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Blues Hurting

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

And now, Erik Johnson? OK, we know that every team has injuries. It’s unavoidable. It’s part of the game, and all of that. But what kind of evil, wicked curse has fallen over the Blues? This is a new and different curse. A more virulent curse in some ways. This isn’t the Curse of Scotty Bowman, which kicks in during the postseason, preventing the Blues from winning the Stanley Cup. But what did this organization ever do to deserve this incredibly cruel run of injuries? There’s no crying in hockey, but at this point you can’t help but feel sorry for the Blues.


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Afternoon Line

“To be able to stand on the ice and hear the national anthem ... and hear the reaction of the crowd and feel the rumble and see the America flag just waving in all of its glory at the top of the stadium was truly incredible.”

-Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Guinta, Medal of Honor recipient, regarding the National Anthem at the United Center.  More from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports.

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Agree Or Not?

“Fans in general want to be looked upon as a respected organization in that they would follow it,” said Paul Kukla of the nationally recognized hockey blog Kukla’s Korner. “They just need to focus more on the game on the ice instead of marketing a carnival atmosphere.”

Wyshynski had to agree. No matter how you package the team, he said, “At some point you have to find some success on the ice to warrant the attention.”

The two of us agreed on something, all is well! 

Read the excellent blog from Steph Greegor of The Other Paper,

So how do fans carry the flag from here? And how can the CBJ marketing department correct a couple of missteps and continue to inspire loyalty—and sales?


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Missed 24/7?  Read All About It

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

The following is a “play-by-play” account of last night’s episode of ‘24/7: Penguins/Capitals Road to the NHL Winter Classic.” We caught the 2 a.m. airing of the show. Our account is timestamped from that point:

2:05 a.m.: Following an opening introducing the series, a montage of the always amazing drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnels towards downtown is intermixed with footage of Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze hanging the players’ jerseys in their stalls. That’s joined by a “It’s a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh” from Mike Lange.


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The Go-Between CEO For The Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Tony Tavares may be named the interim president/CEO of the Stars today, tomorrow or sometime next week. That’s as much as I can nail it down _ and it appears that’s as close as anyone close to the situation can nail it down, too.

The hiring of Tavares actually allows us a good look into the sale of the Stars, and just how complicated the ownership process has been.

As we have said before, the lenders who have assumed the debt left by the default of loans by Hicks Sports Group are the owners of the team. Monarch Investments, J.P. Morgan and a few others are the lead lenders, while there are also a large group of ``B’’ lenders who are hoping for the best, but might not get much of a payout at the end.


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Ask And Maybe You Shall Receive

A fan has a request for Tim Thomas.

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Video- Wings Make Their Annual Visit To Children’s Hospital

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Fifty Names That Say Hockey

from Chris Richards of the Deep End at the Vancouver Province,

...let’s take a look at what I consider to be the best 50 names in hockey. Points are earned for sounding blue collar, alliteration, being the same as another person, the ease at which it can be turned in to a nickname and general badassery.

10. Jody Shelley - Love how one of the toughest dudes around has maybe the most feminine name in the league. Except for maybe Maid Marian Gaborik.

9. Lauri Korpikoski - Sounds like a female Polish Olympic weightlifter. Korpikoski with the clean and jerk!

8. Kent Huskins - Couldn’t come up with a better porn name if you tried.


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McLellan Not Happy With The Way Sharks Lost

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Todd McLellan sounded as angry as I’ve heard him yet when he unloaded tonight on Jason Demers for pinching in on the play that sent the Nashville Predators on the 3-on-1 rush that led to the goal that turned a well-on-its-way 2-1 victory into a numbing 3-2 defeat.

“Obviously we made two mistakes and it’s in our net, but the third one’s the one that pissed me off more than anything,” the coach said to open his post-game scrum. “It’s a 2-2 game and you decide to pinch when it’s four on two? Absolutely unacceptable. It’s called game management and it was poor.”

His target was Jason Demers. And until tonight, McLellan has been willing to cut his young or inexperienced defensemen — Demers, Justin Braun and even Mike Moore — lots of slack.

more and watch the play in question below…

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It took Lidstrom 1442 Game To Get His First Hat Trick

Raise your hand if you though he had one before last night.

Does anyone know if he is the oldest Dman to get one

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

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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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