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Tampa Signings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Alexandre Picard and signed defenseman Kevin Quick, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Picard, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on February 25, signed a multi-year, one-way deal, while Quick received a multi-year, two-way contract.

“Picard played very well for us following his acquisition last season and both ownership groups established re-signing him as a priority this off-season,” Feaster said.

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  Tags: alexandre+picard, kevin+quick

A Dream Series Still Possible

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

In prime time, this could have been an effective infomercial for the NHL and the sport in the United States on NBC, from Game 3 and beyond.

It still can be—if the Penguins stop looking for conspiracy theories, cease being so paranoid about the officiating and can overcome what in some cases seems to be a curious lack of focus, as in Malkin’s case (in the series with the Cup on the line). Maybe, even if it ends Monday night, if the Penguins stop looking like a team that can’t yet handle the ultimate pressures, this still can go down as a great series. If they extend it, it truly can be…

A dream series.

more…

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  Tags: media

Evolution of Chris Osgood

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

“When you’re young, you tend to take things too personal, and it’s really not. You tend to exaggerate things,” Osgood told ESPN.com on the eve of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, with Detroit holding a 3-1 series lead over Pittsburgh. “People write stuff, all people have different jobs when you’re in the finals and in the playoffs.

“You just have to have fun with it. I enjoy talking to the media more and talking to people, getting to know more people. Just have more fun with it because it’s not personal. Just everybody’s doing their job. It’s fun. ... It’s when I get on the ice, it’s just my time.”

The 35-year-old native of Peace River, Alberta, is not the same goaltender he was 10 years ago, when he helped Detroit win a Stanley Cup but carried a rather sizable chip on his shoulder. But who among us can claim to be the same person now as a decade ago?

more

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  Tags: chris+osgood

10 Things You Don’t Know About Sidney Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Duthie at TSN,

So instead of repeating the ultra-obvious, the “he needs to have another great game tonight” stuff, I set out to discover 10 things you don’t know about Sidney Crosby.

No. 1: One of his nicknames in the dressing room is “Creature,” a nod to his freakish lower body. It is huge. Gigantic. Hugantic. His caboose would make J-Lo jealous. His thighs are bigger than my torso. All his pants have to be custom made. And the scary part is, his upper body is starting to catch up.

read on

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Off-Season Education

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Columbus-Dispatch Blue Jackets beat reporter Aaron Portzline has been staying busy over the last month+ on his (and Tom Reed’s and Michael Arace’s) blog Puck-rakers, building up an excellent collection of off-season analyses of teams around the NHL.  The list so far includes the items linked below. 

A good resource for anyone who wants an overview of their favorite team, and a great resource to get a general understanding of what’s in store for teams you don’t get much exposure to.

 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Nashville Predators’ captain Jason Arnott offers his thoughts in The Tennessean:

Is there any reason to believe Pittsburgh can come back from 3-1 down and win?

“I would never say never. It can be done. But the way Detroit is playing, it’s definitely an uphill battle — first the odds against coming back from 3-1, and then doing it against the Red Wings. But you never say never.’‘

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Game Day with Michel Therrien

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q. It’s a different game, because this is a clinching game. How much does the message change to your players on a night when the Cup could be won?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: Obviously I’m not here to lie. It’s an important game. But for us, all our focus has to be on tonight’s game. We can’t look at what’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s a Game 7 for us. And we’ve got to make sure we’re going to leave everything on the ice.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: interviews, michel+therrien, quotes, transcript

Hockey Media Zoo Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail hockey blog,

Funny moment at the day-of-game skate – funny if you’re a print reporter, less so if you’re a broadcaster:

A handful of TV crews had staked out Tomas Holmstrom’s locker, by the entrance to the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room in the hopes he would definitively declare his status for tonight’s fifth game of the Stanley Cup final. I was standing in the corner, near to the training room, in the vague hopes of getting one question asked to Nicklas Lidstrom before the pack descended. Holmstrom came by, surveyed the crowd, decided he didn’t want to chance it and said, at the top of his voice: “I’M PLAYING TONIGHT. SEE YOU TONIGHT.” Then, he turned and made his way out the back exit. I felt especially badly for Ryan Rishaug of TSN, because he too was hovering nearby, but Holmstrom came and went so quickly, they didn’t get any tape of him making his announcement.

It was a zoo, even by Stanley Cup final standards this morning – everybody anticipating a Detroit win, so that they could a jump on their post-game stories, which are next-to-impossible on a tight deadline on a championship night.

continued

Update 1:30pm ET: Shawn O’Roarke at NHL.com also shares some thoughts on today’s atmosphere.

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Game Day with Sidney Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Michel Therrien has been talking about how as this series has progressed, you guys as a team have gotten better.  How do you think you’re better equipped to handle the pressure of maybe playing in this building tonight, than maybe you were heading into Game 1?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I think we saw some pretty good results.  We haven’t come out with a win in a couple of different occasions where we played pretty well.  The chance has been there.  Last game, we didn’t give them a whole lot.  I think we played our position a lot better as the series has gone on and been more patient.  We just have to keep doing the same thing.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

No Vote for Conn Smythe

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

If the Detroit Red Wings manage to complete their quest for the Stanley Cup tonight and I’m presented with a ballot for the Conn Smythe Trophy, I’m inclined to leave it blank and give it right back to the NHL.

It’s not out of protest or a desire to be a conscientious objector. The fact is, going into Game 5 of the final, I don’t believe anyone deserves to win the Conn Smythe. That could all change with some kind of superhuman performance tonight, but personally, I’m having a hard time coming up with a single player who has delivered an indisputable MVP performance in these playoffs.

continued… and Campbell does take a closer look at the likely candidates

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  Tags: conn+smythe

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