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Hossa Would Like To Sign An Extension By End Of Regular Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ritch Winter, Marian Hossa’s agent, tells Sporting News Today that he is optimistic a deal will get worked out, allowing Hossa to re-sign with the Red Wings.

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Anaheim Back In The Playoff Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A couple weeks ago I wrote that Anaheim will likely miss the playoffs.  This no longer seems true.  A five game winning streak has put the Ducks back into a playoff spot.  Right now (their game with Edmonton is still underway) the Ducks are seventh in the West Conference with 80 points.  They are only one point up on ninth and missing the playoffs.

If I was a top seed in the west, I would be hoping that Anaheim will not be my eventual opponent.  They have a very talented team for a lower seed.  Only two years ago, they won the Stanley Cup.  Their team is no longer as strong as it was in 2007, but many of the key pieces in a cup winner remain.

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No Thank You Mr. President

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Heading into tonite?  Detroit and San Jose tied at 107 points apiece. Oh, the drama. Every shift from this point forward so important. Every point so precious.  Nothing short of laser focus could be expected from a defending champion.  Laser. Focus.

The Islanders?  56 points behind the Wings.  Fifty. Six.

Final score?  Islanders 2, Wings 0. 

Unbelievable.  And the Schizophrenia continues in Detroit.  Uneffingbelievable.  And I don’t want to read a frigging word about the posts. Not one word.

Oh, and the fun part?  No Wing fan anywhere, no one who’s watched this team this year, is surprised in the least.  All aboard.

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Jonny Ericsson?  Strong As The Mountains, Walks Tall As The Trees

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’re damn right I did.

I brought back DLR, Van Halen and Diver Frigging Down.

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Long Week…You’ve Persevered Without Me

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aloha.  This week has sucked. Well, it’s been busy…that doesn’t mean it sucked.  I mean…nevermind.

Sorry for the lack of posts and big thanks to Okie for picking up the slack.  We’ve got a big pre-playoff week ahead of us and we should all be fully stressed no later than next Friday I’m thinking.  In the meantime, I caught this over at Malik’s and agree completely.

“We don’t worry about our playoff matchup.”

Instead, Babcock said, the Wings “hope for distance.” By that he means the shortest distance traveled in the playoffs is always the best route. So, playing Anaheim or Edmonton in the first round wouldn’t be as beneficial as playing St. Louis or Nashville.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s a nightmare. I’m embarrassed. Hopefully my teammates are embarrassed. I’ve been in bad situations, but this is the worst of my career. 15 goals in two games? I mean, we have to have more pride than that, to show that we care more about one another. I know it’s tough; guys can use the injury factor. But what can you do - quit?”

-Ian Laperriere of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to the Ducks.  More from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.

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One Ferraro Brother Out With Broken Leg, The Other Brother Suspended For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,

If the Las Vegas Wranglers make the playoffs, they will have to vie for the Kelly Cup without both Ferraro brothers as the fallout from Tuesday night’s brawl with the Alaska Aces continues.

In that melee on Tuesday, Chris Ferraro suffered a season-ending and potentially career-ending broken leg.

Friday morning, the ECHL suspended his brother, Peter, for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs for spearing another player in the fight after the referees had seemingly stopped the mess.

Peter Ferraro, a 15-year professional veteran with significant NHL experience, notched 16 goals and 14 assists in 52 games with the Wranglers this season. Last season Ferraro posted a team-high 73 points in 68 games.

The video quality is not that great, but watch some of the incident below.

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‘Wild’ Furniture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Go into one man’s ‘Wild’ workshop to see him make custom furniture from hockey sticks, skates, pucks and anything else having to do with hockey.

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A Family Affair

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The family crossover, the common interest, the closeness in age—it was probably inevitable that the three teenagers would bond.

“I think it was the first game I went to in Pittsburgh. I met them, and we just started talking,” Taylor Crosby said of Stephanie and Austin Lemieux. “Right away we were friends. I always stay with them when I go to Pittsburgh. We text or e-mail. You could say we’re kind of like cousins.”

The three are the next wave of players from Pittsburgh’s first families of hockey.


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Hurricanes Roll Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

While top contenders like Boston and Washington struggle down the stretch, the Hurricanes finally discovered that extra gear, setting themselves up to be a team no one really wants to face in the first round.

No one should compare this group to the one that won the Stanley Cup in 2006, at least not yet, but there’s reason to believe it could enjoy a productive spring. For one, Cam Ward’s been magnificent, starting 22 straight and putting up the best numbers of his career.

“He was always technically sound, but I really like the way he battles,” said an Eastern Conference scout. “You can see his lateral movement has improved . . . [and so has] his rebound control. He’s not looked on as one of the real elite goalies because there’s nothing spectacular about his game. But, you know, he’s won it all before. That tells you all you need to know about his ability to compete.”

more and other hockey notes…

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