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Raise The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are getting closer folks!  Soon a new picture will be added.

Watch the Cup Raise video below…

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Just This Once…We’re Going Juvie

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Perusing the 87,000 comments at Pensblog today I staggered upon a few misperceptions.

The Wings are not the Yankees of the NHL.  An idiotic argument, considering the Cap and Tick Tock Kenny Holland’s drafting and scouting machine.  The Wings are also not the Patriots of the NHL, as our free agent signings have been limited (yet brilliant).  Other than Rafalski, who is our Randy Moss, our Junior Seau, our Dante Stalworth, etc?  Home grown (60 percent of the team), selectively dealt for (Draper, Maltby, Stuart), or signed when no one else would (Cleary, Samuelsson, Lilja).

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Coaching Candidates for the Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

There could be a good reason the Panthers have been so patient in selecting a new head coach: One of their leading candidates is still working.

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Andre Savard, who has been an NHL head coach and general manager and is a close friend of Panthers GM Jacques Martin, has emerged as a top candidate for the Florida vacancy, according to several league sources.


Savard was also rumored earlier this month in a report from Bruce Garrioch (previously cited here on KK). Other names in the mix include former Panthers coach Doug MacLean, current NYR assistant Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn, Pat Burns, Joel Quenneville and AHL Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth.

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No More Donnybrooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Gross at the National Post,

Bench-clearing was in decline by the mid-1980s, and was nearly completely eradicated from the game after Rule 72 hit the books.

But there was that blip 17 years ago.

NHL statistician Benny Ercolani says that March 17, 1991 game was—technically—the last bench-clearer on record.

Asked if he remembers the fracas, former St. Louis Blues’ enforcer Kelly Chase was fairly direct.

“[Expletive], I got suspended 10 games, how could I forget it.”

Chase, who’s now the radio analyst for the Blues, was tagged with Chicago Blackhawks’ enforcer Mike Peluso for a 10-game sit by the league which had adopted anti-brawling regulations in 1987.


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Breaking News From Dallas:  They’re Still Bitter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Considering how kind we were to Dallas and their fans, you’d think they would look back fondly at the Conference Finals.  Oh, I know it hurt to lose. We’ve been there.  But, I guess I was just hoping fences would be mended.  It’s a secret goal of mine to make peace with fans of the teams whose souls have been crushed under the skates of a Dynasty.

I guess that’s not going to happen any time soon.

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Your Stanley Cup Finals Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (May 21, 2008)—The following officials have been named to work the 2008 Stanley Cup Final. Their career playoff games are also listed (updated through round three).

REFEREES:  Paul Devorski (147); Brad Watson (91); Dan O’Halloran (59); Marc Joannette (52).

LINESMEN: Jean Morin (134); Jay Sharrers (113); Shane Heyer (97); Pierre Racicot (83).

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Ticket Brokers & Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KK member Heaton brings up an interesting subject in the KK Forums…

Are ticket brokers an underlying cause for the “lack” of passion that people are tying to the empty seats at Joe Louis Arena?  I’m one of those people who usually buries their head in the sand on this subject, I hate it, I think it’s overblown and makes false pretenses about the Wings and their fans.

read on and although this is his first post at the KK Forums, Heaton is well known within the hockey web world.

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The Hockey Will Be Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The Wings’ top four on defence—Lidstrom, Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall—is of a quality that the Penguins have not faced this year.

For the first time in these playoffs, the Penguins won’t have home-ice advantage. They’re a perfect 8-0 at Mellon Arena.

Sid and the boys will make this a tougher final than many will predict, but in the end, experience and home ice are the difference for me.

Wings in a very difficult seven. And let’s enjoy every minute of it.


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Kings Fans Get Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LA Kings executives met with season ticket holders…

from Inside the Kings,

The next fan had wide-ranging criticisms, mostly about the signings of underachieving free agents, and summed up his question by basically asking, ``Why should I give you my money now, and not wait two or three years to see how this turns out?’‘

(Ron) Hextall said, ``I’m not going to try to sell you on the fact that we’re going to win the Stanley Cup next year, because quite frankly I don’t see it happening. We’re trying to build the team. ... The guys we signed last year, we didn’t expect them to step in and be star players. Michal Handzus, that was the worst year I’ve seen him have. ... You won’t see how good he is until we get to the playoffs and he shuts down a guy like Ryan Getzlaf or Joe Thornton.

much more...

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Stoney and Wojo Welcome Your Pal and Mine….Little Gary Bettman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

90 minutes from now (1700 EST) on WDFN Stoney and Wojo will be interviewing Gary Bettman, the greatest commissioner in the history of professional sports commissionerism.

Don’t know if they’ll be opening up the phone lines, but if they do?  Well, if they do…

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