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Watching Conference Finals In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Zelkovich of Sports Media Watch at the Toronto Star,

The two-month battle to determine who gets to abuse the Stanley Cup in small towns around the world is indeed a strange creature. For one, it’s the only playoff that features players who look like they’re either bearded lumberjacks or car-crash victims. It also has to be the only pro sports playoff that sees the public lose interest the more important the games become.

The first weekend of CBC’s third-round coverage produced audiences that didn’t even match the average for a regular-season Saturday night. In fact, barring a huge surge in interest, the third round won’t come close to the second-round average of 1,366,000.

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Oilers Press Conference

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The Edmonton Oilers are holding a 2:00pm ET press conference and will be streaming it live if you want to watch.

added 12:45pm, NHL Live reporting we could see a Pat Quinn as coach and Tom Renney as asst. coach scenario.

added 12:55pm, TSN confirms the above scenario.

added 2:16pm, from the Edmonton Oilers,

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have hired Pat Quinn as the club’s new Head Coach. In addition to Quinn, Tambellini also announced Tom Renney has been named Associate Coach and current Oilers Assistant Coach, Kelly Buchberger, will also be on the coaching staff.

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Give It Up For Farber: SI On Detroit’s Draft Of ‘89

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, man.  This is great, great stuff.  Coming out this week in Sports Illustrated

When Meehan returned to Toronto, he phoned Smith, also a friend. “What do you think about Lidstrom?” Meehan asked.
“Lidster?” Smith replied. Doug Lidster was a veteran defenseman with the Canucks.
“Lidstrom.”
“Don’t know the guy.”
“F—- off, you know him.”
“No. You sure it’s Lid . . . Lid-what?”
“Well, he just retained me.”
The line went dead for 10 seconds. “Dammit, you can’t mention him,” Smith finally said. “We’re going to take him, but don’t tell anybody. And you can’t bring him to the draft.”

Rest of the article is below.  It’s good enough that you’ll want to buy the magazine off the newstands this week.

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So I Guess Working On The PK Is Out Of The Question?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Since, you know, our top 3 penalty killers (relax…3 of our top 4, ok?) aren’t at practice?

Khan(!), MacLeod, St. James....they’re all on it. 

Update from Joe Louis Arena: Neither Nicklas Lidstrom nor Pavel Datsyuk practiced Tuesday, casting doubt on their availability for tomorrow’s Game 5 against Chicago.

And have you seen this?  Larry Wigge says it’s an ankle for Lidstrom.

Lidstrom had a lower body injury that was believed to have happened midway through Game 3 Friday when Nick seemed to get his ankle twisted in a collision with Chicago’s Dustin Byfuglien along the boards.

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Too Easy For Pittsburgh

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from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Well, it’s all mercifully coming to an end for the thoroughly overmatched and outplayed Hurricanes. That’s not to say the Canes can’t pull one out Tuesday at the RBC Center for their fans, but there’s no way they win four straight against the high-octane Penguins.

Carolina has been outscored 16-8 through three games and outshot 113-87. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have eight goals and 14 points between them, while the entire Carolina roster has eight goals and 22 points. And that’s been the problem; Carolina has been unable to contain Crosby and Malkin, especially the latter who has nine points in the three games.

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Do It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul Kukla brought this blog to the Empire.

A2Y brought the 19 together.  There is no tighter knit group of hockey fans anywhere on the Gore.

Do what you can.

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TV Networks Need To Do More

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from Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal,

NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Paul Kelly is calling for league TV partners Versus and NBC to do more to promote the NHL and NHL players, citing players’ growing frustration over hockey coverage.

“We have to push our two partners to do a better job of covering our sport … or we have to go in a different direction when that contract comes to an end,” Kelly told the Sports Lawyers Association on May 16. Kelly has called in the past for the NHL to return to ESPN.

Kelly said the fact that people in the U.S. could not watch most of the Boston-Carolina playoff Game 7 earlier this month because Versus was airing Anaheim-Detroit Game 7 “is a source of great frustration” to NHL players as well as the union.

continued & thanks to SBJ for releasing the normally paid subscription link…

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The Kronwall Hangover

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times,

If the Wings win this series, Kronwall deserves an award. The entire Hawks team felt his Game 3 hit on Martin Havlat and carried the pain into Game 4. You have to admire how the Hawks stand up for one another. But in this case, nothing good came of it. The players were emotional wrecks on Sunday, and Quenneville couldn’t do anything to get their heads back in the game. Maybe the coach was suffering from a Kronwall hangover, as well?

Quenneville isn’t buying that theory. He thinks the Hawks’ discipline ‘‘eroded as the game eroded,’’ and that ‘‘was more reflective of the score’’ than of a desire for revenge. Could be. But I’m not so sure. Cam Barker was asked about the Kronwall hangover on Monday, and sounded conflicted.

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How Do You Feel About Probie?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

The difference in games played for Bob Probert between the Detroit Red Wings (474) and the Chicago Blackhawks (461) is negligible, but there’s no question he cemented his reputation as the most feared fighter in the NHL while wearing the Winged Wheel.

Which is why his public support of the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals—dropping the ceremonial first puck, telling Jonathan Toews(notes) “good luck, kick their asses”—isn’t exactly endearing him to the Red Wings faithful:

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Shut Up & Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

Revenge in the playoffs is for suckers. Get your payback in the last five minutes of a blowout next season. The Wings know this. The Hawks players don’t, Their coach ought to.

Quenneville didn’t want to revisit his tantrum on Monday. Good. Fine. But it might be too late because blaming the officials for blowing the biggest game of the year gave his players an excuse for their inexcusable play, which is inexcusable fro a coach.

But by not commenting on his pricey comments, perhaps Quenneville’s getting back to the right strategy: shut up and play.

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