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Terrible News On A Day For A Celebration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Christy from Behind the Jersey was first to report…

Earlier this morning, two employees were found stabbed to death inside Cheli’s Chili in downtown Detroit. It is believed that they were killed while preparing to open the restaurant/bar for the day.

read more at BTJ...

Update Jan 3/07 9:50 a.m. ET:
A suspect has been taken into custody for this terrible crime. You can read more details at TSN.

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Nedved To Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Leafs Lunch reporting the Oilers have picked up Nedved.

added 12:20pm, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN that after two previous trips through the waiver wire this season, Nedved was claimed on re-entry waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers by the Edmonton Oilers.

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One More To The Rafters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am officially in Steve Yzerman mode for the next 24 hours.

Phil Coffey of NHL.com also weighs in on the festivities…

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AO & TL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alex talks Ted into helping him get a bag of chips…

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One Side Of Steve

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Adelson of ESPN The Magazine,

...The phone soon rang, and the caller ID read “BLOCKED.” Brant picked up anyway. “Hi, is Brant there?” The voice was quiet. Brant couldn’t place it. Then: “This is Steve Yzerman.”
Suddenly, Brant was taking Braxton out of school for a completely different reason—to drive him to Red Wings practice. “It was mind-blowing,” he said. Braxton’s eyes bulged as he saw in real life all the players he watched on television on so many nights. And then, right there in front of him, stood his hero.
Yzerman did not pat him on the head or lift his eyebrows in compassion; everyone in Detroit knows The Captain doesn’t do maudlin. “There are some people who know he’s sick,” Brant said. “They ask how he’s feeling. That makes him feel different. Steve didn’t do that.”

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Tampa Trying To Make The Right Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

“One thing I’m always very mindful of is the chemistry,” Feaster said Monday. “I like this group. From that standpoint I don’t want to take out the wrong piece.
“We have a group that can and should win. When you’re not winning consistently, you wonder, ‘Do we just need to be shaken up?’ I don’t like doing deals for that reason.”
The deal Feaster wants is for a puck-moving defenseman. He has about $1.2-million of cap space that could be expanded depending on the trade.
Feaster reiterated he is not interested in losing Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards or Dan Boyle. He declined to identify players who are part of the discussions, but speculation includes forwards Vinny Prospal, Ruslan Fedotenko and Andreas Karlsson and defenseman Luke Richardson, whose ice time has been limited.

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WJC: No Guarantee of NHL Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Guest Submission by Joe Pelletier

Every year I await the World Junior Hockey Championships with great anticipation. I’ve been watching religiously since 1989, and over the years I have become enamoured with the next generation of Canadian superstars.

I remember Rob Cimetta’s 7 goals in 7 games back in 1989. Dan Ratushny captained the 1990 team to a gold medal, thanks to the scoring exploits of Dave Chyzowski, Mike Needham and Dwayne Norris. Who can forget John Slaney’s gold medal winning goal on Saskatoon ice. From 1993 through 1997, Canada won five consecutive gold medals, thanks to the heroics of players like Brent Tully (all star in 1993), Martin Gendron, Yanick Dube, Rick Girard (scoring leaders in 1994), Marty Murray, (scoring leader, Best Forward directorate award in 1995), Jason Botterill (3 gold medals – 1995, 1996, and 1997), Christian Dube and Cameron Mann (scoring leaders 1997).

Did you notice anything odd about that list of excellence?

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Hey 19…Big Night In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

With Steve Yzerman it was never a matter of if, but when.

Not if he’d win a Cup, but when would it finally happen…and how many.

Not if he’d come back from whatever injury was ailing him, but when.

Obviously not if he’d retire, but under what conditions and when.  After an eye injury in Calgary, after a lockout, after another devastating early-round loss, after introspection, or just after he’d decided the body couldn’t go another year.

And most certainly not if 19 would head to the JLA rafters, but when.  Has there ever been a more natural ceremony in Detroit than the one that will occur this evening?  When did the certainty first start to seep in, that Yzerman would be the legend he became? 

Was it the OT goal, the hyperbaric chamber, the grimaces in ‘02, the gap-toothed celebration in ‘97, the handoff to Vladdie in ‘98?

My favorite moment?  Yzerman huffing up the right wing last year in a road loss against Carolina

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Just Shut Your Mouth & Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald via the Times-Colonist,

McCarty is forever indebted to his former captain.
“The one thing I learned from Stevie Yzerman,” he said, “is to just shut your mouth and don’t worry about what’s going on. Be the ultimate team guy. Don’t rock the boat because it’s not about you, it’s about everybody else. You’re going to go through some tough periods, but just put your head down and stick with it.
“I’ve been able to use that,” continued McCarty, whose problems have been well-chronicled. “It’s something I’m using right now.”

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Talking Yzerman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I will be on Hockey This Morning, XM Home Ice station 204 this morning around 8:45am ET.  The talk will surround the retirement of Steve Yzerman’s number.
If you have the chance, listen in.  If not, I will try to get an audio copy of the interview and post it later in the day.

added 9:17am, Thanks to the boys at Hockey This Morning, you can listen (mp3 file) to the interview, which is about 7 minutes long.

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