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3 Years Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don’t ask too much of my readers, and you know who you are.  All 19 of you.  Your assignments are simple, really.  Read the drivel. React to the drivel. Read more. React again.  I don’t ask you for money, for recognition, beer or beta copies of made-for-Cinemax movies. 

So the least you could have done was remind me of our third anniversary.

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IF Chicago Had A Head, The Wings Would Be In It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Famonn Brennan of NBC Chicago,

The gulf was so wide, even casual hockey observers took notice. It was obvious even to people who don’t know what offside is all about that the Red Wings were stronger, faster, and more complete—a scary real-life version of a “Mighty Ducks” movie villian. They even look intimidating.

(It should be noted here that this also goes for the Sharks—the Hawks are 0-3-3 against the top two teams in the West, and 21-5-4 against everyone else. This feels like talent threshold at work, doesn’t it?)

Perhaps the Hawks just aren’t on that level, even if last night’s win against the Flames would seem to say otherwise. Who knows, really, why the Hawks struggle with the Wings? We can probably chalk it up to a bad two games against a superior team, and leave it at that. But the Blackhawks already won over this city. That damage is done. Now it’s time for a new goal, one chanted nearly as often as “Detroit sucks”:

Beat Detroit.


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Fantasy Advice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,

Week 14 brings with it the 40 game mark in the schedule, making it the perfect time to consult the Higgins HOCKEY FANTASY INDEX , home of the per game statistic, H.F.I., and get a read on which skaters, exactly, are keeping all those first-place jerks out there afloat with only half a season left to play….

Of the 28 skaters with an H.F.I. of 2.0 or more:

• 11 are centres. They are: Evgeni Malkin 2.9, Jeff Carter 2.6, Marc Savard 2.6, Mike Richards 2.5, Joe Thornton 2.3, Pavel Datsyuk 2.3 (he’s been operating at over 4.5 for 3 weeks now - he won’t be staying at 2.3 for long), Sid Crosby 2.2 (0.8 since Dec.21st), Henrik Zetterberg 2.2, David Kreicji 2.1, Ryan Getzlaf 2.1 and Nik Backstrom 2.0

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Avery Meets-Up With Old Teammates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rangers Report,

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut back on senseless Sean Avery rumormongering—what, that wasn’t one of yours?—but I couldn’t help but notice this Page Six item about Avery being spotted recently at a club in New York.

While that part was about as surprising as Tom Renney being seen watching opposing team video, what was noteworthy was that Avery was reported “hanging with former teammates…


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No Need To Panic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“I would not want to make a trade right now that I wouldn’t have made the first 20 games. To do something because we’re losing some games isn’t what I’m looking at,” Shero said yesterday from Ottawa, where he has been watching a wave of potential future NHL stars at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships.

He wouldn’t rule out a deal “if there’s a chance to make the team better,” but pointed out that the mid-November trade in which the Penguins swapped defensemen with Dallas, getting Philippe Boucher for Darryl Sydor, was “a lateral move” in a season of few consequential NHL trades so far.

“There’s not a lot of movement right now,” Shero said, “so you stick with it a little bit and not do something you wouldn’t do when things are going well.”


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Hockey Player Quits On Facebook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the ChronicleLive,

Newcastle Vipers have lost their top scorer after Todd Griffith resigned from the club using social networking website Facebook to inform fans he had quit Rob Wilson’s side.

His controversial exit comes in the same weekend that he slotted home the vital penalty during a shoot-out last night in Murrayfield, which sent Vipers into the semi-finals of the British Knockout Cup after a 6-6 aggregate draw against Edinburgh Capitals.

The player – who once iced for Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL as a “try out” player – leaves Tyneside as their 16-goal top scorer, with eight assists to boot.

Canadian Griffith was one of a number of players who was on a two-week notice period which Wilson had exercised in order to raise performance levels.


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Eyes On Fisher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Just Jared,

Carrie Underwood may have her eyes set on a hot new boy — Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher.

The 25-year-old American Idol alum was spotted with her hair tied back at the “Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs” hockey game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday (January 3). Carrie’s 28-year-old Canuck cutie played with his fellow Senators but unfortunately lost out to the Leafs 3-1.



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Expecting A Trade? Don’t Bet On It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators fans waiting for a big trade to help turn around the team’s fortunes probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

The Predators are far more likely to alter the lineup with promotions from Milwaukee than they are via trade, General Manager David Poile said….

“It’s a tough market based on the system, the salary cap,’’ Poile said. “There are a lot of teams that don’t have a lot of flexibility in what they can do.

“There are probably quite a few teams that wouldn’t mind making a trade, but it’s hard with the salary cap situation to do that. I think you’re going to see more happen at the trade deadline, but right now it’s not a big market of available players.’‘

more on the Predators…

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Schedule Comes Into Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When you consider what the bodies of the Vancouver Canuck players have been through in the last four days, it was pretty surprising they were as close to winning as they were last night.

When you mention they’ve just played three games in four nights with a diagonal trip across the continent thrown in just to make it fun, it sounds like you’re making excuses for these guys.

But the fact is it doesn’t matter how much money you get paid, how well conditioned you might be or how well you’re supposed to perform, the human body is simply not going to function at the level required to win at this league.

Just why the NHL does this to the customers they so desperately need to please is a mystery. Really, at what point is the insatiable greed which begets this type of ridiculous scheduling counter-productive?


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New Rookie Of The Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As the season progresses I like to keep track of the players who I think should win the major awards.  I have been picking Derick Brassard of the Columbus Blue Jackets as the leader for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.  This situation has clearly changed as Brassard has had to undergo surgery on his right shoulder.  He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.  This removes him from serious contention for the Calder Trophy, although he still ranks second in the rookie point scoring race (behind Kris Versteeg of Chicago and tied with Patrik Berglund of St Louis).  Thus it is time to pick a new top rookie this season. 

My choice is a Brassard teammate in Columbus.  I pick goaltender Steve Mason.

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