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Olympic Hockey Fantasy Talk

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It is not often you get fantasy tips from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, so take advantage of it…

Here’s a little trivia for anyone preparing a fantasy pools list for the upcoming 2010 men’s Winter Olympic hockey tournament in Vancouver:

The National Hockey League has had full participation in three previous Olympics; twice, the same pair of players ran 1-2 in the scoring race. They weren’t Czechs, Canadians or Swedes either (the three countries that have won gold during that span.) Rather, it was Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu from Finland, a pair of well-known, highly respected NHL players who have a history of raising their performance levels when they don national colours.

But there’s something else you need to know while researching your Olympic picks—you can get some unexpected scoring heroes mixed in with the familiar ones.

continue reading at CTVOlympics…

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Evening Line

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“I knew I had a shot at one of those last spots there.  Getting that phone call this morning was surprising but definitely one of my greatest moments.”

LA King defenseman Drew Doughty after finding out he was selected for Team Canada.  More Olympic picks talk from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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Countries Not On The Same Page When It Comes To Finalized Rosters

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have sent a letter to the International Ice Hockey Federation, ESPN.com has learned, underlining their expressed concern with Russia’s stated intention to potentially change its Olympic hockey roster regardless of injury.

The NHL and the players’ union, sources told ESPN.com, reiterated in the letter to the IIHF that according to the agreement reached by all parties, Jan. 1 is indeed a final roster deadline for the Olympics and any changes could only be made in case of bonafide injuries….

The IIHF, when reached by ESPN.com last Saturday, also backed Russia’s claim.

“It’s a provisional roster and it can be changed prior to the final roster on Feb. 15,” Szymon Szemberg of the IIHF said in an e-mail to ESPN.com Saturday. “The only provision is that all players must be on the WADA list for anti-doping purposes.”

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This Is My Basement

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Featuring Sidney Crosby and his tee-shirt.

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The Future Of Hockey In Atlanta May Be An Issue When Talking Kovalchuk

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from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

There is an undercurrent in the Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations that goes far beyond what most protracted player-management negotiations eventually come down to, which is, of course: “Pay me like I’m great, because I am,” countered immediately by, “You’d be a lot greater if we could find a helmet to fit over your inflated, blimpy head.”

And that undercurrent is this: Hockey’s uncertain future in Atlanta.

If the Thrashers can’t re-sign Kovalchuk – and I now believe the chances of a deal are just this side of dead — it will be at least in part because of the backdrop of ownership’s uncertain long-term commitment to hockey and the possibility of the franchise being sold and moved during the period of Kovalchuk’s contract.

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Junior C Linesman In Critical Condition

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from TSN,

A 25-year old linesman is reportedly in critical condition after his neck was cut by a skate while he was trying to break up a fight on Tuesday.

Kevin Brown, 25, was cut during a Junior C game in Woodstock, Ontario between the New Hamburg Firebirds and the Woodstock Renegades.  According to London, Ontario radio station AM980, Brown is listed in critical condition in hospital.

continued and earlier in the day, I tweeted about this and the report was he was in stable condition.  Hope all works out for the best.

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Chicago’s Time Is Now

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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

There’s no doubt the Hawks are capital-S screwed this summer with, according to the incredibly informative capgeek.com, more than $60 million committed to just 15 players, not including burgeoning blueline star Niklas Hjalmarsson and future No. 1 Niemi, but none of that matters. Chicago’s only concern should be snapping the league’s longest current Cup drought of 47 seasons, not how best to position the club for next season and beyond.

If anything, the Blackhawks should be looking to add salary in the form of a rental player to aid their run. Why not do exactly what the Penguins did last season with Miro Satan when they acquired Bill Guerin at the deadline? Bury a player in the minors for the final two months of the season in order to free up more cap room and then recall him prior to the playoffs when salaries don’t mean one iota.

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I Feel Much Quicker

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Knock at the door today, delivery for Mr. Kukla.  Open the box and a beautiful pair of shoes courtesy of Reebok.

Who knew they made a Winter Classic Shoe, and the perfect size too?

Thanks Reebok!

See another image below…

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Preparing For The Winter Classic

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Paul Boyer, equipment manager for the Detroit Red Wings, tells us how the team prepared for the Winter Classic last year.

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Simple Question & Answer For Team Canada

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from Eric Duatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Here’s the thing that always perplexes me about the men’s Olympic hockey selection process, revealed earlier today:

The attention, the questions and whatever second-guessing may occur always focuses on the bottom end of the roster.

Question: How will Canada win a gold medal, if it wins, when the 2010 Games come to Vancouver?

Answer: The same way as it did in Salt Lake City; provided their stars come through when it matters.

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