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All Chelios

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A quick hitter from Sports Illustrated,

What was your most embarrassing moment?
In Buffalo [in 1983] after warmups I left the rink through the Zamboni doors. I ended up getting into a fight with the Zamboni driver because I went the wrong way.

Favorite off-day activity?
Fishing.

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Bloggers Get Noticed

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Sports Business Daily (paid sub) has a weekday feature called Blog Hound.  They point to relevant sports issues of the day.
Today it is all hockey…

Blog Hound: Bloggers React To Reports Of NHL Games In London
With the NHL Kings reportedly opening next season with two games at The O2, an arena in London operated by Kings Owner AEG, here’s a sampling reax from the blogosphere.

 

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With Love…

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News, I want you.
I need to hold you.
Don’t let him stand between us.
(Mark Messier sends a Valentine to Glen Sather’s job)

You not only
saved a life
But
You also
made me believe again.
(Brad Stuart, to The God of Trades)

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One Of The New Ads

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Japers’ Rink just gave me the heads-up on one of the new NHL ads.  Very funny stuff…

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Mini-Hockey Blogger Tour

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Today at my NHL.com blog, I visit a few of the hockey blogs and wonder if wearing the home team sweater matters.

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Habs In A Funk

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from Elliotte Friedman at CBC,

Guy Carbonneau doesn’t have any answers. Alexei Kovalev and Janne Niinimaa were the latest to be benched, nailed to the pine for long stretches last Saturday night. Sergei Samsonov and Craig Rivet were other high-profile punishees over the past weeks. It’s clear this idea isn’t working.
Some reports out of Montreal indicate Sheldon Souray and Alexei Kovalev started the screaming match. It’s not certain if the two were yelling at each other, but these two have a history.

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“Trade(ing)” Stories

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

“As great a life as this is, there are some tough parts and being told you’re traded is one of them.”
Wayne Primeau was told after the Bruins tilt Saturday he would be playing for Calgary less than 24 hours later.
“My five-and-a-half-year-old son was sleeping when I got home and was still sleeping when I got up so I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye—that sucks,” he said.
As bad as that was, Primeau said it was even tougher being traded from San Jose last year as part of the Joe Thornton deal when he was informed in the coach’s office after pre-game warmup.

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The Code Still Exists

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“The unique thing about our sport is that we play with hockey sticks that potentially can be used as weapons. This is a game that is very emotional and guys are only human. Fighting gives them an outlet to release (energy and frustrations) instead of slashing, cross checking and high sticking.
“You almost never see a tough guy grab a small skilled guy and start (punching) either. There is still a code.”
Gretzky said his stance has softened a bit with time.

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The Shot Blocker

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from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

Once reserved for the penalty kill, the playoffs or critical moments of meaningful regular-season games, shot blocking has shifted from last resort to first option. It is now a communal responsibility, a nightly chore from which no one is excused. “It’s a fact of life,” Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards says. “On our team, if you don’t block shots, you don’t play.” To the detriment of hockey—and the players who have been injured by truly taking one for the team—the shot block, not the two-line stretch pass, has become the most common, and effective, tool in the postlockout NHL.

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Stuff Flies Around

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from the Edmonton Journal,

“The rumors, the speculation grow more prominent each and every year,” said Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe. “How they come about is simply somebody somewhere looking at a situation and saying, ‘Well, the Oilers have lost four of their last six games and this guy hasn’t scored and that guy has a poor plus-minus, so these would be the players the Oilers would like move.’
“They look for a similar type of situation on, say, a team out east, and there they have it: the Oilers will trade Player A, B and C out east for Player X, Y and Z. There’s no basis to it. It’s purely speculation. And in this day and age of bloggers, coupled the inability to track down sources, that stuff flies around.”

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