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This year’s Red Wings team seems content to wallow in mediocrity.  They are afraid to get the job done.  Like a horny teenager afraid to escalate with a girl he likes in fear of rejection or poor performance, our team seems content to let whiskey dick prevail.  The team knows they are not good enough to win the Cup this season, and have resigned themselves to putting in minimal effort to avoid the disappointment of a playoff defeat.  They have given up before the season-within-a-season even begins.

Someone needs to bitch-slap the entire squad to remind them that giving up is not an option.  The good people of Michigan have not given up despite the well-publicized troubles of the state.  Every morning they get up and fight on, knowing they must make the most of even the toughest situation.

It is time for the Red Wings to look around them and draw inspiration from the real people who fill the seats of the Joe Louis Arena.  The team needs to pack their lunch boxes and put their nose to the grindstone to eke out a living.  Their only job is to win.

Fresh off our loss last night, Gramps does what he’s been doing best all season, rubbing our noses in it.  And I got pissed off.  Not that this is a first, as I’ve been pissed off at his smugness all season.  I respect him for his long-standing support of hockey and the Wings, but I’ve had enough and I fought back.  In order to avoid the questions some of the 19 and I raised, Gramps decided to remind us that he doesn’t choose coaches.  No fauxing shit, Gramps.  None of us do but at least we try and add something to the conversation instead of whining like a broken record.

Gramps asked me if I had a list of players who are on my shit-list.  While I didn’t answer him directly, I will now.  Here is my assessment of the entire roster and their recent play.  You may not agree with me, but I welcome your comments.  Even though we have no say as far as the roster, coaches, or prospects are concerned, this is the place where the 19 can discuss the team as a form of group therapy.

Grab a drink and settle in, this is a long read and may get nasty.

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Dallas Stars TV Streak Comes To An End

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,

Got some interesting tidbits from the Stars about this Sunday’s game not being on carried on local TV. It ends a pretty impressive streak for the team.

*It will end a streak of 1,101 consecutive Stars games (including playoff games) televised in Dallas/Fort Worth.

*974 of those broadcasts were regular season games and 127 were playoff games.


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Report- No Suspension For Cooke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Matt Cooke is not being suspended by the NHL for his hit on Marc Savard. Penguins have been informed of that by the league.

added 2:39pm, again from a McKenzie tweet,

Colie Campbell explaining his decision now. Said it was a matter of consistency. No suspension for Richards. No suspension for Cooke.

added 2:41pm, In case you haven’t seen the hit or want to review it, watch the video here.

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  Tags: matt+cooke

Can You Drink Champagne Out Of A Chocolate Stanley Cup?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

March 10, 2010, Toronto, ON – Today, Hershey Canada Inc. and the National Hockey League (NHL), unwrapped the details of their new agreement - an exclusive three year partnership in Canada. In celebration of this new partnership, Hershey Canada and the NHL® unveiled the one-of-a-kind Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup®, a milk chocolate replica of the Stanley Cup®.

“Hershey Canada and all our Canadian employees are so excited to be teaming up with the NHL here in Canada,” says Matt Lindsay, Vice President and General Manager of Hershey Canada.  “We’re looking forward to working with the NHL to bring great promotions and experiences to our Canadian hockey fans through this new partnership. The introduction of the Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup® is only the beginning, there is so much more to come.”

“Hershey, like other leading consumer brands, is strategically investing in the NHL because we have a relevant and robust fan demographic, and large scale traditional and digital activation platforms on which to showcase its leadership brand portfolio,” said Laurel Walzak, NHL Director of Integrated Sales. “This partnership brings together two things Canadians love – hockey and Hershey’s chocolate and candy.”

The new multi-year partnership will begin with a consumer promotion to support the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. The promotion, which will be in stores August 2010 through February 2011, will feature prizing including a trip to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to attend a team practice and to skate on the official NHL ice.

Watch the folks make a chocolate Stanley Cup below…

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Goalie Issues Heading Towards The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Broply of Sportsnet,

If the NHL playoffs were to start today, how many of the 16 qualified teams would be 100 percent happy with goaltending?

There are a precious few teams that will enter the playoffs completely comfortable with the situation. In the Eastern Conference, you could make the case only the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres are completely at ease with the men entrusted to keep the puck out of the net….

In the Western Conference, the Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche should be comfortable with its stoppers. You could probably lump the Los Angeles Kings in that category thanks to the wonderful year Jonathan Quick is enjoying, even though he has only played in one NHL playoff game.



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The Yzerman Resume

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

If I was handing Yzerman the keys to my franchise, I’d be much more encouraged by the fact he’s apprenticed as vice-president, hockey operations for a Detroit management team that has long set the standard for how successful clubs are run.

Being an NHL GM has become a more complex, intricate vocation as the salary-capped years float on by. Certainly many of the responsibilities can be delegated to people with acumen in a given field, but there’s still far more information to synthesize in the decision-making process than ever before.

Mark Messier will soon set about putting together Canada’s entry at the 2010 World Championship. If he can follow Yzerman’s victorious lead, does that fully endorse his ability to put winning pieces in place in the NHL? It sure doesn’t hurt. More than anything, it would thrust him into a positive spotlight and get his name in the heads and on the lips of people who make big decisions at the NHL ownership level.

But that same group of people can’t get blinded by the bling. Cutting down a tree with a chainsaw is a far different exercise than hacking through oak with an axe.


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  Tags: steve+yzerman, team+canada

Media Brought Attention To The Head Shots Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

My sense of this is that neither the general managers, certainly not the NHL and most certainly not vice-president Colin Campbell, the guy who suspends players, wanted anything to do with this.

  Some NHL players are beginning to speak out now, but for months they’ve parroted the league’s line: We don’t want to take the physicality out of the game (Ottawa’s Jason Spezza this week). Or, you have to be aware of who’s on the ice. Or, well, it was a tough hit, but it was a good hockey play, too.

  No, what was needed to bring a degree of sanity to the NHL’s thought process was the media, or at least some in the media. Stu Hackel, who blogs for The New York Times, has been writing about head hits for a long time. Damien Cox of The Toronto Star has as well. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has done some good work on it.


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Chelios Back In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Chris Chelios is back in the NHL. An NHL source told SportingNews.com on Wednesday morning that the 48-year-old defenseman will be called up by the Atlanta Thrashers from their AHL affiliate.


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  Tags: chris+chelios

The Lateral, Back Pressure Or Blindside Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

After three days of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the National Hockey League’s general managers have put forward a recommendation for a rule change to address hits to the head in league games.

The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:

“A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With a twist.  Who said this?

“I’ve been under-appreciated my whole career, but that’s helped me to keep my head small.  But I made it to an All Star game and I’ve had some good years.”

Answer is...

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