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The Gearhead: CT Edge Skate Blades

imageBy George James Malik

For as long as skate blades have been digging into ice, hockey players have tinkered with the way they sharpen their blades.  A deeply-hollowed blade is what you need to dig in on bad ice and turn aggressively, but players who have their skates sharpened more shallowly swear by the way that their skates “float” on the ice.

Over the last hundred years, skate blades have become lighter, stronger, less likely to chip or lose their edges, and blades have been designed to bend, flex, and even be replaced readily, whether steel or nylon, but nobody’s ever questioned whether to change the shape of the skate blade.

Rather serendipitously, I stumbled upon a site for CT Edge skate blades—blades that flare outwards—and I emailed them in short order.  PR director Dan Pujol graciously scheduled an interview with the CT Edge blade’s creator, Conrad Titzmann, and we spoke at length about the concept.

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Back To Detroi Tied 2-2

Ducks even up the series with a 5-3 victory over Detroit tonight.
Now a best two out of three series, with 2 of those games in Detroit.
Watch the post game interviews (will become available shortly after the game).

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Toews Ready For The Show

from the Chicago Tribune,

After starring for the Canadian junior team in its gold medal performance last winter and now the World Championship’s experience, Toews appears to be the kind of “big game” player the Hawks need.
Now the Hawks just need to play some big games.
Savard said Wednesday he wouldn’t hesitate to put Toews on the first line as Martin Havlat’s center.
“If we don’t do anything else [in free agency or via trade] and from what I saw in the World Championships, I don’t see any reason why he can’t play with Havlat,” Savard said. “He has to play with good players and he will.”

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Conn Smythe Candidates

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

If the Senators finish off the Sabres and then win the Stanley Cup, Alfredsson would certainly be considered of the favorites, if not the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Incidentally, Yzerman won that trophy in 1998 when he captured his second Cup.
The prevailing wisdom is that Alfredsson is playing the best hockey of his career. But here a few of the other candidates still in the hunt for the Smythe:

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Snow Supports Yashin

from Newsday,

For those who wondered whether a buyout of center Alexei Yashin might be a condition that had to be met if the Islanders hope to sign free agent Ryan Smyth, apparently it’s not. Negotiations have yet to begin in earnest with Smyth, but general manager Garth Snow Thursday expressed strong support for Yashin, describing him as “a vital part of the organization.”

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Head Shots Will Be Addressed

A2Y provides his readers with a Weekly Dose of Cheli every Thursday.
At about the 4 minute mark of the interview, Chelios mentions the NHLPA and the NHL will address head shots and look for some changes for next season.
Glad to hear that, hopefully this will become a non-issue next year.

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Comes Down To Respect

from the CP via the Hockey News,

Veteran Anaheim Ducks defenceman Sean O’Donnell remembers a time when if one team got a big lead in an NHL game, they eased off the hitting and just tried to get through the night without anyone getting hurt.
Not any more. “What I’m amazed at is a team can be up 6-0 and some of the players on the team that is up are still running guys and doing late hits,” O’Donnell said shaking his head prior to the Ducks facing the Detroit Red Wings Thursday in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference final.
“It’s gotten bad in the last couple of years. . . . Head shots seem to be more common and late hits.”

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Please Stop The Homer Abuse

Enough!- We have had enough! (will open wmp audio)
Thanks to the classic work of Sean Baligian at WDFN.

added 5:36pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

McLennan said: “Holmstrom has unbelievable moves. They’re not in your face. It’s guarding. It’s like – and here McLennan put his palm an inch from my face, completely blocking my view and said, in a children’s mocking, sing-song voice – ‘not touching you, not touching you.’”

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Not Enough For Pronger

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

If the National Hockey League is serious about cutting down on head-hunting — and you can make a good case that it isn’t — then a one-game suspension for Anaheim’s Chris Pronger is simply not enough.
Pronger attempted to perform an on-ice lobotomy on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom by slamming his head into the glass with a cross-check to the neck. Is it mere coincidence that Holmstrom just happens to be the key to power-play success for the Red Wings, and that by the time the infraction occurred, the game was out of reach?

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The West Coaches Talk Today

Pre-game Q & A with Babcock and Carlyle…

Q. Do you try to do anything to exploit the fact that Pronger is not there or could you just play your game?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: You always know who’s on the ice, who you’re playing against. We’ll do the same as always. What I found in this playoffs, if you go through our group, you know, we’re missing lots of people. I’d say we’re missing two of the top three on our team.
To me, they’re going to use that as a rallying thing. We’re going to use it as it doesn’t make any difference, we got to keep playing, playing hard, playing intelligent, keep our composure, get after them.

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