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Halloween In Pittsburgh

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A slow Sunday.  Kinda lazy.  Perusing the sports pages and various hockey blogs.  Thought this was unique from Pittsburgh last night.

Courtesy of Empty Netters, a unique costume…

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Kinda weird.  But then…look closer at some of the male patrons?  Disturbing.

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Boudreau’s Book

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from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Boudreau is also courageous enough to talk about one of the most disturbing rookie-initiation episodes imaginable.

“They put me in the hospital during rookie hazing,” he writes of the treatment he received from his Minnesota Fighting Saints’ teammates. “They pinned me down on a gurney and tied my legs and arms. They shaved my head and pubic area. Then they put turpentine on the cuts and smeared black tar on my groin and chest. They finished by gluing my armpits and left me lying there bawling like a baby until the trainer came and took me to the hospital. If I didn’t love the game so much, I would have quit after that day. It’s one of the reasons I’ve never liked initiations. I’ve never cut another guy’s hair.”

more and Gabby: Confessions of a Hockey Lifer is available at Amazon.

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Renting & Skating On Ice

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

That one-hour ice rental at a local rink in and around Boston typically would cost upward of $300. At Fenway, the going rate will be $7,500 or $10,000 for each one-hour session. That is not a typo. The going rate will be as high as 33 times more than what a prime-time hour would cost at one of the area’s better rinks. And according to Sam Kennedy, executive vice president and COO of the Red Sox as well as president of Fenway Sports Group, there has been no shortage of folks lining up to reserve the time.

more and additional hockey talk including this…

(Paul) Kelly, meanwhile, has been advising on the casting and production of a movie, “Overtime,’’ to be shot early next year in New Mexico and Toronto. “It’s a sort of ‘Field of Dreams’ drama that puts hockey in a good light,’’ explained Kelly, who attended Thursday’s Devils-Bruins game at the Garden. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, and Don Cherry have agreed to cameos. Kelly invited Mike Emrick to fill a key “play-by-play’’ role. The story centers on mine workers in New Mexico who play the game each night on pools that freeze in and around the mine.

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Pay Wayne

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...the NHL does seem to be offering words in support of Gretzky, even if action speaks louder. The league at this point appears to be offering talk, which obviously is much cheaper than $8.2 million.

“The decision was made this summer when the League decided to make a bid to purchase that it couldn’t assume Wayne’s contract. That was discussed with Wayne and his people before we filed our bid and they understood the rationale,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to Slap Shots on Friday night.

“That doesn’t mean he has to go it alone. We committed to him that we would do everything possible to get him paid outside the bankruptcy process,” Daly added. “We have suggested our willingness to pursue claims on his behalf and assist him in pursuing his own claims. And he remains able to seek recovery out of the pot of money that will be paid to the bankrupt estate.”

So the NHL claims it will assist the greatest assist man who ever has laced up a pair of skates but it will not guarantee he will get his money even after all of the untold revenue he produced for the league both directly and indirectly in the form of expansion fees from warm-weather markets made possible by Gretzky’s success in Los Angeles.

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Morning Line

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Yes, they may be looking slightly frayed around the edges these days, perhaps a shade past their dynastic prime, and the goaltending issue is one that continues to tail them doggedly, like a Dashiell Hammett gumshoe working on a case.

Still, you come away with the uneasy feeling that before all is said and done, the Wings will have their usual say.

-George Johnson of the Calgary Herald.  More on the Wings from George…

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Sunday Observations

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The two least disciplined teams I’ve seen this hockey season: Brian Burke’s current team and Burke’s previous team.

• Love the people who assume there is a trade market for Vesa Toskala. There isn’t. The only chance of moving him before the NHL trade deadline would be for the Leafs to waive him, send him to the minors and bring him back on re-entry waivers. And even that is a longshot unless Toskala starts stopping the occasional puck.

• Statistically, the top two goaltenders in the NHL are Americans, Ryan Miller of Buffalo and Craig Anderson of Colorado, which bodes well for Burke’s Team USA at the Winter Olympics. And what does Burke do if Anderson stays hot right through February? Bench Tim Thomas?

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Talking Caps Cap

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Chicago Blackhawks’ salary-cap issues have been well-documented as they attempt to sign Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith to extensions. To me, the Washington Capitals are a mini-version of that cap crunch in the East.

Star winger Alexander Semin and star center Nicklas Backstrom are both slated for restricted free agency July 1, and preliminary contract talks have already been held in both cases. I don’t think Backstrom will be an issue. But I’m hearing things aren’t going great on the Semin front.

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Arrogant?  Hell Yes.  Still.  Always.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just when you thought Pittsburgh fans and media had settled into comfortable acceptance that the Pens are actually Stanley Cup champs?  In rides another idiot to prove that this particular community of “fans” and media has no concept how to deal with success.

Rossi

Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.

After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.

Paul posted a lot more at the main page, but it really boils down to that closing passage.

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Brad May Under Observation

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In the 3rd period of the Flames/Wings game tonight, Brady May of the Wings took a stick in the eye area while sitting on the bench.

After Hours on HNIC reported he will stay in Calgary and will be under observation tonight.

May needed some assistance from the bench area to the locker room and appeared to be in pain.

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Those Arrogant Wings

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

...a quote uttered last postseason by their assistant general manager, Jim Nill, seems to confirm my suspicion that after winning the Cup in 2008, the Red Wings spent much of last season tip-toeing on the fine line between confidence and arrogance — and erroneously crossed it in the playoffs.

“Sometimes, you’re a product of your environment,” Nill said last April. “This year, our team is so good that one night it’s (Pavel) Datsyuk, and the next night, it’s (Henrik) Zetterberg; one night, it’s (Nicklas) Lidstrom. And it goes on and on. And some of these other teams, it’s (Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby, and that’s kind of their team.”

“Their team” kind of won the Cup by taking the last two Stanley Cup Final games, holding all those great Red Wings players to two combined goals in those contests.

Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.

After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.

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