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Follow The Cup

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You know where it is today.  But the rest of the summer’s up in the air.  However, because you’re special, I have a solution.

Every Tuesday and Friday through the summer, the Stanley Cup Journal will chronicle all the activities of hockey’s greatest trophy, and will give readers exciting and exclusive peaks into the players’ activities with the Cup. The Journal will no doubt travel to Newfoundland with Dan Cleary, the first native of that province to win a Stanley Cup championship, and spend a good chunk of time in Sweden being passed between Holmstrom, Kronwall, Lidstrom, Lilja, Samuelsson and Zetterberg. But no matter where the Stanley Cup goes, excitement follows, and so does the Stanley Cup Journal.

That’s from Kevin Shea’s Stanley Cup Journal at the Hockey Hall of Fame website.  Have at it.  All summer.

 

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Jagr Waiting on the NYR

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Dellapina at the NY

Post

Daily News,

“Do I have an offer from Russia? Probably,” Jagr said, refusing to discuss details of what Bardin promised him when he flew to New York to meet with him and with Sather on March 30.

But when asked whether it was now a case of seeing whether the Rangers would match the offer or come close, Jagr replied: “No, it’s not that at all. I just want to know if I feel any interest from New York. That’s what I want to know first.

“I told (the Omsk representatives) I didn’t want to talk to anybody before I talked to the Rangers. They know that.”

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Redden In Demand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

An NHL source said yesterday that Panthers GM Jacques Martin—a former coach of Redden with the Senators—is going to take a hard run at signing the veteran defenceman off the open market.

The Panthers’ top priority in the off-season is signing a puck-moving defenceman and Redden, who struggled last year as the Senators’ highest-paid player, fits the bill.

The Panthers won’t be alone in their pursuit of Redden, who will likely have to take a cut anyway to sign with another NHL club, although only to the $5-million range. It’s believed the Blackhawks, Canucks, Predators, Flyers and, possibly the Maple Leafs have an interest in Redden.

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  Tags: wade+redden

Trouble Brewing with Therrien

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

...there is a brewing problem between coach Michel Therrien and some of his players—a number of them despise playing for him.

No one will choose the Stanley Cup final as a forum to call out their coach but there are far too many whispers out there that too many players can’t stand working for—or with—Therrien.

If that isn’t an issue to be dealt with immediately, it is certainly something that will grow with time. Brooks Orpik, the free agent defenceman who will be coveted by many teams after July 1, has told people he will not re-sign in Pittsburgh if Therrien is the coach. Jordan Staal, the terrific young player who lives in the shadow of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin—but is poised to bust out as one of the most complete centres in hockey—is another Therrien complainer.

read on

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  Tags: brooks+orpik, jordan+staal, michel+therrien

Hedican Going Another Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

General manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that Bret Hedican has told the team he’s moving on, and although there’s a chance he could end up back with the Canes at some point later in the summer as a free agent, he no longer figures in their plans at this point.

The 37-year-old defenseman and his wife, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, have said they plan to leave Raleigh and move to Northern California.

read on

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The New King Henrik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Henrik Zetterberg’s days of anonymity are over.

Well, folks in Detroit would tell you Zetterberg hasn’t been a secret to them for a long, long time. But on a Red Wings team loaded with talent, it’s also fair to say that the Swedish version of Doug Gilmour – superb offensively, superb defensively – has flown under the radar for the most part during his NHL career.

continued

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Wanna Watch A Parade?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Been receiving a lot of emails from readers in St. Louis wondering where they can view the parade in Detroit today.  Here you go, courtesy of Slap Shots.

WJBK - Channel 2 (Fox) - coverage starts 11 AM.
WDIV - Channel 4 (NBC) - coverage starts 9 AM
WXYZ - Channel 7 (ABC) - coverage starts 10 AM.
FSN Detroit - coverage starts 9 AM.

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34.7? Nothing But A Footnote

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Listening to Mike and Mike yesterday morning, Greenberg made a point I find hard to argue with. 

“I think we’re looking at a dynastic situation here.”

Now.  Is Mike Greenberg, employed by the network that will run second-round coverage of the Kemper highlights twenty minute before hockey, a credible judge of an NHL dynasty? No.  But, he’s right.

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Florida Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

Spoke with JM today at The Bank, got a little bit of news from him regarding the coaching search—among other things.

First off, the Panthers have asked for and been granted permission to speak to Paul Maurice (Toronto) and Perry Pearn (Rangers assistant). Martin has already had a conversation with Maurice, done when JM was at the team’s development camp outside of Toronto….

JM says he has spoken with Jay Bouwmeester’s agent, but there has been no progress in talks for a contract. He says he expects talks to continue. When I asked him if he could foresee trading Bouwmeester at the draft if something isn’t reached, he said “I would doubt that. We’re not at that stage yet. We’re at the begining stages of the negotiations.’‘

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It Could Get Messy In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TheFan 590,

Jim Kelley joins Bob McCown to discuss the shady situation between Jim Balsillie, Williams Del Biaggio, the Nashville Predators, and the National Hockey League.

listen now and you will get a little Wings talk too…

added 7:03an, from Theresa Tedesco of the National Post,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie attempted to buy an interest in the Nashville Predators from troubled financier William “Boots” Del Biaggio two weeks ago but the National Hockey League cautioned against the plan, sources say.

continued

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