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Datsyuk & Osgood Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Do you think you’ll be healthy enough to play Game 4?

        PAVEL DATSYUK: Yeah, I’m healthy now. But we’ll make tomorrow a game decision. A game decision. That’s it.

        Q. What do you remember when you blocked that shot, you know? As an athlete, you go through a lot of different injuries. Just how painful it was then, and at any point did you think that maybe you wouldn’t even have a chance to be a game-time decision, that you might not be able to play at all?

        PAVEL DATSYUK: What I remember, just I blocked shot, this is all, but I’m so happy I did my job, I blocked. And after I don’t want to take off my skates. You know, I finished game or not. Now every day it feels better and better, and I hope it’s gonna help me.

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Coach Babcock Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Pavel looked pretty good today. Is he pretty close or what do you think?

        COACH BABCOCK: I don’t know. What we’ll do is we’ll go for the optional skate in the morning and see how he responded today and see how he felt.

        I haven’t talked to him since he got off, and I haven’t talked to Pete. He was still out there well after I got off, so we’ll see how he is.

        Q. Maybe we’ll deal in the ifs. If he is available, how much of a difference does he make just in that they have Malkin and Crosby on different lines and he obviously gives you another pretty good shut down guy?

        COACH BABCOCK: Well, he’s - I don’t know if he’s a shut down guy, I just think he’s a pretty good player, right. He’s a Hart Trophy candidate. He’s one of the best players in the world. Obviously, we’d like to have him. But it’s one of those injuries. You have some situations at Playoff time, and we have to find a way to overcome, we’ve done a good job.

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Nominate Your Favorite Blogger

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, Gil Haylon at HockeyBarn.com contacted us about the 2009 Hockey New Media Awards, and invites your nominations!

This past season, HockeyBarn created the HockeyBarn Writers’ Association (HBWA), a community of writers open to all hockey journalists across the blogosphere. 

On behalf of the HBWA I am excited to tell you that today we are announcing the “2009 Hockey New Media Awards,” to be presented on June 17 by Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson.

Nominations can be sent here and must be received by next Tuesday, June 9th.

Press release with full details on prizes and eligibility is below.

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  Tags: awards, bloggers

Watching Versus Game 3 SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals received a 15.1 rating in Detroit and averaged 290,009 households. In Pittsburgh, Versus had a 26.1 rating and averaged 302,067 households.

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Datsyuk Practicing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,

Pavel Datsyuk is on the ice right now at Red Wings’ practice.

added 2:20pm, via Bruce’s Twitter…

Datsyuk is practicing as though he’s playing Game 4, centering Filppula and Hossa.

added 2:31pm, Bruce continues to update…  Holmstrom & Rafalski not on the ice, but he does expect Rafalski to play.  No word on Homer but I do remember him sliding into the boards last night and favoring his left knee I believe.

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Emery Just May Be Flyers Starting Goaltender

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,

Barring a collapse in negotiations, the Flyers are expected to sign Ray Emery as their starting goalie for next season.

Several general managers at the Stanley Cup Final consider the matter a “done deal.”  Emery was Ottawa’s property until released by the Senators last June.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined to confirm what others are saying at the Cup Final.

“We’ve had conversations with his agent [J.P. Barry] about a lot of things,” Holmgren said. “But I’m not going to comment on our internal discussions of players.”

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Coach Bylsma Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.      Talk about players, as Playoffs go on, having to do more and the competition becomes more key. Is that true for coaching? Do you have to do different things at this stage that maybe you didn’t have to do in the first round?

        COACH BYLSMA: I think it often depends on your opponent. And there are coaches that like to make a lot of adjustments. There are coaches who, last night Zetterberg was definitely, obviously coming on the ice and off the ice at key moments trying to get different match?ups. That poses a different situation than some of the other things early on. I don’t think it would be ?? I don’t think it’s just because it’s the Finals. I think it’s because it’s Mike Babcock and the Red Wings.

        So each series is a little bit different. And this one is presenting different situations.

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The Value Of Dwayne Roloson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The NHL’s free-agent doors swing wide open in 28 days, but goalie Dwayne Roloson still hasn’t received a contract offer from the Edmonton Oilers.

Roloson’s age obviously is a factor—he turns 40 in October—so the Oilers may not be willing to pitch anything more than a one-year deal.

“We haven’t started talking at all,” Roloson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “But they’ve had other issues to get resolved ... lots to do with hiring coaches and firing coaches.”

Oilers general manager GM Steve Tambellini, who attended meetings in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, said the two sides would begin serious negotiations on a new contract very soon. But how many years the Oilers want to offer and how much money is available is anybody’s guess.

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All In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (June 3, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) has partnered with PokerStars.net to bring together some of the most recognizable names in NHL hockey, entertainment and professional poker for a charity poker tournament during the 2009 NHL Awards celebration in Las Vegas.

Held on Wednesday, June 17, the NHL Charity Shootout™ Presented By PokerStars.net will feature NHL® stars sitting elbow to elbow with some of the greatest poker players in the world, entertainment celebrities, plus winners of an PokerStars.net fan play-in qualifying tournament, all at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The proceeds will go to charities designated in advance by each participant.

The NHL Charity Shootout Presented By Pokerstars.net will be taped to create four hours of TV to air on ESPN Classic and ESPN2 in the US and TSN in Canada and NHL Network™ throughout North America.  Stars scheduled to participate in the tournament include current NHL players Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers), Jeremy Roenick (San Jose Sharks), Sheldon Souray (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Sullivan (Nashville Predators) and Kris Versteeg (Chicago Blackhawks). NHL legends Pat LaFontaine, Cam Neely and Luc Robitaille also will play alongside celebrity participants and poker professionals Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Vanessa Rousso.

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The Cup Is Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Three reasons Detroit will win

The wildcard, Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk skated Tuesday morning and Babcock said Detroit’s injured Hart Trophy candidate could be ready for Thursday’s Game 4. His return would tilt a tightly contested series in Detroit’s favor.

Three reasons Pittsburgh will win

Crosby’s quiet determination. He might not be piling up points, but the Penguins feed off Crosby’s drive to win his first Stanley Cup. “He’s an on-ice leader,” teammate Jordan Staal said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does everyone is listening.”

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