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NHL Playoff Legends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from KK member Joe Pelletier,

Hockey legends are born in the NHL playoffs. Some gain instant immortality in a single moment, players like Pete Babando, Bobby Baun and Sudden Death Mel Hill. Others come out of nowhere, have the playoffs of their lives, only to disappear again soon after, just like Chris Kontos and John Druce. Some are seemingly born to play in the playoffs, always raising their game in the spring like Teeder Kennedy, Bernie Parent, Glenn Anderson and Claude Lemieux. Others are the true superstars of the game, separating themselves from regular season heroes with repeated championship runs like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Mike Bossy and Steve Yzerman.

Joe Pelletier’s Legends of Hockey Network will honor all of the NHL Playoff Legends. Tune in every day of the NHL post season for new profiles. The first post season hero remembered is perhaps the greatest playoff player of all time - three time Conn Smythe Trophy recipient Patrick Roy.

 

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Bruce MacLeod: The Anti-Digger

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The man is on fire.  He started his Red Wing Corner blog less than a week ago and immediately solidified himself as the credible source of info amongst Wing beat writers.  He can’t be described as a Deep Digger, because he’s too good.  Case in point, this afternoon.  Bad news on Bertuzzi and, for Flame fans, Regehr.

Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr didn’t skate again, Wednesday, and isn’t expected to play Game 1 of the playoffs against Detroit Thursday. Regehr injured his knee in a game last Thursday and hasn’t skated since. When healthy, Regehr will match up against the Wings’ top line of Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom.

Forward Todd Bertuzzi won’t dress for Thursday’s Game 1 against Calgary. “I don’t think he has any chance of playing tomorrow,” said Detroit coach Mike Babcock after Wednesday’s practice. “We’re day-to-day. We think he’ll have an opportunity to play on Sunday.”

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What To Watch For Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,

To the winner goes the spoils, but also the bumps and bruises of an incredibly tough journey.
The team that goes on to lift the Stanley Cup will need to win 16 games over four rounds of hard, physical, intense play. There are no fluke champions.
Tonight, the 2007 tournament opens with four games. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.

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Vote For The Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. (April 11, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, gives fans the opportunity to relive the greatest Stanley Cup moments of the modern expansion era and vote for the ultimate moment as part of a Stanley Cup playoff feature which launched, today, April 11 on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs

As the NHL playoffs commence today, 16 teams will begin the Quest for the Cup, with each game a Do or Die battle to the championship. Along the way many heroes will emerge to become forever linked with the greatest memories of the Stanley Cup.  Was it Mark Messier’s 1994 playoff guarantee? Ray Bourque’s crowning glory or Bobby Orr flying through the air after his Cup winning goal?  These are just three of the defining moments chosen by VERSUS that fans can relive on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs

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Cheer With Amy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Amy Grant at NHL Connect,

The playoffs start for us tonight – and I couldn’t be more excited.
I’ll have to confess right up front that my blogs won’t be politically correct ramblings about “how great the sport is” or about how ”it’s an honor just to make it to the playoffs”. I am an unashamed and proud NASHVILLE PREDATOR fan and I’m here to cheer them on!

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Yotes Clean House

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from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Phoenix Coyotes have gutted their management team.
General manager Mike Barnett, and Senior Executive and Vice President of Hockey Operations, Cliff Fletcher have been let go.

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Gretzky Wants Tocchet Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Wayne Gretzky wants Rick Tocchet to fill Barry Smith’s place on his coaching staff.
“That would be my choice, and I know the players would like it,” Gretzky said Tuesday after meeting with his players at Jobing.com Arena for the last time this season.
Gretzky did not elaborate, presumably because he is not really supposed to speak publicly about Tocchet, who still is on an unpaid leave of absence waiting to learn if the state of New Jersey is going to proceed with its investigation into an illegal gambling ring allegedly involving Tocchet.

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What You Blog About When Your Team Sucks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Never been in that position, so it’s tough to imagine how I’d react.  But, thankfully, the 13 Dive fans left in Denver are doing their best to make up for the fact that Super Joe and The Sheriff are teeing off right about now.

JibbleScribbits

I completely utterly forgot that Darren McCarty plays for Calgary. If he plays this postseason I take back all the good things I said about this team. Luckily having Tanguay and Yelle make up for it.. let’s hope those two conspire to keep him out of the lineup.

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10 Stories To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

As the playoffs get under way Wednesday night, here are the 10 story lines to watch over the coming weeks:
Chocolate or peanut butter?
It’s one of the great debates, right up there with “Less filling versus tastes great” or “Betty versus Veronica.” Offense versus defense. The old adage suggests you cannot win in the playoffs without great defense, and yet the Carolina Hurricanes proved a season ago that “great” is a relative term.
This season, the issue might be brought into closer focus with the fortunes of the New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks.

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Columbus, Tampa & Vancouver Won’t Be Happy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Think your hometown teams are a bunch of losers? Hey, Chicago, we’ve all been there. Some of us, though, have been there longer than most.
Which brings us to the first-ever ranking of the Losingest Sports Cities in North America. That’s all-time, for all four of the Big Four sports. Yes, that’s right. We looked at every city in the U.S. and Canada that has an NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB team today—then went back in history to account for every franchise that stayed for the long haul, just passed through or died a sad death.

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