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Team USA Conspiracy Theory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

• Gionta is being excluded for having missed 21 games with a broken foot from Nov. 14 through Boxing Day, no matter his ice generalship, two-way excellence and dressing-room leadership. And no matter Burke’s Friday claim that, “We tried to pick a team based on the body of work rather than how a (player) is playing now. We tried not to penalize players off to a slow start.”

• Gomez remains at home because Team USA assistant coach John Tortorella, head coach of the Rangers, had little time for the Anchorage native who played 21 games under him in New York last season.

• Burke would choose a Canadien over his dead body simply for his having been nearly booed out of the Bell Centre last June at the NHL entry draft. A Size XL ego who is loved or loathed with no grey area beyond his snowy scalp, Burke immediately claimed that he didn’t take the podium abuse personally. But ...

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Andy Murray Fired For Doing Too Well Last Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The St Louis Blues fired coach Andy Murray yesterday.  Murray was a Coach of the Year nominee last year and the man I thought should have won the award.  About half a season later, he is apparently not fit to coach in the NHL.  What changed?

The St Louis Blues are not a particularly good team.  They do not have any particularly potent scorers.  Brad Boyes leads the team with 28 points.  Erik Johnson has been their most successful defenceman so far this season.  He made the US Olympic Team but would not likely be worthy of he All Star Game.  Chris Mason and Ty Conklin have provided solid goaltending, but there is little talent in front of them.

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Hockey Talk On A Sunday Morning

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

• People who have watched Jiri Hudler with Moscow Dynamo say his heart’s not in it, but as one NHL executive says, “How do you turn your back on $10 million?” I’m sure he’ll be back in Detroit in two years. I know one thing: If the Red Wings knew Hudler was bolting for Russia, they would have moved to keep winger Mikael Samuelsson. Instead, they saved money for Hudler, who is seven years younger.

- - The Wings don’t feel Johan Franzen (knee) will be back until mid-February, so the Olympics are out, but if he somehow makes a quicker recovery, they have no objection to the Swedes adding him.

• The NHL is taking bids for next year’s Icemen Cometh outdoor game, but come on, if Alex Ovechkin, the best player in the game, isn’t on the bill at Yankee Stadium for the Washington Capitals against the New York Rangers, they’re missing the boat.

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Kovalchuk Talks Gets Serious

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell was slated to meet with Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, this weekend at the World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in what could be a defining moment in this long saga.

If the Kovalchuk camp doesn’t sign the multiyear deal (10 to 12 years) that’s on the table, hold on to your hats. Then, the fun begins as the Thrashers will finally pick up the phone and open up the bidding for Kovalchuk on the trade market.

My guess is you’ll see the usual suspects inquire about Kovalchuk, teams such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and several others, but an NHL executive from a Western Conference team told me recently he wouldn’t be surprised if the Chicago Blackhawks got involved…

If Kovalchuk is put on the trade market, I believe the Thrashers will not allow other teams to talk contract with him. He will be dealt as a rental only.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Winter Classic aimed at Americans and non-hockey fans; WJC for Canadians with true passion for the sport.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star on his Twitter

Any other truly passionate American hockey fans feel like this is a shot at us?.

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Keith Tkachuk With A Painful Goal Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No official word from the Blues on the condition of Tkachuk.

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H2H: Where We Stand in ‘10

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve alerted Dave Bing.  Oddly, he hasn’t written me back.  But I felt it was my displaced civic duty to let him know that March 26th may be a date he should go ahead and circle on his Detroit calendar.  No less than 50 of you will converge on Hockeytown and it just seems like a good call to let the authorities know a brouhaha may be in the making. 

I’m gonna give you an update on where we stand with the Herm to Hockeytown project and this will also serve as your formal notification that H2H is no longer an A2Y-specific initiative.  We now have a website in development (thanks Gabe) dedicated specifically to H2H.  There’s a Twitter account created specifically for H2H.  We have members of the A2Y family who have taken this project on and expanded it across multiple blogs, several community ogranizations, media outlets and the team itself. 

With three months until the game, it’s time to put the pedal down.

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Bylsma With The Line Of The Night

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from Izzy Gould of the St. Petersburg Times,

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said “everybody’s fine” after a stretcher was wheeled into the coaches room after the game. No one was brought out. Asked if anyone was in trouble, Bylsma pointed to the players’ locker room and said, “The ones who are in trouble are in there.”

more on the Lightning win over the Penguins today…

 

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Hotstove Talks Winter Classic

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from CBC,

Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove Panel added their thoughts on the future of the outdoor game, after Hockey Night in Canada analyst Elliotte Friedman shared that the event has generated interest as far south as Dallas.

Jerry Jones, owner of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, has expressed interest in hosting the NHL’s Winter Classic at the new Cowboys stadium, Friedman said.

“It would be a huge financial windfall, but of course, it wouldn’t be a true Winter Classic,” said Friedman.

The latest Winter Classic matchup, between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day, was widely acclaimed as the best in the event’s three-year history.

Major networks and the NHL are now more excited about the Winter Classic than the Stanley Cup playoffs, said host Ron MacLean.

continued and LeBrun mentioned during this segment that Thrashers GM Waddell wants an answer on the Kovalchuk contract situation by Monday. 

added 10:46pm, Watch tonight’s Hotstove segment below…

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Headed West, Because Change Is Good For The Soul…Health Would Be Better Though

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris McCosky called it this today…

It had to feel like a tease.

Mike Babcock watched three of his top players—Jonathan Ericsson, Danny Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg—skate around the ice Saturday morning seemingly without much pain or discomfort, knowing all the while he wasn’t going to have them in the lineup for the game Saturday night against Phoenix.

A tease is one thing.  But when you have those three looking ready to play, and you’ve also got Franzen, Williams and Kronwall on this West Coast trip?  It’s not just a tease.

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