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The Red Wings and the Playoffs.

I'm an avid KK reader but rarely a writer.

 I only really write anything when I'm fired up or angry about the Wings.

 I am brutally honest and never sugarcoat anything.  I can say that I watch every single Wings game without fail.  I'm a stat and cap geek.  I've been ganged up on and called names before for voicing my opinion by so called bigger fans on the DRW than I am.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

Goaltending Montage to Set the Playoff Mood

A goaltending friend shared this Youtube video with me on a social media site.

I DO NOT know much about the Youtube author titled, ShootAllGoalies (I think he means with a camera).

I DO know the video has a playoff feel to it, and I hope the KK community enjoys.

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Swedish Federation Blocks Soderberg to Boston

During the trade deadline, I think the Bruins counted Soderberg as part of their playoff run. 

Then this occurrred.

It is also curious to me that this occurs at the same time as Olympic participation talks are taking place.

Here's the story from the local CBS station in Boston.

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  Tags: carl+soderberg

This Is SportsCenter - Henrik Lundqvist

Hank has been getting a lot of air time lately. 

But this commercial combines two of my favorite things, Hockey and the Muppets.  In a twist of irony, some of Sports Center's best commercials are hockey based. 

And for the record Linda Cohn is a goalie too.

 

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist

It is Good to be King

King Henrik was rockin on Jimmy Fallon Friday night

 

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  Tags: henrik+lunqvist

Breaking Down the Nash Trade

After a five-month dizzying ordeal, forward Rick Nash has been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and the Rangers’ first pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  The Blue Jackets also send to the Rangers a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as well as minor-league defenseman Steven Delisle.

The national pundits have viewed the trade as an abomination for the Blue Jackets yet the Blue Jackets organization, while local observers and fans have viewed the trade as a great move by Blue Jackets General Manager (GM) Scott Howson.

While I view the trade, on the surface, as neither great nor devastating in the overall sense, with consideration to all of the parameters and the length of time needed by Howson to make this trade, I feel the trade is simply a case where Howson, in baseball jargon, was entrusted by ownership to hit a home run and settled for, at best, a ground-rule double.

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  Tags: artem+anisimov, brandon+dubinsky, rick+nash, tim+erixon

Trading Rick Nash:  Handicapping the Options

In my previous article on Rick Nash I outlined the variables and complications associated with the foregone conclusion in some league circles that Columbus Blue Jackets lone franchise player, Rick Nash, will be traded prior to or during the upcoming National Hockey League (NHL) Entry draft, scheduled for Friday, June 22nd.

The Columbus Dispatch’s stellar beat reporter Aaron Portzline disclosed “that as many as seven teams have had “significant” trade conversations with Blue Jackets General Manager (GM) Scott Howson about Nash during the past 10 days and that a handful of other clubs – three or four, maybe more – have ‘kicked the tires’ to see what a deal might cost them.”

Much like the limited potential list of suitors who Nash had provided to Howson – those for which Nash would consider waiving his No Movement Clause (NMC) – no one except Howson knows who has made the specific offers.  However, it is known that specific teams were actively pursuing, and appear to continue to pursue, the possibility of a trade with the Blue Jackets for Nash.

Assuming that Blue Jackets General Manager (GM) Scott Howson can broker a deal to garner the necessary return associated with one of the NHL’s elite power forwards, I now offer my analysis of the potential trading partners – NHL organizations who covet Nash – and what type of proposal could entice Scott Howson.

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Why Trading Rick Nash is Complicated

It’s expected that the Columbus Blue Jackets will trade their only true All-Star player and face of the franchise Rick Nash on or before the upcoming NHL Entry Draft on June 22nd.  Rumored trade discussions and speculated trading partners have been flying almost as quickly as trying to keep the hottest of DVDs on a Blockbuster store shelf.

And while some pundits and local observers believe this long-speculated trade of Nash is a forgone conclusion and will go down before the draft, I believe that doing so is a lot more complicated than that and I’ll explain why.

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  Tags: brian+burke, craig+patrick, glen+sather, rick+nash, scott+howson

The Daily Bites NHL Mock Draft - First Round 2012

The NHL draft will begin on Friday and it is a chance for every team to have some hope about their future.  This draft is very interesting because after Nail Yakupov (the consensus number one pick) there are a plethora of differing opinions among experts and scouts as to where players should be rated.  This makes an exercise like a mock draft very difficult, but also a lot of fun.

I am not considering any potential trades in my mock draft as that is just too difficult to predict.  Seeing as the number one pick is definitely in play I think we are going to see plenty of action at the Consol Energy Center on Friday night.

 

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  Tags: draft, mock+draft, prospects, yakupov

Will the Marlies Success Translate to the Maple Leafs Next Season?

The Toronto Marlies had a great season and although they were swept in the Calder Cup final on the weekend, they had an excellent playoff run as well.  What is most impressive with the Marlies playoff run is that they have done it with a minimal amount of AHL “veterans”.  Other than Mike Zigomanis, the rest of the squad is made up of legitimate NHL prospects.

The Marlies great run is getting Leaf fans thinking about how their success might translate to the big club next year.  There have been some recent cases where AHL success from the previous season appeared to help the NHL clubs with big improvements the following season.  Most recently the Ottawa Senators jumped up 18 points in 2011-12 after their affiliate, Bighamton Senators, won the Calder Cup in 2010-11 and the Montreal Canadiens had a 14 point jump in 2006-07 after the Hamilton Bulldogs won the Calder Cup in 2005-06.

I decided to look back at 18 seasons from 1991-92 to see how NHL teams fared the year after their AHL affiliate played in the Calder Cup finals.  I used difference in points from the previous season as my criteria for judging “improvement” at the NHL level.

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  Tags: ahl, depth+chart, marlies, prospects, toronto

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