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Kopecky’s Turn To Sit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) reports Chris Chelios will be a healthy scratch in favor of Brad Stuart tomorrow night, and that the rotation keeps spinning.  Tomas Kopecky will sit too as Kris Draper makes his return after a (misguided) one game absence.

Oh…and a certain scumbag chimed in as well.

The long-time Wings antagonist expects the typical reaction from the Joe Louis Arena crowd.

“No different than what it used to be,’’ Lemieux said. “Don’t expect to become a fan favorite in Detroit, but it’s not a worry of mine. I just worry about playing the game and helping the club as best I can.’‘

 

 

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Who Knew- Comaring Lecavalier & Stamkos Rookie Seasons

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Under Tocchet, the Lightning worked with Stamkos, put him on a weight program, put him in a classroom video situation with assistant Wes Walz. It has helped big-time as Stamkos is playing his best hockey of the season. The there is this: Stamkos, with 10 goals, needs three to tie Vinny Lecavalier’s rookie output in 1998-99, and with 25 points, needs three to tie Lecavalier as well.

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Roman Hamrlik Talks to TV Nova in Czech Republic

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Below are some comments from Roman Hamrlik talking about his situation in Montreal, specifically his relationship with Pasquale Mangiola (more on the background available here). Hamrlik was apparently concerned about how his situation has been reported in the Czech press, so the Canadiens gave him permission to speak to one media outlet in his home country.

Here’s the link to the original Czech (including video), but below is the English translation of a segment, provided by a friend of KK who regularly translates material for us.

Canadiens players are not allowed to talk about this to media but Hamrlik was given permission to speak to one Czech TV station and he has chosen TV NOVA.

Lets start with what Hamrlik is saying [about Pasquale Mangiola]:

“When you come to a new city, you don’t know where to go after the games. Sometimes we went for a dinner and that was everything. I provided him with some tickets for hockey games. I didn’t know he was doing some bad things, I didn’t know he has something in common with a, b, c, or d. Drugs or guns or whatever he did. I didn’t know he was involved in this. I didn’t meet this guy this season because I have already known he talks too much about hockey players and he draws attention to himself that he knows us. I didn’t meet him this season. I think this is really big lesson for my next life.”

Important Note: Any errors in this translation are ours, and should not be attributed to anyone else. But it is our belief this is an accurate translation. 

added 2/27/09, Here is a little more thorough translation of the video found at TV Nova…

I provided him with some tickets for hockey games. I didn’t know he was doing some bad things. Where do I know him from? One hockey player introduced us but I wont tell his name. This man used me a little bit, he took pride in knowing me and other players. I think it is difficult to find the right friend here in Montreal - everyone loves you just because you are hockey player, because you play in NHL and because you have money. They dont like you because of who you really are and what kind of person you are. I didn’t know he has something in common with a, b, c, or d. Drugs or guns or whatever he did. I didn’t know he was involved in this. It is sad what happened here but life goes on and nobody is perfect. I know I made mistake that I was somewhere with him but I didn’t meet this guy this season because I have already known he talks too much about hockey players and he draws attention to himself that he knows us. I didn’t meet him this season. I think this is really big lesson for my next life. Every day we learn something new and all of this is unpleasant because of what has been written about me. Nobody knows the truth, just me. I made quite good hockey career during all those years and now it is not good for my name, for my family and especially for my daughter. She doesnt deserve to read those absurdities about her daddy. I am really sorry there are lies in Czech newspapers. When you come to a new city, you don’t know where to go after the games. Sometimes we went for a dinner and that was everything.

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Hit Me Mick.  Again.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Once again, I take no credit for this. Well, I do…but I didn’t invent it.  I just read about Jack Edwards Bingo over at Puck Daddy. Read it if you want.  Go ahead.  But when you’re finished?  We’ve got business to attend to.  We’re going to take Live Blogs to an all-new low.

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Coyotes Getting Financial Breaks From Glendale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brahm Resnik of the Arizona Republic,

The City of Glendale has been quietly bailing out the money-losing Phoenix Coyotes for several months, according to documents obtained by 12 News.

A record of lease payments by the Coyotes shows the city has been letting the team play virtually rent-free at Jobing.com Arena for seven months. Based on past payments, the break could be worth up to $4 million over the course of a year.

The city is giving the team the multimillion-dollar break even as it tries to plug a multimillion-dollar hole in its own budget.

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Keep Or Trade Kovalev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One last point on Kovalev, though. Here’s what one GM told me Monday: “You can’t trade Alex Kovalev, pure and simple. The East is wide open. With all due respect to Boston and Washington, all eight teams that make it in the East have almost an equal shot at making it to the Cup finals. That’s why you can’t trade Kovalev. You won’t be able to replace him for these playoffs.”

read on as Pierre and Scott Burnside discuss trading Kovalev…

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Full Speed Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin have a little fun.

This bit is from a Thursday night special on the NHL Network at 7pm ET, featuring “A Day in the Life of Mike Green.”

 

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, mike+green

Rangers Trainer Talking Like Torts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants,

John Tortorella met with the media for 25 minutes, a good give-and-take session. One of the things he mentioned as a positive in coming back to New York was he knows he’s going to get criticized, he knows there will be boos. And he likes the passion for hockey that shows from both Rangers fans and media.

One immediate change. Us media types were told in no uncertain terms by trainer Jim Ramsey to stay the %#(&^$ off the logo in the dressing room.

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Colorado Activates Stastny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has activated forward Paul Stastny from the Injured Reserve list. He is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s game in Atlanta against the Thrashers (5:00 p.m. MT, Altitude TV).

Stastny has missed the last 26 games after suffering a broken forearm while blocking a shot against Phoenix on Dec. 23 at Pepsi Center.  He underwent surgery on Dec. 30.  The 23-year-old center was leading the Avalanche in scoring at the time of his injury with 31 points (10g/21a) in 34 games.

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Did You Say The Wings Would Be Sellers?  Don’t Be A Dumbass

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Seriously.  Did you really think there was even a possibility the Detroit Red Wings would be anything other than potential buyers at the deadline?  According to Craig Custance, the best hockey writer in Detroit, the thought has never crossed the mind of one Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

There has been speculation the Red Wings might deal one of their potential restricted free agents to clear room for signing Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen. So we asked G.M. Ken Holland: Any chance the Wings will be sellers? “No chance,” Holland told SportingNews.com. “We’re going to give this team every opportunity to be as good as we want to be. We’ll worry about the 2009-10 season as soon as this one is over.”

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