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Trying To Compete

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

Every day for two years, Ted Nolan awoke craving another head-coaching job in the N.H.L. Then one day he went to the movies, and what he saw helped him deal with the fact that he might not coach again. Nolan saw “Ali,” which starred Will Smith, and was impressed by how Muhammad Ali clung to his identity despite setbacks. Nolan, who grew up on an Ojibwa First Nation reserve in Ontario, had already been forging an identity apart from coaching.
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Ducks Have A Plan

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from A.J. Perez at USA TODAY,

The Anaheim Ducks certainly aren't a Walt Disney production anymore, and some on this side of the 57 — a freeway that crosses between the arena and nearby Disneyland — don't seem to mind. "I never got the feeling (Disney) wanted to win," says right wing Teemu Selanne, who returned to the team as a free agent last season after being traded to the San Jose Sharks in 2001. "I remember after many years, we had one of the best lines in (the NHL). It was something we could have built around. We had meetings with the GM … and he said they wanted to go into the free agent market. That never happened."
read on... a good look at the Ducks...

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Bondra May Play Tuesday

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from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune via the Santa Barbara News,

...But Bondra did miss the NHL and the competition. And even though he said ''it's just a number,'' he certainly would like to reach 500 goals before he calls it a career. Bondra, 38, is two shy of that mark, and the Blackhawks are hoping he reaches that milestone this week-and moves well past it. Bondra passed his physical and had his first skate with the Hawks on Monday, and coach Denis Savard wouldn't rule out using him Tuesday night against the Blues. ''He looked pretty good,'' Savard said. ''We'll see where he's at. There's a chance.
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“New” Jersey Talk

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from Stan Fishler at the Hockey Journal,

Just Wondering Dep’t. What happens if fans turn thumbs-down to the NHL’s decision to introduce state of the art uniforms at the All-Star Game? We might add that spectators throughout the league might not take to the “modernization” that will come with updated jerseys, etc. For example, Toronto fans will find that the Leafs next uniform will have a jersey featuring a maple leaf that’s never been seen before. The spin language is that it’s a “different silhouette.” Hmmm! Wonder what Conn Smythe would have said about that!
more tidbits from The Maven...

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Is This A Test?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I swear, there are some days I think the Wings release certain bits of info just to see how far I'll go. It would appear that Chris Osgood's broken left wrist has healed nicely. But another ailment is going to keep him out at least another week. Helene St. James/Wing Blog

Osgood got his cast removed over the weekend only to find rash had developed; he’ll be out another week. “I wasn’t catching them that great just because of the cast,” Osgood said. “I figure like a week now. I’ll be ready maybe the last game of the road trip, but when we come back, for sure.”
It's late in the day. I'm tired. I shouldn't....oh alright. Yes, puck bunnies from Novi to Marquette are in a panic. The "Osgood Rash Watch" has begun. St. James also reports, rather than recommending various creams, that Franzen and Kronwall will both miss tomorrow night's game against Ottawa but should return Thursday for Bondra's Hawks.

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No Pacifier For Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So sad. For those of you hoping to see Martin Gerber face the Wings tomorrow night...mainly so you could remind me how I sobbed when Ken Holland didn't sign/acquire him over the summer...not gonna happen. Via the Ottawa Sun,

DETROIT - Ray Emery will be back in goal tomorrow night as the Ottawa Senators play the Red Wings in Detroit. Emery came on in relief of Martin Gerber after Gerber allowed the first four goals in 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night. However, the Senators will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson. He skated today but is still bothered by a sore right hip.

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The End Of VCOE Is Near… But…

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I can understand the feelings of Alanah right about now. But as I said to her, the future looks bright and she isn't closing down, just moving into another neighbo(u)rhood.

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This Is… More NHL Spots

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More commercials roll in. This Is (will open wmp video) image This Is (will open wmp video) #2

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The Three Stars

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NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2006) -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Dec. 10. Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League's top performances over the preceding week. FIRST STAR -- MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS Brodeur backstopped the Devils to three victories, posting a 0.65 goals-against average and .970 save percentage. He made 19 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 6 and stopped 28 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Dec. 8. Brodeur recorded his 84th career shutout, tying Glenn Hall for third place on the League's all-time list, and his 462nd career victory, moving past Florida's Ed Belfour and into second place all-time. Brodeur closed the week by turning aside 19 of 20 shots in a 5-1 victory at Boston Dec. 9.

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Kessel Treated For Medical Issue

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via the Boston Bruins,

The Kessel family has asked the Boston Bruins to release the following statement: Phil Kessel is being treated today for a medical issue not related to hockey. At this time there is no further update on Phil’s condition. When there is an update, and it is appropriate to do so, we will update everyone on Phil’s health. We kindly ask that you respect the Kessel family’s privacy during this time.
thanks to Wicked Bruins Fan for the heads up, I am sure she will be following the story.

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