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By Alanah Downie

It’s almost impossible to write a segment of On the Hockey Blogs this week without mentioning Evgeni Malkin repeatedly, but I intend to try.  If you insist on following the Saga of Malkin, almost every blog is covering the story, but I just go here myself and keep reading. Brushback doesn’t miss much.

Whoops, sorry.  One other Malkin story must be linked—Battle of Alberta’s “transcripts” of a conversation between Evgeni Malkin and his agent Pat Brisson.  This might be the hockey scoop of the century!

Now, onto other things.

In Toronto, James Mirtle discusses Marty McSorley and his new broadcasting adventures with the San Jose Sharks. Time to move on from the Donald Brashear incident, says James. I fully agree.  And if you take a trip out to Edmonton you’ll find Lowetide breaking down the Oilers Stars of Management.  (Stars? Management? Yes, indeed!)

Over at The Ice Block, David made note of the fact that neither ESPN nor the Associated Press worry themselves much about details, where the NHL is concerned. And In the Crease notices another embarassing hockey-coverage moment elsewhere in media-land.

At Puck Update the other day, Steve commented that the “Coyotes sure do love old forwards.”  (Age before beauty in Arizona, evidently.)  And in New York, the Blueshirt Bulletin has created a “Heart and Soul Award” in honor of Rangers player Jed Ortmeyer, who was recently diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.

Speaking of the Rangers, the Hockey Rodent story titled “Bring Out Your Dead” points out that Jaromir Jagr is not, in fact, dead. (Good to know.)  Then there’s the Stormbringer out in Carolina, excited to discover any hockey news going on with the Hurricanes—unfortunately, it’s not very good news. (Get well soon, Frankie & Stillman.)

Finally, Eyes on the Prize has compiled a list of 50 songs that may or may not be related to hockey, plus his own top-10 favourites. If you’re a hockey fan and you don’t know at least 10 songs out of the 50, you need to start downloading some mp3’s immediately.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Kessel Compared To NFL’s T.O.

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There's no arguing thaqt the kid has all the physical tools to be a star in this league. He may not be polished yet, but Kessel's a gem. Kessel is also well aware of his gifts, and that has led to more than a hint of hot-doggery on occasion . . . and which brings us back to Terrell Owens. Like the Dallas Cowboys' controversial wide receiver, Kessel has had trouble with teammates in the past. He can be a me-first player who sometimes neglects the other four skaters on his side. He's been dogged by allegations of underage drinking, and he has a tendency to talk first and think later in front of the cameras.

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The Voice Of Alanah Uncovered

Alanah of VCOE fame made an appearance on Radio Zoom yesterday. She did a great job, and even though I have known her for about six months, this is the first time I have heard her voice. The giggle (about 1:50 mark) is priceless and the hockey talk is even better.

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The Healing Machine

Where elastic bandages, messy ice packs, and other alternatives offer limited customization, the accelerated recovery system from Game Ready allows you to easily adjust pressure, manage temperature, and select treatment time settings—with just the push of a few buttons and the twist of a dial. Now you can simply and simultaneously apply active cyclical compression and controllable cold therapy to help speed the body’s natural healing processes. image
Related story from the Arizona Republic,

It's a device about the size of a DVD player and, boy, does it pack a wallop, players say. It's the Accelerated Recovery Performance machine, and it's being used to treat injuries as well as to stretch and strengthen muscles. Players use it after practices and while they sleep, and they claim the machine has helped to keep them fresh through the rigors of training camp.
more...the story mentions hockey players are using this device too...

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Yotes Taking A Chance

from the East Valley Tribune,

Barnett is stuck. He doesn’t have the money to bring in a proven scorer in his prime, or the assets to trade for a young sniper with huge upside. His farm system doesn’t have a single offensive force within sniffing distance of the NHL. If the Coyotes get a combined 40 goals from Roenick and Nolan, the Coyotes are a playoff team and Barnett is a genius. If not, the team flounders — and the decision to roll the dice on old guys sets the franchise back again.

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Why Can’t I Play!

The big boys are getting ready... from the Hamilton Spectator,

Take your typical men's pickup game without the slowpokes, the aged, the ankle skaters, the puck hogs and the porous goalies in their Turk Broda-era pads and tell them to stay home. Then replace them with a handful of NHLers, a smattering of U.S. college players and a few junior stars, all with well-honed skills and a high motivation to get in shape. The result are games that are to pond hockey what Jimi Hendrix is to electric guitar. Doesn't matter that they're played in virtual anonymity in a rink as far from the glamour of the big leagues as the law allows. It's Hamilton's best summer hockey by a million miles.
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Wait And See

from the Calgary Sun,

This season could decide Matthew Lombardi's future as a Calgary Flame. Assuming he makes it through this winter's trade deadline with the Flaming C still sewn on his jersey, as the Flames seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach with the young forward. The 24-year-old centre signed a one-year, $800,000 deal yesterday but it took a long summer of negotiating with GM Darryl Sutter to get it done. The fact the deal took so long to finalize has some thinking Lombardi's future lies elsewhere.

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The “Yes” Man

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...This Evgeni Malkin brouhaha is nothing of the sort. This is a boy, possessed of immense skill, promising too many things to too many people. Nothing more, nothing less. Cloak and dagger? Ha.... One longtime NHL agent, Matt Keator, suggested this case might be the catalyst to get the Russians and the NHL to resolve their differences because the situation will be repeated again and again until it is resolved. "Perhaps this situation will bring the parties together to find common ground," Keator said. As for Malkin, it's no slam dunk that he'll be in a Penguins jersey at the start of the season. It seems certain the Russians will sue Malkin and/or the Penguins, arguing that the two weeks' notice law in Russia was not meant for an athlete who signs a contract, as Malkin did.
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The Training Begins

from the Ottawa Citizen,

The intense sessions, featuring unconventional drills and equipment -- tractor tires, heavy stones and barbells shaped like logs find their way into some workouts -- are organized by personal trainer and strength specialist Tony Greco, a former world kickboxing champion. If the equipment resembles what you find in strongman competitions, it's no accident. Buffalo Sabres star Daniel Briere, who trained with former world strongman champion Hugo Girard of Gatineau several summers ago, credits those workouts with helping turn him from a journeyman player into one of the NHL's elite skaters. The goal is to push Ottawa-area NHL players just a little further, forcing them to use different muscles to handle new challenges, finding avenues to improve their balance, discovering an extra step that they can use when training camps open in four weeks.

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Weight Has The Cup

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Earlier in the day, Weight visited Children's Hospital. To make the stop possible, he paid out of his own pocket to charter a plane to St. Louis. But it was worth it for Weight, who had a cousin succumb to a brain tumor.... Mike Bolt, the "Keeper of the Cup" as he's known, was impressed with the schedule preparation Thursday. And Bolt, who's actually one of three men who take turns guarding the Cup, knows busy when he sees it. "I did all of Europe," Bolt said. "We did five countries and six players in seven days. Twelve flights in seven days." Bolt said Steve Yzerman took the Cup on his See-Doo and Darren McCarty took it for a ride on his Harley-Davidson. "Going to Fenway was cool," Bolt said. "We walked into the Red Sox locker room and Dave Ortiz said, 'Now that's a trophy.' To hear other athletes say the Stanley Cup is probably the coolest trophy in professional sports makes you feel good that you're a part of it.
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