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TSN’s Dreger: Montreal Canadiens will hope for more from Michel Therrien this time around

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Montreal Canadiens believe that there’s nothing wrong with re-hiring a coach they once fired: The Montreal Canadiens have made their coaching decision. Its believed Michel Therrien is the man. Announcement in the next 24-48 hrs.
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Game Three

It certainly looks like Los Angeles is well on their way to winning the Stanley Cup.  Tonight they won game three by a 4-0 margin.  This is the only one-sided game of the series so far.  It is the only game that did not go to overtime. The series is still a defensive series where both teams are afraid to try to win based upon talent.  The final shot total was 22-21 in favor...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The Cherry snub of Nicklas Lidstrom continues

You’ll have to excuse this very partisan Red Wings fan for espousing “sour grapes,” but Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Chery mused upon what has become quite the lop-sided series, broke in a black version of his, “Technicolor flowers you’d see on an acid trip” suit pattern, and spent much of Coach’s Corner comparing Drew Doughty to Bobby Orr… But over the course...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Wayne Gretzky On Hockey Night In Canada

Ron MacLean interviewed Wayne Gretzky after the 2nd period tonight and the topic was mostly the LA Kings.
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Kings One Win Away From Raising The Stanley Cup

The Kings continue to roll while the Devils appear to have run out of gas. I wonder if they will allow brooms in the Staples Center on Wednesday night? One thing for sure, the Stanley Cup will be in the house.
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

I Can Play Goalie Too, Yakupov Talks to Edmonton

He can play left wing, right wing and even goal if that’s what you need from him joked Nail Yakupov in his first media availability in Edmonton on Monday afternoon. In fact there were a lot of jokes from the feisty winger who has otherwise been known for his odd World Juniors post game scrums. In the short amount of time that he was in Calgary for the World Juniors, I could never...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- “The Great One” Drops The Puck For Game 3

Wayne Gretzky receives a great welcome form the LA crowd.
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings GM Ken Holland tells Waddell that he knows his team must reload—fast—and avoid a rebuild

I’ve been hammering it like a nail: after tomorrow, we Red Wings fans will begin to find out about the shape of the Wings to come as GM Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, capologist (from having met him, folks, trust me, he’s basically the team’s third general manager) Ryan Martin, VP Jimmy Devellano, the team’s pro scouts (Mark Howe, Kirk Maltby, etc.), special assistants...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

How Does The Arizone Coyotes Sound?

from Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic, Glendale has posted draft agreements with a potential Phoenix Coyotes buyer on the city website…. The agreement would have Glendale pay roughly $300 million in arena management fees to a group led by former San Jose Sharks chief executive Greg Jamison and another $24 million in capital funding over the course of the 20-year deal....
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

How ‘Different’ Is Tim Thomas?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, One year ago, Tim Thomas was THE story. The goalie who didn’t grab an NHL stranglehold until he was 32, an opportunity he initially refused, not believing the Bruins would provide a fair chance. But, there he was, in the middle of Boston’s Stanley Cup celebration, the backbone of a champion. The Vezina Trophy winner, MVP of the playoffs, a terrific...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Open Post- Game 3 Stanley Cup Final, New Jersey vs. Los Angeles Kings

Pretty much a must win game for the Devils, who are down 0-2 in the series. Sometimes road teams can find a spark which can lead to a victory and the Devils need that tonight. The Kings will want to continue and improve on their play of the first two games and want to make sure they don’t get caught up in impressing the home crowd by attempting to playing a wide open game. Simon...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Flyers Still Have Interest In Jagr

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Where will Jaromir Jagr be next season? Possibly in Philadelphia again, although that’s not guaranteed. The 40-year-old winger, who signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Flyers last summer, had a blast in Philly this season. He’s UFA July 1. His agent, Petr Svoboda, has been in touch with the Flyers. “We’ve talked, I think there’s mutual...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The times they’ve a-changed

I remember driving past my Dad’s appliance store in the 1970s and seeing crowds of people gathered outside, watching the World Championship games on one of the sets Dad had left on for that purpose. It’s pretty cold in Finland in the spring, and back in the 1970s, the World Championship was played in early April. But what’s a couple of hours outside when you can spend it with...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Looking For A #1 Goalie

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, So, the Blue Jackets need at least a No. 1, a No. 3-4 and a No. 5. If Mason gets traded, they’ll need a No. 1, 2, 3-4, and a 5. (Anybody heard from Jean-Francois Labbe lately?) Do the Jackets want Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo? Don’t rule it out, although that contract term—10 years at a $5.33 million cap hit, according to CapGeek.com...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Scary news from Russia: Vladimir Krutov hospitalized, in serious condition due to internal bleeding

Very worrisome news from Russia: according to Sovetsky Sport, “Green Unit” forward Vladimir Krutov has been hospitalized and is in an intensive care unit, listed as in serious condition due to internal bleeding. Mrs. Krutov told Sovetsky Sport that her husband, who’d just celebrated his 52nd birthday, was doing fine, and as it’s already evening in Moscow, we’ll know more...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Homer on parade, for sure, at the Cherry Festival

Via RedWingsFeed, Tomas Holmstrom seems destined to join his best friend and partner in humorous crime in retirement, but the Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau reports that a parade will be held in Holmstrom’s honor in Traverse City…Sort of… Tomas Holmstrom will serve as the Grand Marshall for the DTE Energy Cherry Royale parade on Saturday July 14th in Traverse City, MI....
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Afternoon Line

Let’s get straight to the point here, though: his column (Adrian Dater) from yesterday, “NHL games won’t pull big crowds till players stop being so nice,” is absolute bunk. Swings and misses of this multitude are usually reserved for the big-time paper columnists like Jay Mariotti. You know, the guy who covers “general sports”, writes about hockey maybe once or twice...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: Of course Nicklas Lidstrom was ‘fun to be around!’

As the Free Press’s Helene St. James just wrapped up her web chat and on both the fourth anniversary of the Detroit Red Wings’ 2008 Cup win (5 years between championships, perhaps? Too long by Wings fans’ standards…) and 32nd anniversary of Gordie Howe’s official retirement from hockey, we begin what will probably be a “roving” post updated with afternoon news simply...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Devils Look To Their Veterans

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Game 3 is here tonight, with at 5 p.m. Pacific start for television purposes. It means an unusually quick turnaround considering the long breaks in the schedule up to this point. The Kings flew home immediately after Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win. The Devils waited until the next morning. Both were here by the afternoon and on Monday morning...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Some thoughts on the acquisition and signing of Tomas Vokoun

One of the areas that many around the National Hockey League identified as a key need for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they headed into the trade deadline back in March was that of a back-up goaltender and they have finally answered those calls by acquiring the rights to Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals for a seventh-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. Continue reading "...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Vokoun Traded To Penguins, Then Signs With Penguins

via TSN, The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired goalie Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals on Monday for a seventh-round draft pick and then signed the veteran to a two-year, $4 million contract. The veteran goalie was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 35-year-old was 25-17-2 last season with a 2.51 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Is That Rhetorical?

So Damien Cox actually asks this question… The Spin They’ve got lots of bucks to spend and have long been a destination of choice for NHLers. Conveniently, with Lidstrom gone, they also don’t have an artificial individual salary cap in place any longer. So Ken Holland really is free to do whatever he wants. But can it work? If both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, for example,...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Yakupov Visits Edmonton

Nail Yakupov has landed in Edmonton and the Oilers were a the airport to greet the top prospect. As with previous first overall picks Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov will get another chance to sit down and talk to Oilers brass as well as have dinner at the home of the owner, Daryl Katz. Unlike visits with Hall and Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov will not have a lengthy discussion...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Power-Less

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Ask a player on a team with a power play that is junk how to fix it and it’s like asking for the answer to the riddle of the Sphinx or the recipe for Colonel Sanders’ 11 herbs and spices or how to get the caramel in a Caramilk bar. There’s a lot of talk of simplicity, harder work, better bounces, being more relaxed and almost every other hockey...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Derek Boogaard And All Those Prescription Drugs

from John Branch of the New York Times, In his final three seasons playing in the National Hockey League, before dying last year at 28 of an accidental overdose of narcotic painkillers and alcohol, Derek Boogaard received more than 100 prescriptions for thousands of pills from more than a dozen team doctors for the Minnesota Wild and the Rangers. A trove of documents, compiled by...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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