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It’s All About Who You Know

Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love has proven, yet again, that his life is endlessly cooler than mine:

I had Monday night off, and so I was able to attend another game at the Xcel Energy Center here in Minnesota. The thing that made this special was that I went as a guest of Branko Radivojevic. Trust me, I know. What the hell? Who the heck am I that I get to be a guest of a player? Well, the truth is, I had never met the man until last night.

Check out the whole post. Tapeleg and friends got a tour of the Wild locker rooms as Radivojevic’s guest, and there’s a pile of photos from the experience.

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  Tags: branko+radivojevic, minnesota+wild

Preliminary Rankings for 2008 Draft

Sharkspage highlighted the McKeen’s Hockey preliminary rankings today.  The rankings gauge the top-30 players heading towards the 2008 NHL Draft:

1 - Steven Stamkos, C Sarnia (OHL)
2 - Alex Pietrangelo, D Niagara (OHL)
3 - Drew Doughty, D Guelph (OHL)
4 - Zach Bogosian, D Peterborough (OHL)
5 - Kyle Beach, R/C Everett (WHL)

more at McKeen’s Hockey

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  Tags: 2008+nhl+draft

Hockey Concussions in the Courtroom

From Daniel Pearce at The Tillsonburg News,

However, Comper said that VandenBussche’s story “hangs together perfectly” with someone experiencing “post-traumatic amnesia” and with his history of hockey-related concussions, going back to age 12.

Smith also suggested that VandenBussche, who testified Thursday he was on medically prescribed steroids at the time of the incident, “slanted” his responses during the interview to avoid a criminal conviction.

Comper, however, said he found VandenBussche “quite naïve about concussions and what it meant.”  Commenting on hockey enforcers, Comper said: “The behaviour you see on the ice typically does not carry over off the ice.”

Earlier in the day, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell testified as a character witness for VandenBussche.

more…

*Former NHL enforcer Ryan VandenBussche is on trial for assault.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, ryan+vandenbussche

Whistling In The Wind

from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,

You won’t be able to hear this but what I’m doing is whistling in the wind. The NHL is like a cult whose prayers are to the gods of corporate hospitality. Those of us not wearing well-cut suits can only watch in dismay, until the point arrives where things have become so dull, or so expensive, that we no longer choose to watch. I know I’m partial to the game, but it seems obvious to me that hockey needs its audience to feel like participants and not merely consumers.

more

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Phaneuf Bothered By Sore Leg

from the Calgary Sun,

Only two Flames players were exempt from the exhausting conditioning skate that came at the end of yesterday’s practice.

One of the absences could spell trouble for the club. Defenceman Dion Phaneuf is out indefinitely with a leg injury.

“Dion went for an x-ray,” said coach Mike Keenan after the hour-long session wrapped up at the Saddledome.

“He re-aggravated an (old) injury, and then he bumped it again (Monday) night. It’s a recurrence and he needs some time to heal.”

continued

update 3:06pm, via TSN,

The 22-year-old Edmonton native had the leg x-rayed on Tuesday and the results were negative. He plans to skate tomorrow and is probable to play against Vancouver Thursday evening.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, dion+phaneuf

Jody Shelley Proud Of Columbus Success

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“Driving in some days, you feel like you’re going to go out on the ice and run through the boards,” Shelley said Sunday night as he watched the Jackets play the St. Louis Blues. He was sitting alone in a darkened booth on press row, just below the rafters.

Shelley is—or was—primarily an enforcer. But there are fewer fights in the NHL. There is also a greater importance on special teams, so agitation is a more delicate art. In the Jackets’ case, they have this kid Jared Boll who knows how to irritate, and skate, and hit.

read on

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, jody+shelley

Bloggers Noticed

from On the Rangers Beat,

In my haste to put news up here, I neglected to mention the new blogroll on the left-hand side.

The goal is to provide a base for hockey fans to come here and then bounce to worthy sites that I often scan. Hope to adding a few more soon.

Just mentioning this since very few MSM blogs are listing hockey bloggers on their site.  Hopefully other sites will catch on…

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Ducks Trying To Find Their Groove

from the LA Daily News,

Which Ducks team will show up from night to night has become anybody’s guess. That only makes tonight’s game with the Coyotes - the third time the two teams have faced each other in the season’s first five weeks - all the more interesting.

“If we play our style, our game - forechecking, getting in and out of the cycle - our power play clicked a few times in Phoenix. If we’re doing that and we’re skating, we’re going to create chances and eventually they’re going to go in the net,” said Corey Perry, who scored twice in Saturday’s win. “So it’s just one of those things. The other night, five went in, and last night none went in.”

more

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, corey+perry

Oilers Meet To Get Back On Track

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers had a little heart-to-heart yesterday.

Head coach Craig MacTavish gathered the troops during practice and spoke to them for around 20 minutes.

The message was clear. They need more from everybody in order to save their sinking ship.

continued

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, edmonton+oilers

Can Nabby Play 82

from the Mercury News,

When Ron Wilson was asked recently how many games he planned to play goalie Evgeni Nabokov this season, the Sharks coach leaned back in his office chair and pretended to do the math in his head.

“Well, we have 82 regular-season games, and then add in the playoffs . . . ” Wilson said.

He was kidding.

Maybe.

read on (reg. may be req.)

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  Tags: evgeni+nabokov, goalies, san+jose+sharks

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