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Messier: Crosby One of the League’s Top 3 Leaders

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

He has to be, right?  I mean he’s been nominated for the Mark Messier Self Promoting Most Overrated Leader In Hockey History Award.

Sidney Crosby Marketing and Promotion

Boston’s Zdeno Chara, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla are the three finalists for the 2008-09 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, the National Hockey League announced today.

How are the nominees determined? 

 

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Your Turn To Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have a schedule, follow-up doctor’s appointment and will return around 11:00am or so.

In the meantime, feel free to discuss anything hockey related in the comments below. 

Tonight is the biggest game of the year for the Penguins and it is a “Who wants it more” type game.  That is my opinion, what is yours?

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Wings Fans, You Knew This Was Coming

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from Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Last year when the Penguins fell behind the Detroit Red Wings, 2-0, in the Stanley Cup final, then-coach Michel Therrien commented on the subtle obstruction and interference that Detroit players were committing against his players.

In addition to the déjà vu element of being down, 2-0, to the Red Wings again in this year’s Stanley Cup final, the Penguins are encountering the same type of obstruction and interference by the Red Wings, who, it seems, are being allowed by the officials to toe that fine line between good defense and committing a penalty.

For the most part, the officials in Games 1 and 2 have ignored obstruction and interference penalties.

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A Boring Hire

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Jacques Martin is everything the Montreal Canadiens are not—and never have been.

They are blue, blanc et rouge. He is vanilla.

They are the home of firewagon hockey. He is the neutral-zone trap.

They are emotion and excitement and everything that encompasses the city of Montreal. He represents the yawn of a new era.

They are known for success. He is a epitome of the first-round playoff elimination.

They are the kings of the off-day press conference. He is equally dull in both of Canada’s official languages.

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It Just May Not Be Crosby’s Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He’s been hyped for so long, and has proven to be such a prodigious talent, that surely it’s only reasonable that with his team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in such need of a saviour in this year’s Stanley Cup final, that he must be that saviour.

Well, consider the possibility that this is not Crosby’s time. Not yet.

Just because there’s a demand for a spectacular rescue performance with the Penguins down two games to none to the Detroit Red Wings, and just because so many have equated these Penguins with the 1984 Edmonton Oilers that finally knocked down the door and beat the New York Islanders to win their first Cup, doesn’t mean the script will unfold that way.

Crosby, you see, may not be ready for that. Not quite.

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Pens Need More Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Detroit coach Mike Babcock said that if someone had told him at the beginning of the year that he would be depending on the likes of Abdelkader (we’re now officially able to spell that name without checking), Ericsson, Darren Helm and Ville Leino, “I wouldn’t think we’d be in the Stanley Cup Final.”

The Penguins need an answer. Something from third-liners Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy or Matt Cooke would be nice. Taking this year’s final and last year’s into consideration, Staal and Kennedy have combined for zero points, 17 shots and a minus-13 rating in eight games.

Chris Kunitz has one goal and a boatload of missed opportunities in these playoffs.

Meanwhile, anyone criticizing Sidney Crosby for a pointless first two games is way off base. Crosby, playing against a couple of defensive demons in Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom, generated several golden chances that were not converted.

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Should Draper Play?

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from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,

As long as the Wings are winning, Draper will be watching. Babcock said he was reluctant to shuffle his lineup just to get Draper back in there. Babcock is not going to bench Justin Abdelkader or Darren Helm, who are playing better than some of their more famous teammates. Babcock could sit Ville Leino or Kirk Maltby again, but he apparently feels the team is better with them.

It is not entirely fair to say Abdelkader and Helm have surpassed Draper. First of all, while Draper is healthy enough to play, he is not 100%—he said Monday his groin injury is supposed to take two weeks to heal, and he “condensed it to seven, eight days because of the time of year.”

And second, it’s not like Draper suddenly was benched. Babcock has a good thing going and doesn’t want to tinker with it.

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Keep An Eye On Malkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

When someone tells you all four Detroit lines are getting the job done defensively, don’t believe them.

Yes, Henrik Zetterberg’s group is trading chances and fighting Sidney Crosby’s line to a draw, while Detroit’s third and fourth lines, led by the feisty Darren Helm, are beating up on their Penguin counterparts.

But one Pittsburgh line is rocking the rink. Evgeni Malkin’s unit is dominating the unit of Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom and Marian Hossa, even if it hasn’t always played out that way on the scoreboard. Not yet anyway.

The Red Wings shouldn’t be complacent about this. Malkin, the New M, is putting his playoff failure of last season against Detroit behind him.

In the two games, he has been a major contributor on nine excellent scoring chances at even strength, by far the most of any player in the series.

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The Real Motivation

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Tonite’s game doesn’t mean that much, you know.  In the grand scheme of things…it really carries very little weight when you consider what so many of our friends and family are going through right now. 

I “opened’ the Detroit News this morning, read about a paragraph of Wojo’s column, then glanced to my right.

Detroit News

In the latest round of cutbacks, announced Monday as part of GM’s historic move to file for bankruptcy, an estimated 8,900 jobs will be lost at GM facilities in Pontiac, Orion Township, Livonia, Flint, and Ypsilanti Township. The cuts will follow the closure of a Grand Rapids stamping plant on Friday that employed hundreds more. Nationwide, GM plans to eliminate 21,000 jobs at 14 plants, plus three warehouses, in eight states.

Michigan’s share of the total job loss: 42 percent

 

 

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Dallas Stars Hire GM Joe Nieuwendyk

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I have written in the past about the unworkable co-GM situation of the Dallas Stars.  With both Les Jackson and Brett Hull sharing the GM job, it was unclear who was truly in charge and led to conflict between them (the most high profile case was the Sean Avery signing that Hull supported and Jackson did not).  Dallas has solved that problem by hiring a GM who jumps ahead of both Jackson and Hull in the Stars organization.  Dallas has hired Joe Nieuwendyk to be their GM.  Les Jackson returns to the role of director of scouting and player development that he held before his stint as a co-GM.  Brett Hull becomes the team’s executive vice president and alternate governor.  This sets up a situation where Dallas has a considerable brain trust in their front office and it is clear who is in charge (Nieuwendyk),

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