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Christmas Break Perfect For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kerber of HockeyChats,

The NHL takes Christmas Eve and Christmas off.  Good for them.  Even that makes it difficult for most of the athletes to get home for Christmas but it better than nothing at all.  They can also do better by making sure each team is playing on the 23rd or 26th fairly close to home but let’s not be beggars here.

The importance and strength of family needs to remain the biggest foundation in our lives.  The health and growth of our children far outweighs the outcome of an NBA, NHL or NFL game just trying to capitalize on ratings.  Sure ratings are good. So what?  Ignore them and do what is right. Let the players spend that time with their families.  The NHL players prove it is effective and refreshing.  The time is greatly appreciated and enjoyed.


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Will The Winter Classic Be A Throwback Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Neither team emphasizes rough stuff these days. The Bruins take the eighth-fewest penalties and while the Flyers lead the league, a coaching change earlier this month was made to enforce team discipline. The Flyers have been winning recently by taking half as many penalties as before.

“It’s going to be interesting what style they play on the 1st,” Johnson said. “The Flyers cast themselves in the Broad Street Bullies image when they acquired Chris Pronger, in the mold of the 1970s teams coached by Fred Shero. But you need Bernie Parent to pull that off. Parent isn’t walking out the door of that dressing room and Kate Smith won’t be singing.”

The Flyers roughed up Orr pretty good in 1974 and Johnson hasn’t forgotten it. He also credits the Bruins’ success in Boston for Philadelphia becoming one of the 1967 expansion teams.

“I didn’t like those Flyers teams and what they did to Orr was a shame, like taking a hammer to the Pieta,” he said. “Orr put food on the table of everyone in hockey. It’s competition, but do it clean and proper, not a mugging.

“It is interesting that they chose the Flyers. (Flyers chairman) Ed Snider saw the success and appeal of the Bruins. In that era, we had the Celtics winning championships and the Bruins usually failing to make the playoffs, but the Celtics averaged 8,000 fans and the Bruins sold out the 13,909-seat Garden every game.


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  Tags: winter+classic

BJ’s On Tap: Four Chiquitas From Omaha Just Landed And We’re Live Blogging Their Evening

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh yes we did.  A Grand Funk reference. 

Nothing could be better than heading into the New Year’s Eve festivities against the swishy Dive than riding a two-gamer courtesy of Ken’s Easy BJ’s.

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Caps/Blue Jackets Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Washington has traded Milan Jurcina to Columbus. Details to follow.

update 3:50pm, via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Full trade is Clark and Jurcina for Chimera. Wow.

added 4:05pm, Washington Capitals press release of the trade is below…

added 4:17pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Milan Jurcina and forward Chris Clark from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Jason Chimera, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  The transaction is pending the completion of player physicals.

“We are pleased to add Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to our hockey club.  Both are veteran players who we believe will contribute significantly to our team,” said Howson.  “We’d also like to thank Jason Chimera for his contributions to the Blue Jackets organization both on and off the ice over the past four-plus seasons.”


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  Tags: chris+clark, jason+chimera, milan+jurcina

Taking Herm To Two Nations, Hell Maybe More Than That

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mick Kern from XM’s NHL Home Ice told me on the phone today he’s considering adopting Herm and taking him on a two-country tour of every NHL arena in North America.

No he didn’t. That’s a lie. But he’s digging the “Herm to Hockeytown” thing. So we’re talking about it tomorrow on XM at 1120 EST.  Not a member?  Register for a free trial here and listen in.  Donate to the H2H cause and maybe Mick will adopt you too.


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Crosby Selected As CP Athlete Of The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Sidney Crosby has always focused on carving out his own path. But his career is starting to resemble those of the great players who came before him.

The 22-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins captain was named The Canadian Press male athlete of the year Monday, joining an exclusive club by earning the recognition for a second time.

Only 12 hockey players have won the Lionel Conacher Award since it was established in 1932 and just six of those men have received it more than once. Crosby joins multiple-time winners Maurice (Rocket) Richard, Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Lilja Has ‘Sammy’s” Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja doesn’t blame Mikael Samuelsson, his best friend and former teammate, for ripping Swedish Olympic officials for excluding him from the team.

Samuelsson told Vancouver reporters: “Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they (Team Sweden officials) can go (expletive) themselves.’‘

Lilja liked his reaction.

“I think it’s kind of nice when someone says what they really think instead of saying, ‘OK, it was their decision, nothing I can do about it,’ ‘’ Lilja said. “Nice that people show emotions because he’s (ticked off). I don’t blame him.’’


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  Tags: team+sweden

Saskatoon Blades Owner Doesn’t Want Phoenix Playing In Their Building

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,

In the strongest words yet against a potential invasion by the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, the owner of the Saskatoon Blades has pledged to do whatever it takes to protect his club’s status as the only hockey team in his rink.

The issue was raised when Ice Edge Holdings recently announced its plans to buy the Coyotes and play five games a season in the 14,659-seat Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.

“There’s no question it would have an effect on our ticket sales,” Blades president and co-owner Jack Brodsky said.


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Fighting In The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussianHockeyFans,

Former NHL players Sergei Zubov, Robert Esche, Oleg Saprykin and Kevin Dallman took part in a massive brawl in a Sunday game between KHL’s Barys Astana and SKA St. Petersburg.


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  Tags: khl

GDT - Game #39: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Wings are in 9th place.  Babcock is stressing that the Wings “have got to get better.”  Apparently that means replacing Leino with Ritola.  According to Babcock, after the last game:  “. . . we just went through our lineup and thought (Ritola) can help our team, so we called him up.’’  “Anytime someone comes in and moves into the spot you were in and now you don’t have a line, I’d say that’s a message,’ 

OUCH - - that is going to leave a mark.

GDT lite, work unexpectedly called during my week off.  But I hope to make the Ell Bee.

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