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Hockey Is For Everyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Democrat & Chronicle,

USA Hockey has opened the door to the ice for everyone, believing disabilities shouldn’t prevent someone from enjoying the sport.
“Our motto is, Hockey is for everyone,” said JJ O’Connor, chairman of USA Hockey’s disabled section.
There are four branches in USA Hockey’s disabled hockey division: sled, deaf, amputee and special.
“If you’re a hockey fan or you always wanted to try it, we want to provide the opportunity for you,” O’Connor said. “Maybe you have a cousin or a brother or a friend in a wheelchair, or they can’t hear, or they walk a little differently. We’re saying, ‘You can play hockey.’

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Avery Not Happy With “Detriment” Remark

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Rangers coach Tom Renney repeatedly referred to Sean Avery as one of the team’s most valuable components during the drive to the conference semifinals, so imagine the 27-year-old winger’s surprise and anger upon reading that management called him “a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team,” in the team’s salary arbitration brief that will be presented during today’s hearing at Toronto.
“It’s hard not to take something like that personally and not to be emotional about it,” Avery told The Post yesterday. “I know this is part of the business, I know this is part of the process, but it’s extremely disappointing to read something like that coming from Slats [GM Glen Sather] and not to be offended by it.

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Irresponsible Lowe

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from Eric Franicis of the Calgary Sun,

By signing Dustin Penner to a five-year, US$21.25 million offer sheet that gives the towering rookie ten times more money a year than he made in Anaheim, Lowe has suddenly become the sort of reckless GM that prompted a year-long lockout.
After years of lamenting the foolhardiness of people like Glen Sather, Mike Milbury and Bob Clarke, whose constant overspending drove the market up and threatened the very existence of small market teams like the Oilers, Lowe is now the irresponsible one.

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Forsberg? Forget It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You read between the lines a bit yesterday.  You studied Helene St. James’ blog entry, Forsberg to Wings? and you looked for any kind of subtle hint that she actually had a source with an inside track to Floppa’s line of thinking.  Most of you have already figured this out, but I’m going to give you a little hint.

The most important line of that entire post was the one at the top, just below the headline:  July 29, 2007

In the middle of the summer, with zero Wing news to note, St. James tapped out a few sentences, threw the Holland/Baizley reference in there, and the Free Press generated a couple hundred thousand hits.  A few speculative and not particularly earth shattering paragraphs about why the Wings would consider it, all the same discussions you’ve read on every Wing blog and message board, then the only part that matters: 

4. Why it won’t happen

First, there is a possibility Forsberg will decide to spend a year playing in Sweden.

Second, there’s the Colorado Avalanche factor. The franchise for which Forsberg played for nine seasons has $44 million committed, which gives them about the same cap space as the Wings. Given the upgrades made in signing Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan, as well as the steady presence of Joe Sakic, the Avs look like playoff contenders again and surely would be attractive to Forsberg.

 

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Michigan Sports Blog of the Week: Bless You Boys

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stand by for consistency.  I’m keeping up with the Sports Blog of the Week thing.  This weekend, I offer you a variety of selections then get down to business with the blog of choice.  Found a few interesting ones I liked but haven’t selected for some different reasons.

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Breaking Down The Central

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Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline is passing out summer grades to the NHL teams in the Central Division.
Nashville and Columbus fans, you won’t be happy.

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Entry #5:  When All Else Fails, Fire Millen

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The “Replace the Pathetic Fire On Ice Marketing Disaster With Something Not Designed By a 6 Year Old” contest is picking up steam.  A2Y expatriot TeamDub has returned with a vengeance and a graphic all Detroit fans can relate to.

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Submit your own brilliance .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and be prepared to vote in September.

 

 

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Ryder Signs With Montreal

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via the Montreal Canadiens,

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, announced Sunday the signing of right winger Michael Ryder to a one-year contract for the 2007-08 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements will not be disclosed.
With this signing, all Canadiens players are now under contract for the 2007-08 season.

thanks to KK member PucHound61 for the heads-up in the KK Forums…

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Entry #4: Our Wandering Miracle of Czech Insanity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Arizona has been heard from.  Aaron, an A2Y reader from Phoenix and varsity Photoshop user, has provided us our fourth entry in the “Replace Fire On Ice Because It’s Juvenile, Hastily Designed and Just Plain Sucks” contest.  A reminder:  whoever the 8 dedicated A2Y readers determine has crafted the best graphic/slogan for the upcoming season will win a fantastic prize and an honor that is almost indescribably unique (their graphic will be prominently displayed on the A2Y front page the entire season).

Aaron’s a smart dude.  He knows what causes us pain and has woven it into his graphic and his slogan.  Nothing causes a family more stress than #39 be-bopping outside his crease.

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Gretzky Rooting For Bonds

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via the AP at MSNBC,

When Bonds homered on Friday, he heard a taped greeting from Michael Jordan. On Saturday, it was hockey night in San Francisco. Bonds turned and watched from left field just before first pitch as the video board played another celebrity greeting.
“Hey Barry, Wayne Gretzky here. On behalf of my wife and kids we want to congratulate you on a job well done, but remember don’t stop there and we’ll be rooting for you as you chase down history.”

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