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I haven’t done this in a few months, so here is your chance to sound-off on anything hockey related.
Have a question, concern, maybe even some praise for a hockey related topic?
Just leave a comment and if in a form of a question, it will be addressed if possible.

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Catch Up On The Trade Rumors

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Spector has all the talk on the rumors and points out how obsurd the Khabibulin rumor is, just as A2Y did yesterday.

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A First Look

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note:  moved to top of page, first posted on 1/17/07 at 7:09pm

Eyes On The Prize has a first look at the NHL All-Star Jerseys.

update 8:54pm, The real thing..
thanks to a KK reader for the tip, the jerseys are now available at Shop.NHL.com.

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added 9:18pm, make sure to check out the comments section, some sketches of possible team uni’s.

added 11:23pm, from USA TODAY via the Arizona Republic,

Nearly two years after the season-long lockout that remade the NHL’s rule book and finances, the league is revamping its uniform. Details on the biggest change since teams switched from the old wool jerseys to synthetic fabrics in the early 1960s:
- The uniforms are 14 percent lighter in pre-game weight, the equivalent of more than a 6-ounce puck in weight. Current jerseys and socks absorb moisture from sweat, ice and water bottles, notes Jennings. But water repellent “Bead Away” technology allows the new duds to retain 76 percent less moisture.

much more

added 8:33am Thursday
, link to USA TODAY story now available with pic of Crosby in All Star Jersey.

added 8:42am Thursday, The Toronto Star has a pretty detailed article up now…

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Old School- Eddie Shack

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from Canada.com,

The Clown Prince, the cut-up, the head case in a hockey sweater, was arguably the most unprofessional professional player on the ‘67 Leafs roster.
Here was a squad stocked with button-down types such as Dave Keon, Red Kelly, Bobby Baun and George Armstrong.
Behind it was Punch Imlach, a disciple of old-school coaching tactics who played favourites, benched malcontents and readily traded away parts of a Toronto franchise that had won back-to-back-to-back Cups to start the 1960s if he felt they no longer fit.
And then there was Eddie Shack.

read on

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Drop Em

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from Jody Vance at Slam,

Today I put in writing what I’ve stated numerous times on TV and radio: “Fighting is part of MY NHL.”
I’m not an advocate of violence in general. Oddly enough, I’m one of those people who watches scary movies through shielded eyes—can’t even watch a bloody boxing bout without squirming in my seat—and yet a hockey fight brings me to my feet. Fighting is part of hockey, has always been part of hockey and should always be part of hockey.

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No Talk During Hockey Season

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

When Hitchcock was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this season, Trotz called his good friend every few days to offer support. Then, on Nov. 22, when the Blue Jackets hired Hitchcock as their coach, the calls abruptly stopped.
Trotz, after all, is coach of the Nashville Predators, the Blue Jackets’ chief rival in the Central Division.
“We go through intermediaries now,” Hitchcock said, with a smile. “We just nod whenever we see each other. That’s the way it has to be.”
The friendship remains strong; but it remains on hold during hockey season.

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Bouwmeester Being Recognized

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from the Miami Herald,

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s late fade in fan voting for the All-Star Game on Jan. 24 in Dallas means he won’t be starting for the Eastern Conference.
But the fact Bouwmeester, in his fourth season, got more than 410,000 votes while playing for a last-place team in a city that’s hardly a hotbed of hockey is evidence that his profile is growing around the NHL.
‘‘It makes you realize a little bit that there’s people out there that kind of recognize what you’re doing,’’ Bouwmeester said Wednesday. ``I didn’t expect it. I was honored.’‘

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Blake Frustrated- Talks About Crosby

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from Newsday,

If Crosby gets some leniency from the referees, Blake said he’s earned it by becoming the best player in the league, just as he earned the right to crow in victory.
“He proved himself,” Blake said. “Again. He does it every day. He’s their captain. He’s their best player every night, and that’s what you need. Your best players have to be your best players.”
That comment underlines Blake’s frustration.
“It is frustrating right now,” Blake said. “It just seems that we’re not getting the bounces we did early in the year, but then again, maybe we’re not working as hard as we did. I don’t have an answer for it….”

more from Blake on Crosby & the Islanders

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The Goalie Division

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from the Times-Colonist,

As luck would have it, the Northwest Division is the place to be. You can have your Brodeurs and your Haseks and your Lehtonens, all fine in their own right, but for top-to-bottom goaltending strength, the Northwest Division has no equal.
Says who? The stats, man.
In the goals-against-average column, all five Northwest teams have at least one goalie among the top 16. In save percentage, all five teams make an appearance in the top 17.

read on

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Deaf Players Just Use Their Eyes More

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from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

“I remember when I was younger, I’d see kids playing and want to get involved. I’d like to express myself. I’m a vibrant, intelligent person,” he said yesterday through an interpreter. Mark Couture is deaf. He talks with his hands. In his world there has been joy, but no cheers. Tears, but no sobs. Games, but no sound of laughter.
“Physically, hockey is the same whether you can hear or not,” Couture said. “When you’re deaf, you just use your eyes more.”
Nobody ever took liberties with him on the ice. Sure, he had his nose introduced to the end boards “but I’m a big guy. If they messed with me I could take care of myself.”

more

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