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Note to JD: Shut Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I guess when the team you inherited is showing signs of traditional suckage and underachievement, it's time to pull out all the stops and point the finger at anyone but yourself. Yes, JD, it was you who signed Weight, Guerin, McKee and Legace. It was you who should have known the pulse of the salaray cap'd NHL, but went ahead with your old boy reclamation project. So, if Mike Ilitch's temper flares after seeing yet another Wing take a freight train to the head, then it's his right to do whatever the hell he wants to. If that means finding a ref and having a chat, than so be it. If he even did that.

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So I Guess The Power Play’s OK Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I told you it would come around. No I didn't. In fact, I whined like a little girl, as usual. It's not hypocrisy, you know. If I were a columnist and I'd written the Wings off due to their ineffective power play after the first quarter of the year, I'd be apologizing right now. But, see...I'm not a columnist. I'm a fan who happens to express my opinions, sorrows, mood swings, etc in blog format. And today, after last night, I can tell you the power play is solved. It's, perhaps, the most potent power play ever assembled. It's the key to our inevitable Cup parade and by the season's end it will be clicking at a 35.0 percent success rate. See? Mood swings. It's all about mood swings.

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Peca’s a Hasek Fan

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Game recap from last night to follow soon. For now, Dominik Hasek has an admirer in Michael Peca. Via the Toronto Sun,

"When you think of what you want in a teammate, Dom exemplifies it," Peca said. "Someone who works hard, all he wants to do to win. He is probably the guy who worked the hardest." At 41 and the oldest player in the NHL after teammate Chris Chelios, Hasek's work ethic has not waned.
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Gainey’s Daughter Swept Off Ship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

The Montreal Canadiens hockey club is confirming that the woman swept off a Nova Scotia tall ship is the daughter of the club's executive vice-president, Bob Gainey. Laura Gainey, 25, was washed off a deck at the back of the vessel in a storm at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Dan Moreland, the senior captain of the Picton Castle, says she is a volunteer on the vessel who is known to be very fit, and is "a well loved crew member." Meanwhile, the U.S. coast guard says the search for the woman is in a crucial stage this morning. Spokeswoman Faith Wisinski says aircraft resumed searching at first light and a U.S. coast guard vessel has searched through the night for Gainey. However, she says that as of 9 a.m. this morning, Gainey has been in the water 30 hours. Wisinski says the water is warm in the area, but it's expected hypothermia would normally take a person's life after 36 hours.

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Columbus Radio Affiliates Pick & Choose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Where broadcast time on their radio network is concerned, the Blue Jackets are learning that competition comes in many forms. In a survey of the 25 affiliates, The Dispatch found just five stations that expect to air more than half of the 82 scheduled games this season — and six stations planning to carry 20 or fewer. Affiliates cite several reasons for not transmitting more games: conflicts with highschool sports, the obscurity of hockey in some parts of Ohio and the Jackets’ poor on-ice performance.... "How many people in Marion are going to stay up till midnight to listen to a hockey game?" said Jeff Ruth, sports director of WMRN (106.9 FM) in Marion, which aired a talk-radio program Nov. 28 instead of a Blue Jackets game in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Maybe if they had gotten off to a great start, it would be different."
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Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last night on the Hot Stove on HNIC mentioned Peter Bondra may be heading to Chicago, Atlanta has interest in Conroy but want him closer to the trade deadline. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun (via the Edmonton Sun) has numerous trade scenarios...

Don't believe this stuff about the Canucks trying to trade LW Markus Naslund. An executive said the only players who could be on the move in Vancouver are C Brendan Morrison and LW Matt Cooke.
read on added 11:15am, more trade and movement talk at Spector's Trade Rumours...

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Get A Life

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The write-in campaign to get Vancouver Canucks' No. 6 defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick on the Western Conference all-star team is a joke. What happens if he actually gets named to the team? What will the National Hockey League do? The whole voteforrory.com website, dreamed up by Buffalo Sabres fan Steve Schmid, is a dig at the NHL. It's proof positive that fans voting online is just that -- fans voting -- and how is it regulated? One Surrey, B.C., subscriber says he voted 500 times in two days. Obviously, he has no job and no life.
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Flyers Falling Apart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier Post,

The Flyers' injury-depleted roster took two more big hits Saturday night when forwards Mike Richards and Geoff Sanderson were sidelined with abdominal strains that will keep them out of the lineup at least three weeks. An MRI today will determine if surgery is required for either player. If surgery is required the recovery period could be as long as two months. With forwards Peter Forsberg (right foot) and Jeff Carter (left ankle) sidelined indefinitely, Holmgren almost certainly will be forced to make a trade or perhaps claim veteran right wing John LeClair off waivers.
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Ratings Tumble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The NHL governors got a rude awakening at their board meeting this week at the beautiful Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., when they had the U.S. television ratings plunked in front of them. Talk about devastating. And unless there is a rapid recovery, it's very difficult to understand what will become of this sport in the U.S. Keep in mind this has nothing to do with the league's appearance on Versus network, or the old Outdoor Living Network as it was known last year. This is virtually every U.S. city in the league as viewers seem to be turing away from the game at a remarkable pace.
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Is Kitchen Next

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Mike Kitchen understands what's going on behind the scenes. With the losses piling up, new owner Dave Checketts and team president John Davidson are "trying to find out the right avenue to go," Kitchen said. The Blues endured their seventh consecutive defeat Saturday night, losing 5-1 at home to Columbus, and certainly need a shake-up. And with the salary cap making it difficult to do trades until closer to the Feb. 27 deadline, that shake-up may include firing Kitchen. Davidson declined to discuss Kitchen's status this week. "Regarding coaching, I can tell you they work," he said. "Other than that, I don't make any comment on coaching. They work hard. It's senseless to make comments on coaching in any direction at any time."
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