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Jersey Rights

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netter,

As anyone who has read EN for any length of time will tell you, hockey jerseys are something we are extremely passionate about. From our endless resistance to Reebok’s reign of terror to just general faux pas by the general public, we take the business of wearing a jersey very seriously. Perhaps too seriously.

So with that in mind, we’ve decided to let you in on our little system of values when it comes to hockey jerseys. We call violations of this system “jersey fouls.” A few of you have asked what exactly a jersey foul is while many of you have asked for clarifications to this system. Hopefully today’s post will answer all these questions.

With no further ado, here is the Jersey Foul Bill of Rights:

1.) Getting Personal

Easily the most common of jersey fouls, a personalized jersey is a blight on humanity. No one cares who you are.

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All About The Ice

from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

A lot of work goes into making and maintaining that sheet of frozen water. A team of technicians uses equal amounts of sweat and science to make the surface perfect for the Blue Jackets and their professional-hockey opponents.

The arena temperature is kept between 58 and 60 degrees, depending on how warm it is outside, the humidity and the dew point.

All these things and more are monitored before, during and after games to keep the ice cold, hard and fast. When needed, adjustments are made.

“It’s a science, but it’s nowhere near an exact science,” said Scott Lofton, director of operations for the arena.

On good ice, players skate with less effort, and pucks glide across the surface. On bad ice, you get bouncing pucks and tired skaters.

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Here We Go Again

via the Denver Post,

The oft-injured former Avalanche star has committed to making another attempt to play in the NHL and, like last season, hopes to be with a team by the NHL playoffs. If Forsberg, 35, can play, it would likely be with the Avalanche.

“I want to play. I hate sitting in the stands and not be able to be out there on the ice,” Forsberg told the Swedish television program “Hockeynight” on Monday. “If it doesn’t work this time, I’ll call it quits. But I have the best doctor in the world (Bertil Romanus), and without him I would have given up already. I’m still hopeful.”

Forsberg revealed he wore electrodes on his troublesome right foot for some games with the Avs after his late-season return.

“(I had) a battery package hidden in my pants. When I turned it on, the foot straightened in the skates. It was kind of funny,” Forsberg said.

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Wings Talk Economics

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The economy is on the minds of Red Wings players and management a lot these days. Despite a Stanley Cup championship team and a long run of success, the Wings have resorted to price cuts on tickets and other creative ways to get fans in the building. And that was before the “Big Three” Michigan automakers took an even worse turn the past few days, doing a dangerous dance with bankruptcy and federal bailout red tape.

Chelios is the owner of two “Cheli’s Chili Bar” restaurants — one in downtown Detroit and another in Dearborn — and, while not providing precise figures, he said business is down at both spots. And if the Big Three automakers do not receive any emergency federal assistance, Chelios said, he doubts that his and many Michigan businesses would survive long. Even if the bailout money comes, Chelios said many businesses will close, and maybe his.

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The Next Great Russian

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Here’s what sets (Kirill) Kabanov apart from most other 16-year-olds: he can afford to shop on Tverskaya.

The young hockey prospect is paid $20,000 (U.S.) a month by the fabled Russian hockey club Spartak Moscow, a princely sum next to the room-and-board stipend for stars in Canada’s major junior leagues.

Several scouts say the Moscow native, the Kontinental Hockey League’s youngest player, stands a good chance to become the No.1 pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

J.P. Barry, the agent for Mats Sundin and Evgeni Malkin, said Kabanov’s quickness is comparable to Alex Ovechkin at the same age and other agents and scouts are similarly complimentary. Three years ago, when Kabanov was 13, NHL super-agent Don Meehan flew him and his father Sergei, a former Russian army special forces major, to Toronto in an unsuccessful bid to sign Kabanov to a representation contract, Sergei Kabanov said.

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All Ilya Bryzgalov Or At Least A Part Of Him

from Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

Q: Any special challenges the Stars present?

A: “What? Say again, translate, seriously. No, no, I never understand the question.”

Q: Any challenges .. the biggest challenge … the Stars present to you?

A: “You mean like the stars in the sky or the Dallas Stars?”

Q: Both of them.

A: “No, seriously, I’m trying to help.”

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Carlyle Looking For Leadership From Top Players

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle only needed to see one misstep in practice Monday to give his team one of his not-so-subtle messages.

After watching his players do a drill incorrectly, Carlyle stopped practice and excoriated the group with a reminder that “We’re playing the New York Rangers!”

There is no room for contentment among the Ducks, who have fought inconsistency most of the season but turned a corner with five straight victories at home. Tuesday night can represent either six straight or a step back when they take on the New York Rangers, the Eastern Conference’s No.2 team.

“There’s no easy ones, and this one won’t be easy by any means,” Carlyle said.

Carlyle called out his top forwards to lead the way - which means continued strong play from the Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry-Chris Kunitz line.

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NHL Conference Call with Phil Kessel

Today’s guest on the NHL’s conference call was Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel, who answered questions from numerous members of the hockey media.

    Earlier today Phil was named NHL ‘First Star’ for the week that ended yesterday after leading the National Hockey League in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points. The Bruins won three of four games for the week. Phil has the NHL’s longest active point streak, which is currently at 15 games, and the longest streak for a Bruin since Adam Oates had a 20-game streak in January and February of 1997. The Madison, Wisconsin native ranks second on the Bruins in scoring with 31 points and his 19 goals are third in the League behind Thomas Vanek of Buffalo, who has 24, and Jeff Carter of Philadelphia with 21.

Q & A

    Q. Are you still playing mostly with Marc Savard at center and Milan Lucic on the left wing?

    PHIL KESSEL: Yeah, that’s who I’m playing with right now. I enjoy playing with both those guys. They’re both great hockey players.

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Winter Classic 2008 Popular in HD Sports

On the Electronic House list of the Top 10 Sports HD Broadcasts of 2008, the Winter Classic came in at #2:

As if the hockey gods had scheduled it, there was snow during the game—how perfect! And the icing on the cake? It came down to a shootout, and a goal by one of the best players in the NHL, Sidney Crosby. It all made for incredible HD video from NBC, not to mention the audio of players being checked into the boards and hearing the old-time organ through my surround speakers.

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The whole slideshow of the Top 10 can be seen here.
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*my twitter thing can be very handy at times, which is how I owe a hat-tip to Michael DiLorenzo for tweeting this link. Thanks!

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A Warning About Fighting

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It was a hockey fight that started the way thousands of others have over the years, but it ended with a 21-year-old fighting for his life in a Hamilton hospital.

The fact the fight took place in the backwaters of senior hockey in Ontario will undoubtedly prompt some to dismiss it as a one-time accident, largely because that’s what it was. But it has long been the opinion of this corner that it is only a matter of time before an NHL player dies as the result of a hockey fight and only then, maybe, will the game do something about fighting.

Because of a hockey fight, the parents of Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops are sitting by their son’s bed in a Hamilton hospital wondering when, or if, their son is ever going to wake up. After one surgery and some 60 hours after his fight with Corey Fulton of the Brantford Blast last Friday night, Sanderson was still in a coma.

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Update 4:42pm ET: More on this from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com as well.

Update 5:57pm ET: Bob McKenzie at TSN weighs in—

I’m afraid, for me anyway, that parenthood trumps journalism at a time like this.

Which is to suggest, I am also sick over how this tragedy has become a jumping-off point today to either rally around the game and how it’s played or to use it as an example of all that is wrong with hockey.

I don’t want hear the pro-fighting boosters tell me it’s part of the game, that it’s a tough sport and that accidents happen. I know that, but it makes it no less sickening.

And I don’t want to hear the anti-fighting cause wag a finger and say it was bound to happen sooner or later, because that reeks of opportunism in the face of great tragedy.

The truth is, depending upon your view, you can make this sad story whatever you want it to be.

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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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