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NHL Media Day—Live!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

As Paul mentioned earlier, today is NHL Media Day in Detroit. The event brings members of both teams together for a variety of televised press conferences and various side interviews with members of the press.

You can watch it on television via the NHL Network. But if you don’t have access to the network via TV, the NHL Network Online is broadcasting it live, from 2pm ET onwards. 

So, head over to the NHL Network Online website, or watch it live on the player embedded below, here on KK:

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  Tags: interviews, media, television

Lawyers Request $240 Million in Konstantinov Case

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Egan at the Detroit News,

A federal jury should award former Detroit Red Wings star Vladimir Konstantinov and former team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov more than $240 million in damages for permanently disabling injuries they received in a 1997 limousine crash, a lawyer for the men argued Friday.

Attorney Richard Goodman told jurors it was ironic he made his closing argument in the lawsuit the day before the Red Wings were to compete in Game One of the Stanley Cup finals. The June 13, 1997, crash in Birmingham happened when Konstantinov and Detroit-area hockey fans were celebrating a fresh Stanley Cup victory that ended a 42-year hockey championship drought in Detroit.

The lawsuit alleges Findlay Ford Lincoln Mercury of Ohio, the company that sold the stretch limousine, is responsible for damages because no working seat belts were easily accessible in the passenger area of the limo.

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Update 7pm ET: As per George’s note in the comments of this post, the jury found for the dealership.

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Thoughts on Puck Possession

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Alan Ryder at the Globe & Mail,

Detroit 53, Pittsburgh 46.

It is not the halftime score of a basketball game but the percentage success rates of the Red Wings and Penguins in the faceoff circle. These numbers might seem close to you, but they are a rink apart. One of these teams led the NHL in faceoff winning percentage and the other was dead last.

It could be that the story of this year’s Stanley Cup final is told by this gap. The faceoff is the first step to puck possession. And control of the puck is the first step to winning. The statistical evidence is that Detroit will own the puck in this series. That does not bode well for the Penguins.

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Trying to be original is the best defence

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

It wasn’t like this in 2002.  The internet was certainly in bloom, but the concept of everyone having an instantaneous opinion was confined to message boards and the last vestiges of IRC. 

Now, what was the excuse for ten or fifteen hockey writers from the U.S. and almost every one from Canada to take a final trip before the NHL Awards, the draft, and the pre-lockout free agent fireworks that would follow, and TSN and Sportsnet to go nuts…

It’s sixty to eighty people having an opinion within the first five to ten minutes, and another twenty within an hour.

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The NHL Needs a Fanfest

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Now, I know the anti-fun militia won’t like this, but let’s take a cue from the most successful sport in North America – NFL football – and schedule some sort of pre-final Stanley Cup extravaganza. In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, you can’t turn around without hearing about some sort of event hyping up what usually turns out to be a mediocre game (and in Canada, we don’t even get to see the good commercials).

Let’s have a fanfest. Bands will play, the Cup will be there, Mark Messier will sign autographs and give out bags of potato chips – it’ll be fun. This year, an event in Detroit could have featured Kid Rock and Bob Probert. Pittsburgh could counter with Mario Lemieux and a reunion of his buddies from the 1991 and ’92 Cup teams. Bring the kids, we’ll party until at least 9:30.

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Note: Perhaps an octopus-taste-test in Detroit counts as a fanfest?

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  Tags: hockey+fans, stanley+cup+finals

Cleared? Check.  Practice? Check.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod asks a pretty good question, “Has this story taken on a life of its own or what?”

No doubt.

Johan Franzen is on the ice with the Red Wings as they warm up for their practice.

 

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Dallas Drake’s first Stanley Cup Final game is finally going to happen in the 15th year of his career. From Scott Erskine via Yahoo!,

“Last summer, I didn’t know if I was going to play anymore,” said Drake, whose Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Finals on Saturday. “I was very fortunate the way things worked out with me and Detroit. I didn’t know if my career was over or not (after leaving St. Louis). I knew I still wanted to play, it was just a matter of, I wanted to play for a team that had a chance to win a Stanley Cup.

“So it’s a huge thrill for me. You think about (playing in the Finals). Sometimes you’re laying in bed at night and you can’t get it off our mind. But yeah, I’m not going to lie to you - I thought about never winning it, and it bothered me quite a bit.”

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Scouting Played a Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Globe & Mail,

How did these teams end up on hockey’s biggest stage?  In part, super scouting.

A well-used hockey saying goes like this: “Great players make great coaches.”  That’s true.

The corollary: Great scouts make great general managers. (Ask Wings GM Ken Holland.) Take it a step further, and scouts make GMs look good by acquiring the right players either through the draft, trades or signings.

It’s not a secret: Scouting is the life blood of any successful hockey team.

more on the scouting backgrounds of the two finalists

Update 8:11am ET: Dan Rosen at NHL.com has more on team-building on the Pittsburgh side, going back to the Craig Patrick era.

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  Tags: craig+patrick, ken+holland, ray+shero, scouting

Odds & Ends—From Fish to Fatherhood

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

  • Fish markets in Pittsburgh won’t be selling octopus to just anyone. If your driver’s license reads “Michigan” you’ll have to import your 8-legged splatter bombs from out-of-state. [ESPN]

  • Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is currently working as a golf caddy this summer. Says PGA golfer and friend Dudley Hart, “He’s trying to stay out of the way.” [Dallas Morning News]

  • Forget the SCF games… the important question is: Which city has the better arena? Distinguising Mellon Arena and The Joe. (I’ve been told one smells better, but that issue is tastefully not discussed…)  [Puck Daddy]

  • Anaheim Ducks’ Todd Marchant will be appearing as a panelist on the website SheKnows.com, as one member representing the New Faces of Fatherhood. Todd will be sharing his thoughts on topics of parenthood, sex education and more.  [press release]

  • Some NHLers have hot wives. (Who knew?) [Waiting for Stanley]

  • The Crazy Canucks podcasters talked hockey in a panel discussion in Vancouver a few months ago. (Nothing that fascinating, but yes, that’s me making an ass of myself in public, alongside my much-smarter cohorts.). [YouTube]

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  Tags: blogging, playoffs, podcasting

Everyone is Watching

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dr. Larry Lauer at NHL.com,

The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins now stand four wins away from achieving their mission—winning the Stanley Cup. But just making it to the Stanley Cup Final is an accomplishment. The long journey begins with the preseason, carried through the grind of 82 regular-season games, and then six weeks of physical, intense playoff hockey.

This has to be truly one of most exciting times in a player’s career—the anticipation of a championship, the anxiety of the “what will it be like” and “everyone is watching,” the confidence of having disposed of three tough opponents, and the desire to make an impact in the biggest series of your life.

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