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Quinn’s Message To Souray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Pat Quinn isn’t going to beg Sheldon Souray to stay in Edmonton….

“It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke with the discontented defenceman on Monday.

“I’m one of those guys that if you don’t want to play here, don’t screw around, get the hell out.”

“We have a hard enough time trying to build team framework. I always believed you should be able to look around that room and look into a teammate’s eyes and say ‘I’m giving it my best and I want you to do the same. That’s how a team builds trust.

“If you have one guy sitting over there who doesn’t bloody well want to be here, how do you build trust, how do you have a team? You don’t.

“Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing.”


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  Tags: pat+quinn, sheldon+souray

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The playoffs are more physical, so you need to play more physical. You’re trying to grind and wear down the other team, and play hard on their top players and wear on them. You may not get them in Game 1. You may not get them in Game 2. But, hopefully by Game 5 or 6 the price that they have to pay to get to those tougher areas has taken its toll.”

-Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers via Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, where you can read more from Pronger.

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Plekanec Fires The First Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

If the post-season odds were not already stacked against the Montreal Canadiens, Tomas Plekanec may have added some fuel to the fire on Tuesday by giving the Washington Capitals some bulletin board material.

In an interview with Montreal newspaper La Presse, Plekanec took a swipe at the Capitals’ goaltending.

“It’s not as though we are facing (Martin) Brodeur or (Ryan) Miller,” Plekanec told La Presse.  “They don’t have a dominant goaltender.  When you look at the goaltending matchup in this series it favours our team.  I just believe that our goaltending is more solid than theirs.”

“I’m not saying their goalies are bad. I’m just saying our goalies are better.”


Plus a little note on Ovechkin, who left practice early, via a Tarik El-Bashir tweet,

Speculation around KCI is that Alex Ovechkin isn’t 100-percent. But he will play Thursday.

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  Tags: tomas+plekanec

Turco Needs A New Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Goaltender Marty Turco’s time with the Dallas Stars is over.

General manager Joe Nieuwendyk says the Stars will not re-sign Turco, who just completed his ninth season with the team.

Nieuwendyk says he feels it’s time to go “in a different direction.”


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  Tags: marty+turco

First Round Playoff Predictions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs opens tomorrow.  Here are my predictions on the first round series.

Washington defeats Montreal   Montreal has Jaroslav Halak in goal, who is one of the hottest goalies in the league and that is reason to think an upset is not impossible, but Washington is too good.  They have too strong a team.  They were first place and had the biggest goal differential in the league.  They have too many offensive weapons to lose in the first round to an eighth seed, who would have been 12th in the west with the same record.

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All Aboard….Dater’s Picking The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And you can take that “all aboard” how you want.  To the unititiated, it could refer to the red and white bandwagon the MSM is climbing back on.  And it’s filling up.  To 19 of you, though, it means The Hasek.  It’s been open since May of 2007, I think. Is that right?  I can’t remember. But I do know this.  When certain people predict rainbows and firetrucks with puppies and hookers?  That’s when I get nervous. 

This should frigging terrify you if you’re a Wing fan.  And if you’re not a Wing fan, well you can suck it.  That’s another post though.


But in the playoffs, it’s always the team that does everything consistently well that comes out on top, which is why I say the Detroit Red Wings will come away with their fifth Stanley Cup since 1997.

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A Look At Composite Sticks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Karl at TSN,

TSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire emphatically proclaimed – in an oft-repeated on air clip - that they “stink! Get rid of them!” and Martin Brodeur once said, “they should be illegal.”

Ten years later, the one-piece composite hockey stick is anything but outlawed – it has been embraced as the weapon of choice by almost all NHL players, and is one of the most significant success stories in the hockey business in decades.

All from a rather quiet introduction in the second half of the 1999-2000 season when Easton Hockey convinced then-New Jersey Devils rookie Scott Gomez to be the first NHLer to use “the most technologically advanced stick ever,” the Synergy.


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Is This A Threat, Perhaps A Warning?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

A WhiteOut shouldn’t be stained with pockets of red.  The interior of Jobing.com Arena should not resemble Santa Claus with a bloody nose.

In other words:  Stay away, Red Wings fans.

With the Coyotes hoping to win the franchise’s first playoff series since 1987, this is an appeal to all hockey fans in the Valley.


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Ready, Set, Start The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A day at a time folks, one game, one win, one loss, move on.

My NHL.com blog today.

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Vinik’s Vision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The new Lightning owner talks about the future plus Vinny Lecavalier discusses the moves.

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  Tags: jeff+vinik

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