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What To Do Red Wings/Spartans Fans

Michigan State will be playing Georgia in the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2009 at 1pm on ABC.  The Wings play the Blackhawks on the same day in the Winter Classic, game time is 1pm on NBC.

What game will you watch live and what game goes to the DVR?

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  Tags: winter+classic

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Dec. 8, 2008)—Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Dec 7.

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Malkin No ‘Puck-Hog’

from Empty Netters,

We know complaining about Don Cherry being a bigoted rube is like complaining about water being wet. It’s just one of those things that’s never going to change. That’s why we don’t take Cherry seriously and you shouldn’t either.

We actually like Cherry. He’s an entertainer. He’s an act. A very good one at that. But nothing more. How can you take a guy who wears daisy-printed suits seriously?

But this jab against Malkin is pretty pathetic. Labeling him as a puck hog is clearly incorrect.


Update 5:00pm ET: More on Malkin from Darren Eliot at SI,

Malkin seems at ease wherever he plays, either at his natural center ice position, shifting to the wing, or manning the point as he has done this season with injuries to point men Ryan Whitney and, particularly, Sergei Gonchar. Malkin is growing as the powerplay quarterback in Gonchar’s absence. It is yet another sign of his development that was accelerated last year when Crosby went out of the lineup with an ankle injury.

When I asked Crosby if he was surprised by Malkin’s calm demeanor while handling the puck at the blueline, he chuckled, noting that, “Gino is calm in everything he does. There could be ten guys out there and he wouldn’t rush.”

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  Tags: don+cherry, evgeni+malkin

Tampa Places Vrbata on Waivers

According to Bob McKenzie on NHL Live this morning, the Tampa Bay Lightning has placed Radim Vrbata on waivers.

12:40pm ET Update: Noted by RDS, it was both Vrbata and Chris Gratton that were placed on waivers.

1:00pm ET Update: From TSN, Vrbata asked to be waived—

The free-agent winger, who was signed to a three-year, $9 million free-agent contract in the off-season is apparently heading home to the Czech Republic to finish the season there. The Lightning will apparently not be responsible for paying him for the balance of this season but the contract will remain in force for the second and third years should he choose to return to the NHL.

“Radim is a great guy and he came into our office on Sunday morning and just told us his confidence is low and he would like to head home to the Czech Republic to finish the season,” Lightning owner Oren Koules told TSN. “He just wants to take the rest of the year off (from the NHL) and try to get his game back over there. If he wants to come back next season, great. That’s his call. This is all very amicable. He’s a great guy who’s really struggling right now.”

added 3:38pm (Paul), via Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

A bad contract dissolves in a puff of smoke and the cap room magically reappears.

Though the team is framing it as Vrbata’s choice, management must be thrilled to find a dumping ground for the player, the contract and the cap hit.

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  Tags: chris+gratton, radim+vrbata, waivers

All Malcolm Gladwell

from Jeff Merron of ESPN Page 2,

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the best-sellers “The Tipping Point,” and “Blink.” He’s also a sports fan, and has plenty to say about how his latest book, “Outliers,” published on Nov. 18 and No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list the past two weeks, sheds lots of light on sports.

Gladwell’s formula in “Outliers”: pick a person, place or thing that’s out of the ordinary. Tell the “conventional” story of why it is so. Then tell the story again, adding on layer upon layer that buries the original explanation below an avalanche of additional “reasons why.”...

The first chapter in “Outliers” is about how some Canadian hockey players born in the first months of the year enjoy advantages that those born later in the year don’t have. You also write that birth month correlates closely with success in other sports. Why is this?

It’s a beautiful example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. In Canada, the eligibility cutoff for age-class hockey programs is Jan. 1. Canada also takes hockey really seriously, so coaches start streaming the best hockey players into elite programs, where they practice more and play more games and get better coaching, as early as 8 or 9. But who tends to be the “best” player at age 8 or 8? The oldest, of course—the kids born nearest the cut-off date, who can be as much as almost a year older than kids born at the other end of the cut-off date.


The book, Outliners, is available at Amazon.com if interested.

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  Tags: malcolm+gladwell

Kindler, Gentler, Brian Burke

From Jay Feaster at The Hockey News,

Brian Burke arrived in Toronto to great fanfare and he wasted little time before demonstrating why he is a media favorite. From quipping that former Leafs captain Mats Sundin has “two dollars less than God” and thus won’t be making a decision based on money, to stating that the Leafs’ third and fourth lines need to bring “belligerence” and “testosterone,” etc., Burkie blew into town like a perfect storm.

While that is the Brian Burke the public and media often see, I want to give you a glimpse into the “other” Brian Burke some of us inside the game are fortunate enough to know: in short, the “kinder and gentler” Burkie.


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Fleury Practices With Penguins

via Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury practiced with his teammates for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 15.

Fleury had been taking shots in pre-practice sessions with the Penguins for the past week but participated in a full team practice, splitting time with John Curry, for the first time since the injury.

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All Doug Weight

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

What’s the biggest misconception about playing on Long Island?

Weight: The Islanders, and Long Island in general, doesn’t get a fair shake. I think when organizations and teams are in stretches like this team has gone through, players are going to second guess about coming here — and rightfully so. It’s tough to bring free agents here. But they’ve done a great job of trading, drafting and building from within.

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Find The Logo

Canton, MA / New York, NY (December 8, 2008) – In celebration of one of the National Hockey League’s most anticipated events – the NHL Winter Classic 2009 – Reebok is offering fans an unprecedented experience through “NHL Winter Classic Reebok Lost Logo Challenge,” a unique contest for both U.S. television viewers and in-stadium attendees that challenges fans to find the NHL player who is missing the Reebok logo from his jersey.
On New Year’s Day, 2009, Reebok will give each of the more than 40,000 fans who attend the NHL Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field a pair of binoculars to find the NHL player on the ice without a Reebok logo. Fans in the stands and those watching on television will have a chance to win. In-stadium contestants will be asked to enter via text or phone, while those tuning in on television will be able to enter online.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Accusations In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Tobin Wright is the Minneapolis-based agent who works for Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based agent Ron Salcer, the agent who represents Marian Gaborik, Brent Burns and Derek Boogaard.

As I reported Sunday morning, Wright has been banned from the Xcel Energy Center event level. I couldn’t report the reason Sunday. I can now.

Salcer is accusing the Wild of banning Wright as punishment for refusing to testify against Willie Mitchell in his arbitration case against the Wild.

Mitchell claims he had a bulging disc in his neck that prevented him from playing during the lockout. If you were not medically cleared to play as of Sept. 15, 2004, players were supposed to be paid their NHL salaries until they were medically cleared. Mitchell is claiming he was unfit to play, and thus should have been paid his $1.775 million salary from the Wild.

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  Tags: tobin+wright

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