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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Tardy start troopers.  My sincerest apologies.

I’ve been dealing with the shame of daring to discuss Chris Osgood as a potential Hall of Famer.

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Well Cowboy, Let’s Play Some Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Who knew John Wayne played hockey?

Greatest Hockey Legends has the video proof.


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Burke Says No Need To Talk Tampering Charges With Vancouver GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun via the National Post,

Toronto general manager Brian Burke says he sees no need to clear the air with Vancouver counterpart Mike Gillis over tampering allegations when the Canucks meet the Maple Leafs on Saturday at General Motors Place.

In fact, Burke isn’t even sure whether he and Gillis will speak at all this weekend.

“I know there was a lot of yapping going on in Vancouver the last little while, but you noticed none from Toronto,” Burke said in a phone interview Thursday when asked about the apparent bad blood between the two organizations. “I’m certainly not going to pour any gasoline on a fire that as far as I’m concerned doesn’t exist. When other organizations talk or complain about the Leafs, I ignore it by and large.”


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Evgeny Artyukhin Suspended Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (October 22, 2009) – Anaheim Ducks forward Evgeny Artyukhin has been suspended for three games, without pay, as the result of a slew-footing incident against Dallas Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen in NHL game #117, Oct. 21. Niskanen sustained an injury on the play.

The incident occurred at 4:23 of the second period.  No penalty was assessed on the play.

Artyukhin, who was suspended for two games January 19, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, Artyukhin forfeits $34,756.11 in salary based on the number of games (82) in a season, rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Brett Hull Talks His Golf Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Hull at Golf Digest,

I could always hit the ball. It was simple for me. It’s basically the same move as hitting a slap shot in hockey. But it took me forever to get my handicap to where it is now, hovering around zero and plus-one. I had to learn how to play, how to score, and that only came around in the last four or five years. The physical ability to hit the ball doesn’t even come close to the mental side of the game. Both parts have to work together.

I started playing the summer of my freshman year in college. I went to the University of Minnesota-Duluth and my college roommates were going out to play golf. I asked if I could tag along and I was hooked from that second on.


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Is Goalie Crashng A Topic To Discuss?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

At first glance it sounds like something out of a Vince Vaughn movie: “Crease Crashers—the sequel to Wedding Crashers and every bit as outrageous!” Except we’re talking hockey here and running goaltenders in the crease isn’t funny and it can be dangerous.

Like most things in the NHL, the how and why isn’t really at issue. Goalies, well-padded but arguably as defenseless as a punter in the path of a half-dozen onrushing linesmen, are being overrun across the NHL. It appears to be a tactic and the league is at least giving lip service to doing something about it.

Though it hasn’t officially been added to the agenda for next month’s general manager’s meetings, enough GMs are lobbying to get it there. That alone doesn’t provide for any real hope to putting a stop to the nasty tactic.

continued plus some Chelios/NHLPA talk…

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The All-Injured Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Duff at NHL.com,

While not every team is dealing with the same magnitude of trauma, sometimes it needs to be spelled out just how widespread the injury bug is spreading.

By my count, through Wednesday’s games, we are looking at more than three teams’ worth of players that have, are, or will miss some (or sometimes significant portions) of this season.

And even the “short-term” ailments can’t be swept aside, with the knowledge that once bitten, the injury bug can linger, re-appear or wreak havoc down the road.

So, in an effort to catch your attention, here’s a look at the all-injured teams of October. Yes, some players have returned, BUT you can’t replay the games they have missed.


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You’ll Have To Pay To Read Most Of Newsday Online

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

Effective Wednesday - just in time for Game 1! (World Series) - most of Newsday.com’s content will be available free only to subscribers to Optimum Online and/or the printed version of Newsday.

That’s a group that covers most of Long Island and significant chunks of other parts of the metropolitan area.

Everyone else will have to pay, much as people currently do for other products they enjoy, such as movies, television, books, phone service, Internet connections, pizza, beer and ice cream.


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Loss Of Poise Hurts Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of Rosen Blog,

The Blackhawks lost their captain and then lost their poise. The Hawks then lost the lead, lost one of their top two defensemen, and finally lost the game on a stupid play in the defensive zone by two of their best offensive players.

Man, the Hawks will go to any length to take your mind off the goaltending mess, eh?

Thing is, goaltending wasn’t the problem against Vancouver Wednesday night. In fact, Antti Niemi, the backup who starts because big-money starter Cristobal Huet is bad, was the answer most of the night for the confused, abused and diffused Hawks. He made enough point-blank saves that if alleged No. 1 Cristobal Huet was in there, his goal-against average might’ve hit double-figures.

And besides, it wasn’t Niemi’s fault the Hawks choked another 5-on-3 advantage that could’ve turned a one-goal lead into a three-goal win.


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Burke’s Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

It should also fall on Burke to recognize that truculence is not a synonym for skill and that if you’re going to add toughness to allow your skilled players to play better, you better have the skilled players that will benefit from the added option. The Leafs didn’t have those players -or at least enough of them-before Burke got to Toronto. They don’t have them now.

If you want to stretch fact to the edge of opinion, I would argue that Burke is also wrong in assessing the Kessel deal with Boston. His argument is that he couldn’t get a player of that age and skill level for less than the three draft picks (two firsts and a second) he surrendered to the Bruins.

I admire and respect a man who stands by a belief, but that’s not the same as doing whatever is necessary to get what’s necessary to survive and prosper. I don’t steal, but I can’t say I never would, not if there’s a loaf of bread available and my family was starving. A person does what he or she has to do. Burke knows that, every man does.

And no matter how he chooses to defend the Kessel trade, he overpaid. He paid a price for Kessel with the idea that he wouldn’t be paying with the possibility of a first overall selection in the 2010 Entry Draft. It seemed both logical and defensible at the time, but it wasn’t exactly a given. Burke bet that he made enough moves in the free-agent market to assure he won’t put the franchise in that position. The standings could change, but for now at least it appears he could lose that bet.


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