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How Many Thrashers Come Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

And now is where the hard part begins for Waddell. The first decision has been made, Hartley is coming back as head coach. Waddell declined to reveal any terms of Hartley’s contract, but he said Hartley will be back.
Who he’s coaching is another story. The Thrashers have only eight players on their current roster signed for next season.
There are a slew of unrestricted free agents, who can sign with anyone on July 1. That list includes Tkachuk, Eric Belanger, Slava Kozlov, Andy Sutton, Pascal Dupuis, Jon Sim, Shane Hnidy, J.P. Vigier, Eric Boulton and Brad Larsen.

more (reg. may be req.)

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KK- A Therapy of Sorts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When I first appeared on the web some 26 months ago, my objective was to keep hockey fans updated on the CBA talks.
Today, the same holds true- to keep hockey fans informed on the latest hockey topics.

The last two days I have been unable to do that due to an illness in the family.  I won’t go into details except to say when a parent who helped mold and make you what you are today, needs help, you drop everything and devote as much time as necessary to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.  I will continue to do just that and if I miss an update here and there, I do hope you will understand.

I must publicly thank Alanah for taking over on KK and providing you with her own style of daily updates. I haven’t been able to read through many of her posts, but I am sure there is a Red Wing shot in there somewhere.

I would also like to say thanks to many of the KK members and readers who passed along their well wishes.  They were much appreciated and came at a time when I needed the kind words many of you passed on to me.

Look for updates from me beginning Friday morning and I can say I have missed doing them.  During the lockout it was therapy, allowing me to get different opinions on the terrible situation that existed during that time period.  I also have learned during the last two days, the updates still provide a therapy for me- I thoroughly enjoy spreading the hockey word to the great fans of the greatest sport we know- HOCKEY.

Now I have one request- The Wings 2nd line needs at least two goals tonight. Please!

added 7:50pm, An error on my part- I am still trying to get adjusted to life behind the keyboard and swear I included IwoCPO for his help too.  Anyways, it was a slip on my part and maybe this will push him to live blog tonight’s Wings game.

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ESPN Update:  44 seconds

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1853 and Sportscenter makes their first NHL playoff mention.  Barry Melrose: it’s a good thing that Pittsburgh loses.  Everyone lost before they won. 

Then it’s on to NASCAR.

Thanks Gary.

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Alright….Thinking About A Liveblog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2055 EST: Big test for Versus!!!!!!!.  What are they gonna do when we’re halfway through the third of a blowout in Ottawa when the puck drops in Calgary?  I know what I’m gonna do if we join that game late.

Updated 1954 EST: Just got an email from AlanaH.  She said she may drop by, but the few times she’s conversed with Wing fans she’s been left adjusting to the fact that they are wittier than she is.  It’s tough for her.  Be gentle. 

[Alanah Note: Yes, IwoCPO, you are correct—frequently, when I think about your team, I laugh.  Hasek’s fashion clothing line probably has a lot to do with that…]

[Iwo Note: Oh AlanaH.  Don’t be bitter.  I’ve corresponded with all the regulars and they promise not to mention Cloutier if you hang out tonite.]

Updated 1953 EST:  Alright, alright.  You’ve spoken. I will attempt a live blog.  But if bad things happen…well, if bad things happen I make no guarantees.  I’ll start it out at 2115 and we’ll go from there.  And if Ottawa and Pittsburgh go into OT, I’m gonna be tough to deal with.

I’ll leave it up to you rat bastards.  If you’re in, I’ll make it happen. I make no guarantees though. If the stress gets the better of me and I go all fetal, it may be short-lived.

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MBCQOTD

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Has there ever been a time we needed a Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day more than today? No? You agree? Yes? Ok. Overheard after the morning skate today.... "We've decided to go ahead and start Hudsyhudshuds. Every time I think of him up in that press box, eating those nachos and grabbing ass with Jimmy D I get pissed. I think why's that little bastard get nachos? So, we're going to change it up, get him out there, give him a shot, more minutes..definitely more than last game, eh Ansar? Ha. What? How much? 3 years, eh? Like I said, Sammy's our guy. We're going to stick by him skinny and thick. No matter what."

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Brad May Suspension Should Be Longer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Alan Adams at Sportsnet.ca,

Again, the punishment doesn’t meet the crime.
But then again, this is the NHL we’re talking about.
Anaheim’s Brad May has been suspended for three games for a sucker punch he landed on Minnesota defenceman Kim Johnsson in the dying moments of Minnesota’s 4-1 win over the Ducks on Tuesday.
May received a match penalty for “intent to injure” and a three-game suspension—an absolute joke. Eight or 10 games would have sent the right message and there is precedent. Tie Domi was suspended for eight games in 1995 for sucker-punching Ulf Samuelsson.

continued… (*plus more observations on the Islanders’ saga)

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U-18 World Tournament: Canada vs USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via Slam! Sports,

Canada will play the United States, the team that gave it the most trouble in the round robin, in the semifinals of the world under-18 hockey tournament.
Canada emerged with a 3-2 victory in a shootout with the Americans last Sunday and the two teams go at it again in the medal round Friday 11:30 a.m. ET.
“The teams are very evenly matched,” says head coach Trent Yawney. “The U.S. has got a balanced lineup, good team speed, guys up front who can score and their defencemen can really move the puck - nothing we’re unaware of.

continued…

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St. James: Hudler Sits, Lines Shift

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1520 EST: Khan (!) spoke with Babcock who commented on the fact that Hasek chose not to practice today after participating in yesterday's optional fun-fest.

Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek never misses a gameday skate when he’s starting. So when Hasek didn’t take the ice Thursday morning in the Saddledome, it raised some questions about his health. But, coach Mike Babcock said everything’s fine. Hasek is starting tonight in Game 4, he just didn’t feel like facing shots in the morning. “He chose not to (practice),’’ Babcock said. “Dom wanted to (practice) yesterday, (when) we felt we needed an optional for our guys, we felt we had a lot of guys who shouldn’t skate.’’
Oh...neat. If the morning skate is a true indicator, you've been ignored. Helene St. James blogs that the faces will remain, the lines could very well change.
Based on the morning skate, it looks like the Red Wings will field two new lines tonight when they will attempt to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against Calgary. Robert Lang will have two new wingers in Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen. Valtteri Filppula will be out with Kyle Calder and Mikael Samuelsson. Lang had been playing with Calder and Samuelsson the first three games of the series, but while the line was responsible defensively, it didn’t generate much offense.
So, here we are: Hank/Datsyuk/Homer Franzen/Lang/Bertuzzi Maltby/Draper/Cleary Samuelsson/Filpulla/Calder No Hudler. No sack for Babcock. Another pointless night for Samuelsson and a loss? Light the torches.

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Replacing Doug MacLean in Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Columbus Dispatch,

A search is expected to begin immediately. Clark and Boyd will likely be granted interviews for the general manager’s position, but both are considered long shots to land the job.
Hitchcock, who did not return phone calls, has told insiders he does not want to be general manager. Among those likely to be considered to replace MacLean as general manager are Dave Taylor, former GM of the Los Angeles Kings; Rick Dudley, assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks; Craig Patrick, former GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins; Steve Tambellini, vice president and assistant general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, and Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Islanders.

more…

Update 5:40pm ET:
From BizJournals.com,

The head of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ parent business will step in as president of the National Hockey League team in the wake of Doug MacLean’s dismissal as president and general manager.
Mike Priest, president of JMAC Inc., the Blue Jackets’ parent company, will become team president and oversee business operations of the club.

continued…
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*thanks to KK reader Bethany for passing on the Columbus Dispatch link

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Hockey Injury Misinformation

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,

Vladimir Putin would be impressed with the media manipulation that goes on around an NHL team at playoff time. Reporters seeking the health status of key players are given the Alexander Litvinenko treatment: take two radioactive isotopes and call me in the morning. IF you can call me in the morning.
In the finest Kremlin tradition, details of Dion Phaneuf’s apparent concussion and Rhett Warrener’s busted face in Game 3 were as elusive Wednesday as the ruble count in Mr. Putin’s bank account. “They’re fine,” said coach Jim Playfair. “A little big uglier . . . but fine.”
Disguising the ailments of players is a post-season tradition that ranks with Champagne in the Stanley Cup.

continued… (*including more info on head injuries)

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