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Pork Bellies Need Your Support

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

See, the Iowa Chops have these flabby dudes called the Pork Bellies who come out between periods and get their Full Monty on. They’re a bunch of Chops season ticket holders who started dancing at games as a gag, and now actually practice routines to perform during intermission. They’re not the first team to have chubby guys dancing to pop hits, but they might be the first to have them storm the ice from the back of a U-Haul.

“Usually, at intermission, people go get beers and drinks,” said Frank Meeink, who works in communications for the Chops. “Now, when they know that they’re coming, nobody moves.”

More here.  Bottom line is, apparently the people behind the Ellen DeGeneres show have caught wind and have promised—if the video can generate 6,000 hits on Youtube—to have the boys on the show. 

Of course, we’re happy to support this noble cause. Here’s the video:

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  Tags: iowa+chops

Options For Avery

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

The Stars are preparing to place Sean Avery on recall waivers Sunday or Monday, I’m told, but that could change. The Stars are kicking the tires on trades and considering current and future cap issues.

Avery is expected to play tonight and tomorrow in Hartford—-we’re assuming he will be extra careful not to get hurt before Wednesday’s trade deadline. In order for a player to be eligible for the playoffs, he must be on an NHL roster Wednesday.

a bit more...

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With Blues In The Playoff Race, Will They Move Tkachuk?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Thanks to only three regulation losses during a 19-game stretch since Jan. 15, the Blues—somewhat amazingly—are three points out of playoff spot and the trade deadline is around the corner.

Who’s kidding who, St. Louis might very well move Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent July 1; but maybe, just maybe, they might also have to tell him, “Sorry, Keith. Unpack your bags, we’re still in it!”

“Well, that’s the idea,” Blues president John Davidson told ESPN.com on Thursday night after his team won 3-1 in Dallas. “We’ll see what happens.”

read on

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk

Player Movement Today

All via TSN Ice Chips,

Vancouver claimed Ossi Vaananen off wiavers from the Flyers on Friday.

Martin Gerber cleared re-entry waivers Friday. Brian Lee is going to be sent down to Binghamton of the AHL on Friday to clear a roster spot for Gerber.

Montreal claimed Glen Metropolit off waivers from the Flyers.

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The Second-Tier Trades

from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Pierre LeBrun: The lesser trades often make a difference come playoff time. The Hawks have indeed scouted Halpern, but I’m wondering if they think $2 million next season on the last year of his deal is too much. Time will tell.

I think the Hawks have several players on their radar for their purchase of a center, including Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov in Toronto. Moore has been a surprise this season in my town, getting his first bit of regular work in the NHL and responding with a consistent work ethic. He’s your prototypical third-line center and has a great attitude. The Leafs have been talking contract with him this week, but if he doesn’t sign, he’s a goner.

read on

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Thrashers Coach Talks About His Team

With six weeks to go in the hockey season, Thrashers coach John Anderson gave AJC staff writer Carroll Rogers his thoughts on such things as the state of the Thrashers, his first season as an NHL head coach and his relationship with Ilya Kovalchuk.

Q. Do you think the pieces are here to build this team around?

A. We have a good young core of players. We’ve got (Boris) Valabik, we’ve got (Nathan) Oystrick, we’ve got (Tobias) Enstrom, (Zach) Bogosian, just on the back end, (Bryan) Little. (Ilya) Kovalchuk is not an old man. We’ve got (Rich) Peverley, who’s still a young guy. There are some great pieces here. Now we have to draft some more good players and hopefully fit in some older ones in the offseason that’ll help us.

continued

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  Tags: john+anderson

A Note About Spector’s Site

Lyle Richardson asked me to post this about his site…

His site has not been suspended but is in fact going through a server upgrade.

The site should be up and running normally soon as it’s going to be migrated to its own dedicated server

updated 11:18am, Spector’s Hockey is running smoothly again.

added 11:31am, The migration probably hasn’t been completed.  Sometimes the site is available, sometimes it is not.  Just check every so often.

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Ducks Not Happy That Gaustad Wasn’t Suspended

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

The fact that Sabres center Paul Gaustad avoided supplementary discipline from the NHL after delivering a controversial late-game hit that left center Ryan Getzlaf with a broken nose and facial cuts basically has the Ducks mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.

“I’m not happy,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said after Gaustad was in Buffalo’s lineup for Thursday night’s 2-1, shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. “If we’re going to be suspended for blows to the head, then they have to look at the other teams when our guys get hit. This just astounds me that Gaustad is not getting something for this, because that was on purpose and deliberate.”...

Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations, Murray said, “told me they looked at it and they didn’t feel it was worth anything. They felt he hit him with his helmet. I don’t care if he hits him with his helmet, his elbow. Whatever it is, we’re supposed to be protecting our players from hits to the head.”

more and if you missed the hit, watch it below…

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  Tags: paul+gaustad, ryan+getzlaf

Morning Line

OK, I’ll say it. Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson is the whiniest player in the NHL. Every game, an issue. Yes, Jared Boll bumped him a few times and he could have been called for goaltender interference early in the game. But Roloson acts a little girl who had her pigtails yanked. Not very flattering, really.

-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson

Iginla Shooting For Records

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Jacques Lemaire winced at the notion.

The Minnesota Wild head coach had just put his team through the paces at the Saddledome yesterday before being told how close Jarome Iginla is to two key milestones.

As the captain and the Flames head into tonight’s clash against Minny, Iginla needs two goals to reach 400 for his career and three points to become’s the franchise’s all-time points leader, surpassing Theo Fleury.

Lemaire mockingly flinched and then replied with a wry grin: “Tell him to take his time. He’s gonna get it. There’s no rush. He’ll get it. There’s lots of games left.”

continued

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  Tags: jarome+iginla

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