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Gary Roberts Considering Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

The decision, though, is up to Roberts. He said he would have to take the summer to reassess his situation and his drive only because of the arduous season he has just gone through.

Roberts, as we mentioned before, is the king of fitness, but he has battled a respiratory infection, a broken leg, a high ankle sprain, a groin strain and a mild case of pneumonia this year.

“Well, I mean obviously I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think about (retirement),” Roberts said. “For sure it’s a thought of mine, but it’s nice to have my legs finally. It’s been since Christmas. I’m excited about the way I feel.”

The way he played in the Stanley Cup Final, too.

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Wings Bring Sexy Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Schrader at the Free Press:

[Jay] Leno also asked if Timberlake taught them anything in return for the hockey lessons.

And the Wings launched into Timberlake’s tune “SexyBack,” singing “we’re bringing sexy back” once and then switching to “we’re bringing Stanley back.”

Video below:

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  Tags: chris+osgood, jay+leno, justin+timberlake, niklas+lidstrom, the+tonight+show

A Hockey Dad’s Relief

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Robin Collum in the Edmonton Journal, the words of John Osgood:

“I’m a hockey dad, so I know it’s a 60-minute game, and I knew that in Detroit in Game 5 when they scored in the last minute to extend the series.

“So in the last minute in Pittsburgh when it was 3-2 and everybody was up cheering, I was sitting. I was watching the screen, and it was 5.2 seconds left, and the puck was at centre ice, so I risked standing up and starting to celebrate,” he said.  “Then, all of a sudden, it’s a two-one-one down low, Crosby’s got the backhand, Hossa’s got the puck and throws it through the crease.

“But it worked out and it was so emotional, but a sense of relief, too, that it was over. I think I was more nervous than Chris was.”

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An A2Y Tribute To Uncle Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1148 EST: added a few MBCQOTD from ‘06/‘07.

Mike Babcock took the Wing job after he’d “failed” in Anaheim and after Dave Lewis failed (no quotes) in Detroit.  Lewis, who was hired despite Scotty Bowman’s strong suggestion that the team go with Barry Smith, was a nice guy. 

And he was run over in the room.  Run over by veterans who were real attached to a style that was successful for them in 2002.

So in came Uncle Mike.

 

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Why Bergeron?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,

As for the big-shot Bergeron, I talked to Risebrough twice Tuesday, once before his flight to Toronto for the goalie equipment trimming meetings and once after. He believes Bergeron will be a guy who can play regular minutes, not just a bunch of power-play minutes. He says part of the motivation was to be a fill-in for Foster while he’s out, but “that doesn’t mean it’s one or the other. It will be an improvement to have both when Foster’s back.”

Bergeron has a club option for next year at $1.653 million. The Ducks almost certainly wouldn’t have exercised that. So why didn’t the Wild wait for free agency? Risebrough says other teams were interested in Bergeron, and Brian Burke was definitely going to trade him. In other words, he wouldn’t make free agency, according to Risebrough.

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Future of the Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings, the transcript from Dean Lombardi’s press conference yesterday, plus a series of posts where Hammond asks Lombardi his own questions.

Here’s more from Lombardi, talking about the natural assumption that the Kings might already have a new coach in mind…

“People can think whatever they’re thinking, but we haven’t done any research or anything like that. I think we were solely focused on the right fit here, but I think it’s safe to say we realize the importance of this hire and I’m not going to hurry it. I guess one indication that we don’t really have anybody in mind is that I don’t see myself rushing to get someone here this week. I guess if I had somebody in mind, I’d be on the phone signing him right now, but I’m not anywhere near something like that. I mean, whenever you fire someone, a coach or whatever, the thought is always in the back of your mind. `OK, who are we going to get to replace him?’ But in terms of us already finding someone and saying, `This is the guy who would fit,’ no. We’re not even near that.”

More from Lombardi’s conversation with Hammond here, here, here, here and here.

Also, Helene Elliott at the LA Times takes a look back at Crawford and the Kings organization.

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  Tags: dean+lombardi, marc+crawford

Wilson Can’t Fix Leafs Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damien Cox in the Toronto Star,

Look, Cliff Fletcher stated categorically on April 7 he wouldn’t be the one to fire Paul Maurice. A month after that, he contradicted himself and fired Maurice, saying it was his job to “clear the decks” so the next GM could make his own choice.

And yesterday? Why Fletcher contradicted himself again and hired a coach to a huge, long-term deal, thus clogging up the decks again. Best to write down things the man says in pencil, methinks.

Wilson’s a good coach, but Maurice was a good coach, too, and good coaches can’t overcome lousy, overpaid players, misguided and/or short-sighted management and clueless, fixated-on-23-per-cent-return owners who think tradition is celebrating Tie Domi’s 1,000th game.

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  Tags: cliff+fletcher, ron+wilson

Business is Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Three years after the league shut down amid concerns of skyrocketing salaries, the average NHL player is now making more than pre-lockout levels.

Sources tell TSN the average salary for NHL players this season was $1,906,793, an increase of more than 11% over last year ($1,708,607).

Not surprisingly, league revenues have also increased by close to $600 million since the lockout, translating into escalating salaries.

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Uncle Mike Stays In The Family

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The AP’s Larry Lage is citing an unusual source, and reporting Mike Babcock has officially signed the three year deal we’ve all read about today.

Mike Babcock is returning to the bench for the Detroit Red Wings. Babcock and the Stanley Cup-winning team agreed to a three-year contract, a person in the NHL told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team planned an 11 a.m. Wednesday news conference to announce the deal. The Red Wings announced plans for a news conference, but didn’t release details.

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Report: Babcock Staying in Hockeytown 3 More Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via KDKA.com:

A person in the NHL tells The Associated Press that Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a 3-year contract for the Stanley Cup winning coach.

The person spoke Tuesday night on the condition of anonymity because the team planned an 11 a.m. Wednesday news conference to announce the deal.

The Wings said Tuesday night they would hold a news conference, but didn’t release details.

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  Tags: mike+babcock

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