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Hatcher Back On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,

There have been rumors all season that Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher would make it back on the ice in time for the playoffs.

And this morning, there he was.

But don’t get ahead. Hatcher is joining the team in a player/coach role and will be traveling with the Flyers through the playoffs.

“Paul [Holmgren, general manager] just asked me to travel with the team yesterday,” Hatcher said. “Obviously I said yes. They want me to be more of a player role than a coaching role and be around the guys, joke around, help them out when I can or whatever.”


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Leafs Sign Prospect Robert Slaney

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued to troll the free agent waters on Tuesday, signing prospect Robert Slaney to a three-year entry level contract.

Slaney, 20, just finished his fourth year as a member of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and was 10th overall in scoring for the season with 36 goals and 45 assists.


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Newsflash: The Playoffs Suck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Draper done for two games, eh?  Nathan pointed out below that Uncle Mike didn’t even try the “day to day” BS.  Upper body, eh?  Declared out for a game that won’t be played until Saturday?

How long does it take for a broken rib to heal?

I’m not sure. Let me ask a coworker to slam a baseball bat into a few of mine and I’ll let you know.  Better yet.  Hopefully, for the sake of the image, that’ll happen at roughly the same time I’m tossing up any one of the five or six meals I throw into my pie hole every day.  Normal playoff stress?  Oh, sure.

Continue Reading »

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Draper Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

An undisclosed injury will keep Kris Draper sidelined for Games 1 and 2 of the Columbus series, at least. Draper was hurt during last Monday’s game in Buffalo. He tested his injury at the start of today’s practice, centering the fourth line, but near the end of the one-hour workout, Draper left the ice.

“This time of year, it’s not easy to handle, but it’s basically where we’re at right no,” said a glum Draper. “I just have to deal with this for Game 1 and Game 2 and we’ll go from there.”

With Draper gone, Darren Helm becomes the fourth-line center with Kirk Maltby and Tomas Kopecky on his wings.

The one problem with that scenario is that Dan Cleary left today’s practice injured, apparently hurt by a Niklas Kronwall hit into the boards during an early drill.


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More Coal Please: Draper Out For Games 1 and 2

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Let’s just go ahead and declare the Stress Train open for business, shall we?


Wings center Kris Draper won’t play in the first two games against Columbus due to the upper-body injury that sidelined him for the last two games of the season. His availability beyond that has yet to be determined.

Draper still was able to practice.

Also, forward Dan Cleary left practice early after getting checked along the boards by Niklas Kronwall. Coach Mike Babcock said he didn’t have an update on Cleary’s status for Game 1 Thursday.



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Take Two: News Trying The Pre-Playoff Webcast Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You may recall that the last time they tried this for the first time it was less than…good.  Well, give the Detroit News credit for trying again.  It’s a webcast and you’re all invited.

Join us at 1 p.m. for a Q&A with the Red Wings’ Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman as they discuss the Stanley Cup playoffs with the members of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

Come back at 2 p.m. when Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski and Wings beat writers Dave Dye and Ted Kulfan give their perspective on the playoff run, live from Joe Louis Arena.

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You Know The Drill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

The playoffs are here.

For players, coaches and fans, this is the time of year when hockey becomes an all-consuming ordeal. From the time you wake up in the morning on game day until the time they drop the puck at night, your stomach is in knots thinking about and waiting for the game to begin. It’s the same kind of knots you feel after a Raisin Bran-baked beans-blueberries all-you-can-eat fest at the local senior center. The playoff excitement, coupled with the slow warming of the weather, makes this time of year especially euphoric. The air smells better, the music sounds better and the cheese melts easier.

These are the good ol’ days. Enjoy them.

read on for predictions…

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Anti-Digger Mysteriously Re-Appears And Brings Sour News With Him

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Cleary left the ice after getting run by Nick Jr.  Sketchy right now. We’ll see what the other Diggers report. I’m sure they’ll be all over it.

RW Corner

I’m not sure what’s ailing him, but he was run into the boards pretty hard during a drill by Niklas Kronwall.

With Cleary out, here are the lines they’re practicing with now ...


Good news is that you see Hossa and Draper in there. 


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Sabres Need Their Swagger Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres need to be more like Ryan Miller. Or, at the very least, they need to write down what he said, tape it to their walls and read the words daily during this second long summer in a row.

The franchise goaltender stood in front of his stall in HSBC Arena on locker-cleanout day and started with a caveat. He said it was too soon to make a list of what went wrong because the season ended just days ago. He said he needed time to digest things.

Then, for more than 10 minutes, Miller passionately and articulately described exactly what went wrong and how the Sabres can fix it. He provided the map the Sabres can use to find the way back to successes like 2006 and 2007, when they went to consecutive Eastern Conference finals.

The road to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2009-10 starts with establishing an identity, finding a pulse for the dressing room.

“We’ve got to get back to some of the years we had a few years ago,” Miller said.


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The Power Of Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Coach Andy Murray already has a theme:

“The Power of Now.”

That’s Murray’s message to the Blues players as the coach attempts to transition his squad into a playoff mind-set.

Murray, speaking on our 101.1 FM radio show Monday, said the “Power of Now” is all about seizing the opportunity that’s sitting in front of you. He said it applies to veterans such as Keith Tkachuk and other Blues elders, who don’t have much time left in their careers. And it also applies to the youngsters, who need to know that these opportunities are precious and can’t be taken for granted.

“Is this our best chance to win a Stanley Cup? It’s the chance we have right now, and it’s all that matters,” Murray said. “And considering the way we’ve played, we’ve got as good a chance as all the other teams in the playoffs right now.”


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