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Tick Tock: Second Line’s Up For Grabs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, I guess you can take your pick.  Either a whining little bitch who’d rather be wasting away in Columbus or a player widely regarded by the MSM as Ted Bundy with a mean streak.


Well, my take would be that, at the end of the year, a real good line for us was Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Cleary, and I would expect that would be a line that Mike Babcock would start the season with, and then, you know, Franzen, and Filppula form two thirds of our second line, and then I think it’s wide open for either Bert to go in there, or Jason Williams, I think those two guys would be the leading candidates for that position.


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Naysayers? Line ‘Em Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been a long time since the Wings won a Cup, so I have trouble remembering how we celebrated it.  I’m sure in some corners of our state, or across this great country of ours that is home to nearly 19 million Wing fans according to recent census numbers, there were parties. 

Glorious events filled with recounts of Wing playoff wins and toasts and firetrucks, blocks of cheddar, warm PBR and dancers “working their way through med/law/stenographer school.”

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KK- A Four Day Vacation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am taking a mini-break and probably the last one until next summer around this time.

I’d love to tell you I am going to some exotic location, but with the economy the way it is, especially in the Detroit area, I have decided to head to Beaver Island.

I will not, repeat, will not be taking any kind of communication devices with me.  I am going the nature route and hope to enjoy the birds and the bees.

I will be leaving early tomorrow and will be back to my normal routine on Monday morning.

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Team USA Camp Was No Social Gathering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so, 34 American hopefuls departed suburban Chicago on Wednesday with their Olympic appetites merely whetted.

The main course begins Oct. 1, when these players will begin a three-month audition for a berth on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver with the start of the National Hockey League’s regular season.

In the past, pre-Olympic gatherings like the three-day event that ended here Wednesday night would have been more a mixer, a social. Given a relatively shallow talent pool, the rosters would have been pretty much set beforehand.

Not now.


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Misdemeanor Charges Against Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun-Times,

An Erie County grand jury has passed on felony charges against Blackhawks star winger Patrick Kane but indicted him and his cousin this afternoon on misdemeanor harassment and theft charges.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said in a statement: “Patrick Kane will not be prosecuted more leniently or more harshly because he is employed as a hockey player.” The charges come following testimony from “all known witnesses, including a witness suggested by defense counsel,” according to the statement.


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National TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Make sure you’re not only free the night of Oct. 1, but that your television works properly. That night, the NHL returns in style to kick off the 2009-10 season, with four nationally televised games over three networks.

The NHL released its national television schedule Wednesday, and it begins with doubleheaders on Versus, TSN and CBC featuring Alex Ovechkin, Joe Sakic’s jersey retirement ceremony, Jay Bouwmeester’s first game as a Flame and the new-look Montreal Canadiens.


added 2:37pm, for more detailed information on this topic, make sure to check out Puck The Media.

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Bad Karma

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Red Wings brass is pretty infallible, but should GM Ken Holland and friends not have learned the first time around? That would be in 2007, when Detroit picked up Bertuzzi for a Stanley Cup run that ended prematurely in the Western Conference final with a series loss to the eventual champion Anaheim Ducks. That would be the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Red Wings (shared with Buffalo), who had home-ice advantage in the series and would win the Cup the following season – once Bertuzzi was gone.

Though I wish Big Bert no specific ill will, recent history has shown that everything the man touches turns to ash. His trade from Vancouver to Florida was an unmitigated disaster for the Panthers, who lost Roberto Luongo in the deal and sloughed Bertuzzi off on Detroit after just seven games of service (karma-wise, injuries have followed the power forward around like buzzards in recent years).


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A Book On ‘Gabby’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from J.P. of Japers’ Rink,

Every day this week at Japers’ Rink, we’ll be sharing a new excerpt from Bruce Boudreau’s forthcoming autobiography “Gabby - Confessions of a Hockey Lifer” (co-written by Tim Leone). The book, published by the good folks over at Potomac Books, Inc., hits book store shelves in October, 2009…

Today’s excerpt nee

Starting an AHL expansion franchise in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2001–2 was exciting. But that challenge was tempered by a tragic dose of perspective on September 11, 2001.

I was supposed to be on United Airlines flight 175 out of Boston, which flew into the World Trade Center in New York. Los Angeles Kings pro scouting director Ace Bailey and scout Mark Bavis were on the flight and were killed. Ace and I became fast friends when I coached in Lowell.

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Carolina Signs Yelle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Stephane Yelle on a one-year, $550,000 contract.

“Stephane is a proven winner,” said Rutherford. “He adds depth and experience to the Hurricanes at the center position, and he will contribute to the penalty kill.”

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They Love The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mary Ann Maskery at LAKings.com,

They call their team the California Condors - young people with special needs who play every Sunday afternoon at the Valley Ice Center in Panorama City.

The group accepts special needs ranging from autism to mental retardation, seizures and cerebral palsy. The team includes boys and girls and players of every level, even those who have never skated before. They learn to skate very quickly. And they love the game.

As one mother describes it, “They love the high fives, the camaraderie, the teamwork, and, of course, the incredible thrill of getting the puck in the net.”


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