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Blame the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

As if the dismal Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t been heaped with enough scorn by hockey fans, the struggling squad may also be to blame for the recent cancellation of several high-profile CBC shows including, ironically, the steamy night-time NHL soap “MVP.”

The producer of “MVP” says she was recently warned by CBC programming director Kirstine Layfield that if the Leafs failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, the public broadcaster’s arts and entertainment division would take a $10 million hit that would put some of the network’s much-heralded new shows at risk.

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Like Yours, Homer’s Groin Is Good To Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last year we titled a post, “Massaging Your Groin Without Shame.”  That phrase applies today.  Many would say it applies every day. In fact, some would say it’s the state logo of Tennessee.  Not me.  I try to avoid insulting rival fan bases. 

My point?  Homer’s still got his eyesight and, apparently, his groin is ok too.

Anti-Digger

The ultrasound results are back and showed nothing wrong. The MRI results will be back later today.
Encouragingly, Holmstrom said that after feeling sharp pain Saturday, he felt better on Sunday and better still today.
“It feels better and better every day,” said Holmstrom. “Saturday was so bad. There was no way I could practice. I was worried.”
Holmstrom said that he hopes to be able to practice with the Red Wings, tomorrow.

 

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Jimmy D Jr.:  Pencil The Wings in For NYC

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the last few months Chris Chelios has become the live, local and late breaking news maker for Wing fans.  Blake to the Wings? Absolutely.  McCarty to the Wings? Yep.  Fedorov to the Wings? Sure.

Now?

Khan(!)

Wings defenseman Chris Chelios claims the Wings will be playing the Rangers in that rumored outdoor game at Yankee Stadium next season.

“I heard Detroit’s playing,’’ Chelios said after practice Monday. “Awesome, to be part of the last event at Yankee Stadium would be something special.’‘

“Not an exact date,’’ Chelios said. “I was talking to someone (who) mentioned that it might be a done deal already. I hope it is, anyway.’‘

 

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  Tags: chelios, fedorov, mccarty

Fighting About Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Marek at CBC,

If you ever find yourself in a disagreement over hockey fights with someone make sure the first question out of your mouth is “if they took fighting out of the game, would you start to buy tickets?” If the answer is “no,” then the argument is over, walk away. Those are people that some in the NHL can reach and become the “new” hockey fan, I personally believe quite the opposite is true.

In the league’s quest to grow the sport and reach out and absorb more fans, they have also run the risk of alienating the ones who are paying the freight and keeping the lights on now. Thankfully the NHL has taken the right approach to fighting and quietly let it exist. Of course, there is the not-so-little issue of the instigator penalty, but that’s for another day.

more… including video links to a number of fights referenced

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  Tags: fighting, fights

Flames Plan To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames finish with nine of their final 13 on the road. Last year, when they were in the process of putting together one of the worst road records in the NHL (but won 30 times at home, a league high), that would have been a disaster.

This year? Not so much. But the Flames need to make hay in this one final game, especially after divisional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, won against the Blues on Saturday.

The Flames enter the game one point out of first in the Northwest Division, but only two points out of ninth, which would leave them on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in.

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Time To Ship Emery Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Now that it seems like the Ottawa Senators are going with Martin Gerber as their starting goaltender for the rest of the way this season, the best thing coach-GM Bryan Murray could do to keep his Stanley Cup hopes alive is demote Ray Emery to the American League as quickly as possible.

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added 3:03pm, from TSN,

Ottawa’s ‘on again, off again’ No. 1 netminder expressed some remorse on Monday, shouldering some of the blame for Paddock’s dismissal.

“I was upset,” he told reporters on Monday. “I felt bad because I felt like I kind of affected someone else’s life or job or whatever. It’s a business and that stuff happens, he was a guy that I had as a coach for six years and was a big part of my pro hockey career.”

For Emery, that career has been one on hold recently.

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It Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sometimes I am just left scratching my head.  Read about it at my Hockey.com blog today.

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Gretzky Safe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The simple fact is this: Unless the NHL alters its style radically in the next few years — and there is absolutely no reason to believe that it will — every single one of Gretzky’s meaningful records will still be intact.

Crosby might be able to overtake one of Gretzky’s regular-season marks, but only because the rules have changed since Gretzky’s day. And even that one is still very much in doubt. If Crosby does manage to take over any of Gretzky’s spots in the record book, it will almost certainly have to be in the area of All-Star records, a relatively meaningless category since the annual game is played without almost any intensity.

more

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

No Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the STATS Wizard at Elias Sports Bureau,

For the second time this season, the Rangers and Bruins played 65 minutes without either team scoring a goal. On Oct. 20 in Boston, the Bruins prevailed in the shootout, and on Sunday afternoon in New York the Rangers won the shootout tiebreaker.

It’s been more than half a century since a pair of NHL teams played two goalless games against each other in the same season. The Bruins and Red Wings played to a scoreless tie in the first two of their 14 meetings in the 1955-56 season.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 9.

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