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Calgary’s Next Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Here’s a thought for the Calgary Flames to ponder, as they enter another off-season answering the same old questions about their future, both short-and-long term, and why they’re always good enough to make the playoffs but never good enough to win any rounds. Would they consider moving Dion Phaneuf, a 24- year-old defenceman, only one season removed from qualifying as a Norris Trophy finalist?

It would be a counterintuitive move on one level because if Phaneuf ever matured into a dominant defenceman, a la Chris Pronger, it is a decision that could backfire in a big way.

However, it is hard to imagine the Flames standing pat with their current core, given that they haven’t been able to win in the playoffs with the group they’ve got.

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Rafalski Ramifications

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I said I was done and I am but not yet and not until I get a few things off my chest and then I’ll be done because you don’t just lose a top 2 defenseman, top 5 in the league while you’re BS’ing, and not do a little off the cuff babbling if you catch my drift.

Oh, and this.

In the afternoon, I went golfing with Getzlaf and Niedermeyer. Scott told me I needed to realign my chakras, focus my chi, and start listening to Rusted Root and Phish. So I took a dump in a sand trap and forced Ryan to wear a divot on his bald spot and wouldn’t let him take it off until YES we went into the club house.

Yep. From the real Chris Pronger blog.  Keep reading and I’ll give you the You Are Ell thing.

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LeBron James Sends Ovechkin a Gift

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Zeisberger at Sun Media:

Heading into his upcoming showdown against Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL’s most electrifying superstar is getting the support of NBA royalty.

If Alexander Ovechkin was wondering who might be in his corner in this star-studded second-round showdown between his Washington Capitals and the Penguins, he received his answer this morning courtesy of a gift from LeBron (The King) James.

James, whose CIeveland Cavaliers await the identity of their second-round opponent in the NBA playoffs, sent The Great 8 a personally-signed Cavaliers jersey.

The message?

“To Alexander The Great. Keep Up The Good Work. King James,” it said, scrawled across the jersey’s white numbers in James’s personal handwriting.

continued…

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, lebron+james

Jack Adams Award Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com:

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien, who led the NHL’s top two teams this season, and Andy Murray, who lifted the St. Louis Blues to a surprising Stanley Cup Playoff berth, are the three finalists for the 2009 Jack Adams Award in voting by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.

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And…I’m Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’d had a big preview post planned (alliteration bitches).  Was gonna show you stuff from WTF Holland and from Gina and Betty at the Triple Deke. It was going to be glorious.

But I can’t.  It’s too much.  This Rafalski thing has me feeling dizzy and like I might throw up really soon.  So this is all I have until the Live Blog.

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The MacLeod Honeymoon Is Over and Hand Me The Bucket: Rafalski Out Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update:  1139.  I had a ditty ready to go and about to post when I found out about this: 

MacLeod

Defenseman Brian Rafalski will not play in tonight’s Game 1 of the second-round playoff series against Anaheim. Rafalski’s injury is listed as day-to-day. Chris Chelios will play.

So, the defense pairings tonight will be ...

Lidstrom-Ericsson
Kronwall-Stuart
Lebda-Chelios

On the power play, the Wings will use more of a three-man rotation on the blue line with Lidstrom, Kronwall and Samuelsson. Stuart and Ericsson will also be used to a limited extent

Holy fu**.  Pass the bucket. Make room at the bar.  Start shoveling coal and stand by because I’ve got a disgusting 2007 missing Kronwall and Schneider sick to my stomach kind of feeling coming on real strong.

***Original post is below and refers to a MacLeod article written before news of Rafalski’s injury.***

 

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Lafleur Found Guilty - Faces Up To 14 Years In Prison

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has been found guilty of giving contradictory testimony.

The former NHL star, who played much of his career with the Montreal Canadiens, was on trial this spring on a single charge of giving contradictory testimony during his son Mark’s bail hearing in 2007.

Lafleur agreed to supervise his son at the time and enforce a court-ordered curfew. But he failed to tell a judge that he drove his son to a hotel to spend a night with his 16-year-old girlfriend while he was under curfew….

Lafleur faces up to 14 years in prison.

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Update 1:30pm ET (Alanah): Guy Lafleur’s lawyer was a guest on AM 640’s Leafs Lunch today, further explaining the consequences of this ruling for his client. Follow this link, then look for the interview titled “Guy Lafleur’s Lawyer” and you can listen to the full interview.

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Hot Healy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Glen Healy, Director of Player Affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association talks NBC, NHL playoff hockey, the Ovechkin-Crosby matchup, profit-sharing and recaps round-one of the playoffs this morning on Fan590.

Healy rants over NBC for the first 5 minutes, well worth a listen.

click here to start listening…

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  Tags: glen+healy

Hossa Comfortable With His Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

As the Wings head into the second round tonight against Anaheim, Hossa is in the spot he always envisioned. He’s needed and wanted but doesn’t have to do it all, or even the bulk of it. No one on the Wings ever does. And really, of all the unusual reasons Hossa took the Wings’ one-year, $7.45-million offer instead of long-term treasures elsewhere, this is the main one, for this time right now.

“Look around, you’ve got legends in here, and it’s a great group of guys,” Hossa said. “It’s just fun to be a part of it. And they play the way I like, the puck-control game. Playing with so many stars, the pressure is spread, there’s no focus on one guy.”

And there’s the dichotomy of the Hossa Experiment. He came to Detroit to win his first Stanley Cup, and by accepting a one-year deal, he put enormous pressure on himself. But the truth is, it’s actually less pressure than if he’d stayed in Pittsburgh for a reported $35 million, or gone to Edmonton for the rumored $80 million.

If Hossa is skating with a burden, he sure isn’t showing it. He led the team with 40 goals in the regular season, and often was brilliant. He was clutch in the first-round clincher against Columbus, scoring his first two goals of the playoffs.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Breaking Down The Boston/Carolina Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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