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67 Watch them, watch us

I swear I’d forget my you-know-what if it wasn’t attached. For two days I’ve been meaning to tell you guys that Jane and I will do a live video chat Thursday at 1 p.m. So get your questions and comments ready and plan to join us. We can talk off-season…

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83 Sid and Mess (updated)

Now there, above, are three words that won’t make you guys very happy. The three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership award were announced this morning, and one of them is your least favorite player: Sidney Crosby. The other two are Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla. Anyway, the Captain will…

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123 Winging justice

Before the end of Game 2 last night, I was thinking that all you conspiracy theorists — those who think the NHL will jump through hoops of fire, no matter the cost in order to get Sidney Crosby to lift the Stanley Cup — had a rough night. After all,…

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71 Quick turnaround

So I’m watching the third period of Game 1 last night, Detroit up 3-1 with about six minutes left, and Pierre McGuire is surprised that MIke Babcock is giving his fourth line major minutes, and he expresses it to Eddie Olczyk (who is not surprised), and he carries the theme…

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69 Feel the draft

So I took Steve Zipay’s advice and skipped over to TSN’s site for its ongoing pre-draft coverage, and its stories about the scouting combine this week. I’m not into the prospects as much as some of you guys — don’t have the time, and still think the draft is an…

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73 Coffey break

Paul Coffey was on the commish’s radio show yesterday and it reminded me of yet another one of my dumb stories, as Coffey always does. Not sure if it was the ’83 or ’84 Cup finals at Nassau Coliseum. My softball season had already begun, and in the opener, I…

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179 Finally, the finals

I guess the NHL changed its mind on the scheduling and is ready to get the party started sooner than later, which is a good thing for NBC and a good thing for people who, you know, actually care about hockey and don’t want to wait for the championship series.…

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239 Is Del Zotto ready? (updated)

Here’s the question that a few have asked recently, and again yesterday and today with the signing of Mike Del Zotto: Where does he stand in the organization? And the feeling I’ve gotten from people inside is that he has a good chance to really be special, and to make…

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50 Renney in Edmonton

Four posts in one summer day. Not likely to happen again … Anyway, in case you missed it, Pat Quinn was named Edmonton coach, and Tom Renney will be one of his assistants. I wonder if there’s a future for Craig MacTavish or his assistants — – Charlie Huddy and Bill…

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5 Peter Zezel, 44, dies

Sad news from the NHLPA. Peter Zezel — whom I remember as a tremendous competitor when he was with the Flyers, a strong skater, a former soccer player as I recall — has passed away. Here’s the release: FORMER NHL PLAYER PETER ZEZEL PASSES AWAY TORONTO, ON (May 26, 2009) –…

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29 Rangers sign Del Zotto

Just got this from the NYR: RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO First Round Pick from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft              New York, May 26, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Michael Del…

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63 Wilson, not Hobey

Not sure what to make of this, if anything, but USA Hockey announced its annual award winners today and the college player of the year award went to Boston University’s Colin Wilson, the son of ex-Ranger Carey Wilson. In other words, it did not go to Wilson’s teammate, defenseman Matt…

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79 Memorial Day, and memories

First of all, I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day and remember what it is about. It’s not just a three-day weekend. It’s about remembering those who sacrificed so much for us. Second, a memory … and it’s just a coincidence that it falls on Memorial Day, and I’m certainly…

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48 Playoff vacation?

The NHL announced the other day that if both conference finals end by Tuesday, May 26, the Cup finals would begin Thursday, May 28 — in other words, one day off for the Eastern Conference winner. If not, Game 1 of the finals would be Friday, June 5. Now Chicago…

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88 Sailors, sailors

It’s Fleet Week in NYC, and I have to tell you a story about that. I used to buy tickets to all the Rangers’ playoff series because I had so many friends who always asked me for them. You had to buy strips of tickets for all possible series. So…

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29 Got questions for Shanny?

 Just got a release about Brendan Shanahan appearing on Gary Bettman’s radio show today. The show airs from 4-5 p.m. on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on Sirius Channel 208). To ask questions, call 1-877-645-6696 or e-mail at nhlhour@nhl.com.

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88 Rangers sign Heikkinen

No. Not Heineken. I have no idea if this is big news or not. Probably not. Here’s the release from the Rangers: RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN ILKKA HEIKKINEN             New York, May 20, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club…

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81 Gotta run

Today is one of those days we talked about earlier … where there isn’t much happening, and I don’t really have time to chat other than to say Hi and to give you a blank canvas. So … Hi. As Mike Myers used to say on Saturday Night Live: “Talk…

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165 Hard to watch

I really hope to not make too big an issue out of this, especially since we have almost two full rounds of playoffs still to go. But, man, last night we had a great game, played really hard, entertaining to the end, and yet I found myself going back to…

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132 Back to hockey

The weirdest thing happened. I was unable to blog for a week and … I missed you guys. I really did. I couldn’t wait to get back in here, even though I had nothing to add and nothing in particular to say. I just missed the back-and-forth, all the hockey…

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