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It’s Not About Motivation

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One more Datsukian thought before I head to The State That Can't Win The Central for a long weekend. Khan(!) makes a comment halfway through his blog post regarding the signing that I must have glossed over earlier.

I don't buy the notion that by not signing him you make him more motivated for the playoffs. He's an extremely motivated player and his lack of playoff success has nothing to do with his desire.
I, and I think I can speak for you, have never thought for a second that Datsyuk's playoff disappointments have been due to a lack of motivation. I have no doubt the kid's plenty motivated to succeed. The question is not whether he wants to, but whether he's got the mental makeup to get it done. It's not effort, it's attitude and it's responding under pressure. And there, my friends, lies the rub. Does Datsyuk have what it takes to thrive under the playoff spotlight? It's not motivation, Ansar. None of us are saying that. It's sack and whether 7 million per year buys you some or not.

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The Award Goes To…

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nobody hands out more post-season hardware than the National Hockey League; its historic silverware collection — housed mostly in the Hockey Hall Of Fame — is one of the rare departments in which it holds a tangible edge over its professional basketball, football and baseball counterparts.
The problem is that some of its most venerable and long-standing NHL awards have fallen into — if not disfavour exactly - then some sort of mild disrepute.

continued & numerous NHL bits…

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KK- I Am Leaving

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Easter Sunday I will be in Augusta, Georgia for the final round of The Masters!!!
A lifelong dream of mine, I will be walking the same course that so many golfing greats have battled throughout the years.
What a birthday gift- We jet in on Sunday morning, stay for the final round and then jet back home Sunday evening.
All access passes and so looking forward to a little break!
In my absence, the rest of the Krew (will open wmp video) will be handling the Sunday update!

I do hope those of you who celebrate the Easter Season, have a safe and peaceful day with family and friends.

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Did You Hear?

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Calling Dallas…

Hello, Dallas Stars, can I help you?
Yes, I would like to speak to Brett Hull please.
One minute please…
Hully here!
Brett, Paul from Kukla’s Korner.  Any comment on the Datsyuk signing today?
Gotta go Paul, my flight to the Big Apple is waiting for me!

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Around The League

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday announced season ticket prices for the 2007-08 season.
Full season prices will range from $20 per game in the Upper E and F balconies to $70 per game for center ice in the A level. Half season prices will range from $25-$75 per game
The prices reflect the first across-the-board increase in Penguins tickets since 2002.

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from the LA Kings,

Join the LA Kings and National Hockey League fans from around the world as the Kings open up the 2007-08 season against their cross town rivals Anaheim Ducks across the big pond in London, England.
The Los Angeles Kings Royal Journey Package Includes:
* Airfare - Roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport to London Heathrow (Optional)

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Missing Foppa

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche have missed him. The fans have missed him.
The feeling is mutual.
“There were some great times in Denver, and, of course, you miss those times and the fans,” Forsberg said recently. “My first year in the NHL was in Quebec, but it feels like it was Colorado to me. It seems like that’s when everything started. Not to say anything bad about Quebec, because it was great there, too. But it’ll always be special for me with Colorado.”

read on and no tear shedding please…

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Datsyuk: Too Much, Too Soon?

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Update 1310 EST:  Wow.  TSN, Khan(!) and Detroit radio all reporting the deal is worth between 6 and 7 mil for 6 or 7 years.  An astronomical, risky investment.

Khan(!)

It was important for the organization to get this taken care before the playoffs and avoid a potential distraction. And it was vital to get this talented player locked up to a long-term deal before he hit the free-agent market on July 1.

Now, Datsyuk will be under heavy pressure to deliver in the playoffs, which have been a struggle for him. He has gone 26 games without a goal in the playoffs, dating back to Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference finals.

Update 1203 EST: Ted Kulfan reports the deal is for five years. 

I’m real curious as to your opinions of today’s Datsyuk signing.  No figures have been released yet, obviously.  I’m guessing at 6mil/per.

And now we can start with the second-guessing.

 

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Cliche Time

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from Alan Adams at Sportsnet,

Do or die. Must-win. Now or never. Biggest game of the season.
Name the cliché and you are bound to hear it heading into the final weekend of the NHL’s 2006-07 regular season.
There are races galore as the curtain closes on the current campaign.

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Datsyuk To Remain In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Both Detroit sports talk stations are reporting Pavel Datsyuk has re-signed with the Wings. 1pm press conference has been scheduled. Poor Brett. Nice try. On a lighter note….Bubba's sad. No, not because they have to postpone the Central banner raising hoedown....again. They knew that was coming. Something more earth shattering to the 18,000 cousins who frequent the Gay on a kind-of-regular basis. That's right. The baby-poop colored sweaters will soon be as rare as a Tennessee public school diploma.

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Report- Datsyuk Signs With Wings

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Radio station WDFN in Detroit is reporting Pavel Datsyuk has signed an extension with the Wings.
Art Regner, who is now a part-timer with DFN, called in the news.

update 11:27am, Wings holding a 1:00pm press conference.

update 12:44pm, via TSN,

The contract is believed to be a six or seven year agreement that will pay Datsyuk between $6 and 7 million per season.

update 1:31pm, via the AP,

“Everyone in the organization wanted him to stay with us,” said team owner Mike Ilitch.
Ilitch singled out longtime captain and current team executive Steve Yzerman for his insistence that the Red Wings’ management retain Datsyuk.
“We felt it was extremely important to lock this player up for as long as we can,” Yzerman said at an afternoon news conference at Joe Louis Arena.
“This contract was extremely important to me,” Datsyuk said. “Especially since I have been a Red Wing since 2001.”

update 3:38pm, per TSN, $46.9-million, seven-year deal

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