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Who May Be Moved

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from ESPN,

Our weekly “Faceoff” features ESPN.com NHL writers Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Pierre LeBrun (based in Toronto), who duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Now that the Mats Sundin saga is over, who will be the next most-sought-after players before the March 4 trade deadline?

read on for names like Michael Nylander, Nikolai Khabibulin, Olaf Kolzig, Jay Bouwmeester, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Gaborik and Jason Spezza.

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Jamie Baker: Wings Are Tops In League

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Shark broadcaster and former player…Baker’s not buying the spin from Detroit about last night’s contest being one where the Wings went up against the NHL’s “best team.”

Oh, and by the way, Detroit is the best team in the league regardless of how Lidstrom and Babcock try to spin it. San Jose had the best start to the regular season than any other team, but Detroit is the best team until they are defeated in the post-season.

 

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Counting The Suspensions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Farrell of Forbes,

As a kid, Donald Brashear wanted to be a boxer. He didn’t get his wish exactly, but he came pretty close.

Brashear is now a 36-year-old professional hockey player for the Washington Capitals. Officially, he’s a left winger, but he’s just as likely to be called an enforcer. He checks hard and punches harder.

Brashear’s stats reflect his pugnacious playing style. Through Dec. 19, Brashear has earned 2,487 penalty minutes in 957 career NHL games. He’s also on our list of the most suspended athletes in major U.S. team sports over the past dozen years. According to Stats Inc., the winger ranks eighth with six suspensions.

read on and other hockey players listed are Chris Pronger with 6, Andre Roy 6 & Scott Nichol 5.

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Winter Classic Rink Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well the benches, penalty box, scorers table and broadcast facilities (left and right center field wall) are up.

Dan Craig hopes to have about an inch to an inch and a half of ice ready by Monday. 

Wrigley is starting to look like a hockey rink.  Watch a 15 minute delayed stream here....

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  Tags: winter+classic

Advice For Sundin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Sundin is expected to make his debut with the Vancouver Canucks any time after New Year’s Day. He is 37, two-and-a-half years older than Niedermayer, with nearly 200 more NHL games played than the Anaheim defenceman.

“You’re stepping into a season [that is already] underway, where the team has got things going. Strategy-wise, personnel-wise … they’re already set with their D-partners, powerplay, penalty kill,” Niedermayer said. “And physically, there is a lot going on, obviously. Your legs, your hands…”...

“He has to have patience. His expectations will have to be a bit lower, at first,” Selanne warned Sundin. “It took me three weeks.”...

“It depends on how much intensity there has been in his workouts. You can’t know,” Carlyle said. “If it’s a sore hip, a sore groin, a sore back… Without the benefit of training camp, that’s one thing you have to be wary of. In essence, this is his training camp now.”

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Well…It Was A Nice Thought

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I wish I’d found this for you guys yesterday.  It’s some quality venom from the boys at Fear The Fin.

The Detroit Red Wings. Ponder that name for a minute. Let it marinate in your mouth. Let that red and white seep into your pores, let it consume your soul. Allow visions of Tomas Holmstrom and Chris Osgood to run wild in your mind; lifting Lord Stanley for all the world to see, drinking it’s sweet nectar. Feel the Dark Side coarse through your veins. Accept it as a part of you, permit it entrance to the back of your throat till it becomes almost too much to bear.

Then spit that vile creature out.

 

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McCollum’s Sights Set on Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Check this out. Chris Pope, assistant editor for The Good Point, sent a link to a recent interview he did with Wing goalie prospect Thomas McCollum.  The kid’s been watching what’s been going on in Detroit this season, and in Grand Rapids.

With Chris Osgood showing his age even more as every game passes and prospect Jimmy Howard not blossoming into the stud the Wings expected, all eyes turn to the small town kid.

“I have thought about it a bit,” said McCollum. “It’s extremely encouraging to know that there is some depth there but it’s not a ton. It definitely shows me that there is a spot [in Detroit] if I work hard enough.”

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Waiver Wire Pickup Of The Year

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Last season, the waiver pickup of the year was goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

This year, while still early, it may just be Kyle Quincey. In a move that didn’t exactly turn many heads in mid-October, the Los Angeles Kings picked up 23-year-old defenseman off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. And they’ve been head over heels ever since.

“This is an example of not only getting a good player, but also of our infrastructure working,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi told ESPN.com on Friday.

When Quincey went on waivers, Kings pro scout Rob Laird made his case. “This guy can play,” Laird told Lombardi.

“He was right on,” Lombardi said of Laird. “That’s a great job by a guy that works in the trenches and goes out there and works his butt off.”

continued plus Sundin and Wings/Sharks talk…

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  Tags: kyle+quincey

Stars on the Red Carpet

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A few weeks back, Will Smith was promoting his new movie Seven Pounds down in Texas with the Dallas Stars in attendance.

A bit late, but the NHL just put the video online today, so we thought we’d post it here for your Friday afternoon perusal.

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Parity In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,

Not that this means the Stars are going to make the playoffs, but parity has brought the entire West down this year.

Currently, seventh place Phoenix is on pace for 87 points. So is eighth place Nahsville, ninth place Colorado and 10th place Minnesota.

So, the idea Dallas needs 95 points to make the playoffs might be wrong.

That’s a small difference, but one I think is worth nothing.

Maybe they just need 88 or 90 points, and that means they would need 60 points in the final 51 games. That’s just a .588 winning percentage.

continued

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