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Quoting the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie This week I thought I'd do something a bit different from the regular "On the Hockey Blogs" feature. Here is a collection of quotes by bloggers from this past week, primarily chosen for their amusements. I would encourage you to follow the links as well -- there's always more where that came from.

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"[In] light of how the Kesler situation has backed Vancouver into a financial corner, it's somewhat endearing to see Bobby Clarke - finally - admit complete and total failure as a GM." The Yankee Canuck is a smart-ass. And lordy, how I do love a smart-ass.
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Colorado vs Montreal: "Theodore played bad, as did Abby, as did Skrastins, as did almost everyone. Stars of the game could have been defined as who didn't suck." Jerseys and Hockey Love goes with the plain-language approach when commenting on the night of Jose Theodore's unpleasant return to Montreal this past weekend.
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"I do... miss the kind of emotional play, the edge, the reckless abandon that led to the fighting. In other words, I was very much in favour of eliminating the gratuitous violence in the game, but I wanted to preserve the violence." Tom Benjamin offers up a lot of qualifiers about his love-hate relationship with fighting in hockey. A complex issue for many hockey fans and Tom's post provides food for thought.

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The Public & Paul

Little did I know what blogging at NHL.com would bring!

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Moreau- Surgery Very Possible

from the Edmonton Sun,

Moreau, who dislocated his right shoulder in the final minute of Saturday's 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, met with team doctors yesterday and the news wasn't good. Indications are Moreau will need surgery to repair the damage. "It looks that way," Moreau said, asked if he's looking at a worst-case scenario. "We're not going to be able to repair it to get to the point where I need to be through rehab. "Surgery is a definite option right now and it's probably the most realistic one."
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Born In The Wrong Month

from the Toronto Star,

Your 14-year-old, December-born son has a gifted set of hands and a wrist-shot that gives opposing goalies nightmares. But, despite his larger-than-average parents, he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and is dwarfed by some of the behemoths he plays against. He keeps getting cut from elite teams because coaches say, "He's too small." The scenario is far from theoretical. A new study shows that kids born later in the year are more likely to be filtered out of hockey at a young age, even though they will end up being as big and strong as the players who have birthdays earlier in the year. That latter fact is critical, because it suggests potential full-size stars of the future are skating out of hockey while still young and growing.
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Don’t Grow Up To Be An Enforcer

from the Edmonton Sun,

Laraque can read the writing on the wall in both official languages: As more and more teams eliminate the enforcer position from their payrolls, more and more players who fight for a living are now fighting to stay in the league. "I think they are becoming extinct," the 29-year-old said of his colleagues in the policeman's union. "I feel lucky that I've been in the league for nine years because in the next couple of years there won't be any. "I feel bad for the up and coming tough guys in the league who won't have a job. I can see in the future that there won't be any more."
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Preparing For Boos

from the Daily News,

He said what? This thought immediately came to mind after Halifax Mooseheads forward Garrett Peters took a powerful shot at the home-town fans following the team's dramatic 3-2 victory over the St. John's Fog Devils on Saturday night at the Metro Centre. "I want to know why the fans were cheering at the end, because we didn't win it for them - we won it for ourselves," the 19-year-old Peters told The Daily News after fans directed boos at the team in the second period. "We were playing our best game of the season, and they booed us."
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Iffy Staal

from the AP via the Beaver County Times,

If Staal stays, the Penguins might have to pay him and Malkin major money as restricted free agents in 2009, a year after also doing so with Crosby. They also might have trouble matching qualifying offers to all three and remaining under the salary cap. Previously, the Penguins felt they could spread out the contracts of the first-round picks over at least three seasons. If the Penguins send Staal back to his junior team in Peterborough, Ontario, he can't rejoin them or be sent to the minors until that team's season is over. If they keep him, and his progress levels off, the Penguins will have unnecessarily used up one season of the seven he can play before becoming a free agent and disrupted their own financial timetable.
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Flames Time Is Now

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,

They're in such desperate need of a little cutting-edge, feel-good publicity that there's been unsubstantiated talk down at the rink of someone in the organization flying to Africa and adopting a Malawi baby. "It's been a difficult few days since we got back,'' acknowledged left-winger Alex Tanguay. "I know it's early in the season, but there's starting to be a sense of desperation. You can feel a sense of urgency. And that's good.
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Quinn Weighs In On Flyer Shakeup

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Pat Quinn was shocked that two of his best friends in the game were suddenly unemployed, but says he was not in the running to rejoin the re-vamped Philadelphia Flyers. The former Maple Leafs and Flyers coach maintained close ties to fired general manager Bob Clarke and coach Ken Hitchcock, despite years of bad feelings between the clubs, on the ice and off. It was thought Flyers owner Ed Snider might turn to a familiar face such as the 63-year old Quinn when he cashed in Hitchcock. But assistant coach John Stevens has been moved up, while Paul Holmgren will be interim general manager. "I was not contacted," Quinn said yesterday from Vancouver. "I still feel I can coach, but who knows what could happen."
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Turnover Hit

Hockey Rants has the YouTube video of the Markov hit on Stoll from the other night. The hit created a center ice turnover which directly lead to a Datsyuk goal, which is not part of the video. image

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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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