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Big Frigging Kid Wants To Be A Wing

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I’ve got line combinations running through my head, but I can’t make sense of them yet.  I have a post about Darren McCarty, and if he’d actually bring value to the Wings this season, bouncing around up there too.

I know Aaron Downey was offered a two-way deal for 565K…if he sticks in Detroit.  About 1/6th of that if he goes down to GR.  But that story bores me.

So here’s something.  The biggest baby in the history of Weld County started Kindergarten this week.

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Beware Of The Big Headed Player

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from Joanne of the Laucius Ottawa Citizen via the Leader-Post,

Fatheaded hockey players are more aggressive than their slimmer-faced counterparts, a St. Catharines, Ont., study has found.

Results of the study published Wednesday in the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society, concluded of the six Canadian-based NHL teams, the faces of the Ottawa Senators are dead giveaways when it comes to predicting how much time players spend in the penalty box.

“We’re not saying that Ottawa is more aggressive than any other team. But each individual player’s face predicts how much time he had in the box,” said Brock University neuroscience researcher Justin Carre.

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Therrien Happy With The Core Players

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from Dan Stefano of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Whitney’s troubles aside, Therrien was pleased with the results of a busy offseason for the Penguins, which saw fan favorites Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts leave for Tampa Bay, veteran forwards Matt Cooke and Miroslav Satan come to Pittsburgh and young stars Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fluery sign long-term deals.

“We really concentrate on our young players as the core group of this team, and the future looks really bright,” Therrien said….

“Compared to years in the past, when we have seven or eight exhibition games, which gives you a chance to have more young players to participate in those exhibition games, that’s going to be a bit tougher this year,” Therrien said. “We only have four exhibition games, so I’m going to concentrate a lot on players that are really close to making it to the NHL.”

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Ex-NHL Player Gets Jail Term

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from the Detroit News,

A former NHL player and his brother were sentenced on Wednesday to one year in jail and three years of probation in connection with the attempted extortion of an Oakland County attorney.

John DePalma, 44, of Brownstown Township, and Lawrence “Larry” DePalma, 42, of Trenton, had pleaded no contest to the charge, which carries up to 20 years in prison….

“This was heinous ... evil ... not even a dog should have been treated like this,” Nichols told the DePalmas of their treatment of W. Bruce Knight, an attorney who had befriended and trusted the brothers.

Assistant Oakland County prosecuting attorney David Hutson said the DePalmas had coached Knight’s teenaged son in a hockey league and had offered to train him in Russia a few years ago—a trip that never happened.

Faced with financial problems, the DePalmas—both admitted substance abusers—concocted a story that the “Russian Mafia” was angry at Knight and unless he came up with $1 million, he and his family would be killed by “an assassin already on his way.”

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Bouwmeester Wants Everything To Fit

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from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

This off-season Bouwmeester and the Panthers nearly went to arbitration, instead settling on a last-minute, one-year deal worth $4.8-million.

Once the contract is up, Bouwmeester is free to go play where he chooses.

“I think both sides were happy with it,” he said. “I wasn’t prepared to sign anything long term at this point. It was good not having to go to arbitration. I’ve done that once before and it’s not fun. It can leave a pretty bitter taste in everyone’s mouth.”...

“I know (free agency) is out there, but it’s not really a big deal,” he said.

“I just want to be in a place where everything fits, you’re happy and hopefully you can have some success.”

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The Summer Of Mark Bell

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Surrounded by drug addicts, wife-beaters and other convicted felons, Mark Bell quietly picked up pieces of garbage out of the tall grass under the sweltering California summer sun.

It was, he admits, as far removed from the pampered lifestyle of the National Hockey League as you could get.

For 11 weeks this was Mark Bell’s life. Every morning, he would report to a California correctional facility to learn of that day’s assignment. It might be cleaning up litter. Or it could involve landscaping duties. Whatever dirty job he was assigned, he did it.

“It humbles you,” Bell said yesterday. “It gives you humility. More than anything else, that is probably the biggest change in me.”

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Trade Value Of The Top Players

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

In Tuesday’s column, I set out the parameters for ranking the Top 50 NHL players in terms of trade value.

After listing numbers 50 through 26 in the first installment, there’s little need for more preamble before getting right into the top 25.

#25
Player: Miikka Kiprusoff
Position: G
Team: Calgary Flames
Age: 31
Contract Expires: 2014
Salary Cap Hit: $5.833M
Comment: His numbers have declined every year he’s been in Calgary, but Kiprusoff has won 121 games over the last three seasons and is still in the upper echelon of NHL goaltenders.

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Looking At The Russian Players

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

They speak a different language, hail from a different culture and employ different strategies on the ice, so maybe it’s no surprise that many North American hockey players say it can be challenging to figure out their Russian counterparts….

“I always found that the Russians were just a different breed,’’ said Predators broadcaster Terry Crisp, who coached Russian great Sergei Makarov while with the Calgary Flames. “I don’t know if you’d call it pride or what, but I found when I was coaching that if you piqued that pride, they’d get a little upset. I don’t think the skins of Russians are as thick as other guys.’‘

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The Risk Of Playing

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Deciding what’s an acceptable risk of danger when suiting up for an NHL contest will be the key should the case proceed to trial, says a source with a legal background and knowledge of the situation. The source, who requested anonymity, told the Herald any trial will likely come down to the issue of what level of risk Moore assumed that night by simply suiting up against the Canucks in Vancouver.

The source feels Bertuzzi and the NHL will try to make the case that, by playing despite the threats of violence, Moore accepted a higher level of risk.

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Morning Line

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“He’s probably getting to the point where he’s just about ready to run his own team.”

-Ken Holland on Steve Yzerman in Sporting News Today (may require free registration)

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