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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Everything that had been going wrong up to Monday went right against the dastardly Poultry.  All ills: solved.  Sustainability?  We’ll see.

That’s the key:  sustained superior performance.

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Too Much Black

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,

The NHL introduced its third jersey program in 1995, when five teams brought fresh looks to the their closets. Since then,hockey fans have seen the good, the bad and plenty of the ugly. And after a year without them—the league-wide uniform switch to Reebok last season meant no thirds for 2007-08—they’re back.

In black.

Seven of the 19 clubs sporting thirds this season have chosen to go with a predominantly black jersey. I know hockey players like their AC/DC, but come on. That’s more black than a Fashion Week runway. It’s said that a dark jersey intimidates opponents (foes of the the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may beg), but with so many black jerseys in the NHL, the collection of this season’s thirds is somehwat bland.

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KHL Takes a Lesson From the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From WABC:

imageThe NHL won’t have the only outdoor hockey game this season.

The Continental Hockey League announced Thursday its first ever All-Star Game will be held outdoors Jan. 10 at Red Square.

Team Yashin, featuring Russian-born players and led by former New York Islanders center Alexei Yashin, will take on Team Jagr, made up of players from the rest of the world and captained by former New York Rangers star winger Jaromir Jagr.

Voting on the KHL All Star game has been going on here. Photo is from Sharkspage where PJ included it on this post a couple years ago about another notable hockey game that took place in Red Square.

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  Tags: all+star+game, khl, red+square

Homer’s Getting Irritated, Igor’s Getting Honored and the Hockeytown Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s pretty much what we said the other day.  Tomas Holmstrom isn’t the kind of guy the Wings are going to coddle or cajole.  His ego doesn’t need stroking and he’s happy with the money he’s making (allegedly).

All he wants to do is play some hockey.  And if you prevent him from doing so? 

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Brian Campbell Talks Chicago & Wings In Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Campbell participated in a tele-conference today… Q. As David mentioned, Chicago is greatly improved on the power play this year.  I think you are seventh in the league; whereas, they have not been in the top 20 in several years.  Could you talk about the effectiveness of the first unit, and talk about how the coaches worked in other partners with you on the point and what’s been working the best.

BRIAN CAMPBELL:  Well, we struggled out of the gate the first couple of games on the power play.  And I think even until we found the right mix, it took a while.  So over the last, probably 15 games maybe, we started to click pretty good.

Obviously it helps when Patty Kane is a year older and Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp has his confidence going.  And obviously on the point, I’ve worked with—we found to get on the right sides and everything with Cam Barker and myself on the one unit that we are using right now.

So, you know, I think for us, we have been finding knowing our areas where to go and finding holes and we know all of our options out there, I think that’s the biggest thing about a power play is to know where your options are at all times.  For us, I don’t even have to look in a lot of instances and I know where guys are going to be in what areas.

You know, it’s good.  You need that to be a playoff team.  You need to be up there in special teams in those areas.

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Upshall Hears From Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Delco Times,

Scottie Upshall didn’t think he was going to be penalized for his check on Tampa Bay’s Evgeni Artyukhin, but the morning after being slapped with a major penalty and a game misconduct, Upshall found himself talking to NHL discipline boss Colin Campbell.

Upshall wasn’t suspended, or even fined, but he was given a stern talking to by Campbell who is on a mission to take dangerous hits and eradicate them from the league entirely.

“I’m glad I’m not suspended, but I definitely don’t think I should have been kicked out of the game,” Upshall said. “(Campbell) wanted me to try my best to let up on guys who are in a vulnerable position and that’s what I try to do. He said we’re not going to suspend you, but we’re trying to crack down on these hits….”

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Sean Avery—Decision Pending

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com:

After the meeting,  [Brett] Hull spoke to the media outside the building before leaving and said that he expected a decision by later today or Friday. Avery departed after Hull and did not speak to reporters as he was escorted to a waiting car.

If a decision comes down today from the NHL, we’ll be sure to update this post.

Incidentally, Eric McErlain at AOL’s NHL Fanhouse published an interesting interview today that relates to another recent Avery incident. 

update 6:18pm, The NHL will release their decision Friday morning regarding Avery.

 

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  Tags: brett+hull, sean+avery, suspensions

Another Report On The Canadiens Up For Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

As the Montreal Canadiens unveiled a series of initiatives as part of the club’s Centennial celebrations, Forbes magazine is reporting that team owner George Gillett has put the franchise up for sale.

“I’m here today to celebrate the 100th anniversary and I’m proud as punch to be involved and I look forward to being involved for a longtime to come” Gillett told Sportsnet before addressing the Forbes report. “I have no comment. I haven’t seen the article but had I seen it, I would have no comment.”

The reported asking price is $400 million, more than double the figure Gillett paid for the team ($181 million) back in 2001. In a recent report Forbes.com listed the team value at $334 million.

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added 4:58pm, from CBC,

On Thursday, the 70-year-old Gillett told reporters he is “angry” that he continually has to deny the hockey team is on the market.

“The club has never been for sale. As far as I know, no one has ever talked to anyone about the sale of the club,” said Gillett, who bought 80 per cent of the Canadiens and the Bell Centre for $185 million US in 2001.

“I’ve never authorized anyone to discuss it. We have received many inquiries about a possible sale [but] I’ve never entertained any of them.”

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The NHL Hour with Jim Devellano

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice-President Jim Devellano will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.  The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, jim+devellano, media, nhl+hour

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN, where I have had so many great years.  I look forward to analyzing people being fired, rather than being the guy fired.”

—Barry Melrose via The Daily Gazette

In his return to the network, Melrose will be joining Matthew Barnaby.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, espn, matthew+barnaby

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