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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No songs today.  No Hangover lines or nifty little catch phrases.

If the Wings have one “statement” game this year, today’s the day.  It’s not the games against Pittsburgh.  Those were late last Spring and will be again this June when the trifecta is complete. And it will be. 

Shut out three of the last four games against little brother.  Shafted by Gary’s lemonade stand of a league again yesterday.  Pissed off and hopefully frigging frothing.

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Who Needs Football When We Have Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four NHL games on the schedule today, highlighted by the Chicago/Detroit game as the NHL returns to NBC for another 1/2 season.


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GDT - Game #48: Red Wings host Blackhawks (12:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Cannot comment on the game yesterday, I did not see it.  I went shopping with my wife, Shannon.  Fortunately I have Sirius/XM radio, so as I chauffeured the gang around, I caught bits of the game.  I was amused as Razor described Big E as a “turnover machine”, and that in spite of Rafffi’s goal, his game was awful.  Missed the OT, but was shocked to read that Ott was somehow controversial.  George is more steamed (to put it politely) than shocked. 

The Kings won yesterday. Chicago won too, although Huet was a sieve (0.807%).  Important points are at stake as DET is losing ground.

Did you know that CHI have shut out DET in three of their last four regular-season meetings (all three by 3-0 scores), including each of the last two.

However, today is Shannon’s 40th Birthday, good mojo, and big plans are taking shape.  GDT is light, and updates are uncertain, but may catch some of the game.

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Souray Could Be A Fit With The Rangers

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The 33-year-old blueliner entered the weekend with 12 points (3-9) and a minus-14 rating in 30 games this season, not the kind of return you’d expect for a $5.4 million cap hit. On the other hand, he’s surrounded by the 2009-10 Oilers, not the 1986-87 Oilers. A change of scenery could very well bring out the old Souray, not to mention the fact his actual salary goes down to $4.5 million for the last two years of his deal (starting next season).

One NHL team I believe has interest is the New York Rangers, a club that could certainly use his offensive touch from the back end. I also think Souray would welcome a move to New York. But to make it happen, the Rangers would need to create cap room by shedding the contracts of either Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit; will earn $4 million next season and $3 million in last year in 2011-12) or Wade Redden ($6.5 million cap hit; four more years left after this season at $6.5 million for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and $5 million per year in 2012-13 and 2013-14).

more plus, Penguins, Predators, Senators and Stars talk…

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Vigneault Not Happy With HNIC

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

“I think it’s really quite unfair from your boy Ron MacLean to go after Alex the way he did tonight, and take the footage that he did tonight,” he said on the CBC’s After Hours program. “Ron MacLean should have had the footage of Auger and Burrows skating 31 seconds together prior to the game. That footage has never come out.

“You only see Auger and Burr talking to one another for about four seconds, but they did two full loops together and Stephane Auger and Alex Burrows agreed on everything that was said except for one thing.”


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Shades Of Roy In Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Unlike Patrick Roy, his number doesn’t ever figure to hang from the rafters of a hockey rink in Denver. Nobody confuses him with New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, owner of more wins than any goaltender in NHL history. But as the Colorado crowd chanted “Andy, Andy!” in the closing seconds of the third period Saturday, there was no doubt who was the man in the Avs’ 3-1 victory against the Devils.

Craig Anderson is the No. 1 reason Colorado stands proudly in first place of the Northwest Division. In a year of shocking success by the Avs, who qualifies as the most pleasant surprise of all? Say it loud:

Andy, Andy, Andy.

Which made me wonder: What in the world was Team USA general manager Brian Burke thinking when he picked a 23-man squad for the Olympic tournament that did not include Anderson?

“It’s a small wedding. Only 23 seats,” Burke said Saturday, responding to my question by e-mail.


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Drop The Shootout For Just About Anything Goes

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I’m not sure how everyone feels, but I can’t stand the shootout,’’ said (Mike) O’Connell, who these days works in pro development and special assignments for the Los Angeles Kings. “I haven’t liked it from Day One. The games are being settled, but in a way that really has nothing to do with how hockey is played. I mean, look at [Wayne] Gretzky - the best player ever and he couldn’t score on a breakaway.’’

O’Connell’s vision of overtime, with the clubs skating four a side, would still have penalties being whistled and served. Otherwise, the full sheet would be in play, with no offsides, icings, trapezoids, or, it goes without saying, dreaded neutral-zone traps. If we all agree the world would be a better place with no lawyers, the ice would have to be a better place with no lines, right?

“All the talk we keep hearing about the game going back to its roots, how much everyone liked the outdoor game at Fenway,’’ mused O’Connell, “well, what’s more in keeping with the spirit of true hockey: something like this, or the shootout?’’

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Malkin Is No Crosby

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Right now, he is to the best player debate what Conan O’Brien is to “The Tonight Show.” Actually, O’Brien’s future with NBC might be more promising than the Penguins’ Stanley Cup hopes if Malkin doesn’t rediscover is galloping greatness.

They’ll be lucky to win a playoff round with this version of Malkin.

How fortunate for Malkin, the Penguins’ most talented player, that he is not their most scrutinized, even though he and captain Sidney Crosby each count $8.7 million against the salary cap.

Crosby was a marvel this past week in Western Canada, expertly handling off-ice responsibilities that Malkin usually begs to ignore (even in the comforts of Pittsburgh) — often using the excuse of a limited understanding of English to avoid PR situations that Crosby has handled since he was, oh, 13.

I know that Malkin understands English well enough to routinely give Crosby a break from granting interviews and shooting commercials to promote his team and sport. He chooses not to do much more than just play hockey, but he can just play hockey because of Crosby’s willingness to do all the off-ice heavy lifting befitting a true superstar.


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Weekes Not Working Out On HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• What seemed like a very good idea at the time isn’t: Kevin Weekes on Hockey Night In Canada.

• Don’t know what this means but Brian Burke is marching in the opening ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics and Steve Yzerman isn’t. Not to tell anybody what to do, but if I was Yzerman and I had the chance to do it, I wouldn’t pass on that kind of opportunity.

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Lecavalier In The Big Apple?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Vincent Lecavalier could be headed to Broadway and a reunion with John Tortorella, his coach from the 2004 Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

A league source said New York Rangers GM Glen Sather — who’s desperate to find an answer to his club’s season-long, goal-scoring struggles — reached out to Lightning counterpart Brian Lawton to spark trade talks.

A second league executive insisted Lecavalier, who had just 11 goals in 46 games this season entering last night’s action — is on the market.

While the centre would have to waive his no-movement clause to be reunited with Tortorella, the talk is the Rangers are willing to offer up a package to kick-start an offence that had scored 120 goals in 47 games.

That whisper is that package would be D Matt Gilroy, D Wade Redden and either C Brandon Dubinsky or RW Ryan Callahan.

continued plus additional rumors…

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