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International Games May No Longer Be Dominated By Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

Canada’s 6-5 overtime loss to the United States in the gold-medal game at the world junior championship was a coin-toss, not a tragedy. Anything can happen in overtime. Except when it happens to be an American team that is doing the winning and the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner—on Canadian ice—it tends to sting. And this is one particular pain that could get worse, and much more common, with potentially no cure in sight.

Consider this: The night before the Americans claimed gold in Saskatoon, their under-17 national team did the same thing in Timmins, Ont, beating Team Ontario at the world hockey challenge. America’s women, meanwhile, have won three of the last four world championships by dispatching Canada in the gold-medal game. All that needs to happen now is some calamity in Vancouver, when the Canadian men face the United States, and Mr. Harper might reconvene parliament with a royal commission charged with examining why our game is no longer ours alone.


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Morning Line

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The Lightning bear watching in the second half. Vin Lecavalier has re-awakened and Marty St. Louis never stops hustling. If Ryan Malone gets on track, Tampa Bay will have a playoff team.

-Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal where you can read more hockey notes from Stan.

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Kane With A Good Gesture

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from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

From the moment Kane saw the kid wearing his jersey at Fenway Park as part of the Jan. 1 ceremony unveiling the U.S. Olympic hockey team, he got an idea. Kane was traveling to St. Louis with the Hawks but felt so moved by the gesture that he immediately contacted front-office personnel to begin tracking down the boy’s name.

A few phone calls later, and Kane arranged through the family to sign the jersey Thursday so the kid would have more than a memory to mark the occasion of making Kane’s Olympic moment official.

“The whole thing was very cool,” Kane said.

In a sports town where life has been decidedly uncool lately, how nice to see a local hero embrace his status and exceed expectations as a person and player. On the current landscape of Chicago superstars as 2010 begins, there is Kane and there is everybody else.

more about Kane…

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  Tags: patrick+kane

Penguins Hope To Sign Letang & Gonchar

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

General manager Ray Shero said yesterday that while he continues to negotiate with the agents for Gonchar, who can be unrestricted July 1, and fellow defenseman Kris Letang, who will be restricted if not re-signed by then, agreements are not near.

“[Talks] are kind of ongoing, I guess you could say,” Shero said. “Nothing is imminent on any front.”

He added that no date has been set to break off talks if they don’t yield an agreement.

“These things, hopefully, take care of themselves,” Shero said. “There’s certainly no deadline.

“We’re hoping we can retain both players. With Kris, hopefully it’s just a matter of time because [the Penguins can match any offer he would receive from another team], but you never know.”

more on the Penguins…

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Oilers Basically Out Of The Playoff Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Yes, it has been an embarrassing week and a costly, frustrating half-season for the Oilers, who cannot win for losing. They lost Tuesday to Phoenix in OT, Saturday in San Jose, Friday in the Saddledome and again in the court of public opinion after getting into a beef over a massive dinner bill at a Cowtown restaurant. Those headlines were unflattering and they will be written out of the playoffs soon enough, too.

They would have to go 25-9-5 or something similarly out of character, and still hope that all eight playoff-bound teams in the west played no better than .500 hockey until the end of the schedule, just to sneak in and offer themselves up as first-round hors d’oeuvres for San Jose.

It’s not a mathematical impossibility, but it’s pretty safe to say 39 hockey games stand between the Oilers and their first sanctioned golf games of the new decade.


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Carcillo Gets To The Leafs

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“It was a bit unsportsmanlike,” defenceman Ian White said of Carcillo’s act. “He’s known a bit for that. But, hey, he scored a goal and got a fight.”

Carcillo had a simple explanation for his actions.

“I just looked at (Colton) Orr a bit,” the Flyers pugilist said. “He had been running around at us doing his thing. I tried fighting him on that shift. When it didn’t happen, I scored.”

Then came Carcillo’s post-goal antics, aimed at Orr.

“It doesn’t even deserve a comment,” Orr said.

While his players may have been angry at Carcillo, Wilson was more steamed at his own team.

more and if you missed his goal and the post-goal skate past the Leafs bench, watch it below…

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Rob Schremp With The Catch, Swing & Goal

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In the same game, which the Islanders won, Dwayne Roloson robs Matt Duchene…

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Ozzie In The HOF:  Still A Frigging Joke

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ha…got ya.  Keep reading.  Some game day ditties for you.

And we start with baseball, of all things.  Steve Yzerman’s my favorite Detroit athlete of all time.  That’s a given and it’s a law.  But close behind?  Kirk Gibson.  Why do I mention Gibby? Because a teammate and friend of his got absolutely shafted yet again yesterday.  Look. I get it.  185 career home runs and 1003 career RBI, plus a .285 career average? Not HOF numbers by more than a few standards.  Got it. 

But if Alan Trammell’s numbers aren’t good enough to get in, why do these qualify? .262, 28 HR (that’s career) and 793 RBI. 

Oh, right.  Ozzie Smith did backflips.

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H2H: He’s Not Fez, But He Is Grateful

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m sure, somehow, I was politically incorrect when I said on the The Obstructed View that when I pictured Herm I always thought of Fez from That 70’s Show.  Somebody, somewhere must have taken offense.  Somebody, somehere always does.  Thankfully, though, Herm didn’t.  How do I know?  Well, listen.

If you can’t get that to play, download it here.  Are you a fan of H2H? You should be. And if you want to donate to H2H, bringing Herm to Hockeytown and helping the kids at Children’s Hospital of Michigan?  Here you go.

Click to donate.


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Is Kovalchuk Worth A ‘Max’ Contract?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

...The Thrashers have to decide if he’s worth it. As elite of a goal-scorer as Kovalchuk is, he has flaws. For a max contract, you’d prefer flawless.

The Thrashers are open to the idea of a deal that could run as long as 12 years, but the question they have to answer is this: Will a 39-year-old Kovalchuk be worth $10 million? Or $9 million? Because the 26-year-old Kovalchuk has no interest in signing one of those Chris Pronger or Marian Hossa long-term deals where the final years are worthless.

“That’s probably the hardest thing,” Waddell said. “If we had that answered, we’d have a deal done. We look at other players—what’s the age where you see a dropoff? If we had the exact answer, it’d be easier.”

This deal is complicated, partly because it’s hard to find a comparable player. Vincent Lecavalier’s 11-year deal worth $85 million could be comparable, but he was 28 when he signed his contract extension, two years older than Kovalchuk. He also had a Stanley Cup.


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