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Homer Back Where He Belongs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And that would be planted in front of (and often in) the crease. He'll return tonite, according to Helene St. James' Wing blog.

The Red Wings will have their best net-front guy back in the lineup tonight when they play the Canucks. Tomas Holmstrom has been out since Nov. 10 because of a groin injury, but he had a good morning skate and is ready to return. Given his penchant for parking in front of an opponent's net during power plays, the Wings are hoping Holmstrom can help boost a power play that's the absolute worst in the NHL - the Wings' success rate stands at 10.1%; the next worst is Phoenix at 12.4.
Side note: St. James is gaining grass-roots support from A2Y staffers who feel she should supplant Ansar Khan(!) as Deep Digger Captain. Her advocates point to the consistent blog updates as ammunition for a fleet up to the C. On the other hand, twice removed captain Ted Kulfan hasn't updated in three days. Khan(!), while largely consistent this year, hasn't updated since yesterday afternoon.

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A Bowman Tale

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Caught a glimpse of an article on Paul Maurice this evening, and found this Bowman anecdote.

Scotty Bowman once had an inventive way of catching players breaking curfew. Realizing some of his Detroit Red Wings players might break his midnight curfew, he ventured down to the hotel lobby five minutes before the deadline and handed a goalie stick to an attendant. Get some autographs, Bowman said, knowing those who signed would be doing so after curfew. The next morning, the attendant thanked Bowman and showed him all the autographs. At practice, several players couldn't figure out how the coach caught them in the act without actually witnessing it.
Too bad Jacques Demers never thought of that, eh?

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Talking Turkey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

So far, the NHL season has been relatively low-key with precious little controversy, but that doesn't mean there haven't already been more than a few missteps and goof-ups worthy of mention. Some teams that started off as turkeys have already managed to evolve into higher forms of life. The defending champion Carolina Hurricanes, for example, began the season last month with four straight defeats. Since then, however, the Canes have been a solid 12-5-2, so they escaped the tag of early-season turkey. Ditto for the New York Islanders.
more

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Hitchcock In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources close to the Columbus Blue Jackets tell TSN Ken Hitchcock has agreed to a three-year contract to coach the Blue Jackets. The two sides agreed to terms today and Hitchcock is expected to be on the ice to lead Columbus through practice tomorrow.

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Next Move For Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

"Absolutely we'd love to make a deal. The problem is in making deals, it's the same old thing. The guys you want to trade, they don't want, and the guys you don't want to trade, they want," Gretzky said. "We're not trading [Keith] Ballard, we're not trading [Zbynek] Michalek. It's not going to happen." Still, something has to give. "We're trying to turn over every rock we can right now. We definitely need someone to go in there and give Curtis some time. Curtis can't play every game," Gretzky said.
read on

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KK- The Next Day Or So

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thought I would get this out before those of you celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday say good-bye to KK for a few days. Major updates will continue, maybe not as often but if anything breaks, it will be posted. KK members can continue to post in the Forum area too. Please enjoy the holiday weekend and be safe. If you drink, make sure to hand the keys over or find alternate transportation.

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Crosby Out Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss Wednesday night's game against Boston because of a sore groin. Crosby was hurt during a 5-3 victory in Philadelphia on Monday night. He was optimistic on Tuesday that he would be ready to play against the Bruins, but during the pre-game morning skate coach Michel Therrien decided that Crosby wouldn't play.

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Time For Celebration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris Young, of the Toronto Star, tracks down some hockey goal celebrations at his Just Another Blog. image

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Blogger Meets Owner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The DC Sports Chick recently held court with Caps owner Ted Leonsis...

Ted was so friendly and easygoing, but would you expect anything else? He made a point of introducing us to the others in the suite and played the role of host very well. Ted shared a lot of fascinating insights about the team and also about his outside projects, like his film starring Woody Harrelson
read on

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Old School- Eddie Shore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,

...But those Boston fans should always remember that it was Eddie 'The Edmonton Express" Shore who was Boston's first real superstar. Ever since Shore joined the B's in 1926; just two years after the then "Brown & Gold" took the ice as a franchise for the first time, Boston has been a place where opposing teams simply dread to play. Eddie Shore was born between Regina and Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada (legend says he entered the world in an ox cart) on November 25, 1902. Hockey historian Michael McKinley writes that Shore was "an eccentric hybrid of entertainer and philosopher, who made it to the big time from the disbanded Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Hockey League and quickly became a favourite of the raucus Boston Garden."
much more

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