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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“With the results from the first 30 games and now that we have a healthy lineup, that’s not going to be tolerated,.

“If you take good players out of the lineup you are going to struggle to succeed… (But) it’s not easier to stomach because there were games that I thought we should have won because we didn’t have consistent effort even with the lineup we had.”

-Canucks GM Mike Gillis.  More from Jim Jamieson at The White Towel.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

They would move him in a Hollywood minute.

-Barry Melrose when asked if Tampa would trade Vinny Lecavalier.

Watch below as Melrose and E.J, Hradek discuss Vinny along with other players who may be moved this season.

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Head Shots Have To Stop

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Allemang of the Globe and Mail,

If sport has its origins in combat, if hockey is just a commercialized version of war with better sightlines, then, yes, maybe brain damage is an essential component of our national game.

How else to explain the cult of the concussion that prevails in the National Hockey League? Brutality-loving general managers rule the professional game, and they have consistently refused to banish the head shots that compromise players’ lives and livelihood. In the NHL, where celebrated players such as Eric Lindros, Pat Lafontaine and Keith Primeau have had their careers cut short by attacks to the head, it’s still considered acceptable, even desirable, to drive your body armour into an opponent’s skull at high speed in order to hasten his postretirement dementia. Big, hard hits are praised for creating “momentum,” hockey’s proud euphemism for the energy boost that comes from watching a fast-skating opponent knocked senseless by a blow to the head.


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Once We Had An Easy Ride And Always Felt The Same…But The Live Blogs Were Boring

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Boring, though, is pretty damn good in retrospect, eh? 

Diver Down, as we’ve discussed, is my favorite Van Halen album.  Maybe, with all due credit to Skynyrd’s Second Helping, my favorite of All Time. 

So with baby Jesus playing horrible jokes on us all?

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We Have A Buyer For The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (December 11, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement today regarding the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Ice Edge Holdings:

“The NHL and Ice Edge Holdings announced today that they have entered into a Letter of Intent to proceed in attempting to document and close a proposed transaction pursuant to which Ice Edge would purchase the Phoenix Coyotes’ franchise. While much remains to be done, the NHL looks forward to working closely with Ice Edge to bring the sale to conclusion as expeditiously as possible. Ice Edge has committed to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona.”

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No Watching Allowed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

It may not sound like much, but one of the first moves Peter Laviolette made since taking over as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers is to move the team’s game-day skates back to the team’s training facility in Voorhees, N.J., away from prying eyes at the Wachovia Center.

Laviolette’s rationale is he wants to work on sundry parts of the Flyers’ game without personnel from the visiting team around to watch.

Laviolette did not poll the players on this decision, despite having a good number of players who live in the city.

“It wasn’t up for discussion,” Laviolette said.

many more NHL notes…

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Is This An Apology?

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from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued an interesting statement today in the wake of the dismissal of the guilty plea made by Ducks owner Henry Samueli in a stock options backdating investigation.

Bettman had suspended Samueli in June 2008 but reinstated him Nov. 12. Samueli’s wife, Susan, had voluntarily stepped aside in support of her husband.

It almost sounds—gasp—like Bettman is admitting he was wrong.


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  Tags: gary+bettman, henry+samueli

You Can Still Lead A Full, Happy Life If You Smell Like Vomit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Take a look at all the lines in hockey, the ones currently skating together regularly.  Go ahead. Consider the top five. Not one of them is better than this one would be if they were healthy:

Franzen, Filppula, Cleary.  A pure scorer, a playmaker, a grinder with a shot, a nuisance in front of the net, a battler and all three are proven playoff studs.

Unfortunately all three, plus little Willie, are broken.  Oh, some casts are gone and that’s nice.  But let’s be honest. We’re not going to see a completely healthy lineup the rest of the way.  And I mean all year.

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Fetisov Plays Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Former NHL star Slava Fetisov took to the ice with CSKA Moscow on Friday, subjecting his 51-year-old body to the pounding of a competitive Continental Hockey League game.

“It’s a very good game,” a sweaty Fetisov said in televised comments after the first period with the game deadlocked at 0-0. “Both teams are playing at maximum speed. The game is very intense.”


added 4:35pm, TSN has updated the link and Fetisov says he does not plan to continue playing.

This is the reason I didn’t really promote his return, I just had a feeling it was a one game shot.

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  Tags: khl, slava+fetisov

Chelios Upbeat While Playing With The Chicago Wolves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The greatest American player to ever don the blades will not jump at any NHL offer. It will depend. Or so he says.

“No, it wouldn’t make sense to be honest with you,” said Chelios. “It would have to be the right situation. I guess unless Detroit came to me if they sustained more significant injuries. I’d have to think about it. But I’m enjoying myself here. As bad as I want to play in the NHL, I want to play. That’s the main thing.”

He’s had NHL nibbles. The Phoenix Coyotes took a look at him last month when they were beset by injuries, but Chelios decided not to go that route. And there was another NHL team with serious interest.

“I had one pretty good [NHL] offer and decided not to take it,” said Chelios.


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  Tags: chris+chelios

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