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A Look At John Tavares

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A profile of 2009 NHL Entry Draft prospect John Tavares.

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Ducks About To Get Stronger On Defense

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

No one would expect Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin to step seamlessly back into the lineup after having missed nearly five months because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Then again, no one except perhaps Beauchemin himself would have expected him to be where he is now, on the verge of a return to action as the Ducks prepare for their final two NHL regular-season games and, hopefully, a Stanley Cup playoff appearance.

Beauchemin received full medical clearance Sunday and, as long as there are no setbacks before then, is a good bet to play Friday night against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center.

Veteran defenseman Bret Hedican, who has been out since Feb. 26 because of ongoing back problems, is also a possibility to play Friday or in Saturday’s regular-season finale against the Phoenix Coyotes, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after a two-hour practice session Tuesday at Honda Center.

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Interested In Buying the Canadiens?  Get Your Bids In

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The Montreal Canadiens and the Bell Centre are up for sale and 10 potential buyers have signed confidentiality agreements with the Bank of Montreal to get a look at the franchise’s books, CBC-TV reported Tuesday.

The potential buyers identified by the public broadcaster include the province’s pension-fund manager, the Caisse de depot et placement; Guy Laliberte, owner of Cirque du soleil; and Les Productions Feeling, which is run by Rene Angelil, husband and manager of pop superstar Celine Dion.

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Teams In The Wrong & Right Direction

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from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

Let’s take a look at NHL teams that really need to start over, and other teams that have finally started to make their ascent up that long hill to respectability.

Teams that need to start over
:

Toronto: How much longer will it be before the Toronto brass realizes that you build a successful team from the goaltender out? The goaltending situation in Toronto is murky and the defense is its usual leaky set of castoffs and wannabes. It would take an offense on a par with the 1985 Edmonton Oilers to overcome the problems the Leafs have created for themselves….

Ottawa: Once the cream of the Eastern Conference, the Senators have ridden their three horses to the point of exhaustion, not to mention unrelenting frustration. Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are all very good players, but the mix obviously isn’t working.

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Put Your Red Wings Tickets On Layaway

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from John Hahn of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings announced today that they will begin offering season ticket holders a new noncredit-based payment option from eLayawaySPORTS when paying for their 2009-10 season tickets.

The Red Wings are the first NHL team, and only the third professional sports franchise, to offer the plan, which allows consumers to pay for season tickets over time with zero interest.

“A partnership with eLayawaySPORTS fits perfectly with the needs of our season ticket holders in these difficult economic times,” said Steve Violetta, Red Wings senior vice president of business affairs. “One of our goals is to make it as convenient as possible for all fans to enjoy the benefits of being a Red Wings’ season ticket holder and we’re very excited to be the first NHL club to offer this new customized payment option to our fans.”

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Sharks Get Grier & Lemieux Back

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via the Mercury News,

Sharks forwards Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux are returning to the lineup just in time for the Sharks’ final push for the Presidents’ Trophy.

Both forwards have been out since March 3 and missed 17 games. San Jose entered Tuesday night’s game at Colorado with a three-point lead on Boston for the NHL’s best record.

Grier was out with a knee injury, while the 43-year-old Lemieux had an upper-body injury.

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Because We Haven’t Talked About Him Enough Today…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...one more post about Pavel Datsyuk.  Ryan from Toronto just left this comment about four posts below and I wanted to make sure Wing fans saw it.  Actually, Wing fans already know what Ryan said.  The people who really need to see it are the MSM shrivs who refuse to acknowledge what we’ve known all year.  The guy should be the Wings’ second Hart Trophy winner in as many years.  You’re damned right.  Lidstrom should have taken it home last season.

Now…on to Ryan. Great stuff.

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Your Comments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have to run out for a dental appointment but will return around 4:00pm ET.

In the meantime, anything on your mind regarding our great game?

Feel free to rant, praise or just talk hockey in the comments below on anything hockey.

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Rahmani and Datsyuk:  Famous Tandem Hits SI

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In a story that hits newstands tomorrow, Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber introduces our favorite Optome, Optomo, Optimal…eye doctor…to the rest of the world.

The Third Russian

Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin may be the MVP favorites this season, but countryman Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings is the best all-around forward in the NHL

By Michael Farber

“I trust my eyes to Dr. Rahmani. You should too.”

—Pavel Datsyuk, in a TV commercial for a Detroit-area vision correction business

Full story is below. Link to follow shortly.

 

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Datsyuk’s One Point Closer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The influence of the 19 continues to boggle the mind.

A2Y

Is it just me or Datsyuk got robbed of the secondary assist on the empty-netter? From what I could see he was the one who dished the puck to Ericsson.
Posted by T from T on 04/07/09 at 11:36 AM ET

Concur, and so does the league.

Sipple

Following last night’s 4-1 victory over Buffalo (and after stat sheets were delivered to the dressing rooms), the Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg pointed out that it was Pavel Datsyuk, not Hank, who had the second assist on Nick Lidstrom’s empty-net goal.

The Red Wings confirmed it on video and asked the NHL to look at the play this morning.

97 and counting.

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