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Whoa.  Have We Been Wrong All Along?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There are a few staples in our lives.  Things we rely on to be true, no matter what.  Facts we can just hang our hats on and move on to the next dilemma.

1.  If Rocky had thrown that big left while Appollo was against the ropes in the 15th round of the first fight?  He’d have been Heavyweight Champion fifteen seconds later.  The Master of Disaster was practically comatose, unable to raise his hands, ribs shattered.  Balboa had him, but hesitated. Why he did is one of the great unsolved mysteries in the history of the ring.

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Trade Planning Begins In January

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

When I managed in Tampa Bay we typically held our mid-winter meetings in January. Our goal was to allow our scouts to get through the end of the calendar year and see each team in the NHL, American League, Canadian League and major European leagues at least twice; once at home and once on the road. We also wanted our scouts to see the World Junior Championship and the Spengler Cup prior to coming to our meetings. We wanted to get as much coverage as possible prior to bringing the entire group together….

The bottom line was the mid-winter meetings helped set the table for the rest of the season. With the NHL trade deadline less than 60 days away, it will be interesting to see which organization’s seeds will bear fruit and which fields will lie fallow down the stretch.

Let the trading begin!

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 5, 2009)—Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski and Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 4.

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Not Your Dad’s Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Are they still responsible defensibly? Sure. Do their forwards track back with purpose and passion when the opposition has the puck? Absolutely. But they skate forward just as passionately and purposefully when attacking, and even unleash a forecheck from time to time for good measure.

Yes, defending is central to the Devils’ identity. But today under second-year coach Brent Sutter, they’ve modified with the times.

“I’m very comfortable with this group,” Sutter says. “They’re more comfortable with me. A lot of what we went through last year is in place regarding systems and expectations. I don’t even have to bring up accountability anymore. The players in the room handle that.”

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3 Years Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don’t ask too much of my readers, and you know who you are.  All 19 of you.  Your assignments are simple, really.  Read the drivel. React to the drivel. Read more. React again.  I don’t ask you for money, for recognition, beer or beta copies of made-for-Cinemax movies. 

So the least you could have done was remind me of our third anniversary.

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IF Chicago Had A Head, The Wings Would Be In It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Famonn Brennan of NBC Chicago,

The gulf was so wide, even casual hockey observers took notice. It was obvious even to people who don’t know what offside is all about that the Red Wings were stronger, faster, and more complete—a scary real-life version of a “Mighty Ducks” movie villian. They even look intimidating.

(It should be noted here that this also goes for the Sharks—the Hawks are 0-3-3 against the top two teams in the West, and 21-5-4 against everyone else. This feels like talent threshold at work, doesn’t it?)

Perhaps the Hawks just aren’t on that level, even if last night’s win against the Flames would seem to say otherwise. Who knows, really, why the Hawks struggle with the Wings? We can probably chalk it up to a bad two games against a superior team, and leave it at that. But the Blackhawks already won over this city. That damage is done. Now it’s time for a new goal, one chanted nearly as often as “Detroit sucks”:

Beat Detroit.

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Fantasy Advice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,

Week 14 brings with it the 40 game mark in the schedule, making it the perfect time to consult the Higgins HOCKEY FANTASY INDEX , home of the per game statistic, H.F.I., and get a read on which skaters, exactly, are keeping all those first-place jerks out there afloat with only half a season left to play….

Of the 28 skaters with an H.F.I. of 2.0 or more:

• 11 are centres. They are: Evgeni Malkin 2.9, Jeff Carter 2.6, Marc Savard 2.6, Mike Richards 2.5, Joe Thornton 2.3, Pavel Datsyuk 2.3 (he’s been operating at over 4.5 for 3 weeks now - he won’t be staying at 2.3 for long), Sid Crosby 2.2 (0.8 since Dec.21st), Henrik Zetterberg 2.2, David Kreicji 2.1, Ryan Getzlaf 2.1 and Nik Backstrom 2.0

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Avery Meets-Up With Old Teammates

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from Rangers Report,

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut back on senseless Sean Avery rumormongering—what, that wasn’t one of yours?—but I couldn’t help but notice this Page Six item about Avery being spotted recently at a club in New York.

While that part was about as surprising as Tom Renney being seen watching opposing team video, what was noteworthy was that Avery was reported “hanging with former teammates…

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No Need To Panic

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“I would not want to make a trade right now that I wouldn’t have made the first 20 games. To do something because we’re losing some games isn’t what I’m looking at,” Shero said yesterday from Ottawa, where he has been watching a wave of potential future NHL stars at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships.

He wouldn’t rule out a deal “if there’s a chance to make the team better,” but pointed out that the mid-November trade in which the Penguins swapped defensemen with Dallas, getting Philippe Boucher for Darryl Sydor, was “a lateral move” in a season of few consequential NHL trades so far.

“There’s not a lot of movement right now,” Shero said, “so you stick with it a little bit and not do something you wouldn’t do when things are going well.”

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Hockey Player Quits On Facebook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the ChronicleLive,

Newcastle Vipers have lost their top scorer after Todd Griffith resigned from the club using social networking website Facebook to inform fans he had quit Rob Wilson’s side.

His controversial exit comes in the same weekend that he slotted home the vital penalty during a shoot-out last night in Murrayfield, which sent Vipers into the semi-finals of the British Knockout Cup after a 6-6 aggregate draw against Edinburgh Capitals.

The player – who once iced for Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL as a “try out” player – leaves Tyneside as their 16-goal top scorer, with eight assists to boot.

Canadian Griffith was one of a number of players who was on a two-week notice period which Wilson had exercised in order to raise performance levels.

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