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SCF Verdict: Great Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,

This has not been the close Stanley Cup final many hoped for when two high-powered offenses like the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hooked up.

In fact, there is a good chance it’ll all be over on Monday.

But here’s the thing – the hockey has been great. The NHL appears to be inching closer and closer to what it set out to accomplish following the lockout with a greater emphasis in speed and skill.


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Kapanen Retires From The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers right wing Sami Kapanen has decided to end his NHL career with the Flyers and play in his native Finland next season, the Courier-Post learned today.

Kapanen, who will turn 35 on June 14, has agreed to return to KalPa Kuopio of the Finnish League, where he played 10 games during the 2004-05 NHL lockout


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  Tags: sami+kapanen

Mats Fits In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

Think of it this way. Sundin could sign in Detroit and be part of another charge for a Cup from opening day. IKEA could set up corporate offices in Joe Louis Arena. ABBA belts out the national anthem each night. Victoria Silvstedt could join the Wings staff, as, uh, well, as whatever she wants, really.

Welcome to Stockholm, USA.

Or Sundin could stay in Toronto, wallow in mediocrity for another seven months and - get this - take Leaf management up on their rather dubious offer.

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Bad To The Bone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Adelson at ESPN the Magazine,

His number can still be spotted in the stands at games in Detroit—the red 16 sewn on white. He’s there too, sometimes, in the owner’s box, silently watching the ice below. His younger face still stares out from a picture on the wall facing the entry to the Red Wings locker room, so that every player can lock eyes with him before every period of every game. But what lingers most about the presence and absence of Vladimir Konstantinov is the idea of the player he would have been, and the reality of the team that has come to be without him.


A note about me- The Doc gave me some medication and boom, flashing is gone but could return.  So I will roll with the punches and see how I feel later in the day… Maybe game 5 is in my sight….

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  Tags: vladimir+konstantinov

Octo-Sleuth: Reaction

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By now you’ve read of the exploits of one Zach Smith, the wack job who bought two tickets to Game 4 so that he could toss a ‘pus, get kicked out and get right the hell back into Mellon Arena. 

“Before the national anthem, we made our way down there and stood there,” he said. “I got it out and just tossed it.”

As the guards took him out, fans screamed obscenities.

“I hate Pittsburgh more than anything,” he said, noting the rivalry between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. “It was great. I loved the rush.”


Continue Reading »

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Still Flashing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First off, thanks to all of you for your concern about my health.

I am still experiencing bouts of flashing lights and will be seeing my doctor today for more tests.  When these flashing symptoms are around, it makes if very hard to type and update KK.

Alanah has been doing a great jot covering KK and will soon be around for your Monday reading pleasure.

I will keep you posted and hopefully a quick recovery can be made, afterall, a game is tonight and I certainly do not want to miss it.

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Hypothetically….It’s Holland’s Night

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I should go back to the posts surrounding the last two years’ trade deadlines.  Dozens of them, all telling Tick Tock Kenny Holland how to do his job.  Hell, we even coined a phrase two years ago.  Remember “The Summer of Ken”?  Second-guessing our GM has become a pastime for me.  I’m clearly not qualified, but it hasn’t stopped me. 

Even when I see things like this from James Mirtle.

Continue Reading »

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Wings Get A Daily Reminder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the NY Times,

To get to their locker room at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings walk through hallways that are painted with the names of players from Detroit’s Stanley Cup-winning teams. In red block letters, the names serve as daily reminders of the franchise’s success.

The twist, though, is that five current Red Wings players can point to their names on those walls in three places. They form the remarkably stable core of a team that is a victory from winning its fourth Stanley Cup title in 11 years, defying the odds to stay together in a salary-cap era.


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Pens Try To Stay Alive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

When it ended, the painful one-goal loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, Evgeni Malkin sat at his locker, face in hands, not moving.

It was the first visual sign from one of the young Pittsburgh Penguins that this dream season was not to be.

And it wasn’t just Malkin. When Penguins coach Michel Therrien sat at the podium to answer questions, the tone lacked his usual bravado and humour.

Simply, he sounded frustrated and defeated.

Tonight, the Penguins have an enormous test against the Detroit Red Wings, not just to score some goals, but to try to win a game on the road and keep the Stanley Cup final alive.


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Lewis Has Detroit Memories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Lewis went on to coach the Bruins during the 2006-07 season and was fired after they missed the playoffs. Last summer, he joined the Kings’ coaching staff as an assistant to Marc Crawford.

He said he’s “indifferent” to what’s unfolding now for the Red Wings, but that’s difficult to believe.

“I have such an appreciation for the players that I know there. It’s a great organization,” he said. “They gave me an opportunity as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. We just didn’t have playoff success.

“The expectations are always high here in Detroit. It’s action-packed, pressure-packed and competitive. I have very good memories and thoughts.”


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  Tags: dave+lewis

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