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Consequences Of Losing Fedorov To The KHL

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s sure looking like it.  Craig Custance doesn’t dig it. Neither do I (more on that when it’s confirmed) and neither does Chris Osgood.


“To lose those guys is huge. We have to figure out a way to keep guys like Sergei and Jagr and those great older veteran players, have them over here and find roles for them,” Osgood said. “I think it’s important to have older guys like that, that younger European players can look up to when they get over here and understand how to handle themselves on and off the ice. That’s what guys like Igor Larionov did for him.”



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Injured Hawks Don’t Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville didn’t rule out Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin playing Wednesday in Game 5 at Detroit, but it doesn’t look good - particularly for Khabibulin.

Neither player practiced Tuesday morning at the United Center but both accompanied the team to Detroit.

“We’ll have a better assessment (Wednesday),” Quenneville said.

a bit more on the Hawks…

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All This Patrick Roy Talk

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s Patrick Roy saga is on the verge of becoming ridiculous. The Colorado front office’s cone of silence is characteristic and often has helped team president Pierre Lacroix get things done. Yet in this case, in light of all the maneuvering, speculation and leaks, it’s impractical.

I spoke with Roy on the phone briefly Monday, but he politely said he would prefer not to comment further on the record about reports he has a standing offer to be the new Avs coach and possibly general manager. Translation: The Avalanche almost certainly has asked him not to talk about his dealings with Colorado.

The problems now are about perceptions. Whether fair or not, the Roy drama is coming off as gamesmanship, including factors such as: a) Roy possibly playing off the Avs and the Montreal Canadiens, hoping to get an offer from his home-province franchise; b) the Avalanche trying to convince Roy that the franchise’s competitive situation isn’t hopeless; c) even the postponement of reaching and announcing a deal because of the desire to stay in the background until the Nuggets’ playoff run is over.


added 2:20pm, from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Put me into the cynic camp on this one.

The way the story is leaking out, it all seems to be coming from the Roy camp and the bits and pieces indicate that it includes everything he wants: complete control of the bench and who works it with him along with complete control of the personnel decisions.

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State Of The Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dean Lombardi at LosAngelesKings.com,

On behalf of the Los Angeles Kings, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the passionate and undying support that you have shown the team for so many years. Your support of this franchise is unparalleled in the world of sports. Few sports teams can boast a commitment from their fans that encompasses 40 years of dedicated support that continues to thrive despite never having been rewarded with a championship. Your relentless fervor is one of the prime sources of motivation for my staff to continually raise the bar of our work ethic in order to deliver the type of product you so richly deserve.


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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four minutes of the best saves, hits and goals from the NHL playoffs during the last week.

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Mike Babcock Today

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Q. An update on Lidstrom and Datsyuk?

        MIKE BABCOCK: They didn’t practice. Both guys are feeling better. We’ll see what goes on in the skate tomorrow, see if they’re available for that skate.

        Q. Given the fact that your team played as well as they did without them, any chance that you would give them…

        MIKE BABCOCK: None. If they’re ready, they’re playing.

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Report- Caps Lose Kozlov To KHL

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via TSN,

RDS is reporting that forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal to play with Salavat of the KHL for next season. Details of the contract were not reported.

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  Tags: khl, viktor+kozlov

Widdle Patty Was Maaaaaaad

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

God I need to frigging grow up.  Remember when Mule swiped Patrick Kane’s mouthguard and threw it on the ice?  ‘Member?

Reaction from MacLeod.

“It was right there, couldn’t resist,” said Franzen.
Dan Cleary can be seen smiling in the Youtube vid.
“I’ve never seen that,” said Cleary. “It was only the three of us, the ref, the linesman, that really had a good feel for it. It was just funny how the whole thing went down. He (Kane) was mad.”

So mad that he….skated away. 

Awesome.  And more importantly, MacLeod’s post-practice update is a little more optimistic regarding Datsyuk and The Swede.

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Blues Re-sign McClement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a multi-year contract. 

“Jay played his best season in the NHL this past year on both ends of the ice and is one of the best defensive forwards in the league,” said Davidson.  “He will continue to provide strength and experience on the penalty kill as we move forward.”

McClement, 26, led all forwards in the NHL with 315:08 of shorthanded time this past season.  He was one of four Blues to play in all 82 games, a career-high and posted career-highs in points (26), goals (12) and assists (14).  McClement recorded a career-high three-game goal scoring streak from Feb. 24-Feb. 28, scoring three goals over-the-span. 

The Kingston, Ontario native has skated in 311 career NHL games, all with St. Louis, collecting 111 points (35 goals, 76 assists) along with 140 penalty minutes.

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Watching Conference Finals In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Zelkovich of Sports Media Watch at the Toronto Star,

The two-month battle to determine who gets to abuse the Stanley Cup in small towns around the world is indeed a strange creature. For one, it’s the only playoff that features players who look like they’re either bearded lumberjacks or car-crash victims. It also has to be the only pro sports playoff that sees the public lose interest the more important the games become.

The first weekend of CBC’s third-round coverage produced audiences that didn’t even match the average for a regular-season Saturday night. In fact, barring a huge surge in interest, the third round won’t come close to the second-round average of 1,366,000.


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