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Dallas GMs Bring Positive Results

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

Co-general managers Les Jackson and Brett Hull say their role is limited in the playoffs and that they haven’t done anything spectacular. They actually credit former GM Doug Armstrong with doing a lot of the work to help create a team that knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in six games in the first round.

Yet, just as it is with the forwards, it’s clear that the change at GM has produced positive results.

“I think there’s definitely a different feel,” said owner Tom Hicks, who fired Armstrong in November and made the highly-criticized move of naming two GMs to run the team. “I just think there was tension between the players and management, and something needed to change. You can feel a more positive attitude.”

more…

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  Tags: brett+hull, doug+armstrong, les+jackson, tom+hicks

What Could Have Been In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

I miss the big hit that sets the tone for a series, like Brian Campbell on R. J. Umberger two years ago, reminding you that playoff hockey is a whole different animal.

I miss the simple, reassuring rhythm of games being played every other day.

I miss the Goo Goo Dolls singing “Better Days” on the Jumbotron to get things going before the games.

I miss the Sabres flags popping up on cars, like flowers blooming in spring.

I miss playoff beards.

more

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Our Game Is Being Watched

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The casual sports fan is beginning to take notice of the NHL.

Read about it at my NHL.com blog.

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Ovechkin Shows Up Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

But here the kid was in Game 6, needing to score—needing to put a volume of shots on goal because nothing else seemed to be working. He came through brilliantly. His ungodly 13-year, $124 million contract doesn’t kick in until next year, but Ovechkin was poised for criticism this postseason if he couldn’t find the net again.

In a blink he morphed into something none of his teammates had seen for days—from Alex the Awestruck to Ovie the Incomparable, all his talent and power shown in full. And now it’s one game for everything in this first-round classic.

more (reg. req.)

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Datsyuk, Stuart Not On Ice For Tuesday Practice

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1344 EST:  See below.  Deep Digger Captain Khan(!) reports that Datsyuk has “the flu.”  Oh.  Ok.

The Anti-Digger says we shouldn’t be alarmed, that Datsyuk is only “banged up.”  But we wouldn’t be standing in line to board the Stress Train three days early if we didn’t obsess over playoff-sucking news like this.

The Red Wings are on the ice for the first time since Sunday’s Game 6 in Nashville. The only two regulars not on the ice are Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Stuart. I’ll ask after practice what the reason was for their absences.

MacLeod also reports Ericsson is skating with the big boys today, giving the Wings 8 defensemen and 3 options for that 6th spot.

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Your Norris Candidates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

You hear this old cliché all the time: Defense is your best offense.

Sick of it already? So are we, but we certainly believe it.

For proof, just look at the final three in contention for this season’s James Norris Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best defenseman in the National Hockey League.

Between Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames, the trio of finalists has a combined 44 goals and 137 assists for 181 points, an average of 60.3 points per defensemen.

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Spending The Day With The NY Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Game 7 Experience Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

So, going into a game like this we’ve got lots of guys who have been in positive situations,” said Iginla. “So you draw on those things. You definitely do. You get good vibes going.

Imagine the whopper that Alex Tanguay could weave.

Game 7! . . . Stanley Cup final! . . . two goals! . . . including the game-winner as the Colorado Avalanche shaded the New Jersey Devils in 2001.

Also skating in that championship skirmish was Stephane Yelle, the NHL’s active leader in Game 7 appearances—11, including tonight.

Mike Keenan, meanwhile, will skipper a Game 7 for the 10th time—a league record.

But everyone—no matter how fat the resume—will be fighting jitters.

more on the Flames…

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, jarome+iginla, mike+keenan

Nashville Coaching Staff Will Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The Predators are expected to announce new multi-year contracts for the coaching staff and scouts at a morning news conference today.

The current contracts would have expired in June, but the new deals will keep the staff in place.

continued

Update 1:37pm ET— From the Predators website:

President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today contract extensions for head coach Barry Trotz, associate coach Brent Peterson, assistant coach Peter Horachek, goaltending coach Mitch Korn, video coach Robert Bouchard as well as medical and training staff and members of the scouting department.

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Brodeur Turns Down Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Surprisingly, Brodeur yesterday said he’s turning down the chance to play for Team Canada in the World Championship in Quebec next month. He indicated that the five-game, first-round playoff loss to the Rangers New York Rangers sapped his desire to play right now.

Brodeur said it was “The circus with the Rangers,” and especially, “You Know Who,” who made him look “tired mentally,” as coach Brent Sutter put it.

more

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

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