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Musings From the Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca,

4) Is there an NHL team that looks dumber or cheaper than the Buffalo Sabres right now?

Former Sabre Danny Briere, who practically begged the Sabres to give him a reasonable contract offer last season, is leading the league in playoff scoring and is a big reason that the Flyers still have a chance to go from worst to first in a single season. The Sabres made it clear they had no interest in signing Briere (though for the record they did make a token effort hours before free agency opened, an effort that reminded many of their “attempt” to re-sign Ted Nolan as coach a decade earlier).

more… observations gleaned from this year’s playoffs

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How to Be a Professional Hockey Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Littman at The Hockey News,

I joined the Oyster Bay youth hockey organization and went to summer hockey camps where I was coached by the likes of Resch, Smith, Lou Lamoriello and Brian Burke. 

When I wasn’t playing on the ice, I was playing street hockey. When I wasn’t playing street hockey, I was in my basement throwing tennis balls against the stairs and making glove saves that would win my team the Stanley Cup.

Hockey was all I thought about and there was no doubt in my mind I would play in the NHL.

But not everyone else thought so.

more…

Littman was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and played for both the Sabres and Tampa Bay, as well as in the AHL, ECHL and IHL. Currently he’s the producer of EA Sports NHL series and now a blogger with THN, promising a lot of great stories.

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  Tags: blogging, david+littman, media

Playing Along

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

imageThe guys at PlayAction.tv have been after me to participate in one of their prediction games and I finally took them up on their offer last Saturday.

PlayAction.tv offers a very unique prediction game that runs off your mobile phone.  They send you a prediction question.  You predict the outcome and send back the numerical code of your chosen answer.  They have ‘game jockeys’ who run the games live and send out some very interesting questions. 

The opening pick for Saturday’s Habs-Flyers game was “Can Habs carry momentum from GM 1? How will MTL do after 1st?”.  I figured Montreal would certainly ride the momentum of their huge comeback win in Game One so I chose “Lead by 1”.  Unfortunately, the Flyers didn’t follow the script…

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  Tags: fantasy+games

No Sympathy.  Smyth: Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The hits just keep onnnnnnnnnn comin’ for the Dive.  Check this out.

St. James

Peter Forsberg is questionable, and Ryan Smyth is out with a foot injury.

Headline says broken foot. 

We’ll have the Game 3 Keys posted in a little while.  But I have time, due to the 2200 start.  Thanks Gary.  Ass.

First…a few tidbits.

 

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Don’t Mess With Penguins’ Chemistry

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

In fact, the team chemistry is such that head coach Michel Therrien does not want to change it even though veteran forward Gary Roberts is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Roberts, who played a big role in the first two games of the first round of the NHL playoffs before suffering a groin injury, was told in the morning that he will not play in Game Three of the Eastern Conference semi-final against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

With the Penguins holding a 2-0 series lead and Adam Hall playing well in Roberts’ place, Therrien decided to leave things as they are.

“We want Gary Roberts back in the lineup but we want him back at the right time,” Therrien said. “If we bring him back, who are we going to take out? We have great chemistry right now.”

more…

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  Tags: gary+roberts, michel+therrien

Alternative NHL Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From On the Forecheck,

Yes, it’s time for the 2008 Alternative NHL Awards, recognizing the best of the best (or is it the worst of the worst?) when it comes to on-ice illicit activity…

Boarding: Usually the haven of lumbering, slack-jawed knuckle-draggers who aim to intimidate opponents, this year’s crop of bellicose boarders included a number of smaller, workaday checking forwards like Todd Marchant (3) and Kris Draper (4), who tied for the league lead alongside defenseman Andrej Meszaros of Ottawa. Based on the fact that he’s obviously working through some “issues” since being so viciously boarded by Claude Lemieux in the 1996 Western Conference finals, the award goes to Draper for 2008.

and lots more...

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  Tags: nhl+awards

Talk- Campbell Next Leafs GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

A prominent National Hockey League source insists that the next general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be Colin Campbell, currently the senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations for the league and the man who metes out discipline to miscreant players. Campbell, a former player and assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings who was coach of the New York Rangers from 1994-97, has no previous experience as an NHL GM. If Campbell is the man, look for ex-Leafs coach Mike Murphy to be promoted from his role as senior vice-president of hockey operations (Toronto) to replace Campbell at the league’s head offices in New York.

more hockey talk…

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Road Bumps Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at his NHL.com blog,

Fans of the Red Wings, Penguins and Stars are laying low, hoping the apple cart is not disturbed and their team continues their winning ways.

Well, I am here to tell you to expect a bump in the road, and maybe, just maybe, a complete turnaround from your opposition. Both Detroit and Pittsburgh are on the road now. The Wings will be dealing with an unhappy group of players in Denver, players who have too much pride not to fight back with all they have.

continued… *plus some words on the officiating

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  Tags: playoffs

The Hart Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the player judged “the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters announced as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 12 during the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special, which will be broadcast live throughout Canada on CBC and the United States on VERSUS from the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

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Update 3:20pm ET: At Sportsnet.ca, Chris Nichols analyzes the choices.

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Goals Keep Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle,

Fifty-seven games into the 2008 playoffs, and goal-scoring hasn’t dried up at all. In fact, it’s right where we left it in the regular season, a 5.44 goals per game pace that, by playoff standards, is pretty darn high.

I’ve only put together figures for the past seven years, but those alone are telling:

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