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The Best Actor Award Goes To…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 13, 2006) –Adweek, a premier national publication geared to marketing and advertising executives, has named the NHL promo “Bed with Peter Forsberg” as one of October’s “Best Spots of the Month.” The promo will be featured in the print and on-line editions of the November 13 issue of the magazine. You can get more information from Adweek.

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Ducks Trade Fedoruk

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via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks made two deals on Monday, dealing Todd Fedoruk to Philadelphia for a fourth round pick and acquiring George Parros from the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick.
update 2:03pm, As a KK member just stated in the comments, Ducks sent Chistov to the Bruins for a 3rd rounder. The TSN link is updated with all of the movement.

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Deep Breath Wing Fans: NHL Announces New Leadership Award

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh...well, this is interesting. I was so excited about Hasek's recognition as one of the coveted Three Stars of the Week, that I missed this little tidbit. The NHL will now name a Leader of the Month. Cool. And they're naming the award after, according to the league press release, the man "many consider to be the greatest captain in hockey history." Excellent. The Yzerman Award for Leadership. Woops. Not quite.

The six-time Stanley Cup winner wore the C for Edmonton and the New York Rangers to become the only player in history to captain two teams to an NHL championship. He is also a former captain of the Vancouver Canucks. Messier will be at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to present the first winner with the award.
I'm curious how much weight the league gave Messier's glorious years in Vancouver and his second run in New York (when he allowed the lockerroom to become a haven for malcontents and underachievers) when they decided to name this award after him. Update 1653 CST: Not surprisingly, this has caused a little chatter on the Wings message boards. Relevant threads are below. Let's Go Wings Red Wing Central

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Bucci’s First Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Well, the manuscript has been turned in to my publishers at Middle Atlantic Press. The book is called, "Jonesy, Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable NHL career of Keith Jones." After hearing a few of the current Versus studio hockey stories, I thought Jonsey's life might make for a nice little hockey book. I also thought it was a good project for someone who has never tried to write a book before. An easy read you could probably conquer in one long sitting, or spread out over two or three days.
continued... plus much more, including Bucci's future hall of fame picks...

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Hasek Named An NHL Star Of Week

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We told you over the weekend that Dominik Hasek isn't worthy enough to appear on the NHL's All Star ballot this year. But, and this must sit well with the HQ, he's been named one the league's three Stars of The Week. NHL.com via Kukla's

Hasek recorded a shutout in each of his two appearances as the Red Wings (11-4-1) extended their winning streak to eight games and moved into first place in the Central Division. Hasek made 16 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 8 and turned aside 21 shots in a 3-0 victory over Nashville Nov. 10, snapping the Predators' streak of points in 10 consecutive games (9-0-1). The consecutive shutouts increased Hasek's season total to three, tied for the League lead with New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, and career total to 71, tied for 11th on the all-time list with former Red Wing and Hockey Hall of Fame member Harry Lumley.
We all know who the 3rd star really belongs to (the entire team, as the defense has been the backbone behind Hasek's consecutive shutouts and the 8-game winning streak), but it's a nice bit or irony that Hasek is honored just days after being left off the ballot. Slava Kozlov took the first star (also not on the all-star ballot), Mikkia Kiprusoff the second.

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NHL 3 Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Atlanta Thrashers left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Nov. 12.

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Powerful Enough For You?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I, like you, don't give much credence to the various power rankings you can find out there. But I, like you, do search them out every week to see where the "pundits" believe the Wings fall out. ESPN's hasn't been updated since last Monday, so I'd expect a refresh sometime today. And it should be interesting to see if they live up to their word. Here's what they had to say last week when the Wings ended up 11th on their highly scientific poll.

Before you start bombarding us with e-mails ("How can the Wings not be in the Top 10, you loser!?"), look at Detroit's wins since our last offering: Calgary, Chicago, Columbus. And those wins came despite going 1-for-19 on the PP. Let's see how the Wings do against Edmonton and Nashville before we talk Top 10.
I'd guess, just out on a limb here, that it'll be okay to "talk Top 10" now.

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Patrick The Peace Maker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The war of words between Hall of Fame netminder Patrick Roy and Montreal Canadiens rookie Guillaume Latendresse is water under the bridge. "Patrick came to see me in the hotel lobby shake my hand," he told TSN's Quebec sister station RDS. "It was a gesture of respect, and I was quite content. I think that Patrick and I wanted to turn the page. It's important for me because I do not have anything against Patrick." Roy recently said that he thought the only reason Latendresse was with the Canadiens is because he's a francophone, suggesting if he was named Smith or Brown he'd be back in the Quebec junior league.

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Help If You Can

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 1:00 pm the DC Police Hockey team will take on the United States Secret Service in a hockey game to benefit the Sgt. Gerard W. “Roddy” Burke Scholarship Fund. Sgt. Burke, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, died in March 2006 while pursuing a stolen vehicle in the Colombia Heights neighborhood where he lived and worked. Some hockey fans may recall Roddy Burke was a personal friend of fellow blogger Eric McErlain. Make sure to check out Off Wing Opinion for more information on this benefit.

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BTJ goes BTB with Gloveside

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One great addition to the Wing blogosphere popped up during The Absence. If you haven't read Gloveside, I suggest you do. Christy Hammonds introduces you this morning to the beer drinkers behind it.

Q.9 – If you had to pick two teams to be in the Stanley Cup finals right now, which two teams would they be? Johnny: Buffalo and…er…ahem….Detroit. Brennan: I’m hoping the Sabres represent the Eastern Conference, I think they deserve it. If by some horrible awful twist of fate, the Wings don’t wind up in the rink for the West, then I’d love to see the Wild in there.

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