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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m pretty sure that Wing fans, if not the Wings themselves, are still in recovery mode.  Beating Anaheim was everything.  It was more than the Cup.  Take issue with that?  I understand.  But you know it’s true.  Before Games 6 or 7 you had yourselves convinced that winning that series, flushing that demon, was something you’d take in exchange for the Cup.

That lasted for about two weeks, exactly three games.  Now?  It’s time to move on.  It’s time to move toward this.

I cheered when Peyton Manning carved up the Bears defense in the Super Bowl, it’s the same feeling I get (to a lesser degree) when the Cubs lose year after year.  I hate those people…

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Playoff +/- Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The playoff +/- leader is Daniel Cleary of the Detroit Red Wings.  His +15 rating in only 14 games gives him a surprisingly big lead.  He is three points ahead of Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins and four points ahead of teammate Henrik Zetterberg (who has the second highest +/- rating among players still in the playoffs). 

Cleary has had a good playoff so far.  His thirteen points place him third on the Detroit Red Wings in scoring.  That is not bad for a guy who at one time looked like he would be one of the biggest failed prospects in history.

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Pittsburgh Defeats Carolina- One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Penguins offense continues to impress and they come away with a 6-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

added 10:34pm, game highlights via Versus added below…

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last night? This would have been tasteless.

But after Brian Campbell’s comments today?

Well, I’m ok with this.

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Jordan Now A Fan Of The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN,

So I’m standing in the United Center suite with Mr. Hockey himself, Michael Jordan, and his buddy, Kid Rock. We’re killing time between the first and second periods of the Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings playoff game, and I’m thinking, “NHL, where have you been all my life?”

I mean, when’s the last time you saw MJ at a hockey game? Even more incredible, when’s the last time Jordan slipped on a personalized No. 23 Hawks sweater (but only after team officials sewed a red patch over the maker’s company logo), walked out to his seat and happily posed and waved to the geeked crowd as the Versus cameras recorded every surreal moment? After all, who thought MJ would commit to the Indian?

“That’s never happened,” says an amazed Jay Blunk, the team’s senior vice president of business operations. “We celebrate the little things.”

“It’s validation,” says Hawks president John McDonough, who has known Jordan for years. “It’s validation.”


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Trying To Get A Handle On The Cap Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

As they compile their wish lists for the start of free agency beginning July 1, GMs will likely be facing the first decrease in the salary cap since it was instituted for the 2005-06 season.

The cap could drop by as much as $2.5 million for the 2009-10 season from its current $56.7 million figure, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Although Daly couldn’t say, it is not inconceivable that the figure could fall to $50 million for the 2010-11 season.

“At this point, we don’t really have a good estimate of where the cap will be,” Daly wrote in an e-mail to The Star-Ledger. “If the NHLPA wants a 5 percent inflator, and we agree, the cap should be relatively ‘flat.’ If there is no inflator applied, the cap will be down $2-$2.5 million.”

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Campbell, Goat Of Game 2: Kronwall’s Hit Was “Gutless”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated (and you guys have probably seen this but I’ll get nuts and post it anyway): Mike Babcock’s presser, including his reaction to Joel Quenneville and Brian Campbell’s comments.

Haven’t we heard that term somewhere before?


Mike Keane in ‘97 perhaps?  Awesome.


“I thought (Kronwall) jumped. I thought Marty didn’t have the puck. I thought his forearm came up high. I thought it was gutless all around,’’ Campbell said. “He’s done it hundreds of times in the league and it seems like nothing ever happens. ... These guys gotta pay for it, guys that are taking shots to the head. It’s unacceptable, and it’s not like it’s the first time it’s happened with that guy.”

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Coach Babcock Talks On An Off-Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Mike, Brian Campbell labeled the Kronwall move as gutless. Whats your response to that?

        MIKE BABCOCK: I thought it was a great hockey hit. I thought it was a great hockey hit. So far from being gutless it’s not even funny. He did it right. He didn’t leave his feet. The puck was right in between the guy’s feet. I mean, no way.

        Q. Can you update Draper, Datsyuk, their situations for tomorrow? If Draper can’t play, who would replace him?

        MIKE BABCOCK: Draper can’t play. Abbie is going to go in his spot. Be good for him. Play his natural position. Datsyuk is going to be the same thing as it was the day before. We’ll see. I noticed his stuff was hanging up. They’re hoping they can get him in his boot and get him going.

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Blackhawks Coach Quenneville Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. What is the update on Khabi and Havlat?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: Khabi is doing better today. We’ll see how he presents tomorrow. But good progress.

        And Marty, as well. I thought Marty really looked good today. Hopefully he progresses today in the same fashion for tomorrow and a chance he could play tomorrow.

        Q. What did you think on the hit on Havlat?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: It’s a dangerous hit. Same stance as I had last night. You know, he didn’t touch the puck. The guy left his feet. You know, it was a tough hit.

        Q. Will Khabibulin possibly start tomorrow?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: We’ll see. We’ll make that determination tomorrow.

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Wings/Hawks Could Get Nasty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times,

But now it’s nasty, too.

Michael Jordan was in the house, wearing a No. 23 Hawks jersey with his own name on it, of course, and one had to wonder what he felt about Kronwall’s crushing blow. Memories of the Pistons’ ‘‘Bad Boys’’ back in the day?

No matter. One more victory at home, and this thing is all even.

Guaranteed, that victory isn’t going to come easy. It might not be pretty, either.

Seat belts, everybody.


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