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They’re No Lions

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

When John Davidson took giant steps from the broadcast booth to the team president’s office, when he traded in a microphone for the most important desk in the Blues’ organization, it was natural to wonder if he’d make a successful transition.
We knew that Davidson could talk about a hockey team.
But could he actually run one with distinction?
Davidson had playing experience, yes. He knows the game. But the same things were said of Matt Millen, who went from All-Pro linebacker to network TV football analyst to president of the Detroit Lions. And in six seasons, the Lions are 24-72 under Millen. His leadership has provided little but a sequence of disasters.

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“The Mouth” Speaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

• You’ve got to believe that Colorado fans are wondering what might have been during the 2003-04 season if Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne had played that year to the level they are both reaching this season.
• Why do I persist in my notion that Jason Spezza could be an even better player than he is currently showing? He’s having a very decent season, but somehow I expected more from him by this point in his career.
• The ridiculous penalty parade persists. Every night I see guys barely touch another player and get whistled off for some imagined infraction. I know the NHL is trying to establish a standard, but sometimes it looks like a no-contact beer league out there.

more from Ted, who is shaping into mid-season form…

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Get That Hat Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

It was instinct more than anything. Marian Hossa had just scored his third goal of the game Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, a hat trick.
Eric Simpson did what any hockey fan raised in Ohio, within an hour of Detroit, would do. He spotted a hat and threw it on the ice. It’s a longtime hockey tradition, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t his hat.
His stepson, Chris Millar, was furious. Well, not immediately. His initial reaction?
“He was stunned,” Simpson said.
So Simpson tried to get Millar’s lucky hat back.

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Think Offense Against The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

In this fast-paced, more exciting NHL, the Devils are … well … most often, neither of those things. And of course they’re not hard-hitting because everybody is too afraid to be hard hitting. Most importantly, the Devils have the opposition reverting into that Safety First mentality against them, which makes for very few end-to-end rushes or risky maneuvers. They have ruined my fun so far this season when I’ve gone to see the Sabres and Thrashers and Penguins—high-flying teams that ground themselves against the Devils.

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Sounds Like Tampering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You would be amazed at how much talk is already going on about UFA’s this coming summer between agents and GMs.
If this is true, a big investigation just may be underway... A2Y has the info....

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Conspiracies Abound!!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First, well not first…we’ll get to first in a minute.  A few months ago one of the chuckleheads over at The Site That Charges Idiots To Pay For Rumors wrote a column predicting The Implosion by Christmas. 

Not sure what Christmas he meant by that, or what his definition of implosion is/was.  But the Christmas I grew up ruining for my brother by waking him up with dirty socks in his mouth came and went without any of the predicted controversy in Wing camp.

I truly have no idea why anyone (blogger or mainstreamer) would consider adding their name to the list of knuckleheads who actually write for Dwayne Klessel, but they do and each thing they write is open for direct fire from yours truly.  Frankly, I occasionally visit the site specifically to see if a Wing blogger has been added to the column of lackeys who submit swill there.  Oh, I wait for the day he/she appears.

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St. Mike’s & Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Town Crier,

Mike McCarron admits he had no idea how much hockey means to St. Michael’s College School, even though he played on the school team for five years in the 1970s….
“I knew it was prominent at St. Mike’s, but I had no idea how much until I got started looking into the archives and old photos,” said McCarron about what he found during his event preparation, which culminated on Jan. 13 with a day-long celebration. “It’s staggering….
One hundred and seventy St. Mike’s alumni eventually made their way to the NHL, of which 13 have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Inward Singing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes, that's a reference to our nation's finest actor, Mr. Jack Black. And it kind of fits how this post is going to go...just kind of rambling, talking to myself. First, our boy Khan(!) reports that his daddy Mike told him Matt Schneider won't be back before the break.

Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed on Wednesday that defenseman Mathieu Schnedier (strained right MCL) won't return until after the All-Star break next week. "It’s not going as good as we thought,'' Babcock said. “What they’re concerned with is it didn’t happen, recovery-wise, as quick, so any time that happens, you go back for more tests in case you miss something.’’

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Looking Into The Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The race for the Art Ross Trophy (scoring leader) will go down to the last week of the season with Atlanta’s Marion Hossa making a big push to win it all down the stretch. Ottawa’s Dany Heatley will be chasing him, adding fuel to the debate as to which team got the better player in the big trade.
The race for the Rocket Richard Trophy (goal-scoring leader) will also go to the last week of the season with Dany Heatley, Martin St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier all challenging Alexander Ovechkin who wins it as the Caps fall out of playoff contention and just start feeding their ace.

much, much more...

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Michael Meets The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily Record,

Greeting him in the locker room was his favorite player Martin Brodeur who showered him with Devils memorabilia including his very own hockey stick.
Born with a life-threatening heart deformation, Michael’s dream-turned reality was made possible by the New Jersey Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In addition to meeting Brodeur, Michael also chilled with Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias.

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