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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

My wife told me to look for the garland. She said it was in the only-reachable-by-ladder attic kind of deal in the garage.  Words fail me when I tell you the great pride I felt in responding with these words:  “I literally have no idea what garland is.”

Oh, I had an idea what garland is. But do you remember the scene from “Shawshank”,  what Andy Dufresne said about drinking beer while working outside?  “I think a man workin’ outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds. That’s only my opinion.”

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Covering Burke Could Be A Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Harringon of CBC Sports,

Five years ago, I began doing research for a possible documentary on Burke for Sports Journal, the current affairs program I hosted for seven years. My interest was peaked after reading about a Vancouver radio host who made a lewd, suggestive remark about the wife of then-Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi.

Burke was outraged. He revoked accreditation for the station’s hockey reporters and pulled the club’s advertising from the station. The host was fired.

I contacted a wide range of reporters who covered the team on a regular basis to find out what was behind Burke’s actions. Whether they worked for newspapers, radio or television stations, one after the other told stories of Burke’s interfering, often intimidating style….

A producer described being invited to lunch by Burke then facing a verbal attack in front of stunned patrons. A hockey columnist said Burke met with his publisher on several occasions, demanding they dismiss the writer because of the thrust of his columns.

Others recalled scenes of Burke chewing out a reporter in the hallway outside the Canucks dressing room, in front of colleagues, with language that would make Andrew Dice Clay blush.

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Sakic & Foote Hurting, Season May Be Over For Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The news isn’t good from the Avalanche’s morning skate: Sakic won’t play tonight against Tampa Bay, and his status is now listed as “indefinite.” We could be in the throes of a sad end to No. 19’s brilliant career. One last “clean” in the weight room - one last clean that he said he wasn’t even going to do, but said he did anyway in a kind of “what the heck?” manner - has hijacked Sakic’s and the Avs’ season….

It’s not a good situation, and this, I believe, will sink this listing Avs team for good this year. This team just doesn’t believe in itself, doesn’t have enough passion and - from what I have witnessed - doesn’t have the close kind of chemistry of the last few teams….

Here’s the other news from the skate: Adam Foote has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Former DU defenseman Aaron MacKenzie has been recalled from Lake Erie and will be available tonight (although probably won’t be in the lineup).

Foote’s upper back (neck) is still bothering him, and this mysterious knee injury has also crept into the situation. Injuries like these are what can happen when a

stiff, no-talent, cheap-shot artist

forward like John Zeiler runs you from behind.

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Wings In Another Measuring-Stick Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

“Every night we play in the league, when you read the clips before, it’s a ‘measuring game.’ It’s a ‘measuring-stick game,’ ” said Detroit’s Mike Babcock. “This is our 23d measuring-stick game for the other team. Every night is for us. It’s going to be fun for us.”

“I think,” Babcock continued, “when I watch all the teams in the league right now, the two teams that seem to be the most excited and all playing together are Boston and San Jose. Those are the two teams for me.”

# On the other side, Claude Julien said tonight’s game will be a good test for the Bruins. “Right now, I think it’s a great way to show that we are a good team, but also with the type of talent that team has on the other side, a puck-possession team, it’s going to be a good test for us,” Julien said.

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Sullivan Slowly Getting Back On the Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

(Steve) Sullivan said he doesn’t want to raise expectations – for himself or for Predators fans – but he was clearly excited to be on the ice with teammates. After slipping a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne, he made sure to grab the puck afterward.

“I hadn’t shot on a goalie in a long time,” Sullivan said. “It was my first goal in two years, so I got the puck.”

Sullivan said he has no timetable about trying to return to full practice, but is simply going on a day-by-day basis. He’ll see how he feels waking up Sunday and decide on how much exercise to do that day.

“I’m not getting overly optimistic or anything,” Sullivan said. “What I was doing out here and what you need to do in an NHL game are two very different things….

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Bailey Sticking With Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Ninth overall draft pick Josh Bailey could have returned quietly to Windsor as soon as he recovered from the lower body injury he suffered in training camp, and all concerned would have praised the skill he showed and the wisdom of the club to let him mature as captain of the Spitfires and a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Championships after Christmas in Ottawa.

But quite simply, the Islanders need a bright light like Bailey far more than he needs them. In the midst of their struggles in the third period to hold leads and sustain an aggressive attack, Bailey’s continued development has been one of the sources of evidence that management might be on the right track in building for the future, which can’t come soon enough for general manager Garth Snow and coach Scott Gordon.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with co-host Todd Carroll.  They’ll be joined by guests Jim Nill (Detroit Red Wings), Jim Cummins (Fox Sports Arizona),  Conor McKenna (TEAM 990), plus Bob Snow and Shawn Roarke of NHL.com.

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

At 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Gord Stellick & Doug McLean talk to Bob Clarke in the studio, and are scheduled to hook up with Phil Esposito and Brian Burke over the course of the show.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, and others.

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Roster Moves Made By Ducks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Brett Festerling from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender David LeNeveu to Iowa.

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Oh…This Is Gonna Be A Tough One

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update:  It’s 1647 EST and two votes separate Boston, Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band.  I can’t even describe to you the tension in my house right now.  So, I"m leaving the poll open until 1845.  It’s going right down to the wire. 

Third game in four nights, on the road, 24 hours after a home game?  Classic Gary. Ass move. Classic.  Way to get the most of out of your Original Six opportunities LG.

But I’m not concerned with that now.

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Breaking Down The Burke Drafts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Those calling, or hoping, for new general manager Brian Burke to ratchet up the Maple Leafs’ rebuilding process by dumping veterans for draft picks, might be wise to tone down their enthusiasm.

During his years in Vancouver, Burke and his staff were not exactly draft day geniuses.

We all know that the entry draft is a guessing game at the best of times; an educated guessing game but a crap shoot nonetheless. And twice during his time heading up the Canucks, Burke completely crapped out on draft day.

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Toronto will officially introduce Burke today at 2pm ET and you can watch at the Leafs site.

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