hospitalized today and tomorrow for more tests.

All I want to do is sleep, which is not normal for me.  Hopefully tests and medication will get me on the road to recovery soon.

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Osgood Is “MVP Of Cap Era”

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

The Detroit Free Press’ Drew Sharp,

And, yes, he’ll ultimately receive his pass to hockey’s Hall of Fame.

But he’ll be remembered most as the most valuable player—of the NHL salary-cap era. And that can be taken in its most literal sense.

Osgood becomes the face of future salary management. He’s the guy teams will search high and low to find—the reliable veteran goalie at the bargain price. He’s the steal of these playoffs, performing at a level that far exceeds his $1.42-million salary-cap number.

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Hawks Still Confident

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Or so says Joel Quenneville, who is 0 for his last 4 in series’ against Detroit.

“Each and every guy still should feel pretty good about where we’re at,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday. “We know we’re playing the best. We’ve got to be better, that’s all.

“We still should be excited about playing our next game, knowing that we’re close to getting where we want to go. If we get that result, we’ll feel good about where we’re at in the series.

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Burnside: Playoff Scheduling Is An “Abomination”

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Watch any hockey last night?  No?  Why not?  Nobody’s happy about this one. 

There is a strong possibility the Cup finals will start with back-to-back games June 5 and 6, a Friday and Saturday night.

Perfect.

Drag your conference finals on for more than two weeks, then make the teams play on successive nights.

Scott Burnside with more on the league’s ridiculous scheduling of the Conference Finals.

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Glenn Hall: No Longer A Fan

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via the Chicago Tribune,

The player who still owns an NHL record considered untouchable—502 consecutive games by a goalie, all without a mask—lamented, “I am not a big hockey fan.”

“It’s a goon game now,” said Hall, 77. “It used to be a skill game, but it’s not anymore. It’s changed. They don’t call penalties for charging, boarding or hitting from behind. You have to question who’s educating these officials. So I don’t bother to watch much.”

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No Doubt About Francis’ Loyalties

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From USA Today,

“We had a lot of fun with those Cup teams in the early ‘90s,” says (Ron) Francis, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame two years ago. “Sometimes I’ve had to remind myself why I am here. I’m coaching the opposition, and I have a job to do. Your focus has to be there.”

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Science Tells Us The Wing PK Still Sucks

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via MLive,

Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper took note of his team’s 71.7 percent success rate on the penalty kill in the playoffs and said it was not an illusion.

“It is that bad,” Draper said.

The Red Wings have allowed at least one power-play goal in 11 consecutive playoff games, the longest streak in franchise history. It has been 20 years since a team (Pittsburgh) had that long a streak in one postseason, according to STATS.

More...and a note.  As a Wing blogger, I’m not sure the last time I even brought up the PK.  It’s been so bad for so long that I think we’ve all just accepted it.  It’s almost like some sort of sick inside joke among Wing fans now.

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Pens Blue Line Chipping In

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette,

Orpik and Gill aren’t paid to score goals, on breakaways or any other way. Their job descriptions pretty much start—and finish—with playing physical, defensively sound hockey.

Neither, predictably, has a goal going into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against Carolina at 7:38 tonight at Mellon Arena, but their co-workers have made it easy to overlook that.

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