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If You Don’t Understand Sasquatchese, Then You’re Really Dumb

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I thought I had met my match when Mike Babcock started opening his mouth earlier this year.  It was refreshing and challenging.  He would talk, but we were never quite sure exactly what he was saying.  Around Christmas time I’d gather the family around the Commodore 64, warm up some nog, put on some Burl Ives holiday classics and read Babblecock to the kids. 

But now…Sasquatch won’t shut the hell up and it keeps getting better.  I just found this little nugget and it makes me feel warm.

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Yzerman Responds

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You didn’t read it here, but someone out there thinks the retirement of Steve Yzerman actually helped the Wings.  You know I’m referencing the recent article by ESPN’s Scott Burnside in which he says the absence of Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan changed the tone for the better in the Wing room.  Do I agree with that assessment?  Mum’s the word…for now.

John Niyo, though, reports this morning that Yzerman commented to the CBC last night.

“I think the team’s a better team without a broken-down, 41-year-old Steve Yzerman, no question,” Yzerman told CBC’s Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey . “That’s why I retired. I didn’t feel I could help this team anymore.

“But to think that my presence was a hindrance or a negative in the locker room, I would say that’s completely inaccurate or ridiculous.”

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Rangers Face Salary Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Bobby Holik signing- bonus grievance against the Rangers due to be heard late next month is likely to have an adverse impact on next season’s team, Slap Shots has learned.
If the Blueshirts lose the case - which will be heard in conjunction with similar grievances filed by Jed Ortmeyer and Darius Kasparaitis - they will be liable for a $1.52 million salary-cap charge against next season’s roster, we’ve been informed by individuals with knowledge of the case.

continued and some NHL trade talk…

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Dumbest Team In Sports, Except For One Genius

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jerry Green writes this morning that the Poultry could very well be the dumbest team in all of sports.  I don’t know if I can agree with that.  Yes, there is a strong possibility that they are startlingly stupid, up and down their roster.  I’m not denying that.  But, if you’re going to average IQ’s you have to know that chris pronger’s is going to move the

median (

mean

?)

(Thanks Baroque) northward. 

Because he knows him some physics.  That’s right.  Dr. Sasquatch.  The eccentric genius.

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The New Dumbest Team In Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,

Afterwards, Barry Melrose, once a bright young NHL coach and currently an ESPN wizard, castigated the Ducks for their lack of discipline. Melrose maintained the Ducks had stolen the victory.
“They should all leave the rink wearing masks,” Melrose told his ESPN audience in the quote of the night.
The Ducks have played without much discipline—or subtlety—throughout this series, headed to Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena Sunday afternoon.
They have become my choice for the new dumbest team in sports.

read on... some great old-school stories…

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Buffalo Fans Should Feel Cheated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The crowd’s reaction was predictable after the Senators won, 3-2, in overtime and reached the Stanley Cup finals. At first fans were confused. Within seconds, they were crushed. They started with a warm applause, an ovation that gained momentum before ultimately falling short, much like the very team in which they had invested their souls for two years.
You’ll hear plenty from the organization about how the Sabres entertained their fans for two seasons and how the future looks bright. But there’s no getting around the fact that this team ultimately underachieved. A good many fans should wake up today feeling cheated.
“It’s one of the parts that hurts so much, just how awesome they were throughout the city,” co-captain Daniel Briere said. “I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it. That’s the part that hurts the most, the feeling that we let them down.”

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He’s Alive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

We interrupt the multitude of Chris Pronger controversies for a quick and stunning Western Conference revelation: Todd Bertuzzi is starting to play like Todd Bertuzzi again.
And that can’t be good news for the Anaheim Ducks.
As if there isn’t enough for the Ducks to worry about, what with trying to control Henrik Zetterberg on one line and Pavel Datsyuk on another and trying not to let Dominik Hasek get in their heads, now they have this truck dressed in Red Wings garb to be concerned about.

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NBC Blew It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

No joke. I get a call this afternoon from a buddy of mine, livid about NBC’s decision to dump overtime of the elimination game between Buffalo and Ottawa onto Versus.
“I can’t believe it,” he moaned. “They cut off the strongman competition I was watching for a stinkin’ hockey game!”
I had to laugh. After the kick to the gut American fans got today, it’s nice to know there’s at least one sport lower on the broadcast totem pole.

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As I stated yesterday, NBC should have prepared the fans with a heads up of their plans, but nothing was mentioned.  I have received over 100 emails the last 12 hours, all livid with the NBC decision.  Many people set their DVR to record and even allowed for extra time, but they missed the OT since no one set the DVR to Versus.  If NBC would have alerted us about this switch, in ADVANCE, it would have made it a little easier to take.
Instead, many NHL fans feel like NBC just doesn’t care.

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Decision Time For Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The fifth game of the Western Conference finals will be the one in which they stop taking the careless penalties that have sapped their energy and fueled the Red Wings’ offense, or it will be another showcase for their lack of discipline.
It will be the day they realize that mental toughness is more important than sheer brawn, or another occasion on which they let their emotions overrule their heads.
It’s their choice.
They can use their abundant talent to its fullest, or they can be drawn into tripping and hooking and holding and continue to tax their overworked defense and disrupt the flow of their offense.
They say they have chosen how they want to be known.

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Two Very Different Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Milford Daily News,

But any fan of hockey - traditional, old-school hockey as it was meant to be played - should have their eyes glued to the ongoing Western Conference Finals between Anaheim and Detroit.
The series might be the last chance for traditionalists to save the game.
If hockey general managers have proven anything over the years, it’s that they’re not the most creative bunch. The NHL is a copycat league; when one system or approach proves successful, you can be sure a good chunk of the league will try to do the same thing.
That means the winner of this series, which is tied at two games apiece heading into this afternoon’s Game 5 in Detroit (NBC, 3 p.m.), could provide the blueprint for many other franchises, especially if the winner goes on to take the Stanley Cup.
Anaheim and Detroit couldn’t approach the game any differently. And ironically, the roles are opposite what you would expect from the respective cities they call home.

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