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At The Stanley Cup Finals…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK - To venerate its past, to celebrate its present and to anticipate its future, the National Hockey League has scheduled three major events in conjunction with the 2007 Stanley Cup Final:
The League will honor members of the 1955-60 Montreal Canadiens dynasty that won a record five consecutive Stanley Cups. Henri Richard, who played on 11 Stanley Cup champions, the most of any player, has confirmed his attendance. Other invited team members who played on all five champions: Jean Beliveau, Tom Johnson, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore and Jean-Guy Talbot.

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Are You Normal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tricia Garner at the Sporting News,

What better place to find out how casual, normal fans think than a town called, uh, Normal? I walked up to every normal-looking guy I could find in Normal, Ill., and asked him a handful of questions about the post-lockout NHL. Questions like ...
What network are the playoffs on?
(The answer: Versus, primarily, and NBC.)
“It’s not a big network. I know that.”
“Um ... I don’t know, but I know it’s hard to find.”
And then one man, definitive in his response: “Fox News.” Pause. “I mean, Sports. Fox Sports.”
The result: The biggest vote-getter—nearly 20 percent—was ESPN. ABC, CBS, ESPN2, FOX Sports and TNT all drew guesses. Sixteen percent said either Versus, the Outdoor Life Network or “the network that used to be OLN.”

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Trotz Will Be Back

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via The Tennessean,

The Predators have exercised the option years on the contracts of head coach Barry Trotz and his staff.
An official announcement is expected later today.

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2 Out Of 3 Series Starts Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thoughts?  I go with the odds, Sabres play two at home.

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Jim Kelley Knows Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I just hung up the phone with Jim Kelley of Sportsnet.  Interesting conversation on the playoff matchups, OT in the playoffs and his love of the game.
Listen while you work!!!

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IIHF Agreement Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

form Reuters via the Guardian Unlimited,

MOSCOW, May 4 (Reuters) - Russia is expected to reluctantly sign a new transfer agreement brokered by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL on Saturday, ending a two-year boycott that threatened to throw the sport into chaos.
Representatives of the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, the IIHF and the seven top European player-producing nations will meet at a downtown Moscow hotel to the hammer out the final details of a pact that will reportedly pay European clubs $200,000 for every player signed by an NHL team.
According to reports, the 30 NHL clubs will contribute $10-$12 million annually to a transfer pool that will be administered by the IIHF.

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Don’t Blame Luongo

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from the LA Times,

And because Luongo took a chance and allowed his focus to falter, he was in the losing locker room.
“After the hit, I thought it was an elbow and I looked at the ref for a split second,” said Luongo, who had never advanced to the playoffs in his previous six NHL seasons.
“When I turned my head, the puck was coming and I couldn’t stop it. It was a mistake that I made there and it cost us the game.”
His teammates recoiled at the thought that Luongo would assume blame for a loss that they were so sure would be averted.

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And Bob Lang Will Lead Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look, I’ve done my best to quell the naysayers.  When the rest of you were lighting the torches for B. Lang, demanding his benching, I was the voice of reason.  At no point did a disparaging word about The Enigma grace this blog.  I never once suggested anything but patience, and confidence that Bob would succeed for the good of his team, the state, Hockeytown and freedom.

I don’t know who sabotaged A2Y and posted this heresy on 30 April, but it sure wasn’t me.

 

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Drama & Intensity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Don’t be fooled by the fact that there are long stretches when nothing seems to happen and that the score of just about every game is 2-1, or when teams really go on a scoring binge, 3-2. This still really is the “new” National Hockey League.
You can tell because the Rangers and Sabres still are alive.
Those two teams, who will continue the most exciting conference semifinal series with Game 5 tonight in Buffalo, are Exhibit A and Exhibit B for the new NHL. They both ought to lead the “thank you” handshake line for the overhaul that the league made after the lockout waved off the 2004-05 season as if it were one of those playoff goals rejected by a committee of TV-watchers in Toronto.

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Following Joe

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from the Mercury News,

ST. THOMAS, Ontario - The message beckons from a downtown sports bar’s marquee two hours east of the U.S.-Canada border at Detroit:
“Jump Into The Shark Tank As Joe And The Boys Go For Lord Stanley.”
The words appear above the door to Legends. And when the Sharks and Red Wings clash Saturday in Game 5 of their deadlocked playoff series, a big chunk of the crowd inside will be rooting for the team in teal.

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