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Going For A Stroll On The Wrlgley Ice

from Tom Gromak of the Detroit News,

I was amazed as we emerged from the visitors’ dugout onto the ‘Frozen Confines’ of Wrigley Field. There it stood: A full-sized regulation NHL hockey rink. Oh, sure, some glass was still missing as crews worked to finish it up. But it had the key components: Boards, benches, blue lines and goalie creases—and a fresh, two-inch-thick sheet of ice….

“Please, God, don’t let me fall,” I prayed as a co-worker stood rinkside with a digital camcorder to record me for posterity (and the accompanying video).

I started slowly, but I didn’t fall. And I continued to not fall, slowly gaining confidence on blades I hadn’t worn in at least eight years. I even survived the halfway point when—to my initial dismay—we had to switch from counterclockwise skating to clockwise. “But I was getting good at this direction,” I protested.

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IR For Sanford & Bergeron

from TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks placed Curtis Sanford on injury reserve Tuesday and listed the goaltender as week-to-week.

With star netminder Roberto Luongo (groin) still on the mend until at least the All-Star break, the Canucks acquired Jason LaBarbera from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry draft.

Sanford suffered a groin injury in Tuesday’s morning skate but had hoped the injury would loosen up prior to the evening contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have placed forward Patrice Bergeron on injured reserve.

“His headaches are always better as we move on. But they’re still there,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Globe. “That’s the reality of it. He is feeling better, and certainly at a better rate than the first time it happened. It’s not even comparable. But the headaches are still there. They’re minimizing every day and hopefully, sooner or later, they’ll disappear.”

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Open Post- What’s On Your Mind?

As we close the book on 2008, how are you feeling about the state of our game?  Do you have something you want to get off your chest or perhaps want to talk about the outlook of your team for 2009 and beyond.

This post is yours, feel free to leave comments and share your thoughts with other hockey fans.

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Mario With Five

from Going Five Hole,

December 31, 1988. Penguins v. Devils.

A feat likely never to be seen again.

Mario Lemieux torches New Jersey for five goals…in all five possible ways.

continued with video….

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If You Don’t Want To Compete, You Won’t Play

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Capitals last night….

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Leafs May Be Paving The Way For A CuJo Exit

from Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star,

In any case, it was a little bit of retro Leafs feeling in the building, with 19,000 fans chanting “Cu-Jo, Cu-Jo” in the second period as he withstood a barrage of Thrasher shots on back-to-back power plays, preserving a 2-2 tie. He was named the game’s first star and when he skated on to the ice, the love-in started up again.

“You block out the negative stuff, but you hear the good stuff,” Joseph said. “It’s a great feeling. They want you to do well for sure. This is my dream job and sometimes you don’t realize it till you’re gone.”

It’s funny he should say that. Was last night the beginning of an unofficial and brief farewell tour – without the parting gifts – for the popular 41-year-old?

Think about the unusual Leafs decision to start Joseph at all in the midst of a three-game losing skid and then announce in advance that he would also start versus the Sabres. It was a head-scratcher for many.

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  Tags: curtis+joseph

Not So Wild About The Team

from the Star-Tribune,

If the “Team of 18,000” is actually a brainwashed “Cult of 18,000,” well, the normally trusting followers are beginning to revolt.

It’s not only the anonymous bloggers, talk-show callers, message-board fanatics and newspaper e-mailers who have a growing frustration toward the Wild.

If the Wild brass actually believes that—and it appears to—it needs to leave its press-box throne and actually tip-toe—and I stress, tip-toe—through the stands.

The paying customers are ticked beyond imagination with the state of the Wild.

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The Stars Playoff Chances

from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,

Why they’ll make it

Sweet parity. The Stars are just four points out of eighth place in the Western Conference. How? Because outside of the Sharks and Red Wings, the West is a jumble of teams that just aren’t separating themselves much. There’s only seven points’ difference between No. 5 Vancouver and the No. 14 Stars.

Why they won’t

The hole’s too deep. The Stars have put themselves in a tough position. Now there’s no room for error, no room for a losing streak of any length from here on out. That kind of pressure can affect even the most resilient team, and the Stars could crack under the weight of that before they can make up enough ground to make the postseason.

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A Different Kind Of Puck Possession

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

While the NHL doesn’t track time of possession, the Bruins’ offensive numbers indicate they have had the puck more this year than they did last season. By scoring five times last night, the Bruins jacked up their output to 3.65 goals per game, a Zdeno Chara-sized bump from the 2.51 goals they scored in 2007-08.

The Red Wings seemingly have mastered the art of puck possession. Their skilled defensemen retrieve pucks smoothly. They hit their on-the-fly forwards with outlet passes in center ice. The forwards carry the puck into the offensive zone with speed and swarm opposing netminders. Even when a play isn’t available for the Wings, they backtrack, regroup, and try to restart the flow.

The Bruins, in contrast, have featured a more lunchpail version of puck possession that, while missing the grace of Detroit’s game, has been just as effective in wearing down opponents.

“It’s not like we have the puck all the time,” Thomas said. “And it’s not like we want to regroup, set it up, and try again, which is Detroit’s tendency. That Russian influence.”

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Weight Would Like To Stay With Islanders

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

“I don’t want to be traded,” Weight said yesterday after the team practiced in Syosset in preparation for today’s home game against the Panthers. “I’ve been treated great here. I love the coaching staff, I love the team.”

But the veteran has been around long enough to understand how the business works. He signed a one-year deal with the Isles and has shown through the first half of the year that he still can play at a high level - and that he could help a team with more realistic postseason hopes.

“It’s always a possibility, seeing how the team started,” Weight said. “We’ll see what kind of position we’re at in the new year. But it puts you in a sour mood when you start hearing about it for the first time.”

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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