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Alfredsson At 70%

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

"It's not bad, I can skate at 70% without a problem," he said afterward. "I haven't tried starts or stops or sprinting or anything, but it's just nice to be out there." Alfredsson could only say "I hope so" when asked if he would be able to play on the current Senators' road trip, which has four stops and ends Saturday in Buffalo. "There's a possibility he could play by the end of the week," said coach Bryan Murray, who points at Alfredsson's ability to bounce back from a rib injury after just four games last season as an example of the Swede's toughness. "It's day-to-day, and it'll be his call."
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Hockey Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

In the span of his first eight NHL games, Joe Pavelski has scored in his debut, put together a three-game goal-scoring streak and scored a game-winner in the final six seconds of regulation to give the Sharks a rare win in Detroit. He also has picked up the nickname "Little Joe", which might be his proudest achievement to date. Anytime a 22-year-old rookie can get linked to Joe Thornton that fast is impressive indeed. This Little Joe didn't come straight off the Ponderosa, but you can't blame the Sharks if they think they've struck a bonanza. "He's just a hockey player," general manager Doug Wilson said. "He can play anywhere, he can play with anybody. Hockey sense not only allows you to step in, but it allows you to play."
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A Fond Memory To Start Your Week

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Awww, now this was a fun read. Gather the kids round the Commodore 64, throw on some Christmas music before school, sit back and enjoy this little nugget.

“Going in to the series, I don’t think we would have said, ‘Oh, absolutely, we can pull off an upset.’ We had so much respect for Detroit.”
An Edmonton player from last year, recalling the days prior to the Punch In The Face? Nope.

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Monday With Your Deep Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dan Cleary is thecond on the team with ten goalth, but may be middle of the pack in termth of tooth-count. George Thipple/Detroit Free Preth

"I'm having a hard time speaking," said Cleary, whose two front teeth were knocked out in a game recently. He hasn't gone to the dentist yet, and he's having trouble with words that contain the letter S. After netting a goal and an assist to extend his current point streak to five games in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Cleary joked that he wasn't in a hurry to set up a dental appointment. "I might keep 'em out now," Cleary said.

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Bondra A Blackhawk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed forward Peter Bondra. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “He’s a proven goal scorer,” said General Manager Dale Tallon. “He’s a tremendously fit athlete who will add more speed and skill to our lineup. He will help our power play and his experience will greatly help our younger players.”
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Would Hockey Work In KC?

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from the Kanas City Star,

Sure, the KC hockey team would be popular the first few years simply because of the novelty. But for hockey to have success long-term, many Kansas Citians would have to embrace what is, to them, a foreign culture. But to Brian Dostal, 28, that culture might already exist in Kansas City. “I don’t think Kansas City is an NBA town,” Dostal says. “Hockey is more blue-collar. I see basketball as prima donna, for the East and West coasts. “You watch a Lakers game, and you see Jack Nicholson. Who do we have? I can’t see Kobe Bryant out on the town here. But I could be sitting right here at Willie’s, and a third-line defenseman could walk in, and you wouldn’t even know it.”
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Deal Or No Deal? Pavel’s Costly Mistake

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bruce Garrioch talks at length this morning about Pavel Datsyuk's strategic error in not signing for big bucks when he had the chance.

While indications are the Wings offered him a deal that would have paid him more than $5 million a season to make him a centrepiece of the organization, Datsyuk thumbed his nose at it. The word is Datsyuk is seeking between $6 million and $7 million a year on a new contract, so Holland decided to call off any further talks until after the season.
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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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