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GDT - Game #35: Red Wings at Stars (3:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

After weeks of intense contract negotions, addressing issues including, but not limited to, the assumption of liability and the payment of fees and costs; the principals at the Empire and at their subisidiary, A2Y, have decreed that it is time to reinstitute the GDT(!)  The main objective of the GDT, as in seasons past, being the sharing of useful and relevant statistical information (juvenilicousness abounding at A2Y, stats, not so much).  However, this season the GDT will also be partially devoted to exorcising the Red Wing injury plague, any and all suggestions will be considered; but the volunteer of such suggestion agrees to assume sole liability for the same, and to hold harmless the author of the GDT from any and all adverse consequences which may be forthcoming from members of the “19” should such suggestion backfire.

Feel like a number?

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Filatov Can’t Get Hitchcock Off His Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, 

Blue Jackets prospect Nikita Filatov regrets some of the comments he made after leaving the club a month ago, while saying that others were taken out of context.

But the 19-year-old winger, who went home to Russia unhappy after being unable to earn substantial ice time under coach Ken Hitchcock, stands by one of his primary reasons for departing.

“I got my own opinion about Hitch and about what I think he thinks of me,” Filatov wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch. “I am not going to let everybody know about it. I think it’s pretty clear that he didn’t give (me) a chance and opportunity to prove that I can play.”


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And The Winner…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...Ian.  The sick bastard predicted the next injury would be to Hank and he even got the anticipated time correct.

Isn’t it about time for Z’s back to flare up?

Z, back, two weeks.

Posted by Ian! from Somerville, MA on 12/15/09 at 10:45 AM ET

Ian, email me and we’ll get your magical gift from Ice Jerseys.

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Wild Must Adjust To New Equipment Quickly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

There is no doubt this will be one of the most unique days in Wild history. Players are expected to arrive at the arena early to try to piece together equipment for the game.

“I thought it was a joke, but it’s not,” said winger Martin Havlat, who says all of his equipment was destroyed. “This is not going to be easy to play.”

There are two areas of concern: comfort and safety.

Hockey is one sport where broken-in and properly fitted equipment is critical. Players are notoriously fussy about their gear, and if it doesn’t feel right, players typically don’t play right. Also, helmets and knee braces must be custom fit.

Defensemen, such as shot-blocking specialist Greg Zanon, have modified their equipment over several years in order to protect certain places. Center Eric Belanger wears a custom-made brace for his right foot after breaking it two seasons ago.


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More Praise For The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Another win by the Blackhawks Friday night was followed by yet another coach heaping praise on them.

“You need a perfect game to beat Chicago,” Bruins coach Claude Julien after the Hawks’ 5-4 win in a shootout at the United Center. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them. At least we salvaged a point, because we knew coming in here that Chicago’s a tough team to play at home.”

The Hawks improved to 22-8-3 and moved into a tie for first place in the Western Conference with San Jose and Los Angeles with 47 points.

“Chicago’s a great team with a lot of talent, and right now they’re probably playing the best in the NHL,” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said.

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Can You Caption A Video?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Roberto Luongo and Alexander Semin meet face-to-face last night.


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It’s Starting To Look A Lot Like Linden

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Couple reasons for that.  Alliteration makes me happy, especially when Wild bloggers attempt to ridicule it only to prove they have no idea what it is and that their “Journalism degree…seriously…I have one” may be a bit of a stretch. Was that a threat? Should I apologize now?

And also?  I dig Linden, MI.  I’ve got friends there who introduced me to the genius of Ronnie Van Zant and when I hear something like “Whiskey Rock and Roller”, you guys come to mind.

Why is it looking like Linden here in DC? Because the adorable 8 pounder dumped about a foot on us last night.

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Another Bad Night For Toskala

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs netminder offered little resistance as four goals flowed past him in a span of 11 minutes, 16 seconds in the second period, giving the Buffalo Sabres all they required for a 5-2 win over Toronto at the HSBC Arena.

The outburst came on just six shots, drowned a 1-0 Leafs lead thanks to Viktor Stalberg’s first NHL goal and led to the yanking of Toskala in favour of Jonas Gustavsson, who made his first appearance since leaving a game on Dec. 1 with heart problems.

“We’re not getting any saves, everybody gets shaky and you suffer breakdowns trying to run around,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “If you make mistakes, you have to buckle down and get the job done. Unfortunately, (Toskala) did not and I had to get him out of there.”

Remember the embarrassing goal Toskala allowed to New York Islanders defenceman Rob Davison in March 2008? Davison’s shot from 197 feet skipped past Toskala one night on Long Island, making the goalie the butt of jokes and giving him a spot on highlight reels.

Well, Toskala came close to outdoing himself.

read on and watch a goal Toskala wish he had back during the Leafs loss to the Sabres Friday night.

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Demitra Goes Home To Consult With Another Doctor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

When Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault cryptically said Thursday Pavol Demitra was “on his own program,” he wasn’t kidding.

Demitra, still rehabbing a surgically repaired shoulder, has returned home to Slovakia to see a specialist he feels comfortable with.

TC Carling, the Canucks director of media relations, delivered news via his Twitter account — @TC_Carling — less than 24 hours after Vigneault chose not to disclose any information on Demitra’s whereabouts.

The Canucks claim there’s nothing to see here. Everything is on the up-and-up. It was Demitra’s decision to leave and it does not mean there has been a setback in his recovery.


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The 2000’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and E.J. Hradek of ESPN look at the top players, #1 picks, late round sleepers, upsets, playoff series and trades during this decade.  Even more coming next week too.


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