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Video- The Surprising New Jersey Devils

Did anyone predict the Devils would be playing for the Stanley Cup? Doug MacLean and Jeff Marek of Sportsnet with heap praise on the New Jersey Devils.
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

From the Dub: The off season and what to do about it

The Memorial Cup concludes this weekend, marking the official end of the junior hockey season. Now that I’ve previewed a few signs that the off season is upon us, it’s time for a few tips for how to fill the next few months before training camp and the 2012- 2013 pre-season begin. For example, catnaps are essential, you don’t have to put the Oreos down and walk right away and...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Teemu Pulkkinen’s agent is talking tough (I think) regarding negotiations with the Red Wings

This is rare: According to Iltahleti’s Pekka Jalonen, the Red Wings and Teemu Pulkkinen’s agent, Krister Kaukinen, are working out the details of Pulkkinen’s three-year, entry-level contract with the Wings, but as Iltahleti’s a bit of a tabloid, Kaukinen’s being given a platform to “talk tough” about said contract. Here’s an incredibly, incredibly rough translation...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Fiddlesticks! John Tavares edges Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk in EA Sports’ NHL 13 Cover vote

The Red Wings and their fans worked hard to spread the word regarding the only NHL player that literally makes video game plays in real life, but the NHL and EA Sports report that Pavel Datsyuk didn’t win his semifinal against John Tavares in EA Sports’ NHL 13 cover athlete vote:( Giroux Faces Malkin, Tavares Meets Rinne in EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Semifinals Sponsored By...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Jiri Hudler issue, part 2: why he might choose to explore free agency and leave the Red Wings

The comment section went a little crazy after I posted an article in which the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggested that, despite the Wings’ need for a goal-scorer, they may not retain Jiri Hudler’s services, and MLive’s Ansar Khan provides a corollary to St. James’ argument: Put simply, given the incredibly thin crop of goal-scorers available in this summer’s free...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Lou Still Has It

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, The franchise may be set to crumble around them but the New Jersey Devils are one win away from their first Stanley Cup final since 2003 because the Lou Lamoriello Way prevailed. Oh, there were some tough years for the Devils general manager since he guided them to three NHL championships and one Cup final in the years between 1995 and 2003...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

KK- The Long Memorial Day Weekend

I am sure some of you have taken some extra time off of work and are about to hit the road for the long weekend. Please be careful on the roads and remember if you happen to consume one ‘pop’ too many, pass the keys! Most importantly, enjoy the weekend.  Here in the Michigan area, it looks like the warm days are here, mid-80’s is the forecast for the whole weekend. I will...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Good And Bad Of The NHL Playoffs

from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press, This year’s edition has been compelling, whether you love or hate the results. There are heroes and villains, rising stars and major flops… and floppers, too. With the big event, the Cup final—it’s only the “finals” if you are among the unwashed south of a certain border—about to begin, it’s a good time to purge the system...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Direction Of Social Media

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, Looked at on a continental scale, the major sports organizations and the companies that outfit them, sponsor them and pay dearly for their broadcast rights are in a pickle; ratings for televised sports in North America have never been higher, but the $36-billion financial “ecosystem” from which rights are paid will be imperilled if no one...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Need A Messier-Like Performance

from Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post, So now they cross the river, same as they did 18 years ago. Today is the anniversary of Mark Messier’s guarantee, tomorrow of his hat trick that delivered it into history. We are more likely to see John Tortorella take an open-mike shift at the Laugh Lounge tonight than any Ranger try to channel Messier, and that’s fine. The guarantee has always...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on a smaller rink, Parise and Suter and an incredibly long shift

Perhaps it got lost amidst the leak‘s worth of news regarding the Red Wings’ hiring of an architectural firm to help design their Joe Louis Arena follow-on rink and whatever will be built around it: my eyebrow, at least, rose half a foot when I read that the Wings are looking at an 18,000-seat arena, which would fit in nearly 2,000 fewer fans per night. The Windsor Star’s...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

What it’s like to be the *****

I don’t like the word *****.  I don’t mind it as a verb meaning angry complaining, but the noun ain’t what it used to be.  Once it meant a difficult, unyielding, demanding female, not unlike an angry protective mother dog should be.  Some women liked that image, it had some power.  More recently the word has been retasked as shorthand for an angry, impotent person who has...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Oilers Need a Steady Hand Going Forward

He was with them through the good, the bad and everything in between but after two seasons as the Edmonton Oilers’ head coach, Tom Renney will head in a different direction. The announcement was made through a simple tweet last Thursday but it wasn’t until Wednesday afternoon that Renney would address the Edmonton media one final time. Speaking for 20 minutes, Renney discessed...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Kings Make The Stanley Cup Finals

Yesterday the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to win their semi-final series 4 games to one.  The Kings are having one heck of a playoff run.  They have a combined record of 12-2 in the playoffs so far.  This is a very good record.  It is a remarkable record given that the Kings are the lowest seeded team in the West Conference to make the playoffs...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Video-The Brad Richards Almost Own-Goal

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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Devils’ Late Goal Sinks Rangers’ Comeback Efforts

At the end of the day, it does not matter how many goals you allow as long as you are the team that has more when the final buzzer sounds. In tonight’s Game 5 between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden, it was Devils’ forward Ryan Carter’s goal with less than five minutes to go in the hockey game that lifted the Devils to a 5-3 victory. The...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

New Jersey Devils Defeat The New York Rangers 5-3 And Lead Series 3-2

A late goal by Ryan Carter put the Devils ahead 4-3 and Zach Parise added an empty-netter to seal the game. The Devils jumped out to a 3-0 only to find the Rangers come back to tie the game up early in the 3rd period. Game 6 is Friday night in New Jersey. Will the Rangers force a game 7? Here is Carter’s game winning goal…
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Brent Sutter Waiting For The Phone To Ring

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, His Calgary condo is set to be listed and a good portion of his cattle were put out to pasture earlier in the week, leaving Brent Sutter with an afternoon at the Red Deer Rebels office…. “I would coach anywhere if it is the right situation,” said Sutter, who left one of the most lucrative NHL coaching gigs in New Jersey in 2009 to be closer...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Numerous Topics Discussed On Coach’s Corner

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed the first period of tonight’s game, discussed the issues with the benches being next to each other, Cherry takes a small shot at Pierre McGuire, talked Kings/Coyotes including the Brown hit and praise for Dean Lombardi.
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Some Nasty Moments in The Rangers/Devils’ Rivalry

From Patrick Hoffman at Sportsnet.ca: One of the greatest things about pro sports is the rivalries. The NHL, like all other leagues, is built on a plethora of great rivalries. One of these rivalries is continuing its epic history in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals. Of course, this is between division rivals the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. This rivalry has produced...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Gretzky Talks Coyotes, Kings, Rangers And Other Topics Too

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, So you were probably wondering, where was Wayne Gretzky during all this? After all, the NHL’s Western Conference final could have easily been played for the Wayne Gretzky trophy instead of the Clarence Campbell Bowl. It featured the Los Angeles Kings, the team Gretzky led to the 1993 Stanley Cup final and essentially put on the map, playing...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Open Post- Game 5 ECF - One Team Will Soon Be One Win Away From The Stanley Cup Final

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils begins just after 8:00pm ET tonight and will be broadast on NBCSN, CBC and RDS. The series is tied at 2 games and if the pattern continues, the Rangers should be victorious.  Which ever team does win tonight, they will have the opportunity to clinch in New Jersey on Friday night. We are...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Goldwater Institute Issues Statement On Glendale Arena Deal

via the Goldwater Institute, “Although the Council approved an arena management fee in the budget Tuesday, nothing requires the Council to spend all or any part of it. The city could sign an arena management contract for less than that amount or for no amount at all if the city decides to manage the arena itself or put it out for competitive bidding. That said, we do believe this...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Farewell to the Coyotes

On the one hand, the Phoenix Coyotes should be thrilled that they made it to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. On the other, they should be disappointed that they were dismissed in five games by a team that finished two points behind them in the Pacific Division during the regular season. But the biggest regret for the Coyotes should be the fact...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

St. James: Jiri Hudler might not fit the Red Wings’ blueprint going forward

Nicklas Lidstrom freak-out talk included—and Lidstrom won’t be making a decision until the middle of the month, so the whole Twitter/Facebook misunderstanding boondoggle was nothing more than that—we do know that the Red Wings’ brass will be meeting, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, from June 2nd to 4th to formulate their roster plans...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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