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Datsyuk’s Lob Shot Shootout Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 4:02pm, I switched out video which now includes the Datsyuk and Bertuzzi goals in the shootout.

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk, todd+bertuzzi

Coyotes Attempting To Increase Team Exposure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area,

The Phoenix Coyotes have launched a new advertising campaign on Valley Metro buses aimed at attracting fans now that the football season is over and before spring training baseball starts.

“We have ads on 85 city buses. They went up in January,” said Coyotes spokesman Rob Crean.

The Coyotes hope to see an attendance boost with the team playing well and with the Arizona Cardinals’ season over and the future of the football team uncertain. The hockey team also hopes to attract some baseball fans, visiting the Valley for spring training, to hockey games.


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Holland Delivers A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

When I asked general manager Ken Holland if he wanted to comment about the controversial shootout goal in Dallas Saturday, he politely declined.

But between the first and second periods Sunday, he cornered an NHL official at the end of the press box and let his feelings be known very clearly. It was an animated, in-your-face, mostly one-sided discussion. Holland was talking and the NHL guy was listening.

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Bruins May Want To Acquire Kovalchuk To Play With Savard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Is Ilya Kovalchuk, who has 323 goals but is minus-86 in his Atlanta career, a better trade rental than Marian Hossa was in 2008 when Pittsburgh got him and got to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final? I don’t think so. I may be in the minority, but I think Hossa is a better player (he actually can check) and, in his prime all he fetched was centre Erik Christensen, winger Colby Armstrong, suspect draft pick Angelo Esposito and a 2008 first-round draft pick -stocking stuffers really, although Hossa was 29, and Kovalchuk is only 26, so maybe he’d be worth more.

I still think the Boston Bruins are the short-term destination, although they don’t have long-term cap room, because Marc Savard and Kovalchuk have a history from Atlanta, and the Bruins can give up Blake Wheeler, their first-round pick (not the one they got from Toronto for Phil Kessel) and, say, centre Joe Colborne, who is a sophomore at University of Denver.

more plus Western and Eastern Conference notes…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Hejduk Out After Arthroscopic Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Milan Hejduk out 2-4 weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee.

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Wings May Vacate Joe Louis Arena

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

Mike and Marian Ilitch, owners of the Red Wings, have not renewed their lease at Joe Louis Arena beyond this season, and face more than $10 million in structural repair at the dilapidated arena this summer if the team is to play there next season.

Going back to the Joe, it seems, is a last resort. So the Ilitches have been looking for a temporary home while they sort out, if, when, where and how they might build a new arena in downtown Detroit.

The Wings and Palace Sports and Entertainment, overseers of The Palace, have been working on a lease agreement for over a year. The Ilitches toured The Palace in December 2008. The Palace submitted a five-year lease offer to the Ilitches, who made a counteroffer—presumably for fewer years.

The Palace is still sitting on that counteroffer.

read on

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CHL Top Prospects Game

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The CHL Top Prospects Game is this Wednesday in Windsor, Ontario.  It pits two teams of the top players who are draft eligible in 2010 who play on teams in the three CHL leagues.  The teams are coached by Don Cherry and Bobby Orr and are thus called Team Cherry and Team Orr.

Here are the rosters for the CHL Top Prospects Game:

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Live Blog It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No songs today.  No Hangover lines or nifty little catch phrases.

If the Wings have one “statement” game this year, today’s the day.  It’s not the games against Pittsburgh.  Those were late last Spring and will be again this June when the trifecta is complete. And it will be. 

Shut out three of the last four games against little brother.  Shafted by Gary’s lemonade stand of a league again yesterday.  Pissed off and hopefully frigging frothing.

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Who Needs Football When We Have Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four NHL games on the schedule today, highlighted by the Chicago/Detroit game as the NHL returns to NBC for another 1/2 season.


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GDT - Game #48: Red Wings host Blackhawks (12:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Cannot comment on the game yesterday, I did not see it.  I went shopping with my wife, Shannon.  Fortunately I have Sirius/XM radio, so as I chauffeured the gang around, I caught bits of the game.  I was amused as Razor described Big E as a “turnover machine”, and that in spite of Rafffi’s goal, his game was awful.  Missed the OT, but was shocked to read that Ott was somehow controversial.  George is more steamed (to put it politely) than shocked. 

The Kings won yesterday. Chicago won too, although Huet was a sieve (0.807%).  Important points are at stake as DET is losing ground.

Did you know that CHI have shut out DET in three of their last four regular-season meetings (all three by 3-0 scores), including each of the last two.

However, today is Shannon’s 40th Birthday, good mojo, and big plans are taking shape.  GDT is light, and updates are uncertain, but may catch some of the game.

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