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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

- Forget the Glow-Puck. What we need is the Glow Puckbunny. Whenever Elisha Cuthbert is present in an NHL arena, she will automatically illuminate so as to be easily located by television cameras—and young defencemen. If some sort of chip has to be installed to make this technology work, I volunteer.

- Install an invisible electric fence surrounding the goal crease. It’s simple keep-dog-in-yard technology. When, for example, Tomas Holmstrom’s large booty makes contact with the crease, he will receive a brief, yet painful shock. If this fails to deter the crease intruder (knowing Holmstrom, he may actually enjoy it), the linesmen will have the authority to shoot him in the neck with a tranquilizer dart. This was suggested by Marty in Dallas. Thanks for your e-mail, Marty.


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All Aboard: Keys To Game 5

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don’t even know what to write.  I’m embarrassed that I woke up so stressed today. I know it’s all part of the deal, the price we pay for having a team this close, but man. 

It’s bad today.  It’s frigging bad.  Stupid damn Free Press.  Anyone see their “exlusive pictures from Wings practice” gallery this morning?  Check this out.

The Detroit Red Wings right winger Dan Cleary (#11) practices on goalie Chris Osgood (#30) for game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday, May 16, 2008.


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Hockey In The Dark Days Of Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun Times (Owen Sound),

Canada won the world title and McReavy scored the championship-winning goal. His hockey career would later take him to even greater heights, but until he died in 2001 at age 83 he never forgot that dark time in Europe in the days before the start of the Second World War.

While men from around the world were playing hockey, Adolf Hitler was putting the finishing touches on his takeover plan of Austria. Neighbouring Czechoslovakia was next on his list and within 13 months it too would be in German hands. War erupted six months later.

“I remember him coming back and saying that was a pretty scary time,” says Father Tom McReavy, the hockey player’s only surviving sibling.

Pat McReavy was only 20 and a long way from home.

more (long, but a great story)

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  Tags: pat+mcreavy

Watching Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Morning News,

The D-FW market has averaged a 1.8 rating for the Red Wings series in the wake of the Stars’ march through Anaheim and San Jose. That translates to 43,841 homes. That’s worse than awful….

Now let’s compare. In Detroit, where some homes have access to the Canadian broadcasts, the series has averaged a relatively healthy 9.6 rating (184,848 homes) on Versus.

And in the Eastern Conference home markets, Philadelphia is averaging an 8.3 (244,020 homes). In Pittsburgh, which should be known as Hockeytown USA, the Penguins-Flyers series is averaging a 20.2 rating (233,956 homes) on Versus.

read on and some additional information regarding the OT plans of NBC for the Stars/Wings game on Saturday.  Do remember the times listed are CT.

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  Tags: nbc

Left Coast Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

These Sunbelt kids are part of a new wave, rising up from the bottom left corner of the continental United States, and infiltrating major junior hockey west of Ontario. They are taking a traditionally Canadian route to the NHL, skating beside tractor-strong Prairie boys and riding buses through the B.C. Interior.

The number of U.S. players in the WHL has doubled over the past five years, and the Sunbelt kids are behind that spike. They cut their teeth in Wayne Gretzky’s haunts, amid retired hockey professionals, with elite travelling clubs modelled after the Detroit-area youth programs founded by NHL owners such as Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Red Wings and Peter Karmanos of the Carolina Hurricanes.


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Tippett, Morrow & Modano Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. I know you’ve already answered this before, but can you get a little more into the line situation with Modano moving to the wing. You banter that around during the playoff series trying to make adjustments. When did you come to that conclusion, Let’s try this?

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: When we came to the conclusion that Lehtinen wasn’t going to be a player in the series, Barnes wasn’t coming back, our injuries are dictating that. Our right side is pretty banged up right now. So we tried Chris Conner for a game. Decided we just were going to load up a couple lines, see if we could find a line that could play with some pace, then a banging line.

It’s a little bit of trying to find things that are creative, that will help us win, and a little bit of filling injury holes.

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Looking At The CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters,

National Hockey League players have the option to reopen the current labor deal with owners a year early, but likely will not make a final decision until the middle of next season, the players’ union chief said on Friday.

Three years since NHL teams imposed a salary cap after a bitter labor dispute wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season, the National Hockey League Players Association is weighing the merits and challenges of reopening the deal at the end of next season, NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly told Reuters.

“We’re just beginning to have that dialogue with the players,” he said at the Sports Lawyers Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. “I don’t think anyone has a tremendous appetite for serious labor negotiations unless there’s a good, solid business reason for it.”


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Melrose Interested in Coaching

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From PJ Swenson at Sharkspage,

Former Los Angeles Kings coach and current ESPN analyst Barry Melrose said in a short telephone interview today that he is still interested in a head coaching position. “Once you are a head coach, you are always a coach” Melrose said. He believes the position in San Jose is the most desirable opportunity on the market because in his opinion the Sharks could compete for a Stanley Cup next season.

Asked about the feelings of disappointment by players and staff after a second round exit to Dallas in the Western Conference Semifinals, Melrose said, “They should feel disappointed, they should still be playing”.


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  Tags: barry+melrose, coaching

Laviolette Returning To Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Yahoo,

General manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that the team would retain the coach who in 2006 led the Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup. Speculation swirled for the past month about Laviolette’s future after Carolina missed the playoffs in both seasons after its championship run.


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  Tags: peter+laviolette

Killing Off Some Wild Yashin Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo, Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,

Funny, last year when I wrote at the Draft that the Wild was going to pursue Alexei Yashin, people didn’t believe me even though it was true. Now it’s being reported the Wild has interest in Yashin and people believe it when it’s not true.

I’ve been told as of now Yashin’s name has not come up within Wild offices and it has not had conversations with Yashin’s agent, Mark Gandler, as has been reported.

Here’s the deal: the Wild had genuine interest in Yashin last summer when it was reported he’d be willing to sign for little money. The Wild made an offer, and Yashin responded by asking for multiple millions of dollars, according to people in the know.

That left a sour taste in the Wild’s mouth, and as of now, it has no interest in revisiting him despite the strong season he had in Russia. That could change, of course, but this is what I’m being led to believe now.

more on the off-season in Minnesota

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  Tags: alexei+yashin, free+agents

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