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Mind Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the Altanta Journal-Constitution,

Tonight in New York, the Thrashers face a HUGE test as they face the BEST TEAM IN THE NHL.

Uh-huh, that’s right…that’s what I said. The New York Rangers…tonight…are the BEST team the league has to offer! They are hot! They are fast! They score goals by the dozen and don’t even get me started on just how tough their defense is to get through.

Detroit? Chumps in comparison to these Broadway Bullies!

Ottawa? Weak and pathetic are they in light of the Blue Shirts!

The NHL standings show them at 22-21-6 overall and 2-6-2 in their last ten.

THAT’S A %$#@& LIE!!!

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Renney Trusts His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Last year the Blueshirts made a trade to shake things up, acquiring Sean Avery Sean Avery on Feb. 5 from the Kings, a move that sparked them to a 17-6-6 record down the stretch. Despite the positive impact a move at this point in the season had a year ago, coach Tom Renney would prefer to see no one moved off his roster this year.

“You don’t want to break up the guys you’ve committed to all year,” Renney said. “You’re asking for blood and guts from guys, and deep commitment and all that kind of stuff, and you’re offering that up yourself every day as best you can. . . . You want to do it with the group you brought to the dance, so if we didn’t move a single person, I won’t have a problem with that whatsoever.

“I believe this team can win.”

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AO Vs. Geno

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad, And The Duthie,

From the opening face-off, it looked like a couple of guys trying to show-off to win the same girl (Natalia maybe?) They were ridiculously dangerous on almost every shift. They went after each other, with Ovechkin trying to flatten Malkin in the Danger Zone (ask Dean McAmmond where that is), and then almost scrapping moments later. It was Anything You Can Do…translated in Russian.

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Watch the attempted hit by Ovechkin on Malkin…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, evgeny+malkin

Staying One Stride Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont,

Life in the Regent Park section of Cabbage Town was without certainty or luxury, especially for Metropolit, who grew up with only pennies in his pocket and little more than the hockey stick and ball he carried in his hands.

“He took that stick and ball with him everywhere,” his mother recalled. “He’d be on the couch, and there were times I’d be, ‘OK, Glen, enough . . . put that stuff down!’ “

Today a key component of the Bruins’ offense, the 33-year-old Metropolit has carved a pro hockey career out of less than ice shavings. He grew up poor, never knew his biological father, spent portions of his early childhood with relatives and in foster homes, and only began to inch up the hockey ladder in his late teens when a neighborhood pal suggested he try out for the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Junior B squad. He made it, on the last cut, and has spent the last 15 or so years skating one stride ahead of the next cut.

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Stress Train Tickets Officially On Sale Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris Osgood’s starting the All Star game.  Just as I predicted he would way back in September.  Ok, no I didn’t.  But I did predict Mike Babcock would open his mouth to the media yesterday and end up sounding like a Latin teacher on crack.

St. James

“I’m pretty sure it’s my call,” Babcock said. “And I’m not leaning—I know.”

I’m leaning toward something else and here’s what I know:  Sundin, Hossa, Fors-flopping-berg?  If they were off the table a month ago, they’re on it today. 

‘Cuz, you know…Hank’s back’s a-hurtin’ and the stress train is at the station, two months early.

 

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He’s Got Skills

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Habs Inside/Out pointed to this video today, which was first posted last year on YouTube. A nice little demonstration of what stickhandling and accuracy looks like when Alex Kovalev shows off his skills.

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Reasons Why The Games Are Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

If you weren’t aware of the circumstances and simply watched a game at random, you’d be excused for assuming that you were seeing a playoff game. That’s the type of hockey we get these days, game in and game out.

The pace is relentless and the hitting is solid. The effort, which used to be sporadic some years ago, is there night after night.

There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is the salary structure, and its implications.

When the average salary in a league is inching closer and closer to $2 million, no one is terribly eager to be dropped from the roster.

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Blake On Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Remember the comments official Wing spokesman Chris Chelios made regarding Rob Blake last week?  Well, Blake has responded….kinda.

Inside the Kings

Last week, Red Wings defender Chris Chelios said this of Rob Blake in an interview on a Detroit radio station: “He’s in a situation there where there’s just no end at the light of the tunnel and he’s lost his drive right now. I’ve been there. I talked to him last time we played him, and he would love to come here.”

Blake’s response: “I don’t know if that’s exactly what was said, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Blake said he wasn’t upset at all with Chelios for making the comments. When I asked if there’s any truth to him losing his drive, he gave a long ``Well ...,’’ then said he was still trying and he didn’t know any more he can say about that.

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Wine With The Old-Schoolers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Getting to Atlanta early for the ASG?

If so, you may want to have a glass of wine on Thursday with Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Pat Lafontaine, Rob Ray, Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, Clark Gillies, Mike Richter, and Rod Gilbert.

Blueland Blog has all the details…

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Jokinen Wants To Win In Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George Richards of On Frozen Pond speaks with Olli Jokinen,

“What are you going to say? The team hasn’t been playing well. My name is popping up again. I don’t think if we were in first place, my name would be out there in trade rumors. I’m pretty much used to it. It doesn’t really bother me. My agent called me and asked if I had heard it.

I haven’t been traded in 7 years. I never will be OK with it. I like this place. This is home. It’s not one of those things where you want to move. I don’t believe the grass is any greener on the other side. as a player you are always going to win. To me it’s the easy way out looking elsewhere for other teams or going somewhere and trying to win happiness or win championships. I want to win here and hopefully we make some moves here.”

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