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Fixing The All-Star Game

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

At the risk of sounding like a braggart – and, considering what I’m earning for it, trust me, I’m not – I do a fair amount of radio and TV shows. And lately in the world of pro sports debate, there’s been an amazing phenomenon taking place: when it comes to one subject, and one subject only, everyone – every person, every caller, every panelist, on every part of the continent – is in complete agreement with each other.
The subject is the NHL All-Star Game. And everybody concurs that, at least in its present format, the subject stinks.
They get no quarrel from me.


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Let’s Not Forget

from Marcie Garcia of NHL.com,

For the families of two Los Angeles Kings scouts, Mark Bavis and Garnet “Ace” Bailey, two passengers who were killed on United Airlines Flight 175 when it crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, they’ve come to realize that though five years have passed, their loved ones aren’t forgotten.
Lew Mongelluzzo, an Ottawa Senators scout who hails from Philadelphia, clearly takes the city’s nickname, “The City of Brotherly Love,” to heart. Mongeluzzo, who owns and operates the thoroughbred-racing stable, Team Power Play Racing, simply combined his two favorite interests to keep the spirit of both Bavis and Bailey alive. Mongelluzzo decided to purchase a New York-bred colt that he named Aces Mark in honor of his two peers.

read on

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What To Do With Foppa

from Tony Gallagher of the Province,

The Flyers claim they want to re-sign him and there are rumblings the team will approach Forsberg’s tight-lipped Winnipeg agent Don Baizley about that possibility over the all-star game.
Doubtless they will be looking for a considerable discount over Forsberg’s current $5.75-million-US deal and regardless of where the Swede plays next year—assuming he does—it will be at a discount.
But Forsberg doesn’t much care about money at this stage of his career anyway and he feels like he’s ripped off Philly a little by missing so many games.


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Sean Burke A King

via TSN,

The storied career of veteran NHL goaltender, Sean Burke is about to add a new chapter.
Sources tell TSN the soon-to-be 40 year-old has been claimed on re-entry waivers by the Los Angeles Kings who, because of injury, are desperate for some stability in their crease.

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Classic Sakic

Joe Sakic participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Seventeen years ago this Sunday that was January 21, 1990, Joe made his All-Star debut in Pittsburgh and playing on the line with Kirk Muller assisted on the game-winning goal which was scored shorthanded by Muller. Today, 17 years later, the league will be announcing Joe as captain of the Western Conference All-Star Team, and he’ll join Brendan Shanahan who will captain the Eastern Conference team.
Joe is set to appear in his 12th All-Star Game next week in Dallas. Only 12 players in the history of the League have played in more All-Star Games than those 12. In 2004, Joe was named MVP of the All-Star Game, and he is the fan’s choice to start in an All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career.

Q. What do you remember about your first game, and I just wanted to ask you a couple of questions about Ryan Smyth who will be playing in first game. One is what should Ryan expect, and were you always able to wear No. 19, because Ryan is going to have to wear 93 this year, not 94.
JOE SAKIC: Is he? What do I remember about the first game? It was a long time ago and I don’t remember assisting on Kirk Muller’s goal. I just remember how nervous I was, going into the dressing room and sitting there seeing Mario and Ray Bourque and wondering, the year before I was a junior and what the heck I was doing there.
But it was exciting and obviously I’m surprised this is the first time, I thought he was there a couple of times but he is definitely well deserved. He always comes to play every night, and he’s just—for the World Championships and Olympics, he’s the perfect teammate. So I’m really happy that he’s getting an opportunity for his first time about for him to—what to expect. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be nervous, but I think he’s been in enough world championships and Olympic team competitions, he knows most of the guys, so I think he’s just going to fit in pretty nice. It’s going to be easy for him since he probably knows most of the guys.

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Worried About The Panthers

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

...All the hustle and bustle of the offseason, one that included the departure of the team’s signature star, goalie Roberto Luongo, and the acquisition of disgraced forward Todd Bertuzzi from Vancouver, ultimately has amounted to nothing.
This is, arguably, the NHL’s weakest link, a team that was once very popular playing out of the bandbox Miami Arena when a hail of plastic rats meant the home team had scored but now lives in virtual seclusion somewhere near, but not too near, Fort Lauderdale.


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from the Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Gimme a big trade. A nasty suspension. A team on the move or falling into bankruptcy. Some real controversy.
Otherwise, what’s passing for stories of significance in the NHL these days is putting everyone’s feet to sleep.
First, there was this stormy debate over the schedule, an “issue” that now appears to be petering out with no major chances on the way.
But this business of new uniforms really takes the cake.


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Open Post- Hockey Talk

I haven’t done this in a few months, so here is your chance to sound-off on anything hockey related.
Have a question, concern, maybe even some praise for a hockey related topic?
Just leave a comment and if in a form of a question, it will be addressed if possible.

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Catch Up On The Trade Rumors

Spector has all the talk on the rumors and points out how obsurd the Khabibulin rumor is, just as A2Y did yesterday.

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A First Look

note:  moved to top of page, first posted on 1/17/07 at 7:09pm

Eyes On The Prize has a first look at the NHL All-Star Jerseys.

update 8:54pm, The real thing..
thanks to a KK reader for the tip, the jerseys are now available at Shop.NHL.com.


added 9:18pm, make sure to check out the comments section, some sketches of possible team uni’s.

added 11:23pm, from USA TODAY via the Arizona Republic,

Nearly two years after the season-long lockout that remade the NHL’s rule book and finances, the league is revamping its uniform. Details on the biggest change since teams switched from the old wool jerseys to synthetic fabrics in the early 1960s:
- The uniforms are 14 percent lighter in pre-game weight, the equivalent of more than a 6-ounce puck in weight. Current jerseys and socks absorb moisture from sweat, ice and water bottles, notes Jennings. But water repellent “Bead Away” technology allows the new duds to retain 76 percent less moisture.

much more

added 8:33am Thursday
, link to USA TODAY story now available with pic of Crosby in All Star Jersey.

added 8:42am Thursday, The Toronto Star has a pretty detailed article up now…

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