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Out With The Old - In With The New

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Toronto Sun,

Maybe Dave Semenko was right, that you do play your best hockey when you’re playing guilty.
For most of this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks played a carefree brand of hockey - as in, they didn’t seem to care that their embattled coaches were being fitted for blindfolds and cigarettes.
While Trent Yawney and Gerard Gallant fretted for their jobs and struggled to light a fire under their teams, rather than those cigarettes, it didn’t look like the players shared their sense of urgency.

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Canes Fans Getting It

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from the National Post via the Times Colonist,

Something felt vaguely unnatural yesterday about the home hockey has found in North Carolina. It might have been the golfing weather that greeted the Carolina Hurricanes after their workout, or the hunting content of the local sports section, or the sign in front of the team’s practice rink that boasted its capacity for “ice skating.”
More than anything, though, it might have been that the Hurricanes have found a home at all. After almost a decade spent in the alien habitat of Tobacco Road, they seem to have established a footprint in Raleigh, with the defending Stanley Cup champions inspiring bar owners to hang their picture and prompting locals to learn more about the game.

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Kings Recall Fukufuji

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled (emergency basis) goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Fukufuji, 24, has not appeared in a Monarchs game this season.  The 6-1, 180-pound native of Tokyo, Japan, was recalled by Manchester from the Reading Royals, the Kings/Monarchs ECHL affiliate, on November 30.  He has a 3-3-0 record, a 3.19 goals-against-average and a .898 save-percentage in 10 appearances with the Royals this season.

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Pens Need An Owner

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from TSN,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has pulled his bid to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sources tell TSN at the last moment the NHL provided a list of terms that Balsillie didn’t want to agree to. Among those terms was a promise that the franchise would remain in Pittsburgh regardless of circumstances. Also, if problems arose, the NHL would take over control of the franchise.

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Fan Post of the Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In case you haven't noticed, I'm definitely appreciative of a nice exchange of insults in public. Today's FPOD is simple, to the point and definitely funny. It comes from the comment section of the Free Press' game story. One innocent reader had this to say about Hasek's playing style.

"Yes I agree a good win but am I missing something here? Is it not easier for a goalie to make a save when he is on his feet rather than laying on the ice or on his knees? Come on Hasek - get with the program and if you can't then take a hike. A big long hike and don't look back. P.S. Take Chelios with you."
Personally, I found the comment to be idiotic. But had I chosen to comment, mine would have paled in comparison to this nugget:
"Yes I agree a good win but am I missing something here?" Yes, you are. Primarily a frontal lobe.
That? Well, that's just funny. Have a good Friday night.

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Friday Stat Sheet

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A few stats for your perusal this Friday evening. And for comparison's sake I'll throw in how they ended up last season, and how they finished in 01-02. * Power Play: the Wings have skyrocketed to 22nd (15.4), thanks to their current hot streak with the man-up. They've now scored a PP goal in 7 straight games. 05-06: 1st, 22.1% 01-02: 2nd, 20.3% * Penalty Kill: Still lingering in the middle of the pack at 17th (82.4). 05-06: 3rd, 85.5% 01-02, 7th, 86.0% Hard to imagine either unit falling below their present rank, and both will most likely end up top 10 by season's end.

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The Best Of The Best

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from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,

So, who is the best player in the NHL today?
Ice Age wants to hear your opinion, so drop us a note.
I would imagine that there will be a lot of support for Sidney Crosby, who seems to be getting better and better this season. Crosby’s six-point, tour de force performance against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday was impressive, to say the least. Say what you want about the Flyers being a struggling club wracked by injury, but a goal and five assists in an 8-4 win is eye-opening..

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Time To Deal

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via TSN,

Jay Feaster is frustrated by his team’s 13th-place standing in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and the Tampa Bay Lightning GM is intent on doing something about it.
He says he’s not paying lip service when he says he’s looking at making a trade or two to put a jolt in his 14-16-2 club. “We’re serious about it,” Feaster told The Canadian Press on Friday. “Let’s face it, I can’t have a $44-million payroll and be a sub-.500 team.

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Time To End The Hudler Project

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Late recap. So late in fact that I'll point you to On The Wings for theirs. In brief, another bittersweet win for our boys as Cleary stays hot, Samuelsson stays hot, Hasek gets hot precisely when we needed him to...and another Wing hits the IR, this time for an extended period of time. Now...the Kopecky situation. He lost an edge and slammed into the boards. Jim Vandermeer landed on top of him, the boards came next, successful surgery today and it's off to the IR he went, for up to twelve weeks. What does his loss mean to the Wings? Well, Jiri Hudler is probably going to get another chance, another doghouse reprieve. We can't send him down, and he can't play well enough, consistently enough, to deal him for anything of much value. So, we lose a gritty kid with attitude and feistiness only to gain an ongoing project with frustrating potential.

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Savard Takes Charge

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from Linda Cohn at ESPN,

Have you noticed what your Haaaaaawks have been doing lately?
Leave it to Hall of Famer and Blackhawks legend Denis Savard to provide a much-needed breath of fresh air in the Windy City.
The man who goes by the name of “Savvy” has lifted the spirits of these Blackhawks, who have posted a 5-1-3 record and earned 13 of a possible 18 points since he replaced Trent Yawney as head coach.

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