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Co-Chairmen Of Frozen Four Have Ice In Their Blood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joanne C. Gerstner of the New York Times,

Since birth, William Clay Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch have been judged by their last names and their families’ businesses. It comes with being the great-grandson of Henry Ford and, for Ilitch, being the son of the founder of Little Caesars Pizza.

As children, they both found an escape from the pressure of their famous names on a hockey rink. Skates laced tight, a stick in their hands, they could blend in on a hockey team. Years later, bearing responsibility for billions of dollars of business, they still do.

“Once you’re out on the ice, nobody cares about who you are or what you do,” said Ford, who is known as Bill. “It’s all washed away the moment the game begins, and I love that.”


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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  Tags: christopher+ilitch, william+clay+ford+jr.

No Panic In Montreal

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from Manny Almela of MontrealCanadiens.com,

Still in full control of their own destiny, the Habs are now facing five remaining games about as big as games can get at this time of year. As frustrating as a loss to the lowly Hurricanes is – especially at this crucial time of the season – the Canadiens know it’s not time to panic now.

“We were doing everything right and the results just weren’t coming,” shrugged Hal Gill. “Sometimes when you’re doing all the right things and it’s not working out, you start doing the wrong things because what you’re doing isn’t getting it done. I think we were guilty of that tonight. We know what we need to do the rest of the way to get this done.”

Chief among those is Carey Price, who delivered his second-straight solid outing without the results to show for it. Opponents hoping the young goalie’s confidence is shaken can think again.

“All I can do is play well,” said a defiant Price, looking nothing like a guy in need of a pep talk. “If I’m not rewarded on a night I play a strong game so be it.”


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The Flawed Team In Tampa

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from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times,

The goal is still there. After all this time, and after all this misery, it can still be reached.

Do not talk of the odds, and do not pay attention to the pressure, for you have seen the Lightning, and deep down you know it is capable of pulling this off. It has the goaltending for it, and the defense, and the right amount of depth on its scoring lines.

A break here or there and sure enough, the Lightning can claim last place in the Eastern Conference. Again.

Ah, the poor Lightning. Every day this team seems to get a little worse, and every game its flaws become more and more clear.


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

that’s it, no teams wins a game allowing two goals in final minute of first two periods. andy (Craig Anderson) is a mess right now. Play Budaj

-Adrian Dater tweet..  Ducks up 3-1 on Avs at the end of 2.

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Direction Of Stars May Decide Modano’s Decision To Play Or Not

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano really doesn’t know what he wants to do about this retirement thing.

Rather, I think he thinks he doesn’t have all the information he needs yet.

Modano would probably love to play another year on a good team where he plays an important role (wouldn’t we all). He doesn’t want to play another year on a bad team where he is redundant. So which would it be with the Stars next season? It appears there are some decisions that need to be made before any kind of judgment can be made.


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  Tags: mike+modano

Demitra Back On The Ice

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Pavol Demitra skated on his own Wednesday morning, but it was tough to find his stride with heavy legs and a heavy heart.

A day after test results revealed that his wife, Maria, is on the road to recovery after another medical scare, the exhausted Vancouver Canucks winger revealed what it was like to deal with that uncertainty while missing sleep and the last four NHL games.

“We had 911 on the speed dial and she was in the hospital a couple of times,” said Demitra. “Obviously when you have to call 911, you’re very scared.”

While Demitra wouldn’t provide ailment details, his wife was also hospitalized in early February with a reaction to a prescription that initially looked like she may have a heart problem.


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  Tags: pavol+demitra

Report- Tomas Kaberle Has Had Enough Of Ron Wilson

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The quiet war between Tomas Kaberle and Ron Wilson marches towards a likely divorce with the coach firing what may have been the final shots at the longest-serving of all Maple Leaf players….

The historically quiet and almost non-combative defenceman has told old friends he “can’t stand playing for Wilson” and much as he has loved playing for the Leafs and living in Toronto throughout his National Hockey League career, even through five straight seasons out of the playoffs, he is prepared to move on because he is unhappy with the manner in which Wilson coaches the Leafs and the lack of respect he shows for the players.

“He’s had enough,” a good friend said. “He’s at his wit’s end with the guy.”

read on

note: this link may change over the next few hours, if so, please leave a comment and I will try to track it down…

added 8:27pm, As noted, the link went bad.  If I run into later tonight or tomorrow morning, I will update.

added 10:29pm, Found a new link, hopefully it now works.

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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Now We Wait For The Glendale City Council Vote

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Carrie Watters of the Arizona Republic,

Don’t expect the Phoenix Coyotes’ future in Arizona to be decided this week.

The playoff-bound hockey franchise remains in ownership limbo, with the Glendale City Council not expected to vote on preliminary lease agreements with interested buyers until sometime in April.

Although Glendale does not decide who will own the Coyotes - that rests with the NHL - the city is a critical player. It must reach agreements with prospective owners on the team’s lease at the city-owned Jobing.com Arena.

The cause for delay is unclear.


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Ranking Team Defensive Units

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

The old axiom is that defence is what wins championships and while it’s certainly debatable, given the offensive impact of the league’s best teams, there is no denying that teams that expect to win in the postseason need to be able to count on their blueliners.

Breaking down each team’s defence corps, I’ve tried to go with the seven-man unit that they are most likely to have available to them. This means a ding against teams like Chicago (minus Brian Campbell) and Ottawa (without Filip Kuba), among others.

In any case, I’ve measured each unit of seven’s goals, goals per game, assists, assists per game, cumulative plus-minus, hits, hits per game, blocked shots, blocked shots per game, games played and both cumulative and average TSN.ca rating.


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The Fight For The 8th Spot In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The intriguing race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference pits two teams that entered the season with completely different approaches and goals. The outcome will surely carry over into their 2010-11 campaigns.

The Calgary Flames made a big splash during the offseason by signing coveted unrestricted free agent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. With him came lofty hopes for the team and season. The Colorado Avalanche, meanwhile, signed Bouwmeester’s former teammate Craig Anderson, who was unheralded as the Florida Panthers’ backup goaltender. They also elevated AHL coach Joe Sacco to their bench boss and opened the schedule with such a young and unproven lineup that expectations were, shall we say, tempered.


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