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Harder To Play Against

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Nobody took the Red Wings’ first-round flop last spring, when Detroit was ousted by the Edmonton Oilers in six games, harder than the passionate Babcock. How could the first-place team perform so poorly in the playoffs? Babcock endeavoured to find out.
His father, a hard-rock mine pit boss, instilled in him a long time ago that if you want to get your employees to work hard and perform, the boss has to exhibit an even more inexhaustible work ethic. So Babcock scoured the game tapes from the Oilers-Red Wings series and arrived at training camp last September with a new message and the video evidence to support his new theme.

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Name That Idiot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s a fun game to keep the Stress Train at the station.  Just a little family fun I invented all by myself because I enjoy entertaining you.  Gather the kids.  Grab yourself a warm one and a block of cheddar.  Yes, Wing fans…it’s time to play:

Name That Idiot!

Here are the rules.  I’m going to give you a few short passages from a renowned idiot’s latest babbling effort, and you try to Name That Idiot.  It’s easy, fun and rewarding.

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Real Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL.com is beta testing real time scoring.  Check it out if you have a need for it.

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Saskin Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The NHL Players’ Association’s team player representatives voted unanimously today to fire executives Ted Saskin and Ken Kim “for cause,” after a union-commissioned report concluded Saskin had quarterbacked a campaign to hack into player email accounts.

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Chris Chelios just mentioned this on his weekly conversation with WDFN in Detroit.  It is at the end of the audio and you can listen at A2Y.  Chris mentioned they will start from scratch to find an new leader.

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Your Thursday Dose Of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris Chelios just got off the air in Detroit and thanks to WDFN, here’s what he had to say about playing without Mathieu Schneider, against Sasquatch, with the Miracle of Insanity and the demise of Ted Saskin.

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Wings Address Media

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Babcock, Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk and Hank Zetterberg all addressed the media via conference call today.  Transcript of the whole frigging thing is below.

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Ken Kal On The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I spoke with Wings radio play-by-play man Ken Kal this afternoon.
Ken gives his views on the Wings/Ducks series and answered a few other questions I had.
It was a treat for me to speak with him and hope you enjoy the conversation.

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The Ducks Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Randy Carlyle, Chris Pronger, Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer took part in a press conference today…

Q. Randy, Giguere had to go through a lot at the end of the season, start of the playoffs. Are you impressed by the way he focused on the game still?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Again, you know, I think that when people go through hurdles in life and things that do happen outside of the game, then get an opportunity to go back to work, I think work becomes a little bit of a haven. Once you can satisfy in your own mind that everything’s okay at home, the ability to go back to work is really a relief for the individual.
I think that was the case with Giguere. He was through a situation that took some time to resolve. He got the opportunity to come back and practice for a couple of days. He didn’t play right away. He probably felt that he was more deserved of playing right away, but we had a goaltender that won three in a row, and as a coach you have to make those decisions.
When we lost the game in Minnesota, he grabbed the net from then on he’s given us quality goaltending and has given us a chance in every game. That’s all you can really ask from him. It’s a tribute to the individual to go through the personal family situation and then to come back and be ready to play at a high level. He’s to be commended for that.

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Note To Anaheim: There’s Hockey In Your Town

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sometimes things confuse me.  My head swims and I get scared and clammy.  Right now is one of those times.  I’m used to a situation where we have to convince our writers that hockey exists.  In LA? Exactly the opposite.  The media is trying to explain to the public that the Poultry aren’t some sort of urban legend.

The Ducks barely register as a blip on the SoCal sports radar, hidden as they are in the National Hockey League and marooned as the only major tenant in Anaheim’s arena.

Then there are the name changes. From Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to Anaheim Ducks, and the place-name changes. From the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim to The Pond to the Anaheim Arena and the Honda Center. It’s enough to confuse less-than-casual hockey fan, which is most of us.

I know. I know.  Hockey’s a niche sport.  The Duck fan base may be small, but they’re loyal.  But, c’mon.  3 out of 4 years in the Conference Finals and the media still has to beg the lefties for their interest in that team?  Did I say “lefties?”  Woops. 

Oh…and check out this quote from Mike Babcock today on Leaf’s Lunch.

On the holes the Ducks may see in the Wings defense, “They plan to run the crap out of our D, we plan to do the same.” 

I’m starting to feel an anti-Pronger post coming on.  It’s in its infant stages, but I think that’s what I’m sensing.

 

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Exercising Demons

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Each of the NHL’s final four teams is battling a burden, fighting a perception, attempting to overcome bad karma that to some extent can add to the otherwise significant pressure.
t’s one more reason that when the Sabres, Senators, Ducks or Red Wings gather on the ice with the Stanley Cup and pose for the celebratory picture, they will have passed the most testing playoff process in sports.

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