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CHiPs Gets in Trouble Over DUcK

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via USA Today,

A California Highway Patrol captain has been placed on leave while authorities investigate whether he tampered with a speeding ticket issued to Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf.

Ken Rosenberg, whose office is decorated with Ducks memorabilia, is accused of removing the ticket filed by an officer who stopped Getzlaf March 14 after he was spotted driving about 84 mph on a toll road.

“We received information that this particular citation may have been improperly processed,” CHP Assistant Chief Steven Lykins said.

Citations are normally sent to court and processed within 10 days, but a copy of the ticket didn’t get to court until April 28 — 45 days after it was issued.

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*forgive me for the post title; I couldn’t restrain myself…

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Well Marty, What Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, Bubba Sr. must be a little distressed today. 

Stars Blog/Dallas Morning News

That almost felt like the series last night. Maybe because, for Stars fans, it’s the same ol’ same ol’ against Detroit. How do teams get that kind of gorilla off their backs?

In the back of their minds, maybe closer to the front, has always been the Turco Dilemma.  He’s failed consistently against the Red Wings, a blight on a pretty good record. He can’t win in Detroit, in fact can’t even keep it close.

 

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Sens May Have Their Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The top candidate to be Senators’ coach next season may already have the job.

While GM Bryan Murray has insisted he has no plans to return behind the bench next season, two league executives told the Sun yesterday they believe Murray has been asked to “at least consider the possibility” of doing both jobs by owner Eugene Melnyk.

Murray, one executive noted, “is a tremendous coach. He gets the most out of the players.”

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Questionable Character

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

A banner supporting the Hells Angels in Winnipeg. A link to a family member who’s a full-fledged member of the outlaw motorcycle club.

These are the things you’ll find on Winnipeg NHLer Riley Cote’s MySpace page….

But the head of the Winnipeg Police Association and a university criminologist say he hasn’t used good judgment on his internet site.

There, you’ll find a banner that reads, Support Red and White, Winnipeg, a moniker for the Hells Angels. There’s also a link to his cousin, Sean Wolfe, a member who’s had several run-ins with the law.

“It certainly makes you wonder about the suitability of the guy as a role model for aspiring hockey players,” Winnipeg Police Association president Mike Sutherland said yesterday.

Update 3:01pm ET: A response from Riley Cote (and words from the NHL at Globe & Mail),

“It shouldn’t be an issue right now in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” he said after the Flyers’ morning skate in preparation for the opening game of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I can’t believe someone would stoop so low to bring that up now.  [Wolfe] is my cousin.. He’s my family. What do you want me to do?I can’t change anything about it,” Cote said. “I support him.”

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Stars Must Adjust

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

So, my guess is these conference finals will be called tightly, and the teams that adjust best will be the teams that benefit. If Dallas can get in hard on the forecheck, force the play into the Detroit end and get to the front of the net, the Stars will get plenty of power play opportunities. But, if they sit back and chase Detroit, they will spend the night on the penalty kill. And once they get on the penalty kill, they will be so intimidated by the refs, that they will not be able to hook, hold or cross-check Franzen or Homstrom out from in front of the net.

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Leafs May Be Looking In The Wrong Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

According to president Richard Peddie, the club wants “a winner,” someone who is a “long-term builder and short-term fixer,” an executive with “NHL experience and an established track record, a success on and off the ice.”

From that, most people have come to believe the Leafs want a president/GM with one or more Stanley Cup rings gathered through years of senior management experience with one or more teams before ascending, to steal Brian Burke’s words, to “the Vatican” of hockey.

An admirable goal.

What’s interesting, however, is that of the four teams that have made their way to the NHL’s conference championships this spring, none are managed by individuals who initially made their way into their current jobs by first accumulating the type of experience the Leafs are apparently demanding.

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Battle In Pennsylvania

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Dvorchak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“These teams have such a history,” said Bill Clement, who played on the Flyers’ title teams and is now a hockey analyst, “but five minutes after they drop the puck, none of it matters. They’ll be writing new history.”

He expects a “gladiator-type” series with Sherwoods instead of swords, one that will have the blood boiling not only among the combatants but the fan bases.

“Players respond to fans’ reactions, and fans are not compelled to show any restraint at all,” he said. “The Flyers are looked on as something like the Antichrist. Everybody loves to hate the Flyers. But you have to be careful. You can end up winning a battle and losing the war.”

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Update 11:35am ET: The AP (via the Globe & Mail) previews the series as a “Bad Blood Showdown”

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Melrose On Game 1 WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two and a half minutes of Barry Melrose breaking down the Wings/Stars game from last night.

Watch below…

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Knuble ‘Thinking’ Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Mike Knuble grew up in Kentwood, Mich., played hockey for the University of Michigan, held the Stanley Cup in his hands at the end of his first two NHL seasons with Detroit. “The passion it brings out in the city and the fans is something you never forget,” he said after the Flyers’ practice yesterday. “In Detroit they had all those flags hanging on the cars . . .

“You got tired of it almost after 2 years in a row. It sounds crazy but . . . It was like, ‘There’s that damn Cup again.’ “

Ten long years later, after stops in Detroit, with the New York Rangers and Boston, after his midcareer transformation from NHL grinder to goal-scorer, Knuble, 35, sometimes drives home from the rink conjuring up that image, sometimes imagines what that skate around the ice

after the NHL’s final game would feel like again. He tries not to, he said, because the Flyers have won only eight of the 16 games necessary for that dream to be a reality. But it doesn’t always work, and it does not make him tired.

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Where Are The Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

Before I spend one more word on how good our hockey team played Thursday night, I have to say how bad it looked to see so many empty seats at Joe Louis Arena. Cheaper seats. Expensive seats. Empty clusters. Half-empty rows.

Hey, this ain’t Nashville, folks.

This is Detroit, Hockeytown, where every seat should be filled, because these are the conference finals, the bridge to the championship, against Dallas, a team that hasn’t been here for the playoffs in 10 years. That last time was a war that ultimately led to a Detroit Stanley Cup.

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