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All Dean Lombardi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Question: I talked to Brown and Kopitar and asked them, `If Dean asked you how to improve the team next season, what would you say?’ They both said, `Scoring left winger’ without much hesitation. Obvious?

LOMBARDI: ``I’d say another thing is obvious too.’‘

Question: What’s that?

LOMBARDI: ``All of these young players have to get better. No doubt about it. Actually, that part is even more important, because if they don’t make the commitment this summer, it doesn’t matter. When you put a bunch of young players together, learning to be pros and learning to make the commitment to be the best they can be, learning to be teammates, is as critical as their physical condition, their play on the ice. That starts immediately after (today’s) game.


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Ranger Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

• One of my best John Tortorella “insiders” suggests that we should not be surprised if the underdog Blueshirts pull a first round upset. “Nobody,” my Tampa Bay tipster advises, “is a better playoff planner than Torts. Say what you will about any other part of his style but, when it comes to the post-season, there isn’t a better coach.”

• Henny Lundqvist’s learning curve suggests that — hard to believe — his BEST is yet to come. The Maven predicts that THIS will prove to be his best playoff since he arrived on Seventh Avenue.

• Nik Zherdev is SO skilled that he always manages to pull off a deluxe move just when half the house is about to give him The Bronx Cheer.

read on

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The Rumor Talk In Denver

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs, T

he other rumor - and this has been going around for a year now - is that Patrick Roy will be the next Avalanche coach.

I’ve been trying to get ahold of Patrick the last couple of days, to no avail.

But he did tell my buddy Bertrand Raymond of Le Journal Montreal recently that he no longer is intent on staying as a coach at the junior level, in Quebec, while his sons are still playing there, that he “will listen” to any offer to coach in the NHL next year.

Personally, I would LOVE to see Patrick Roy back in Denver. He didn’t always like me, and I didn’t always like him, but who cares about me - he’s a legend, and I have always liked being around him - even when he was cursing at me using every last profane word in the English and French dictionaries.


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Notes From Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Speaking of making sense, there is nothing more absurd in sports than the NHL’s revenue-sharing system, under which the Maple Leafs, the league’s wealthiest and most profitable franchise, get a rebate check worth between $4-4.5 million because the rest of the teams’ combined payrolls created an excess of escrow money.

The Maple Leafs did not come close to spending at the $56.7M cap, coming in at an approximate $49M. They invested, what, maybe 40 percent of their hockey-related revenue on payroll, yet they will get a refund because other teams invested up to 65 percent of their income on players?

That would be tantamount to the Yankees getting revenue-share money from MLB because the Royals, Pirates, Marlins and Rockies went on a spending spree.

• Understand this: The NHLPA will decide whether the cap remains flat, goes down slightly or increases again through its decision on whether to trigger the automatic 5-percent bump. The decision will be made by a vote of the 30 player reps, presumably at the conclusion of the playoffs.

more NHL talk…

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Hippy Challenge: Name your favorite next Wings player theme song

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

So remember how good the Wings’ hockey DJ used to be with player name tunes?  Shanahan’s Jig.  Wooley’s Wooley Bully tune; Now all I know is Cleary’s ‘I can see clearly now,’ Sunshiny Day tune, nice try but having lost a few players we need more.

Sure we have the “Hold Me” song for holding, “Get over it” when we’re trying to get over a bad goal, but I’m talking player-specific tunes.

I’m calling out the Kuklas Korner readership, soliciting clever ideas for future theme songs our trusty Wings DJ (Paul: Got his name?) should play for whenever a certain active player on our roster is worth noting for a goal, fight, over otherwise.

I’ll open the bidding:

Why aren’t they playing the Hossa Hossa Hossa Hossa! song?

Chris Chelios: “Old Man” by Neal Young : http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/neilyoung/oldman.html

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Happy Easter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For those of you who celebrate this joyous Holiday, Happy Easter!

The KK Hockey section will be in ‘lite’ mode today, meaning posts will not be as consistent as usual.

Come Monday, back to work for about the next two months!


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We Are, After All, Talking About BJs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Between the hours of 2300 and 0430, the phone rang off the hook.  It was the same person every time, private number, undetermined gender.  Each time I answered, there would be a pause, a clear of a throat, then the humming would begin.

The tune was recognizable right away.  Walter Egan’s catchy 1978 classic that is still a favorite with the kids of today, “Magnet and Steel.” 


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San Jose Is The Stanley Cup Favorite

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I think no team is over 50% likely to win the Stanley Cup this year.  That means that most likely San Jose will not win the Stanley Cup this year even though they are the single team with the best chance at it. 

What makes San Jose the most likely cup winner?  They had a very good regular season winning the President’s Trophy.  They did so despite travel issues that when accounted for would make their lead even bigger

San Jose has the most talented team in the league with no clear weaknesses.  They have a good goalie in Evgeni Nabokov.  Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Christian Ehrhoff and Rob Blake give the Sharks one of the better defences in the NHL.  They have a good group of forwards in Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Milan Michalek, Ryane Clowe and Jonathan Cheechoo.  They have some good grinders and wily veterans to make up their depth including Travis Moen, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux.  This is a good team.

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Sharks Are Ready & Able, Are They Willing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

San Jose is better positioned to break through the conference ceiling than ever before. They have no real tactical holes, they have two very good lines and a decent third line, they are more willing to exchange body blows, their goaltending is solid if not necessarily elite, they don’t have listening issues with the coaching staff, and they almost never lose at home.

That’s the talent side of the team. They’re not quite loaded in that Detroit way, but their weaknesses are harder to repeatedly exploit….

Now comes the fun part. Teams that have gone three years or more without a playoff appearance get knocked out of the first round twice as often as they advance, because there really is such a thing as playoff inexperience. It’s hard to miss the playoffs three years in a row, so teams that get there are usually a little googly-eyed when they arrive, and since the Western Conference has three such teams, Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis, this can only help the hardy perennials like the Sharks and Red Wings.

But whether the Blues beat Colorado tonight, the Sharks will enter the postseason knowing they have done too much too well this season to claim that as an excuse if things don’t go as they wish.


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Motivational Tape For The Habs?

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