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Sitting Chelios: The Consequences

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A2Y reader number 19.5, Grampa Pinhead, must find himself in quite the quandary right about now. 

Gramps has been Andres Lilja’s staunchest (and pretty much only) defender here for two years running.  But Gramps is also an advocate of playing the vets when you can. 

So, if Chelios sits tonite due “to a leg injury”?

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Uncle Mike Makes His Move

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to the Anti-Digger, the top line’s staying intact.  The rest?  Shuffled.

Jiri Hudler will be on the second line tonight where he played most of Game 5. Mikael Samuelsson is on the third line with Kirk Maltby down on the fourth.

“I thought Draper and Dallas Drake did a good job on the forecheck, turning pucks over,” said coach Mike Babcock. “With Maltby on that line, he’s not as dangerous as Sammy. So that’s why I’ve done that. And that gives my other group (fourth line) two good skaters (Helm and Maltby). On the road, matchups aren’t as easy to get ... I want to have four groups at 40 seconds apiece, not six groups at 60 seconds apiece.”

Start drinking now.  Chelios may sit.

And Lilja may play.

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Game Day with Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Some questions for Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock:

Q. I’m not sure how willing you are to divulge military secrets, but any chance you might split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg at times in the game?

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  Tags: interview, mike+babcock, quotes

Game Day with Dave Tippett

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Some questions for Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett this morning.

Q. Where did you get the idea or what did you see in Toby Petersen that made you think this would be a good matchup for him?

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Probably the speed element. I mean, there’s a couple things. He’s got very good hockey sense and the speed element was something we felt we were lacking. He’s a player that plays fast. He makes solid plays. He’s not spectacular from any stretch of the imagination, but is a very conscious player on both sides of the puck.

We were down 3-0. We had to find something to give us a little spark, and he’s been one of those guys.

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  Tags: dave+tippett, inteview, quotes

It’s a Fine Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the National Post,

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, recently appointed to the NHL rules committee, said he will enter discussions about smaller goaltending equipment with an open mind.

“You have to walk a fine line,” Miller told the Buffalo News. “They’ve already trimmed it down once. I suffered for it from breaking my thumb (during the 2005-06 season). That situation wasn’t well thought out. They had dimensions and said, ‘Here, this should work.’ ”


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  Tags: equipment, goalies, ryan+miller

Bigger Ice Doesn’t Mean Better Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

Russian hero Ilya Kovalchuk said it best when he summed up his team’s ability to come back from a two-goal deficit to win the gold medal game of the World Championship against Canada in overtime Sunday afternoon.

“When you’re playing on the big rinks and you’re trailing by two goals, it’s always tough to come back,” Kovalchuk said.

There is a certain contingent of hockey snobs that look down their noses at the NHL product, all the while claiming the international game to be far superior, in large part because the players have so much room to display their creativity.

They are wrong, so wrong.


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  Tags: arenas, iihf, ilya+kovalchuk, world+championships

An Unlikely Playoff Hero

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

Like, how did a 29-year-old center with eight games on the Stars’ regular-season roster become one of the unlikely heroes of the postseason? How is it that [Toby] Petersen, who spent 63 games with the Iowa Stars this season and has one point in 17 career playoff games, became the key to derailing Detroit superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk? How does a man who is making less than $300,000 this season stifle two players who combine to draw more than $9 million in salary?

“It’s a pretty good story,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

Then again, the Stanley Cup playoffs are filled with these stories.


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  Tags: toby+petersen

Russia Back On The Hockey Map

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The Russians threw their gloves and helmets in the air, left their sticks littering the ice and headed to the corner to create a happy pile of players on top of Ilya Kovalchuk,who had tears in his eyes.

Remember when we saw Russians as being so stoic and emotionless?

Remember when we believed Canada had the market cornered on hockey heart?

Well, remember this.


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Your Vote Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note: original post timestamp was 9:16am on 5/18/08

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Who’s Your Puck Daddy?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle,

In any event, in mid-April, Greg went from being “Greg, the only hockey writer I know from Jersey,” to Puck Daddy, Yahoo!‘s resident NHL blogger and the first-ever full-time hockey blogger hired by a media organization.

At least that’s what I called him when I gave him a ring….

[JM] One of the things I asked him was how Puck Daddy would fit into the hockey blogosphere, and what his strategy was with the site. He is, after all, in uncharted territory.

“I think in hockey, there’s an incredible amount of amazing blogs out there, but at the same time, how many of them are updated 10 times a day? Or even five or six times a day like you have?

“There’s a niche to be filled in that instance. As talented and deep as the hockey blogosphere is, there is room for Yahoo! to do this thing in a real rapid-delivery sort of way and really stand out doing it.”

[JM] As far as the full-time part of the gig, I pointed out that Paul Kukla, a popular hockey blogger who has gone full time on his own and brought writers into the fold, has provided a bit of a model.

“I’m a little bit more in awe of him than I was a month ago,” Wyshynski said. “I feel like I’m going to have a heart-attack trying to keep this thing running. And that’s just from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Paul updates at, you know, two in the morning and shit like that. It’s a little amazing that he can keep the thing humming like he does.

much more on PD…

Thanks for the kind word Greg and as I have always said when people ask me about doing something like this on a full-time basis- The more you work the more you have to work!  Get sleep whenever you can and think hockey 24/7, no breaks, no life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  Tags: greg+wysnyski

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