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Changing Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

To be sure, there have been a handful of NHLers who’ve recoiled when confronted with the stark realities attached to the inevitable increase of aches and pains and slowdowns in speed. But there’s something about the team nature of hockey that’s made it possible for many of the game’s all-time greats to accept a lesser role than their resume would dictate.

And some have been fortunate enough to have their sacrifices rewarded with the gift of a lengthy playoff run.

Look no further than Dallas’ Mike Modano for a prime example. The first ballot Hall-of-Famer, who’ll turn 38 in June, was rumored to be in line for a toe tag at the end of last season after he was stripped of the Stars captaincy and a severe knee injury limited him to 43 points in 59 games.

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The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

At show time, you can try to listen live at this link, but it didn’t work last week (despite still being posted here) likely due to the switchover to NHL Network Online.  And there’s no permalink available for the show at the Network site, but you can find it at show time by clicking here then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

added 4:00pm ET (Paul), You can try this link to get to the new player at NHL.com to listen, but I am not having any luck getting the audio…

added 4:06pm (Paul), The link I just posted is now working…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, ray+shero

2008 Nominees for the Lester B. Pearson Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Update 2:42pm ET: Some comments from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail, who notes that hockey writers and players actually agreed on these selections. A rare event.

From the NHLPA Press Release:

TORONTO (May 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals are finalists for the 2007-08 Lester B. Pearson Award. The Lester B. Pearson Award is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin, jarome+iginla

Seeya Igor. Next?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A little bit of irony, but probably not coincidence.  The Anti-Digger is reporting that the most sought after Swede in the history of sought after Swedes is in Wing custody for the next few days, and that Igor Grigorenko is no longer in any Wing plans.

MacLeod on Brunnstrom

Brunnstrom will be picked up at the Denver airport by Ken Holland this afternoon and will watch the Red Wings/Avalanche game tonight with Detroit management. Brunnstrom will be in Detroit tomorrow where he’ll be shown Joe Louis Arena and have dinner with management. (Whether he travels to Detroit on the team plane or commerical airline is still being worked out, depending on what the league will allow.)

Brunnstrom is making three stops on this trip to North America, having visited Dallas already. His third stop hasn’t been announced, but my guess is it’s Montreal. That means Detroit is one of three finalists for the free agent.

 

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Crosby & Malkin Lead Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Vecsey of the NY Times,

Is this the next great dynasty? That is the only logical reaction after seeing the brilliance of Sidney Crosby, 20, and Evgeni Malkin, 21, in the same uniform or, good grief, on the same power-play unit.

This rave is not merely about hockey. This is about talent, the kind of chemical reaction that happens when two potent forces are mixed together. Martin and Lewis. Torvill and Dean. Nuclear fusion. Something that wasn’t there before.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

NY Rangers Expect Drury Back Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Globe & Mail:

Chris Drury is in pain with what is thought to be bruised ribs but the New York Rangers centre expects to play Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But the Rangers will be missing checking centre Blair Betts and winger Sean Avery when they try to avoid elimination from the NHL playoffs Tuesday night at the hands of the Penguins. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final 3-0.

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P.S. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume the writer—David Shoalts, I believe—meant “Thursday night.” Tonight.

Update 2:22pm ET:  More help for the Blueshirts. From Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

Lauri Korpikoski (center), the 21-year-old out of Finland who was the 19th overall selection in the 2004 Entry Draft, is expected to make his NHL debut tonight vs. Pittsburgh.

 

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  Tags: blair+betts, chris+drury, sean+avery

Random Musings During Playoff Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Early favorite to replace Ron MacLean as the HNIC host when or if he ever leaves - Elliotte Friedman

Speaking of TV guys, Ed Olczyk continues to impress with his analytical work. Breaking down a play moments after it has happened is hard to do, but ‘Eddie O’ is always pointing out key plays during the game.

This coming from a Detroit Red Wings fan, but you almost feel sorry for all the injuries the Colorado Avalanche have had in the recent past. OK, that was long enough to sympathize for the Avs!

more stray thoughts from the boss…

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  Tags: media, playoffs

As Expected, Gary Roberts In the Lineup Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

(Gary) Roberts will take his regular spot at left wing on the fourth line. Adam Hall, who replaced Roberts when he was injured, will probably move to centre on that line to fill in for Talbot, with Georges Laraque at right wing.

While he was not happy about sitting out on Tuesday, Roberts said he understood.

“Obviously, the way this team is playing, it’s a tough lineup to crack,” he said. “Unfortunately for Max [Talbot], he broke his foot and it’s an opportunity for me to get back in and help the team.”

more on the Pens…

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Now What Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the 2008 Stanley Cup Blog at CBC,

Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau has painted himself into a dilemma with his decision to start Jaroslav Halak in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Halak played well, and when you consider the circumstances under which he was making his first career playoff start, he was exceptional.

The game was played in about as hostile an environment as you will ever see with 19,872 orange-clad Flyers fans hurling obscenities in his direction at the Wachovia Center, and the Canadiens were in desperate need of a victory to knot up the series at two games apiece.

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It’s A Great Frigging Day For A Sweep

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

465 comments on the extended Game 3 Live Blog.  Went through some old administrative records and noticed something that might interest you: that’s a world record.  No blog post in the history of world-wide sports blogging has ever accrued that kind of commentary. 

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