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Lecavalier’s Future and Tampa’s Salary Cap

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Lecavalier also addressed a question about the Lightning’s future plans and the speculation that one of the big three – him, Martin St. Louis or Brad Richards – might be traded for salary-cap reasons.
“This week, they announced they’re going to keep the budget the same, or maybe even bring it up,” said Lecavalier. “You never know in hockey what can happen, but from what I hear and from what meetings I’ve had at the end of the year, we’ll keep the same guys.”

more… *on Lecavalier winning the Maurice Richard Trophy

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Give Chicago A Few Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

If the Chicago Blackhawks, as expected, take center Patrick Kane with the No. 1 pick of the NHL draft in June, they are probably setting themselves up to have one of the league’s most dangerous rosters in two or three seasons.
Nobody has been paying much attention to the Blackhawks because they have not been in the playoffs since 2002, but quietly the ‘Hawks have been assembling a fascinating collection of talent.
By 2009-10, their top two center men will be Jonathan Toews and Kane. The twosome will presumably be among the league’s top one-two center combinations.

continued

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Sens Still Have Faith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,

The Virgin Mary is onside.
She stands in the garden of St. Patrick’s Basilica on the corner of Nepean and Kent Streets in downtown Ottawa, a large Go Sens Go poster — complete with logo — on the church wall behind her. She wears a confident smile on her calm face and has her arms outstretched as if on the verge of celebrating a goal.
At this point, even one would be nice.
The faithful, it should be noted, are holding on to their belief — even with the Ottawa Senators down two games to none in the Stanley Cup final, even after being shut out by the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

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Coach Murray & Daniel Alfredsson Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. I just wanted to know, can you update us on Chris Neil, if everything went well with him?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: He’s a father. He’s happy. He was in this morning. He went through the video that he missed out on yesterday. And he’s ready to play.

Q. What can Alfredsson do to be more effective tonight?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: Get the puck in scoring position once in a while and put pucks to the net. He’s got to get some help. I don’t think there’s an individual player in this league or very few of them that can do it himself.
I think it becomes, in particular this time of year when everybody is playing great defense and working real hard, you’ve got to have a line going. And then you have a chance to be a productive player.
So it’s Jason and Dany and Alfy have to be doing what they do all playoffs with the exception of a game or two.

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Coach Carlyle Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Randy, any update on Chris Kunitz and his ability for tonight or beyond?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Earth-breaking news, gentlemen. All of our players are available for tonight. So read into it. All our players are available for tonight (smiling).

Q. To become more clear, then -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: All our players are available tonight.

Q. Will Chris Kunitz be in the lineup this evening?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: We’ll have to make a coach’s decision on whether Chris Kunitz will play. He’s been cleared by the doctors. All our players are available to play.

Q. Just want to clear that up -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: All our players are available to play.

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Brad May Enjoying The Ride

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rocky Mountain News,

May, now, in his 15th NHL season, is halfway to getting his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the first time, as the Ducks have built a 2-0 lead against the Ottawa Senators in the best-of-seven championship series that resumes tonight (6 MDT, KUSA-Channel 9).
“It’s incredible,” May said. “It’s been a great experience, but the dream is being the last team standing, so we haven’t accomplished anything yet. We’re certainly not complacent, I can promise that.”
Other than to say he enjoyed his time in Colorado, May prefers to leave it in the past.
“I’m happy to be here, and that’s no disrespect to where you’ve been,” he said.

read on

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Ducks Haven’t Lost Since Wake-Up Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

Facing the prospect of falling behind the Red Wings three games to one while playing without one of their top players and team leaders, the Ducks rallied around the adversity to post a 5-3 victory in Game 4.
They haven’t lost since, closing out Detroit in six games and taking the first two against Ottawa to build a five-game winning streak.
“It was a real wake-up call,” Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell said after Friday’s practice at Scotiabank Place. “Our team had to get together and say, ‘What’s going on here? We’re down, 2-1.’ We did have to suck it up there without Chris in Game 4, and I think that’s really kind of emboldened us. We’ve really come together and played well since then.”

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Khan(!): Discussions With Schneider Begin

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And the first deep digger to climb out of his post-playoff hole is….Khan(!).  That’s why you’re the captain, Ansar.  After only 8 days of silence, you’re back with a vengeance.

The Wings appear to be making progress in contract talks with defenseman Mathieu Schneider. General manger Ken Holland said Friday that he spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Gillis, earlier this week and will talk to him again next week.

The club has made it a priority to re-sign Schneider, who’s coming off two of the best seasons of his career. And Schneider has said several times that Detroit has been the best stop in his career. So it looks like they’ll find a way to get a deal done.

Ansar also mentions the likelihood that we’ve seen the last of Markov.  More here.

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It’s Saturday And I’m Sad

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I think it’s safe to say that I’m still feeling the effects of The Fluttering Puck From The Gates Of Hell.  Yes, the capstone moment of the Kick To The Groin.  Granted, when I read blog titles like this:  US Navy Assists Al Qaida Dirtbag in Search For Martyrdom, I feel warm inside.  But, it’s not enough.

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NBC Pulling Out All The Stops

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from KK member SteveNJ...

It’s about that time of year again when a national network takes over the coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.  This year, once again it’s NBC taking over from VERSUS, who did a fantastic job covering games one and two.  For the ‘07 Finals, NBC is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to get the NHL fan to watch - no matter where they might be.

Starting off with the regular, televised broadcast, Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will be calling the rest of this series for NBC.  Bill Clement, Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull will be in the studio, and they will be joined by a special guest on Monday for game four: Mr. Don Cherry.  He will share his thoughts on the game during the second intermission.  Hull, in turn, will tag-team with Cherry on the legendary “Coach’s Corner” on Saturday night for game three.  NBC will air all of their finals coverage in HD.

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