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The Barilko Curse

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PRLog,

Want to own the one-of-a-kind piece of hockey memorabilia that played a part in ensuring the Toronto Maple Leafs a Stanley Cup win in 1962? Bill Barilko’s authentic 1951 Player of the Week Schaefer Cup will be auctioned off beginning tonight, October 17, 2008 at 9 p.m. EST for a special 10-day auction on auctionwire.com. Barilko’s Schaefer Cup comes with a rich and mysterious history that will delight any fan upon hearing!

Barilko’s disappearance in 1951, four months after shooting the winning Stanley Cup goal against the Montreal Canadiens, had fueled many superstitions as to the Leafs inability to regain the Stanley Cup in the years after his disappearance.

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Visit auctionwire.com for more on Barilko.

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‘Not Included’ In The Rule Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from P.J. Stock at the CBC Hockey Blog,

But you’d figure that when a rule book is written, it is written with rules for everyone to abide by. You would think that everyone on your team and all your peers in the league are judged on the same slate. Every individual in the NHL is equal and have to follow all these rules in this book….

It’s just that as the season goes on you discover that some players are more equal than others.

Here’s how I know. If you haven’t read the small print in the little National Hockey League Official Rules Book, at the bottom of each page it reads:

- Players on the fourth and fifth lines, fifth, sixth and seventh defencemen and players with a limited skill set like PJ Stock aren’t included in this booklet. Referees are free to call anything they want against these players, ignore anything that happens to them and of course laugh at them between whistles.

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A Different Year For Vanek

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from Matt Higgins at Slap Shot of the NYT,

Asked if he is faster this year, Vanek laughed. “I feel the same as the year before,” he said. “A lot of it has to do with confidence. Right now I feel good about myself. I’m getting my ice time. Any time you’re getting the ice time, gaining the coach’s trust, you feel better.

“Maybe the years before you had a couple bad shifts and all of a sudden you’re not playing anymore,” he said.

“You start thinking about things too much. Instead of doing the obvious thing and jumping into holes and going after loose pucks, you sit back and make sure you don’t do anything wrong.”

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Greene Extended By Kings

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from LAKings.com,

The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Matt Greene to a five-year contact extension that will carry into the 2013-14 season, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.

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Ovechkin vs. Malkin

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from Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times,

Though the two are cordial and respectful of what the other has accomplished, it’s also clear that the two won’t be going out for vodkas soon. When the Washington Capitals took Ovechkin first overall and the Penguins selected Malkin second, the two were inseparable.

Though they are reluctant to say otherwise, it’s apparent that neither is on each other’s Christmas card list. Only Ovechkin and Malkin really know what happened to their friendship but it’s clearly non-existent now. Either that or Russians have a very funny way of showing it.

more and perhaps there were issues at least a year or so ago…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin

The Gaborik Talk

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

At the moment, the Marian Gaborik-to-Montreal rumour that made the rounds in cyberspace this week has its genesis in one thing, and one thing alone – the close relationship between the man who may eventually have to trade Gaborik if he can’t sign him to a contract extension, Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough, and his long-time Habs’ teammate, Gainey. If Risebrough needs to shop Gaborik – something that will happen later rather than sooner, largely because so few teams could fit his $7.5-million (all currency U.S.) annual salary under the cap in mid-October - he would ideally like to place him with an Eastern Conference team.

more plus other hockey topics…

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The Team Canada Management Team

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Steve Yzerman enters his first Olympics as Canada’s director of operations, but he’ll have plenty of experienced help at his disposal for Canada’s entry in the 2010 Games.

THN.com has learned Yzerman’s boss and Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland along with Edmonton Oilers president hockey operations Kevin Lowe will be named to the Canadian management team with Yzerman Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.

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Melrose Coaching In The Early 90’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,

Listening to Bob McKenzie this morning on Team 990 radio in “Montreal’s Morning Show,” it seems Coach Melrose could be a bit out of touch with the way the game is played today and he’s on the verge of losing his players.

We’ve heard the same thing from another well-connected source, who says Barry still thinks he’s coaching the 1993 Kings.

McKenzie recommended that Melrose rely more on his excellent coaching staff — Rick Tocchet, Wes Walz and Cap Raeder — who have not spent that last 12 years on TV but working in the N.H.L. and have more of a grasp about how the game is currently played.

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Appendectomy Surgery For Chris Mason

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via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Chris Mason underwent emergency appendectomy surgery on Thursday night. He is expected to miss approximately two weeks.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rangers Report,

Stephen Valiquette gets his second start of the season. “Two out of three,” Renney said when explaining why he went with the backup tonight. “I’d like Henrik to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”

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