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Good Luck With Gerber

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

For someone that has only played in eight post-season games, the goalie’s record is very impressive.
In Gerber’s first year with Anaheim, the Ducks made it to the Stanley Cup finals.
In his first year with Carolina, the Hurricanes made it to the finals.
And now, in his first year with the Senators, they are but a step away.
He’s been nothing more than the backup ‘tender in each case, but with Gerber on their side, their elimination of the Sabres would seem to be a mere formality.

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The Saskin Report

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from the Toronto Star,

Even though embattled NHL Players’ Association executive Ted Saskin directed a 17-month campaign to secretly read player emails, the union would still be obliged to pay him close to a million dollars if it decides to fire him “with cause,” a lawyer hired by the union has concluded.
In a three-page report delivered this week to the players’ union, Toronto employment lawyer Chris Paliare concluded the campaign, which started in September 2005 and ran through January 2007, also involved Ken Kim, the union’s head of business development. Both Saskin and Kim have already been suspended with pay.


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Good Or Bad Game

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

At the midway point of the 2007 Stanley Cup tournament, hockey experts are beginning to wonder whether the game is in trouble again.
Goal scoring is down. Columnists are griping about the absence of offence. At Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry have been complaining about the officiating and the decline of physical play.
Has the game really regressed, despite the continued zero tolerance toward restraining fouls? Or is it the crackdown on obstruction that’s responsible for the malaise?
We asked some prominent hockey broadcasters for their thoughts.


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More Duck Droppings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Little administravia for you.  I’ve added several new Poultry blogs to the port side under, oddly, “2007 Western Conference Finals.”  Also, I haven’t pointed you to Quo Vadimus nearly enough.  Scott Warheit’s a Tiger blogger for MLive and a Wing fan.  He’s posted a quality WCF preview.

And just as they did with Miikka Kiprusoff in the Flames series, the Wings will have to overcome a familiar foe when they face Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. It was in 2003 when Guguere became a household name (or as much of one as you can become in hockey) when his standout goaltending helped the Ducks, the 7th seed in the Western Conference, sweep the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

A quick word on Giguere.  His save percentage for the playoffs is a sick .952.  If he can keep that up facing an average of 30 pucks/game against the Wings…well, that’s the series in a nutshell.  I’ll have a preview of my own tomorrow or the next day or sometime before faceoff.  Don’t push me.

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A Classic In The Making

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from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

In other words, these are teams that don’t really like each other and have a pretty good idea what lies ahead. Still, don’t expect things on the ice to get out of hand no matter how much tempers might flare. With a trip to the Stanley Cup dance on the line, something that Ottawa has never been part of and Buffalo missed by one game last season, getting even isn’t really a primary concern.
“I don’t think it’s a factor,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “That might be in the background, but there’s a lot of other stuff that’s going to take the forefront over that. The big prize is one team is to go on to play for the Stanley Cup. Penalties for retaliation for something that happened a couple of months ago, if you’re going to take those at this time of year, then I think your mindset is in the wrong place.”

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Why Not? Holland Would Welcome Back Hasek and Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below with riveting IwoCPO commentary. Don’t miss it!

Their performance this playoff season, the entire season, probably made this decision about as easy as they come for Boy Wonder Kenny Holland.

Ken Holland said today he wants to bring back both Chelios and Dominik Hasek.  Hasek has declined to show his hand when asked about his future, but Chris Osgood told me last week he thought Hasek would be back. Holland is hoping the same.

“Dom has been a big factor for us,” Holland said. “Chelios, we play him 18-19 minutes, but he wants to play more. He’s bugging our coaching staff all winter long and bugging me all winter long to play more hockey. We’re holding him back because we want to have him fresh for the long haul.”


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NHL & MySpace Create Partnership

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from NHL.com,
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today a partnership with MySpace giving members of the community access to NHL content through the official NHL MySpace profile at http://myspace.com/NHL and via MySpace Video. Users will be able to watch video clips from games leading up to, and including, the 2007 Stanley Cup Final as well as clips from the 2006-07 regular season. The NHL is the first major professional sports league to team with MySpace in this capacity.


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Dominating Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Hasek’s style of goaltending is difficult to define. He suggests no word for it himself. He uses the butterfly leg spread that long ago became the rage, and he also flops around as if he’s trying to make snow angles on the ice.
“I do anything to stop the puck,” he says. “It doesn’t matter how I am described.
“I like to always be in the right position. Unfortunately, there are times you are not in the right position and you have to jump and do whatever you have to do to reach the puck. I don’t care how my style is described as long as I stop the puck.”


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Conference Officials

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from TSN,

Among the eight referees who will receive third round assignments are Don Koharski and Bill McCreary, both of whom have more than 20 years experience. McCreary has worked in every Stanley Cup final series since 1994, while Koharski has been a referee since 1977.

read on for the list…

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Quoting Drury, Briere & Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Sabres players took part in the final pre-series press conference.

Q. Ryan, can you comment on the comparisons to Hockey Town and Buffalo, having known what Detroit is all about and just beyond ?? exciting is beyond anything you’ve ever saw there in?
RYAN MILLER: I got a chance to go to a lot of games but not around the time they were playing for the Cup, but the affiliation with the team and the city and the way they feel about hockey there, yeah, this town definitely is from what I’ve seen, I think this town is actually a little crazier so, it’s been a lot of fun.

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