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A KK member just alerted me to the 2008 Sports Blogger Tournament being held at Busted Coverage.

If you are a regular reader of KK, you know my feelings on these popularity contests and I enjoy the fact KK is a #14 seed going up against the #3 seed Mister Irrelevant..

Other hockey blogs in the Midwest Region are From The Rink and the Fanhouse (all sports).  Puck Daddy is in the South Region, probably haning out somewhere in Key West.

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Too Much Money For These Guys

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from John Grigg of the Hockey News,

After running down the top 10 NHL bargains last week, we’d be remiss if we neglected to make note of the league’s most overpaid players. So that’s the focus of this week’s THN Top 10…

2. Chris Drury, Center, Rangers – $7.05 million
Team captains are normally offensive catalysts. And that’s what the Rangers thought Drury would be when they signed him to a five-year, $35.25-million deal. But Drury failed to crack the 30-goal mark last season and is on pace for the worst points total of his NHL career.

1. Ed Jovanovski, Defense, Phoenix – $6.5 million
Two goals and 15 points through 31 games is not horrendous for a blueliner. But Jovo-Cop has lost his status as the desert’s best defenseman to Zbynek Michalek, who makes $5.25-million less. Jovanovski’s team-worst minus-12 rating is tied for 746th in the league, out of 759 players.

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Prices For Rooftop Tickets To Winter Classic Are Falling

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from Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Last month, rooftop owner Tom Gramatis told the Chicago Sun-Times that demand for rooftop tickets to the Winter Classic was “the biggest thing ever — bigger than any Cubs game” when the event was announced last summer.

But Gramatis said “the buzz” died down when the economy went south and the stock market tanked. That forced him to cut his price in half— from $400 a head to $200, including food and drink.

“There were rooftops asking $750 a head [at one time]. Some are still at $500. They’re smoking a crack pipe. They’re not gonna get it. The economy sucks. It’s also Jan. 1 at noon — not an ideal time for somebody to wake up and go to a hockey game after New Year’s Eve,” Gramatis said.

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All Claude Lemieux

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In this exclusive interview with Sportsnet.ca’s Perry Lefko, (Claude) Lemieux talks about the reasons for his comeback, his decision to pick Worcester, playing in the Asian League, and his impressions of infamous super-pest Sean Avery….

SN: You’ve had an outstanding career, particularly in the playoffs, but some people only remember your hit on Kris Draper. If you are successful in making it back to the NHL, how do you think that will impact on the way people view you and your career?

CL: That doesn’t really matter to me. You can never unanimously please everybody. There’s always people that regardless of what you do they’re always going to want to remember the negative; the people that get up every morning and look for something negative, the glass is always half empty, it’s never full. That’s just the way it is….”

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Gretzky Having Fun Coaching

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

From the moment Gretzky decided he wanted to be a head coach coming out of the lockout, an element of curiosity has always followed his efforts. He had been many things to the game, including its best player ever and arguably the finest ambassador it has had. But coaching? That was something else entirely.

More than a few quizzical eyes were cast toward Gretzky’s newfound profession, a sense that this was an experiment, kind of like when Michael Jordan decided he wanted to be a baseball player, something that surely would run its course.

Uh, no.

“I think I’ve put in my hours now and my time,” Gretzky said. “I think the first year, or maybe even the second year, people might have thought, ‘Well, it’s going to end.’ But I truly enjoy it. I have as much fun coaching as I did playing.”

It is a shocking admission, really.

read on

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Osgood Has Groin Issue

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from Wednesday’s practice: Wings goalie Chris Osgood did not practice due to a sore groin, coach Mike Babcock said. Babcock wasn’t sure about the extent of the injury, but it appears he might not even be able to serve as Ty Conklin’s back-up for Thursday’s game against San Jose.

Still waiting to hear what roster moves the team will make, whether it will be Jimmy Howard or Daniel Larsson recalled from Grand Rapids and whether they will waive a player to make room.

continued

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Blues Lose McKee To Broken Finger

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Jay McKee has a fractured left ring finger and will be sidelined indefinitely.  McKee was injured in the third period on Tuesday, Dec. 16 vs. Calgary.  The club has recalled defenseman Jonas Junland from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Western Conference ASG Voting Update

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New York (December 17, 2008) – Chicago’s rekindled love affair with the Blackhawks, already manifested by soaring United Center attendance and insatiable interest in NHL Winter Classic 2009, now is being reflected in the fan balloting for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.

        As of 7 a.m. ET today, Blackhawks’ winger Patrick Kane had taken over the top spot among Western Conference forwards in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal Jan. 25. In the last week, Kane vaulted four players to take a 26,828-vote lead over the previous pace-setter, Detroit’s Marian Hossa. Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf also slipped past Calgary’s Jarome Iginla for the third starting nod.

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A Gift For Every Team

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from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

Everybody deserves something from Santa’s sack of goodies this season. Here’s what I think the Sleigh Man has in mind for each NHL club:

Boston Bruins – The address of every pundit who picked the Bruins to be an also-ran this year, just so Milan Lucic can go door to door, asking a few friendly questions.

Detroit Red Wings – Just a little note reminding them they’re still the defending champs and that, deep down inside, every NHL team still fears them the most.

San Jose Sharks – Twenty-three factory-defect calendars, so when April rolls around, all the players think it’s October.

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Working On The Rink

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Watch (15 minute delay) as the Winter Classic rink gets built at Wrigley Field.

update 11:50am, Well, I just took a look at the webcast, and now getting a message ‘this video cannot be embedded in websites.”  Then why did they give us an embed code is my question. 

I am going to leave it up for a bit, just in case they decide to change their minds.  In the meantime, you can watch it here.

update 7:52pm, the embedded video is working again, so you can view it here on KK.

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  Tags: winter+classic

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