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Khan(!) Less Optimistic About Homer Playing Game 1

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Woops. Dissent amongst the diggers again.  Stoney and Wojo spoke with Mike Babcock earlier today and appeared satisfied that our boy Homer would be ready to go for Game 1.  Khan(!)?  Maybe not.

The Wings are listed Holmstrom as day-to-day, but his left eye was swollen shut Monday, so it’s hard to imagine he’d be ready to start the second round series, which will begin on Thursday for the Wings.

Holmstrom will see an eye specialist in Detroit on Tuesday. He saw an eye doctor in Calgary Monday morning and Holland said the team was encouraged that the doctor allowed Holmstrom to fly home with the club.

“He was real bad when he left the rink (Sunday night), but this morning he made significant improvement,’’ Holland said. “We’ll see over the next 48 to 72 hours how it’ll heal.’’

I’m not worrying about that tonite.  Nope. All I’m concerned with is Dallas/Vancouver.  No pressure.  No stress. Just a Game 7 to enjoy (and really hope, sorry A, that Dallas wins).

 

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NHL Team Sites

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A few weeks ago I pointed out to KK readers the new site design of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Now a little bit more info, via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

While the site design will remain the same from team to team, content will vary and be determined by individual teams. The Canes’ site offers an in-depth section that connects visitors to team weblogs, video and news clips. That will allow each club to retain a local voice and allow each site to reflect the club’s focus, said Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises.
“The way the league explained it is, ‘We’re going to build a house and the clubs are going to have to paint it,’” said Ben Aycock, the Hurricanes’ manager of creative services. “It’s not the extreme extent of complete league control but something between that and being totally on your own like we were up to three weeks ago.”
The Hurricanes’ site provides more evidence that the new team sites will further strengthen the league’s new media efforts. The home page rolled out by Carolina emphasizes large news stories, video content and ticket sales, which are the first option on the site’s navigation bar. Plus, by having one template, it will be easier for teams to share best Web practices.

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Acording To The Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven,

* The Islanders’ playoff exit virtually guarantees that Alexei Yashin will be bought out unless a trade is possible and that’s extremely doubtful. There’s no way the Captain and Ted Nolan can co-exist for another year where the coach remains King. The feeling up front is that Yash is too slow for the current NHL and less than super-motivated.
* Tough Question Dep’t.: Where does Mark Messier land in 2007-2008? One possible – though not probable – scenario would have Don Maloney moving into a GM slot giving Mess the possibility of taking over as Rangers assistant GM.

read on

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Playoffs 2nd Round Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com,

NEW YORK—The National Hockey League today announced the dates and starting times for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Wednesday, April 25 when the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks host either the San Jose Sharks or Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks and Dallas Stars contest the seventh and deciding game of their Conference Quarterfinal series tonight in Vancouver.

FULL SCHEDULE:

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The Flame Bloggers: A Final Spin

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As we did last year after the PITF, we’ll take a final spin around the Flame ‘sphere and give you their reaction.  Mostly classy, as usual.

Battle of Alberta

I like the Wings’ chances going forward. If they can stay out of bad penalty trouble against the Stars or Sharks (and that mainly amounts to Schneider and Lang keeping their sticks to themselves), they’re going to make the WC finals.

Agreed Matt, especially if we play San Jose.  That’s going to be all about the special teams, without a doubt.  They’ve killed us in that area.  Killed us.

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Niyo: Wings Likely To Start Thursday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No matter who they play (Dallas…please), John Niyo reports that it looks like Round 2 begins Thursday for the Wings.

It’s not official yet—it won’t be until after tonight’s Dallas-Vancouver game—but it looks like Games 1 and 2 in Detroit will be Thursday and Saturday this week, regardless of the opponent. Then they’ll play Monday-Wednesday in San Jose or Dallas, with Game 5 the following Saturday.

 

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The Price of the Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Mirtle at the Globe & Mail,

Here’s a question worth pondering now that seven (and, soon enough, eight) teams have bowed out of the postseason race: Did the Thrashers, Islanders and Predators seriously err in unloading picks and prospects for the Forsbergs, Tkachuks and Smyths of the world at the trade deadline?
With the benefit of hindsight, the short answer is unequivocally yes.

continued…

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Babcock:  Homer and Lebda Both “Day-To-Day”.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uncle Mike Babcock, on WDFN, told Stoney and Big Bob that neither Brett Lebda or Tomas Holmstrom would play tomorrow if a Game 7 had become necessary.  But, neither are ruled out for Game 1.  Apparently Homer had blood in his eye. 

When asked about Calgary’s “good tactics”, Babcock said he wasn’t going to comment.  Wojo said, “we will.”  Babcock’s response?

“You should.”

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Off-Season Plans for Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

As a team, the Flames need to get quicker and hungrier up front; one of the issues in the Detroit series was they simply couldn’t get in on the Red Wings’ defence hard enough or fast enough to turn the puck over. The infusion of youth and speed may address that issue; it also means that many, if not most of, their 30-something forwards (Darren McCarty, Byron Ritchie, Marcus Nilson, Amonte, Friesen and depending upon his wishes, Primeau), may be seeking employment elsewhere next season.
It’s a different story on defence, where the Flames will almost certainly bid to retain one or both of Roman Hamrlik and Brad Stuart, a pair of minute-munching rearguards, for whom there are no replacements waiting in the wings.

more… *including thoughts on Jim Playfair’s coaching future with the Flames

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Dirty Hockey in the First Round

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca,

The Flames disgraced themselves and the game they profess to love. They didn’t play hard, they played dirty ... and stupid. If it weren’t for their magnificent talent in goal, Game 6 would never have existed. Kiprusoff also extended their good fortune into overtime Sunday when he kept the Red Wings off the board after Craig Conroy received a double minor for striking Tomas Holmstrom in the face with his stick.

continued… *more on Calgary, and the NHL’s response

Update 4:49pm ET:
John sent this photo, seen below. Thought it might be an amusing addition (for some of you) to add to this post. smile

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