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Roy Claims No Offer Was Made

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Oh the intrigue.  Patrick Roy is now saying nobody’s contacted him. He’s not commenting. Don’t ask him anything. 

“I talked to him this morning and he said all those reports are speculation, he never received a formal offer,” said Nicole Bouchard, director of media relations for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Roy is also general manager of the Remparts.

Bouchard said Roy wasn’t available for interviews. Earlier, he told French-Language network Radio Canada: “I never received an offer ... but anyway, I’m not commenting.”

More from the Globe and Mail.

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Wings As A Stress-Buster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Motown was a depressing place long before the auto industry began crumbling, and it’s only getting worse. Just the other day, General Motors announced it was chopping 1,100 dealerships across the United States. People who spent their lives making an honest, middle-class living are now struggling to put food on the table.

Virtually everyone in southeast Michigan has a neighbor, friend or relative who has lost their job or watched their homes sink into foreclosure. Steve Yzerman has a radio spot saying how proud he was to live here. It sounded as if the region needed a civic pep talk from one of its sports heroes just to make it through the day.

Fortunately, the hard-working people here can take comfort knowing Joe Louis Arena is just down the street from GM’s headquarters. The Red Wings provide an opportunity for people to escape from the stress that comes with the daily grind. Every few days, they can rally behind the best hockey team in the league.

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Coach Quenneville On An Off Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Before we get to X’s and O’s on the series, your thoughts on Patrick Roy being offered the Colorado Avalanche job?

JOEL QUENNEVILLE:  I think it’s speculation.  I don’t really want to touch that story.  So we’ll see.  I don’t want to talk about innuendo and speculation.

Q. Do you think a lot of adjustments need to be made by your team in Game 2 or do what you do better?

JOEL QUENNEVILLE:  I think we got to do things better.  You know, some things we’ll look at to maybe tweak a little bit along the way.  But I still think we got to be—the pace of our game’s got to be consistent and stronger, and we got to be harder in the puck area.

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Off Day Odds And Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Reality check in Hockeytown.  If you think Andreas Lilja’s playing this round, it sounds like you should think again.

“It’s going in the right direction,” Lilja told me today. “I get a couple of hours without headaches and then it comes back and then in a couple of hours it goes away again. I’m just waiting for it to stop completely.”

Lilja began skating in practices after the Columbus series ended in late April (he’s not yet cleared for contact), so his conditioning has improved from spending a month doing nothing.

“It’s getting better, but I haven’t really started back-skating yet,” he said. “I hope I can still play – I have big faith in the guys they’re going to take us to the next round, and I just have to hope I’m healthy for that.”

Based on this, “Lilja told me”, you know who the reporter is

 

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Previewing Game 1 Of ECF- Pittsburgh/Carolina

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Related story from Scott Burnside of ESPN…

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A Guide to Playoff Prognostication: A Look at How the Experts Make Their Picks

Blog: KK Members Blog By Mandingo

The prognostication game is a very difficult business. There is a reason why it’s reserved only for the best and brightest of pundits—because it requires an almost preternatural ability to understand the game of hockey in a way most regular fans simply cannot. The casual fan may think he or she has what it takes but—make no mistake—their hockey acumen is no match for someone with a Communications degree and a close relative and/or fraternity brother in the business. 

Members of the mainstream North American hockey media spend countless hours watching games, considering strengths and weaknesses of respective teams, breaking down statistics…and then go on to pick the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup for no other reason than they’re from New York.

It’s this unbiased, diligent consideration of the facts that separates professionals from those who are simply fans. If Linda Cohn thinks the Rangers can beat everyone in the Eastern Conference (plus the Red Wings), rest assured it’s because of their stunning regular and post-season success over the past four years and not because the cover of her autobiography is a picture of her wearing a Mark Messier jersey. This willingness to think outside the box is what differentiates someone like her from an amateur who would take the easy route and make evidence-based predictions.

Her colleague, respected hockey journalist and fellow Communications scholar John Buccigross, is just as assiduous in his sizing up of the season to come. By rigorously uncovering clues and hidden symbols in various song lyrics from whatever adult-contemporary-posing-as-rock-bands happened to be shuffling through his iPod at the time, Bucci very astutely predicts Montreal as your 2008-2009 Stanley Cup champion. Based on sheer blood instinct—and the positive vibes of the Little River Band’s wimp-rock stylings—Bucci likes the Habs because, hey, it’s their 100th anniversary and they are “balanced, well-managed and have a positive energy.” 

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All Over The Map Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George of SnapShots at Mlive posted the off-day press conference with Mike Babcock today…

Q. How much do you think the maturity factor plays into it at this time of year? It came up last year against Pittsburgh.

MIKE BABCOCK: Did it come up last year against Pittsburgh?

Q. We brought it up.

MIKE BABCOCK: So did that mean it actually happened?

Q. Well, I thought that throughout the course of the series, your experience came through.

MIKE BABCOCK: How do you tell that?

Q. I thought you guys weren’t as panicky with the puck as they were.

MIKE BABCOCK: Okay.

read the whole transcipt…

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Bruins Talk

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The Wings Style Of Play

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from Al Cimaglia at ESPN,

I am not sure why some had the notion the Blackhawks were going to overwhelm the Red Wings with their speed. Detroit has a very good skating club—as does Chicago, but no team skates faster than the puck can travel. The Red Wings are an older group, but age doesn’t prevent them from passing the puck as well or better than any other team in the NHL.

Much of the Wings’ fast play starts from their defensive zone. Same with the Hawks. The Wings were able to get out of their defensive zone more efficiently on Sunday and then moved the puck through the neutral zone quickly. Detroit won the battle between the bluelines as the Hawks could not gain speed for their attack during most of the game.

Another false impression in my view is the Hawks played the Wings’ style. Both teams want a fast pace and strive to control the puck. They have similar styles. In fact, the Wings played the Blackhawks’ style better than the Hawks. Detroit managed the puck, especially near the bluelines better than the Hawks.

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NHL On NBC Game 1 WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Puck The Media,

NBC’s coverage of Game 1 of the Detroit/Chicago series drew a 2.0/5 on Sunday.  That rating marks the best ever rating for an NHL On NBC broadcast, excluding obviously the Stanley Cup Finals and Winter Classic.

Steve at PTM hopes to have local numbers later today, so check back for those.

added 1:18pm, The local numbers are in for Chicago and Detroit.  People were watching in Detroit and Chicago. See the numbers by clicking the above link.

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