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Oh…Well That Settles That

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Yesterday we continued our abuse of reformed boy bander Dwayne Klessel and his Sewer of Trade Swill and Fiction.  I don’t enjoy making fun of Dwayne. Yes I do.  No I don’t.  It makes me feel dirty.  Yes, I enjoy it. It’s easy and fun, kinda like Crazy 8’s.

Well, Spector joined in the fun this morning when he blasted Dwayne’s rumors out of the water.

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Chelios With The Truth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris Chelios was just on Detroit radio and was asked if the players are noticing the lack of buzz in Detroit.
Chris said he looks around the Joe Louis Arena and sees empty seats.  He said “they tell us they are sold out”, but he said that is not true.  He bought 40 tickets on the day of a game for a youth hockey group.
Chris said he is concerned about league wide attendance and ratings, even in Canada ratings are down.

Chelios also mentioned the new uni’s are great, fans will love them.

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Best Of The Rest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com has picked his could have been all-star team…

So the forwards would line up like this:
Kovalchuk-Datsyuk-Afinogenov
Kariya-McDonald-Alfredsson
Cole-Brind’Amour-Lehtinen
Brylin-Madden-Pandolfo

read on for the rest of the team and what do you think; could they beat the All-Stars?

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Murray Has Blues On The Right Track

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

When St. Louis Blues President John Davidson started to investigate the possibility of hiring Andy Murray as his coach, he was impressed to discover that Murray, fired by the Los Angeles Kings last season, still had an 87.5% approval rating.
Davidson called 16 people who had knowledge of Murray’s performance as an NHL coach, and 14 “were off the chart positive” about Murray, one was non-committal and one said he wouldn’t hire Murray. “And the one who said no called back later, and said, “You know, I think it is the right choice,” Davidson recalls.

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Beware Of The Sharks PP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

San Jose is racking up mind-boggling numbers with its continued and consistent success skating with at least one more player than the opposition. The Sharks lead the league with a 26.5 percent conversation rate on the power play, a figure that is better than any since Calgary posted a 27.7-percent mark in 1989-90.
“Our power play is phenomenal, the best I’ve ever had,” said Ron Wilson, who is in his 13th season as an NHL coach.

more... and as a Wings fan, It feels like 50% of Sharks pp goals have been scored against the Wings…

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All Star Photo Album

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sports Illustrated has a photo slideshow of all the starters for the All Star Game.

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Rail Cam Back For NHL All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Check out the video from the Dallas/Colorado game back in November.
Video is about 6 minutes long and about 60MB.

Press release regarding the HD camera for the NHL All-Star Game.

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Muir’s Mail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated opens his mailbag…

From Bryan Whitman of Manitoba: With Jeremy Roenick watching the game at a restaurant across the street, who’ll deliver the annual All-Star Game hit?
Now that’s funny! I’ll put my money on Ryan Smyth, with Bouwmeester on the receiving end.
Sharon Hunt of Nashville writes: There’s no basis for this story. Craig Leipold specifically said he would never move the team.
It’s clear that Leipold has no strong desire to move the team, so his opening gambit does a good job of keeping the fans on his side. But remember that this is a business, and the Preds aren’t getting the corporate support they deserve in Nashville. That’s not a tenable situation long term….

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Old vs. New

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Illustrated,

In the NHL, there always seems to be a tug of war between fans who long for the traditional days—when fighting was in vogue and the NHL had yet to migrate south—and those modern fans who favor a player’s grace and skill, and don’t mind attending games in T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops.

continued... good stuff, especially for the old school….

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Rednecks Don’t Like Swedes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And that's a fact. They just don't. I've never spoken with a Swedish person, and that's a character flaw. But I have had the opportunity to exchange very short, simple sentences with rednecks and I can tell you they hate them some Swedes. I don't like friction. I've tried to mend the fences between the Swedes and Bubba. Here at A2Y I've directed the staff to recognize similarities between the two groups and write accordingly. But clearly the cultures are just too different. Bubba hates the Swedes and he's not changing his mind. Unfortunately last night's events didn't help matters on the diplomatic front. I guess Tomas Vokoun was concentrating on Anaheim a bit more than Detroit, just before he was concentrating on sitting instead of playing.

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