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Vote For The Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. (April 11, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, gives fans the opportunity to relive the greatest Stanley Cup moments of the modern expansion era and vote for the ultimate moment as part of a Stanley Cup playoff feature which launched, today, April 11 on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs

As the NHL playoffs commence today, 16 teams will begin the Quest for the Cup, with each game a Do or Die battle to the championship. Along the way many heroes will emerge to become forever linked with the greatest memories of the Stanley Cup.  Was it Mark Messier’s 1994 playoff guarantee? Ray Bourque’s crowning glory or Bobby Orr flying through the air after his Cup winning goal?  These are just three of the defining moments chosen by VERSUS that fans can relive on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs

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Cheer With Amy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Amy Grant at NHL Connect,

The playoffs start for us tonight – and I couldn’t be more excited.
I’ll have to confess right up front that my blogs won’t be politically correct ramblings about “how great the sport is” or about how ”it’s an honor just to make it to the playoffs”. I am an unashamed and proud NASHVILLE PREDATOR fan and I’m here to cheer them on!

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Yotes Clean House

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from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Phoenix Coyotes have gutted their management team.
General manager Mike Barnett, and Senior Executive and Vice President of Hockey Operations, Cliff Fletcher have been let go.

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Gretzky Wants Tocchet Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Wayne Gretzky wants Rick Tocchet to fill Barry Smith’s place on his coaching staff.
“That would be my choice, and I know the players would like it,” Gretzky said Tuesday after meeting with his players at Jobing.com Arena for the last time this season.
Gretzky did not elaborate, presumably because he is not really supposed to speak publicly about Tocchet, who still is on an unpaid leave of absence waiting to learn if the state of New Jersey is going to proceed with its investigation into an illegal gambling ring allegedly involving Tocchet.

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What You Blog About When Your Team Sucks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Never been in that position, so it’s tough to imagine how I’d react.  But, thankfully, the 13 Dive fans left in Denver are doing their best to make up for the fact that Super Joe and The Sheriff are teeing off right about now.

JibbleScribbits

I completely utterly forgot that Darren McCarty plays for Calgary. If he plays this postseason I take back all the good things I said about this team. Luckily having Tanguay and Yelle make up for it.. let’s hope those two conspire to keep him out of the lineup.

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10 Stories To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

As the playoffs get under way Wednesday night, here are the 10 story lines to watch over the coming weeks:
Chocolate or peanut butter?
It’s one of the great debates, right up there with “Less filling versus tastes great” or “Betty versus Veronica.” Offense versus defense. The old adage suggests you cannot win in the playoffs without great defense, and yet the Carolina Hurricanes proved a season ago that “great” is a relative term.
This season, the issue might be brought into closer focus with the fortunes of the New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks.

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Columbus, Tampa & Vancouver Won’t Be Happy

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from ESPN,

Think your hometown teams are a bunch of losers? Hey, Chicago, we’ve all been there. Some of us, though, have been there longer than most.
Which brings us to the first-ever ranking of the Losingest Sports Cities in North America. That’s all-time, for all four of the Big Four sports. Yes, that’s right. We looked at every city in the U.S. and Canada that has an NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB team today—then went back in history to account for every franchise that stayed for the long haul, just passed through or died a sad death.

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Pals On & Off The Ice

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from the Star-Tribune,

Spend any time with Gaborik, 25, and Demitra, 32, and it’s easy to see why they’re one of the NHL’s most electrifying dynamic duos, why sometimes they seem to read each other’s mind.
“Because we only use one brain—mine,” Demitra said, straight-faced.
Gaborik, laughing hysterically, shot back, “Yeah, we use the bald one.”
Seemingly attached at the hip—“On the road we spend 24 hours a day together,” Demitra says—the Slovak sidekicks live to cut each other up.

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The Old Arena

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from the New Hamburg Independent,

I met my first real live NHL hockey player here. Already retired, legendary Montreal Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan, was taking part in an old timers game. Behind his net and through the wire mesh screen, I displayed his 1955-56 Parkhurst hockey card. Card #63, Habs Hall of Famer - Bill Durnan. He loved seeing it and throughout the breaks in the game, he often skated back and forth from his net to chat with me. He wasn’t a former Maple Leaf but…he once played in the NHL!
There were many important pee-wee, bantam and midget championship and tournament games that I participated in. Some were forgotten long ago, others will never be forgotten.
None of us, or some of our opposition, will ever forget our famous (infamous?) pre-game ritual with our pee-wee coach, Clare “Pop” Wiebe.

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Denis Demoted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Tribune,

As disappointing as the regular season was for Lightning G Marc Denis, the news that he would be replaced as Johan Holmqvist’s backup by rookie Karri Ramo for Tampa Bay’s first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the New Jersey Devils had to sting even more.
“Yep,” said Denis, who was succinct Tuesday in his responses to every question.
Did he just not want to get into it publicly?
“Pretty much, yeah,” he said.
Had Coach John Tortorella and he discussed the decision?
“We had a talk,” Denis said.

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