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Ingredients Required To Repeat

Interesting read from Philadelphia, of all places.  Rich Hoffman devotes quite a bit of time and space to the ‘97 and ‘98 Wings as he discusses the possibility of a repeat performance from his hometown Phillies.

Philadelphia Daily News

If it was the Konstantinov tragedy that bonded them spiritually, it was a typical mad-scientist move by the great Scotty Bowman upon which the second Cup run was built. Bowman changed goalies. Chris Osgood and Mike Vernon were both on the roster in the 1996-97 season, pretty much splitting time, but when the playoffs began, Vernon played just about all the time and ended up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.

So what did Bowman do? He traded Vernon, and Osgood ended up starting and winning the second Cup. Neither guy was viewed as spectacular - the team and the coach were spectacular - but there is no more visible change than the goaltender. And it worked.


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Read The Deke Much?

And I’m talking about the Triple Deke.

Oh, I’ll be back a little later and we’ll talk about some of the same fun stuff that had you all in a lather yesterday. 

But for now?  Wrap your head around this little ditty.

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You Want A Controversy?  Check This Out

So.  I mosied on over to Spector’s a few minutes ago and took this one out for a spin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hossa and Franzen are re-signed kiss Hudler, Samuelsson and Conklin goodbye, and don’t expect to see Chris Chelios back. I don’t blame Holland for trying to keep both and they might accept less than market value to remain with the Wings, but I hope they don’t make the mistake of some other notable teams in investing too much money on too many big ticket players and leave themselves without enough for depth throughout the roster.

That’s our friend Lyle Richardson in response to the Freep and the News’ reports that trade winds could be a-blowin’ and that they could be Lightfoot-like in strength but neither goalie is going anywhere.




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Daddy’s Got Datsyuk

The boys at Puck Daddy have scored.  It’s a one-on-one with the league’s best player.  No Gary…sit down.  It’s not him.

You once told the Red Wing broadcasters that you like to “dangle, dangle.” What the heck does that mean?

Now I am going to have problems with my Russian! How should I explain it? It’s like dancing rock-n-roll with a puck. You pick a puck on your stick and you dance around on the ice with it.

What kind of stick do you use to create your amazing tricks with the puck on the ice?

I use a Reebok stick. For now, I belong to them. As for the curve on my stick, a funny story. When I came to Detroit’s training camp for the first time, I had a Titan4 with a big curve. When the coaches saw the stick, they came up to me and said: ‘Bowman is not going to like it if you get two minutes for using an illegal stick.’ Right there and then, I started to change the curve on my stick to be within the legal limits.

A great Pavel Datsyuk interview…here.

I’ve copied one of the better comments from PD’s interview below.

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Put Your Karma In A Box And Ship It West Where It Belongs

I can’t offer you an explanation as to why your Detroit Red Wings continually lose to Darren Garcia’s Dive.  I can’t.  It baffles me and I’m past the point of trying to analyze it. 

It is, and we all have to do deal with this, what it is.  A regular season bit of strange.  The kind of strange you used to value back in your younger days?

No.  Quirky strange.  Weird and almost laughable strange.

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Tears Of The Clowns? Heck Yes Dive Fans. You’re Invited Too. It’s A Live Blog.

As requested, a Motown reference.

By the way, after reading the Chiefs’ minimalist approach to todays blog, can I assume that this is the Live Blog for the Dives game?

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Note From Plissken: I’m Done

Just got the word from Snake Plissken:  he’s had enough and he’s moving on.  Said the level of conversation around here wasn’t what he’d expected and that he’s headed to northern California where it’s a bit more…cosmopolitan.


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7?  7 Means Squat.  Nothing To See Here But A Live Blog

I haul ass all day, running through airports, verbally abusing stewardesses named Geno and casting aside the most basic of all hygiene habits and standards.


So I can get home and kick off a live blog I’m not even allowed to participate in.

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Happy Now?

I think, based on little since I didn’t see the game, that it’s safe to say the Wings have righted the ship.  I’m jet-setting all over the countryside again so I wasn’t able to watch or even catch up on the live blog.  Snake Plissken isn’t communicating with any of us anymore and the Diggers were less than descriptive today.

So I turned to a few guys you may not read too much of, starting with the Minnesota Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.
Russo’s Rants

Tonight, they were constantly on the attack and almost toying with the Wild. They fired 79 pucks at Josh Harding (registered shots, shots missed and shots blocked by the Wild). Often times, they’d work the puck down low. And if nothing was going, they’d just reset and start over by sending the puck back to the point.

It was like they were working the half court offense as somebody said. They fire the puck from everywhere, and it seemed every shot was a scoring chance.

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Make It A Six Pack Why Don’t Ya?

Chris Osgood’s in net tonite, hoping to delay that imminent Toskala deal. 

I still can’t get over the idiocy of that particular idea.

And with Osgood’s return to the crease tonite, I’m sure your comments will be well-considered and even mild.

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