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The Mike Danton Interview

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Garth Woolsey of the Toronto Star,

Believe him or not, this much we know for sure about Mike Danton: He was, and quite likely still is, one terribly messed-up individual.

That is the overriding impression left by the former St. Louis Blues forward in his supposedly tell-all interview with Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, which aired in an hour-long special Wednesday night.

As much as Danton, now 29, presents himself as a man who has learned some life lessons the hard way and is finally approaching normalcy, one is left with the uneasy feeling he continues to delude himself, as well as those who might take his words at face value.

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Danton came across as calm, composed and factually challenged—some might even say delusional—in the much-awaited hour-long interview broadcast on Rogers Sporstnet last night that was supposed to tell his side of the story.

Danton told his story of how he went to prison for a muddled murder-for-hire attempt. He just didn’t tell the story.

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added 8:36am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Then, when our cameraman and I shut off our cellphones, Danton told us he’d be leaving his on. Frost wanted to listen to our interview from the other end, so Danton dialled him, put the phone in his pocket and told us he was ready to begin. Never seen anyone else do that before or since. (Now I should point out that Danton was as polite as possible. He was friendly, smiling and answered all of our questions without any issue. Even when declining our footage request, there was no hint of rudeness.)

Things really spiralled out of control afterward.

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Do You Believe In Miracles? Jimmy D Doesn’t But We’re Cool With That

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First, right off the hop, let me apologize for a factual error in last night’s Live Blog.  I made a reference to the fact that I’m glad our team, the Detroit Red Wings, hasn’t been bent over to the tune of a 9-0 cumulative score over their last two games.  Because of that error, the reference may have been lost on some of you.  Point of fact? The reigning Stanley Cup champions had actually lost their last two to the tune of 8-0.  Again, I apologize for confusing you.

Of course, if you go ahead and add in their 5-2 loss prior to their consecutive shutouts?  That makes it even worse, which makes me warm.

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Valuable Teams

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from Peter J. Schwartz of Forbes,

The San Jose Sharks have yet to hoist the Stanley Cup, but when it comes to building teams that deliver bang for the buck, they’re the closest thing the National Hockey League has to a dynasty.

By the metric of player costs to wins, in the four seasons since the NHL introduced a salary cap, the Sharks are the only team to finish each season in the top eight among the league’s 30 teams. The Sharks rank third overall in the salary cap era, behind Detroit and Pittsburgh (the last two Stanley Cup winners top our list because playoff success counts more in our scoring than regular season victories).

continue and all kinds of lists, charts, etc….

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Shaking So Much, Really Yearning For…A Live Blog.  Or A BJ.  What? Both?  Cool.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aloha bitches.  Statement game against one of the little brothers.  Open handed slap to the face would be nice.  Then again, so would a roster not torn to pieces by injury.  Aww. Don’t be sad little guppy.  At least you haven’t been blown out to the tune of 9-0 your last two games.

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Luc Joins Leno

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BURBANK, Calif. – November 11, 2009 – On Thursday, November 12 recent inductee to the NHL Hall of Fame Luc Robitaille will take to the ice on “The Jay Leno Show” (Monday-Friday, 10-11 p.m. ET).  The Stanley Cup winner will take penalty shots on Leno’s IT guy in a segment called “Extreme Johnny.”

Robitaille made the NHL All-Star team 8 times in his career and logged 668 career goals and adding 726 assists.  The left winger skated for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings.

Thursday’s show will also feature an in-studio visit by Penelope Cruz and a “Ten @ Ten” with Dolly Parton.

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Daniel Sedin Not Ready To Play

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via Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Injured Canuck winger Daniel Sedin has been sent home to Vancouver and won’t play until at least next Friday’s home game.

Daniel Sedin did not practise as planned in Detroit, indicating his broken foot has not healed well enough for him to play.

Sedin broke his foot Oct. 7 and rejoined the Canucks Saturday in Dallas after skating for three straight days in Vancouver.

Sedin practised well on Sunday, but was kept off the ice on Monday. He took the morning skate Tuesday in St. Louis although he was not going to play that night.

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Giguere Says No Intention Of Retiring

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Doing a fair bit of damage control, Giguere said he was being facetious when he told the L.A. Daily News on Monday that “I’d rather retire than be a backup.”

“Let’s be clear with something,” he said today. “I’m not about to retire. That was kind of being sarcastic on my part a little bit. What I really mean by that is I’m not having fun not playing. I’m not going to just stay on the bench and collect my money and say, ‘It’s OK. It’s no big deal.’

“I’m all set. I don’t need to make any more money and stuff like that. That’s just not in my nature. I’m competitive. I want to play.”

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Talking Goalie Equipment

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Kay Whitmore, manager, hockey operations for the NHL, took center stage at Wednesday’s meeting and updated the League’s GMs on the status of size-specific goaltending equipment being instituted next season.

“Kay briefed us on the formulas they use when they are sizing the pads and it’s a pretty detailed formula,” Boston GM Peter Chiarelli told NHL.com. “We are satisfied with what we saw. It’s trending in the right way because it takes measurement of specific body parts.”

According to Whitmore, the ability to have unified measurements of various body parts for every goalie in the NHL is what finally moved the much-discussed plan of height-specific leg pads from the discussion stage to the action stage. In fact, the plan will be in place for the start of next season.

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Hockey Playing Started At An Early Age

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from Bob Boyes at CBC,

My son, Brad Boyes, is in his fifth year as an NHL hockey player, and has been the leading scorer on the St. Louis Blues for the past two years.

Who would have guessed that 27 years ago? Certainly not me.

Brad is the second of our four children. He has an older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom love and play sports still. We are a sports family.

As a toddler, Brad would play mini hockey in the kitchen whenever he could with his brother, mother, and/or me.

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May As Well Start The Early Trade Talk

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It is a long way to the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline and defenseman Scott Niedermayer is hoping that the Ducks are in a playoff position by then.

But what if the Ducks, who ranked 14th out of 15 Western Conference teams as they prepared to face the Devils Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, were floundering as the deadline approached? It is not inconceivable that Niedermayer could be traded back to his former club for another shot at a Stanley Cup with brother Rob.

“I think it’s a possibility,” Niedermayer said of being traded by the Ducks at some point this season. “Last year we were kind of a in a situation where we were teetering and there was some talk and rumors. You start to think about it.

“But I’m not thinking about that right now. Our goal right now is to do well on this road trip, to play good hockey and get into the playoff picture and compete with this team. When those bridges come, I’ll deal with them.”

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