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The Norway Connection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Patrick Thoresen met on a sheet of ice in Oslo, Norway, in the early 1990s. "We were probably only 7 or 8 years old," said Tollefsen, a rookie defenseman for the Blue Jackets. "Just little kids playing hockey, that’s all." Last night, when the Blue Jackets played host to the Edmonton Oilers in Nationwide Arena, the two made NHL history as the first Norway-born players to go headto-head in an NHL game.
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On JLA crowds, Williams and hits to the head

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pointing you to a couple of places this morning addressing Wednesday's Oil/Wing game, the crowd at JLA and the hit on Williams. First, a dose of bitterness from Alanah at Hot Oil (a recent addition to the blogroll on the left).

Whenever I hear Detroit referred to as "Hockeytown" without a trace of irony, it's all I can do to keep my head from exploding. Hockeytown, my ass. In a true "Hockeytown," fans would stick around the arena until the final buzzer or, you know, actually sell out the games in the first place. In a true "Hockeytown," the cheers when Winchester was knocked flat on his back tonight would have been deafening. In reality, all the TSN microphones were able to pick up were a few halfhearted "whoo"s. Pathetic.
I grudgingly see her point (although it would have been better received had it not come the day after the Wings dominated her team). Dead crowd, or so it appeared on tv, last night too. Two big rivalry games and a fairly mild audience. Before you blame the fans though, Alanah, you might want to point the finger at the organ-I-zation. While we're on the subject of the Oil/Wing game, we return to The Hit. I've expressed my opinion that I believe it was clean. Some of you disagreed, and I can see why. It's turned into quite the debate. I'm going to point you to two different sites where opinions are being intelligently expressed. Matt Saler and Brian List are really nailing this topic at On The Wings, as is Jeff from SISU Hockey. I suggest you visit both sites and read the accumulation of opinions on the Torres hit, and hits to the head in general.

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More Housekeeping: A2Y Glossary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The A2Y Glossary is back. Now, hold your horses. I'd stricken a few. "Sasquatch" doesn't apply because Pronger kicked our butts. The inevitable self-destruction we called "the implosion" didn't occur so I took that out, too. And, I think another entry may carry the same title soon so it's gone for now. There may be a few others I've forgotten. If you recall any, please let me know and I'll get them back in there. You can find the glossary under the Head to Hockeytown section on the left, or click here. As always, if you have suggestions feel free to comment here or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Let’s Get It Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette points out, Ron Wilson raises a good question ...

"I wish when we're making these kinds of critical decisions in this league, why can't one referee ask the other what he saw before you're kicking a guy out or disallowing a goal?" Wilson added. "I've never understood that. I don't stand on the bench and always make decisions on my own. If I'm confused, I ask my assistants...."
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Disclosure Please

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

This business of non-disclosing injuries is a byproduct of head coaches strung out on paranoia. Virtually every head man in pro sports believes he can't hiccup without someone cataloging his actions and planning a counter-hiccup move that will lead to a crucial turnover with time running out. To all these coaches, I'd like to say, "Get a life." But that's like asking Britney Spears to stick with K-Fed. So, is there something the NHL can do to stop this injury-reporting silliness before it reaches epic proportions? ("Bobby Orr? That would be a lower-extremity, upper-ankle booboo of the third kind.") The NHL could force its teams to tell the truth but, guaranteed, there'll be a franchise in Wawa, Ont., before that happens.
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Everyone Goes To The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Now, with the NHL clamping down on some of the defenceman's best means of deterrence - hacks, slashes, crosschecks and punches to the back of the head - it's open season on goalies. "Guys are braver, they know they don't have to take the abuse anymore,'' said Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco. "There have always been crease crowders, but now we've got all these brave new souls who never entered that twilight zone before. "But it was inevitable, I guess. One guy gets there by accident, who hasn't been there for years, and says this isn't so bad.''
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Greg Johnson Dealing With Heart Condition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

"I saw or talked to five different doctors — everywhere from the Mayo Clinic to the Cleveland Clinic — and not one doctor would clear me to play,'' Johnson said. "All five of them had the same diagnosis, that I'd be crazy to ever step on the ice again.'' So now Johnson, 35, finds himself dealing with a wide range of emotions.... "I think that Detroit — maybe because of Jiri Fischer or whatever — pursued things a little more in depth, to see what was going on instead of passing it on as an athlete's heart.'' Maybe more than anything at this stage, so soon after his involuntary retirement, Johnson still feels frustration.
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They Meet Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Perhaps their eyes will lock briefly. Maybe Brooks Orpik will offer Erik Cole a quick nod on the ice, and then size up the Carolina Hurricanes wing for another check, but that's hockey. But there were no new vows this week to balance the scales tonight, no apologies and no calls for old-school retribution. "I can't speak to the other guys in the room, and it's not a sentiment we've addressed," Cole said Thursday night. In his first public comments after the injury March 8, Cole said the league had left the door open for Orpik's worst punishment to come "when he plays us next."
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Now What Lou

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Lamoriello already is believed to be right at the cap, thanks to the payroll discounts afforded by the Long-Term Injury exemptions granted Alexander Mogilny, Jason Wiemer, Richard Matvichuk and David Hale. Hale and his $600G salary are on conditioning assignment at Lowell, and the initial three-game allowance runs out tomorrow, although the league can be expected to grant a one-time, two-game extension that would run through next weekend.... Lamoriello's dilemma will be deciding if a player like Matvichuk is worth dumping another player or two. Would keeping both Brooks and Hale be worth waiving or trading Brad Lukowich, who was solid in his two games back from his ankle injury? Would Matvichuk be worth bidding farewell to someone like Sergei Brylin? These are the issues facing Lamoriello, and teams with helpful cap room are vanishing quickly.
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Equity’s What The Lockout Was All About

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George Malik: As one peruses the Forbes report on NHL franchise values, something stands out immediately--21 of the league's 30 teams made less than $5 million in operating income, and most barely broke even--before taxes. The Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils lost over $5 million apiece, and yet their teams experienced 21% and 19% increases in value, respectively. Why? Larry Brooks, love him or hate him, was right about one thing: the NHL's owners don't get make their financial hay from gate receipts and operating profits. It's all about equity.

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