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Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland offers a ‘save the date’ notification of Wings’ roster plans

On a day when none other than the Wall Street Journal’s Mike Sieleski quotes the CBC’s Gord Stellick as stating that the Red Wings are going to be the prime suitors for Zach Parise, should he choose to leave New Jersey… One intriguing possibility is the Detroit Red Wings. “He is their guy,” former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Gord Stellick said. “[The Red Wings are] never...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Now that’s a leak: have the Red Wings hired an architect to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on rink?

Now this is as intriguing as all hell get out, as reported by the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press’s John Gallagher and 97.1 FM: SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret suggests that the Red Wings’ owners have (via Curbed’s Sarah Cox) tagged architect Chad Krieger Sieniewicz and the architectural firm HKS to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility, according to SportsBusiness...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Coyotes Have Another Chance

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, About the best thing you can say about the Coyotes’ chances is that there is still a chance. Had they come up flat one more time – during Sunday’s 2-0 victory in the fourth game of the series – they would have been busy preparing for the off-season and parrying questions about their future in the desert (nothing new on the Greg...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Open Post- Game 4 ECF, Rangers vs. Devils

The game is scheduled to start around 8:08pm ET and can be seen on NBCSN, CBC and RDS. With a win, the Rangers take a commanding 3-1 series lead, but if the Devils pull out a win, we have a series that could go seven games. I am predicting a 4-2 win for the Devils, how about you? Below, listen to Elliotte Friedman of HNIC with his pregame report… Continue reading "Open...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Souray Would Like To Stay In Dallas

from John Tranchina of the Dallas Stars website, Now that Souray has proven he can still contribute at the NHL level, he made it clear that he’d love to remain in Dallas for at least another year, but with his contract expiring on July 1, acknowledges that the decision isn’t solely his. Recognizing there are several blue-line prospects in the organization’s pipeline, Souray...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Toughness In The Playoffs

In the first round of the playoffs I advanced the theory that teams were playing a tough style because they perceived it as a cheap way to get an advantage over their opponents.  This was partially because of the NHL’s copycat culture.  The Boston Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions and they did so in part by overpowering the Vancouver Canucks with their tough play...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: looking back at the Worlds, statistically speaking

The day after Russia captured the World Championship title, and Slovakia snagged silver, team Russia was given a hero’s welcome in Moscow (and congratulations from Vladimir Putin, of course), and the Slovaks partied harder and engaged in the kind of silliness that might live in some infamy for Tomas Tatar’s Slovaks in Bratislava… Continue reading "Red Wings mid-day news...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

What To Give Dubnyk

The Edmonton Oilers have several holes on their roster and in their system, but goaltending seems to be one of the situations that the Oilers can improve on without doing anything. While consistency was the biggest concern for Dubnyk and the team, the first and final stretches of games saw Dubnyk play his best hockey of the season. But there were of course those games in the middle...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Happy Victoria Day

To all of the KK members and readers located in Canada, Happy Victoria Day. Hopefully you can enjoy the day with family and friends.
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Devils/Rangers Hatred Meter On The Rise

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, “You can sense the hatred building from the last game, especially with some of the big hits,” Michael Del Zotto told The Post after coming off the ice from yesterday’s optional skate at the Garden. “It feels like there’s something building.” There were three incidents involving hits to the head in Saturday’s Game 3, but only one gained...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Time to Go Off Script

For the New York Rangers, this postseason has been a story of deja vu. There have been many similarities in each round from the number of games played, to the goal scorers in each game as well as the general outcome of each tilt. While this is certainly interesting, it is time for the Blueshirts to go off script. In each series, the Rangers have taken a 2-1 series lead into Game...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: reviewing the medal round at the Worlds and Datsyuk’s big win

The Detroit Red Wings’ remaining participants in the World Championships, with the exception of Henrik Zetterberg (who was named to the tournament’s All-Star team in absentia) concluded their hockey seasons on Sunday, with EA Sports NHL 13 cover candidate Pavel Datsyuk capturing a Gold medal with Russia, Tomas Tatar earning a Silver medal as a result of the Russians’ win, and...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Glendale Should Not Be Supporting A Sports Team

from Amanda J. Crawford of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Glendale officials are negotiating an arena lease that would give a potential buyer of the team $17 million a year to manage the arena, while they work to close a $32 million budget deficit for the coming year. The city fired 49 workers last week and is considering a sales-tax increase that would make its rate one of the highest...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

World Hockey Championships: Medal Round

The World Hockey Championships concluded today.  The preliminary round was summarized here and the quarterfinals here.  These are medal round results.  We start in the semi-finals with Finland playing Russia and Czech Republic meeting Slovakia. Continue reading "World Hockey Championships: Medal Round"
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Brandon Prust Suspended One Game

Almost 1 1/2 hours ago reports surfaced Prust was getting suspended for one game. As of this moment, still nothing official from Brendan Shanahan but I am sure the reports are accurate. If the video becomes available, I will post it when I return from a little neighborhood party.
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Prust Suspended for Game 4

From NHL.com: It appears as though the New York Rangers will be without Brandon Prust on Monday night. Multiple media outlets are reporting that the rugged forward has been suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils after his hit on Anton Volchenkov during the second period of Saturday’s 3-0 win at the Prudential Center. Volchenkov was...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Coyotes’ Winning Formula

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, All of L.A.’s loyal supporters - including that new hardcore puck daddy, David Beckham, who his children in tow - were at Staples Centre in anticipation of a coronation. Even that much-sought-after trophy, the Clarence Campbell Bowl, was in the building, along with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who generally presides over these ceremonies...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Phoenix Coyotes Force A Game Five, LA Kings Now Lead Series 3-1

Just when you think the Phoenix Coyotes are running on fumes, they play their best game of the series and defeat the LA Kings 2-0. Game 5 will be in Phoenix on Tuesday night and if the Coyotes can pull out another win, anything can happen. Shane Doan had both goals today and here is the game winner and enjoy Bob Cole of HNIC with the call…
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Dale Hunter Offers Advice To Patrick Roy

from Bill Beacon of the CP at the Globe and Mail, Patrick Roy should weigh what he would give up against what he would gain if he decides to leave a sweet set-up in junior hockey to become an NHL coach, according to Dale Hunter, a man who knows both ends of that situation. For Roy, it would mean leaving a club he has built into a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League power since retiring...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings at the Worlds, medal round: Pavel Datsyuk’s Russians steamroll Slovakia

Today’s bronze medal game between Finland and the victorious Czechs was a tightly-contested contest by comparison to the gold medal game. Pavel Datsyuk registered 2 assists—on two goals by Alexander Semin, including a glorious takeaway on the 4-1 goal—and a goal of his own via an assist from Semin to salt the game away… As the tournament-unbeaten Russians slowly stirred...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Open Post- Game 4 WCF, Will The Kings Sweep The Coyotes Today?

Game time is just after 3:00pm ET and can be viewed on NBC, CBC and RDS. Is this it today, will the LA Kings be the Western Conference representative in the Stanley Cup Final? I can’t see Phoenix winning so the Kings will sweep the series with a 3-2 win today. Let the on-ice celebration begin, but not too long, remember there is an NBA game to be played in the evening.
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Tortorella Responds To The “Headhunter” Quote From DeBoer

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com, On Saturday, Devils coach Peter DeBoer referred to the Rangers’ Brandon Prust as a “headhunter” after his blow to the back of the head of defenseman Anton Volchenkov. On Sunday, Rangers coach John Tortorella responded to that comment by defending Prust and accusing the Devils of embellishing calls and setting illegal picks during their power plays...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Testing Of Protective Gear Continues

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, Reebok-CCM dubs its next-generation gear “Crazy Light.’’ The Crazy Light shoulder pads weigh 750 grams. Traditional shoulder pads weigh 1,000-1,500 grams. The pads feature a softer material called UFoam instead of hard plastic. The line is undergoing testing. Select players, including Reebok-CCM endorsers, tested the new pads in the...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings at the Worlds, medal round: Czechs capture bronze over Filppula, host Finns

Well, Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek was able to learn from Czech pros and NHL’ers, hang out with his buddy Jakub Stepanek (who is dating Mrazek’s sister), and earn a Bronze medal, anyway. The Czech Republic defeated Finland 3-2 today to capture Bronze at the World Championship, in no small part due to the goaltending of Stepanek and a superb Czech defense, but the Finns didn’t...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Kings Need To Stay Focused

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, For core Kopitar, Brown, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, this is all new. They had never won a playoff round before, let alone had a chance to get to a Stanley Cup finals. Sunday will test their ability to focus. “You continue to try to harp detail on them,” Sutter said when asked about his team’s ability to not look ahead. “Hopefully they have...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss
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