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Trading Ward Was Turning Point For Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Just prior to the deadline, Sather made his move, sending Ward to the Bruins for Paul Mara, in whom the Blueshirts had been interested for weeks.
It was a deal that improved the Rangers on the ice, with Mara providing a second power-play-unit point option Ward did not. Beyond that, it was a trade that purified the atmosphere. And, most critically, it was a trade that solidified Jagr’s status as captain and cemented the mutual bond of trust and commitment between No. 68 and the hierarchy.
It was the fork in the road for the Rangers, who have followed their leader on the path to a sweep of Atlanta and the second round of the playoffs.

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The Panic Series

Reading the different forums and blogs on the Wings/Flames series, it has been a panic theme after every game.
Just remember what I said after the Wings went up 2-0, it is not a series until a road team wins.  Still hasn’t happened and it may not.
The home ice may actually come in play for this series.

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Win Or Go Home

from the Tennessean,

“You are a little bit (frustrated) in the fact that you added some pieces that you felt could get over the hump here,” Trotz said. “But for the most part the pieces that we have put in have had a better effect on this team, no question.
“San Jose might not admit it, but it’s a lot harder than they probably expected it would be based on the two teams and based on last year. They are fortunate right now … they have played very well.
“They are a solid hockey club and an elite hockey club, and I feel we are too. So we have to get a positive result, and if we do we will see what happens.”

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Wirtz Worried About NHLPA Direction

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Now, more than 40 years on, Wirtz says he’s poised to sever ties to the NHL charter member. One of the most vilified owners in sports – he’s been nicknamed “Dollar Bill” for his alleged thriftiness when it came to player salaries – Wirtz says he’s worried about who the NHL Players’ Association hires as its next leader.
After losing $31 million (all figures U.S.) this season and $191 million over the past 10 on the beleaguered Blackhawks, Wirtz said if the players union hires someone cut out of the mould of Bob Goodenow as executive director, he’ll hang up a for-sale sign on the Blackhawks.

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Brad May Sorry

from the OC Register,

“People may not read this properly, and I swear it’s from my heart, from who I am,” May said. “I hope Kim Johnsson is OK. I never in one moment wanted to hurt somebody and take an opportunity of them playing away. I hope that I haven’t put him in a terrible or a bad or a tough situation. He wants to play hockey as much as I want to play hockey. He wants to win like I do.
“I respect Kim Johnsson. I respect his teammates. I respect (Minnesota left wing) Derek Boogaard, who said that I have no respect for people. I do have respect for people. We’re playing hard for our teams. So I respect the other team, and I understand their animosity and anger toward me. I accept that.”

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You Make The Call

from Newsday,

Coming on the heels of a no-goal call that was overturned in the Sabres’ favor in Game 3, Campbell figured tempers might be running hot in the Islanders’ front office, where it’s an article of faith that NHL headquarters is anti-Islanders. “We understand the Islanders think they were hard done by,” Campbell said Thursday in a telephone interview.
“We understand Garth Snow is a rookie general manager, and Ted Nolan has to play the cards he’s got. When things don’t go the way you want, we’d understand they want to play that game. But at the end of the day, we’re looking at a level playing field ... I tell the managers every year that a controversial area is goal reviews. When you have two happen in your home arena, they’re going to say they got screwed.”

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For another point of view- David Kolb at MSG Network,

A few minutes later we learned that “The War Room” in Toronto said that it was the on-ice official that called it a non-goal, as referee Mike Leggo claimed rule 78.5 (ix) was the basis for his decision.
Rule 78.5 (ix) states, When a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save … the goal is disallowed.
Problem here is A) the puck was loose before contact was made with Miller; and B) It wasn’t an Islander player that slammed into Miller, it was clearly #21 Drew Stafford.

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added 8:04am, Friday April 20th, IF you haven’t seen the video of the disputed Witt non-goal, here it is...

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No Quitters On The Island

from Dave Caldwell at the New York Times,

“There are no quitters in here — there’d better not be,” left wing Ryan Smyth said in the dressing room.
The Islanders face elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the end could come Friday, when they face the deeper and more talented Sabres in Game 5 of a best-of-seven series in Buffalo. The Sabres lead three games to one.
Islanders Coach Ted Nolan told his team to forget about the negative aspects of Wednesday’s 4-2 loss, in which a potential game-tying goal by defenseman Brendan Witt with 1 minute 42 seconds left was waved off.

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Dominik Hasek: He’s Just “Different”

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

Osgood, however, wasn’t sure what he was in for when he rejoined the Red Wings last season only to see Hasek return a year later. Osgood had heard the stories of how the goalie once hailed as the Dominator was . . . different. “Not weird,” Osgood said. “Different.”
Of course, anyone who has followed the National Hockey League the past 10 years knows exactly how different Hasek can be. He used to flop to the ice if even the breeze from a passing forward so much as ruffled him.

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How Many Thrashers Come Back

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

And now is where the hard part begins for Waddell. The first decision has been made, Hartley is coming back as head coach. Waddell declined to reveal any terms of Hartley’s contract, but he said Hartley will be back.
Who he’s coaching is another story. The Thrashers have only eight players on their current roster signed for next season.
There are a slew of unrestricted free agents, who can sign with anyone on July 1. That list includes Tkachuk, Eric Belanger, Slava Kozlov, Andy Sutton, Pascal Dupuis, Jon Sim, Shane Hnidy, J.P. Vigier, Eric Boulton and Brad Larsen.

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KK- A Therapy of Sorts

When I first appeared on the web some 26 months ago, my objective was to keep hockey fans updated on the CBA talks.
Today, the same holds true- to keep hockey fans informed on the latest hockey topics.

The last two days I have been unable to do that due to an illness in the family.  I won’t go into details except to say when a parent who helped mold and make you what you are today, needs help, you drop everything and devote as much time as necessary to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.  I will continue to do just that and if I miss an update here and there, I do hope you will understand.

I must publicly thank Alanah for taking over on KK and providing you with her own style of daily updates. I haven’t been able to read through many of her posts, but I am sure there is a Red Wing shot in there somewhere.

I would also like to say thanks to many of the KK members and readers who passed along their well wishes.  They were much appreciated and came at a time when I needed the kind words many of you passed on to me.

Look for updates from me beginning Friday morning and I can say I have missed doing them.  During the lockout it was therapy, allowing me to get different opinions on the terrible situation that existed during that time period.  I also have learned during the last two days, the updates still provide a therapy for me- I thoroughly enjoy spreading the hockey word to the great fans of the greatest sport we know- HOCKEY.

Now I have one request- The Wings 2nd line needs at least two goals tonight. Please!

added 7:50pm, An error on my part- I am still trying to get adjusted to life behind the keyboard and swear I included IwoCPO for his help too.  Anyways, it was a slip on my part and maybe this will push him to live blog tonight’s Wings game.

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