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Out On The Town Or Watching Hockey?

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My plans for tonight is to have a few close friends over to watch some hockey and when the games are over, bring in the New Year.

Anyone out there have any unique plans for tonight?

The schedule for tonight is below with 22 teams in action…

Also, I’ve heard Olympic hockey jerseys and apparel is flying out the door at IceJerseys.com.

Previous experience is many of the items get sold out early, so get your orders in before everything is gone.

Thanks to many of you too for making making your purchases through the KK affiliate link to IceJerseys.com.  It sure does help with the cost of running KK.

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Schneider Not Welcomed Back In Vancouver

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from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

The Canucks are still trying to trade Mathieu Schneider even after he cleared waivers and even with what everyone expects will be a long-term injury to Kevin Bieksa.

With that in mind, until this is resolved, don’t expect anyone in the organization to speak out about what happened with Schneider. But when they finally do, expect to hear that the Canucks are extremely disappointed with the way Schneider conducted himself. The Province has learned his demand for more playing time was only part of the issue.

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Shanahan’s Take On Team Canada

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from Rosie DiMannio of the Toronto Star,

“It’s a really nice combination of young players and veterans,” observes Shanahan, a close friend and former teammate of Yzerman, now vice-president of hockey and business development for the NHL.

“In 1998 and 2002, we had a lot of guys who were in the middle to late stages of their career. Now we’ve got players who are youthful, but they’re already superstars. Canada is catching them at just the perfect moment.”

That would certainly describe such polished early 20-somethings as Sidney Crosby, Anaheim teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf and barely liquor-carded Jonathan Toews. Conversely, this bunch has no narrow-niche specialist. They’re all, arguably, the “200-feet players” that coach Mike Babcock said he wanted.

“I look at this lineup and see players I’d want on the ice whether we’re one up or one down with a minute to play,” says Shanahan. “In the Olympics, for those two weeks, the only thing any player should ask is, `What do you need from me?’ Then do it.”

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Tortorella Stumped After Rangers 6-0 Thumping To Philly

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is not one thing not to be big enough or fast enough or skilled enough. It is quite another thing not to care enough.

And it is even something else altogether not to care at all, which is the impression the Rangers left with anyone and everyone who had the misfortune of watching last night’s 6-0 defeat to the Flyers.

Something is rotten at the Garden.

continued and watch the Tortorella post-game press conference….

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Phaneuf Hit On Kopitar Last Night

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Phaneuf received 5 for boarding and a game.  Kopitar was OK and maybe missed one shift.

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Evening Line- Part 2

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“Stevie Y,” you messed up, big time.

-Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic writing about Shane Doan not being selected to Team Canada.

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Olympic Hockey Fantasy Talk

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It is not often you get fantasy tips from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, so take advantage of it…

Here’s a little trivia for anyone preparing a fantasy pools list for the upcoming 2010 men’s Winter Olympic hockey tournament in Vancouver:

The National Hockey League has had full participation in three previous Olympics; twice, the same pair of players ran 1-2 in the scoring race. They weren’t Czechs, Canadians or Swedes either (the three countries that have won gold during that span.) Rather, it was Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu from Finland, a pair of well-known, highly respected NHL players who have a history of raising their performance levels when they don national colours.

But there’s something else you need to know while researching your Olympic picks—you can get some unexpected scoring heroes mixed in with the familiar ones.

continue reading at CTVOlympics…

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Evening Line

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“I knew I had a shot at one of those last spots there.  Getting that phone call this morning was surprising but definitely one of my greatest moments.”

LA King defenseman Drew Doughty after finding out he was selected for Team Canada.  More Olympic picks talk from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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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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  Tags: sidney+crosby

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