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And there was much rejoicing (by the Grand Rapids Griffins)

The Grand Rapids Griffins' video crew produced a lovely little video of the team celebrating its first Calder Cup win. It plain old made me smile:
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Wings quickies: rink talk, an architectural ‘no comment’ and Blashill finger-crossing

As noted in the mid-day entry, MLive's Eric Lacy and David Muller discussed the proposed follow-on rink that will replace Joe Louis Arena and the surrounding developments in extensive detail, discussing the blighted areas that may see the biggest tangible improvements from the $450 million rink and $650 million mixed-use development's construction, cutting through the BS...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Darren Dreger Talks Everything But SCF

Darren Dreger visited NHL Live and talked Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars, Danny Briere, Ilya Bryzgalov, Kris Letang and Jonathan Bernier.  
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Final vs. NBA Finals Ticket Prices

from Jesse Lawrence at Forbes, Tuesday night, Game six of the NBA finals scored ABC a 14.7 rating, the fourth-highest ever for an NBA game on the storied network.   A bit further up the dial NBC has also been celebrating ratings for their NHL finals broadcast.  Game one of the NHL finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks scored a 4.8– double game one from last year.  For...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The Absolute Latest On The Coyotes

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic, “It’s the most important 24 hours in the history of the Phoenix Coyotes,” the source said. Here’s the latest: To complete its financing, the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment group needs a firm commitment from the Glendale City Council.  They need a number on paper.  They say they need $15 million annually. The...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Top 10 Goals From The 2013 NHL Playoffs

I am sure there will be at least one or two more goals added to this video after the SCF.         added 3:04pm, Now the best saves during the playoffs added below... Continue reading "Video- Top 10 Goals From The 2013 NHL Playoffs"
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Lindy Ruff Appears To Be The Next Head Coach In Dallas

via the Star Telegram, The Dallas Stars are in the process of hiring Lindy Ruff as the team's next head coach, Stars' president Jim Lites said at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday at the Colonial Country Club. Lites said he shook Ruff's hand in Frisco as he walked to his car to head to Fort Worth, saying that barring any unforeseen circumstances...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: rink talk, praise for Paek, scouting David Clarkson and charitable news

Amongst this afternooon's Red Wings-related news: We're still talking about the follow-on rink that serve as the Red Wings' next arena, and I hate to agree with this point by the Free Press's Helene St. James, but she's spot-on: Every single remotely new NHL arena has corporate sponsor name. Going to be the same with #RedWings new digs. $$ talks. ...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

What’s Next For Messier?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Mark Messier’s future with the Rangers’ organization remains in doubt after being passed over in favor of Alain Vigneault to succeed John Tortorella behind the bench. “I don’t really know what Mark is going to do,” general manager Glen Sather told The Post last night. “He was very disappointed when I called to tell him...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Sharks re-sign Raffi Torres

Well then. I guess you either love him or hate him, and the San Jose Sharks fell in love with Raffi Torres. Per the Sharks: San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Raffi Torres to a three-year contract. “We are very excited to bring Raffi back to the San Jose Sharks,” said Wilson. ...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Sabres Extend Contract Of Jhonas Enroth

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 20, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced the team has signed goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a two-year contract extension. In the 2012-13 season, Enroth (5’10”, 166 lbs., 6/25/88) posted career-best marks for save percentage (.919) and goals-against average (2.60) while recording a 4-4-2 record through 12 games played. In his...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

News Of The Day

The below information was provided by the NHL PR department. OT HERO Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his second overtime goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, becoming the fifth blueliner in NHL history to record two overtime goals in one playoff year. The others to do so were Detroit’s Leo Reise Jr. (1950), Chicago’s Chris Chelios (1995), Carolina’s Niclas Wallin...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Any Interest In Penner?

from Jonathan Davis of FoxSports West, With the salary cap dropping to $64.3 million and the Kings already committed to just over $56 million to 15 players with eight players still to sign to fill out the 23-man roster, there just isn’t enough left in the kitty to pay Penner who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5. Penner is coming off a 1-year, $3.25 million...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Prepare For The Summer

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra at the Ottawa Citizen, If there was ever any doubt, it’s again clear the NHL doesn’t really have an off-season. Once Boston and Chicago wrap up the season, the off-ice fireworks will begin. Buyouts begin 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is presented. The entry draft goes June 30. Free agency arrives July 5. Expect trades. The level of...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Get Your Wings Equipment, Memorabilia And Season Tickets

Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings will hold a special equipment and memorabilia sale at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.) this Saturday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  For the first time, Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-worn jerseys from the team’s recently completed 2012-13 campaign, featuring Henrik Zetterberg’s sweaters...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Devils Talk

from Mike Ozanian of Forbes, What now for Vanderbeek? The Devils did not respond to an inquiry yesterday afternoon. The NHL, who also did not respond to my inquiry yesterday, has loaned the Devils more than $15 million. But the league’s consent letter states that the banks can’t file the team until 30 days after the last game is played–which will be no later than Wednesday...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Watching Game 4 Of The Stanley Cup Final In Austin, Texas

Oh, and hockey is growing in Austin too... Continue reading "Watching Game 4 Of The Stanley Cup Final In Austin, Texas"
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

KK- No More Strikes For Me

Diabetic, strike one, heart issues, strike two and I plan to avoid strike three as long as possible. First off, thanks to all of you who have commented and sent emails regarding and showing concern about my health, they were much appreciated and held close to my heart. I am returning today but it will take me a few days to get into the swing of things.  My health outlook moving...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey takes a deep breath in June

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun deemed Thursday's 6-5 Chicago Blackhawks overtime win to be the, "Firewagon Hawks return[ing] with a vengeance." The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons and the Hockey News's Ken Campbell praised the game as NBA scoring on ice with hockey's intensity added to the mix, and the Sporting News's Jesse Spector wondered if the game's...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The Rangers will introduce Alain Vingeault as their coach today

From the New York Rangers: #NYR will hold a Press Conference on Friday 6/21 from @RadioCity. @MSGNetworks will have live coverage starting at 11am EST. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 19, 2013 This press conference may or may not have everything to do with the team's naming of Alain Vigneault as its new coach. Okay, that's really what it's about.
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Fun time with Leaf rumors

As is customary at this time of year, the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran stirs the pot in what I'm sure will soon be a rolling boil's worth of Toronto Maple Leaf personnel rumors: Tyler Bozak or Stephen Weiss? James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier? What’s Nazem Kadri worth? Should Clarke MacArthur return? What about extending Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf? Maple Leafs general...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Shootout follies

As the NHL plans on eliminating spin-o-ramas from shootouts, the Sporting News's Jesse Spector offered a 20-shooter slate of rules for future shooters, and it made me laugh at 4 in the morning, so I hope it will amuse you, too: First shooter is allowed to make whatever shootout move he wants, except, of course, for the evil, vile, spin-o-rama. Second shooter must take...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Tony Amonte rips Hossa, but Hossa badger don’t care

To put things delicately, I think that this kind of stuff is dumb as dumb can be, but I kind of have to report it. So, per the Ottawa Sun's Chris Stevenson: Ex-Chicago Blackhawk Tony Amonte stirred things up at the Stanley Cup final when he questioned the toughness of 'Hawks winger Marian Hossa. Hossa missed Game 3 after taking the warmup -- it was rumoured he had a...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL’s mandatory visor rule tweak—fighters can’t doff helmets—may be a game-changer

Amidst the rule changes approved by the NHL's general managers (the Board of Governors will rubber-stamp them into law on June 27th), a little tidbit got lost in the shuffle: the GM's are going to eliminate the instigator penalty for starting a fight with one's helmet on given that they're about to grandfather in mandatory visor use, but Colin Campbell tossed in a...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: talkin’ about the proposed follow-on rink and surrounding development

Because there have been two entries dedicated to the topic (please check out the Griffins celebration entry, too, because the gents had a good old time with their fans), and because it's the thrust of this overnight report, let's get down to brass tacks, or something like it: The proposal for the Red Wings' follow-on rink to Joe Louis Arena was approved by the Downtown...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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