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Come Back With That!

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from Glen R. Goodhand of The Lindsay Post,

Down through the years both individual pucksters and teams have been ripped off in several different ways….

Game-worn sweaters are hot items when it comes to shinny memorabilia, and some fans have no scruples when it comes to procuring them. Late in 1965, four members of Blackhawks had their jerseys stolen after a game at the Montreal Forum. Stan Mikita, Chico Maki, Dennis Hull, and Al MacNeil all had to wear different numbers the next night when they took on the Bruins in Beantown. When Mikita turned out in an unfamiliar digit (number 8), one balcony spectator jibed: “What’s he trying to do—disguise himself?”

Almost a year to day later, the Detroit Red Wings had two sets of sweaters pirated away—again at the Montreal Forum. Fifty were taken in all. Twenty five red shirts had been used in an old timer’s game against Quebec the night before; and 25 whites which were needed for the Jan. 22 match against the Canadiens. To prevent that evening’s contest turning into a “shirts and skins” deal, they had to borrow a set from their Hamilton Juniors. It took some scampering to get them from the Steel City in time for the first face-off in Montreal.

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Afternoon Line

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There are those who surmise the NHL has a rooting interest in these playoffs and works to set up dream matchups. Despite the fact that history does not bear this out a bit, let’s roll on because, like the movie “JFK,” it is fascinating, but not true in the least little bit.

-Phil Coffey of NHL.com.  More hockey talk from Phil in his weekly Ice Age feature.

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Is The Manufacturer At Fault?

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from CBC,

A major hockey gear manufacturer and a national safety standards agency are being sued by a Victoria, B.C., family whose son suffered a severe brain injury during a midget hockey game.

Sucha and Cindy More allege the Bauer Nike helmet their son Darren, then 17, was wearing should have protected him against his injury and are seeking $10 million in damages to help care for him.

Darren was hip-checked and flew into the boards during a game in nearby Esquimalt in 2004. He struck the back of his head and fell into a six-week coma.

The Mores’s lawyer, James Macaulay, says six years later Darren still suffers from physical and emotional disabilities and needs 24-hour supervision.


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Lidstrom Screwed By Stats And Stupidity

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I officially discovered that the Professional Hockey Writers Association are a bunch of clowns today, via the Emperor and Khan(!)

Luminary minds at the PHWA, like Greg Wyshynski and Adrian Dater, announced this season’s Norris trophy finalists:

Chicago’s Duncan Keith, Washington’s Mike Green and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty were named Friday as the finalists for the awarded presented to the NHL’s top defenseman.

Wait.  What?

You’re telling me that the “great”, “professional” hockey journalists at the PHWA decided Nick Lidstrom, The Perfect Human, wasn’t a Norris finalist?  Utter nonsense.  A room full of monkey at desks masturbating on typewriters would have done a better job at awarding this year’s Norris Trophy.

It is just the second time in 12 seasons that Lidstrom, a six-time Norris winner, hasn’t been a finalist. He finished ninth in scoring among defensemen with 49 points (nine goals, 40 assists).

Those bitches can suck it.  While Lidstrom may not deserve to win the Norris this season, he deserves to be a finalist.  No fauxing doubt about it.

By not voting for Lidstrom in a higher position, the pro hockey writers prove that they don’t watch hockey at all.  They put their blind faith in something far less useful.



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Oilers Continue To Clean House

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

In the continuing purge, the three longest-serving Edmonton Oilers’ employees — trainer Ken Lowe and equipment men Barrie Stafford and Lyle Kulchisky — apparently no longer have their positions.

The heart-and-soul Oilers may be reassigned within the organization, although there is some thought that Lowe, brother of team president Kevin Lowe, might not hang around.

The Oilers haven’t commented yet.

Kulchisky, the assistant equipment manager who also looks after the visiting team, trucking their gear to and from the airport, just finished his 34th season with the club.


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All Vinny Lecavalier

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Damian Cristodero of Lightining Strikes talks to Vinny Lecavalier,

On being an elite player again: Yeah, definitely. That was three years ago (winning the Richard Trophy). It wasn’t 10 years ago. I’m still young. I’m still strong. I’m going to come back next year and try to do it.

On pinpointing last season’s troubles: I felt that maybe I could have shot even more. It’s really tough to say. I know I say that every single time, but it really is confidence and what you build on. There was so much inconsistency, I never really got into a rhythm. A little bit more after the (Olympic) break, but you don’t want to start when there’s 20 games left. You want to start at the first of the year. I felt I trained hard last summer and was ready to go. It didn’t happen the way I wanted it to.

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Biggest Playoff Upset

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I think the biggest upset in the 2010 playoffs has just occurred.  The Philadelphia Flyers have defeated the New Jersey Devils.  Philadelphia was without their first two choices to be starting goalies as Ray Emery and Michael Leighton were injured.  This left the Flyers with Brian Boucher in goal.  Boucher was coming off a lacklustre .899 saves percentage and had not won a playoff game since the year 2000.  Philadelphia almost lost their playoff berth with due to their goaltending problems.  They went on a streak where they lost seven of eight games and needed a run where they won three of their last four games to clinch a playoff berth on the last day of the season.  Things looked even worse when Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne both suffered foot injuries that will keep them out for weeks, if not the rest of the season.  Nevertheless, Philadelphia defeated New Jersey four games to one in the first round.

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Norris Trophy Finalists

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As announced on NHL Live…

Drew Doughty

Mike Green

Duncan Keith

added 12:16pm,

NEW YORK (April 23, 2010)—Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2009-10 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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What Team Will Pay Kovalchuk?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For top dollar, Kovalchuk will need to go to Russia and play in the KHL, which would be a coup for the upstart league that is trying to repatriate its biggest names. Kovalchuk left $102-million on the table - the amount the Atlanta Thrashers were prepared to pony up to sign him at different times this year. But the negotiations were always a moving target and though you can accuse general manager Don Waddell of a lot of things, you cannot fault him for making the best deal he could for Kovalchuk’s rights when it was clear he wasn’t going to stay on, no matter what the Thrashers offered.

Nor can I imagine that there’s another team in the league that thinks Kovalchuk should be its highest player, even if he does come as an unrestricted free agent and doesn’t require a team to give up an asset in return.

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Can You Make A Comeback At Age 20?

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets left winger Nikita Filatov has told The Dispatch this morning via text message that he plans to return to Columbus in the fall for training camp.

“Yes, I’m sure I’ll come for training camp,” Filatov said.


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