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Brian Rolston is No Dinosaur

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

In the real world, Brian Rolston is a young man at age 34. In the hockey world, he’s a dinosaur.
“But I feel young, which is all that matters. If I was on the Red Wings, I’d be really young,” a laughing Rolston joked.

Plus, if you’ve paid attention to his first two years in Minnesota (or Sunday’s scrimmage in White Bear Lake), you realize Rolston, despite a few gray hairs, isn’t some breaking-down, old veteran.

continued…

(Gotta love a Red Wings joke at the end of the day…)

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  Tags: goalies, minnesota+wild

Red and White Game Recap

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you’re looking for contest results, check here.
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According to Bruce MacLeod, tonite’s Red/White game featured lots of defense, great goaltending and another largely listless effort from Igor Grigorenko.

Although Hasek didn’t allow a goal, Howard was the best goalie in the game. Howard made several sparkling saves, including stuffing Evan McGrath on a 2-on-1 blast and on the next sequence making the best save of the game, stopping Johan Franzen from a sprawled position.

Igor Grigorenko was silent most of the game, then had a great final shift in regulation, creating three scoring opportunities on one shift.

More from MacLeod.

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Grassroots Movement Begins Tonite: “Fire On Ice” Must Die

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just as the voting had to end, so must begin the campaign to take the winner to the masses.  You have selected the graphic that should have been and I’ll unveil it to you in less than twenty seconds, or however long it takes you to read the next two paragraphs.  Bubba, you have six hours.

In the end, it was art over wit, talent over cynicism.  For our purposes, pushing our graphic to the general public, the right choice was made.

But, man…I had my sights set on BJ’s for everyone.  Now without further delay, I give you the winner of the “replace the Fire On Ice graphic because it truly resembles the work of a fourth grade girl experimenting with pastels and cute little hockey icons” contest.

Your winner….

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  Tags: genius+a2y+readers

Who Should Backup Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

My equation goes like this.

Pencil Lundqvist in for 66 games and allow the remaining 16 for Stevie.

Should, Valiquette fail, Glen Sather has an option or three: 1) Curtis Joseph; 2. Robert Esche; 3. Make a deal for Scott Clemmensen.

* CONCLUSION: Valiquette will do the job, and not because he’s my friend. I like Montoya, too, but more than anything, Al needs experience more than my friendship.

more

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  Tags: goalies, new+york+rangers

Yotes Face Uphill Climb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There likely isn’t enough of an upgrade for the Coyotes to challenge for a playoff spot, and in some forecasts they are rated as contenders for 30th place overall. Gretzky is realistic about his team’s chances.

“Obviously, we’ve got an uphill climb,” Gretzky said. “We’re in a tough situation here. We’re an organization that’s gone the young route and we’re going to stay that course for now and see what happens.”

In the new NHL, you almost need a perfect storm in order to succeed — that your kids mature at a time when your veterans still have something left in the tank.

“Pittsburgh is a special case because they have the best player in [Sidney] Crosby, but look at Buffalo,” Gretzky said. “Buffalo turned around their franchise in three years. Because of the salary cap and salary structure, [a turnaround] can happen like that,” Gretzky said, snapping his fingers.

more

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

For Forty Bucks You Can Learn How To Tape A Stick

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And I thought paying 20 bucks a pop for a subscription to the Klessel Emporium of Garbage and Nimrods was bad.  I did until today when George Malik pointed us here.

Now you can learn what the players have know for years about health, fitness and training, as well as equipment from trends to manufacturers.

Send us your questions about fitness, health and equipment issues, and look for Piet and Paul to answer some of them in future issues of Inside Hockeytown and at RedWingsWorld.com.

That’s right kids!!  For a mere forty dollar subscription to Red Wings World you too can speak directly to the Detroit Red Wing trainer AND equipment manager. 

Just when I thought the Wing PR machine couldn’t get any more frigging pathetic.

Speaking of which, on to the Diggers.

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  Tags: deep+diggers, kopecky

All Ryan Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ryan Miller particpated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. Obviously you went through this before, and what advice will you give to your teammates about playing an outdoor game, particularly with regard to how do you prepare for the cold?

RYAN MILLER: The hype, you just kind of focus on playing the hockey game. What I experienced at Michigan State was how everyone went out there and no matter if they were a veteran, everyone was kind of acting like a rookie, just try and go out and go a million miles an hour.

I think that the best thing to do is just play your game and take in the experience, because it is a great chance to showcase hockey, and looking forward to it.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, ryan+miller

BOG Agenda

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Sportsnet,

The NHL’s unbalanced schedule will once again be front and centre at the board of governors meeting in Chicago on Tuesday while talk of possible expansion will also be on the agenda when owners gather for the first time this season.

Few issues have ignited as much passionate debate among owners in recent years as the schedule, which since the lockout has featured eight games versus each divisional opponent—too many according to some—and only 10 games (five on the road) against non-conference opponents.

“We cannot walk away from the debate, it’s critically important to our customers,” Oilers president and CEO Pat LaForge told The Canadian Press on Monday. “We think it’s the same for all Western teams. We think we’re at a huge disadvantage the way the schedule is right now.”

read on

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New Sharks Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks unveiled their new home and road sweaters Monday afternoon as Captain Patrick Marleau, Alternate Captain Joe Thornton, Kyle McLaren and Mike Grier modeled the uniforms at a special press conference on the ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose.

continued… (*includes a photo gallery)

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added 11:01pm, PJ at Sharkspage has some more info on the unis, plus pics and video.

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  Tags: rbk, san+jose+sharks

No Matter What, Khabibulin Must Play Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Daily Herald,

Maybe the Blackhawks will score more goals on the power play.

Maybe the pieces will fall into place on defense.

But for the Hawks to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, it’s likely going to come down to whether they get consistently good goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin.

Now halfway through his four-year, $27 million contract, the richest in team history, Khabibulin hasn’t lived up to expectations - though in his defense there hasn’t been a good team in front of him for those two seasons.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, goalies, nikolai+khabibulin

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