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Hockey Or Football

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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

I can’t choose between the NFL and NHL.

I know you’re thinking that any sports fan would never be pressured to decide. Honestly, I thought it was a non-issue as well, until I had to deal with the Denver Broncos and Senators playing simultaneously on Monday night. The two teams I follow the most with respective opponents of their own (Tennessee and Montreal), yet I was forced to pit them against each other—eyeglasses perched on the tip of my nose as I feebly attempted to magnify the television’s picture-in-picture

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  Tags: nfl, nhl

Early Game Alert

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NHL hockey kicks-off at 1pm today.

Settle in with the last of the leftovers and enjoy!

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TV coverage can be found at NHL.com.

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  Tags: nhl+schedule

HNIC Via Phoenix

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from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

Now more than 75 years after its inception on radio, Hockey Night in Canada continues to be a special event.

The Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs played the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader. Across Canada, it is always a must-see event.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Coyotes rookie Craig Weller. “Growing up (in Alberta) as a kid, we didn’t have cable. We only had three channels, but it was always on one of the three.

“It’s definitely a thrill to play and have all of Canada watching. I guess every kid dreams that growing up.”

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  Tags: craig+weller, phoenix+coyotes, toronto+maple+leafs

Hang Out, Then Go At It

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from the Edmonton Sun,

On Friday they went to dinner, four friends swapping stories and comparing notes on living out a childhood dream.

Then last night, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews faced each other in a battle showcasing the future stars of the NHL.

Gagner and Cogliano with the Edmonton Oilers, Kane and Toews with the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It’s obviously great getting a chance to play against him after playing with him all of last year,” Gagner said of facing Kane. “It’s exciting.”

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  Tags: andrew+cogliano, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane, sam+gagner

Line Of The Day

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via Puck-rakers,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock boiled the game down thusly: “There is such a fine line in this league now. If you don’t have your whole team show up you’re not going to win. I never ever say this, but tonight was the first night in a long time that we didn’t have enough people to compete, and that’s unacceptable.”

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, mike+babcock

Jabs, Pushing and Suspensions

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via the Calgary Flames,

Avalanche tough guy Scott Parker went out in the second period to do his thing—stir it up. He got it when he cross-checked Dion Phaneuf in the throat and then jabbed his stick at Phaneuf while he was on the ice.

In comes Eric Godard for the anticipated heavyweight bout, in which Parker gets the upper hand. Problem for Parker is he took a major for the crosscheck so it didn’t help his team in the power play department.

Word out of Denver was that Parker could face further discipline under the intent to injure rule for his crosscheck on Phaneuf.

The Flames also received the news that Godard would be suspended for two games because he received his third instigator penalty of the season.

Coincidentally, all three players were involved in a pushing and shoving session during the warm-up.

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  Tags: eric+godard, fighting, scott+parker

Thrashers Upbeat Regarding Hossa Contract

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Don Waddell confirmed that he had a meeting with Marian Hossa’s agent Ritch Winter this week and that talks of a contract extension for the All-Star forward are progressing. Hossa is scheduled to become the NHL’s premier free agent this summer, but Waddell is optimistic it won’t get that far.

“It’s progressing, and as long as we continue to have the kind of talks that we had, they’re very upbeat and on target with where we’re headed, then at some point here we’ll be able to announce a deal,” Waddell said.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, don+waddell, marian+hossa, ritch+winter

Paddock On His Goaltender

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Senators coach John Paddock on the goaltending of Martin Gerber last night…

from the Ottawa Citizen,

“I didn’t like the goals, it’s that simple,” he said, also referring to the sharp-angle goals from R.J. Umberger and Scott Hartnell earlier in the game. “Those kinds of saves have to be made. Routine saves have to be made. He has been doing that all year, he has been dong a good job for us all year and he has also made the spectacular saves. He’s just like half a dozen other guys on the team right now. He’s just not getting it done.

“I’m not happy with it at the moment, but I’m not overly concerned. You don’t go from having 13 wins and (one of the best) save percentages and just become bad. Those things happen. That will be turned around for sure.”

more on the Sens…

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  Tags: john+paddock, martin+gerber, ottawa+senators

Leafs Looking For “Big Name” GM

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If the Toronto Maple Leafs fire GM John Ferguson Jr., they won’t put just anybody on the Hogtown hotseat.

The talk among league executives is the Leafs won’t make a move on the GM front unless they secure a big name—such as Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman or Ron Francis, a former Leaf—to take the reins.

“The Leafs need to have somebody with star power,” said an NHL executive.

“If they’re going to put somebody into that seat who hasn’t done it before, they need to have a marquee name.”

continued plus more NHL talk, including trade rumors…

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr, toronto+maple+leafs

How Will The NHL Handle MVP

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

I’m guessing the NHL will take a dim view of this series, what with the extramarital sex and drug use. A trailer that has appeared on YouTube depicts a veteran player snorting a line of cocaine. Actress Kristin Booth confirmed there is an edginess to the scripts but did it while praising the CBC for taking a chance on the independent, shot-on-film production by Toronto’s Screen Door Studio.

“There’s a lot of sex, a lot of scandal, a lot of drugs. It’s pretty racy,” she told reporters in Toronto last week….

“This is the first I’ve heard of it. Based on your description, I would think the NHL will be very unhappy about it,” said Oilers GM Kevin Lowe

more and you can watch the video in a KK post from a few days ago…

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  Tags: hockey+entertainment

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