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Wings Accused Of Diving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Brady of AnaheimDucks.com,

The Red Wings took the curious approach of not skating at Honda Center this morning. If they instead opted to hang around the hotel pool, you can bet the springboard got a good workout, considering the Wings’ propensity for diving.

In Anaheim’s Game 2 victory in Detroit, the Wings did more flopping to the ground than a European soccer player, all in an attempt to draw Ducks penalties. (And sometimes it actually worked.)


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Balsillie Makes An Offer To Purchase Coyotes, But An Issue Exists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

See below for more information which was added at 7:11pm...

TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Jim Balsillie tabled an offer today to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, following the team’s bankruptcy filing. The offer to purchase the team for $212.5 million (U.S.) is conditional on relocation to Southern Ontario, to become the seventh NHL franchise in Canada.

“The current team ownership asked that I table an offer to purchase the Coyotes and significant discussions resulted in an offer that is in the best interests of the franchise, the NHL, and the great hockey fans of Canada and Southern Ontario,” Mr. Balsillie said.

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The Problems With The Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Drew Rememda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

There are certain people I talk to all the time during the NHL season. They are players, coaches, broadcasters and scouts….  Since the Sharks ouster from the playoffs, I’ve had several conversations with these respected individuals and here is their collective take on the team.

The Sharks are a dyslexic team. They are all 6’4” but they play like they are 4’6’‘.

The Sharks lack determination, you just don’t see it on a regular basis.

The players seem too comfortable in San Jose they are treated very well and nobody wants to get their hands dirty.

The Sharks lack depth, the 3rd and 4th lines don’t scare anybody.


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Man Behind The KHL Interested In Purchasing An NHL Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Adams at CBC Sports,

Russian billionaire Alexander Medvedev, who has been a thorn in the side of the NHL this season, claims he is looking at buying an NHL team.

“Actually, we have considered 10 opportunities and we’re doing due diligence on three teams,” Medvedev told reporters Tuesday following an oldtimers’ game at the world men’s hockey championship in Zurich, Switzerland.

“It will help us make our decisions.”

Medvedev, who is deputy chairman of Gasprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, would not say which teams he is looking at, but hinted he thinks the NHL should put more teams in Canada.


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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, khl

The Chicago Management Learning Curve

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

...Despite the job Tallon has done in four seasons as Hawks GM, rumours persist that he and McDonough don’t see eye to eye.

“No, it’s not true,” McDonough said this week, as the playoff returned to Chicago for the first Round 2 in 13 springs. His take on why the smoke of Tallon’s dismissal continues to waft over the NHL landscape?

“Any time that somebody new comes in to run an organization, and you’re getting to know people’s styles—and their styles are different than yours—that’s probably going (perceived) that there is friction between the president and the general manager,” McDonough said.

“Dale is more of a laid back, casual, get-it-done (guy), but in a different style. Mine is more aggressive. It’s everyday aggressive. So, we’re learning more about each other.

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  Tags: dale+tallon, john+mcdonough

Team Character

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

The question is, can grit-and-character be measured in terms of playoff success? Or is success/failure more a matter of random chance?

Using rates of goal scoring and prevention, about 94 per cent of regular season winning can be explained by a relatively simple mathematical model. If one assumes that character doesn’t count for much, then this model ought to be equally productive in the playoffs.

Although the model says that the Detroit Red Wings have a 69 per cent chance of success against Anaheim, their second-round opponents, the problem is that they are in tough against a team of considerable character. Anaheim’s win in the Game 2, three-overtime marathon on Sunday suggests that the Ducks continue to be a frightening team.

There is considerable randomness in sport — much more than players, coaches and fans would like to believe. People want to find cause-and-effect. But that thought process does not always work well in hockey, a fast-paced game played on a slippery surface with a small rubber puck.

read on with statistics…

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It’s Not Just Crosby & Ovechkin Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy:

Q. I know that you get really tired of this question. But this series thus far is exactly what the NHL wanted: Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

OVECHKIN: I am tired of this…  This is a game. Two teams are playing, and not just two players. What must not be forgotten are those chances that our teams create for us. Yes, we score goals. Yes, our names are announced as stars of the game. But if it weren’t for our teammates, the guys who create those chances, we wouldn’t be anywhere.

much more from Ovechkin, plus Sergei Gonchar, and Simeon Varlamov

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Dirtiest Guys in the NHL According to Other Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Chris Pronger and Steve Ott are the dirtiest players in the National Hockey League, according to a survey of their fellow players.

A Sports Illustrated poll of 324 players that is to appear in this week’s issue has Anaheim Ducks defenceman Pronger and Dallas Stars forward Ott in a tie, each chosen by 13 per cent of their peers.

Jarkko Ruutu of the Ottawa Senators was third at 12 per cent, with Sean Avery of the New York Rangers fourth at 10 per cent, followed by Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers at five per cent.


Update 3:11pm ET: From the Detroit Free Press, Chris Pronger responds—

Told of the survey results this morning, Pronger laughed and said he disagreed.

“That’s their prerogative,” he said, adding that it didn’t surprise him he won. “There’s always a lot of whining out on the ice,” he said.

Pronger said it was possibly based more on his past than his present (he has only six penalty minutes in the 2009 playoffs, for example – none of them against Detroit).


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  Tags: chris+pronger, steve+ott

Who’s This Mandingo Guy?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Trying to go all high-class and scholarly on us. 

And absolutely drilling the Canadien(an) MSM. 

But watching, for instance, the rest of the Hockey Night in Canada crew’s reaction to the Mike Brown hit on Jiri Hudler—and their barely contained joy that he was left bloodied and dazed on the ice by a guy four inches taller and 30 pounds heavier—you almost get the sense that for them the hit was the realization of some deep-seated revenge fantasy. That Mike Brown is an American doesn’t really matter. He’s not European, and that’s good enough. Whatever your opinion of the Mike Brown hit—I personally think a good argument can be made that it wasn’t suspension-worthy—it’s hard not to be a little disturbed by the way some in the Canadian media seemed to take a perverse joy in it.

More over at the KK Member’s Blog.

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Anti-European Sentiment in the Canadian Hockey Media Is Getting Out of Hand

Blog: KK Members Blog By Mandingo

Every major sport in North America has stubborn traditionalists in its media ranks. ESPN’s Joe Morgan seems to honestly believe that the Golden Age of Baseball ended the day he retired, and much of what has come since is an insult to the game or “not the way the game is supposed to be played.” In both his MLB and NFL coverage, Joe Buck often engages in embarrassing, maudlin displays of orthodoxy, most famously his ridiculous overreaction to the Randy Moss touchdown celebration against the Green Bay Packers in the 2005 playoffs.

While these traditionalists can be infuriating, you never get the sense that they are indicting a specific group of people, but rather the natural (or, in their eyes, unnatural) progression of the sport. In other words, Joe Morgan doesn’t think baseball has become tarnished due to, say, the influx of Latin and Asian players; he’s just an egotistical jerk who thinks his generation was the greatest and will not accept otherwise. Joe Buck’s issue with the Randy Moss touchdown dance wasn’t that Moss represents the black, urban “gansterization” of football; he’s just an easily offended prude who probably gets uncomfortable around nude sculptures in art museums.

But much of the traditionalism, if you can call it that, emanating from the Canadian hockey media lately carries with it a not-so-subtle implication—that Europeans are not only what’s wrong with the sport, but they are, by nature of their place of birth, inferior to Canadians.

What’s truly shocking is not so much that this undercurrent of xenophobia exists in the Canadian media—because it has for a long time now—but that so many people seem to think it’s a legitimate, defensible position or, at the very least, chalk it up to simply being a lovable quirk of Canadian culture or a byproduct of their passion for the game.

I suppose it would be even more troubling if it wasn’t so pathetically transparent. One need only look at the top five scoring leaders or the three Hart finalists this year to understand the root of this growing anti-European sentiment. Since gaining a foothold in the league, there’s a reason the treatment of European players in Canada has gone from leery non-acceptance to near outright hostility. And it doesn’t have anything to do with “heart” or “toughness” or whatever easily leveled, stereotypical charge you can throw at them. Anyone who understands the psychology of fear can see those charges for the red herrings they are.

The real reason behind this growing hostility, of course, is that Canadians can see their death grip on worldwide hockey dominance slipping away. In truth, it might be already gone. If you look at the probable rosters for Vancouver in 2010…well…let’s just say Canada likely won’t be the favorite on paper.

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