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Islanders Surprise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Once upon a time in Hollywood they made a movie with Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift called “The Misfits.” Now, more than four decades later, the sequel appears to be playing on Long Island with people like Ted Nolan, Alexei Yashin and Chris Simon among those in the cast.
The I, Me, My Islanders of Charles Wang have been one of the real pleasant stories in hockey this year, even as they live in obscurity, even if they’ve become the other entry in what has evolved into a one-horse hockey town.

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Ovechkin Visits Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Post,

Alex Ovechkin says he has put the controversy behind him.
Tonight at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, the Washington Capitals star will find out whether Daniel Briere and the Sabres have done the same….
“If I hit him hard like I can, it’s much worse,” Ovechkin said, referring to the fact that he outweighs Briere by 41 pounds. “It was just a situation where I didn’t want to hit him. I didn’t hit him hard, if you saw this replay. I’m glad he’s okay and not much happened to him.”

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added 9:10am, from the Buffalo News,

Briere believes him. He thinks the play was just part of Ovechkin’s aggressive nature. That doesn’t mean he likes the hit . . . or the player.
“Before the hit I had always been a big fan of Ovechkin,” Briere said. “And, for the most part, he plays the game hard. I like his enthusiasm, and I’ve never seen him do any cheap shots to anybody else.
“But obviously, with what happened, I think people understand that I’ve lost some respect for him for the way he hit me on that play.”

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Christmas Deep Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1156 CST to include Bruce MacLeod’s story on Nik Kronwall.

First, and most importantly, I amazingly succeeded.  A 38-year old man should be smart enough to avoid buying gifts like purses for their wives.  Why? Because that gender is so frustratingly picky about stuff like that…it’s just a losing proposition to attempt that kind of purchase.  But I did…and she claims she likes it.  I’ll be monitoring that situation closely.

On to your Wings, as brought to you by our erstwhile DD’s.

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The Boys Must Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We can all dream on this Christmas Day…

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Merry Christmas - Anyway You Say It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Teach the children that it was the angels that announced the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”

How “Merry Christmas” is said .....

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WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN is doing some streaming of the World Junior Championship. Canucks and Beyond has all of the information...

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12/24 Current Events

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What happens when a hockey-dumb Detroit columnist spews a few sentences about a topic he should be avoiding at all costs? In some cases, ridicule from yours truly...well, in all cases...a story shelf life of about an hour, followed by crickets. Not this time. A few days ago we pointed you to Drew Sharp's manifesto on the ills of the NHL. This line in particular prompted some quality conversation. Sharp/Free Press

The NHL has made several missteps over the last two years. But the biggest mistake is that Bettman didn't do whatever it took to renew the NHL's relationship with ESPN after the lockout -- even if it meant paying the network for a limited schedule.

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Around the Christmas Blogosphere

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A Christmas Eve spin around the hockey sphere.  You should know that as I bring you this hearth-warming holiday edition, I do so to the sounds of the Beatles “Love” album.  If you’re a Beatles fan, and you haven’t heard this thing…get it.  Download it, pirate it, buy it, borrow or steal it. 

We begin with Jes Golbez, a true poet.

Joe Thornton was nestled all snug in his bed
While visions of Sudafed danced in his head.
And Rolston in his ‘kerchief, and Walz in his cap
Had just settled down and started playing the trap,

When out on the ice arose such a clatter…
Could it be that Jeff O’Neill possibly got fatter?
Away to ice, JFJ went like a flash,
and said “I can’t believe I paid 2 milion for this trash”

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Evolution Of Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Zarnke, special to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,

Change in equipment is part of this evolutionary process, as well. For the sport of hockey, improvements in gear worn by goaltenders may be the most noticeable change over the past few decades. These improvements in the equipment follow changes in playing style and allow changes in playing style.

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Take The Risk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Las Vegas.
An NHL team in Vegas would not only be a financial bonanza but bolster the ever-eroding position of hockey in the pantheon of American sports. The NBA landed the first blow when it figured out a way to bring its All-Star Game to Vegas this February, but it’s the NHL that is best equipped to capitalize on the untouched market. Here are the top five reasons why:
1. IT MAKES TOO MUCH SENSE. Like Nixon and China, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has the chance to open the great unlocked potential of Las Vegas—and profit handsomely in the process.

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