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Nieuwendyk to Return to Florida Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Florida Panthers Press Release,

Joe Nieuwendyk will return to the Florida Panthers as the Special Consultant to the General Manager, the team announced on Thursday.
Nieuwendyk will work with the team’s hockey operation personnel in a variety of facets that includes scouting, drafting and signing of potential players, as well as player development.

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Games For Thursday, April 26th

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little late, but just in case you are not sure what stations will be broadcasting the games tonight.
In case you ask, the Wings/Sharks game is exclusive with Versus tonight.

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Holmstrom Out Longer Than Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

This morning, Wings coach Mike Babcock said Holmstrom was day-to-day, and that he hoped Holmstrom would play at some point during the series.
As relayed Wednesday by Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom, Holmstrom said doctors have told him he had to be inactive for several days after Sunday in order to avoid further damage to his eye. Holmstrom was told that if there is any re-bleeding, it would affect his eyesight permanently.

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Canucks Can Bounce Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at the CBC,

So, forget the opener and the key then becomes Game Two. Win it and the Canucks have a chance going home. Lose it and it becomes a matter of time before the end arrives, essentially of whether Roberto Luongo can steal a game or two to preserve hope. Remember, though, Anaheim is the only Western Conference team he did not and still has not beaten this season, though Game 1 remained close longer than it should have because of him.

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Too Much Time Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro The Maven,

Right now, my Blueshirts in five prediction is teetering on the brink of overconfidence, not to mention the 5-2 loss.
Maybe overconfidence was the cause of the opening game defeat in Buffalo, although I prefer to go back to the warning I posted right after Tom Renney’s lads swept Atlanta last week.
Namely, that the worst thing that could have happened to the Rangers was the four-straight wins, only because it gave New York a much-too-lengthy sabbatical.

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KK- Back For Who Knows How Long

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know I have an ongoing family issue that needs 100% attention at times.
This may be an ongoing issue for some time, but really not sure what the future holds.
Anyways, I am back for the rest of the day and appreciate your understanding.

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Vancouver & Anaheim Mayors Making Bets

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the OC Register,

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan have a made a friendly wager regarding the NHL Western Conference semifinals pitting the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
The Ducks won the best-of-seven series opener, 5-1, Wednesday night in Honda Center.
If Anaheim wins the semifinals, Mayor Sullivan has agreed to wear an Anaheim Ducks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of the Vancouver City Council, and to fly the Ducks team flag at Vancouver City Hall.
In the event that Vancouver wins, Mayor Pringle will do the same with the Canucks jersey and flag.

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*At least I’m not the only Canucks fan that makes stupid bets. I’ll be appearing in a Wings’ jersey on Abel to Yzerman in a few days to prove what losing a hockey bet looks like. Sigh.

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The Enigma

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com’s Larry Wigge,

Mystery or secret weapon?
Some will say the silky-smooth Pavel Datsyuk is an enigma wrapped in a riddle and, well, a mystery because he came into the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season with zero goals in his last 26 games in the postseason.
By contrast, the numbers he’s put up in the regular season have solidified Datsyuk as a star…

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30K Live Blog…Kinda

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From 30,000 feet above Colorado and the stench has reached us here in coach. It's not pleasant smelling a state that reeks of hockey failure, but it's not a cause of pain and stress. Nope. Mere hours before Game 1 against The Team We Must Now Speak of and I'm trying to explain to the mother and young child next to me why Homer's absence tonite should worry them as it worries me. I think they're coming around but it's been a tough sell. There's a 65 year old man just in front of me. He seems like a nice old gentleman, grandfatherly, sympathetic to my stress. He nods when I tell him that Zetterberg's back has me so nervous that I may have to use his air sickness bag. He doesn't want to talk to me anymore though. He's watching a movie now. I'm gonna lean over and see what it is....Saw II. Awww, that's nice. Sweet old man. A young French couple is across the aisle from me. They don't seem to listen when I tell them I believe their nation is short on sack. They perk up though when I tell them that I'm concerned that Nick Lidstrom may have finally met his match this time. They look skeptically at one another when I explain that Thornton presents too many problems. They huddle and whisper then the woman leans over and says that she and her husband have discussed it and they both agree that Thornton may see a healthy dose of Chris Chelios, as well. They think the old man may frustrate him to the point of distraction. The husband returns to his romance novel, te wife to her hygiene magazine and I'm alone again with my thoughts. I think we're past Colorado because the passengers have stopped giggling. Jeffrey, our stewardess and a San Jose native, is prancing up the aisle firing orders. "Elbows in please." "Watch those bags ladies." I stop him and ask if Rosie actually quit the View today. He chokes back a sob and nods in the affirmative. I ask him what he thinks the keys to the series are. The power play, he says. Detroit has to stifle San Jose's and the Wings have to succeed at least 20 percent throughout the series. He adjust his scarf and moves on. The pilot comes over the 1MC and announces there's turbulence ahead, they're turning the snack carts around, back to their little caverns at the back of the plane. Naturally I think of "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and "fellas it's too rough to feed ya.". That's a Michigan song, I say to the lady behind me. And that's an omen, a good one. she looks at me funny and says "what song?". The one I was just singing to myself, the Lightfoot timeless classic, I reply. She tells me to turn around or else she'll press the call button. No one ever presses the call buton, I say. They think about it but they never do. I dare you but I doubt you will. She looks at me for a minute then says, "Ron Wilson's a genius you know, a true motivator." I press the call button and Jeffrey sprints up the aisle. "Yeth?". I tell him what she says about Wilson and he says he believes players tune him out, that he's a clown. I ponder that for a moment and then decide to avail myself of the spacious restroom in the rear of the plane. I've been in here for thirty minutes now and notice there's some graffiti on the bulkhead. How odd, I think, graffiti on a plane. You just don't see much of that. I lean in closer to it and see that it's written in child-like scrawl, in crayon. "I built this team for this series," it says. "I'm hungry for Fritos and melted cheese and I've got a secret and his name is The Enigma. Remember I wrote that." There were initials underneath it.....MB. I've just been told to turn off all electronic devices. I only have one but I'll turn it off because I'm a lemming at the mercy of the bastard airline even though we all know the electronic devices don't make one damn bit of difference. Wings in 6.

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Kovalev Speaks Out on the Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev is at the centre of yet another media controversy.
Le Journal de Montreal and Radio-Canada in Quebec report that Kovalev recently gave an interview to Sovietsky Sports, saying he was unhappy with the way he was treated as a player this past season by the Canadiens.
According to Sovietsky, Kovalev added if things don’t change, wants out of the organization. The 13-year NHL veteran told journalist Pavel Lysenkov - his official biographer - that his gripe is not with Montreal journalists, but with the team itself.

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