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Brett Favre’s Hockey Future? Ummmm…

From the Iowa CHOPS:

Favre and the Iowa Chops do have something in common.  They both have received a large amount of publicity the past couple weeks, but for completely different reasons.  Favre wants to come out of retirement and play football, but Nitzel believes hockey may be the best sport for him this time around.  “We can offer him plenty of bone-crushing hits, read-and-react plays, and thousands of fans cheering for him, so what’s not to like about that?” said Nitzel.  “All we have to do is sharpen his skating skills and after that, his athletic instincts will take over and he’ll be one heck of a hockey player.”

Nitzel said the Iowa Chops have contacted and will be sending a contract to Brett Favre’s agent, James ‘Bus’ Cook Jr., in hopes that the quarterback will consider signing with the Iowa Chops.  “We live in a beautiful, Midwestern city here in Des Moines and play in a state-of-the-art major league venue at Wells Fargo Arena, so that meets Brett’s criteria of places to play,” said Nitzel.  “We wanted to be the first team to offer him something new and challenging, and I believe he will enjoy the thrill of raising the Calder Cup just as much as he did the Vince Lombardi Trophy back in 1997.”

Read on.  And if you want to know why the Chops have received a lot of publicity lately, you might want to flip over to to this post at Puck Daddy.

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Financial Health The Goal Of The NHLPA

from TSN,

While supporting the possibility of Canadian expansion, Kelly said the NHLPA’s main goal is to ensure all the teams in the NHL are financially healthy. Kelly has ideas about what it will take to achieve that goal.

“It will ultimately come down to the revenue-sharing system we have in the game,” Kelly told the Team 1040. “I mean the haves - the big market teams - are doing very, very well financially, and they could probably do more in the way of revenue sharing to help out those teams that are in the bottom five or six on the list to help make them more stable financially….

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International Hockey Chess Match

From Charlie Teljeur at The Hockey News,

What would be a good analogy to describe the current state of Euro-NHL relations?

Maybe a chess match, in which one side – the NHL – has three Queens, five Knights, 12 Rooks and an infinite number of pawns. Europe is represented by a pair of rogue, but nicely dressed Bishops who feel they can move any direction they damn well please.

The National League – they’re the white side – have been hungrily swallowing up unlimited European talent since it was discovered Inge Hammerstrom wasn’t female and that she, er he, had a nice backhand.

Europe – playing the evil black role – occasionally jumps a pawn or two or sign a broken-down seen-better-days Queen (sorry, Jaromir) and waves said contract in the face of the “shocked” NHL,  something akin to a pirate who steals your spare set of car keys.

continued…

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Afternoon Line

What did you think of the offseason moves the team made?

“Obviously, they’re very good moves. When you can add a Brian Rolston, a forward that can play on your top lines and be a guy that can be a quarterback on your power play, it’s a signifcant transaction for you. And with Bobby (Holik), you’re getting a guy that can give you eight, 10 quality minutes and take key faceoffs for you. He has the experience, obviously, and he’s a big man. On top of all of that, you’ve got two guys that were here and both wanted to come back and are excited about being back. And, also the fact what they bring inside the dressing room and the leadership qualities they both have.”

-Brent Sutter at Fire & Ice where you can read more from Sutter on the Devils…

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Blues May Be On The Outside Looking In

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Now, could the Blues surprise and defy their cynics? Of course they could. However, when it comes to predictions, it’s all about the likelihood of something happening, not the best-case scenario. And to the majority of us here at THN, the likelihood is the Blues will be on the outside of the playoff picture for the fourth consecutive season.

The truth is, a complete reversal of fortune such as the Philadelphia Flyers enjoyed last season is more an aberration than a reasonable expectation. Once you’ve cleared the decks – the way the Blues did during a bumpy change in ownership that began in 2005 – the subsequent restoration project almost inevitably requires years to complete.

All this is just something to bear in mind when our collective and individual predictions are before your eyes.

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Dallas Drake With The Cup

After 16 years, Drake has his day with the Stanley Cup.

Watch the video below…

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Audition Time

Just in case you missed the Dallas Stars Ice Girls Auditions…

You can also see many of the one-on-one interviews with the 2008-09 Ice Girls, starting with Katie here...

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Stanley Cup On The Swedish Leg Of Its Tour

George Malik at Snapshots has the complete itinerary including a baptism,

Andreas Lilja will baptize their two children when the master trophy is visiting and of course, use it as baptismal font.

“Our children, Tilda, 5, and Maja, 10 months, will be baptized now, and it will be a little different to do it this way, “says Lilja, who also invited 75 guests to a party in Helsingborg.

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Keeping An Eye On Foppa

via the Rocky Mountain News,

THE SEEN: Hockey hunk Peter Forsberg and Janet Elway (not together) at the Sting concert at Red Rocks on Tuesday.

Yes, hockey news is hard to find today!

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Should The Oilers Go ‘Old School’

from Dave Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

Patrick LaForge, the Oilers president, recently told Dan Tencer of 630 CHED that the Oilers would be announcing a new third jersey for the 2008-09 season, likely in August….

Katz’s vision for the team is to be an elite squad, one that competes deep into the playoffs every year.

So maybe it’s time to bring back some of that old time Oilers style, a take-off on the Oilers classic uniform of the early 1980s done up in the modern uniform style.

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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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