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Rock Bottom And A Note To Dater

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No doubt about it. Consecutive 3-0 defeats to the Hawks is the worst we’ve seen in years. 

With 13 players missing from last year’s roster, if you include Lilja and the departed Hossa, Samuelsson, Hudler, etc.  Scoring is impossible.  Good defense isn’t enough.  Above average goaltending isn’t winning games.

And yet, we bide our time and count the nay sayers.  We might be rocking back and forth but we’re taking notes while we do. So when idiots like Adrian Dater run off at their Twitter-enabled pie holes?  We simply bookmark their crap and wait for April.

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Craig Adams Hit On Daniel Alfredsson Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty on the play.

added 8:26pm, from TSN,

It appears as though the injury bug has taken another big bite out of the Ottawa Senators.

After getting Chris Neil and Pascal Leclaire back in the lineup, the Sens may be without captain Daniel Alfredsson for the immediate future after he left Wednesday night’s game against the Penguins with what the team is describing as a shoulder injury.


12/24/09 at 5:49am, added the video from the Pittsburgh point of view below…

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  Tags: craig+adams, daniel+alfredsson

You Could Be The King, Jimmah…The Baddest Cat Alive Even.  Now Steal One So We Can Live Blog It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So we got some presents in the mail today, from my dad in Michigan. 

They were wrapped well. My dad’s pretty good at that kinda thing.  And they were stuffed in a box, surrounded by remnants of the Detroit News sports page from July 9th, 2009.  One article stood out, and it made me remember that I think Jimmah Howard is going to steal us one.

Not only that, I think Jimmah Howard is going to record a shutout tonite.  I’m so confident that I took a cue from Tyler and Brent.  If those geniuses can make a video, you damn well better believe (Porque!!) I can too.

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Guy Wins Winter Classic Package On The Price Is Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: winter+classic

Gordie Carries The Olympic Torch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Hockey legend Gordie Howe was a surprise runner in the Olympic torch relay on Wednesday through southwestern Ontario.

The 81-year-old Hall of Famer’s name was not on the list of torchbearers released in advance by organizers.


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Candidates for Team USA’s roster for Vancouver 2010

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

Brian Burke, Team USA’s GM, is planning on making the announcement of USA’s final roster on January 1st, 2010, during the Winter Classic. Burke will name his 23 man roster at Fenway Park, during the Flyers vs. Bruins game.

Below you will find the three groupings for the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament:

GROUP A: Canada, United States, Norway, Switzerland

GROUP B: Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia

GROUP C: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Belarus

The countries in bold are the four tournament favorites, without disrespect to the other eight countries.

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  Tags: alex+goligoski, andy+greene, bill+guerin, bobby+ryan, brian+gionta, brian+rafalski, brooks+orp

Eruzione Talks Olympic Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lesley Visser of CBS Sports,

Did you see the pictures of skating at Fenway Park? May your heart be light. It was fantastic, Bobby Orr and Terry O’Reilly gliding past the area Dustin Pedroia usually patrols. And on Jan. 1, when the Bruins play the Flyers at Fenway, the U.S. Olympic Hockey team will be announced.

“We will be young, and Canada, with enormous pressure on Sidney Crosby, will be gunning for the gold,” Mike Eruzione said of the brilliant Canadian center who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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  Tags: mike+eruzione

Skating In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

In other words: It doesn’t seem like anything the Detroit Red Wings have historically done from a marketing perspective. But that stodgy reputation is something Quack! Media is working to change with Open Skate Detroit.

“It isn’t a straight-up marketing program. It’s a fan organization that’s officially recognized by the Red Wings as a good time and a good idea,” said Al McWilliams, master of the universe (official title) for Quack.

We spoke with McWilliams about this marketing campaign aimed at money-spending fans in desirable demographics, and how it might end up in your hockey-town after succeeding in Hockeytown.

Open Skate Detroit started this season as a way to encourage a crowd that goes out to bars and concerts to consider dropping their dough on the NHL as well.


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NHL.com Selects Team (Players) Of The Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

The first decade of the new century has seen an explosion in talent around the NHL. For all the brilliance of decades past—the Original Six era, the dynasties of the 1970s and 1980s, the rise of teams like Pittsburgh, Detroit and New Jersey in the 1990s—you can make a good case that the level of talent in the NHL today is as high or higher than it’s ever been. With young stars joining the League each year, that level should continue to rise.

But who are the cream of the crop in the 2000s? Which players have risen above their peers? Here’s a look at the best of the best for the first decade of the new century.

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Taking The Blame Off The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There was a time, back when the National Hockey League was more of a mom and pop shop, when Bryan Murray, Cory Clouston and their Ottawa Senators would have paid a heavy price for coming out and questioning the integrity of the NHL’s officials.

“Back in the old days when we didn’t have TV?” began veteran referee Paul Devorski, “We could show up in Winnipeg, and if I really wanted to shove it up yer hoop, I could. Nowadays, you can’t call a phantom hook or you’re on the carpet the next day with (NHL director of officiating) Terry Gregson. If it becomes habitual, now you’re not working playoffs.”

So today, referees blow off the carping that came from Ottawa this week as more excuse-making by a GM, this time the Senators’ Murray. Clouston, his head coach, was cast in a rather embarrassing supporting role.

“It strikes me as something where (Murray) is not having as much success as he wants, so maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s our fault,” referee Mike Leggo said. “Take the blame off his players. Try and shift the focus, try and get the next break.”


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