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Wings Fans- Blame Duhatschek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

I asked Schneider: Did he believe there was justice in professional sport? He had a big smile on his face, when he answered in four precise words: No, I do not. But he knew where I was going ā€“ that even if the Sharks were only a minute away from assuming a 3-1 series lead, Detroit was the better team by far that night and deserved to win in overtime.
So when Schneider broke his wrist in the next game ā€“ proving his point, there was no justice in pro sport ā€“ I almost felt as if Iā€™d jinxed him with the question. Superstition shows no bounds, presumably.

read on and Eric reverses the curse, picking the Wings in six.

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Bitterness Abounds

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, we’ve seen a glimpse of the MSM today and I’ll bring you more because I know you demand it.  But, we’ll also make time for my peers.  This is going to shock and hurt you, but I have to say it.

Yes, there are people out there—fans and bloggers—who don’t want the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.  Shhhh, it’s ok. I know.  Please…don’t.  It’s ok.

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Searching For Goals

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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey needs goals. More than soccer, where much of the excitement is in the buildup of the play. Somehow, My New NHL extends only as far as the beginning of the playoffs: once we get into the post-season, the norm is the 2-1 game—and it’s not enough.
There doesn’t appear to be a dramatic change in the way referees call the game. They seem to be carrying on the regular-season crackdown on obstruction and hooking. But defenders are still lining up four and five abreast at the blue line, it is still almost impossible to carry the puck into the zone, and if you do break through you are dealing with almost unbeatable goaltenders from Roberto Luongo to Jean-Sebastien Giguere to Dominik Hasek.

read on

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A Different Kind Of Tape

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A few weeks ago, HNIC did a feature on “Blade Tape”.
NHL Digest thought it was interesting enough to contact the company and get the scoop.

BladeTape is an alternative to traditional cloth hockey tape. It is a self adhesive rubber application that repels snow and ice to offer better control of the puck than traditional cloth tape used on the hockey sticks. It has been patented and tested to be durable for about 12 ice sessions, but some have claimed that it can be used substantially longer.

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Espo Thinks Ahead

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from Phil Esposito at the National Post,

It’s hard to believe that both of last year’s finalists, the Edmonton Oilers and the Champion Carolina Hurricanes, both were outside looking in once the playoffs began. So it got me thinking about the final four teams this year, and if it’s possible that any of these squads could miss the post-season next year. Pretty difficult to figure out because I can guarantee you that nobody thought that Edmonton and Carolina were in trouble either. But a combination of injuries, free agents, goaltending and just plain bad luck can all contribute. Before you know it, the slope is slippery and down you go. Now, to this year’s crop.

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All Is Well, All Is Well:  Toolbag Picks Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whew.  I mean it. I’m frigging relieved.  Almost as relieved as JB after KG passed the friendship test with an F+ (Look…I like my Tenacious D references, but I’m not tied to them.  They’re kind of a staple here, but I can evolve if necessary. Let me know).

Why am I relieved?  Because Ted Montgomery, likely the worst mainstream hockey writer in the history of mainstreamedness, has made his conference finals predictions.

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KK- Take A Look Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you are “new” to KK, don’t forget to take a look around the whole KK Site.
Abel to Yzerman gives you all the Wings/Ducks coverage you want, while Canucks & Beyond is coming out of a depression state and will soon be pointing out hockey topics I would not even think of.
Also, don’t foget about the latest KK Challenge.

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Now It Is Fun

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The Buffalo Sabres finished No. 1 overall during the regular season with inoa franchise-high 113 points. The Detroit Red Wings matched them. Anaheim, with 110 points, led the Pacific Division. Ottawa, after a terrible first half, finished with 105 points, only two behind New Jersey.
Get the picture? No surprises. In a league that almost always delivers upsets during the playoffs, it’s only right that the NHL’s Big Four have made it to the finals in the East and West.
Now the fun really begins.

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Following The Worlds’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

More from the World Championships from the Washington Caps Crew.

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Confirmed: Grigorenko Signs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Khan(!) had this story ready for a few days, it would appear.  Plenty of reaction from Kenny The Boy Wonder. 

The 5-foot-10, 209-pound left wing is no longer the Wings’ top prospect, but he still has an intriguing set of skills. Next season, the Wings will see if he’s ready to play in the NHL. The club has signed Grigorenko to a one-year entry level contract worth $858,800. He’ll be competing for a job in training camp in Traverse City this fall.

“He was a real top prospect for us a number of years ago but unfortunately had that accident,’’ Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s had a couple of years where he’s been able to play and get healthy. We feel it’s time to come over and see where he’s at.’‘

Holland says the timing was right, that Grigorenko’s as healthy as he’s going to get and that the opportunity is his to take advantage of.

What he doesn’t say is this:  We’re going to need another dependable forward when Bobby says goodbye.

 

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