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Announcing the John Barbero Sports/Celebrity Auction 11/7/10

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

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Wanted to pass on this important announcement from Pittsburgh blogging colleague Don Spagnolo, owner of Mondesi’s House;

The Pittsburgh Penguin family lost one of their most beloved voices a few months ago when longtime PA Announcer John Barbero passed away at the age of 65.  Today, I am pleased to announce details of a major event coming to the area in Barbero’s honor that I’m hoping some of you can attend.

On Sunday, November 7, the Mon Valley YMCA will host a sports and celebrity memorabilia auction from 1-4 p.m. at the YMCA gymnasium, sponsored by Charleroi Federal Savings Bank. And to answer your next inevitable question, there’s no Steeler game that day - they play Cincinnati that Monday night.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Tick Tock’s Thinking #12 And FS Detroit’s Scraping The Barrel

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

But first…even for our Deep Diggers, it’s hard to believe a Detroit writer could be this bad.

Dana Wakiji/FS Detroit

Although some people still call them the New York Yankees of the National Hockey League, the Detroit Red Wings are not the big spenders they used to be.

 

 

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Seeking Perfection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

So, there we were at Tampa Bay Lightning practice on Tuesday, when several players who, apparently, had not completed their task to the satisfaction of coach Guy Boucher dropped and did 10 push-ups. The scenario was repeated several times over the 60-plus minutes the team was on the ice.

Coach Guy Boucher said it is one way to remind the players to be better.

“I always believe there needs to be consequences to anything, to get that same competitive level in your practices,” he said. “So, sometimes it’s push-ups, sometimes it’s laps. It depends which day how I feel, but there’s always consequences to things. You do it right, great. You don’t, that’s to make sure you remember.”

Can’t help but think after that that Boucher has a little Tortorella in him in his quest for perfection. And that seems exactly what that quest is about.

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Previewing The Inevitable: Why What’s Ours Will Wing Its Way Back To Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I may have tried a full season preview a few years ago. I think I did and I’m pretty sure it sucked, mainly because I attempted to look at all the teams and predict all sorts of dumbass stuff. Like who would win the Southeast.  This year, I’m gonna preview some stuff but I’m sticking with what I know and what I know is Red Wing hockey.  I’m not talking about who will win the Northwest because it’s completely irrelevant.  I’ve never cared about it and I’m not starting now.

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Mottau Signs with Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Michael Smith

From the New York Islanders:

The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a two year contract with defenseman Mike Mottau.

Mottau, 32, spent the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Last season, the Quincy, MA, native scored a career high 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) and a +4 plus-minus rating in 79 games with New Jersey.

“Mike is a solid puck-moving defenseman who will bring more experience to our blueline,”” said General Manager Garth Snow.

It was only a matter of time before Mike Mottau found a home, but the injury to Mark Streit obviously created an opening the Islanders needed to address.

Good for Mike and good for the Islanders.

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  Tags: mike+mottau, new+jersey+devils, new+york+islanders

Who Said This?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“That might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.  Dustin Byfuglien as a defenseman.  I would love to play against Dustin Byfuglien as a defenseman.  I would turn him inside out, left, right and center every single time….”

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All Matt Duchene- Video Edition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche has a chat with Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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  Tags: matt+duchene

Kids Go Camping With Datsyuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Some guys just get it.

Pavel Datsyuk, the superstar of few words, has taken a couple weeks out of his summer for the past three years to give back to the community and provide a lucky group of kids with a unique hockey school experience.

Just outside of his hometown, Ekaterinburg, in Russia – in a setting that resembles Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country – Datsyuk ran two one-week camps that included instruction from NHL coaches, European players and a mixed martial-arts trainer.

“He continues to change my opinion of how people behave,” said Todd Woodcroft, a longtime NHL scout who has been involved with the camp since Day 1.

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Tropical Storm Cancels NHL Exhibition Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (September 28, 2010)—The National Hockey League announced today that the pre-season game between the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 29 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. has been canceled due to the threat of severe weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Nicole.

      “We felt that it was in the best interest and safety of our fans, our players and the Carolina Hurricanes to cancel Wednesday’s game due to the threat of the impending tropical storm,” said Panthers Executive Vice President/General Manager Dale Tallon.

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Islanders Lose Okposo To Shoulder Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Katie Strang tweet,

Kyle Okposo requires surgery on injured right shoulder, ruled out indefinitely

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