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Nick was just on WDFN in Detroit and said Wings are now talking extension with him. It was his request to wait until after the Olympics to talk contract. Lidstrom says he feels a young 36, wants to stay in Detroit and sees no reason why things won't work out. Look for at least a 2 year extension before the playoffs unless this totally blows up, which I highly doubt it would. update 5:10pm, You can listen to the interview courtesy of Mlive. You will need real player and look for the story with the headline "High-praise from a great player".
from the CP via Slam,
Best odds for the NHL championship rest with the Ottawa Senators (7-2), Detroit Red Wings (9-2), Carolina Hurricanes (6-1), Dallas Stars (7-1) and New York Rangers (7-1). The Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers were next (10-1). The Buffalo Sabres keep moving up (18-1).more
via the NHL, Boston Bruins defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended for one game for directing an inappropriate, threatening gesture toward Montreal Canadiens player Mike Ribeiro during NHL game #928 on March 9. The incident occurred at 16:13 of the second period and Boynton was assessed a game misconduct on the play. He will miss Saturday's game against the New York Islanders.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
WORST DEAL Well-ensconced in a playoff berth, the Oilers were conned by their media into thinking they needed a first-rate goalie to replace Ty Conklin & Co. Okay, fine, but get a first-rate goalie, not Dwayne Roloson. A second-stringer in Minnesota, Roloson is no better – and likely worse! – than Conklin.much more
from the CP via TSN,
Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion will not be able take to part in his jersey retirement ceremony because he is too ill. The retirement of Geoffrion's No. 5 will still go ahead Saturday at the Bell Centre before Montreal's game against the New York Rangers.more
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
There was nothing on Thursday that would tip the balance of power or divert the route of the Stanley Cup. It will still go through places like Ottawa and Carolina in the East, Detroit and maybe stand-pat Dallas in the West. The drama was in the sheer numbers, not the names. But for a day, anyway, Rutherford and his colleagues kept all of Canada warmmore
via ESPN Page 2, a small one line blurb that will make many NHL fans happy-
It's official: The NHL will not have new form-fitting uniforms next season.
Is anyone else experiencing a slight headache when looking at your monitor? Today, at least for me, the hockey world is moving at 1/2 speed. After viewing who knows how many pages on the web yesterday, I am kicking back a little today. Some interesting KK stats from yesterday- Normally a visit by a reader lasts on the average a little over two minutes; yesterday it was 22 minutes. I hope your fingers are not sore from clicking refresh so many times!!! The first time visitors to KK yesterday were over 800, one question, where have you been? Normal page views per person per visit is around 3.2- yesterday 1.1 which tells me people were staying focused on just one topic- who was traded. I also received over 200 visits from IPs in Poland; were they all interested in where Brandon Bochenski would land? I also want to thank everyone for stopping by Kukla's Korner, especially those who do so on a daily basis. Now it gets fun with the playoff push and soon playoff talk- the best is yet to come.
from the Globe and Mail,
"Hey, what's up? Good game," Crosby said, offering a handshake. "Hey, you too," said Ovechkin.more
from the Pioneer Press,
The Wild offered Mitchell $12 million over four years to forgo unrestricted free agency and remain on their blue line. Mitchell wanted at least $14 million for the same term. Neither side budged. So Minnesota quickly dissolved the relationship and shopped its best defenseman for redeemable assets, finding a taker in the Stars. And one of the Wild's most popular players was sent packing before he could test the market, which the team believed Mitchell intended to do all along. Wild coach Jacques Lemaire called Mitchell one of the top 10 defenders in the league, but was not fretting about losing him. "He feels he could get $3.5 million, good for him. I won't lose sleep because we lose a player. If he wants to go for the money, go for the money. The earth is still going to turn."more
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