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The Keon Curse

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from Mike Strobel of the Toronto Sun,

Breaking the Curse of Davey Keon should be a breeze. Retire his number, for crying out loud. Bring on the Cup. Well he lost his love, and his grief was gall, In his heart he wanted to stick it to 'em all, If we raise his shirt, maybe even this fall I bet he answers at last, Leaf Nation's call. Davey, Davey Keon, let's end the curse right here.
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10 Step Program For Flyers

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

What the Flyers really need is a new direction, and so here are 10 moves I'd make if Snider gave me free reign of the team: 1. Fire Paul Holmgren: He is an honorable guy and a team player, but this club needs a clean break from the Clarke era and keeping Holmgren would be a mistake.... 5. Re-sign Peter Forsberg: He's either staying or he's going, and I want to know which way he's leaning. Forsberg keeps saying he's waiting for his reconstructed right foot to be 100 percent before he opens contract negotiations. He says the foot is not 100 percent; the Flyers say it is. Maybe, just maybe, Forsberg is stalling, waiting to see if it is worth his while to remain a passenger on the Titanic.
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Go Out & Play Hard

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star via Canada.com,

For Dan Petry, though, the media attention began right around the time the baseball world was first rubbing its eyes in disbelief at the Tigers' turnaround. Petry's son Jeff, a defenceman with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, was the Edmonton Oilers' top pick, selected 46th overall in the National Hockey League entry draft, a development that left the entire family in shock. "I don't know hardly anything about the game, so it came as quite a surprise to me," Petry said of his son's emergence as a hockey prospect. "He made the all-star/prospects game and that's when the coach said he was starting to get a lot of attention from a lot of the scouts," Dan Petry said. "Then several other people said, 'Oh, yeah, they're coming in.' "I didn't know what to tell him other than to go out and play hard."
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Stuff Happens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times (reg. req.),

The two have tangled often in the NHL and the minor leagues, but the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Boogaard inflicted serious damage in the latest tussle last Friday at St. Paul, Minn., knocking him to the ice with a blow that put Fedoruk on the shelf for an indefinite period. "I think it's an advantage if you're 6-7 and 270 pounds against anybody," Fedoruk said with a grin Friday. "Guys are getting bigger. You just need your skills as a fighter to deal with it. "I was in a vulnerable position and I wasn't able to protect myself. He threw a right and it hit me flush. Just stuff that happens."

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Missed Call

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from the CP via TSN,

Even the referee agreed the Edmonton Oilers might have gotten a bad break in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. With just four seconds left to play in the game, Ales Hemsky looked like he had scored on Dallas goalie Marty Turco but referee Mick McGeough called the goal off. He had blown the whistle a heartbeat before on the face-off, convinced that Shawn Horcoff had made a glove pass off the draw. Upon further reflection, McGeough agreed. "It was a blown call on my part," he said after the game. "It was poor judgment on my part. I thought he had his hand on the puck on the face-off but it was his stick. My judgment was poor on the play."
more... Yes, it was a missed call, but Turco says he stopped reacting to the play when he heard the whistle, so who knows what may have happened... watch the video... image

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Bacteria Begone

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Fort Frances Times:

Angus McDonald, co-owner of Canadian Tire here, is the man responsible for bringing the Sani Sport system to town. He explained bacteria in the equipment is at the root of the odour problem. “A lot of people don’t understand that the smell is growing bacteria,” he said. “It’s dead skin. It’s sweat. It’s moisture from the body,” he noted. “When you think about it, it’s actually quite gross.” Besides smelling bad, bacteria in equipment is becoming a growing health concern in the sporting community. During last season’s NHL playoffs, Buffalo Sabres’ stalwart defenceman Jay McKee was lost to the team prior to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against the Carolina Hurricanes due to a badly-infected shin.
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Anyone Watching The Panthers

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Panthers may have been the better team by far in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Leafs, but their accomplishments caused barely a ripple among the local citizenry. As always, the announced crowd at whatever the Panthers are calling their arena this season was as accurate as an NHL news release on its attendance. The claim was that there were 13,233 found-ins, although a better guess would have been 7,000.... This sets a body to wondering whether the Panthers have elbowed their way ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers on the list of NHL teams most likely to change cities. Panthers owner Alan Cohen has deeper pockets than his predecessors, but you have to wonder how long he will let the bleeding continue.
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Deposits Taken- Status Unknown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WFSB,

Deposits are being accepted for season tickets to the Hartford Whalers although the team no longer exists. The Hartford Whalers Booster Club is hoping to persuade a new owner to bring a NHL team to Hartford. Club members said that they hope if they collect enough deposits for season tickets it will convince a potential owner that there is a desire for the team to return to the city.
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The Captain Speaks

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Steve Yzerman was on Detroit radio this afternoon, talking about the Wings, the NHL and the Lester Patrick Award he is receiving on Monday. Steve mentioned the NHL game is still in transition. The removal of the red line has opened up the game and he really enjoys the bigger offensive zone, and as Steve mentioned, all done without increasing the ice surface. Still feels the enforcement of the calls is too tight. He compared some calls to an NBA game, you know, where all the players are looking at each other about the call that was just made. He believes the NHL enforcement of the calls is too extreme and the physical play has been taken out of the game. He also states if the refs start backing off on some of the calls, a league wide panic may set in again, claiming the game is going back to the old ways of calling penalties. He does hope the game evolves into letting the players somewhat decide the outcome of the game. Steve believes the Wings are improving as a team. Even though their stats may no show it, the Wings are a tougher team to play against and the shots allowed per game is very low, which translates into success during the playoffs. He believes the younger talent is starting to blossom, mentioned Franzen and Lebda are beginning to show what they are made of. He is honored to be receiving the Lester Patrick Award. Credited the Red Wings organization for making the game much more popular in the Michigan area and feels he is accepting the award on behalf of the Wings. On a side note, I will be covering the Lester Patrick Awards in Detroit on Monday. Stories will appear at KK and at NHL.com next week.

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Whatever You Say John

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"I think it's good we are getting out on the road for an extended period of time with the Xs and Os and all the teaching we have done and the time we have spent trying to teach our team concept. I think when you go on the road and are together with no wives, no babies, no girlfriends, no boyfriends or whatever it may be, you end up being together, and that's where your chemistry starts coming together in the locker room." -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella
more quotes from Phil Coffey's "Quoteworthy" at NHL.com

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