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A Quick Recap From Quenneville And Sutter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Perhaps the line of the playoffs from Darryl Sutter when asked what he said to the players after the game.

His response, "fly at 11".

Watch a quick recap from both Joel Quenneville and Darryl Sutter post-game...

added 11:22am, A second video has been added, with the quote from Sutter at the beginning of the video.

Watch it below the first video...

 

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Red Wings overnight report: on Janmark, draft talk and McCarty the Hall of Famer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan kind of stole the "overnight" thunder by reporting that Ken Holland plans on extending both Mike Babcock and Jeff Blashill's contracts, and Holland also said something to Khan that's particularly relevant given this morning's crop of Red Wings stories:

"Our scouts identified good players and Jeff Blashill has done a fabulous job in the development of those players," Holland said. "We're trying to develop another group of players who'll be key contributors to us having playoff success. It's important that they learn to win at the American Hockey League level. This season and next summer is a critical time in Detroit as we transition young players into being Red Wings. Jeff Blashill is an important guy as we go through that transition. He's excited to continue to have an impact on the Red Wings."

The Red Wings ideally would like to sign Babcock to an extension before the season.

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Quite the ‘classic’ conversation with Gordie Howe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This article from "The Daily Beast" (please note: George does not endorse "The Daily Beast" any more or less than he does "The Blaze," which is to say not at all) pretty much speaks for itself, and it's a gread read:

In 1959, the peerless sportswriter W.C. Heinz caught up with professional hockey legend Gordie Howe at the height of his considerable powers.

The Stanley Cup Finals are upon us. What better time to revisit this day-in-the-life profile of one master, Gordie Howe, by another master, W.C. Heinz. Originally published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1959, roughly halfway through Howe's incredible career, the story is reprinted here with permission from Heinz's daughter, Gayl. Please enjoy “Work Horse on Ice.” -Alex Belth

In five hours Gordie Howe would play hockey with the Detroit Red Wings against the New York Rangers. Now it was 3:30 in the afternoon, and he was sitting at the kitchen table in his new home in a residential suburb fourteen miles northwest of downtown Detroit. He was eating the meal on which he would play—steak, peas, lettuce, fruit jello, and tea.

“When we play those Saturday afternoon TV games,” he was saying, “I just play on my breakfast eggs. Once, when I was with Omaha, I played on a milk shake.”

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Wild to extend coach Mike Yeo shortly

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild will lock up coach Mike Yeo--and the vast majority of the team's front office--in short order:

Final details were being worked out Friday night, but all signs pointed toward an agreement soon, multiple sources said. Yeo, General Manager Chuck Fletcher and other members of the front office are due to leave for owner Craig Leipold’s home in the Bahamas on Saturday for meetings.

The NHL’s youngest coach is 104-82-26 (. 552) in the regular season and coached the Wild past the first round for only the second time in franchise history this spring.

Yeo, 40, is nearing the end of a three-year contract. Fletcher said May 16 that his first offseason priority was to re-sign Yeo, then address the two-dozen others whose contracts also expire June 30.

That includes members of his front office like Andrew Brunette, the scouting staff and the medical and equipment trainers. The trainers have since been re-signed.

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Blackhawks force Game 7 in what was not the world’s prettiest game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...

But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.

Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.

Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.

This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:

Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, corey+crawford, drew+doughty, jonathan+quick, los+angeles+kings, patrick+kane

Khan: Red Wings’ Ken Holland wants to sign both Babcock and Blashill to contract extensions

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Excellent news from MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is trying to keep the organization's head coaches in place for at least a few more seasons.

Holland expects to start contract talks with Mike Babcock soon, possibly as early as next week. Holland also appears on the verge of signing Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill to an extension.

Babcock and Blashill each has one year remaining on his contract.

Holland said he has denied permission to NHL clubs to speak with Blashill. Instead, he has been negotiating an extension for the 40-year-old coach who's had tremendous success with the Griffins.

"I told him some (NHL) teams have called; he's very happy where he's at," Holland said. "I think he'd like to spend another year or two in the AHL getting more experience coaching pros. We're talking about a significant salary increase in return for him being patient for another year or two."

Khan continues at length...

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Open Post- Game 6, Western Conference Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just like last night, game 6 will be played like a game 7 for Los Angeles Kings.

They certainly do not want to fly to Chicago again for a game 7 on Sunday while the Chicago Blackhawks know tonight is a must win game.

My thoughts, the Kings win and stay home, waiting for the arrival of the New York Rangers.

Tonight's game starts just after 9:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.

Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment on anything hockey related.

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P.K. Subban’s Next Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban may be a divisive figure in hockey circles, but no one can plausibly argue he didn’t carry the mail in the playoffs.

That’s not to say he was perfect – he wasn’t – but Subban was clearly the best defenceman in the Habs’ lineup over the course of the postseason, and one of the top two or three in the league.

Now his general manager is going to have to get off his wallet.

Marc Bergevin will have all manner of subjects to consider this off-season, but it starts with sorting out a new contract for the 25-year-old defenceman.

It’s going to be expensive, perhaps even crazily so – why wouldn’t agent Don Meehan start the discussions at Evgeni Malkin-type money: eight years and $76-million?

Much ink will be spilled over the next few weeks about whether the sides will reach a long-term deal, settle on a one- or two-year pact, or even go the arbitration route, but if Bergevin still has doubts about what Subban can bring, he’s a surpassingly severe judge.

That said, the Subban decision, which is the most important, is also in some sense the easiest: If you’re the Habs, try contemplating life without him.

more Montreal talk...

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Hockey Is #1 In NYC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post,

There was an old joke that said if you wanted to count the number of hockey fans in any given city, count the number of seats in that city’s arena and they would match up perfectly. That was always an exaggeration, but it was a point of pride for many hockey fans: Theirs was a modest devotion but a fierce one. Win or lose, thick or thin, first place or last.

Well, Rangers fans awakened this morning to an odd, wonderful reality: Hockey owns New York City for now, and for the next few weeks, and the Rangers are our benign despots. Actually, they probably expected this; it probably didn’t take until 10:41 Thursday night before the most strident loyalists shook their head at what by that point was already a rapidly filling bandwagon.

But here’s the thing:

There’s nothing wrong with a bandwagon. There’s never anything wrong with a bandwagon. Bandwagons don’t form in vacuums, and they aren’t constructed in honor of losing — or even modestly successful — teams. They are built in times of triumph, with the vapor of victory strong and addictive.

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Peter Laviolette Needs To Make A Good First Impression

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

The new Predators coach is scheduled to be on the main stage at the Music City Sports Festival to talk about his plan for returning the team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season....

After missing the playoffs for two straight seasons — and having the same coach since the beginning of the franchise — the Predators had turned stale.

Attendance remained steady for the most part, but the franchise would be on the brink of irrelevancy with another non-playoff year.

Laviolette needs to sell his vision hard this weekend, and do it with both gusto and bravado. He is known as a stirring speaker, and he'll need to deliver a haymaker Sunday.

Fans need to come away from his appearance and simply say "Wow."

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