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Columbus Talks Detroit & Pittsburgh

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Dispatch hockey reporters Aaron Portzline and Tom Reed discuss the key issues heading into the best-of-seven series:

Question: Is this the Stanley Cup Finals matchup that could spring the NHL back into mainstream sports fans’ consciousness?

Portzline: If it doesn’t, the NHL might forever be a fringe sport. A great sport but a fringe sport. This is a dream matchup because both clubs have dynamic players that can get fans out of their chairs. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg—these are four of the top six or seven players in the league. Even halfhearted hockey fans might tune in to watch these clubs go back and forth.

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Morning Line

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“At the end of the day, what really defines you?” he said. “Is it how much money you make? How many Cups you’ve won? No, what matters is your community. There are people out there without parents. People who can’t afford to go to a hockey game. People who can’t afford cable to even watch a hockey game.

“I wasn’t always fortunate when I was a kid. But, with the image we have as hockey players, it’s amazing the impact we can have. How fortunate am I to play in the NHL? What percentage of people get to do that? I just want to show that I appreciate it. That stuff is important, more important than hockey.”

-Georges Laraque

more on Laraque at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…

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Burke Confident He Will Sign Perry

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from Eric Stephens of the LA Times,

While Brian Burke has given his stars Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne until next month’s NHL entry draft to tell him whether they will play next season or retire, the Ducks’ general manager says he is confident that he will re-sign Corey Perry, although it appears that won’t happen until July. Perry, a potential restricted free agent, could be the target of a pricey offer sheet this summer….

“Right now we don’t have the tagging room [for his contract], but we think we will on July 1 if the cap goes up as much as we think,” Burke said. “We think we will be in position to sign him. He’s made it very clear that he wants to stay.”

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10 Ways to Improve the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Newland at The Canoe Dossier,

I want to see the NHL succeed. It’s a grand tradition and was once a great game. But as a lifelong fan, I feel like I’ve never been consulted on what would make the game great again. So I’m offering my two cents’ worth anyway, and I hope you’ll do the same.

1. Management must love the game more than the money.

continued…

I think we can call that first idea “unintended humor.” Other ideas on the list might be more feasible, however. Matters for debate, anyway—check it out.

 

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Raise The Cup

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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.

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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

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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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