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Murphy vs. Errey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Larry Murphy and Bob Errey have been providing their analysis of the Stanley Cup Finals for the NHL Network and I am noticing a bit of team pride coming through.

Murphy provides analysis for the Red Wings TV broadcast network during the regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs and Errey does the same for the Penguins.  Both men did play for the other team too durng their NHL career but as this series goes deeper and deeper, their ‘homer’ hats are being worn.

I am enjoying the banter between the two, with Murphy having the last word after the Wings victory in game 5.  What is next is a question yet to be answered, but I am sure the intensity between the two will pick up even more.

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It Is That Time Of Year

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

• Agent Bryon Baltimore wouldn’t be surprised if Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights were dealt to another club (Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal and Vancouver appear to be possibilities) for a player and/or high draft picks shortly before the free-agent doors open July 1.

Philadelphia would have to unload Daniel Briere first, however, and at a salary-cap hit of $6.5 million US for four more years - that’s a big gulp for anybody.

The Los Angeles Kings were close to signing Briere, along with the Habs, two years ago and that will be revisited because of the connection between Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Kings GM Dean Lombardi and his assistant Ron Hextall.

• Minnesota has targeted four teams - the Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers - to try and trade backup goalie Josh Harding, who had a 2.21 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 19 games in the 2008-09 season.

• San Jose Sharks captain Patrick Marleau has a no-trade clause in his contract, but you can bet GM Doug Wilson will ask him which three or four teams he would consider going to prior to the draft because they have to move him.

The Habs need a No. 1 centre, but Marleau is better in a support role, playing behind somebody else. If the Sharks do deal him, count on Dan Boyle being named captain.

more NHL talk…

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Datsyuk The Difference Maker

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So says Barry Melrose of ESPN in the game recap…

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Sunday Morning Hockey Talk

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Tampa Bay co-owner Oren Koules insists that he and fellow owner Len Barrie get along and talk to each other, contrary to what many people in the hockey community insist. Koules is frustrated that the Tampa Bay Lightning has become the butt of many NHL jokes and he’s trying to let people know that all—finances, front office, future—apparently is well.

• Used to think the Colorado Avalanche had the biggest PR jerk in the NHL in Jean Martineau. Now we understand why with the once-proud organization run by the when-did-he-get-this-classless, Pierre Lacroix.

• Add the pursuit of Ray Emery to the ever-growing list of lousy goaltending decisions made by the Philadelphia Flyers.

a few more hockey notes…


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Hoping For Game 7

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from Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice XM204,

Well, so much for that idiotic blog posting by someone the other day that argued that Red Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock had been “exposed” by the Pittsburgh Penguins.  So much for all those who couldn’t wait to pounce all over Chris Osgood.  And so much for when Alexander Ovechkin takes the stage in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks to accept the Hart Trophy.

Apparently, Pavel Datsyuk, who is a fine hockey player, really is one of the best players on the planet.  How else to explain the sudden revival of the Red Wings?

As a fan with no specific rooting interest in this series, I can only hope that the return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night for Game Six results in a Penguins win.

Because I wanna see a Game Seven.

Because Game Five sucked.


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Morning Line

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The television cameras caught NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in his seat during the second period as the Wings poured it on.

Bettman’s expression said it all. Watching the team he’s tied his league’s future to go up in flames, he looked a guy who was suffering from kidney stones.

-Bob Duff of the Windsor Star & contributor at NBC Sports.  More from Duff on the game last night…

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Talbot Targeted Datsyuk

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The last time a Canadian player slashed a Russian player in an attempt to break an ankle was 1972. Everyone thought it was great then, but somehow I think the Red Wings are not going to think too highly of the Max Talbot slash on Pavel Datsyuk in Game 5.

Was it a ridiculously vicious chop? No. Was it a targeting of an injured player? Absolutely. And some people might suggest that’s what the Stanley Cup playoffs are all about but I’m sure the Red Wings would say otherwise as they don’t embrace that whole concept of vigilante justice very much. Their idea of getting back at the opposition is to do what they did in Game 5 – score lots of goals.

more on game 5…

added 7:48am, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Talbot was called for slashing—and it certainly appeared he was trying to aggravate Datsyuk’s bad foot. Talbot knows that critics probably will suggest his intentions were bad.

“They can suggest whatever they want. I went for the puck and his foot was there,” Talbot said.


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Did Penguins Motivate The Wings?

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For almost a week, the dominant theme was how the Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be coming of age, ready to be the best.

Last night, however, they looked far too immature to win a Stanley Cup.

Funny thing, the Pens started well against the defending champion Detroit Red Wings. But it all went downhill after the opening three minutes. By the second period the rout was on, the classy Motowners showed they might still have a lesson or two to teach their opponents about composure, and multi-talented Pavel Datsyuk had made a triumphant, two-assist return in an overwhelming 5-0 Detroit win.

“The more I played the better I felt,” said Datsyuk.

Did he have his injured foot frozen in order to play?

“I don’t know,” he said with a slight smile. “It’s a secret.”...

In fact, the comments from Pittsburgh players like Brooks Orpik and head coach Dan Bylsma that Detroit players, specifically Henrik Zetterberg, looked tired in Games 3 and 4 in Pennsylvania rankled the veteran Wings.

read on

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Rangers Need Star Power

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Penguins have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the Caps have Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, the Hurricanes have Eric Staal, and the Rangers . . . well, and the Rangers have no one remotely comparable. Fact is, the Blueshirts don’t have a forward who would be selected in the top, what, 100 in a league-wide dispersal draft.

Fact also is that it has become nearly impossible to get a top-end, difference-making talent any way other than by bottoming out and hitting the draft lottery jackpot, for it is rare indeed that an elite player gets to free agency in his prime.

Which brings us to 28-year-old Marian Gaborik, eligible to become a free agent on July 1 following a season in which he, a) turned down an $80 million contract extension from the Wild because he had no interest in continuing to play for Jacques Lemaire; and, b) was limited to 17 games because of a hip injury for which he underwent surgery in early January.


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So Very Tired.  Exhausted.  Done.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning.

Gather the family because Dave Guralnick has a present for them.  Go on now.  Go get ‘em. 

Ready?  Ok.

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