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Blame The Euro’s If You’re Stupid

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pretty good argument in the face of those who claim the reason for the decline in Wing attendance this year is due to the high number of Europeans in red and white.

If the Joe Louis Arena was rockin’ at capacity in 2001 with 11 Europeans, how can you attribute today’s attendance problem to the addition of one more player from across the Atlantic? There may be something to be said about the exit of such all-world players as Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan from the scene, but I find it hard for any fan, casual or not, of hockey to not be mesmerized in the same way by the smooth dangles and top-notch finish of guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

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Balboa Defeats Creed, Lang in Span of 4 Hours

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This is a live blog to spite a certain reader who said I wouldn’t show due to the Rocky marathon on Versus.  Yes, I watched several hours of Rocky today.  And, yes, I’ve stopped watching because the Wings are on.  In fact, the Wings are on HDNet tonite.  Hasek in net.  I have no idea what to expect.  I do know that cranberries were available on my dinner table today and I shunned them, because I’m an adult and I eat only the things I enjoy.

Wings/Bubba. Live blog here.

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Deep In The South

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Yes, I’m in sunny Florida and – get this – I’m supposed to be writing a hockey column.

Before you start whining and berating me for writing another tired “Americans don’t get hockey” piece, please understand that I’ve – in this short time – come to understand and empathize with the plight of the southern American hockey fan (yes Virginia, there are some – although I’m doubting there are many in Virginia itself).

Thing is, being a hockey fan in a place like this is extremely difficult. Frankly, I’m pushing for the NHL to provide some sort of tax incentive for fans who live in places where the mean temperature is greater than 12 degrees Celsius (around 280 degrees Fahrenheit, I believe).

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HHOF Member Tom Johnson Has Passed Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens say Hockey Hall of Famer Tom Johnson has died. He was 79.

Johnson spent 15 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Canadiens before finishing his career with the Boston Bruins.

The native of Baldur, Man., won six Stanley Cups as a player with the Canadiens.

continued…

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Todd Fedoruk Claimed Off Waivers by Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that left wing Todd Fedoruk has been claimed off re-entry waivers by the Minnesota Wild. The Stars and Wild will split Fedoruk’s salary (signed one-year deal for $875,000 in off-season) for the remainder of the 2007-08 season.

added 5:10pm, Tom Lynn, Asst. GM for the Wild on the Fedoruk pick-up via Russo’s Rants,

“The general manager is not happy where we are right now, so he’s made this move (Fedoruk). Some guys will have to step up or there will be other moves.”

He added, “In order to compete against some of the teams in our conference that we need to get ahead of, we need a grittier, more committed physical team. Fedoruk, we didn’t get just to come and fight. He makes us a tougher team.”

 

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Hanlon Out In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have relieved Glen Hanlon of his coaching duties and named Bruce Boudreau the team’s interim head coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau, glen+hanlon, washington+capitals

My Thanks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On this day of Thanksgiving, I want to heap some praise on a few individuals.

First off, a great thank you to Alanah for her dedicated work at KK and for her posting prowess at Canucks and Beyond.

To Bill, for doing his real job first and finding time to post at Abel to Yzerman.  His following is massive and he attracts readers worldwide.

To George, for being George.  One day he will post a topic you can read in less than five minutes.

Thanks to all the KK members and readers, who visit on a daily basis- Without you, there would be no KK.  I am doing something I love and hope to continue to make KK a “must stop” on a daily basis.

To Phil Coffey at NHL.com.  It was his decision to bring me in as a blogger there, something that had not been done before and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me.

Posting may be a little on the slow scale today, but we will be back in full-force on Friday.  In the meantime, don’t forget the KK Shopping section and look for some great Black Friday deals tomorrow.

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Cranberries Suck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you eat them because you’re tied to some outdated tradition, some ingrained obligation generationally passed down to you by other members of your family who hate them as much as you but have eaten them because “they have to”...well, then you’re just stupid.  Take a stand today.  Mumble an, “I’ll pass…” and just see what the reaction is. There’s a lot of other good stuff you can shove down your pie hole and those scrumptious goodies shouldn’t be tainted by cranberry sauce you despise.  Will that cause angst among the traditionalists at your table? Perhaps.  Is it a chance you’re willing to take? Only you can answer that question.  Only you.

Chris Osgood’s your starter.  He has to be.  17-1-5 his last 23 starts.  10-1 this year.  And a team that plays differently in front of him than they do in front of Hasek.

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Savard Faces Keenan Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily Herald,

Whatever problems he might have had with Keenan all those years ago are in the past, according to Savard.

“To tell you the truth, Mike’s a good coach and he had to do what he had to do then and that’s just the way it goes,” Savard said. “I think you know my personality. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to hold a grudge against anybody, whether we worked well or not together. I moved on a long time ago and he’s been a good coach in this league for a long time.”

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  Tags: calgary+flames, chicago+blackhawks, denis+savard, mike+keenan

High Praise For Holmgren

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Philly Burbs,

It’s easy to get caught up in the nightlife, the wrong crowd.

To have someone like Holmgren as a role model can help steer a young player back onto the right path.

“He’s a very highly respected person, not only in the hockey world but in general,” Fedoruk says. “It’s the way he carries himself; a lot of people want to carry themselves the way he does.

“I myself am one of those people. The respect he’s gained and the amount of work he’s put into his personal life . . . he’s a guy who leads by actions. You want to follow a guy like that. He’s a loyal person…..”

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