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How’s Your Uncle Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning.  Uncle Mike says the doubters can go ahead and suck it. 

Chris McCosky

“We are now 9-3-3 since coming back from our trip (to Sweden),” coach Mike Babcock said. “We aren’t winning games in the same fashion that we used to, that’s pretty obvious. But we are finding ways to grind games out and that’s what we have to do.”

I guess, and I’m no pharmacist, that what Babcock has the Wings doing now…is winning games in playoff-like fashion.  Is that gonna be ok with you, or do we need to whine now about how Babcock is winning?

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Give Kaberle Some Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

There, among the top 10 point producers in the league, is Kaberle, who, as of yesterday, was tied for 10th with 20 points, best among NHL defencemen.

“It’s cool,” admitted the normally understated Kaberle about seeing his name among the Ovechkins and Thorntons.

“Cool” is a very applicable term when it comes to discussing Kaberle.

On one hand, it describes his demeanour on the ice, always seemingly calm in the heat of battle.

Unfortunately, “cool” also describes the reception he sometimes gets from the demanding members of Leafs Nation.

Maybe it’s because they don’t think he shoots enough. Or is tough enough. Or is good enough in his own end. All legitimate gripes.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Going back to the turn of the century, no other franchise comes close to matching the Wings’ 82-game consistency, or the frequency with which they followed it up in May and June.

-Jamie Fitzpatrick.  More at Jamie’s Hockey Blog.

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Blackhawks Get It

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Blackhawks are a Western Conference contender. The Leafs, after a blip of promise last weekend against Carolina and Detroit, descended once more into maddening mediocrity Tuesday in a loss to lowly Minnesota.

Whereas not so long ago Chicago could be mocked as a historic franchise that had lost its way, today it’s the Leafs that can only report excellence in the Forbes standings, not the NHL’s. The Windy City has already been lauded for hosting a superb Winter Classic, while Brian Burke’s promises of doing something similar at BMO Field – no Wrigley, to be sure – ring somewhat hollow.

Nobody would have thought five years ago the Leafs would be sucking the exhaust fumes of the Hawks, but that’s where we are.

One franchise stood still, the other caught the gusts of a new NHL.

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Wilson Trying To Wake-Up Schenn

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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

The first thing Ron Wilson wants to do Friday night at the United Center is “pull the plug on the organ,” then get rid of the national anthem singer. Failing that, Wilson would settle for having Luke Schenn plugged in.

Schenn was Wilson’s fair-haired boy last season. That’s not the case any more. In a published report Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach was blunt about what awaits Schenn if he doesn’t truck out some truculence.

“Hopefully, it doesn’t come to him sitting out games to get a message across,” Wilson intoned.

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KHL/NHL Looking For Common Ground

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I’ll believe it when I see it.

But for what’s it’s worth, Bettman, Daly and Medvedev did meet in a quiet room at Verizon Center in Washington before Wednesday night’s Islanders-Capitals game, and they even watched the first period together.

“It was constructive,” Bettman told ESPN.com on the phone from New York on Thursday. “It was good to see Alex again. Last time we had seen each other was in Rome a little over a year ago. We agreed that it would be good if we could find some areas of cooperation where we could work together, and we were going to see if we could begin that process by trying to find some common ground.”

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Sammy Was The Father Of Our Four Winds.  Now He’s Back For A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gritty, tenacious, never lazy and clutch when we least expected him to be.

Wildly innaccurate.  His pucks bounced off jaws, end boards, glass, unsuspecting customers.

That was our Sammy.  We never knew what to expect.  But he did…and that’s cash.  Plenty of it.

Just not in Detroit.

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Your Latest NHLPA News

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (November 12, 2009) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced that the NHLPA Executive Board has voted to establish two committees.  The first committee will review the NHLPA’s constitution.  The second committee will begin the search process for a new Executive Director.

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Avs Introduce 3rd Sweater

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DENVER – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey and center Paul Stastny today unveiled the team’s new third jersey, which will debut this Saturday, Nov. 14, against the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center (8:00 p.m.).  The Avalanche will wear the third sweater on 12 occasions throughout the 2009-10 season.

The third jersey design is a collaboration of ideas from the Colorado Avalanche (including Kroenke Sports Enterprises Creative Imaging), the National Hockey League and Reebok.  The third jersey has a predominately blue color scheme with a diagonal COLORADO type, laces at the neckline and stripes on the sleeves.  Two rounds of sweater prototypes were tested and ran on ice before the final version was made.

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More pictures available at the Colorado Avalanche website.

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H1N1 And The NHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It isn’t clear how badly the H1N1 flu will affect North America as we enter the traditional winter flu season.  Nobody knows how many people will be affected.  There is a precedent in hockey for flu causing disruption.  In 1919, there was no Stanley Cup winner as both finalists - the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans - were hit hard by the flu and the finals were cancelled.  At a time, the entire Montreal Canadiens team was hospitalized and defenceman Joe Hall died of the flu.  This was the famous Spanish influenza epidemic.  Returning soldiers from World War I brought back a new strain of the flu and it killed an estimated 50 million people (about 3% of the world’s population).  This was the second wave of the Spanish Flu, as World War I had ended in 1918.

Hopefully medicine is better equipped to deal with a major flu pandemic today than it was in 1919, but we never can know for sure. However, with the invention of vaccination, there is a new weapon to fight a flu pandemic.

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