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With Kevin Bieksa fitting so seamlessly with Dan Hamhuis as a shutdown pair, it seems in*****bent upon the Vancouver Canucks to re-sign him this summer. They would miss Christian Ehrhoff’s big shot, but if he walks away, so be it. They still have Alex Edler as their No. 1 guy, and maybe they could bring back Sami Salo for a reduced price. The kid who’s going to wedge himself into lots of playing minutes next year is Chris Tanev. They’ll have to live with Keith Ballard’s $4 million a year for four more years.
Kid Rock is a self-proclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus and a favourite son of Detroit, no doubt, but he ain’t big enough in the Peg City to bump back a press conference to announce the return of the NHL. Some are suggesting a Kid Rock show, potential marketing plans and even Gary Bettman’s schedule are playing havoc with the scheduling of the biggest announcement in Winnipeg sports in over a decade.
It’s been six weeks since Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray fired Cory Clouston as the team’s coach, but Murray is only getting serious in the search for a replacement. “We’ve really just started,” Murray said Wednesday from Toronto, where he was watching the Memorial Cup tournament. “We just wanted to see who was available, and I think it’s pretty safe that none of the coaches on the final four teams (Vancouver, San Jose, Boston, Tampa Bay) will be available. We will get to it in the next week or so.”
Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom left on holiday Wednesday with close friend and teammate Tomas Holmstrom, which could create all sorts of problems if Holmstrom can’t break his habit of setting screens.
If Nicklas Lidstrom returns next season, he will be playing for a competitive club that will remain a Stanley Cup contender after making a few offseason changes. That was the recruiting pitch Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Bab***** made to his indispensable defenseman Saturday at Joe Louis Arena, as players and staff gathered for the team photo and cleaned out their lockers.