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What Is Good About The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little different spin to the KK Free Friday today. Puckhound, a KK member and fellow blogger, dedicated a blog post at his site, Hound Central 2.0, to me.

Where else do you find athletes traveling at up to 20 mph, maintaining their balance on rockered razor-sharp edges, shooting a puck in excess of 80 mph only to have a goalie, weighed down by 30-plus pounds of bulky protective gear, flash out his glove, quicker than a hummingbird's wings, and snatch that bullet out of the air? Not only does the player's shot bring us to the edges of our seats, but the chorus of appreciation for the lightning-fast leather is a sound that belongs in Carnegie Hall. So, Paul, with a dose of my most humble sincerity, here are five things that I love about hockey:
Read on for the whole post and thanks for "getting it".

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The Timely Return Of The MBOW

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1138 CST: Bo Schembechler, on the eve of the biggest game in the storied UM/OSU rivalry, passes at age 77. Bo collapsed at the taping of his weekly television show this morning. Paul was one of the first outlets anywhere to break the story, and has been updating here. -------- A long time ago, before darkness descended upon A2Y 1.0, we had established a nifty little feature called the Michigan Blog Of The Week (MBOW). I liked it because it prompted me to read sites about something other than hockey, and actually acknowledge the fact that Michigan is home to other pro and college sports teams. Well, today we bring it back and do so with style and definite relevance.

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Briere Proving His Worth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Daniel Briere is no dummy. He knew what people were thinking last August when an arbitrator awarded him a one-year, $5 million deal, more than doubling his previous salary: OK, Danny, you're being paid like a star. Now go out and play like one. Well, Briere hasn't played like a star. He has played like a superstar, like one of the NHL's elite performers. Through the first quarter of the season, in fact, you could make a strong case for Briere as the leading candidate for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. Only one Sabre - Dominik Hasek - has ever won the Hart.
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Columbus Wants The Perfect Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets’ owners, who are expected to name a coach within two weeks, are said to be keen on hiring a big name who will turn heads. And that’s not just in the dressing room. With attendance dipping and fans reaching the point of aggravation quicker and quicker during recent games, a club source said yesterday that the ideal candidate will "energize the fan base and make a splash, as well as the obvious part, which is that he’s a great hockey coach. We’ve got to get the right guy in here."
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Around The Blogosphere

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wasn't it around this time last year that the "McCabe For Norris" campaign started? This year's McCabe? Tomas Kaberle. The Hockey News is leading the charge. image Thankfully, we have the Battle of Ontario (at least one side of it) to inject some sanity.

Right. And Peca for the Selke, Raycroft for the Vezina, and Maurice the Adams. The Muppet was correct - not enough for the Toronto media to write about.
I'm sorry. I thought I made it clear last season that the Norris resides in Detroit. Our campaign here at A2Y will officially begin 1 January. Lidstrom should be +178 by then.

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Selling The Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks' general manager acknowledged that although he has "changed the culture" by signing Scott Niedermayer, trading for Chris Pronger and assembling a team that's swift and smart, he hasn't triggered a box-office boom. The Ducks, who set an NHL record by earning at least one point in each of their first 16 games, averaged 14,832 fans over their first 12 home games, 86.5% capacity of the Honda Center. That's up from their average of 13,433 after 12 games last season. Burke said sponsorships and revenue are up too, but the club is budgeted to lose "several million dollars" this season.
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Old School- Clint Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Almost every night the Canucks play at home, the oldest living member of hockey's Hall of Fame comes to watch. He uses a walker now and if you stood him still for a measurement there's no way Clint Smith would stand over five feet. He's 92 and the sleek physique that allowed him to be the third-youngest player in history to turn pro in 1932 at age 16 has felt the ticking of the clock. But his mind and sense of humour are still very much on top of their game. Memories? He could write a few books and probably should, particularly about playing in the second-largest arena in the country in the '30s, the old Denman Street one where he donned the colours of the Vancouver Lions for three seasons after signing with the New York Rangers.
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Blues Sinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

"There's not one guy on this team who's doing the right thing," Blues left winger Keith Tkachuk said. Legace said he was kicked in the head on the first goal, lost his bearings and that had a "snowball effect." He allowed four goals on 15 shots, and now in his last two starts he has surrendered eight goals on 36 shots. "The last start I didn't think I was playing bad when I got pulled," Legace said. "But now it seems like I'm going one way and the puck is going the other way."
read on... an ugly game recap, Blues lost 6-2 to Edmonton...

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Provincial Thoughts On Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I guess the "Chris Chelios is really frigging old, but still playing and playing well" stories are going to pop up most game days, in most opposing papers. Today's? The Calgary Herald.

Still the ultimate anarchist/rebel/villain. The Jack Nicholson of hockey. And like bad Jack, he's taken the metamorphosis from leading man to character actor in stride. Even if some critics might argue he'd best be displayed in a Drumheller exhibit than on the Red Wings' blueline, he doesn't feel like a fossil. "My age,'' Chelios sighs. "That's all anybody seems to want to talk about these days. Thank gawd Dom (Hasek) is around. With all that grey hair, he makes me look good.
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Devils Lack Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

Through their first nine home games, the Devils have averaged 12,336 fans — 9 percent less than the 13,548 they averaged during the same span last season. The Devils, in their 25th season in New Jersey, have rarely been a big draw, but this season stands out. “We’ve been playing pretty well for many years, but attendance can be better than what it is,” Patrik Elias, the team’s captain, said.... “I am very disappointed, very disappointed,” Jeffrey Vanderbeek, who has owned the Devils for two years, said during an interview at his office in Newark last week. “I’m embarrassed for our players. Last time I checked, we were in first place.”
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