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No Contest Between Lidstrom & Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com,

If he’s a difference-maker, now would be a good time to show it.
Up to this point, any comparison of Pronger, a one-time Norris Trophy winner, to the Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom, who has won the award four times, has looked like a media invention for which we should apologize profusely to the elegant, nearly error-proof Lidstrom.
It’s been no-contest.

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Belfour Looking For More Cash

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from the Miami Herald,

Belfour believes he is worth considerably more now that he has proved his durability. He earned a base salary of $750,000 last season as part of an incentive-laden deal.
‘‘My base was low because I had back surgery,’’ Belfour said. ``Throughout my career, my base was a lot higher. . . . I proved that I was durable and I’m not going to play for that kind of money this year, that’s for sure.’‘

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Lou Keeping Busy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NY Post,

Lou Lamoriello yesterday told The Post the Devils will pick up the option on Sergei Brylin’s contract, preventing their ace utilityman from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
In addition, Lamoriello said he will tender qualifying offers to all of his big club restricted free agents, all but ensuring Cam Janssen and Johnny Oduya will remain with New Jersey. That announcement also will cover Zach Parise and Paul Martin.

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New Sabres Formula

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Needing to win four straight games against the red-hot Ottawa Senators with only one in the bag so far remains an enormous task any which way you spin in it.
So let’s ignore the bigger picture for the moment, shall we?
What about today?
The Sabres, it would seem, have managed to re-invent themselves, or at least they did to win Game 4 on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.

read on

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Pronger Talks Physics

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from the OC Register,

“What I want to say and what I actually say are two different things,” Pronger said. “No matter what I say, it’s not going to matter.”
Pronger and teammate Rob Niedermayer sandwiched Holmstrom against the boards, with Holmstrom’s helmet popping off and him suffering two cuts that required 13 stitches when his forehead hit the glass.
“I’m going in for the hit, and I don’t see Robbie coming in as I’m hitting him,” Pronger said. “It’s a nothing play if Robbie doesn’t hit him. Just the sheer force of him coming back at me, of course I’m going to hit him in the head as he’s coming back to me. He’s quite a bit shorter. It’s just the law of physics.”

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Yotes GM Options

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via the Arizona Republic,

Three of the Coyotes’ general manager candidates will return for second interviews with team officials early next week.
An industry source said two of the candidates are Don Maloney, assistant general manager of the New York Rangers, and Kevin Cheveldayoff, general manger of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Although it is likely that the new GM would be selected from that group, the door was not closed on the possibility than an 11th-hour candidate could emerge.

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Goodbye Beer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“Yeah, things have changed,” Maple Leafs defenceman Wade Belak said. “I came into the league hearing tales of guys who got hammered all the time after a game, some because they were too scared to fly (during the expansion years, when trains became planes).
“Myself, I listened to the great drinking stories of people my dad’s age. I’ve been on teams where there’s a big keg in the room.
“I think everyone still enjoys a nice, cold beer after a game, but now you have to weigh that against the risk to your career, a DUI charge and the chance you’ll really hurt someone.”

read on

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Can The Sabres Win It

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Buffalo is going to have to show me they can play a lot better,” said (Denis) Potvin. “Even in Game 4, I didn’t think Buffalo played that well. They weren’t skating very good, they were showing signs of what they showed in the first three games and they were still hesitant.
“I think they’re intimidated and I still think that Chris Neil’s hit on Chris Drury early in the season is still having an effect on Buffalo. I absolutely do.
“It appears to me that this series has been determined around the boards and Buffalo can’t come out with the puck.”
That’s why Potvin isn’t convinced the Senators will give up this lead.

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Off Day Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Still trying to figure out what Little Gary’s logic is in employing a three-day layoff between Games 4 and 5.  I guess the idea of shafting Canada by denying them their HNIC Saturday fix was just too tempting to resist.  A conference final doubleheader?  Ottawa/Buffalo at 5 followed by Wings/Poultry at 8?  Six consecutive stress-filled hours?  Nah.  Split it up and stick the Sens and Sabres with a 2pm Saturday start, then Detroit and the duckies with a Sunday afternoon game all of America will opt out of in favor of edging and spreading mulch.

Brilliant.

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Dark & Safe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KK will be going dark (no posting) tonight in order to re-charge our batteries.
We hope all Canadian readers enjoy their holiday weekend (Victoria Day in most parts) and stay safe.  Remember, if you drink, pass the keys over to someone who isn’t.
Be back tomorrow or earlier if something major breaks.

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