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My NHL All Star Rosters

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The West Conference All Star Team is announced today (Wednesday) and the East Conference team tomorrow (Thursday).  I want to post my teams in advance of the announcements. 

First the (assumed) ground rules for the teams.  The starters are given by fan balloting.  The rosters are 21 men in size (as the last few All Star Games have been) with 12 forwards, 6 defencemen and 3 goalies.  Each team must be represented on the rosters - last year this was true of the initial rosters but when injury replacements were made this restriction was loosened.

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Winter Classic Jersey Auction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Get your wallet out and start bidding!

Patrick Kane’s jersey is at $2620 and Pavel Datsyuk’s is at the bargain price of $1220.

Ken Daniels mentioned tonight on the Wings broadcast Brett Lebda is still looking for the puck he scored with in the Winter Classic.  Well, he can keep looking all he wants or start bidding at $110.

Check out all of the auction items.

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Bite Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jarkko Ruutu bites the right hand of Andrew Peters tonight.

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Nash Out For Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rick Nash slid into the boards during the first period of the Columbus/Wings game tonight.

He made it through the first period but is doubtful for the rest of the night, getting ice treatments to his ankle.

added 10:25pm, Puck-rakers is saying it is not an ankle injuiry as reported earlier.

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BJ’s?  It’s Either A Live Blog Or That Long, Lovely Dancer At That Club Downtown.  Your Choice.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wow. Big day.  For the first time in three years, a savant actually used the word “brah” in the comment section.

It threw us all for a loop, but I think we’ll recover.

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Moller Back With Kings

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Oscar Moller from the Swedish Junior National Team that recently participated in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.  The World Junior Championships were held in Ottawa from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5.

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Ducks Plan To Play ‘Smart’ In 2nd Half

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Carlyle came away from a series of one-on-one meetings with players the past week with his own midseason assessment of where the team stands. Among the harsh realities are a November knee injury that knocked defenseman Francois Beauchemin out for the season, current injuries sidelining right wing Teemu Selanne and defenseman Kent Huskins, and a second-half schedule that is heavy on road games.

The Ducks have also been hurt by a maddening tendency to blow leads, particularly of late, and their continued propensity to take penalties. The Ducks have been short-handed 216 times, compared to their own power-play total of only 155, which accounts for by far the largest discrepancy in the league.

“We’ve found ways to give points away, and that cannot continue,” Carlyle said. “You have to be smart, and we have not been smart enough. That’s a criticism that’s pretty easy to make when you take the number of penalties that we take.”

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Columbus Places Novotny On IR - Call-Up Tollefsen

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jiri Novotny on Injured Reserve and activated defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. 

Novotny is expected to be sidelined at least one week with an upper body injury.

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Stirring The Pot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Still stung by his team’s 7-1 defeat at the Wachovia Center last month, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau recently took some verbal shots at the Flyers for what he perceived as running up the score.

“What goes around comes around eventually,” he told NHL.com. “And it will.”

Boudreau’s Caps play host to the Flyers tonight.

Relayed Boudreau’s comments, Flyers coach John Stevens bristled after today’s morning skate.

“You guys can take this Boudreau stuff and you can take it somewhere else,” Stevens told reporters. “I’m not getting drawn in tit-for-tat stuff. I don’t know where this is going. Bruce coaches the Washington Capitals. I don’t care what he says. I’ve got my team to get ready here. This is obviously an important game, a hard game, and I don’t care what he said, to be honest with you. He can say what he wants….”

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SuperSkills 2009

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NEW YORK (Jan. 6, 2009)—The game’s most dazzling shootout artists will attempt to wow the voting public in the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge and the classes of 2007-08 and 2008-09 will battle for youthful supremacy when NHL All-Star Weekend gets underway with the 2009 Honda/NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition Saturday night, Jan. 24, at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

    The realigned NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and the fan-judged Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge will join SuperSkills mainstays such as the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater,  McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting and Cisco NHL Hardest Shot competitions to determine the League’s best in various disciplines. The evening will culminate with the best hockey players in the world doing what they’ve done to end practices ever since shortly after their parents first tied their skates: engage in an elimination shootout contest that won’t end until there’s only one man left unstopped.

Note: Competition results for 1990-2008 noted below.

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