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My Team USA Selections

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Yesterday I posted my my picks for the Canadian Olympic hockey team.  Today, I will give my picks for the American team.  This team will be announced during the winter classic game in Boston on January 1st.

This is not my prediction for who will be selected to the team.  It is the selections I would make if I was given the chance to pick the team.  I expect that at least a handful of these players will not be selected to the actual team.

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Flashback To Team Canada 1979

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from Allen Abel at the Vancouver Sun,

It is 30 years - exactly half my lifetime - since my first visit to Moscow as an innocent, ignorant sportswriter covering one of Alan Eagleson’s Teams Canada for The Globe and Mail. The Canadian entry in the 1979 World Championships was not one of our most successful, though when I look at the roster now, there were some supremely talented men on the squad: Marcel Dionne, Garry Unger, Bobby Smith, Wayne Babych, Ryan Walter, Guy Charron, Jim Rutherford in goal.

Agglomerated a few hours before the tournament started from teams that missed the NHL playoffs, they finished fourth here and were slathered by the Soviets 9-2, in the heyday of the Mikhailov-Kharlamov-Petrov line with Tretiak in nets. These days, I could interview those guys one on one, as long as we talked about fish.

But, back then, the hockey was secondary to the Cold War suspense and surreality. Team Canada was entombed in a hotel a block from Red Square with doughy matrons blockading the corridors and glum prostitutes at every table in the dining hall.

I remember being shunned in shops, doors slammed shut in half-filled restaurants, empty shelves, barren faces, drunken heroes wearing their Great Patriotic War medals on the Metro, menus on which every dish save fleshless chicken Tabaka was crossed out.


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GDT - Game #38: Red Wings host Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Geebuz, Santa Claus delivered the goods to the Wingnut’s house this year, he even managed to whip up a blizzard for an honest to goodness white Christmas, the first one since I left Michigan.  Maybe, or hopefully, he also delivered the goods for the Wings, like the occasional goal to snap the Wings 141 minute futility streak.  Perhaps too, Santa also delivered some magic elixir or magic dust (try starting the clip at the 1:30 mark) to cure the Wings injury woes; Wally is coming off IR tonight, and Raffi should be back too.  Santa may also have delivered an opponent that is actually having much more significant issues than the Wings, the BJ’s have gone 1-7-3 in Dec, and have lost 8 straight.

The holiday spirits are aligned with the hockey gods, tonight the Wings get BJ’s and a happy ending to their 3 game skid.  Game on, bitches.

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Toews In His Comfort Zone

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from Judy Hevrdejs of the Chicago Tribune,

At the moment, though, Toews is sitting in his new condo, 30-plus floors above the hustle and grind and noise of the city on a cafe au lait-toned sectional, its long, comfortable stretches big enough for his 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound frame.

The sofa — its view-blocking chaise relegated to another room by Toews — faces a 12-foot-tall wall of windows, offering up picture-perfect vistas of Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago River, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.

“It’s kind of like your cave on top of the world with a view,” says Toews (pronounced tayvz). “It’s all very modern, it’s new, it’s young. I just really felt it fit my personality.”

It’s also quiet, peaceful and big — three bedrooms, three baths, 2,700 square feet — big enough for family and close friends. And exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain — one of the youngest in NHL history — wanted when he searched for his first home.

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The Leafs Have Been Bad

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from Jeremy Sandler of the National Post,

Optimists among the Toronto Maple Leafs faithful can look at the team’s standing exiting the NHL’s brief break for Christmas and find reasons to smile.

Since losing 12 of 13 games to start the season, coach Ron Wilson’s team is 12-10-3, basically a .500 record.

In one stretch of 17 games, the Maple Leafs went 10-5-2, a run that made “We’re right where we want to be” a theme among many of Toronto’s players before the team travelled to New York for its pre-Christmas 3-1 loss to the Islanders.

But parse the standings any way you like, the overall numbers give a stark reminder of just how bad the Maple Leafs have been.


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KK- Have Any Money Left To Spend?

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Some great deals at IceJerseys.com today only.  You need to click the specific link to get the deal.

Boxing Day/ After Christmas - For 1 day only get 15% OFF NHL Apparel for all 6 Canadian Teams at IceJerseys.com!

Boxing Day/ After Christmas Special - For 1 day only get 40% off Jersey Customization at IceJerseys.com!

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The Fragile Blue Jackets

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nobody would fire a coach at Christmas, right? Not even the Columbus Blue Jackets, whose bench boss, Ken Hitchcock , was feeling the heat thanks to a dismal December in which the NHL team went 1-7-3 to slip to the bottom of the Western Conference? What ailed the Blue Jackets from the start was goalie Steve Mason ‘s sophomore slump, in which he was consistently giving up goals early and often, putting his team behind the 8-ball.

More recently, the Jackets look like a fragile team, their confidence in shreds, skating as though on eggshells. Coaching changes don’t fix that – just ask the Philadelphia Flyers, who are struggling as badly under Peter Laviolette as they were under John Stevens.

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How About Jiri Fischer?

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Everybody and his brother is producing a Top 10 list of the decade, but I have not run into one story (and I may be wrong) that included Jiri Fischer and the night many hockey fans will never forget.

Thank God Fischer is able to lead a somewhat normal life today, but just imagine the consequences if Fischer had not pulled through.

If he had passed away, I am sure it would have been a much bigger story, but as a fan of the game, I am so glad the results were of the positive kind.

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The Canes Motivational Coach

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via WRAL,

Fans of the Carolina Hurricanes may know all about the players and coaches, but they probably haven’t heard about the woman who is an integral part of the all-male team.



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WJC Starts Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK - NHL Network and USA Hockey announced NHL Network U.S. will again provide live coverage of all U.S. games at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.  NHL Network will also televise all medal-round games and six additional preliminary-round match-ups, bringing the total to 16 games – all in high definition.  It is the third consecutive year NHL Network U.S. is providing coverage of the IIHF World Junior Championship.

NHL Network schedule is highlighted by the United States’ final preliminary-round match-up against Canada at 8 p.m. EST on New Year’s Eve.  The full schedule is below.

Gary Thorne, Dave Starman and Fred Pletsch will make up the broadcast team for NHL Network’s coverage of Team USA’s games. All other contests aired on the NHL Network will utilize a feed from TSN.

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