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All-Time Top Salary Earners

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,

The following top 10 list shows active players who have earned the most since former union head Bob Goodenow introduced salary disclosure in 1990. Some players who were active prior to 1990 do not have those figures included in their totals, but none would have cracked the top 10. [...]

10. Peter Forsberg, $65.4 million
9. Chris Pronger, $66.2 million
8. Mike Modano, $70.1 million


*thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero should be applauded for taking a chance on Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Not only has Hossa been a solid contributor on offense, as most expected he would, he has also played a stellar defensive game. He is often the first forward back on the back check.

All of that said, I’m not certain I’d cough up $7 million a year to a guy I see as more of a complimentary player than one who can lead a team.

more NHL bits…

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Ducks Owner in Hot Water

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the LA Times,

The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed civil fraud complaint against Broadcom Corp. co-founders Henry T. Nicholas and Henry Samueli, owner of the NHL Ducks, in an alleged scheme to systematically backdate stock options.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, also names former Chief Financial Officer William J. Ruehle and General Counsel David Dull.  None of the current and former officials at the Irvine-based chip maker could be reached for comment immediately.

The complaint comes on the heels of an SEC lawsuit filed against Broadcom on April 22 alleging that Nicholas, Samueli and other senior Broadcom executives “orchestrated and carried out” a long-running scheme to backdate stock options.


Update 5:15pm ET: A comment from Michael Schulman, CEO of the Anaheim Ducks:

“In terms of the Ducks, nothing is changed there, or in terms of our operation . . . this does not impact the Ducks.”

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  Tags: henry+samueli

Superstitious?  Grow A Pair Or Don’t Read

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m not into the jinx thing.  I believe the Wings are so dominant that no amount of stupidity on my part can possibly stop them tonite.  Because I believe that, I bring you this.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 11-1 in the playoffs, and I’ll be surprised if they win three more games. That’s how well the Detroit Red Wings are playing.

Read more from Orland Kurtenblog.  Find out why this thing’s over tonite, and the next one won’t take too damn long either.


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Uncle Mike Q/A

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From today’s media avail with Mike Babcock.

Q.  What does Tomas Holmstrom add to the Datsyuk, Zetterberg line?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He gets the puck back.  Everybody talks about his net front presence.  But he’s a physical, physical guy who gets the puck back, who creates space for them.  They’re only at the net, on the drive or, you know, on an entry.  They’re not at the net.  He’s at the net.  But they shoot the puck, he gets it back and gives it to ‘em again.

His puck retrieval skills are, I think, the best in the League.  He goes and gets it and hunts it down and gives it back to them, then they spend time in the offensive zone.  His penetration through the net creates space for them.  They need space.

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Impressive Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Gene Collier at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins are simply too much.  Too fast. Too precise. Too disciplined. And too reliably backstopped by the consistently brilliant Marc-Andre Fleury. All of it too much of a mountain for anyone on this side of the Conferencial Divide.

Even within the mandatory confidence of professional athletes, did anyone in the room think this team was capable of winning 11 of the first 12 postseason games?

“You never think that way,” Ruutu said. “It doesn’t matter how you keep going, just so you keep going.”

You might change your thinking now that the Penguins walked into this building where they hadn’t won all year, where they were supposed to get jumped by a desperate hockey club stung by misfortune, and turned the Flyers into the jumpees.


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  Tags: jarkko+ruutu, marc-andre+fleury

Questions for the ECF Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien and Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens were both available for some questions today. 

Below are the transcripts from their respective Q&A sessions.

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  Tags: john+stevens, michel+therrien, playoffs

Looking At Pens/Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector ar Fox Sports,

Now, with the two clubs all but certain to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, their perceived weaknesses are among their strengths.

Fleury and Osgood have silenced their critics. The Penguins have proven adept at playing a strong defensive game and the Wings forwards have proven more than a match for their opponents with their physical offensive style.

Another factor has been the ability of their top forwards to lead the way offensively. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins are currently first and third in overall playoff scoring while Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk rank second and fourth.


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Q&A with Dave Tippett and Brenden Morrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today’s media time with the Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow and coach Dave Tippett.

        Q.  What is the update on Brenden?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT:  Brenden is fine, ready to go.

        Q.  Do you think you’ll be looking at different changes for lines?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT:  We’ll tinker around a little bit.  We’re certainly looking for answers, looking for ways to win games.  So that’s where we’re at.        We’ll continue to find the answers and see if we can get the win we need.

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  Tags: brenden+morrow, dave+tippett

Khan(!): Mule Can Begin Workouts

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good news from the Deep Digger captain,

Update from Wednesday’s morning skate: Wings general manager Ken Holland said forward Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms) has been given the OK to resume off-ice workouts.

“We’ve talked to Franzen’s agent and a couple of doctors. He’s been given the green light, not to do full workouts, but he can ride the bike and do some things,’’ Holland said. “Hopefully he’ll ride the bike and feel good, we’re monitoring the headaches. He’s been cleared to take a step forward.’‘

Khan(!) also reports that should Detroit and Pittsburgh both take care of business in the minimum games allowed, we’re on for Tuesday.


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