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Travels With Stanley

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Maxim’s got an interview with Mike Bolt, the official keeper of The Cup,

Ever had to deck a drunk fan?
Again, we’re around bars and alcohol, and you do get the odd jerk who’ll mouth off to you. But big deal, I can take it. As long as this thing stays safe, I don’t care how much this guy’s chirping in my ear. I’d like to smack them, but I can’t. I had to push a fan away once because I thought he was going to urinate in it, but that’s about it.

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  Tags: mike+bolt, stanley+cup

View From the Inside

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I have made some observations while covering all the action from games 1 and 2 in Detroit.

Chris Simpson, the NHL reporter for Versus is as down to earth as they come. Her work continues to improve and I enjoyed speaking with her yesterday about the game of hockey.

I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the folks from CBC. In the past I have communicated with them from time to time, but they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable when around them. Now if only I could get my hands on one of those CBC towels!

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And if you’re not familiar with the exclusivity of those CBC HNIC towels, here is the reason why Paul will never get his hands on one… smile

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  Tags: media, stanley+cup+playoffs

Names on the Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A refresher course from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com, on how to get one’s name on the Stanley Cup:

The Stanley Cup is the only trophy in pro sport that bears the names of players, coaches, management and staff from the winning teams.

Prior to 1977 only players who had completed the Stanley Cup playoffs were eligible. Today, players appearing in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game for the championship team have their names engraved on the Cup. The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or other extenuating circumstances.

That’s why Jiri Slegr was the luckiest guy in the NHL in the spring of 2002.

read on for more trivia

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  Tags: stanley+cup

Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of Holik & Ortmeyer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN that the New York Rangers will have to pay former Ranger and current Atlanta Thrashers forward Bobby Holik $3.5 million over a contract dispute in 2004-2005.

Because of the lockout that wiped out the 2004-2005 season, the Rangers argued that Holik needed to play to earn his signing bonus.

An arbitrator disagreed and made the ruling in favor of Holik and Jed Ortmeyer, who the Rangers will also have to pay an undisclosed amount.

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Malkin Plans to Throw it Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

To call Pittsburgh’s top regular-season scorer a non-factor so far in the Stanley Cup final may be generous. Malkin’s penalty minutes (four) easily exceed his number of shots on goal (one), and his minus-3 rating reflects the defensive contribution he made as the Penguins were manhandled by a combined 7-0 in the opening two games in Detroit.

Malkin often found himself bothered by Niklas Kronwall and the other bone rattlers on the Red Wings’ defence corps, something the Russian acknowledged in his halting English before a 3-0 loss in Game 2.

“Detroit have a good defenceman. Kronwall,” Malkin said. “I need to be more physical play. Have to pressure defenceman. Hit. Yeah, hit.”

more on Malkin and possible new pairings

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, niklas+kronwall

Player Movement Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

Could Brian Campbell sign with Ottawa or Chicago? Are Pascal Leclaire’s contract talks stalled? Could the Wings retain Brad Stuart?

read on for Spector’s view on the above topics…

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Hockey Night In Newfoundland

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There’s a rusting steamship aground in a harbor, and draped across that ship today is a banner that reads “Go Red Wings Go.”

That’s about all I could read from Mitch Albom this morning before I threw up in my mouth a little bit. I just can’t, no matter the subject, sit through an entire column from the Delicate Genius.

But I realize some of you can.  Image of the “rusting steamship” is below.

 

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The Wings ‘Euro’ Conection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

On the overseas flight to the Stanley Cup final, Hakan Andersson pulled out his NHL guide and began to play a game.

The scout wanted to see if any player drafted in 1999 turned out better than Henrik Zetterberg.

He looked at Martin Havlat, first-round choice. He looked at the Sedin Twins, early first-round choices. He settled on his pick, Zetterberg, chosen 210th nine years ago.

“If you were to do the draft over again, I think he’s the first pick,” said Andersson.

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  Tags: hakan+andersson

Nothing To Say

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Empty Netters is in a bind.  They enjoy posting Penguins goal calls from Mike Lange, so far zero, nada.

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Pens Plan To Get The Puck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

“You feel like you’re chasing the puck all night. That’s really what it’s felt like for us, chasing the puck all night,” Roberts said of Game 2, which was identical to Game 1. “You use up so much energy trying to find the puck, that by the time you get it you’re exhausted.

“We’ve played good hockey. We’re just up against a better team, and we’ve got to find a way to get a little more jump in our step, and play with that confidence that we’ve played with.”

By “better team” Roberts of course meant, better than any of their previous playoff opponents. Not better than the Penguins.

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