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Gomez Ready For UFA Period

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

“We have gone this far, it would be foolish not to see what’s out there,” Gomez said. “That doesn’t man anything. It doesn’t mean I am leaning one way or I don’t want to be here. I have talked to all the guys that have played here and gone through this. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Gomez went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a one-year, $5 million deal.
After collecting 13 goals and 47 assists in the regular season, and four goals and 10 assists in the postseason, Gomez can expect even more next year.

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KK Challenge: Conference Finals Showdown

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

It’s the next stage of KK Challenges as we search for the next hockey savant to show up and grab another $100 gift certificate to shop.NHL.com or IceJerseys.com.

This challenge is different. With some feisty teams in the Conference Finals we figure that penalty minutes might be fun to speculate about.  So here is your challenge:

What individual player from Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit or Ottawa will have the most penalty minutes in this round?  Also, please guess the number of minutes that player will serve in case there’s a tie-breaker required.

You must be a KK member to participate. It’s free and you can register right here in a just a few minutes. Your guess must be entered on THIS POST and time-stamped no later than Thursday, May 10th- 7:00pm EDT.

Winner will be established using the stats provided at NHL.com

Good luck!

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Shanahan Would Like To Stay A Ranger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

“My instincts are that I will probably play, but it’s something that I’m going to think over,’’ he said in front of dressing room stalls full of practice gear no longer needed this season. “As far as playing and coming here this year and being part of the Rangers, there’s nowhere else I’d rather play.’‘

read on

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A New Voice In Phoenix?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mike Lange is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Penguins this week to discuss a multiyear contract to remain as the team’s radio voice. But events across the country could have an effect on those negotiations.
Late last week the Phoenix Coyotes fired their longtime television play-by-play announcer Curt Keilback, thus creating an opening that could deeply interest Lange.

continued

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Time Warner Adds Versus HD In Buffalo Area

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Buffalo Business First,

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it will temporarily add Versus HD to its digital lineup just as the Buffalo Sabres ready for another round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Subscribers in the Buffalo market will find Versus HD programming on channel 708 starting May 10 through the conclusion of the National Hockey League post season. Versus will remain available on Channel 71 to standard package customers after the temporary viewing ends.

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VERSUS, MOJO HD

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A lot of questions floating around the web today regarding the Versus HD games that will be shown on MOJO via INHD. 
There are five Conference Final games scheduled for MOJO, one from the East and four from the West.
All games will be in HD, this has been verified thru Versus and the schedule reflects that. 
Note the red comments when on the schedule page.

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Of All The Days…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes, I know I’ve ignored you. Yes, I know you’re angry.  And on the very day I looked so forward to for ten days.  Regular posting will resume later tonite.  Hectic afternoon in the Capital (capitol), what with the Queen visiting yesterday and all that.

No, not you Toby, errr Ian…whatever.

Oh, and I’m disappointed none of you publicly acknowledged my Larionov reference below. I assume you got it?

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Ducks & Sens In The Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun of the CP knows his hockey…

Prediction — Ducks in six.
Prediction — Senators in six.
Pierre LeBrun’s record through two rounds: 10-2.

read on via the Globe and Mail to find out why…

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Coming To The Devils Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven,

No question, Lou & Co. wanted very much to reach The Finals this Spring. And why not?
But reality tells us that only two get that far. Finishing in the Final Eight out of 30 ain’t bad.
Consider this: the 82-game schedule is a marathon out of which emerge 16 playoff teams.
Over the past decade, Lamoriello’s clubs have survived that marathon and gained a playoff berth every year.
Can the free-spending Flyers make that statement? No. The Islanders? Heck no. Rangers? Nix.
In a span of a dozen years, Lou’s sextet has won three Stanley Cups. Flyers - none. Isles - none. Rangers - none.

read on

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Best Teams vs. Best Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

First went Sidney Crosby, followed soon after by Vincent Lecavalier.
Then Roberto Luongo waved farewell, with Martin Brodeur going next and, finally, Joe Thornton last night….
It’s a Final Four made up of the four best teams. The MVPs have all gone home.

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