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Report- Yankee Stadium Appears Out As Winter Classic Destination

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com,

The window of opportunity to bring the NHL’s Winter Classic to Yankee Stadium in 2011 has been closed.

In September, the Yankees announced a new college football bowl to be played between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But there was a slim hope that until a television deal was reached, the game could be moved for one year to allow Yankee Stadium to host the annual outdoor NHL game.

But two industry sources said Wednesday that ESPN soon will announce a deal to televise the bowl game, with one source pinpointing the game would be played Dec. 30 with a 2 p.m. kickoff.

“The Yankees are still telling people it can happen but the NHL knows it can’t happen,” one source said.

However, that source indicated there still was interest on the part of the NHL and NBC to have the game in New York.

continued

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Seven Year Old Back On The Ice After Beating Liver Cancer

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from Andrea Lopez of CBS4Denver,

An amazing 7-year-old boy is back on the ice again to play his beloved sport—hockey. He hasn’t been able to play during the past two years because he’s been battling liver cancer. But young Christian Moreno kept a positive attitude while he was sick, confident that he would be able to get better and play his favorite sport again.

“He fell in love with (hockey) at a very young age,” said his mother Stacy Moreno. “Having a dad who has played and two other brothers that play, you know, you always have to bring the little ones to the rink, they always have to watch the practices and the games.

continued with video… His favorite NHL player is not a member of the Avalanche, but Ryan Getzlaf.

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  Tags: christian+moreno

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“(Canadians) take any loss hard. Whether it’s world junior, Olympics, world championship, intersquad game, exhibition game. We’re all competitors and we all love to win.

“Certainly with the buildup to Vancouver 2010, this was kind of a stepping stone. Will it put a little more pressure (on us)? I’m sure it will.”

-Chis Pronger talking about Canada’s loss in the WJC.  More ‘pressure’ talk from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.

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Huge Audience Watched WJC In Canada

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

How big is the world junior hockey championship?

  Let’s start with the gold medal game on Tuesday outdrawing the 2009 Grey Cup, which set an audience record of its own.

  And let’s add that the Canada-U.S. showdown ranks as the most watched telecast of any kind in Canada since 2005.

  The TSN audience is also the sixth largest for a Canadian telecast dating back to 1994.

continued

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Who To Blame In Atlanta

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from Bill Tiller of Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Personally, I put far more of the blame for the current predicament the Thrashers are in on the players than he or the current coaching staff. You can disagree with me if you wish…but I’ve seen what his system can do when players are where they are supposed to be and doing the things they are supposed to do. So, I’m not ready to give up on the good coach at this time.

However, if…IF…IF the Atlanta Spirit gang actually does decide that “enough is enough” and move to make a change, then they need to decide that simply changing just the coach… again… is not “enough”. They need to also give careful consideration to the notion that the man who has hired the first three head coaches in the franchise’s history should not be given the opportunity to hire the fourth.

In short, if a firing of any kind is in order here, this time it simply has to be Don Waddell that is shown the door…whether or whether not the coach is on his way out as well.

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Stand By For Heavy Rolls: It’s Howard Tomorrow In LA

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’ve heard Chris Osgood express some dissatisfaction recently.  The best playoff goalie in hockey the last two years is none too pleased to be wearing a ballcap.  Well…if he was pissed before?

Khan(!)

Coach Mike Babcock said Jimmy Howard will start in net—it will be his seventh consecutive start—because he’s playing well.

 

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No Worries With Sharks Sending Eight Players To The Olympics

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...Joe Pavelski (USA), Joe Thornton (Canada), Patrick Marleau (Canada), Dany Heatley (Canada), Douglas Murray (Sweden), Thomas Greiss (Germany), Evgeni Nabokov (Russia) and Dan Boyle (Canada) represent the Sharks’ Olympic crew.

The question, of course, is whether a Stanley Cup contender like the Sharks wants to have that many core players at the Olympics, given the possible wear and tear, or even injury. But the answer from the Sharks’ organization is unequivocally, yes, it’s very much worth it.

“The positives far outweigh the negatives,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told ESPN.com this week.

The debate is an interesting one, and you get different answers from different people around the game. It’s been a conversation largely triggered by the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings, a powerhouse team that was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by underdog Edmonton. Looking back, many people wondered if having their Swedish contingent win it all at the 2006 Torino Games in any way wore them out in the second half. Wings GM Ken Holland still doesn’t buy it.

read on

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Kovalchuk Should Give Atlanta A Home Team Discount

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from Mike Milbury at CBC,

Gifted indeed. Is he worth the dough? Maybe. Probably not. Definitely not. Most definitely not. That’s my answer and I am sticking with it.

Atlanta has made the playoffs once while Kovalchuk has been with the team. He gets his goals and what else? He backchecks occasionally? Oh, thank you.

Reports are that Kovalchuk has been offered about $10 million US per season for about the rest of his playing life and he still can’t accept. OK ... fair enough. He likes Atlanta but not the Thrashers’ chances of success and he has the right to go free agent. No problem, but can’t he give some relief to the franchise that has been more than fair to him for about a decade?

more hockey talk…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Fanhouse Moves Base Of Operations To The Vatican

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure who Greg Couch is.  Oh, I’m sure he’s probably a famous literary giant in sportswriting circles.  According to his bio he’s won a couple things.  Good for him.  What his bio doesn’t say is that he’s pristine. He is absolutely frigging perfect and he’s never done a single thing anyone could possibly point to as immoral, unethical, illegal or just plain naughty.  Chris Chelios?  Now that’s a different story, according to Fanhouse’s papal correspondent.

It’s amazing how fast a story can change. Just 48 days ago, Chris Chelios was an inspiration. Today, he’s pathetic.

 

Whew…seriously?  Frankly, I’m surprised—considering the crowd we’ve seen Chelios run with—that this is the first alcohol related incident we’ve heard of.  But…“pathetic”? 

Oh, there’s more.

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Jagr Looking Forward To Playing On Small Ice

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from RussiaToday,

After almost two decades in the NHL and a couple of seasons in Russia, Jaromir Jagr is fast approaching his final appearance for the Czech Republic just over a month from now at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Jagr will be one of the most experienced members of the squad, led by the legendary player and Olympic champion Vladimir Ruzicka.

He was actually Jagr’s teammate when the Czech Republic won their only Olympic gold at the Nagano games in 1998.

While Jagr’s mind is now on the Continental Hockey League, the upcoming Winter Olympics promise to become something special for the Czech.

continue for a video of Jagr talking abou the KHL and the upcoming Olympics…

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, winter+olympics

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