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Wings Looking Forward To The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff at Duffer’s Dabbles,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock believes the National Hockey League has struck gold with its decision to put the Wings against the Chicago Blackhawks in Wednesday’s Winter Classic outdoor hockey game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“The Winter Classic is a fantastic stage in a fantastic city that has a marketing opportunity for our league that is second to none,” said Babcock, whose Wings play host to Chicago Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. “I’m not trying to take anything away from where it’s been before, but nationally, in the U.S., this has the chance to be a really nice draw and I hope that both teams live up to the opportunity that’s here.”

continued and probably the most thorough Wings side of the story regarding the WC.

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That Sweet Nectar Yuengling.  It Will Flow Like The River.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good evening.  I guess by now you know that tonite is “one of those games.”  Obviously, like the Pittsburgh game, the San Jose games, the Boston game….this one is the biggest damn game of the year.

Until Thursday.

Because, really, we all know by now that the best team in the NHL resides in Chicago, eh?

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Chicago Makes Roster Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have activated right wing Adam Burish (6-1, 189) from injured reserve and have placed defenseman Brent Sopel (6-1, 211) on the long term injured reserve list.

Burish, 25, has accrued 49 penalty minutes in 19 contests with the Blackhawks this season. The Madison, Wisconsin, native has missed each of Chicago’s last 14 games (Nov. 26 to Dec. 28).

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Wrong Sens Goalie In The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Gerber is supposed to start in Edmonton tonight, and when I heard that I lost any sense that the Senators might snap out of their 12-game road losing streak. The other players will all defend their friend and teammate, but they see Gerber giving up the softies too.

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ASG Voting Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York – While much about the fan balloting for the Western Conference All-Star starters has come into focus, a wild battle is raging among three former Norris Trophy-winners for the chance line up next to Chicago’s Brian Campbell on the blue line for the face-off of the 57th NHL All-Star Game.

As of 7 a.m. today, Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer had nudged slightly ahead of Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom for the second-highest vote total among Western Conference defensemen…

continued at NHL.com

New York – Having already received more votes than any goaltenders in the history of NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, neither Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury nor Montreal’s Carey Price have secured the big prize: the starting nod for the Eastern Conference in the 57th NHL All-Star Game.

As of 7 a.m. ET, Fleury held just a 39,363-vote lead over Price in an election in which the two young stars had received an astounding total of more than 2.2 million votes….

continued at NHL.com

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Caps Recall Sloan

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va., – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Tyler Sloan from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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The Hockey Theme With Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

CTV Inc. confirmed today that the Barenaked Ladies rendition of the iconic “The Hockey Theme” will debut on NHL ON TSN on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31. A special high definition video of the band performing the Delores Claman classic will air during the first intermission of the “Battle of Alberta” with the Edmonton Oilers taking on the Calgary Flames at 10pm ET on TSN.

The Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Barenaked Ladies recorded their own bluegrass version of “The Hockey Theme” last month giving the song lyrics for the first time.

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Talking With Eddie ‘O”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I had the pleasure of talking with Eddie Olczyk this morning and discussed Wings/Blackhawks.  Eddie will be providiing the color for the Winter Classic on NBC which starts at 1:00pm ET on January 1st.


If you wish to download the audio, just click here.


NEW YORK (December 30, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that it will honor seven Chicago sports legends during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field.  The salute to the sports legends, all of them Hall of Famers in their respective sports, will open the outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio, XM Radio).

    The Hall of Fame legends scheduled to appear include former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, former Cubs pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, former Cubs outfielder Billy Williams and Blackhawks greats Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard.

 

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Let’s Play Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Pang at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Several years back, I was up in the scoreboard and my duty was to change the score as the Cubs were struggling. I had to place the old tin numbers in the right spot. It was hot and muggy. It was so cool to be up there. What an experience that was.

On Jan. 1, I will see the first NHL game played at Wrigley and I can’t wait. No need for anyone up in that old scoreboard.

The Wings vs. the Hawks. The defending Champs vs. the Contender, a real legitimate contender.

Datsyuk and Zetterberg against Kane and Toews.

Outdoors. Let the temperature drop and let the game begin!

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A Senators Trade Won’t Help This Team This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

It’s understandable that Murray is shopping around but the bottom line is there’s no trade Murray can make that will save his team’s season.

Vermette, Fisher and Schubert aren’t going to attract the type of players Murray wants, and if he’s to be believed he’s not shopping Spezza.

Even if he were, Spezza’s expensive salary ($7 million per season) with a no-trade clause kicking in after next season significantly limits his market value. It’s not that teams aren’t interested, most just simply cannot afford to take him on their payrolls.

There’s even been some talk of getting Dany Heatley to waive his no-trade clause but unless Heatley requests a trade Murray won’t move him.

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