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Bruce Turned Them Loose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lew Serviss of Slap Shot a the NY Times,

The Caps have done it. With a 3-1 victory Saturday over Florida, Washington won the Southeast crown and the third seed in the East.

It’s an amazing comeback. Back in November, the Caps were dead last in the league, a team with amazing young talent — Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin! — but a proclivity for vise-gripping the stick. In came rumpled, straight-shooter Bruce Boudreau from three decades of minor-league obscurity. Bruce turned ‘em loose.

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Early Trade & Signing Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Columbus D Ron Hainsey has played his last game with the Jackets. He will be a UFA this summer and won’t be back because he’ll be one of the most sought-after players on the market.

Don’t expect Minnesota W Pavol Demitra to return to the Wild. The talk is he’d like to play where there’s warm weather. The Lightning might be a good fit.

Speaking of the Bolts, once the sale of the team is complete, GM Jay Feaster and coach John Tortorella could be on their way out the door.

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added 8:53am, NHL talk from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Joel Quenneville has been a lame-duck coach in Colorado this season, on the final year of his contract, but considering he got the Avalanche into the playoffs with a bad run of injuries, he deserves a new three-year deal.

Dallas centre Brad Richards has missed the last two games with what’s being called “overall soreness,” which is pretty vague. He says he hasn’t had a relapse of the mononucleosis that hit him when he was in Tampa Bay, but it’s troubling.

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Special Night For Linden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The main actor on Saturday was Linden, and the fans came to glory him regardless of what the scoreboard read. An emotional farewell began before the start of the third period, and continued throughout the frame and into a post-game ceremony.

Rather than surrounded their goaltender after the final buzzer, the Canucks encircled Linden, each player getting a personal moment and some whispers into his ear. Then, in a classy move, Flames captain Jarome Iginla pulled his teammates from the locker room and had them line up and shake hands with Linden.

Several times, Linden gestured towards his heart and then to the crowd during a parade lap around GM Place.

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Sunday Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL’s force-feed focus on all Sidney Crosby all the time and Pierre McGuire’s relentless pandering and cheerleading over the air are going to create a backlash against the remarkable 20-year-old center, mark our words.

Finally, just wondering, but how has management leaking Wade Redden’s refusal to waive his no-trade clause worked out for Ottawa and GM Bryan Murray, anyway?

more talk…

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Time For Another Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Palm Beach Post

, If the views of several NHL observers are on target, then the season-ending critique of the Panthers is as brutal as a blindside check:

Florida is a dysfunctional franchise in need of a major overhaul.

Gary Green of the NHL Network and longtime analyst Bill Clement believe the Panthers, who missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season, need changes everywhere from the coaching staff to management to the roster.

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DC McGuire At JLA Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Those of you fortunate enough to attend the Wing/Hawk Injury Free Fest at the Joe today may want to take the opportunity to let Pierre McGuire know of his newly minted A2Y nickname.

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Caps In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Alex Ovechkin’s dream National Hockey League season that will include a goal-scoring title and likely league scoring championship will continue with a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet Saturday night but it mattered little as his Capitals teammates stepped up in a 3-1 win over visiting Florida to give Washington its first division title since 2001 and fourth in franchise history.

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Watch the video highlights of the game tonight…

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What Did You Expect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

Sometimes, reality is just far more amazing than fiction could ever be. Those who have been to regular-season finales recall that the Kings give away a car to a fan during the second intermission. Fans—I believe five of them—line up, select a key one-by-one and attempt to start the truck. So, they did, just now. And they failed. All of them. They each took a key, and none of them started the truck.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

“Every time I read Bruce Boudreau’s comments that Vinny just happened to step in front of a train,’’ Feaster said. “First that’s what it was because (Lecavalier) wasn’t looking. Then it was he didn’t see him coming. I think he embarrasses himself every time he opens his mouth about the subject. I think they should be happy Matt Cooke is in the lineup tonight, it’s only a $2,500 fine….

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Hockey in His Blood

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Vincent M. Mallozzi at the NYT (Sunday’s edition),

Also in his collection are 60 autographed jerseys, one of which was signed by 38 members of the Hall of Fame and 6 worn in games by Hall of Famers, including Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, his favorite players.

“Wayne Gretzky was the most remarkable player I have ever seen,” Poitras said. “But Bobby Orr was a combination of greatness and toughness when the N.H.L. was a much tougher league.”

Poitras, who owns season tickets to the Rangers and the Islanders, has four rooms in his home filled with the kind of memorabilia that would make Lord Stanley raise his silver cup in appreciation.

“I do have a rather unusual collection,” said Poitras, a logistics and planning manager at Citigroup, who has turned his Long Island home into a veritable hockey shrine over the years, amassing much of his collection through auctions. “People who visit me get a real kick out of all my stuff.”

more… about one NY family’s passion for hockey

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