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Winnipeg Playing the NHL Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

In some ways, if the Coyotes do stay in Phoenix — and that’s still an if when you’re dealing with politicians and lease concessions until the transaction between the NHL and either Ice Edge or Jerry Reinsdorf is signed, sealed and delivered — it will only help Winnipeg’s chances in the long run.

How can it help Winnipeg’s chances, you rightfully ask?

That’s simple. Chipman and company are playing the game the way the NHL want it to be played.

That means no outlandish quotes in the press and no season ticket deposits being accepted before the NHL has rubber stamped a move.

Chipman has succeeded on that front, to the point the NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly went on record saying discussions have been held with Chipman and billionaire David Thomson for quite some time and that Winnipeg could be a viable market, should the need arise down the road.


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Leafs Must Work On Their Compete Level

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

In Viktor Stalberg, Christian Hanson and newly signed Brayden Irwin, the Leafs had some size in the lineup, but none of those players yet have a solid concept of how to use their bulk at the NHL level.

To some degree, that can be taught.

But all those players were U.S. college stars who found their way to the Leafs mostly by being talented offensive players in the NCAA, not by being nasty pieces of work.

It’s fine to be well over 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, but quite another to go into a corner with the likes of Chara, Denis Wideman or Johnny Boychuk and emerge unbruised and/or with the puck.

That’s why the coming summer is so important to the Leafs beyond what the unrestricted free-agent market may offer. Forwards like Bozak, Stalberg, Hanson, Irwin, Luca Caputi and Nazem Kadri will all need to apply themselves to become more thorough professionals and harder players to compete against.


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Happy Easter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I attended an early Sunrise Mass this morning and now ready for some lamb and hockey.

The lamb dinner will be shared with family and friends later today and the hockey, well, that will be shared with millions.

I pass on my warmest wishes to you on the this special Easter Sunday.

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Stamkos & Pronger Talk

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• The deal, according to Sather, was struck. The Rangers would be getting Stamkos, who has scored 46 goals thus far this season, tied for second in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin and just one behind Sidney Crosby in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy….

“How close did we come?” Sather asked rhetorically, repeating the question we posed to him as the Rangers practiced in Tampa on Thursday. “We shook hands on it, that’s how close….

• There is something foul in Philadelphia far beyond the goaltending fiasco that has become the focal point of the NHL’s most disappointing team.

We’re not there on a day-to-day basis, so we can’t claim first-hand knowledge, but when two league GMs were asked what they perceived to be the problem, neither hesitated.

“Pronger,” each said, referring to Chris Pronger, the defenseman who has a reputation for splitting locker rooms as well as heads….

read more on both of the above topics

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  Tags: chris+pronger, steven+stamkos

GDT - Game #79: Red Wings at Flyers (12:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Early matinee on Easter Sunday.  Thanks Gary.  Philly is in dire straights, and will be a desperate team today.  Since the Olympic break, PHI have gone 6-9-3.  Their 82 pts, are tied with the NYR in a battle for the 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.

GDT is light due to family activities (no ellbee for me), here is hoping that Ozzie can find a few eggs in his basket.  Happy Easter.

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Evening Line- Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t think any team in the West would be overmatched by them.  They play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float around in their zone, looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes.

“A good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they’re going to get frustrated because they’re in their zone a lot.”

-R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets on the Washington Capitals.  More from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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The Maven Talks Rivalries

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The 5 best NHL rivalries today.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We play so many games, it’s easy to just go through the motions sometimes. What I think is that when I do retire, I will know that every time I went on the ice, I tried to give it everything I had.

“And that has been something I had to learn to manage as well, because that can work against you. You want to do so much. Where is that line? That’s something with experience, you’re able to learn and handle better.”

-Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators.  More on Alfredsson from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen.

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Saturday Night Hockey Talk

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Dallas Stars aren’t tickled with playmaking centre Mike Ribeiro who was late for an off-day meeting, and got scratched against Anaheim. They would move him because they have Brad Richards in the No. 1 centre hole and Jamie Benn being groomed for the second slot. How about Ribeiro for his old Montreal Canadiens teammate Sheldon Souray?

• Jason Arnott, out with a concussion, has had three in the last three years, which should be a red flag for the Predators.

• (Dan) Cleary’s had an awful run of injuries, several groin tears. “He has to build himself back up this summer,” said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Cleary is listening. He’s going back to work with celebrity trainer T.R. Goodman at Venice Beach, where Chris Chelios has done his thing for years.

continued including Eastern Coference talk…

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Score-O- Guy Wins $30,000 Credit Towards New Car

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy has all the details.

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  Tags: mike+mann

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