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Oilers Basically Out Of The Playoff Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Yes, it has been an embarrassing week and a costly, frustrating half-season for the Oilers, who cannot win for losing. They lost Tuesday to Phoenix in OT, Saturday in San Jose, Friday in the Saddledome and again in the court of public opinion after getting into a beef over a massive dinner bill at a Cowtown restaurant. Those headlines were unflattering and they will be written out of the playoffs soon enough, too.

They would have to go 25-9-5 or something similarly out of character, and still hope that all eight playoff-bound teams in the west played no better than .500 hockey until the end of the schedule, just to sneak in and offer themselves up as first-round hors d’oeuvres for San Jose.

It’s not a mathematical impossibility, but it’s pretty safe to say 39 hockey games stand between the Oilers and their first sanctioned golf games of the new decade.


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Carcillo Gets To The Leafs

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“It was a bit unsportsmanlike,” defenceman Ian White said of Carcillo’s act. “He’s known a bit for that. But, hey, he scored a goal and got a fight.”

Carcillo had a simple explanation for his actions.

“I just looked at (Colton) Orr a bit,” the Flyers pugilist said. “He had been running around at us doing his thing. I tried fighting him on that shift. When it didn’t happen, I scored.”

Then came Carcillo’s post-goal antics, aimed at Orr.

“It doesn’t even deserve a comment,” Orr said.

While his players may have been angry at Carcillo, Wilson was more steamed at his own team.

more and if you missed his goal and the post-goal skate past the Leafs bench, watch it below…

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  Tags: dan+carcillo

Rob Schremp With The Catch, Swing & Goal

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In the same game, which the Islanders won, Dwayne Roloson robs Matt Duchene…

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, rob+schremp

Ozzie In The HOF:  Still A Frigging Joke

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ha…got ya.  Keep reading.  Some game day ditties for you.

And we start with baseball, of all things.  Steve Yzerman’s my favorite Detroit athlete of all time.  That’s a given and it’s a law.  But close behind?  Kirk Gibson.  Why do I mention Gibby? Because a teammate and friend of his got absolutely shafted yet again yesterday.  Look. I get it.  185 career home runs and 1003 career RBI, plus a .285 career average? Not HOF numbers by more than a few standards.  Got it. 

But if Alan Trammell’s numbers aren’t good enough to get in, why do these qualify? .262, 28 HR (that’s career) and 793 RBI. 

Oh, right.  Ozzie Smith did backflips.

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H2H: He’s Not Fez, But He Is Grateful

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m sure, somehow, I was politically incorrect when I said on the The Obstructed View that when I pictured Herm I always thought of Fez from That 70’s Show.  Somebody, somewhere must have taken offense.  Somebody, somehere always does.  Thankfully, though, Herm didn’t.  How do I know?  Well, listen.

If you can’t get that to play, download it here.  Are you a fan of H2H? You should be. And if you want to donate to H2H, bringing Herm to Hockeytown and helping the kids at Children’s Hospital of Michigan?  Here you go.

Click to donate.


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Is Kovalchuk Worth A ‘Max’ Contract?

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

...The Thrashers have to decide if he’s worth it. As elite of a goal-scorer as Kovalchuk is, he has flaws. For a max contract, you’d prefer flawless.

The Thrashers are open to the idea of a deal that could run as long as 12 years, but the question they have to answer is this: Will a 39-year-old Kovalchuk be worth $10 million? Or $9 million? Because the 26-year-old Kovalchuk has no interest in signing one of those Chris Pronger or Marian Hossa long-term deals where the final years are worthless.

“That’s probably the hardest thing,” Waddell said. “If we had that answered, we’d have a deal done. We look at other players—what’s the age where you see a dropoff? If we had the exact answer, it’d be easier.”

This deal is complicated, partly because it’s hard to find a comparable player. Vincent Lecavalier’s 11-year deal worth $85 million could be comparable, but he was 28 when he signed his contract extension, two years older than Kovalchuk. He also had a Stanley Cup.


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Report- Yankee Stadium Appears Out As Winter Classic Destination

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from Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com,

The window of opportunity to bring the NHL’s Winter Classic to Yankee Stadium in 2011 has been closed.

In September, the Yankees announced a new college football bowl to be played between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But there was a slim hope that until a television deal was reached, the game could be moved for one year to allow Yankee Stadium to host the annual outdoor NHL game.

But two industry sources said Wednesday that ESPN soon will announce a deal to televise the bowl game, with one source pinpointing the game would be played Dec. 30 with a 2 p.m. kickoff.

“The Yankees are still telling people it can happen but the NHL knows it can’t happen,” one source said.

However, that source indicated there still was interest on the part of the NHL and NBC to have the game in New York.


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  Tags: winter+classic

Seven Year Old Back On The Ice After Beating Liver Cancer

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from Andrea Lopez of CBS4Denver,

An amazing 7-year-old boy is back on the ice again to play his beloved sport—hockey. He hasn’t been able to play during the past two years because he’s been battling liver cancer. But young Christian Moreno kept a positive attitude while he was sick, confident that he would be able to get better and play his favorite sport again.

“He fell in love with (hockey) at a very young age,” said his mother Stacy Moreno. “Having a dad who has played and two other brothers that play, you know, you always have to bring the little ones to the rink, they always have to watch the practices and the games.

continued with video… His favorite NHL player is not a member of the Avalanche, but Ryan Getzlaf.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“(Canadians) take any loss hard. Whether it’s world junior, Olympics, world championship, intersquad game, exhibition game. We’re all competitors and we all love to win.

“Certainly with the buildup to Vancouver 2010, this was kind of a stepping stone. Will it put a little more pressure (on us)? I’m sure it will.”

-Chis Pronger talking about Canada’s loss in the WJC.  More ‘pressure’ talk from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.

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  Tags: chris+pronger, team+canada

Huge Audience Watched WJC In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

How big is the world junior hockey championship?

  Let’s start with the gold medal game on Tuesday outdrawing the 2009 Grey Cup, which set an audience record of its own.

  And let’s add that the Canada-U.S. showdown ranks as the most watched telecast of any kind in Canada since 2005.

  The TSN audience is also the sixth largest for a Canadian telecast dating back to 1994.


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