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Heart Of A Ranger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“I don’t know what the right words are, but my heart is pounding out of my chest. Can you tell?” Graves said.

Always the consummate teammate, Graves said it was his hope to go off the ice with his former teammates Mike Richter, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch. However, it was Messier who made Graves stay on the ice to absorb the final applause from one of the most adoring and appreciative crowds I have ever seen.

“Mess is Mess,” Graves said. “He gets greater joy out of other people’s success than his own. That’s just the type of guy he is. That’s Mark.”

more and watch the Graves tribute video below…

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NHLPA Internal Battles Continue

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Last summer, at union meetings in Chicago, Lindros arrived with a laundry list of complaints, including some directly aimed at Kelly. In the end, the rest of the key union executives backed Kelly and gave Lindros a rap across the knuckles.

That destroyed the relationship between the two men, and it was hardly a shock when Lindros departed yesterday, although nobody’s saying whether this was a resignation or a firing.

So the latest round of NHLPA bloodletting has again become public.

More specifically, a union that has in the past had difficultly dealing with dissension and disagreement in its ranks has again dealt harshly with an individual viewed as a troublemaker.

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The Losing Streak Is Over- Alain Vigneault Press Conference

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Pick Your Idiot:  Bitter Blues/Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Monday’s loss to St. Louis generated the kind of quality I expect of you every game.

Oh.  The Wings actually won that game?  Woops.  I couldn’t tell. 

You obviously couldn’t either.  Vote for your idiot.  As Gary would tell you…vote early, vote often, and vote for Thid.

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Stars Looking More & More Like Last Year’s Team

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

So, are the Stars out of the woods yet in this very strange season? Hardly. But if this team can play like this on a fairly regular basis, then they definitely can win a lot of games.

Dallas (24-18-7, 55 points) now touts the fifth best points percentage in the West. That’s what happens when you win five straight.

Of course, as Brad Richards reminded, this can also go the other way if they put together a bad week.

Buf you have to love the gumption this team is showing right now. Are they a playoff team? Probably. Should they just ride out the chemistry and not do a thing? Hmmm. Have they earned the right to add a key player at the trade deadline (or earlier)?

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A Tuesday Night Recap From Bed

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from Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice,

Not sick-in-the-head, though many would advance that theory.  Sick as in “Man, I can’t get outta bed, it hurts so bad” sick.  One wicked case of sinus infection, which seems to happen this time every year.

Stuck at home, feeling like I blocked an Al MacInnis slapshot with my forehead, until the drugs kicked in.  Dragged myself to the basement TV room couch.  Thankfully, there were a lot of NHL games on this particular Tuesday evening.

Started with Pittsburgh in Montreal.  Talk about a game both teams wanted to win.  The Penguins trying to claw their way back into an Eastern Conference playoff spot; the Habs trying to hang onto theirs.

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Blue Jackets Need To Find Their Game

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

The Jackets are as healthy as they have been in weeks – Steve Mason’s bout with mono aside—but they can’t seem to get their game back.

Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock was steamed and with good reason.

“It’s gonna have to change,” he said. “It’s going to change, immediately. We’re going to go back and play the way we did before, which was very successful. We have to get back to that. It’s going to be a drag for us to get it back to that. It’s the only way we can have success. If the players don’t recognize it now, they’ll recognize it by the time we go to Pittsburgh.”

Forward R.J. Umberger, who scored a power-play goal, and was the Jackets most noticeable player, had a similar take.

“We definitely waited,” he said.” We’re just not playing the style we were – aggressive, getting the puck in deep, just using our size and our speed to outwork them. We’re trying to play a skill game. In the third period we did everything right; we got it in deep, we got pucks to the net, we played hard, but sometimes you come up short when you just play one good period.”

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Hossa’s Open To An Extended Stay

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Actually, what Craig Custance said in this morning’s Sporting News Today is that Marian Hossa is “open to re-signing with the Wings.”

“To tell you the truth, my agent started talking to Kenny and they’ll slowly continue talking,” Hossa said after practice Tuesday.

Anyone but me feel like 81’s pulling away in the competition between he and Franzen, the “if you had to pick one” competition?

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Overuse Of A Theme Song

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from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

Is it just me or does the Hockey Night In Canada theme song lost it’s luster now that is on TSN?

They have completely over used the jingle, playing it at every opportunity. And they gave it a terrible accompanying video montage.

Meanwhile CBC has come up with a catchy tune which I think I might actually like better.

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Flames Hear About Lack Of Road Wins

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

After last night’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars, the Calgary Flames GM had the media shuffled out of the dressing room, closed the door and let his charges know losing—and how they were losing—wasn’t acceptable.

Especially away from the Saddledome.

“We’re pretty bad on the road,” said Flames centre Craig Conroy, after the doors were re-opened. “Who cares what we’re doing at home? We’ve got to do it on the road. Don’t kid yourself—we’re not where we want to be. We’ve got to be better, and to a man we believe that. Everything (Sutter) said was true.

“It’s one thing about Darryl, he tells it the way it is. We’ve won one game on the road in 31 days, and that’s not good enough.”

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