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Buffalo Signs Drew Stafford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (June 3, 2011) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with forward Drew Stafford, who was set to become a Restricted Free Agent on July 1.

“It was important for us to get Drew locked up,” said Regier. “What we saw from Drew this season is exactly what we envisioned when we drafted him. Drew will continue to be an important part of our team in the coming years.”

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Odds on Game 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bodog.ca, all the odds:

Boston Bruins           +1½  (-200)    +170   O 5 (-120)
Vancouver Canucks     -1½ (+170)    -200   U 5 (EVEN)

Team to score first in the game   
Boston Bruins                   +115
Vancouver Canucks             -145

Will there be a goal in the first 10:00 of the Game?
Yes             Even
No             -130

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  Tags: boston+bruins, scf, stanley+cup+finals, vancouver+canucks

Friday Bruins Transcript: Chara and Lucic

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Everyone is talking about creating more traffic in front of Luongo there.  You seem to present the size.  How much more help do you need of guys getting in his face?

ZDENO CHARA:  I think it’s got to be a commitment from everybody, be willing to do that job, not just on power-plays.  Obviously, five-on-five, whatever situation that is.

Q.  Z, can you talk about on the power-play screening the goaltender, talk about the specific skills besides blocking the view of the goalie?

ZDENO CHARA:  I think it’s a combination of being aware of where the puck is, obviously you have to be in the right position.  Really, it’s just basically having the right instinct, where your feel the puck’s going to be, kind of predict a little bit, too.

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  Tags: milan+lucic, zdeno+chara

Goalie Contact Calls Getting Clarification Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Burrows took four penalties in the opener and coach Alain Vigneault suggested one - a goalie interference call on Tim Thomas - was largely unwarranted. The contact, in that case, did appear to be incidental and the Canucks have said that between games, they have contacted the NHL to get a clarification about why those calls are made, if Thomas is always leaving the crease to stop the puck. Thomas’s counterpart, Roberto Luongo, changed his style this season, to play deeper in the net, and Vigneault implied it had to do with avoiding incidental conduct.

According to Burrows, the answers were expected to come later Friday.

“At the same, I’ve got to be aware, around the net, to make sure I can’t bump the goalie. That’s his ice if he’s already there. I have to be smarter and make sure I don’t put my team down a man.”

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  Tags: alex+burrows, tim+thomas

Drew Stafford Has A New Contract

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

via Sabres tweet,

The #Sabres have signed forward Drew Stafford to a multi-year deal. Check back with Sabres.com later today for more details.

Details not available yet, but Buffalo successfully avoids having the forward go to salary arbitration. 

Stafford this past season: 31 goals, 21 assists, 52 points in 62 games played.  11 of his goals were on the power play and he was a +13.

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Friday Bruins Transcript: Bergeron and Seidenberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Patrice, can you talk about the third period, Vancouver talked about being able to establish their speed.  From your end, talk about the neutral zone, cleaning up that area.

PATRICE BERGERON:  Yeah, I think you’re right.  The neutral zone, we weren’t getting pucks deep.  That’s what was giving them I guess the speed that they want, the counterattack that they wanted.
We’re going to make a better job, especially in the neutral zone, at putting pucks deep and having a better forecheck.

DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  I think it’s the same thing.  If we don’t go through the neutral zone clean and get behind our Ds, they’ll pick it up on the blueline and counterattack quick.  It’s tough for us to get a gap at Ds.  If you don’t get a gap at D’s, they get more room and space and speed.  That causes a lot of trouble and chances for them.

Q.  Patrice, I know it’s rather an obvious question.  How important is it for you guys to get out of here with a split tomorrow night?

PATRICE BERGERON:  Yeah, obviously we want to get back in this series.  It’s very important.  We’ll approach the next game always as the most important one.  Now it’s about Game 2.  It’s the biggest game right now of the series.  It’s always like that.

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  Tags: dennis+seidenberg, patrice+bergeron

Blackhawks Exec Front-runner for Winnipeg GM Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Campbell at Winnipeg Free Press:

A front-runner has emerged to be the general manager of Winnipeg’s new NHL team.

Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM and senior director of hockey operations Kevin Cheveldayoff is hot on the radar of Canada’s seventh NHL franchise.

After a Thursday meeting with True North chairman Mark Chipman and hockey senior vice-president Craig Heisinger at the NHL’s scouting combine, current Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley does not appear to be a slam-dunk to move with the club to Winnipeg. Nobody at True North will talk about it and there are strong rumblings here that Dudley will either be re-assigned or dismissed, that True North wants to go in another direction with its own people.

continued…
*h/t to Elliotte Friedman

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  Tags: kevin+cheveldayoff, rick+dudley

NHL Viewer Ratings Records

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final drew 4.6 million viewers on NBC, 5.6 million on CBC and 714,000 on French-language RDS. The 10.9 million viewers is also the fifth-best combined viewership total for any Stanley Final Game.

TOP 5 STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 NORTH AMERICAN VIEWERSHIP

2011 10.9 million

1997 8.9 million

2010 8.0 million

1996 7.8 million

1995 7.1 million

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Sedin on Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Craig Custance at Sporting News interviews Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin today, and elicits a bit of a mixed compliment from one Swede about another:

SN: There’s a possibility that fellow Swede Nicklas Lidstrom could retire this summer. What would that mean to the league to lose somebody like that?

Sedin: It would mean Detroit would be a worse team. He’s such a big part of that team. Looking back last year, he’s still a very effective player. It would be sad to see him retire.

SN: With that in mind, would you be surprised if he did?

Sedin: He’s old. So I wouldn’t be surprised. He still has a lot of years left. If his body is healthy I think he can be very, very good.

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, nicklas+lidstrom

Keys for Boston to Win Game 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Zeisberger at QMI via the St. Thomas-Times Journal:

Here are five key issues the Bruins must address if they want to win Game 2 Saturday to tie the series.

1. DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW HOW TO SCORE?

During their past 120 minutes of hockey, the Bruins have scored exactly once. Not actually the recipe of success if you want to win a Cup.

It’s not like they didn’t have chances Wednesday, peppering Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo with 36 shots. But missing open nets, as Mark Recchi did, simply can’t happen. Attention David Krejci, Michael Ryder, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic: Time to step up.

2. FIND A WAY TO FIX A POWER PLAY THAT SUCKS

Yes, the Canucks are outstanding on the penalty kill, one that ranked third during the NHL season. But that doesn’t excuse the bumbling Bruins power play, which has gone 5-for-67 including 0-for-6 in Game 1.

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