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Tampa Bay Gong Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail hockey blog,

A more intriguing story is what will happen next in the organization if and when the Oren Koules group completes its purchase of the team from Palace Sports & Entertainment. The assumption is that Koules will then ask Feaster to replace his current coach, John Tortorella, with Barry Melrose, the ESPN analyst and coach of the Wayne Gretzky-led Los Angeles Kings team that went to the 1993 Stanley Cup final. Koules is from Chicago; he played junior hockey in the Western League, for a time in Great Falls and then in Medicine Hat. That’s the connection to Melrose - that and the fact that because of his ESPN platform, Melrose may be one of the most recognizable faces in hockey south of the 49th parallel, even if he hasn’t coached in more than a decade and the game has changed in so many dramatic ways since he last worked behind an NHL bench.

If Tampa shows signs of being a gong show, how will Vincent Lecavalier respond to ongoing attempts to sign him to a what could amount to a lifetime contract extension? He might just ask that negotiations be put off until everything settles out between the old and new ownership groups and he can see how the front-office shapes up.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, espn, john+tortorella, oren+koules, vincent+lecavalier

Whodunnit?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the LA Times,

The Penguins got a rude awakening at their Detroit-area hotel when a fire alarm went off about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

“It was kind of annoying,” forward Tyler Kennedy said. “I just stayed in bed. Worse comes to worse, I’d just jump out the window.”

Kennedy said hotel employees confirmed that it was a false alarm.

“They came out and said it was just someone fooling around,” he said. “Probably was a Red Wings fan.”

continued…

Also a note that Ryan Malone is currently sporting a broken nose, courtesy of Kronwall in Game #1
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*hat-tip to Rotowire

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hockey+fans, nicklas+kronwall, ryan+malone, tyler+kennedy

Sidney, The Hungry Penguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Pittsburgh Channel.com,

While Pittsburgh’s hockey Penguins chase the Stanley Cup in Detroit, a young counterpart is waiting for them to bring it home so he can swim in it.

Sidney the penguin, named after team captain Sidney Crosby, hatched at the National Aviary on the city’s North Side in February.

“He can eat up to a pound of fish a day by himself,” said Erin Estell, manager of animal programs at the aviary. “He only weighs about five pounds. In the wild, that is a fifth of their body weight that they are eating.”  That’s like a person eating 80 double cheeseburgers a day.

continued…

Update 6:37pm ET: For more on Sid the Kid Meets Wild Kingdom, Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse posted on what amounted to Sidney, The Diarist Turtle a few days ago.

To quote James Mirtle, “The internet’s a strange, strange place.” Indeed.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sidney+crosby

KK Hears From Penguins Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Paul finds some Pittsburgh Penguins fans in Detroit this afternoon ready to share their thoughts on the Stanley Cup Finals.

You can download it here or click that link and listen online, if your browser supports that.  Audio is approximately 2 minutes in length.

Update:
The conversation can also be heard on the player below.


Kukla’s Korner

Filed in: KK Website Business, KK Interviews, NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hockey+fans, stanley+cup+playoffs

Gratitude for Past Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Neil Stevens at the Canadian Press,

Doug Cook, Dick Power and Mario Pouliot are names that won’t ring a bell with most Canadian hockey fans but players skating in the NHL’s championship series owe them a debt of gratitude.

There are dozens more just like them, too. They are the coaches who taught and encouraged the boys that would become the men competing for the Stanley Cup this spring.

Darren Helm, at 21 the youngest player to skate for the Detroit Red Wings in these playoffs, quickly mentions Cook when asked to name a minor-league coach from whom he benefited. Helm was eight when he was first coached by Cook in St. Andrew’s, Man.

“The encouragement he gave me - that’s what I remember most,” says the soft-spoken Helm. “He made playing hockey fun, and he always believed I could go far.”

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Juggling the Salary Cap in Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

GM Paul Holmgren would like to re-sign restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger and Randy Jones, but with over $47 million already committed to next year’s payroll, Holmgren probably won’t have enough cap space to retain the three even though the upper limit is expected to rise to around $56 million next season.

Holmgren also has to consider whether to retain any of his unrestricted free agents. Vaclav Prospal, Jason Smith, Jaroslav Modry and Jim Dowd fall into that category and if speculation in the Philadelphia media is anything to go by, Holmgren will cut those players loose and focus on re-signing his younger talent.

But not retaining his impending UFAs won’t solve Holmgren’s cap problem; he’s going to have to consider other options.

more… plus a look at the Dallas Stars

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: contracts, free+agents, salary+cap

Monday Talk with Therrien

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The transcript of Coach Michel Therrien’s remarks today.

Q.  What’s your power play need to do to change its luck tonight?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  You have to look at the big picture about our power play.  And I thought we got some quality shots last game.  We didn’t get the bounce we were looking for.  We got some traffic.

        Our power play, we’re second in the playoffs.  The only teams that is ahead of us is Calgary.  They played one round.  So there is no sense to panic with our power play.  Special teams are crucial, we all know, and could make a big difference in games.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: interview, media, michel+therrien, quotes

Gameday with Sidney Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Transcript from this morning’s Q&A with Sidney Crosby.

Q.  I’m just wondering what you’re expecting in terms of line combinations for tonight.  Do you expect to start the game with the same two linemates and play the whole game with them, or do you expect this to be jumbled up quite a bit tonight?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Probably like practice the last couple of days.  I think that’s usually a pretty good indication.

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  Tags: media, quotes, sidney+crosby

Join Chara on Kilimanjaro

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,

The Boston Bruins defenseman will be climbing Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro the first week of July for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. And he’s leaving open a spot on his climbing team to be taken up by the highest bidder in an eBay auction. Check it out now at [eBay] and you might turn out to be his lucky climbing partner. Bidding ends on Thursday.

Chara is challenging hockey fans everywhere to raise $5 for every foot he climbs in support of his fundraising goal of $100,000 for Right to Play programs. Kili rises 19,340 feet off the plains of Tanzania. All proceeds from the eBay auction to join Chara benefits Right To Play, which uses sport programs to aid the development of children and youth in underprivileged areas of the world.

Having been fortunate enough to climb Kilimanjaro with my wife in 2001, I have two words of advice for Chara and his climbing partners: Poli, poli. That’s Swahili for ‘slow, slow.’

more…

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  Tags: charity, mount+kilimanjaro, zdeno+chara

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

About 15 minutes later, in what was mostly a deserted press room by then, Babcock poked his head in and said “the Mule [Franzen] is in. Pass the word.”

via Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: johan+franzen

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