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The Right Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily Telegraph,

Arsene Wenger was at a business conference one day when somebody asked him to explain what made Cesc Fabregas so good. The Arsenal manager recalled the time some ice hockey coaches studied Wayne Gretzky, the iconic National Hockey League player of the Seventies and Eighties.
The exercise was simple: pause a videotape of Gretzky with the puck at his feet. It could be in any given situation, anywhere on the ice. In an ideal world, what should the Canadian do? Which move would serve the team best?
And what do you know, once the tape was moved on, Gretzky usually did for real what the coaches had chosen. In other words, the secret of his success, what made him great, was basically down to sound decision-making.

continued...about soccer…

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Ready To Hate The Oil Again?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, just you wait. Just you wait until you read this. Thanks to Jes Golbez for the pointer, and we'll be back to him...oh yes we will. The Oil are retiring Mark Me Messier's number. Glory. Have at it. But, in the process, Oil management has decided to slam the Wings and, by God, The Captain. Via TSN.

"The (pre-game) ceremonies can get long and arduous as they were with Stevie Y (Steve Yzerman)" Oiler president Patrick LaForge told reporters Wednesday. Yzerman's No. 19 jersey was retired Jan. 2 in a 90-minute ceremony prior to the Detroit Red Wings' game against the Anaheim Ducks. "There was no opportunity for fans there to reach out to Stevie, and we want to do that here and we want to do it with Mark. "He's a native son and an Edmonton boy and he wants this."
Eat it Pat. So he's an Edmonton boy and he wants this. Well, I'm a Saginaw boy and here's what I want.

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Lucky Luc’s #20 Heads To Rafters On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the CP via TSN:

Luc Robitaille predicts the tears might be flowing come Saturday night when his No. 20 goes up to the rafters at the Staples Center.
But on the eve of his jersey retirement with the Los Angeles Kings, the former all-star winger was all laughs as he fondly recalled 19 years in the NHL, 14 of them in L.A.
He vividly recalled his reaction after the Kings drafted him in 1984.
“I remember looking at a map and seeing how far L.A. was from where I was born,” the Montreal native said Friday.

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All Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sidney Crosby took part in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. What’s it going to be like playing on a line with Alexander Ovechkin, and there’s been a lot of discussion about the All-Star Game, that there’s too many goals and there’s not a competitive enough game, and whether there should be more young players in the game who might have more competitive fire because they have not been in the game before. Can you answer those questions, please?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Well, playing with Ovechkin is going to be a lot of fun. Obviously to play with a guy who shoots the puck like that, you want to get it to him. I think I’ll be doing my best to try to feed him the puck and let him rip it.
As far as competitiveness in the All-Star Game, I mean, I think it’s fun for everyone to see a lot of nice goals and I think the more goals, the better. So you know, it’s a game that’s full of a lot of skill and as a fan you want to see that. You want to see guys have fun out there and be creative, and I think that’s really the whole point of it.

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NHL Will Stream All-Star Festivities

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2007)—In conjunction with the NHL Network in Canada and NHL RADIO, NHL.COM will offer hockey fans live streaming video and audio coverage of the 2007 All-Star Celebration events from Dallas. Additionally, NHL.COM staff will capture behind-the-scenes footage of player interviews as well as other events taking place in and around the city.

STREAMING BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

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Anyone Home? Anyone? Anyone?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

JDunc, frequent A2Y reader and KK forum poster, turned us on to the fact that Zetterberg's been replaced in the all star lineup. Paul posted the NHL news release. The diggers have zip. No stories. No blog entries. No initiative. No worries. Khan(!) does report that Chris Osgood has the flu and won't start tonite.

Chris Osgood missed Friday's morning skate in Columbus because of the flu, but coach Mike Babcock said Osgood is still expected to back-up Dominik Hasek in tonight's game. Osgood was scheduled to start Saturday in Colorado, but if he can't play, Babcock said the club would recall Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids (the Griffins are in Hamilton tonight and Saturday), where he was assigned last week on a 14-day conditioning stint.
Meanwhile, the team's co-most-valuable Swede is....what? Hurt? Tired? Kidding?

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Hottest Line In Hockey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Outstanding feature article from SI's Brian Caseneuve. He's taken considerable time to analyze the reasons behind the recent offensive explosion of the Dats/Zett/Homer line (anyone want to come up with a nickname for that line?).

Extra work: Holmstrom is a known pessimist, one who is especially hard on himself. Over the last few weeks, he's been staying late after practices working on deflecting shots on goal -- sometimes dozens in a stretch. Don't buy the stereotype about all Swedes being soft in the middle. For a player with skill, Holmstrom scores his share of garbage goals and has the marks on his ankles to prove it. Datsyuk scored three goals with his first 37 shots this season, but having Holmstrom on his line ensures that he will shoot through screens more often.
Makes you wonder a bit why the DD's haven't explored this a bit more. Makes me wonder why a certain blogger hasn't either. Yes, that's a self-referral.

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The Pens Offer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins have been offered a better arena deal than any other National Hockey League team or any other professional sports team in the state, Gov. Ed Rendell said this afternoon.
“The offer we have put on the table, I can tell you two things about it,” Rendell told reporters. “One, it’s better than any city or state has offered to an existing NHL team for a new stadium in the last several years, and it is also significantly better from the team’s perspective (than the deals offered to other Pennsylvania sports teams).”

continued...what happened to not negotiating through the press?

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Brashear Built Tough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Read Express,

Enter the 6-foot-2, 234-pound enforcer, who’s built a 16-year career out of an ability to reverse momentum. Nothing breathes life into a moribund team or a quiet crowd like a big hit or some fisticuffs, and few are as qualified to deliver as the imposing Indiana native.
“That’s our job. We’re energy. We’re role players, and at any given time we want to be out there trying to hit somebody, intimidate them or get a fight to get the guys going,” he said….
But Brashear is a hockey player, not a goon, which is why he’s still in the league. “The guys who were intelligent enough to not be one-dimensional and work on their skills and work on their skating,” have survived, Caps coach Glen Hanlon said.

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Don’t Touch That Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bloomberg,

The National Hockey League may create its first uniform policy enforced by fines to make sure players don’t alter the new streamlined gear designed by Adidas AG’s Reebok International Ltd.
The league is ``looking at rules and regulations,’’ including fines to ensure players don’t change the uniforms, which will be worn during the All-Star Game next week and used by all teams next season, Brian Jennings, the NHL’s vice president of consumer products marketing, said in an interview.

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