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Old Or New Wings

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from TBM at NBC Sports,

And more importantly, how much longer can the Wings rely on a core of players who are living monuments to the league’s history? Chris Chelios is 45, Dominik Hasek 42, and Nicklas Lidstrom and Schneider are 37. Chelios, Hasek and Schneider are all unrestricted free agents this summer, and you can bet all three will be back next season.
How much longer will the Red Wings keep trotting out these old warhorses? As long as they a) produce and b) work relatively cheap. Hasek and Chelios both make less than $1 million a year, which makes them cap friendly. If the NHL’s salary cap does approach the $50 million mark, look for Detroit to be active in the free agent market, pursuing players like Ryan Smyth and Chris Drury.
That would be just like the good old days for Detroit. And who knows about old times better than the Red Wings?

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Happy For The Sens

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from the CP via TSN,

Rick Bowness had to live through the lean years. Jacques Martin put up with his teams being called underachievers.
Both former Senators head coaches say they’re happy for their old team reaching a first-ever Stanley Cup final.
“I’m ecstatic for the team and the city and I hope they do well,” Bowness, the team’s first coach, said Wednesday.

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It’s All About The Players

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s all about people - even in this new My NHL 2. It’s all about players with no quit in them, from the No. l liners to the supporting casts willing to sacrifice to make good things happen even at a time when players, with rare exceptions (they know who they are) are grossly overpaid and over-pampered.
It’s about leaders such as Daniel Alfredsson, whose overtime goal ended the Buffalo Sabres’ season. We have never met formally, but it’s not necessary to know someone to understand what he brings to the ice and how he handles adversity off it.

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Show Canadians Some Repect

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from the Barrie Examiner,

But really, the Stanley Cup final should begin Saturday night at 7 p.m., because that’s when Canadians most like to watch NHL hockey on television.
It’s a little show called ‘Hockey Night In Canada’, and it’s been around for more than a few years.
Starting the final then would also show Canadian hockey fans some respect, respect that’s been sorely lacking during these playoffs. The most recent
example was playing the last Ottawa-Buffalo game on a Saturday afternoon during the long, Victoria Day weekend.
It was a warm, sunny spring day, and the NHL forced Canadian fans indoors for their playoff hockey fix just to appease NBC, an American TV station that attracts a handful of fans whenever it shows hockey.

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I Wonder If The Sailor Knows

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During the playoffs, Phoebe Flowers has been pointing to A2Y on a consistent basis.  Wonder if it is her love for the Wings or for the Sailor?

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Best Line Of The Day…

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...comes from Evan Grossman at NHL.com,

Four town employees were recently fired from their jobs for gossiping and spreading false rumors around their New Hampshire office. It’s unknown if the four plan to take up careers in the rumor-mongering hockey media now that they need new jobs.

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2-3-2 For SCF

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Has the time come for the National Hockey League to revert to the 2-3-2 playoff format for the Stanley Cup final?
For the fourth year in a row, the NHL has ended up with a final that is a geographic nightmare, pitting a team (Ottawa) from about as far north and east as it can get, against a team (Anaheim) about as far south and west as it can get.

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Before You All Go Away

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•With the Memorial Weekend right around the corner and only two teams left to fight for the Stanley Cup, many of you will probably not be visiting KK on a regular basis.
The whole crew appreciates your patronage throughout the year and we look forward to seeing your from time to time during the next three months or so.
We will posting on a regular basis, so make sure to keep us in mind.

•The two, open KK Challenge winners will be announced in the next 24 hours and another Challenge will be announced soon for the SCF.

•KK will be going through a transformation during the summer months which will enhance your visits.  Look for those to begin in early to mid-July and be completed by the end of July.
I won’t let the cat out of the bag, but will say it is something that we are all excited about.

•Please remember, KK survives because of you- Using the affiliate and ad links you see helps us out and allows us to improve KK.  If you have a need for the service or products offered, please feel free to use them.

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No Excitement In SCF

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from Chris Stevens of the Midland Daily News,

Fans in Canada, knock yourselves out. You’ll be right there, watching every second of the Senators’ games. Hockey is in your blood.
For 99.8 percent of Americans, the season ended last night when the Red Wings were eliminated.
Maybe the Red Wings should play the Buffalo Sabres in an alternate Cup series. That actually has some intrigue.
But the Ducks vs. the Senators?
Yuck.

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Another writer and probably not the last who cannot appreciate the game itself.  I have a feeling many more MSM types will take the easy road and blast the finals too.

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The Maturing Of Pronger

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from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

The Ducks and Pronger are going to be in for a tough series against the Ottawa Senators. If the Ducks do win the Cup, you can bet that Pronger will have played a major role. With Chris, nothing is ever boring, and this Final will be no exception.
No matter what happens it is amazing to see how a young boy has grown over the many years since he turned pro in 1993. That boy is now the man many people hoped and wanted him to be. What a ride it has been. He is now a proud husband and a father. Number two in 1993 is clearly more important than No. 1, and Pronger is just scratching the surface.

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