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ESPN’s Strang weighs in on the Wings, Kings and Wild’s goaltending via chat session

ESPN's Katie Strang held a chat on ESPN.com today, and the first two questions of said chat touched upon meaty topics:

Ed (Queens Village): If you had to pick 1 this season Kings repeat as Cup Champs or Red Wings miss playoffs for 1st time this century?

Katie Strang: Well, I really do not like ever doubting the Wings. That record speaks for itself and the club has a well-earned reputation for its winning culture. That said, I think the chances of them missing are far greater than a Kings repeat. Winning a Cup takes so many elements beyond great personnel and a bevvy of talent. It takes grit, depth and yes, some luck. Especially during the salary-cap era, dynastic teams are harder to come by. Anything can happen in the East though I am banking on Wings making it again this year,

Michael (Minnesota): If you were Chuck Fletcher, what would you do with your goalie situation? Are you tempted to sign Brodeur?

Katie Strang: If I were Chuck Fletcher I'd be extremely concerned about my goaltending situation. I know he said publicly that there will be training camp competition with Harding, Backstrom and Kuemper but I wouldn't feel too confident with that. That's why, since the trade deadline, many assumed Brodeur would be a great fit there. His sons also play at famed hockey prep school Shattuck St. Mary's in Fairbault, MN. Makes a lot of sense. But I think Brodeur is holding out for potentially an injury situation that opens a spot up.

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A different take on ‘the West is best’: competition breeds Cup domanance

The New York Times' Lynn Zinser offers a take on the Rangers-Kings series which ponders, "Is the West simply better?" theory from a slightly different (and noteworthy) perspective:

This ridiculously uphill battle, however, is brought to you by an N.H.L. that has seen its balance of power slip out of whack. The West has been reliably the better of the two conferences for quite some time, with its teams winning the season series against the East in every season since 2005-6. The West has also won five of the last seven Stanley Cups and six of the last eight Presidents’ Trophies, for the team with the best regular-season record.

That strength has only been increasing. In these playoffs, the quality of the two conference finals series were so far apart that a Stanley Cup finals sweep might have been predicted no matter which team won the West. The Chicago Blackhawks, after all, have won two of those recent five Stanley Cups, and the Kings were champs two years ago.

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Matheson weighs in on Babcock, Ovechkin, PK’s payday, Caps GM talk and top prospects

I kind of "stole" the prime quotes from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column for my Malik Report overnight entry, but I smiled broadly and nearly laughed out loud form the Blog Cave while reading Holland tell Matheson the same dang thing--almost word for word--that Babcock's been repeating to journalists and radio talk show hosts who can't or won't believe that Babcock will remain with Detroit when he can coach anywhere he wants after his contract's up a summer from now:

“I don’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence … I believe he’s happy in Detroit, but there are options,” said Holland, whose contract is also up next July, but will certainly get a new one from owner Mike Ilitch.

Holland has got the Red Wings into the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. There were three Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, plus a Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Late-season rallies were required to keep a 23-year playoff streak alive while the Red Wings integrated lots of young players — Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurko, Danny DeKeyser — into the lineup each of the last two years.

“Two years ago, we won our last four games to get into the playoffs. This year, we got in again (despite a terrible run of injuries),” said Holland. “Mike’s a tremendous coach, if not the best coach in the league, then one of the best.”

Matheson's main column focuses on Babcock and Holland, but he also included this nugget of wisdom from Ottawa Senators assistant coach Perry Pern (regarding Barry Trotz's attempts to get Alex Ovechkin to "buy in" to playing defense, as Matheson addressed in a Sunday afternoon column):

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Friedman talks cap conundrums, Pens, managerial compensation, John Gibson and Babs in 30 Thoughts

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:

1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.

 

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Don Cherry dekes, dangles and sprints past spears on Coach’s Corner

The CBC's Don Cherry had a very selective memory on Saturday evening. He lamented Brandon Dubinsky's ability to attack Sidney Crosby at will in Game 1 of the Penguins-Blue Jackets series, he mocked Duncan Keith for jabbing at the Blues' stars--suggesting that Keith "got Seabrook pumped up" (before sidestepping that topic)--he reviewed the Blues' game-winning goal against Chicago, lamenting Patrick Kane not blocking a shot, he very briefly praised Pavel Datsyuk's game-winner and suggested that the Wings are the worst team for the Bruins to play as their lack of retaliation prevents the Bruins from playing their game (no Loosick mention on Saturday), and then he praised Corey Perry scoring against Dallas and Ryan Getzlaf's persistence (no spear there, either).

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Lucic spears DeKeyser, Perry spears Benn, Daley sits on Perry, Yahtzee

I guess the NHL's annual start-of-the-playoffs crackdown on horizontal stick fouls only counts regarding obstruction and interference, not spearing, stick-swinging or otherwise using one's stick as an instrument of torture.

As noted in the Wings-Bruins quick take, @myregularface showed Milan Lucic spearing Danny DeKeyser in the groin...

 

And during tonight's Ducks-Stars game, Corey Perry did this to Jamie Benn, per The Score and TSN...

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Matheson handicaps awards races, says Oilers should retire #94, Jets should trade Kane

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.

2. Tuukka Rask, Boston

3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay

Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.

Matheson continues, making a plea to the Oilers to retire Ryan Smyth's number...

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Matheson runs the gamut of hockey stories in this week’s ‘Hockey World’

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's Hockey World mega-column's been chopped into 4 bite-size blog entries, and this week, he has a conversation with Nashville Predators GM David Poile, he suggests that the Oilers ought to draft Leon Draisaitl over Aaron Eklbad at the 2014 draft, and amongst his "This 'n' that" notes...

Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”

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Late-night trade deadline talk from McKenzie, Dreger and LeBrun

TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger chatted with the NHL Network's Rob Roe on Tuesday evening, and they made some surprising statements.

  • According to both McKenzie and Dreger, John Tortorella's snub of Roberto Luongo in the Heritage Classic did in fact prompt Luongo's agent, Pat Brisson, to ask if he could speak to several NHL teams about moving his client;
  • The gents also claim that the Canucks want to trade Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler independently of the Luongo situation, with Kesler willing to go to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit Anaheim and possibly other teams (but not the Rangers), and that the Canucks will hold out for the best offer, even if that means trading Kesler at another time;
  • The New York Rangers are still considering re-signing Ryan Callahan, signing and trading him or just trading him;
  • The Buffalo Sabres are at least considering moving Matt Moulson, perhaps to Los Angeles, but Calgary's Mike Camalleri is also another "goal-scoring winger" on the market, as might be Chris Stewart, but the Sabres in particular cannot carry any more salary in making trades;
  • The Sabres may consider moving Christian Ehrhoff or Tyler Myers, and the Red Wings may be interested, specifically in Ehrhoff, but the Wings are in a "transition year," so Ken Holland has to decide whether he's willing to bite on the Sabres' price;
  • And regarding Cammalleri, he, Moulson, Ales Hemsky and Thomas Vanek's futures are somewhat intertwined, with Hemsky and Cammalleri serving as the fall-back plans for the teams that don't land Kesler.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also penned a late-evening blog entry updating the Kesler situation, confirming that the Canucks feel no need to "settle" for anything less than their asking price:

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More Kesler discussion: regarding Penguins interest and his ‘list of preferred destinations’

I would prefer to leave things be, especially given that Paul already noted the Vancouver Province's Ed Willes' take on the subject...

But there are times that internet chatter drives you to post an article, and in this case, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi's confirmation that the Penguins are hot on Ryan Kesler's trail merits mentioning...

Vancouver center Ryan Kesler is being pursued aggressively by Penguins general manager Ray Shero, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review on Saturday.

A proposed deal would send Kesler to the Penguins in exchange for center Brandon Sutter, two 2014 draft picks — likely a first- and third-round — and the Canucks' choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin, the sources said.

It is possible the deal could involve another Canucks and Penguins player, but Shero was looking only to acquire Kesler, the sources said.

And while I can't quote all of Rossi's article, noting of Olympic ties between Kesler, U.S. Olympic team coach Dan Bylsma and consultant/Pens GM Ray Shero included, you may take this for what you will...

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McKenzie weighs in on Saturday night’s controversies

After a player-brawl and coach-attempting-to-visit-opponents-scrap-filled 3-2 Vancouver Canucks shootout win over the Calgary Flames, coach John Tortorella played it by the book during his brief post-game presser:

He more or less built an impenetrable, "I'm not answering that" and/or, "I won't talk about fights with anyone who didn't play the game" facade (the latter, he did not say literally), with the initial summary of his comments reading as follows (and yes, he blamed Bob Hartley for starting 4th line versus...eventual 4th line):

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When Hockey Is Much More Than Just A Game

We often hear various versions of how hockey is just a game.

That these players should let go of some of their egos because they are playing a kids game for a living that people become too passionate about JUST a game; but hockey is much more than just a game.

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Alumni Showdown

After waiting for an extra year due to the lockout it is finally here. Today legends from the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings will lace up the skates once more. The event became so huge they had to make it a double header.

The first game will start today at one o’clock in downtown Detroit at Comerica Park (weather permitting) and it is sure to be yet another cold day.

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Ann Arbor To Detroit: A Look At Outdoor Hockey

I have spent most of my day driving around Lower Michigan. Made my way to Ann Arbor this morning where in just a few more days the Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2014 NHL Winter Classic.

Took a few shots from around Michigan Stadium (The Big House) while I was there.

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers

As the Ducks continue on their East Coast road trip without Teemu Selanne, as he went back to California after injury, it would take just minutes after puck drop for the Ducks to establish dominance over the Rangers.

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Senators Dominate in Alfie’s New House

Any way you slice it, tonight's game was an important one for the Ottawa Senators. It was a chance to get an important two points against a division rival, a chance to bounce back on the road after a home loss in a game they probably should have won, and a chance to avoid falling behind early in the Atlantic division.

Of course, all that ignores the elephant in the room. The fact is, even though a lot of the Sens players had avoided talking about it, or said they weren't thinking about it, this was probably a night they've had circled on their calendar's since the middle of the summer for one reason. Daniel Alfredsson.

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.
In Case You Missed It
Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers
After defeating the Montreal Canadiens last night the Maple Leafs traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.
 

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First Morning After Skate

October is finally here!  Pumpkin spice everything is returning everywhere and hockey is back!  No lockout (other than the US Government) and NHL games that matter in October.  Every morning here on Kukla's Korner (well the main page at least until my own little spot has been carved out and is ready) I will give you a recap as to the games that happened last night (in some cases while you were sleeping), some highlights on hockey news, and end with a line up as to who will be playing tonight.

In case you missed it

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The Great Winter Classic Debate

Now that it is official that the Washington Capitals will host the 2015 Winter Classic more questions have risen:

Where is the game going to take place?

Who will the Capitals play?

What are the events for their Fan Festival?

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The Goaltending Investment, The Detroit Way

This one’s for all of you Detroit Red Wings fans that comprise a large portion of the KK readership.

There’s been plenty of debate in my town lately about the value of goaltending in the salary cap era.  Specifically, does it make sense to keep a goalie (Two hints - I’m in Buffalo and his name rhymes with Hiller) who makes over $6 million per season when you could be spending those dollars at other positions?  The Red Wings, time and time again, are brought up as Exhibit A. 

A Sabres beat reporter went so far yesterday as to suggest that, since many NHL teams have come on board with Detroit’s low-cost goaltending model, it would be difficult for Buffalo to trade its franchise netminder for anything resembling decent value.  With that in mind, and with humble apologies for descending to the level of dealing in hypotheticals, I hope you’ll chime in on this question which is based more on philosophy than reality (sorry, we don’t make up trade rumors here).

Imagine if Ken Holland received a phone call from the Sabres stating that new owner Terry Pegula, wanting to invest more cap money in his forwards, was making Ryan Miller available.  As a fan of a team that’s enjoyed enormous success with cheaper goalies, how do you think your GM would respond?  How would you want him to respond?

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Former NHLer’s in Europe Part II

This week we will continue to look at former NHL players who are now playing in Europe.
 
Jaromir Jagr
Avangard Omsk

Jagr is clearly not the offensive force that he was in his heyday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he has become quite a mentor to younger KHL players, while recording 14 points in 19 games for sixth place Avangard Omsk. However, Jagr’s most impressive feat this year was leading an undermanned Czech squad to World Championship gold against a heavily favoured Russian squad that featured Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk and Gonchar.
 
Miroslav Satan
HC Slovan Bratislava

Satan is hoping to land another midseason NHL contract as he did with the Boston Bruins last year. In the meantime, Satan registered eight points during a three game contract with Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak league. Satan can still find the back of the net and may yet have another crack at the NHL.
 

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Former NHLer’s in Europe

This week I will take a look at some former NHL players now playing in various European leagues. With the implementation of the salary cap, the average NHL players’ career is now ending when they hit their mid-thirties, as GM’s round out their roster with younger, less expensive options. This recent trend has led to an influx of big name players, such as Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov, heading overseas for better contracts and a chance to lengthen their career. Do most of these players repeat their NHL success overseas or are they clearly at the twilight of their careers?

Dominik Hasek
Spartak

Hasek was signed last summer after leading HC Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga championship. However, Hasek has struggled this year with a 4-10 record, a 2.80 GAA and a .898 save percentage as Spartak currently sit 18th out of 23 KHL teams.

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The State of Hockey in Slovakia

Despite tempered expectations, Slovakia garnered a fourth place finish at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In spite of an aging core roster of players, Slovakia was able to retain it’s Elite Seven status, while upsetting the number one ranked team; Russia, and eliminating the number three ranked team and defending Olympic Gold Medalists; Sweden.

Since the split of Czechoslovakia into two distinct nation states in 1993, Slovakia slowly saw their stock on the ice rise, culminating in a IIHF World Championship in 2002. However, since then the Slovaks have found themselves in a similar quandary that Team USA did for the better part of the last decade; the increasing age of their elite players and management’s inability to find suitable replacements for the old guard. However, unlike the States, Slovakia does not have the depth of coaching and player development programs which has spawned a new generation of talent Stateside.

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Ken Holland Would Like to get an Enforcer

From the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky:

The question comes up around this time every summer: Should the Red Wings acquire an enforcer?

“Ideally, yeah, we’d love to go out and get an enforcer,” general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “But I can’t make one up. We don’t have one in our organization right now, so I have one of two choices. Either I trade for one or I get one through free agency.”

Holland has a history of adding one agitator to the roster, usually later in the summer or right after training camp. He brought in Brad May after the team returned from Sweden last year. Before that, Aaron Downey, Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake were late additions to the roster.

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Hall of Fame might call on former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli this year

From the Detroit Free Press’ Lee Snider:

Former NHL great Dino Ciccarelli amassed 608 goals in a 19-year career that included four seasons in Detroit (1992-96).

Yet, the scrappy, prolific scorer isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Minneapolis Star Tribune hockey writer Michael Russo thinks this might be Dino’s year.

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Red Wings Goalie Jimmy Howard Deserves to be NHL’s Rookie of the Year

From the Detroit News’ Ted Kulfan:

At the grand old age of 26, you hope Jimmy Howard won’t be discriminated against for his age.

Howard is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, symbolizing the NHL’s rookie of the year. He’s up against Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, 19, and Colorado forward Matt Duchene, 18, two worthy candidates. Both players are younger than Howard and neither played in the minor leagues, as Howard did for four seasons.

Howard is, without a doubt, the elder statesman in this group. The much older brother. Ancient, even.

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Ken Holland Wants to Sign Wings’ Restricted Free Agents

From the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans to gear up talks to re-sign his restricted free agents over the coming week, but already the Wings figure to be a deep and competitive team next season.

That’s because they’re largely going to be the same team that went 16-3-2 in March and April when, for the first time all season, all their principal players were healthy.

“I like our team,” Holland said. “I think we’ve got a good mix. We’ve identified our core, and we’ve got some role players we really like, and we’re going to be deeper with Jiri Hudler coming back.”

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Gatorade’s “Replay II” to show 1999 rematch of Detroit high school hockey teams

Maybe some of the Wings fans here were a part of this ?

Fox Sports Network will broadcast the premiere of the “Gatorade REPLAY II”, airing nationally Sunday, June 20.

This season’s REPLAY featured a Classic rematch between the 1999 teams of two Detroit area hockey powerhouses, the Trenton Trojans and the Detroit Central Catholic (DCC) Shamrocks. 

REPLAY the Series, Fueled by Gatorade, re-stages classic games between some of the nation’s biggest high school sports rivalries.

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Wings trade Leino to Flyers

Per CBC Jeff Marek’s Twitter, Detroit trades Ville Leino to Philadelphia for a 5th in 2011 and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

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Sports and Bloggers and Culture in Ancient Rome

Sometimes a simple email newsletter can trigger a thousand memories.  The story of one particular newsletter triggered memory needs to be shared.

Professor David Potter is one of the best educators I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He teaches a total “jock” class, deals with the athletic department, and drives his students crazy—and they like it. Sports and Culture in Ancient Rome framed a lot of my opinions on the fact that sports are inherently both ridiculously trivial and extremely, extremely important as sporting affiliations are almost inherent to the way many people—including myself—define themselves…

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A Magical Tale

From Eric Adelson at ESPN The Magazine,

Its sounds like a fairy tale. Steve Yzerman, the legendary hockey hero, reaches out to Braxton Davis, a sick little boy. Think you’ve read this story before? Bet you haven’t.

The magical tale of the hockey hero and the sick little boy came to an end on a warm spring day in Detroit in 2006. Braxton Davis, the sick little boy, stood silently inside the Red Wings’ locker room as the players streamed out, the day before a first-round game against Edmonton. The room was empty, save for one man, Steve Yzerman, who lingered in khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. The Captain, holding a stick in his hand, walked over to Braxton.

continued…

*our thanks to a longtime KK reader for pointing out this story

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Larionov Mixes Hockey & Wine

From the Oakland Press,

After his retirement, the player known as “the Professor” turned his hobby into a business, naming his import company after his game-winning goal in the third overtime of Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He is partnered with Mike Davis in distributing wines from Australia and California in Michigan as well as both Switzerland and Russia.

Of course, hockey is not far from Larionov’s business, as names of his wines include, “Hat Trick,” “Slapshot,” or Triple Overtime Chardonnay, Cabernet and Enela—which is the name of his wife spelled backwards, according to a release by his company.

more…

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Ted Lindsay Points To Schedule For Wings Attendance Problems

from the CP via the Hockey News,

The Montreal Canadiens commemorated their 81 year-old rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings before the two Original Six teams played their only game of the season Tuesday.

It is that disparity in the NHL’s current schedule that has Red Wings Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay believing that Detroit will never have a similar rivalry with another team ever again.

Lindsay said Tuesday that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is to blame if attendance numbers are down in Detroit because fans in Hockeytown are sick of seeing teams like Columbus and Nashville so often every year.

“We had it for a couple of years there with Colorado and Detroit, but Bettman has taken advantage of Detroit because of it being a great hockey city and it being a well managed hockey team,” Lindsay said.

continued

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Sundin Has No Plans To Move

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Sundin was dismissing a highly speculative report that the Swedish contingent on the Detroit Red Wings, including Niklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, are set to lobby general manager Ken Holland to acquire the Leafs captain if Toronto falls out of the playoffs.

But Sundin said Saturday night he was not in cahoots with the Motown Scandinavians and repeated yesterday that, as long as he controls his fate with a no-movement contract clause, he’ll stay put.

“That’s very safe to say,” Sundin said. “I didn’t sign a one-year deal last summer to (better accommodate a trade), I want to be a Leaf.”

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Simply The Best

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

The debate was interesting, but not terribly long when we were determining The Hockey News cover feature for our European issue, due to come out next week.

Nicklas Lidstrom is our cover boy, plain and simple. The best European-trained player ever in the NHL.

A case was made for Jaromir Jagr, the five-time scoring champion and destined to be the top-scoring European for long time to come. Jari Kurri had a lot of support, as did Dominik Hasek. But the more we studied the facts and figures, the more it became obvious.

continued

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Goal Of The Night

Pavel Datsyuk had the goal of the night last night.

Actually, he had two nice goals, but the first one was selected over the second one…

Watch the video…

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Wings Injuries - Draper Out for 10 Days+

From Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily,

Kris Draper’s knee sprain will keep him out of the lineup for 10 days to two weeks. Today, he could just ice the knee and sit in the sauna.

Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t practice. His status is unknown for Thursday.

more

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Keep Your Head Up Hudler

Phaneuf put a big hit on Hudler last night in the 3rd period.  Hudler had been agitating Dion most of the night and you just had a feeling Phaneuf was looking for the right opportunity to pay him back.

Watch the video of the hit…

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By The Numbers:  19

from CBC,

He will always be remembered for the number 19 on his back and the Detroit Red Wing on his chest, which he wore from start to finish in his career

But once upon a time a young Steve Yzerman wore a different famous number.

“When I was a little, little kid, I was number four for Bobby Orr,” he said.

continued....

If interested in the book, you can purchase at Amazon.com

thanks to a KK member for the pointer!.

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Quit “Dipping”, Get Healthier

Snapshots points out Zetterberg has stopped his chewing tobacco habit…

Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper posted a “teaser” article for their sports magazine, which features Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg as the cover boy. Zetterberg apparently states that he’s given up chewing tobacco as part of his doctor’s prescription for avoiding future back problems by modifying his diet and work on strengthening his core.

a little more...

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Line Of The Day

via Puck-rakers,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock boiled the game down thusly: “There is such a fine line in this league now. If you don’t have your whole team show up you’re not going to win. I never ever say this, but tonight was the first night in a long time that we didn’t have enough people to compete, and that’s unacceptable.”

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AO & Bowman

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Maybe someone can provide one good reason for Alex Ovechkin to sign a new contract with the before becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, because we sure can’t think of any.

Ovechkin, stuck in a hockey market in DC that’s as irrelevant now as it was before the lockout and therefore denied a suitable stage to showcase his brilliance, isn’t going to make more money by signing with the Caps than he would by inviting offer sheets this summer.

continued plus more NHL talk including this,

Dialogue has resumed between Scotty Bowman and the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment aimed at working out a deal so the nine-time Cup-winning coach and one-time player personnel director would become the Toronto club’s president and director of hockey operations, Slap Shots has been told.

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Who’s #1 In Detroit

from the Toronto Sun,

Chris Osgood, it appears, has supplanted Dominik Hasek as the No. 1 goalie in Motown, though the 42-year-old Hasek won’t concede as much.

“There are 60 games left and I know the way I practise and the way I see the puck, I know I’ll play better,” Hasek said. “I want to see more determination out of myself. I haven’t done my job.”

read on

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Wings Get Some Off-Ice Help

via the Tennessean,

Steve Violetta, executive vice president of business affairs for the Predators, will leave the organization in early December to take a similar position with the Detroit Red Wings, a Predators spokesman confirmed.

A Detroit native, Violetta is in his third season in Nashville, where he’s helped boost attendance and season-ticket sales even as the Predators have raised ticket prices.

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Swedish Attraction

from Karl Samuelson at NHL.com,

Today, every NHL team has a Swede in its lineup, but one team has eclipsed all others in the successful integration of Swedish hockey players – the Detroit Red Wings.

Five of Detroit’s top 10 scorers last season were Swedes, and this season seven of their regulars hail from the “Land of the Midnight Sun.”

So what is it about the Red Wings’ organizational culture that enables Swedish players to excel?

read on

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Hockey The Way It Was Meant To Be Played

from Puck-rackers,

Conversely, when I watch a game like tonight’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Red Wings, I wonder why hockey isn’t the most popular sport in our country. If this was your first game, you’re coming back Wednesday when they host Florida. You’re considering an apartment in the Arena District, picking out a jersey in the gift shop, firing up Cannon Fodder ...

Why do we watch sports? To see people do things that we can’t. That’s what I’ve always believed, anyway. Last night, that sort of jaw-dropping talent was on full display. You can appreciate it more if you’re in the building, especially in hockey.

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Toews & Kane Hitting a Wall

From Len Ziehm a the Chicago Sun-Times,

Toews was a minus-3 in a 4-2 loss at Columbus on Wednesday. The next night, he was a minus-2 in a 5-4 overtime loss at Nashville and won only one of 11 faceoffs.  He was disconsolate in the locker room afterward. His teammates tried to cheer him up, but Toews wasn’t buying it.

‘‘They’d say that statistics don’t always represent how you’ve been playing, but I was on the ice for five goals-against, so obviously there’s something I’m not doing right,’’ Toews said.

On Friday he went through a video session with assistant coach Ryan Stewart designed to correct his recent mistakes, then got hit in the head with puck in practice at Joe Louis Arena. He’s now sporting a big lump and cut near his right eye, and tonight his line will play against fearsome Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

Welcome to the NHL, kid.

more… including some comments on Patrick Kane’s recent struggles as well

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No Change Needed For Red Wings

from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,

Hasek described his play after Tuesday’s loss in St. Louis as “not being able to get in the game.” He doesn’t see action for minutes, then lets in a quickie ... which is another way to say that he’s playing like a No. 2 goalie. Osgood plays behind the same tight defense and manages just fine.

Tuesday’s game was a good example of the difference between the two netminders. Hasek was pulled after allowing four goals, including two off big rebounds. Osgood came in and looked a lot sharper.

All of that said, it would seem obvious that the correct thing to do would be to make a change, to play Osgood more often and give the Red Wings a better chance to win.

But not doing anything right now would be better than doing something like making a change.

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Wings Plane Slides Off Runway

News is breaking this morning in Detroit and I just caught bits and pieces… Not sure if this happened on take-off or landing, but the Wings plane slid off the runway and reports are everyone is ok.

I will update as more information becomes available.

update 7:35am, Now Fox2 in Detroit reports the pilot took a wide turn on the runway in St. Louis last night and the plane got stuck in mud.  The team spent the night in St. Louis and will travel this morning.

The first report of sliding off the runway was made by Channel 4 in Detroit.

picture added 8:26am...

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Shoot For Holmstrom’s Stick

from the Detroit Free Press (Tuesday edition) via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

Now 34, Holmstrom’s saga reveals a player who is putting up career numbers on a regular basis, with 29 goals two seasons ago, 30 last season and on pace for 43 this season. Entering tonight’s game against St. Louis, Holmstrom is tied with linemate Pavel Datsyuk for second on the team in scoring with 16 points after 17 games.

The courage Holmstrom displays as he stands in the path of vulcanized rubber on a nightly basis has won him many admirers, from those who shoot at him to those who emulate him.

Nicklas Lidstrom, who almost always is on the ice at the same time as Holmstrom and his line with Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, exemplifies the former. Having Holmstrom in front of the net allows Lidstrom the freedom to miss the net on purpose at times.

‘‘You can see his stick, so you try to shoot it where Homer’s stick is,’’ Lidstrom said. ‘‘So sometimes you shoot it wide because you know he is going to try to get it or deflect it into the net.’‘

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