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Countries Not On The Same Page When It Comes To Finalized Rosters

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have sent a letter to the International Ice Hockey Federation, ESPN.com has learned, underlining their expressed concern with Russia’s stated intention to potentially change its Olympic hockey roster regardless of injury.

The NHL and the players’ union, sources told ESPN.com, reiterated in the letter to the IIHF that according to the agreement reached by all parties, Jan. 1 is indeed a final roster deadline for the Olympics and any changes could only be made in case of bonafide injuries….

The IIHF, when reached by ESPN.com last Saturday, also backed Russia’s claim.

“It’s a provisional roster and it can be changed prior to the final roster on Feb. 15,” Szymon Szemberg of the IIHF said in an e-mail to ESPN.com Saturday. “The only provision is that all players must be on the WADA list for anti-doping purposes.”


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This Is My Basement

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Featuring Sidney Crosby and his tee-shirt.

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The Future Of Hockey In Atlanta May Be An Issue When Talking Kovalchuk

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from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

There is an undercurrent in the Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations that goes far beyond what most protracted player-management negotiations eventually come down to, which is, of course: “Pay me like I’m great, because I am,” countered immediately by, “You’d be a lot greater if we could find a helmet to fit over your inflated, blimpy head.”

And that undercurrent is this: Hockey’s uncertain future in Atlanta.

If the Thrashers can’t re-sign Kovalchuk – and I now believe the chances of a deal are just this side of dead — it will be at least in part because of the backdrop of ownership’s uncertain long-term commitment to hockey and the possibility of the franchise being sold and moved during the period of Kovalchuk’s contract.


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Junior C Linesman In Critical Condition

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from TSN,

A 25-year old linesman is reportedly in critical condition after his neck was cut by a skate while he was trying to break up a fight on Tuesday.

Kevin Brown, 25, was cut during a Junior C game in Woodstock, Ontario between the New Hamburg Firebirds and the Woodstock Renegades.  According to London, Ontario radio station AM980, Brown is listed in critical condition in hospital.

continued and earlier in the day, I tweeted about this and the report was he was in stable condition.  Hope all works out for the best.

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Chicago’s Time Is Now

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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

There’s no doubt the Hawks are capital-S screwed this summer with, according to the incredibly informative capgeek.com, more than $60 million committed to just 15 players, not including burgeoning blueline star Niklas Hjalmarsson and future No. 1 Niemi, but none of that matters. Chicago’s only concern should be snapping the league’s longest current Cup drought of 47 seasons, not how best to position the club for next season and beyond.

If anything, the Blackhawks should be looking to add salary in the form of a rental player to aid their run. Why not do exactly what the Penguins did last season with Miro Satan when they acquired Bill Guerin at the deadline? Bury a player in the minors for the final two months of the season in order to free up more cap room and then recall him prior to the playoffs when salaries don’t mean one iota.


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I Feel Much Quicker

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Knock at the door today, delivery for Mr. Kukla.  Open the box and a beautiful pair of shoes courtesy of Reebok.

Who knew they made a Winter Classic Shoe, and the perfect size too?

Thanks Reebok!

See another image below…



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Preparing For The Winter Classic

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Paul Boyer, equipment manager for the Detroit Red Wings, tells us how the team prepared for the Winter Classic last year.

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Simple Question & Answer For Team Canada

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from Eric Duatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Here’s the thing that always perplexes me about the men’s Olympic hockey selection process, revealed earlier today:

The attention, the questions and whatever second-guessing may occur always focuses on the bottom end of the roster.

Question: How will Canada win a gold medal, if it wins, when the 2010 Games come to Vancouver?

Answer: The same way as it did in Salt Lake City; provided their stars come through when it matters.


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The Winter Classic Becomes A Profit Maker

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from Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson of the NY Times,

The N.H.L.’s Winter Classic, which began with snow-globe quaintness on New Year’s Day in 2008 in the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills, has turned into a profit center for a league that strives to be different.

The third Classic, between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday afternoon, is expected to generate $8 million in ticket sales at Fenway Park and $3 million in ad revenue at NBC, triple the total of two years ago.

Thanks largely to the midseason game, the league says that its sponsorship sales are growing at a 66 percent annual pace and its merchandise revenue, led by the throwback jerseys inspired by the first classic, is soaring.


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Goals Created Analysis Of Red Wings Offensive Dropoff

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Yesterday I wrote about the Detroit Red wing offence.  Specifically, I wrote about how they have had the biggest dropoff in scoring in the NHL from last year to this one.  I attribute the dropoff to three interrelated factors: injury, player losses due to the salary cap and a natural aging decline of the team.  The comments show a lot of interest and in some cases denial of these factors, so I thought a quantitative study would help.

I looked at the goals created by individual Red Wing players so far this season and compared them to totals from last year (but pro-rated over the portion of the season that has been played so far).

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