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Mom & Son At The Winter Classic

from Jed Lockett of the Bluefiend Daily Telegraph,

Note: This is the final part of Jed Lockett’s chronicle of a trip with his mother Nora to the National Hockey League Winter Classic, played on Jan. 1 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Wrigley Field is one of those rare sporting venues that has a certain magic about it. You can feel the history, the tradition and the meaning of the place. Just getting there can be a religious experience….

Chicago Blackhawks fans have a tradition that began in 1985 during a playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers. They clap and yell and make as much noise as possible during the national anthem. Two nights earlier in Detroit, a pair of visiting Chicago fans clapped throughout the song and it sounded odd. But when those two were added to an additional 30,000 as well as fireworks, explosions and a flyover from a pair of fighter jets, it made for a breathtaking experience.

more and part one of the story can be found here...

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  Tags: winter+classic

Backlund’s Swedish Club Expected His Return After WJC

From TSN:

According to the Calgary Herald, Swedish club Vasteras was under the assumption that Backlund would rejoin them after the World Junior Hockey Championship.

‘‘Mikael Backlund has not been given permission to play for another club,’’ Vasteras official Anders Eklund told the Swedish media. ‘‘There is nothing in his agreement with us that allows him to play for a club in North America and we don’t think it’s right that he did this without communicating with us.

‘‘We are very disappointed in Backlund’s conduct in this case and do not think he acted honestly.’

Backlund suited up for the Calgary Flames last week. Read on.

Update 3:05pm ET: Here’s the original report in the Calgary Herald.

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  Tags: mikael+backlund, sweden, wjc

Take It However You Want To

from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,

Netminder Manny Fernandez remained out of uniform with what head coach Claude Julien referrred to as a ‘‘minor issue.’‘

‘‘We thought it could be resolved by today, but it wasn’t,’’ said Julien, who had Tuukka Rask filling Fernandez’ backup role on Saturday.

When asked if that meant the goalie was injured, Julien answered in the affirmative.

As the coach’s media session broke up, and reporters lightheartedly talked about clarifying the ‘‘minor thing’‘, Julien said, ‘‘I’m trying to stickhandle here, guys, and I am not good at it.’‘

Who knows what any of it means?

continued and do remember, Fernandez is UFA July 1st.

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Murray Worried

from TSN,

“It’s not a very good situation if you are talking about making the playoffs,” said general manager Bryan Murray on Monday. “I’m worried about winning tomorrow night and that’s at this stage of the year, the way we are playing or winning or losing - that’s what we have to worry about. We’re not in very good position for a playoff spot to be realistic. I think we can win some hockey games in the near future, I’m hoping, get some confidence back in this club and get rid of the frustration for all of us.”

And Murray, whose team is already 19 months removed from its trip to the Stanley Cup Final, knows that there is pressure on him to make big changes.

more

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Ol’ Reliable Kukla’s Korner

Steve Lepore at Puck the Media:

Last week, we took a pretty negative stance on the quality of NHL Fanhouse lately.  We stand by it, as we stand by everything we do here at Puck the Media.  We know for a fact that there are many people who agree with our opinion.  We’re sure, conversely, that there are many people who disagree.  But, what I do believe is that, while we were accentuating the negatives, we should have been highlighting another blog, that has sort of taken Fanhouse’s spot as the go-to place for a myriad of hockey opinions and news: I speak of course of that ol’ reliable Kukla’s Korner.

Steve, who regularly critiques the NHL’s hockey media—both mainstream and new media—goes on to write a very nice review of Kukla’s Korner and we’re quite flattered. (Thanks, Steve!) Read the rest here.

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  Tags: media

PSA- Spector’s Hockey

Lyle emailed me and asked I let his readers know his site is having a few technical issues right now and he hopes to have it up shortly.

I went to his rumor section and it looks OK but the homepage is having some issues.

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Afternoon Line

“I’ve been told by [Lightning GM] Brian Lawton that they are not actively shopping Vinny.  They have received phone calls [from other teams] because people are hearing about the team maybe being in financial distress. But I was told they are not actively looking to move him.”

-Kent Hughes, player agent for Vincent Lecavalier.  More on this topic from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

added 4:54pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

At some point, the folks in Tampa are going to have to get on the same page for a trade to occur, but that becomes a lot easier and much more manageable if the following happens: Vinny Lecavalier tells them he would just as soon move on.

Sources say that is precisely the type of soul searching that is going on now for the Lightning captain.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Jan. 12, 2009)—Colorado Avalanche left wing Wojtek Wolski, Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan and Florida Panthers center Gregory Campbell have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 11.

Continue Reading »

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Blackhawks Still Learning

from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,

See Patrick Kane get a little uppity because someone checked him or elbowed him in the throat. Or smacked him in the head. See the Blackhawks learn how to go through their first little slump. See other teams testing the Hawks, hitting them in the mouth and into the boards to let them know that they’re not kings yet.

Truth is, the Hawks aren’t even grown up yet. We’re still in the early learning stages. They are the one bit of fresh air in Chicago sports now, what with the Bulls collapsing and Lovie Smith trying to figure out whom he can blame for his Bears.

continued

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Kelly Says Lindros Reports Are Inaccurate & CBA Talk

from Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal,

NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Paul Kelly acted to quell dissent within the union last week by publicly condemning recent press reports that criticized union ombudsman Eric Lindros and indicated Lindros would soon be fired.

But hockey sources question whether Kelly’s comments, which also expressed support for Lindros, will mend what has become a deepening rift within the union, at the same time NHL players are trying to decide whether to terminate the current collective-bargaining agreement.

As reported by SportsBusiness Journal in November, Kelly and Lindros, who were staunch and vocal supporters of each other when they were both hired in 2007, are increasingly at odds with each other, according to numerous sources.

continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the normally paid subscription link to KK.

Also from Liz Mullen of SBJ,

The NHL Players’ Association board of player representatives will vote later this month on whether to end the collective-bargaining agreement this year or extend it another two years, and it is widely expected they’ll choose not to opt out.

Sources said an announcement of the players’ decision may be made the week of the NHL All-Star Game, set for Jan. 25 in Montreal. NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said in an e-mail that players would vote on the issue in mid- to late January.

continued

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  Tags: eric+lindros, paul+kelly

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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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