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Time To Put An End To The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti at NorthJersey.com,

The time has come to scrap the entire weekend.

If the lure of Montreal and the history of the Canadiens isn’t enough to save the event, nothing else will.

There will be no All-Star game next year anyway because it is an Olympic year. Why bother coming back in 2011?

The All-Star game already has been supplanted by the Winter Classic outdoor game as the centerpiece event of the NHL’s regular season. The league can build the outdoor game into an even bigger event and use it to showcase the sponsorship deals that usually are highlighted on All-Star weekend.

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Steve Simmons wrote this morning what all of us already know, and I’m paraphrasing:  that Gary Bettman is a little bitch midget who has zero loyalty to a game he knows nothing about or the players who attract a core of fans who want more than anything to be loyal, but are being tested by his idiocy.

Actually, what he wrote was this.

Department of Dumb: Suspending Nicklas Lidstrom, who has played hurt, been to a million all-star games, and never has taken a shift off in his spectacular career, for not playing in today’s all-star game. This is so typical of Gary Bettman: He’ll protect his bankrupt owners but toss the best of his players under the bus.

Roger.  And now I have a challenge for you.

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It Is All About Ovechkin

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In case you missed it last night, Elliotte Friedman of CBC did a great job with an ‘Inside Hockey’ segment on Alexander Ovechkin.

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Live Blogging CSI Miami

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1444 EST:  Imagery added below will offend many, many people.  I strongly recommend you go elsewhere now.
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No, I didn’t.  But many of you did and that’s fantastic.

Especially since that would have conflicted with the piss pot skills competition.

I haven’t decided what I’ll be doing at 1800 this evening, but I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I have two ditties for you.

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NHL Won’t Relax Rule For Foster

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Last March 19, Kurtis Foster’s left femur snapped in half. Three people told Foster it was “the worst break they’ve ever seen in a person’s leg.”

Many people privately were skeptical he would ever play again. He still walks with a limp.

Yet here we are, a little more than nine months later, and the Wild defenseman is close to reporting to Houston for a conditioning stint….

Despite coming so far, Foster believes he is being rushed back by the NHL.

According to Section 13.8 of the collective bargaining agreement, teams are not permitted to send players to the minors on “conditioning loans” for longer than “14 consecutive days.”

Upon Foster’s request, the Wild begged the league to make an exception. The team offered up Foster’s medical records. The team offered to fly Foster to New York to be examined by NHL doctors.

Yet, the league refused to make an exception. If Foster is in Houston one second longer than two weeks, he will have to clear waivers.

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Reviewing The SuperSkills Competition

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If you want the Saturday review in pictures and video format, head over to Empty Netters.  Do understand the pages may be slow to load.

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Let’s Go For A Morning Skate

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from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

We know the game-day skate was already well established in the NHL by the mid-1970s.

What is less clear is how the ritual became so entrenched in the fabric of the league.

After contacting a number of former NHL players and managers, it appears the skate grew out of a number of factors, including: a natural progression from morning meetings at the rink on game day; growing rosters that meant “extra” players needed to skate when not playing that night; and even some influence from the Soviet national team—who were known for their hard practices the morning of a game.

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Watching The Blue Jackets

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The numbers (ratings) seem to say a couple of things: Local fans have noticed that this year’s team is better than last year’s squad, which competed hard but lacked the depth of talent to be in the race, and they’re increasingly interested in the good story lines (Benedict Foote), strong opponents (Calgary) and players worth watching (Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, whose Capitals drew a 2.35 rating).

If form holds true, the best ratings are going to come after the All-Star break. And if this team continues to trend upward, we might soon discover what a lot of people said nine years ago:

If the Blue Jackets ever have a good team, this is going to be one heck of a hockey market.

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Around The NHL This Week

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Predators, who can’t win because they can’t score, should be on the phone offering up their No. 3 defenceman Dan Hamhuis, 26, for a winger. Maybe they should be going after Flyers’ Joffrey Lupul, who is about Philly’s sixth best forward and has 15 goals. Hamhuis isn’t having a good year (minus-12), but he’s in his fifth NHL season and plays 22 minutes a night in Nashville. He’s a solid, two-way D-man.

• Slugger Derek Boogaard has the longest NHL run without a goal (150 games), but as he says, “how many fights has Mikko Koivu had in his 250 games?”

• Teemu Selanne is back skating after the quadricep muscle in his left leg was sliced by his own skate a month ago at Rexall Place. No explosive stuff yet,” said the Ducks’ winger, who could help a pretty ordinary Anaheim team, maybe this week. They’ve won only five times in 16 games since he was hurt.

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The Best Canadien- Jean Beliveau

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from Red Fisher at NHL.com,

As long as anyone can remember, even before he was to become everything that was good about this Montreal Canadiens franchise, Jean Beliveau has been special.

Was there ever a player blessed with more grace on and off the ice? He was a quiet leader who led by example. He walked and skated tall—and always will be remembered that way. We rejoiced in his accomplishments and were left limp with grief when he was struck with adversity—on and off the ice.

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