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New Year Brings About Old Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, the family gathering is over so I may as well get a head start…

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Thanks to the recession and “the usual suspects,” as a banker of our acquaintance put it, Bettman can expect 2010 to be another year in which he makes like the fellow who keeps a dozen or so plates spinning on sticks. The only difference from 2009 is that the Phoenix Coyotes may not be the plate on centre stage.

Oh, the Coyotes will still be a Class A migraine, since they are losing a good $5-million (all currency U.S.) a month that will be billed to the NHL until it completes the sale of the team to the group of businessmen known as Ice Edge Holdings LLC. But once Bettman convinced the governors at their annual meetings last week that those losses will come out of future NHL revenue and spare them from writing cheques, he kept that plate spinning.

But a couple of dark clouds – the New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators – are moving front and centre.

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My Team Canada Selections

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With Olympic Teams starting to be named (and Canada scheduled for December 30th) here are the selections I would make for the Canadian Olympic Team.  This is not a prediction of who will be selected. I know a few of my picks are not likely.  I expect the actual Canadian team to have about 3/4 of these players and to have passed over some of the young players in favor of more experienced but slightly less talented veterans - and likely in hindsight this will result in questionable picks like the 2006 omission of Sidney Crosby.  I expect it does not make a significant difference to the success or failure of the team. 

I think the biggest criticisms of this team will be the lack of a dedicated shutdown forward.  This is something I don’t think is necessary given the talented defensive forwards already selected (many with Selke nominations in their past).  Picking a Patrick Sharp or a Mike Fisher is a mistake given the talent Canada has available.  It results in a better player being omitted and doesn’t add much to shutdown situations that cannot be done with players already being selected.

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Team Russia Announced

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussiaToday,

Russia’s hockey coach Vyacheslav Bykov has announced his choice for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics, with stars like Aleksandr Ovechkin, Evgeny Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk on the list.


And the Russian Coach says the Russians can beat the Canadians…

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  Tags: team+russia

Merry Christmas To All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lying in bed very early this morning I hear this rolling thump and then a splat sound coming from outside so I race to the window and what do I see…

A man dressed in red and white down on the ground, grasping his knee, his shoulder looks banged-up and he may have a broken leg too.

I throw on my coat and hurry outside to help the man dressed in red and white.  He pulls me down to him and whispers in my ear…

Sometimes these things happen but I must continue my work or else millions wil be disappointed.  I cannot let people down, I will rebound and with that, he pops-up off the ground and in an instant he is gone.

A half hour later I am still trying to figure out if this was some type of sign to me or was I just dreaming?

Miracles do happen on Christmas and on other days too.

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The Quiet Solitude Of An A2Y Christmas

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Merry Christmas to the 19 and Wing fans all over the world. 

Let this picture, although two years old, serve as a reminder of what this wondrous season is truly all about.  Much of what we say and do here may be steeped in animosity, but deep down…it all comes down to goodwill and humanity.  Let’s not forget that. 

It has to start with the kids, you know.  If we can just teach them early some of the virtues we hold dear…the future would be so very, very bright.

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H2H: The Official Thread

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Putting this, the official Herm to Hockeytown thread, back up top.  Merry Christmas to all of you. Yes.  All of you.  To the Pens fans, the Dive fans, the Hawk fans,  Bubba.  Merry Christmas to Pinky and Thommm and Dater.  Game Time, Pens Blog, Fauxing Greg and all our Diggers.  Santa loves you all.

And so does Herm. Get him to Detroit and help out some kids in the process.

Again thanks to all who have already donated.  If you haven’t, but would like to…click below.

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Not Part Of The Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

I have cancer. It’s a very serious kind of cancer, and one that has put me in what is easily the toughest fight of my life….

It has always been important to me that you people, the people who give a writer the ultimate compliment of reading his work, approach that task unencumbered by needless distractions, distractions that include my health. No writer ever wants to be a part of the story let alone the story. That’s especially true in the world of column writing. An opinion is put forth on a subject or a person. It should stand alone rather than be mired in matters that don’t add to the issue and may very well subtract from it.

My health is an issue to me, but it shouldn’t be one to you. I appreciate all the comments wishing me well, but the issue should never be about me, how I feel, or how the battle is going, it should be about you, you getting a chance to read a piece on a topic we both love (the greatest game in the world) and being able to respond to it unencumbered by personal considerations.

more (recommended read)...

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KK- Everyone Is Rushing Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So I got up very early this morning, did an early morning update and then went out to do a little shopping. thinking I could beat the crowd.

Wrong! Very wrong.

People rushing around, hurrying up to hurry, needing to get to the next spot as fast as they can.

Boy am I glad I am out of there now.

Now the fun begins, enjoying the Holiday Season with friends and family.  I may post a few more items today, but they will be sporadic.

Tomorrow, I will be making the annual Christmas Wish post then you won’t see me until the morning of December 26th.

Enjoy the Season KK friends and stay away from the mall!

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Alfredsson Out At Least A Few Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I don’t know exactly how long (he’ll be out), but it will be a few weeks anyway,” said Alfredsson, who was wearing a brace on his left shoulder. “We will probably see the doctor (today), do an X-ray and see what the damage is. I expect at least a few weeks.”

Senators coach Cory Clouston tried to hide his displeasure.

“I just don’t want to comment. I want to look at it again. I don’t really want to say anything more ... to say if it was a penalty or not. We did that and we were called whiners.”

more and you can watch the hit if you missed it earlier…

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Return The Rings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,

He may have lost his NHL shutout record this week but now the family of the late Terry Sawchuk would like to find his two stolen Stanley Cup rings.

The guy who beat this long-held record earned it. But whoever stole the rings not only didn’t earn it, but also fleeced a nice family of some very special memories.

It would be a great Christmas present to see them returned.

“It has been a mystery for almost 40 years,” said Sawchuk’s 55-year-old son, Jerry, one of seven children. “We feel the rings are still out there somewhere.”


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