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Eagleson Was Pardoned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm TSN,

According to a report in the Calgary Herald, disgraced hockey agent and promoter Alan Eagleson was pardoned in 2005 by the Canadian government on his 1998 conviction and imprisonment on three counts of fraud and embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars of Canada Cup earnings.
The paper reports that Eagleson avoided a five-year prison sentence in the U.S. in a 1998 plea bargain that allowed him to serve just four months of an 18-month prison sentence in Canada.


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Report- Datsyuk Close To Signing With Wings

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from Ansar Khan at MLive,

Are the Detroit Red Wings closing in on a contract extension with star forward Pavel Datsyuk?
Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, believes they are.
“I believe it’s very close,” Greenstin said on Thursday.
Asked about the likelihood of a deal getting done before the playoffs, when Wings general manager Ken Holland stops all contract discussions, Greenstin said, “We’ll see.”
Greenstin declined to provide any other details, saying, “I cannot make comments during negotiations.”
Holland was not prepared to declare a deal is close but said he’s had productive talks and planned to have one more discussion with Greenstin in the next couple of days.


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Thrashers Waited A Little Longer Than Planned

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from the Mining Journal,

His Atlanta Thrashers had made the NHL playoffs for the first time in the team’s brief history, but Don Waddell didn’t celebrate much Sunday night.
“I was in New York and was excited,” the Thrashers’ executive vice president and general manager said in a telephone conversation Thursday morning, “but it had been such a long time coming, I didn’t go out and celebrate. I just thought, ‘we finally made it.’...
“We try to get character guys,” said Waddell, a member of the NHL’s Competition Committee. “You need that to be a successful team and we have an outstanding locker room.
“You have to have patience, though. There were many times I wanted to blow up (our roster) or trade younger guys. But then there’s the danger that you’ll miss the playoffs — or have a short run — and not have any future assets,” he added.


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The NHL Has Improved

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from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

I’ve spent plenty of time and newsprint lambasting the league for all the above and more.
But the critical points are these:
• The NHL product is worlds better than it was before the lockout of 2004-05, even if scoring is slightly down this season.
• The playoffs again will be wildly, ridiculously entertaining, as they were last season.

read on

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Michigan State vs. Boston College In Frozen Four Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Get the scoop on both teams as they prepare to play Saturday night at 7:00pm EDT.

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Hockey Night In Canada - And One (Maybe Both) Goes Home

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from David Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Saturday’s Toronto forecast calls for cloudy skies, a high of 1 C, a 70-per-cent chance of flurries – and a 100-per-cent chance of monster TV ratings for CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and RDS’s La Soirée du Hockey.
The Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre to see who goes to the Eastern Conference playoffs and who goes golfing.


from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),

The Leafs were hopelessly inept offensively last night in losing 5-2 to the New York Islanders. All that saved them was the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, which kept the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference, held by the Canadiens, one point away.
But the Leafs cannot let the Canadiens gain a point in an overtime loss when they meet at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night. The Canadiens hold all the advantages in the tiebreakers if the teams finish the season tied in points.

read on

from the AP via Newsday,

The Islanders trail ninth-place Toronto by one point and eighth-place Montreal by two points. New York has two games remaining, while Montreal and Toronto face each other Saturday night in their finales.

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Versus Adds On The Fly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A couple of KK readers discovered tonight that Versus has added “On The Fly” to their schedule.
It is scheduled for 1:00am EDT for every night of the playoffs.

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How Rumors Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Oh my!  Go to the 16:40 mark of this podcast from Prime Time Sports on The Fan590 in Toronto, then refresh your memory with the Larry Murphy talk from APRIL 1st!
That’s Jim Kelley talking about the rumor to Bob McCown of The Fan590.

Thanks to a KK member for the heads-up!

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And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2225 EST: Khan(!) is on the spot.

Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi suffered a strained neck during a first-period collision with goaltender Chris Osgood Thursday in Chicago. Bertuzzi finished the period but did not return after the first intermission and won't finish the game. Bertuzzi was back-checking against Denis Arkhipov when he ran over Osgood, right after Nikita Alexeev fired in a shot from the face-off circle to open the scoring at 5:03 of the first period. Osgood was shaken-up but remained in the game.
And in case there might be a few of you not disturbingly reminded of the end of the '02-'03 regular season, let me help you out. Going into the last game of the year, tied with Dallas for the conference lead. Each with 109 points. Finale against? Yep. Chicago. Wings lose in OT, 4-3. Dallas wins their game. Now...had Detroit won that game after not squandering 2-0, then 3-2, leads? A conference title by virtue of the first tie breaker (more wins, they would have had 49 to Dallas' 46) and a matchup with Edmonton in the first round. Instead of that pleasant, quick 4-gamer against Uncle Mike and his French pal JSG. So, should the Wings lose tonite and the conference or division titles come down to Saturday? Nifty, eh?

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Fashion On Ryan Miller’s Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the State News, Five years ago,

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was playing hockey in Rochester, N.Y., and came across Jason Snyder’s clothing store, Men-tality.
The two became friends after talking, and decided to team up to spread their love of fashion to East Lansing….
But it was always Miller’s dream to come back to East Lansing — the place he grew up.
“This store was something the town could appreciate,” he said. “They needed something local and trendy providing students in Okemos and East Lansing an opportunity to get a taste of what is usually reserved for Chicago.”
“With a couple great colleges in the area, there’s going to be a lot of people wanting to express themselves,” he said.

read on...

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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