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Wings Extend Babcock

via Jeff Marek tweet,

Detroit signs head coach Mike Babcock to 4-year contract extension.

added 9:33am,

DETROIT—Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has reached a four-year contract extension with Head Coach Mike Babcock. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

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The Aggressive Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blueshirts’ byword from Day 1 of training camp has been “consistency.” They are certain that inconsistency kept them out of last year’s playoffs, though the case could be made that two separate runs during the gut of the season where they went 7-15-2 and 9-15-2, respectively, indicates consistency of a kind better left unspoken.

There’s a different mentality. Perhaps most significantly, head coach John Tortorella, who consigned his “Safe is Death” philosophy to the scrap heap very early last year and even at times tried to pretend it had never existed at all, has dusted it off.

“Some of the inconsistency we had last year kind of knocked us back and we played too safe,” Tortorella said following yesterday’s 45-minute practice. “We want our defensemen up and we want them taking chances.

“There were mistakes, sure, but I liked the aggressiveness through most of the game. Our guys bought into taking the puck to the net. I liked our flow. We were manufacturing goals.”

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More Injuries For The Flames

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

Two more players joined Ales Kotalik (knee), Matt Stajan (shoulder), David Moss (shoulder), Ryan Stone (knee), Daymond Langkow (knee) and Raitis Ivanans (head) in athletic therapist Morris Boyer’s sick-bay Sunday.

Left winger Rene Bourque suffered a suspected concussion after being toppled by burly Kevin Westgarth on the blind side, the Kings’ 6-foot-4, 228-pound winger clipping him while attempting to jump out of the way.

more and watch the Bourque/Westgarth collision below…

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Penguins Need A Win

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Players were hesitant to credit the Devils after losses last season, insisting that scores of the contests were misleading, that the results weren’t indicative of all that much.

Crosby said “we hurt ourselves” after a 5-2 loss at New Jersey on March 17. He wasn’t wrong - but the Devils’ strict adherence to a stifling neutral-zone trap scheme forced mental lapses in the form of own-zone turnovers and cross-ice pass attempts led to goals that did in the Penguins.

Bylsma studied video footage of the New Jersey losses during the summer, and he drew this conclusion: “We felt like our emotional control and ability to stay the course was a big factor in all the outcomes.”

Emotional control was a problem for the Penguins in 3-2 loss Thursday night against Philadelphia. Crosby and Malkin, who combined to go without a point, appeared visibly frustrated by an inability to influence the outcome.


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Happy Thanksgiving Canada

I hope all the KK Canadian readers do enjoy their Thanksgiving Holiday today.

Have a great day and what a better way to do it than with some afternoon hockey.

The Islanders, Blues and Devils are hosting Columbus Day games this afternoon, so take your pick.

Today’s schedule is below…

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Horcoff Goal- Was It?

It’s a goal for Shawn Horcoff tonight.  What do you think (go to the halfway point of the video to see some different angles)?

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Selling The Stars May Be Difficult

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Tom Hicks is having trouble selling the Dallas Stars because of an all-too-familiar problem.

The owner of the NHL team is in the same boat as a lot of homeowners in the United States – the money he owes is greater than the value of his asset. As a result, prospective buyers are slamming on the brakes, the latest being Calgary oil man Bill Gallacher, although he is said to have his own issues.

Hicks’s asset in this case is the Stars and a 50-per-cent interest in the American Airlines Center. The Stars and his baseball team, the Texas Rangers, went on the block when Hicks’s company defaulted on $525-million (all currency U.S.) in bank loans last April. Hicks is also in the glue for a similar amount with Liverpool, the soccer team he co-owns with George Gillett.



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Leafs Enjoying The Moment

from Lance Hornby of the Toronot Sun,

The scoreboard read 4-0 for the Maple Leafs over Ottawa, with players and coaches grouped around the bench in animated discussion. Everyone joshed with centre Tim Brent, into the fifth minute of waiting for the NHL’s Toronto war room to confirm he’d scored his second goal in two games to clinch a second win.

There was even a big Snickers rinkboard ad unfurled beneath them that period, a happy coincidence.

“We were just goofing around on the bench, saying that if I got the goal, I’d be on pace for 82 again,” Brent said. “I said: ‘I don’t know if I want it, because people will start to expect that (goal a night).’ I just might bronze that stick.”

Of course, the yucks aren’t going to last, but what a difference from last year when their fifth straight non-playoff year ended with two ACC losses in which they managed one goal. The only boos heard Saturday were for the long delay reviewing Brent’s goal. For Leafs young and old, the change in weather was quite a shock to the system.

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Turco Staying Positive

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The 35-year-old has yielded seven goals thus far in a pair of one-goal defeats as the Hawks have earned one point to open defense of their Stanley Cup championship. It’s not exactly the start he envisioned after signing with the Hawks as a free agent during the summer to replace Antti Niemi as the No. 1 goaltender.

“You go home and lie in bed and think about it and you always replay stuff,” said Turco, who has 67 saves and a .896 save percentage. “The idea is just to get better. I’ve played long enough and been in this position to put it behind you pretty quickly because any time you let things eat at you, it’s going to hurt your focus. Especially in the position I occupy.”

Despite the losses and the 3.50 goals-against average Turco, who is expected to get the start Monday night against the Sabres in Buffalo, sees positives in his game.

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Lilja A Duck?

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja, whose visa was set to expire today, apparently has signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks, according to Sweden’s Expressen.

The Ducks needed some help on defense after Andy Sutton fractured his thumb in a fight with Detroit’s Ruslan Salei on Friday.

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