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Blake Geoffrion Wins The Hobey Baker Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WKOW.com (Madison, WI),

Wisconsin Senior Forward Blake Geoffrion has won the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey’s most outstanding Player.  Geoffrion is the first Badger ever to win the award.

Geoffrion put up some impressive numbers in his final year at Wisconsin.  He tied for 2nd in the nation in goals scored and is the captain of a Badger team playing for the national title on Saturday against Boston College.

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Here’s A Plan For Non-Playoff Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Earlier today, we looked at the offseason makeovers for the Eastern Conference. Now, here’s a look at what the nonplayoff teams in the West need to address this offseason.

Where to start with the NHL’s 30th-place club?

“Lots and lots of holes,” Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal told me Thursday. “They need a No. 1 center in the worst way.”

I agree. Shawn Horcoff is a terrific No. 2 center, a real solid two-way player. But he’s a poor fit as the No. 1 man where he’s been forced to play. Sam Gagner is also a talented forward, but not a No. 1 center.

“This is why, I think, they’ll take Tyler Seguin if they get the first overall pick and not Taylor Hall,” said Matheson.

continued plus more teams in the West…

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LB: Aboard The Hasek We’re So Full Of Bourbon We Can’t Stand Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

It’s Deja Vu all over again.  The past couple of times we’ve faced the BJ’s the result has been too close for comfort.

Tonight the Wings must play to win for a full sixty minutes.

And the 19 will be playing as well.  “Hit Me Mick” returns for it’s regular season finale.  Sorry for the short notice, if you don’t have enough booze on hand engine coolant, windshield wiper fluid, and mouthwash should suffice.

We will be using the revised edition of the Hit Me Mick rules, as laid out by the Chief many months ago.

Continue Reading »

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Yesterday Ice Edge Was Ready To Back-Out, Today, Well…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

The head of Ice Edge Holdings says the company has signed a memorandum of understanding on a new lease with the city of Glendale that could pave the way for a purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes.

The city council is to vote on the proposal next Tuesday. Chief executive officer Anthony LeBlanc calls it a first step and says there is much work still to be done to secure a final lease agreement.


added 8:04pm, The City of Glendale statement,

Two potential buyers have submitted Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to the city of Glendale to purchase the NHL Coyotes to keep the team in Glendale, Arizona.

This next step continues the process of ensuring the Coyotes stay in Glendale for the remainder of the lease at Jobing.com Arena.

We thank the citizens and fans for their continued support as the city and the NHL continue to work through this process to keep the Coyotes in their hometown of Glendale.

continued at PhoenixCoyotes.com.

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Top 5 Regular Season Games This Year

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Highlights from the Top 5 games of the year.

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In It To Win It Or Just Happy To Be There

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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

With the Kings making the playoffs this season, and exceeding most reasonable expectations for how they would do in the regular season, I’m curious as to how you view this season. What, after the final game is played, will make you feel as though this season has been a success?

read on for the numerous responses from Kings fans…

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Are You Ready For Some Real OT?

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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

If there is one given about the Stanley Cup Playoffs from year to year it is this: There will be one game that will become a classic contest, not necessarily because of a great effort by one individual player, not because of a player making a guarantee, but because the game will be decided in double, triple or longer overtime.

The longest NHL game on record was played March 24, 1936. Detroit’s Mud Bruneteau scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 win against the Montreal Maroons in the first game of a best of five semifinal series. In the 2008 playoffs, the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks played the eighth-longest game in NHL history. Brendan Morrow scored in the fourth overtime—at 69:03 of extra time—to give the Stars a 2-1 victory against the Sharks in Game 6 of the series. Morrow’s game winner put the Stars into the Western Conference Finals.

Pat Lafontaine was in one of those long games back in 1987.


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It Will Be Sharks/Wings In Round 1

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from Drew Rememda at San/JoseSharks.com,

I think its time I got this out…It’s going to be Detroit-I’ve crunched the numbers-looked at opponents and I believe it will come down to the last game. The Wings will lose to the Hawks and a San Jose-Detroit first round match up will be set….

Before you start making spring cleaning plans in late April muttering S.O.S. (Same Old Sharks) for months there is good news. The Redwings are beatable. But the Sharks have to play like the Wings. They have to be relentless. Play the same way, the right way always. The Men of Teal have to be disciplined, executing the details of the game and staying away from penalties. The Sharks highest paid and most skilled players have to match the work ethic of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

It can be argued that the Sharks have just as much if not more skill as the Redwings. The question is can the will match the skill?


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Ponikarovsky Suspended Two Games

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TORONTO (April 9, 2010) - Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a boarding penalty on New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey during NHL game #1200 against the New York Islanders last night, the National Hockey League announced.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ponikarovsky will forfeit $21,813.48. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

        Ponikarovsky was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct at 3:01 of the third period. Bailey was injured on the play. 

        Ponikarovsky will miss the Penguins’ final two regular season games - Saturday at Atlanta and Sunday at the New York Islanders.

If you missed the hit, you can view it here.

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Ovechkin- Unlike Any Other Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Charles McGrath of the New York Times Magazine,

He also makes opportunities where there seem to be none, and has some of Wayne Gretzky’s uncanny sense of anticipation. He will often seem to be hanging harmlessly by the blue line or circling aimlessly by the boards when suddenly the puck is on his stick. But Gretzky seldom checked anyone if he could help it. His game was artistic and almost cerebral at times. Ovechkin, on the other hand, is an artist who also plays with tremendous physicality. He sometimes seems to be a brand-new kind of hockey player entirely: a hybrid who combines European finesse with North American toughness.


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