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Oilers Sign First Rounder Alex Plante

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Edmonton Oilers signed 2007 first round draft pick Alex Plante to an entry level contract on Thursday.

The Calgary Hitmen defenceman, who was drafted 15th overall, will collect an averge of $1.075 million over the course of the deal.


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Blackhawks Have Some Work To Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Tallon is well aware of the work that lies ahead keeping the core of the team together.

“You never know what can happen with this group,” Kane said. “If they can keep it together somehow or someway. We have a great group here.”

Toews, Kane and Keith all will need new contracts after next season, and negotiations could start at $6 million a year for each of them.

But first things first. The Hawks must decide quickly if they want to re-sign unrestricted free agents Martin Havlat, Sammy Pahlsson and Matt Walker before they hit the open market on July 1.

Tallon has said he wants Havlat back, and the injury the veteran winger suffered in Game 3 against Detroit on the hit from Niklas Kronwall shouldn’t change anything. It’s going to come down to how much money Havlat wants, and for how many years.


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No Retirement Plans For Brind’Amour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour said today that he had no plans to retire after 20 years in the NHL and would return next season.

“I made a commitment a while ago to play and I’ve got a contract to play it out,” he said today. “So it’s definitely what the plan is.

“Personally you have to believe in yourself. I would not play the game if I did not think I could still do it. And not just as a fourth-line player. My goal is to get back and contribute with this team as I feel like I can.


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Calls Being Made

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“I’ve had three general managers call in the last day and a half — just starting to feel each other out,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said Thursday.

With the June 26-27 entry draft and the July 1 opening of free-agency season approaching, groundwork is beginning to be laid for personnel moves that will come in late June and early July.

read on

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“We Went Too Far…Too Far To Turn Back.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Those are the words of the two women we showed you earlier

In an A2Y exclusive obtained by our joint intern bureau (the Ferris State, Delta College and Eastern Michigan branches), we’re very close to blowing people’s minds.  The hockey blogging world is about to be turned on its ear.  Due to a pending legal review at the direction of the Emperor, we can’t show you everything yet.  Nor can we reveal names or sources, yet.  But the lawyers have given us the go-ahead to provide a few excerpts leading up to the story’s full release at approximately 10am Saturday morning.

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Injury Updates: Swede Expected To Play Game 1. Datsyuk Iffy.  Big Rig and Draper?  No Idea

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via Deep Digger captain Ansar Khan(!),

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday that defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom should be ready to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday. He said the status of Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson and Kris Draper will be determined on game day. Of the three, Draper seems the least likely to be ready for Game 1.




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How Pittsburgh Or Detroit Can Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Red Wings will win if... They stick to their system. Detroit is a puck-possession team, and if it can find a way to hang on to the puck—especially at even-strength—it will limit Crosby and Malkin’s opportunities. The stronger the Wings play 5-on-5, the better off they’ll be.

Penguins will win if... They can handle the big stage this time. Several Penguins have admitted to being awed last spring against the Red Wings. By the time the Penguins got comfortable with the high-stakes hockey played in the Final, they were trailing 2-0 in the best-of-7 series—a hole that proved too big to dig out of. This time around, they believe they are more ready…

much more...

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Penguins Are The Favorites

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Even without the Wings’ injuries, this series looked to be tilting in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins given the exceptional play of Crosby and Malkin. But with the Wings banged up and missing key ingredients (or having key ingredients not at their best), the Penguins are suddenly the clear-cut favorites to win their first Cup since 1992. Penguins in six.

much more on the series…

added 12:55pm, from The Hockey News,

There are some parallels between this series and 1984, when the Edmonton Oilers faced the New York Islanders in the final for the second straight spring and won the Stanley Cup. The only difference – and it’s a major one - is the Islanders were a dynasty in demise and the Red Wings are a dynasty that is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they’re getting better. The reality is this is a pick ‘em series and we’re picking the champs to repeat. In the end, experience, poise and home ice advantage will be the deciding factors in the series. Detroit in seven.


added 12:57pm, from Mark Spector and this from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

With all due respect to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hope they learned a thing or two in losing to the Detroit Red Wings in last year’s Stanley Cup final, the Wings look very much like a team – an organization, for that matter – that will not be denied….

Even with Crosby and Malkin I’d give the nod to the Red Wings depth up front as well as on defence and in net. Seems pretty fundamental to me.

Prediction: Detroit in 6.


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Waiting On The NBA For SCF Game 2 Start Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

The NHL has not officially announced a game time for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Sunday.

Why? Most likely, it has something (or everything) to do with the NBA’s Western Conference finals, and the desire to avoid too much overlap with a possible Game 7 between the Lakers and Nuggets.

If the Lakers win it in six, figure on an 8 p.m. NHL start time Sunday.

If the Nuggets take the series to a decisive game, figure on a 7 p.m. NHL start time Sunday.

added 12:44pm, Blame Conan O’Brien for no Monday night game…

thanks to a KK reader for the Conan link…

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Disturbing information has been filtering in from the marauding interns all morning. 

Investigations are underway.

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