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Credit The Organization For Long Cup Runs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Forget the aging notion of a “short summer” and quick turnaround for teams. There is no recovery time allowed. The pursuit of a title on the ice and the business machinations away from that main goal must run concurrently. That is what makes the Red Wings’ long run of success—five Stanley Cup appearances in 12 seasons—so impressive. Likewise, with the Penguins getting it together and keeping it so for two seasons running. The effort and focus required from the people on the ice all the way up to the executive suite and on out to scouts and minor league affiliates is tremendous.

It is also why successful teams have grown their hockey operations staffs to accommodate the workload. There is a nimbleness required now. The salary cap is a big part of the equation, as teams need to evaluate players more efficiently than ever before. That requires manpower, insight and the art of delegation. GM Ken Holland in Detroit is outstanding in this regard. So to is Ray Shero in Pittsburgh. Their management style has a lot to do with their respective organization’s capacity to handle all that goes into not only getting to the final, but doing it in multiples.

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The Best Picks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Drafting is an inexact science—for every late-round gem (Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk), there’s a high pick that didn’t work out the way the a team had planned (Patrik Stefan).

Here’s a look at some of the best choices in the history of the Entry Draft, as determined by where they were selected among the top 30 picks. (Up and coming includes players taken from 2004-08)

No. 1: Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh, 1984)—If the Penguins had not drafted Lemieux in 1984, the franchise likely would have left Pittsburgh two decades ago.

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The Next Team

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Will Ovechkin, Kane and Toews join the rest of their young brethren in Stanley Cup success next season? Or will they join the other side, stacked with players such as Marcel Dionne, Pavel Bure and Eric Lindros, as greats who never got past their equally impressive peers? Crosby and Malkin will be around for years and the Red Wings aren’t going anywhere, so it goes without saying the Cup is, and will continue to be, a hard trophy to hoist.

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Hatcher Retires

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from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Defenseman Derian Hatcher officially announced his retirement from the NHL and has been named the Flyers’ player development coach.

Hatcher, 37, spent 17 season in the NHL, including parts of four seasons with the Flyers. He missed this entire past season and underwent knee replacement surgeryl ast week.

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Madden Will Test UFA Market

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

John Madden has won two Stanley Cup championships with the Devils and remains one of the club’s key veteran forwards, but he hasn’t spoken to GM Lou Lamoriello yet about a new contract and will therefore test the market on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.

In a conversation Monday, Madden said he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Devils but doesn’t have any talks with Lamoriello scheduled.

“I think either way I’ll end up going to July 1st. I’ve waited this long. I might as well see it through for the next couple of weeks,” Madden told me.

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At Puck Daddy?  Objectivity Can Suck It At Least 1/3 Of The Time

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update:  Received an email from Wyshynski and discussion of it deserves to be included in this post.  That’s been added to the bottom.
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Considered leaving this alone, just letting it lie and seeing if you guys happened across it without a prompt from me.

Then I realized that’s not really my style.  Because I’m redundant, I’ll tell you again that I like Greg Wyshynski.  I think he’s a great, funny writer with a good mind for our game.  Having said that? 

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The Pain Will Be So Very Good

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It was a tough weekend for all of us.  But it’s over and no matter how many times you imagine it differently, none of the shots taken the final 16 seconds went in.  And no matter what, that’s really all that counts.

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Watch The Penguins Parade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WPXI,

Viewers can watch live coverage of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins’ Victory Parade, beginning at 11 a.m. The parade itself is set to begin at noon.

If you can’t get to a television set to watch the parade on WPXI-TV Channel 11, you can watch it live on WPXI.com.

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Right Now It Is Pittsburgh’s Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There is a new Stanley Cup champion as the work week begins, and the National Hockey League is better for it.

Even to those of us who saw the Detroit Red Wings as a team with so many heroes that it could never go wanting in search of someone to don the cape, we realized the obvious as the Stanley Cup final wore on: Whether or not the Pittsburgh Penguins would turn out to be the better team, they are undoubtedly the better story.

Sidney Crosby is a sexier sell than Henrik Zetterberg, at least in North America—not to mention seven years younger.

Pavel Datsyuk is an artisan whose skills are appreciated by hockey people the way an opera critic differentiates between a good tenor and a great one. But Evgeni Malkin’s game is the Van Halen concert to Datsyuk’s Baroque concerto.

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Don’t Move Savard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Douglas Flynn of the Hockey Journal,

He’s averaged just under 90 points a year over the past four seasons. He’s led the Bruins in scoring in each of his three seasons in Boston and earned All-Star nods in each of the last two years.

Oh, and he owns a no-trade clause as well.

So, why does Marc Savard’s name keep coming up in trade rumors this offseason?

Such is life in the salary cap era.

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