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The Difference Between A Jersey And A Sweater

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from Don Barrie at the Peterborough Examiner,

The Petes unveiled their new hockey sweaters last Thursday. The new design and material are part of a move the OHL and the CHA are taking to tap into the endorsement money for sweater exclusivity as their NHL counterparts.

Unfortunately many of the reports and the Petes’ actual press release referred to the new hockey apparel as a jersey, not the sweater that it is.

Here in Canada there are three accepted definitions for “jersey” according to my Funk and Wagnall Dictionary.

Jersey is a breed of a top milk-producing cow that looks like a Guernsey cow but for the black tip on her tail; it’s a type of wool and “a tightly fitting elastic jacket for women.”

There are also two geographic “Jerseys;” an island in the English Channel where the above mention cow hails from and a state in the U. S. , whose only purpose many claim is to hold up one end of the bridges and tunnels going into Manhattan.

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Don Barrie is a retired schoolteacher, former scout for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame.

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Chimera Incident Last Night

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Chimera’s situation is the most troubling, obviously. As of this writing—it’s about 12:15 a.m.—the only update was that Chimera was not flying back to Columbus with the Blue Jackets tonight. It’s unclear if he’s going to spend the rest of the night in the hospital, but that’s probably a safe assumption….

Modin was the first to arrive at Chimera’s side, hovering over him and speaking to him. Within moments of the hit, center Sammy Pahlsson began waving into the tunnel for paramedics to come onto the ice.

Here’s what Modin had to say. It’s pretty emotional.

“I didn’t see the hit,” Modin said. “I just saw Chimmer lying on his back, with blood coming out of his head. I wanted to talk to him, to let him know somebody was there with him … to let him know we were all there for him.

“It was very scary to see, because his eyes were rolling and his head was twitching, and it was pretty clear that something wasn’t right.”

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  Tags: jason+chimera

Kessel Trade Has Risks

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Kessel trade, of course, fits with Burke’s make-a-big-splash-early history. He moved heaven and earth to land Chris Pronger for Hartford. He bagged the Sedin twins for Vancouver. Now he’s arm-twisted the unwilling Bruins into trading Kessel.

Of course there is risk for the Leafs, but arguably greater risk for Boston, which acquired Kessel through the draft just three years ago as a franchise-type player and may be unable to turn their newly acquired first-round picks into NHL talent.

The Leafs haven’t lost anything tangible yet. The Bruins have.

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports,

The Bruins, understanding his strengths and weaknesses, protected him. He instantly becomes the most skilled player on the roster, but the highest-paid one too. In Toronto, that comes with a target.

I’m not convinced that the enormously shy Kessel will be comfortable in the spotlight. A white-hot hockey market is not the best fit for him.

Will he discover the work ethic necessary to become a truly great player? And, can the Leafs find a centre who was as good for him as Marc Savard?

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  Tags: phil+kessel

Modine Hurts Knee In Game Tonight

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via the Twitter of Aaron Portzline,

Fredrik Modin suffers right knee injury. “Looks like weeks, not days,” coach Ken Hitchcock said.

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Phaneuf With His Side Of The Story

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

Go ahead. Call Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf a coward for refusing to drop the gloves in the aftermath of his vicious open-ice hit that sent New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo to hospital.

Tell Phaneuf he violated the unwritten NHL code by declining the many challenges to fight from Okposo’s teammates.

People have the right to their own opinions, Phaneuf said. But so does he.

“I felt it was a clean hit,” Phaneuf said Friday, a day after he laid out Okposo during the Flames’ 5-4 pre-season win over the Islanders. “That’s part of my game. I have to play that way.”

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, kyle+okposo

How The Air Charter Deal Was Worked Out

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from Jane Taber of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s what went down: Transport Minister John Baird and Air Canada’s chief operating officer Duncan Dee were working closely together, realizing that their only window of opportunity to fix the issue before the start of hockey season was during the 90-minute meeting between the two leaders. Air Canada is one of the biggest air-charter suppliers to NHL teams.

Some heavy-hitters weighed in, including former U.S. ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin (an Atlanta Thrashers fan) and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman .

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon was also working the phones trying to push Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to have the State Department push the Department of Transport to the table, says a source. And it took a lot of pressure from the NHL for U.S. officials to realize that their hockey teams were affected, too.

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Report- Bruins/Leafs Working Out Trade For Kessel

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added 8:43pm, Since Darren Dreger broke the news, let’s go to his story…

The drama surrounding Phil Kessel has finally come to an end as the Boston Bruins have traded their disgruntled sniper to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 1st and a 2nd round pick in 2010, and a 1st round pick in 2011 pending a trade call which is currently underway.

Kessel and the Maple Leafs then quickly agreed to terms on a new five-year, $27 million deal.

continued and below you can check how this story broke early this evening…

added 10:!6pm,

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday evening that the team has obtained the rights to restricted free agent forward Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins.  In exchange, Boston will receive the Maple Leafs’ first-round draft picks in 2010 and 2011 and their second-round draft pick in 2010. Kessel and the Maple Leafs agreed to terms on a multi-year contract following the trade

 

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  Tags: phil+kessel

All About Concussions In Hockey

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Signs, symptoms and playing safe!

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Afternoon Line

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Ken Hitchcock on how visiting teams are ushered around Xcel Energy Center: “It’s quicker getting through Canadian customs.”

via Michael Russo’s Twitter....

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Afinogenov Will Be An Asset In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In my mind, Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell made a nice move this week by inviting the 30-year-old winger for a tryout. Why not?

“He’s had a couple of tough years with some injuries and that, and he wasn’t playing as much as he was,” Waddell told ESPN.com on Friday. “But he’s 30 years old. You look at a guy with his skill and skating ability and his track record, it’s a no-lose situation for us.”

Credit Afinogenov’s agent Don Meehan, a veteran of the business, for finding what should be a good fit for his client.

“I think it’s a great move by Atlanta,” Meehan, the head of Newport Sports, told ESPN.com. “I think, at the end of the day, they’ll be pleased with him. He’s a great character person who has always been well-liked by his teammates.

“He’s a great athlete and he’s in great shape. He’ll be a great asset for them.”

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  Tags: maxim+afinogenov

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