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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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One Game For Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN breaking news, Chris Pronger gets a one game suspension… no link yet.

added 4:14pm, link available to TSN...

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Demers’ Message To Don Cherry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

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Jacques Demers may want to forward the text of his most recent article to the producers of Hockey Night In Canada, not that they have a shred of influence over what Don Cherry spews when the mic is open.  But it’s worth a shot.

Holmstrom gets hit. His face is full of blood, but he gets up, gets 13 stitches, returns to the game and gets an assist on the fifth goal. That is the best thing that could ever happen to the Red Wings. If Holmstrom can pay the price and come back, that tells you a little something about the mindset of the Red Wings. It was an unbelievable mark of courage and his teammates will follow suit. Anyone who says that European players aren’t tough and will back down ought to watch Holmstrom play hockey.


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Espo: Wings Have Earned Respect

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Phil Esposito, blogging for the National Post, writes today that the same vets who many had written off as too old are leading the charge. 

You can’t believe how much the Detroit Red Wings have impressed me this playoff series. Come on, they’ve impressed you too, haven’t they?

 
It’s veteran leadership from the coach and GM all the way down to the goaltending, where even the back-up is a Stanley Cup champion. Why did we forget all of that? With 10 players with over 100 games of playoff experience, you can look at it two ways: They know what they’re doing, or they’re too old to do what they want to do. Obviously, it’s the first of the two options that is paying off.

 

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Burnside: Babcock Better Than Bowman Ever Was

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ok, ok.  No, he didn’t say that.  But, if you read between the lines he’s kind of saying it.  Ok…not even that.  But Scott Burnside is at least giving credit where it’s due. 

With Game 4 set for Thursday evening in Anaheim, the Red Wings suddenly have emerged as a team not solely reliant on special teams for success, as a team capable of adjusting and turning flaws into success. Such a dramatic turn of affairs was the direct result of Babcock’s bold lineup moves.

“We knew we were going to do that before the series started. We’ve kind of been prepared for that all playoff. If what we were doing wasn’t going to work, we were prepared, kind of scripted what we thought would work,” Babcock said.

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Read, Listen If You Missed It and Thanks For The Words Jim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

No less a hockey authority then Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League agrees.
Now to be perfectly upfront here, Daly, who by the way loves the game as much, perhaps more, than the business of the game, isn’t calling for a change (not yet anyway), but in a brief audio interviewed that is still posted here (KK audio of interview with Bill Daly), a respected hockey blog site, Daly states in no uncertain terms that several of the designs are barely noticeable in terms of perception of being oversized and that they deserve to be looked at, maybe even under game conditions.
“It’s absolutely true with some of the testing we’ve had,” Daly said about the changes not being all that noticeable. “Even keen and ardent observers of the game (admit that) if you’re sitting in the stands you really wouldn’t notice the difference. Adding three or four inches on both sides and whether you add it to the top of the net or not, it’s almost imperceptible from a fan’s standpoint.”

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No Dominating Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Kolb at MSG Network,

Pick your poison. That seems to be the name of the game.
No team in the NHL is complete like they used to be. The Canadien, Islander and Oiler dynasties would have marched through the playoffs in today’s game going 16-0 en route. Even the teams from the 90’s would have had a relatively easy road to the Cup because those teams had it all – defense, offense and goaltending.
Now, because of both expansion and the salary cap, a true GREAT team is no longer present in the NHL.

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Sasquatch? Let Him Play

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I honestly don’t care if LG suspends Pronger.  In fact, I hope he doesn’t.  I don’t want to read the alibis and I don’t want to hear the complaints from the Poultry.  I want Pronger in there Thursday night; spinning and sputtering and seething. 

And I’m betting Babcock isn’t too concerned about it either (if he was he wouldn’t have let Homer play the third. He would have kept him in the room to give the NHL more to think about when they decide whether or not to suspend Pronger today).  The way the Wings played last night?  Let him play.  Let ‘em all play and let’s watch the chips fall.

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Hearing Set For Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP and TSN via TSN,

The National Hockey League has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for later today with Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger.
The fact that a hearing will be held does not guarantee a suspension will be handed out, but it does officially open up that possibility.

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