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Waiting For 4

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Another long day.  I’m officially declaring the Stress Train off limits until, oh, let’s go with 2045.  This should be a day of anticipation, not dread.  Think optimistically and how positive a 3-1 lead in Detroit would be for you and your families. 

Am I “predicting” victory tonite?  Well, I’m not coming right out and saying it because we’ve all seen situations where teams lose their best players and rally around his absence.  So, no, I’m not guaranteeing a Wing victory.  I’m sticking with the same prediction I’ve had for this and every series so far: Detroit in 6.

I do, however, have a fun little game for us to pass the time.  As entertaining as “Name That Idiot”?  Maybe not.  But still nifty.

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Sabres Live Another Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Buffalo hangs on for a 3-2 win and head home down 3-1.
Watch the post game presser.

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A Big Day At KK

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Over the last 18 hours, KK has been Farked, Sportsnetted, Palm Beach Posted, Fox Sported, Spartan Tailgated, LGWinged, MLived, Sports Inferno’d, Scoreboarded, LetsGoCaned, Blackhawked, Capitalized, keskustelu.jatkoaika’d, HFBoarded, Calgarypucked, Fedorovka’d, footballguy’d, OntheWinged and many many more.
The above mentioned sent numerous visitors to KK today and it is much appreciated. 
Hopefully you can figure out the names of most, if I spent time linking them all, I would not be sleeping tonight.

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Another Fire Put Out

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

Internet speculation suggests New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez might sign with either the Calgary Flames or Ottawa Senators as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
A quick perusal of the payroll of both clubs, however, suggests such a signing is impossible without either club dumping substantial salary to make room for the anticipated $6 million-plus per season Gomez is expected to command this summer.

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Suspending Sasquatch: Reaction

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mine? I’ve already given you that.  I’m now officially on record as stating I’d hoped he wouldn’t be suspended because I believe that in his imbalanced state of mind he’s of more benefit to the Wings on the ice (and in the box) then in street clothes.  But, I wasn’t listened to…again.  So, I’ll just say this:  it was a dirty hit by a dirty player.  I didn’t expect a suspension because I didn’t think the league would have the guts to dole one out to a marquee player.  They did and here’s hoping the Wings take advantage of it.

Plenty more reaction from the bloggers, so let’s get to it.

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NHL Made The Right Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s the kind of decision that could easily cost the Ducks Game 4 on Thursday. And if it costs them Game 4 it will give Detroit a 3-1 series lead and hence almost certainly cost the Ducks the series. And by extension, a loss to Detroit Thursday will likely cost the Ducks a trip to the Stanley Cup and the Cup itself.
If there has been a suspension handed down to a more high profile player than Pronger, a former Hart Trophy winner and nominated once again this year for the Norris Trophy, at a more crucial time of the season in recent memory, we couldn’t recall it.
But that’s the point of the matter, isn’t it?

read on, including Brian Burke comments…

added 8:37pm, more on this from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail…

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KK Quick Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A quickie for tonight.  Name any player playing in tonight’s Ottawa/Buffalo game.
All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com or IceJerserys.com.
You must be a KK member (register for free, no strings attached) to be eligible for the gift certificate.
You can enter until the game ends tonight.
No emails, just leave your answer in the comment section of this post.

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Washington Signs Backstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP/CBC via CBC,

The Washington Capitals agreed to terms with a player they hope will be one of the building blocks of their future — Swedish forward Nicklas Backstrom.
Backstrom, 19, was selected fourth overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft but decided to remain in the Swedish Elite League for another season.

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Plus, from the Washington Capitals,

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host a news conference with center Nicklas Backstrom, the No. 4 overall draft-pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Monday, May 21, at noon at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

 

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Toews Signs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have agreed to terms with center Jonathan Toews on a 3-year entry level contract.

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Temper, Temper: League Deals Sasquatch One Game Suspension

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1638 EST: to include Scott Niedermayer quotes from earlier today regarding hit on Holmstrom. Woops. chris pronger's press box bound for Game 4. Via KK and TSN,

Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger has been suspended for one game by the National Hockey League. Pronger received the suspension after Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom was drilled into the boards Tuesday night in the Red Wings' 5-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Holmstrom was cut after getting hit into the glass by Pronger and Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer on the play in question.

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