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The Ideal Brian Burke Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

“When I talk about having a hard-nosed team, I want to make it clear that I love skill, first and foremost,” he said. “If you look at the teams I had in Vancouver, we had a ton of skill and a lot of hard-hat guys.

“I draw a line right through the top six [forwards] and bottom six. The bottom six guys have to bring a pick and a shovel to work. They have to do the penalty killing, block the shots, they have to win the fights and deliver the bodychecks. The top six have to put the points up on the scoreboard.

“We have a lot of work to do. There are a bunch of holes on this team. The one motto I have with my players is: no complaints, no excuses. I’m not going to complain.

“I don’t have this and I don’t have that. We’ll get things fixed here, but it will take some time.”

more on the Leafs…

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Your Thoughts On The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It’s over and soon we will be back to regular season hockey.

The city of Montreal deserves high-fives all around for being such a great host city. 

Now, the games get serious again and the race for the 2nd season is about to begin.

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  Tags: all-star+game

Horatio Cain Will Track You Down And He Will Lock You Away

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gary Bettman’s All Star Game starts in roughly 16 minutes.  We don’t know for sure because apparently the stop watches aren’t working in Montreal.

Hopefully the Versus ratings in Detroit come in somewhere around 0.00.

Me? I won’t watch a minute of it.  It’s CSI Miami on A&E.

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Hey Ohio Transplants…Here’s Your Standard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You have tickets to Tuesday’s game in Columbus.  It’s the only chance you have to see The Dynasty all year.  You and your wife are epic Wing fans, raised in Michigan, transplanted in Columbus, or somewhere near.

Principles? You’ve got ‘em.  And you’re considering skipping the game just to show Gary Bettman what a tool he is.

But you realize it won’t phase him because all he cares about is buying a new Webkinz for his baby boy in Pittsburgh.

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Time To Put An End To The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti at NorthJersey.com,

The time has come to scrap the entire weekend.

If the lure of Montreal and the history of the Canadiens isn’t enough to save the event, nothing else will.

There will be no All-Star game next year anyway because it is an Olympic year. Why bother coming back in 2011?

The All-Star game already has been supplanted by the Winter Classic outdoor game as the centerpiece event of the NHL’s regular season. The league can build the outdoor game into an even bigger event and use it to showcase the sponsorship deals that usually are highlighted on All-Star weekend.


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  Tags: all-star+game

Write This Caption

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Steve Simmons wrote this morning what all of us already know, and I’m paraphrasing:  that Gary Bettman is a little bitch midget who has zero loyalty to a game he knows nothing about or the players who attract a core of fans who want more than anything to be loyal, but are being tested by his idiocy.

Actually, what he wrote was this.

Department of Dumb: Suspending Nicklas Lidstrom, who has played hurt, been to a million all-star games, and never has taken a shift off in his spectacular career, for not playing in today’s all-star game. This is so typical of Gary Bettman: He’ll protect his bankrupt owners but toss the best of his players under the bus.

Roger.  And now I have a challenge for you.

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It Is All About Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you missed it last night, Elliotte Friedman of CBC did a great job with an ‘Inside Hockey’ segment on Alexander Ovechkin.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Live Blogging CSI Miami

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1444 EST:  Imagery added below will offend many, many people.  I strongly recommend you go elsewhere now.
No, I didn’t.  But many of you did and that’s fantastic.

Especially since that would have conflicted with the piss pot skills competition.

I haven’t decided what I’ll be doing at 1800 this evening, but I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I have two ditties for you.

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NHL Won’t Relax Rule For Foster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Last March 19, Kurtis Foster’s left femur snapped in half. Three people told Foster it was “the worst break they’ve ever seen in a person’s leg.”

Many people privately were skeptical he would ever play again. He still walks with a limp.

Yet here we are, a little more than nine months later, and the Wild defenseman is close to reporting to Houston for a conditioning stint….

Despite coming so far, Foster believes he is being rushed back by the NHL.

According to Section 13.8 of the collective bargaining agreement, teams are not permitted to send players to the minors on “conditioning loans” for longer than “14 consecutive days.”

Upon Foster’s request, the Wild begged the league to make an exception. The team offered up Foster’s medical records. The team offered to fly Foster to New York to be examined by NHL doctors.

Yet, the league refused to make an exception. If Foster is in Houston one second longer than two weeks, he will have to clear waivers.

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  Tags: kurtis+foster

Reviewing The SuperSkills Competition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you want the Saturday review in pictures and video format, head over to Empty Netters.  Do understand the pages may be slow to load.

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