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In case you are “new” to KK, don’t forget to take a look around the whole KK Site.
Abel to Yzerman gives you all the Wings/Ducks coverage you want, while Canucks & Beyond is coming out of a depression state and will soon be pointing out hockey topics I would not even think of.
Also, don’t foget about the latest KK Challenge.

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Now It Is Fun

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The Buffalo Sabres finished No. 1 overall during the regular season with inoa franchise-high 113 points. The Detroit Red Wings matched them. Anaheim, with 110 points, led the Pacific Division. Ottawa, after a terrible first half, finished with 105 points, only two behind New Jersey.
Get the picture? No surprises. In a league that almost always delivers upsets during the playoffs, it’s only right that the NHL’s Big Four have made it to the finals in the East and West.
Now the fun really begins.

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Following The Worlds’

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More from the World Championships from the Washington Caps Crew.

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Confirmed: Grigorenko Signs

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Khan(!) had this story ready for a few days, it would appear.  Plenty of reaction from Kenny The Boy Wonder. 

The 5-foot-10, 209-pound left wing is no longer the Wings’ top prospect, but he still has an intriguing set of skills. Next season, the Wings will see if he’s ready to play in the NHL. The club has signed Grigorenko to a one-year entry level contract worth $858,800. He’ll be competing for a job in training camp in Traverse City this fall.

“He was a real top prospect for us a number of years ago but unfortunately had that accident,’’ Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s had a couple of years where he’s been able to play and get healthy. We feel it’s time to come over and see where he’s at.’‘

Holland says the timing was right, that Grigorenko’s as healthy as he’s going to get and that the opportunity is his to take advantage of.

What he doesn’t say is this:  We’re going to need another dependable forward when Bobby says goodbye.

 

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You Never Know

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from Mike Waldner of the Daily Breeze,

All that separated the Ducks from possession of the Stanley Cup was a loss in the seventh game of the Finals.
Mike Babcock was the relatively young 40-year-old rookie NHL coach who molded the Ducks into a formidable team. He was bright, passionate, committed and, so it seemed, settling in for a long run in Anaheim.
You know, you never know.

read on

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Obviously, a one-year offer meant there were some doubts about whether Babcock could be the coach Burke wanted him to be, and Babcock wanted more than that.
“He said, ‘One year is not a lot of security,’” Burke recalled. “So he asked for permission to look around. ... He asked for a window (to negotiate with other teams) and he later asked for an extension to that (negotiating window).”
And a few days later, Babcock accepted a multiyear offer to coach the Red Wings.

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Best Teams Hang Around

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

And all we wanted was the Detroit Red Wings to (a) embrace their spineless-ly Poker-ish ways and fold early and (b) realize that two of their key cogs in the bid for a championship were, at one time, deck hands on The Ark. Now you have the Red Wings getting unexpectedly vital contributions from players with names ending in “son”, “ov”, “berg” and “Datsyuk” and they really have this belief that a route to the Cup doesn’t necessarily require taking the Yzerman Parkway.

more on all of the teams in the CF…

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Predicting Stuff In The OC

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We start our Mainstream Media Prediction Series with this nifty piece of literature from the Orange County Register.

They might be seeded No. 1 in the West this season, one notch ahead of the Ducks, but that is a result of Detroit playing in a much weaker division and having a softer schedule than the Ducks. For my money, the Ducks are the superior team, especially with the Red Wings having lost defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a broken wrist.

You know, the patsy Central references don’t even bother me anymore.  And I’m sure they’ve never bothered the Wings themselves.

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Probie Takes A Shot At The Leafs

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from Bob Duff of the Wndsor Star,

“Our second night in Kandahar, they took us over to see the spy planes,” Probert said. “We were in the one of the rooms getting briefed on the spy planes and all of a sudden the sirens start going off.”
“They came in an escorted us right to the bomb shelter. The bunker, they called it.”
While there, Probert looked around at his fellow retired NHLers and spied Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Lou Franceschetti, Dave Hutchison, Dave (Tiger) Williams and Kevin Maguire, all of them former Toronto Maple Leafs and decided to add a little levity to a tense situation.
“I said, ‘Apparently, they found out the Maple Leafs were here,’” Probert said. “That didn’t go over too well.”

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The Next New Jersey Coach

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from The Maven,

Lamoriello’s current assistant coach John MacLean has just thrown his hat into the ring.
Matter of fact, Johnny Mac – one of the all-time New Jersey hockey heroes – just told me so.
My question was simple: “John, how interested are you in the head coaching job?”
To which Mac shot back: “I’m definitely interested.”...
Pat Burns would love to return behind the bench now that he’s feeling healthy again. Other possibilities include Scott Stevens, Mike Sullivan and – if he’s released by San Jose – Ron Wilson.

more

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The Return Of Peter Puck

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TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - After being shut out for more than a quarter century, Peter Puck is locked, loaded and ready to score. Created by hockey historian and past CBC Hockey Night in Canada commentator Brian McFarlane, Peter Puck is bouncing out of retirement to the applause of hockey enthusiasts around the world. The chirpy, cartoon rubber biscuit emerged in 1973 and quickly became recognized as the most popular intermission personality ever featured on televised NHL games.

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