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What’s Your Opinion On Bob Cole Returning To HNIC?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

For a guy who comes across as fairly mild-mannered, Bob Cole sure provokes some strong reactions.

After I wrote Friday about CBC Sports head Scott Moore’s praise for the long-time hockey play-by-play announcer and plans to bring him back next year, several readers expressed their belief that praise for Cole was long overdue.

One called his work “magic.”

On the other hand, several wondered if Moore was either deaf, blind or suffering from some cognitive disorder to claim that Cole had “added value” to CBC’s playoff coverage.


If CBC thinks Cole is good enough to return next season, that is fine with me.

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Murray Hit On Franzen Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve returned from Mother’s Day dinner with relatives to see the Douglas Murray hit on Johan Franzen has hit the web.

Your thoughts?

added 8:31pm, for a different angle of the hit, watch the San Jose broadcast clip at Sharkspage.

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  Tags: douglas+murray, johan+franzen

Josh Gorges Feature On HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did a wonder piece on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges last night.

Watch the Inside Hockey video…

With that, I am off to Mother’s Day dinner.  Should return by 6:00pm.

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Wings Core Still Strong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The core of the team, with or without Lidstrom, is pretty much locked up. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary are signed long-term, while Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall all have two years left apiece.

That’s a nice core to build around. This team is playoff-bound for many more years to come. But will it be Cup-bound? Again, we bring you Lidstrom’s decision and its impact, both on and off the ice for the Red Wings. The loss of his leadership would be impossible to fill. But if I was a betting man (and I am) I’d bet on Lidstrom returning.

read on for mote on the Wings…

Regarding Lidstrom’s decision, I have no idea but I am agreeing with LeBrun, I think he will be back and also should announce that this will be his last contract with the Wings.

That way it could be a farewell tour for him too, allowing teams to give him a nice send-off.  Imagine the signs made for Nik Lindstrom!

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Playoff MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the first round, I picked Sidney Crosby as the early playoff MVP.  Since then Crosby has had a mini-slump.  he has been held to one point in the last four games.  This leads me to pick another playoff MVP.  My selection is Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens. 

Halak is the lone reason that Montreal remains alive in the playoffs.  He has a .933 saves percentage and 2.40 GAA so far in the playoffs.  He shut the door on the Washington Capitals by allowing only three goals in the final three games of the first round series.  That allowed Montreal to make a comeback and win the first round series.  Halak’s play has kept Montreal in their second round series against Pittsburgh so far.  Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2, which has Montreal on the ropes.  Nevertheless, Halak has played so well to be the current playoff MVP and he would likely remain the playoff MVP for a while after elimination were Montreal to lose their next game.

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It’s Not Doom And Gloom In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

...Don’t however assume the Red Wings glory days are behind them and they’re going to fade away into mediocrity.

As we’ve seen over the past two decades, Red Wings management has been capable of building and maintaining a contender via drafting well, making shrewd trades and free agent signings.

They’ve gone through a few transitions seasons in the past, only to emerge each time with Cup contending rosters.


from Brian of Genuinely Sarcastic,

We wanted to believe. All of us, to a man/woman. Believe me, even I did. The way the Red Wings dispatched the Sharks in Game 4, it ignited a little bit of hope in all of us. A 7-1 win, Johan Franzen coming alive, that little flicker of hope that exists in all of us, no matter what the circumstance, it burned inside of us for the past two days. We wanted to believe that miracles were possible….

In the end though, the Wings just didn’t want it badly enough. They weren’t as hungry, weren’t as fast, weren’t as good. I was as disgusted as all of you were with some of the calls that happened during the series, but in the end, sometimes you just have to overcome.

read on and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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A Few Detroit Players Could Be Headed To Germany

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Yerdon at Universal Sports,

The world championships may get a lot more intriguing if the Detroit Red Wings have anything to say about it.

With the Red Wings being eliminated from the NHL Playoffs, there’s a handful of countries who could immediately benefit from having some of their players make their way to Germany to play in the tournament. With the Red Wings playing into the Stanley Cup Finals the last two years, countries like Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic weren’t able to make use of some of their countrymen because they were locked into playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

This time around, depending on decisions of some players, things could turn out differently.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What’s happened to Scott Hartnell? He only has three goals in his last 45 games, including playoffs. Hartnell has done little in the playoffs his whole career, actually — only seven goals in 48 career playoff games.

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.  Read more hockey talk from Jim.

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  Tags: scott+hartnell

Happy Mother’s Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I lost my mom a few years ago but she is on my mind every day.

My mom took me to hockey games as a kid, my mom would fire shots at me with a tennis ball as I stood in goal.

My mom knew every name of every NHL player, you see, she was a hockey fan.

Probably a lot like you, if you are a mother reading this right now.

Today I will celebrate Mother’s Day at my cousin’s home, where all the moms in the family will gather.

Enjoy the day but don’t give your mom a bodycheck like I did in my younger years, the results will not be good.

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Playing GM In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

When we posted our annual You Be The Boss feature in the Ottawa Sun, fans loaded up our mailbox and inbox with their opinions on who should stay and who should go as the Senators head into another season following a less-than-satisfying result. Nearly 1,000 readers weighed in.

Jonathan Cheechoo is No. 1 on the fans’ hit list, with 92% saying he must go. Not surprising since he produced just five goals for his $3.5-million salary.

Young defenceman Brian Lee might not yet be ready for prime time, with 75% suggesting the Senators deal him while they can. Given Alex Kovalev’s lack of productivity, it should come as no surprise that 71% give him a one-way ticket out of town.

What is surprising is the support — or lack thereof — for Jason Spezza, arguably the Senators’ best player. A full 44% want the top-line centre and his $8-million salary next season traded.

read on

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