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Freddy Takes The Money And Runs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog,

A couple of you noticed Fred Brathwaite’s disappearance from the Chicago Wolves. He got a bunch of money from a Russian team to play there. Officially, he was suspended by the Thrashers for failure to report, but there’s little the team can do about it because there’s no agreement with the Russian hockey federation.

more on the Thrashers including Recchi’s first practice…

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Live Blog Tonite? You Can Bet Your Possum Dinners There’s a Live Blog Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I gotta tell you, and I have told the thousands of you (okay…two)  who’ve emailed me since the last live blog, they’ve become a little stale. The live blogs, that is.  Oh, we’re gonna keep doing ‘em. Yes we are.  But, I’m open to suggestions as to how we should spice them up.

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Any Wagers?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So…Uncle Mike was gonna leave big brother Cheli home, but now someone’s hurt so everyone’s together for the Hoedown at the Gay.  Who’s hurt?  Nobody’s sayin’.  Or, in the case of our Diggers, nobody’s askin’.

Khan(!)

But a minor injury to an undisclosed player forced the team to bring Chelios on the trip. Babcock said after the morning skate that he wouldn’t know who’d be out on defense until just before the game.

“We’ll see who’s eligible and who’s not,’’ said Babcock, who wouldn’t reveal the injured player but said it’s not Nicklas Lidstrom.

It isn’t Meech or Brett Lebda, either, as they both skated during the optional practice.

 

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Andy Murray’s Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Murray employs a tough style that is ‘‘demanding not demeaning’’ and puts a lot of responsibility on the players. After arriving in St. Louis, he found a group of men that felt as if they had let down Mike Kitchen, the man Murray replaced behind the bench.

The Blues have gone a combined 43-28-10 since - including 16-10-1 so far this season. His message to the players has been simple.

‘‘Basically we just tried to sell a belief system that if we played hard every night and competed that we would have an opportunity to be successful,’’ said Murray. ‘‘Losing is misery ... I think the players were just fed up with the way they were feeling here.’‘

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Vinny or Sid?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

Crosby will definitely be “The Man” in the NHL for the next 15 years and deservedly so. But are people overlooking what Lecavalier is doing for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now?

“He is the best player in the league; I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Lightning GM Jay Feaster said on the phone to Sportsnet.ca from Tampa on Monday. “I thought he was the best player in the league last year. I think he’s the most complete two-way player in the game today.”

more…

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Minor Hockey Coach Gets 3 Year Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

An assistant coach has been suspended three years for his involvement in a bench-clearing hockey brawl between two teams of eight-year-old players.

Randy Brant of the Niagara Falls Thunder will not be allowed to coach or be involved in minor hockey in any way after leaving the bench during the melee in a tournament in Guelph, Ont., on Nov. 23.

The suspension was handed down by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association over the weekend.

continued…

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Oh Bubbaaaaa….Thought We’d, You Know, Drop In For a Spell

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been a pleasant six games since the Wings last saw an opponent from Hockey’s Toughest Division.  Six games, six victories, three straight blowouts (yes, last night was a blowout), a goal differential of 26-10, a shot gap of 219-123.  Six games that immediately followed a tough loss to Columbus, which followed an irritating loss to Bubba. 

What we’re talking about is a six-game stretch the Wings hopefully used to remind themselves that dozing through a hockey game is not a recipe for success, even against the Central.

Especially against the Central.

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Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Shanahan speaking to Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

“The referees seem to be letting a little more go in the way of physical battles in the corners and in front of the net,” he noted. “So it is tough to score goals.”

These weren’t gripes. “Look, every night is a tough game,” he said. “If you’re off just a little, you won’t win. That’s why you can’t press in tight situations. Detroit is so experienced that they have patience to play their style no matter what the score is. When you get away from that, teams capitalize.”

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Flyers Move Timonen To Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have traded defenseman Jussi Timonen to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

added 3:13pm, via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Jussi Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in 2009. The Stars then assigned Timonen to the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

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Mid-Season Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Fans of the Anaheim Ducks are delighted that Scott Niedermayer has decided to end his self-imposed retirement and return to the team.

But should they be? And what about all the other hockey fans? How should they feel about it?

The answer is that when you get right down to it, there is cause for concern for everyone in this situation.

continued

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