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What The Faux?  “Objective” Search Engine Gives It Up For Our Uncle Mike

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I was conflicted.  But in the end, my completely heterosexual man-love for Uncle Mike Babcock won out.  The guy’s become deservedly bigger than life around here.  So it could have been Dwayne Keith Klessel naming him coach of the decade and I’d still be pushing you to the verbiage. 


Taking over the Red Wings in 2005-06, Babcock has watched his Detroit teams amass four straight 50-win, 100-point seasons and take home a Cup in 2008 and fall a game short in 2009. While Babcock has been surrounded with a stable organization and loaded with on-ice talent, his players have bought into what he’s preached —and that is the No. 1 accomplishment if a coach wants to find success.

Babcock, naturally, was number 1.  No argument from the objective 19.  But number 2?  Ummmm….ok.

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New Habs Owner Says Team Headed In The Right Direction

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from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

At his first press conference as Canadiens owner, Geoff Molson expressed satisfaction with team president Pierre Boivin and general manager Bob Gainey.

“Are we going in the right direction? Yes,” Molson said. “Bob Gainey has done an excellent job in rebuilding the team.”


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Bettman Talks Teams And Money

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from Reuters,

The head of the National Hockey League dismissed suggestions that it needs to shrink or move any of its financially troubled teams to other cities, possibly in Canada.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York on Tuesday, said that all of the North American sports league’s current 30 teams should survive in their present cities.

“I believe that all 30 markets can sustain their clubs,” he said.

continued including Bettman says revenue will be flat or up 1 percent this season…

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Report- Ovechkin Gets Two Games

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Tarik El-Bashir via his Twitter,

Alex Ovechkin has been suspended two games, I’m told.

added 4:13pm, Official per NHL.com.

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NHL Network- Power Play

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The Power Play has been on the NHL Network for a few weeks now.

What do you folks think about it if you catch it on the NHL Network or if you listen in on XM or Sirius?

I must admit, I have not followed it closely since I normally listen to two radio streams between 4p-7p, but I have promised myself to pay more attention to the show.

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Everyone Wins With The Savard Deal

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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Marc Savard did something very rarely seen in this day and age of big money professional sports.

He put his money where his mouth was.

The Bruins’ crafty center and leading scorer has been the model of consistency over the last two years whenever he’s been approached about impending free agency and his related desire to remain with Boston.

Savard told me as much last season during a one-on-one conversation. The line of questioning veered off toward his future hockey address – and where he saw himself playing once the four-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins was over and done.

“Once I signed here, I had all the intentions of wanting to retire here and play for one team for a long time,” Savard said. “I don’t want to move around anymore. I love the fans here and I love the city, so I don’t have any intentions of going anywhere.


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Canes Finding It Tough To Make Changes

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from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

“We’re looking to transition this team,” said Rutherford. “The good part is that we’re sitting here with a lot of good young players looking to come in, and we’re looking to acquire other young players. If we can do that, we can start to feel good about where we’re going.”

However, with a roster pushing the limits of the salary cap, it’s easier said than done to find room for upcoming players such as Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman and other talented prospects currently playing in Albany of the AHL.

“It’s hard to accelerate [change] because you really can’t move contracts out,” said Rutherford. “If we could, we would probably move a handful of guys out today and move the younger guys in, even if they weren’t ready, and start that process.

At the present moment, Rutherford’s hands are tied.


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Thinking Out Loud

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At my NHL.com blog today, I get a few things off my chest.

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All About The Atlanta Thrashers

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from Ben Wright at AtlantaThrashers.com,

Did you know that as a team…

... The Thrashers are a perfect 10-0-0 when they score first?

... Atlanta is the only team to win every game in which they’ve had a lead?

... The Thrashers lead the NHL in third period goals with 38 and have outscored opponents 38-13 in the third, by far the largest margin in the NHL?


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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (December 1, 2009)—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for November.

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