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Don’t Believe Them

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from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

The NHL’s Christmas trade freeze was lifted over two weeks ago but with the league’s Olympic trade freeze set for February 13 to 28ththat’s likely going to result in considerably more activity in the trade market than we’ve seen around this time in recent years.

That also means the rumour mill is ramping up and as usual we’re seeing a share of wacky speculations.

Ilya Kovalchuk to the Detroit Red Wings? Um, no, sorry, but GM Ken Holland has repeatedly stated this season was a transitional one for his franchise and could accept missing the playoffs rather than parting with his young players for a quick fix. Given the Wings limited cap space for next season and the need to re-sign several key players (not the least of which is team captain Nicklas Lidstrom) Holland won’t pull the trigger on such a deal.

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Shoulda Told Us Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you saw it coming (and we did…nice scheduling Gary), a heads-up would have been nice.

Khan(!)

“I’m just thankful it wasn’t at home,” Babcock said. “Normally we come back from the West, get home at 7 in the morning, and two days later you play at home and you look like that. Thank God that was on the road and hopefully not too many people were watching television.”

 

 

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Burrows Fined For Comments Directed At Ref

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via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks’ forward Alexandre Burrows has been fined $2,500 following his derisive comments regarding referee Stephane Auger after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

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Careful How You Tweet

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Veteran producer Mark Askin is working tonight’s Carolina-Toronto telecast, but his employer, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, will sit him out for two games in the future.

  Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, refused comment on Askin’s putdowns of Hockey Night, but called it an “unfortunate incident.”

  Truth and Rumours reported yesterday that Askin, a former Hockey Night producer, had been sharply critical of Hockey Night on his Twitter account for several weeks.

  His harshest commentary was directed at Don Cherry whom he called on various tweets as arrogant, a buffoon and “chicken shit.”

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Is This Live Blog Beeper Friendly?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update at 1900: Remember yesterday I told you about our new BFF at the DRW Ticket Office, Ryan Michaels?  We discussed him getting us a block or two of seats.  Pretty awesome move considering there are going to be about a hundred of you mild-mannered citizens.  Well, he didn’t stop there.  The night of March 26th?

Herm and a few of you will be sitting on the Wing bench during pre-game warmups.  How will we decide who and how many?  We’re still getting details on the numbers, but there will be at least two more seats open. We’re gonna raffle those seats off and give all the money to Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  More details will follow soon.  For now, though?  The five hundred foot restraining order Darren Helm levied against Herm looks like it’s been suspended for at least one night.

Yep.  I’m sticking with Hangover lines until they run dry or until the Wings lose in horrific fashion.  A loss to the Islanders tonite, when the Wings sit one point out of that magical 8 spot?  Any kind of loss would fit that whole “horrific” description.

But you’re not thinking about the game right now, eh?  Nope, you’re waiting to see what kind of delicious treat will follow the update line up top.  Well, wait for it.  You’ve got 59 minutes, or something like that.  You’ll find out at 7pm.  And Herm?  You’re gonna lose your Brazilian mind.

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Speaking Out On Auger And Burrows

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via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

I must say, Auger is not one of the more respected NHL officials, so more than a few people are willing to believe Burrows’ side of this story. But Burrows also has more than a tinge of agitation to his game, so he doesn’t get many breaks, either.

Here are the takes from two different sources at the rink today, none of them current Blue Jackets players.

One: “Good for Auger. That little rat bast*** Burrows got exactly what he deserved. That’s stuff used to happen all the time in the league, but player wouldn’t go whining about it in public. It just shows how little respect some of the new players have for that part of the game.”

Two: “That kind of stuff has been going on for years. I can’t believe he’d be so stupid to tell the player about it before the game, but I could see it. Because it’s Auger, I could see it.”

added 4:40pm, from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell will have a hearing via conference call Tuesday afternoon as the league begins an investigation into the accusation one of its referees had a personal vendetta which spilled over into Monday’s Canucks game.

The hearing is scheduled to start after the Canucks finish their practice in Minnesota (scheduled for 3:30 PST).

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TSN Style- Top 10 Plays Of The Week

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Can’t Complain About The Blackhawks

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails…

I’m so tired of my Blackhawks. I don’t even recognize this team. For years I have come to love their failures and I depend on their lack of offense. I had so much to complain about, and I love to complain. Now they decide to be awesome? Great, thanks guys. Now what will I do with my time?

LeBrun: Ah, so cute. Enjoy it now my friend; the CBA won’t allow your team to be this stacked forever.

more emails answered…

added 3:46pm, from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Don’t believe everything you read in certain places about the Blackhawks having only a small window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup this season before the team gets blown up because of salary cap issues.

That’s just not true.

While there are going to be some difficult financial decisions to make this summer, the Hawks will be Cup contenders for a lot of years even if the roster for 2010-11 isn’t as deep as it is now.

Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg and Dave Bolland all are signed long term, and there’s not a general manager in the NHL who wouldn’t love to have that for a nucleus.

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Ville’s In And We’ve Got A Surprise For You…Oh, Yes We Do

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As the Oklahoma street lawyer pointed out below, the Kings are gagging.  Naturally, we hope to take advantage of that condition with a win tonite on Long Island.  Our Deep Digger captain, in his never-ending quest to remain as mediocre as possible and still get paid, blew our doors off with this nugget just 55 minutes ago.

Ville Leino will return to the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings tonight against the New York Islanders, replacing Brad May.

Neat.  I’ve got something better for you though.

Way, way, much, so much better.

 

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Lightning Have Had Enough Of The Capitals Dominance

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Isn’t it about time the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Capitals? Tampa Bay has lost 12 straight in the series (0-11-1) and has been outscored 50-24 in the process. Tampa Bay’s last victory was Nov. 16, 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Asked about the streak after Tuesday’s morning skate, Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said it is time for his players to answer the bell.

“They’ve owned us,” Tocchet said. “You’re really looking for your players to make a stand. It’s starting to get to a point, I don’t like to use the word embarrassing, but enough is enough. Let’s make a stand here. What have we lost 12 in a row? It’s coming to a point where you’re looking for your players to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ “

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