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IIHF President Facing Kickback Allegations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Adams of CBC,

The International Ice Hockey Federation is investigating allegations of IIHF president Rene Fasel accepting kickbacks involving the IIHF’s marketing partner and Fasel’s childhood friend.

The Zurich daily SonntagsZeitung reported Sunday that Fasel benefited financially from marketing contracts awarded to Infront, which handles the television and marketing rights to the world hockey championship until 2017.

The newspaper alleged that Infront paid 400,000 Swiss francs ($412,000 Cdn.) in fees to company run by a childhood friend of Fasel identified as “Y.S.”

The newspaper quoted “Y.S.” as saying the only reason his company was successful was because of his relationship with Fasel.


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Wings/Ducks Series Tied At 2 - Bruins Face Elimination

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What team has a happy flight to Anaheim after the game today?

Will the Bruins find their game and win to extend the series?


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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 5: Red Wings (2-2) host Ducks (2-2)  (5:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Hey “19”, the Circus is back at The Joe today, and it has many new performances;  the Bulls on Parade , and two other new lines including Hudler,/Helm/Cleary (Hell on Wheels line gets my moniker vote, fast and hard hitting), and Abdelkader centering Sammy and Maltby.  Uncle Mike is jazzed about Abbadabawhackforthedaddyo:  “He’ll run the crap out of people.”  Uncle Mike is-a-friggin-genious. His line combinations are so well balanced with defense, scoring, power and speed.  The Circus Line can shut down anyone, and are always a ridiculous scoring threat.  Bulls on Parade possess awesome power, speed, and scoring prowess. Carlyle must piss his pants when they come over the boards. Hudler/Helm/Cleary are a forechecking tornado and should generate at least a couple good chances everygame.  Putting Sammy on the 4 line gives them a whole lot of grit,and if Sammy can hit the net, a decent scoring threat.  The Wings may have finally been able to take the utmost advantage of their Forward depth. 

Carlyle, is fuched on two fronts.  His 4 Forward lines are completely unbalanced.  Getzlaf and his linemates continue to be scoring machines, after that however, nothing.  Oh, and what a goal pickle the Ducks are in now.  Hiller, the rookie,has carried the Quackers until he got shellacked in game 4.  Biggest game of the season this afternoon, and Hiller has gotta be hearing strains of “Under Pressure” between his ears.  This could be the last road dance of the season for the Ducks.  Doomdoomdoomdadadoomdoom.

To the Moms out there, Happy Mothers Day.  To the Ducks, happy muthers day too.

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World Championship Finals Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you are in the USA, you can watch the streaming action of the gold medal game between Russia and Canada.  Game time is 2:30pm ET.

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All The Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• In this era of over-hyping everything, the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin show is surpassing any and all expectations. Haven’t seen anything this much fun at that speed since Calgary-Edmonton in the mid-1980s.

• Another team certain to be against Balsillie’s bid to move a team to Hamilton—the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings, who want out of the Western Conference, would not agree to any team moving from West to East.

• Why the NHL playoffs are so much more compelling than the NBA playoffs: The home team wins too easily in the NBA and to date, more than half the playoff games have been blowouts.

more hockey notes…

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Patrick Roy could be making a return to the Rocky Mountains.

League sources say Roy is ready to assemble a coaching staff that could include ex-Colorado coach Bob Hartley and former Quebec/Chicago forward Michel Goulet as his assistants.

• Talks to keep Chicago RW Martin Havlat from becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1 are ongoing, but the 27-year-old’s play in the post-season is driving up his value. The Blackhawks are talking about a deal that could be up to 10 years long for the Czech native, who made $6 million (all terms US) this season.

• While the Flyers’ interest in UFA G Ray Emery is genuine, it might also be a bargaining ploy to put pressure on G Martin Biron to stay for less. He made $3.5 million last season and Philly is tight for cash. The Flyers are one of three teams involved in discussions with Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry. An offer from one of those teams could be tabled this week. The Blues, Oilers and Kings are all looking for goaltending help.

more talk…

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Here’s What I’d Like For Mother’s Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As the ultimate bit of evidence that it really is all about me, I’m asking for a Mother’s Day gift.

On this most wondrous of days, all I’d like is for Randy Carlyle to attempt something for me.  Just give it a shot and see how it feels.

Instead of saying idiotic things like this, “Yanking? That’s a new one”, I think Randy should do this for me on Mother’s Day:

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Chicago Learning From The Master

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“It probably would have been pretty easy for him to stay in Chicago, watch the game on TV and wait for Game 6 back home,” said Kane of Bowman putting himself through a four-hour flight for one hockey game.

“He’s 76 or 77 years old and he still really wants to be a part of it, he still wants to be there. He’s a really special person.”

Bowman won’t be 76 until September, but Kane is right. Bowman may be in the background and intentionally keeping out of the spotlight, but he’s still Scotty Bowman.

“I talk to him almost every day,” said Kane.

“I’ll just see him in the hallway. He’s just got such a great hockey mind, it’s great to have him around.”

Jonathan Toews said Bowman has become a study for the young Hawks.

read on

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Enough Of The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The renaissance of the Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks has been fantastic for the game of hockey, because the poor management of these two Original Six teams hamstrung the NHL for too long. The league is lucky those markets were dormant, not dead.

The NHL needs strong teams in those cities, and thankfully, Bruins fans voted with their feet, forcing the Bruins to join the 21st century.

With a Harvard-educated Canadian lawyer as general manager, the Bruins spent big money to bring Zdeno Chara to Boston, outbid other teams for the services of 21-year-old free agent Blake Wheeler last summer and have a strong core of young players.

So bravo to the Bruins for bringing hockey back to life in Boston, but let’s stop it there. Their fans deserve a title, no question about it, but the city of Boston has had more than its share lately.

It’s time for the Hurricanes to say the same thing to Boston teams that anyone stuck sitting on a plane next to a Red Sox fan has been saying for the past five years: Enough.


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Ducks Must Deal With Wings Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

From what Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle was saying Saturday, it didn’t matter so much that the Red Wings juggled their lines in Game 4 to put Marian Hossa with Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula, forming an explosive trio that produced four goals and seven points in a series-tying victory.

As Carlyle saw it, the Red Wings could have sent out Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe—average age over 80, though Lindsay probably still throws a mean elbow—and might have won because the Ducks were so woeful defensively, especially around their net.

That’s not an insult to Hossa, a dynamic winger who’s so intent on winning the Stanley Cup that he took less money last summer to play in Detroit than he might have gotten elsewhere.

“No matter who they put together, we know they have world-class players to put in and out in those situations,” Carlyle said Saturday.


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Happy Mother’s Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

May you have a glorious day!


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