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Poor Hockey

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from Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel,

Sadly, hockey, which was once considered part of the Big Four of American sports, is now so far removed from our national consciousness that it might as well be cribbage. It used to be football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Now it’s football, baseball, basketball, golf, NASCAR, boxing, mixed martial arts, beach volleyball, badminton, rock-paper-scissors and then hockey….

Poor hockey.

Poor, poor hockey.

For one magical Sunday afternoon, the sport basked in the golden glow of the Winter Olympics.

Now, forlornly, it crawls back into the black hole that is the NHL season.


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Wings Need A Good Run

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from ESPNChicago,

After guiding Team Canada to the gold medal on Sunday, Mike Babcock switched hats to coach the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, and he said he just wants one thing for his defending Western Conference champs: an opportunity.

“We’re in a battle for our life,” Babcock said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “We’re a big believer that if we get in, we’re going to get an opportunity.

“But our top guys have to elevate their game, and we have to be better and more consistent. We need to get on a good run here.”


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Back To The Trenches

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After a two week break in the schedule where most of the 19 turned against me and Canada, we are back to the battle at hand.  Making the playoffs.  With the break over, it seems both a little unusual and familiar to be reading your blogs with news of the Red Wings once again at the forefront.

As I don’t have to see his ugly mug again for a long time, there will be no more Rosby Rants.

And there is another ugly mug that we get to see for the first time in a long time, Andreas Lilja.  While he had his moments of confusion on the ice before his absence, his last season of play was his best.  Us Wings fans are left to wonder if he will be back in that fine form, or will his brain have turned into Swiss cheese and he completes the Trio of Turd:  Meech - Lebda - Lilja (?).

The coaches and players are saying the right things.  They are energized following the break.  Of course, Rafalski and Babcock will have to get back into the game quickly thanks to Li’l Gary’s scheduling clusterfuch.  Combine the scheduling turnaround with Team USA’s flight home scheduled for the morning of the Gold Medal game, and I seriously wonder if the NHL is being run by clowns huffing nitrous oxide balloons all day.  All signs point to yes.  Li’l Gary loves hippie crack.  And fuching the Red Wings any way he can.

In the absence of the braintrust, the Red Wings continued practicing.  Cleary taking a shot off the foot for good measure.  Reportedly he is fine, but he must feel like there is a target on him even in the absence of William Tell.  If Jobu rears his head again I don’t think I will be able to cope.  We finally have a healthy roster and the Wings need to build chemistry.  Don’t fuch with us, Jobu, we are not in the mood.

Jonny Ericsson spent time in the Bahamas over the break, hopefully that will get his head straight.  Keep an eye out for a spike in birthrate in Nassau.  Word has it he managed to impregnate most of the locals and two of the three cruise ships that dock there on a regular basis.  The third was a Disney cruise where he is rumoured to be responsible for the birth of most of the children on board already.  That crazy guy.  I hope he can score with as much proficiency on the ice, and not get confused with his stick in his hand like he has been prone to do this season.

Following the jump some very important H2H updates.

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Two Devils Talk, One About Jagr

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk said he had not seen the comments from Kontinental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev that SKA St. Petersburg will top any offer he will receive from an NHL team this summer.

“They’re just rumors,” Kovalchuk told me. “I’m trying to not think about it. This is my time in New Jersey and I have to focus on that because there’s it’s too much going on it my life in the last couple of weeks: the Olympics, the trade, my wife is pregnant. But now everything is settled down and I’m really focused on Jersey. We’ve got a great team and a great opportunity.”...

After playing with Jaromir Jagr on the Czech Republic’s Olympic team, Devils forward Patrik Elias believes Jagr wants to play in the NHL again.

“I think he’d love to,” Elias said. “He certainly showed and proved that he still has it and he can be an effective player, no question about it.”

Elias was understandably not happy with the Czech team losing, 2-0, to Finland in the quarterfinals.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, jaromir+jagr, patrik+elias

Evening Line

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“If something gets close, Dean (Lombardi) will bring me into it and talk about it and ask my opinion. That has not happened. I love our team right now. I love our chemistry, and that is so important in this game today. The locker room is very tight and cohesive. They play hard for each other. We’ve gotten to a point right now in our season, and it has come through team play….”

-LA King Coach Terry Murray when asked about any trades that are brewing.  More from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Winner Of The Latest KK Challenge

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The winner of the KK Challenge- Olympic Style is Baroque.

When I come up with these challenges, and yes some have been very easy but some have actually required some thought, I always hope a ‘KK regular’ wins the prize but that has not been the case in most instances.

But this time it is and now I wonder if Baroque will want to exchange her Olympic sweater for a 44 Bertuzzi?

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Nabokov Talks About His Team Russia Exerience

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

...Nabokov, as usual, wasn’t ducking questions. He took responsibility — but didn’t want to let himself be defined by one game and at one point noted he was in the nets when Russia won the 2008 World Championships.

Here’s the transcript of our one-on-one conversation:

Q: Do you feel added pressure to show people that’s not who you are as a goalie?

“I don’t think one game makes you this or that – whatever it is, a loss or a win. Your whole career makes you who you are.  You always want to prove that you’re playing well, but games like that happen. What is different this game from what happened to us against Chicago, you know what I mean?


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  Tags: evgeni+nabokov, team+russia

Oilers Trade Denis Grebeshkov To Nashville

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via TSN,

The dismantling of the disappointing Edmonton Oilers looks to be underway.

The club has dealt defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in 2010.

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Talking Torres

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Raffi Torres and Milan Jurcina, a pair of UFAs, continue to attract serious interest. In the case of Torres, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston are three of the teams we keep hearing.

The Bruins have three second-round picks in the upcoming draft so they shouldn’t have trouble meeting the Jackets’ believed asking price. It’s thought that the Bruins also have interest in Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, another UFA, among others. Torres played for Boston coach Claude Julien in the AHL with Hamilton in the 2002-03 season.

Pittsburgh is said to still have interest despite dealing their second-round pick to Florida for Jordan Leopold. They are looking for a rugged winger with a scorer’s touch to put on a line with Evgeni Malkin. Would the Penguins be willing to part with offensive defenseman Alex Goligoski if the Jackets sweetened the pot?


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  Tags: raffi+torres

Watching The Gold Medal Game In Canada

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The Olympic hockey gold medal thriller on Sunday pulled in a record television audience in Canada.

  A total of 16.6 million viewers watched Canada’s 3-2 overtime win against the United States, the largest viewership ever for a telecast on Canadian television.


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