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Cleary’s Return Boosts Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

For most of the season, the story around the Detroit Red Wings has been who is leaving the lineup with injuries. The Wings finally have some good news with Dan Cleary retuning from a separated shoulder that placed him on the club’s long injury list for a dozen games.

And so far, so good. Cleary has goals in two straight games, netting one against the Kings on Jan. 7 and another against the Sharks on Jan. 9 with the opportunity for more Tuesday night on Long Island.

“It doesn’t even look like he’s lost anything,” goalie Jimmy Howard told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. “He was flying out there again. He really picked that top corner there. He’s got a heck of a shot, and he definitely used it to his advantage.”

continued and more Central Division notes…

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Dater Critiques The Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

If I can apply some of the same critical thought to the Flames for a second here, like I always do with the Avs, I would say that Jay Bouwmeester too often looks like just another guy out there. He doesn’t seem to play with a lot of passion somehow. He skates fast, but it seems like he’s always got somewhere better to get -instead of place like the front of the net or dangerously cutting into the slot areas.

Dion Phaneuf is another guy I’d want to carve a little. Some bad decisions with the puck, a slap shot that too often sails wide of the net. Olli Jokinen too often looks like a bigger version of Wolski.

more on the Avs victory over the Flames last night…

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Alexandre Burrows Calls Out Referee

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from TSN,

Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows did not hold back about what he felt were unjust penalty calls, ripping into NHL referee Stephane Auger after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Burrows, who was called for diving in the second period and interference in the third, also received a 10-minute misconduct with seconds left in the game, and he was not shy his post-game interview.

“It was personal. It started in warmup, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “(Augers) came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the (Jerred) Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”

continued

added 7:18am, You can judge the calls against Burrows last night…

added 8:31am, Watch below the post game comments from Burrows and others….

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows

Nice Job 19

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You idiots somehow made a list of top ten hockey blogs.  Congratulations. The Sports Media Challenge does an annual deal, ranking the top NHL blogs and the 19 strolled in at #4.  Reaction and reasoning is below.  First, the criteria…the Media Challenge guys list “content and influence” as two of the three top variables.  Hmmm.  Interesting.  Repeatedly using the words “bitch”, “vomit”, “prison washroom” and “Murph’s wasted again” does not, in my opinion, qualify as “quality” content. 

Influence?

 

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H2H Update: Tix, T-Shirts and Sponsors

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First: there’s a new Obstructed View up and ready for you.  Carve out six or seven hours of your day and give it a listen. 

Next: each of you has a new best friend, a new addition to your one-man wolfpacks (Remember when I used to quote Tenacious D all the time?  Yeah, The Hangover’s where I am right now). His name is Ryan Michaels and he works at the DRW ticket office.  I’ve never met Ryan but I know that he’s been a madman behind the scenes ensuring that approximately 100 of you have a huge block of seats together at the Joe for the H2H game on 26 March against Pinky’s Wild.

I’m not sure Ryan really has any idea what he’s done but one of you guys needs to buy him a beer, and soon.  He’s been working this hard and as a result the ticket prices are down to 38 bucks apiece. That’s sick.  A ticket, a block of cheddar, four beers and some applesauce…all for like, I don’t know, 67 dollars or something.

Important: email Jen MacRostie (jennyquarx at gmail dot com) if you want to get in on the H2H block of seats.

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To The People That Make Up Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

I couldn’t fit my entire conversation with Ducks General Manager Bob Murray into my weekly NHL column, so here are a few tidbits that didn’t get into print but are worth sharing:

—He will not trade defenseman Scott Niedermayer, even if the Ducks drop out of playoff contention.

“That’s another one that seems to circulate,” Murray said when asked about the rumors that crop up frequently and send Niedermayer to Vancouver, New Jersey and all points in between. “No. Scotty and I have been talking and he’s going to retire an Anaheim Duck. And that’s the way it’s going to be unless he tells me different. I have an agreement with Scotty and it’s my word.

“We’ve talked about this. I see him staying here. Who knows, he might play next year.”

continue for more on the Ducks…

...and don’t use the lame excuse that GMs lie.

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  Tags: scott+niedermayer

&*$%^# Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, last week the league came out with a warning and policy memo regarding foul language being used in the media….

The following is fake reaction from some of hockey’s more fiery personalities:

NYR coach John Tortorella
“I’m trying to win ****ing hockey games and they want me to watch my ****ing language?! Give me a ****ing break. This isn’t a god **** church league, this is the National ****ing Hockey League. **** me! Get a ****ing life. We played like sh** last night, am I supposed to say we played like poop? Or doo doo? Is that what I’m supposed to do? Am I Brooksy?

more personalities…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Does (George) McPhee try to trade Theodore or send him to the minors and go with two 21-year-old kids who have played a total of 13 NHL postseason games between them (all played by Varlamov)? Or does McPhee look to a veteran like Marty Turco or Martin Biron to provide some insurance in net? Interesting times ahead, to be sure.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN.  More from Scott and four more topics too.

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Talk About A Bad Headline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Defenseman puts NHL career on hold for Olympic opportunity

from Travis Rockhold at The Lantern (Ohio State student newspaper),

Winning championships for a professional franchise in sports is often an athlete’s ultimate goal, but a select few get a chance to achieve even more.

Come February, former Buckeye Ryan Kesler will attempt to win a gold medal with the U.S. men’s ice hockey team.

continued

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  Tags: ryan+kesler, team+usa

FSN Pittsburgh Under Investigation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

The NHL is investigating Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh for not sending all available camera angles to league headquarters in Toronto for Simon Gagne’s apparent goal that was under review against the Penguins last Thursday, the Daily News has learned.

FSN Pittsburgh, who had the game’s only video feed, allegedly sent all of the camera angles of the replay except the one that clearly showed the puck over the goal line.

Comcast SportsNet elected to not use their own video feed during the game to save money on production costs, one SportsNet employee said on Monday.

continued and in case you missed the call…

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  Tags: fsn+pittsburgh

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