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Radulov’s Value

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the more interesting stories of the stretch run was the way the NHL broke its own rules to get Alexander Radulov to return despite the fact he may only be returning to the league for a handful of games at the end of one season and then return to Russia.  Radulov is playing essentially to get out of his entry level contract as fast as possible.  He is a restricted free agent this summer.  Next summer he will be old enough to be an unrestricted free agent.  Radulov’s game plan is to use this upcoming free agency to get a big money NHL contract.

This plan would not work so well if he returned to the NHL and failed.  That hasn’t been what has happened.  He has been arguably the best offensive player on Nashville since his return.

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Attention Getters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am not sure what Brad Lee and Sean Gallagher were trying to do, but they need some help when they have to write stuff like this to draw attention to themselves.  Remember boys, it is not about us, it is about the game.

The man who is first on that list with an amazing 1,687 career games is Gordie Howe. And as soon as he remembers where Joe Louis Arena is located, I’m sure he’ll be here to congratulate you on your career. Or wish you happy birthday.

Our next guest is Vladimir Konstantinov! Roll your old bones up here, Vladimir, and say a few words…

I am not one who usually likes to stir the pot, but in this instance, the above needed to be pointed out just so people can see how cruel people can actually be.

 

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Leino: Season Was A Battle

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From the Buffalo News,

Ville Leino was nearly invisible with a hockey stick in his hand. Off the ice, however, he was the Sabres’ straightest shooter.

Leino candidly and honestly delivered opinions on any subject that came up this season. The switch from left wing to center? Hated it. The crowd in Buffalo? Too quiet. The atmosphere in the dressing room? Not fun enough. Games early in the season? Sometimes it’s tough to get excited for them.

So, as he said farewell to a forgettable season, it was no surprise Leino came clean about his first year in Buffalo.

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2 Home Teams Can Clinch Today While The 3rd Must Win To Survive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Philadelphia and Washington can move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals today with a win.  Both teams are up 3-2 and should be treating their game like a game 7.

Meanwhile, Vancouver must win tonight to stay alive, if not, the LA Kings will be celebrating on their ice.

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Tick Tock’s All Redolent Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Don’t think for a second that I’m ready yet to jump back in, but I will bring you this ditty from Khan(!).

“We’ve got some cap space, but there’s got to be somebody to sign,’’ Holland said. “Even if you get one or two players in unrestricted free agency, you need four lines.

“You can’t just make two signings in the summer and go on a long playoff run. This is a team sport. … We got some good pieces, but we’re not quite as deep.’‘

Holland likes his nucleus, which includes Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Johan Franzen…

I stopped reading right about there. No. I stopped reading after I got to the “z” following “Fran…” and realized what the whole word was gonna be.  I’m seriously disgusted with that player.  Note to Kenny: you have two disasters to make up for. (1) letting Hossa go and keeping Franz…and (2) February 28, 2012.

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Red Wings overnight report: don’t expect satisfactory answers from the Wings’ locker room clean-out

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 11:41 AM: Joe Louis Arena’s ice surface wasn’t available on Saturday afternoon, and with “WWE Smackdown” coming to town on Monday (Shea Weber hasn’t asked for tickets yet), it’s incredibly likely that the Red Wings, who flew home after their playoff ouster on Friday night, will assemble today to take their team picture on the ice, and then speak to the media while cleaning out their lockers.

From there, the Wings’ players will spend the next week or two coming to and from the Joe to have end-of-the-season physicals (Henrik Zetterberg’s the first Wing to have all but committed to heading over to Helsinki/Stockholm to play in the World Championships, telling Expressen’s Mattias Eriksson that he can leave town after his physical on Tuesday, as long as the Wings are OK with him playing at the Worlds) and exit interviews with the coaches and management.

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Capitals Take On A Blue-Collar Mentality

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kellie Cowan of CSN Washington,

Now one win away from ousting the big bad Bruins, the Capitals are reveling in their new identity.  As underdog.  As simple blue-collar hockey.  As a team who could pull out an improbable come-from-below victory without relying on their biggest names.

Game 5 underlined this beautifully as the likes of Jay Beagle, Mike Knuble, Troy Brouwer and Alexander Semin—now the Caps’ most consistent goal scorer—bested last year’s Vezina and Conn Smythe winner.

“I think that’s one of the things that’s given us motivation: people counting us out,” said Alzner.  “We like to be the underdog actually.  We enjoy having people not like us and not really expecting a whole lot from us.”

Even the awkward growing pains from their rocky transformation seem to be paying off for the never-say-die Caps.  After relinquishing a lead, the Capitals have only failed once in this series to reclaim it.

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Video- The Best Of Saturday’s Playoff Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just over 14 minutes long, check out all the action from the five games on Saturday.

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“Players Are Still At Risk”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Nhl Players’ Association already has acknowledged informally its obligation to change the culture in hockey that allows, if not promotes, the predatory head-hunting that has damaged the opening weeks of the Stanley Cup playoffs and portions of the past few regular seasons.

“As players, we’ve already talked about our responsibility to become more involved in the entire issue, and that’s going to begin with talks about our responsibility to each other when we’re on the ice competing,” the Rangers’ Brad Richards, who is held in utmost regard throughout the league, told Slap Shots on Friday.

“We’re definitely going to want to have more of a role in the supplementary discipline process going forward in the next [collective bargaining] agreement, but when it comes to it, the league can police it all it wants but we have a responsibility to each other as hockey players to stop this head-hunting.

continued plus does Brooks fire a verbal shot at Brian Burke?

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Video- Blackhawks Win To Play Another Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sorry for the delay of this post, I will admit it, I feel asleep and woke up riding some bike race through the mountains.

Panic struck!

Thanks to this OT goal by Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.

Phoenix still leads the series 3-2.

Watch the game highlights below…

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