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Players & Staff Unfazed By Reports on Canadiens’ Ownership Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Stubbs of CanWest News via the National Post:

“I didn’t hear that the team is being sold, have you?” [Canadiens’ GM Bob Gainey] said. “We’re in March, our budgets are set, our money is spent and we’re in a vacuum of administration. We’ve got hockey games to play. It’s about the competition.

“I don’t think this is going to bother the hockey (operations) staff. We’re going to do our work and the public can accept it as they wish,” he added, brushing off any suggestion that the team’s front-office stability has been upset.


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A Voice Of Summer Passes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not hockey related at all, but many baseball fans will be saddened to hear Baseball Hall of Fame member George Kell has passed away.

After his baseball playing days, Kell went into broadcasting Detroit Tiger games.

He will be missed.

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Think Your Team Will Win The Cup?  Think Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Here is why your team won’t win the Stanley Cup:

San Jose: You’re kidding right? You may be the big, burly kid who taunts everyone in the hallway in between classes, but I’ve seen you swing the baseball bat in gym class. You’re as weak as a kitten.

Detroit: Everyone knows you can’t win two Cups in a row anymore. Besides, you have an almost 50-year-old on your blueline and a European as your captain. Silly Red Wings, will you ever learn?

read on

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Hemsky Playing The Role Of A Checker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Ales Hemsky is a frustrated star struggling to reconcile the good of the team with what he sees as his diminished role in it….

“I’m just trying to do exactly what they want. I’m becoming a checker,” he said with obvious displeasure after Monday’s practice. “We’re just doing what we have to do to win games. I’m not complaining. It’s important to win the games. I just don’t feel as important as I did before when they were riding me. I don’t feel they use me as much as they did before. If they don’t give me the confidence or trust me, I will never be playing the way I was before, the way they want.

“I’m just saying I don’t care about points. I know I didn’t play my best hockey. I can be better and I know they will need me. But they have got to show me they need me. Ride me. It’s 10 games. I will feel important and I will get better every game.”


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  Tags: ales+hemsky

GDT - Game #74: Red Wings at Oilers (9:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss on Monday at Calgary, which kept them one point behind the Sharks for first place in the West. In a little over 25 minutes of ice time, Osgood managed to allow 3 “SOFT” goals on 14 shots (0.785%), and DET found themselves with almost zero chance at the win.  The Wings, to their credit, battled back and made a contest of it (although I have no firsthand knowledge having turned off the game at the 4-1 mark).  Conklin, who is slated to start tonight, made 11 saves on 12 shots, Mule and Hudler scored to pull the Wings to a 4-3 score.  Conroy potted the E/N goal to seal the game.  Conklin, a former Oiler,  is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA against Edmonton this season, and made 21 saves in a 4-0 victory on Nov. 17.

The Oilers had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday to conclude a three-game road trip.  Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves, but has allowed seven goals in his last two contests. He is 26-18-9 with a 2.75 GAA in 2008-09 - but 0-2-0 with an 8.01 GAA against Detroit. EDM currently sit 7th in the Conference, 3 pts behind 6th place CBJ, and 2 pts ahead of NSH.  The Oil are 4-2-4 in their last ten games.

Ridiculous workload today, updates later this afternoon.

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Talking Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

All the top brass for the men’s Olympic team convened yesterday at Hockey Canada’s headquarters for their first face-to-face staff meeting since December. Steve Yzerman, executive director of the Olympic team, was there, along with Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland. Doug Armstrong, assistant GM of the St. Louis Blues, stayed over after his team played Calgary last Friday and Kevin Lowe was down from Edmonton for the meeting.

According to Yzerman, the meeting - which lasted almost 6½ hours - went over a number of logistical issues relating to their summer schedule, which will culminate with an orientation camp in Calgary in the final week of August.

The last couple of hours were spent fine-tuning their original player list, which was tweaked but not substantially altered.

read on

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Western Conference Bubble Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Craig Custance of Sporting News Today takes a look at the playoff bubble teams in the Western Conference.  Craig breaks down the playoff chances of the Oilers, Predators, Ducks, Wild, Blues and Stars.

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Covering The Finnish Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Leppanen has been based out of Toronto the past two years working for Ilta-Sanomat, a national daily newspaper in Finland, and a weekly sports magazine, Veikkaaja, where his main duties are to keep tabs on his country’s NHL players.

That’s how big the thirst for NHL news is in Finland.

“That’s why they send me over, mainly just to cover the NHL. It’s a very big deal in Finland. Hockey players and Formula-1 drivers are the biggest stars in Finland,” Leppanen said. “Hard-core NHL fans care about everything with the NHL, but a lot of people are interested mainly in Finnish players and how they’re doing, and that’s my main job.”

Leppanen said the big three are Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, Montreal’s Saku Koivu and Kiprusoff.


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Panthers Hoped For More Than One Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

“It’s better than nothing,” said defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who scored 8:30 into the game to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. “I guess we’ll take anything, but the extra one would have been big.”

Added defenseman Nick Boynton: “It’s a disappointing way to lose, but we got a point. We have nowhere to go but up.”

The Panthers continued their late-season skid, losing for the seventh time in the past nine games. But this loss did move them into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens have a game in hand.


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Penguins Still In The Playoff Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins (86 points), sixth in the conference, are five points ahead of eighth-place Montreal and ninth-place Florida. Montreal has two games in hand on the Penguins; Florida has one. Both get one more crack at the Penguins, too.

If the Penguins merely split their final eight games, they will finish with 94 points. No team since 1999-2000 — the year the NHL began awarding a point for an overtime loss — has needed more than 94 points to earn the final playoff spot in the East.

Since the post-lockout season of 2005-06, the eight-place finisher in the East has finished with 92, 92 and 94 points. If the Penguins finish with 94, the reeling Canadiens would have to earn 14 of a possible 20 points to finish with 95. The Panthers would need 14 of a possible 18.


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