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Guerin A Better Captain Than Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

MOST OVERRRATED STORY OF THE SUMMER—The Isles losing Ryan Smyth:
Smyth072307No matter how you shake it, Ryan is a good—NOT SUPERIOR—hockey player. When he came to Long Island—at a pretty steep price—Smyth displayed virtually no signs of greatness simply because he is what he is; a solid veteran who was deified beyond all reason in Canada.

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A Very Important Year For Yashin

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Yashin’s agent Mark Gandler answers a few questions in Sovsport and basically said this will be Yashin’s most important year of hockey.
They are hoping Yashin has a year on the ice that will attract NHL teams again.
Read on for the very rough translation of the Q & A…

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The Malibu Mob

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A2Y pointed to a great story on the "Life of Chelios" today. In case you missed it, I suggest you take a few minutes out of your day and read it.

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Jovo Plays The Veteran Role

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from the Arizona Republic,

Ed Jovanovski admits it can be difficult going into a season with rebuilding on the front burner, but the Coyotes veteran defenseman is optimistic that things can turn around.
“Last year (last place in the Western Conference) was tough on everyone,” he said. “We had a couple of key injuries at the beginning of the year, and when you get down in a hole that quick in your division, it’s tough to catch up . . . I think this is going to be a hard-working team….”

continued... It sure doesn’t sound like Jovo is about to waive his NTC as some rumors suggest…

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Best “tag” Ever

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

July is the perfect time for this. Hockey stories are slim. News is relegated to the Darren Garcias of the world and all we can do is wait for September. But, Phil Randolph has made my day. He's tagged me with one of those top five deals. The topic, I think, is your five favorite songs. Oh, I've got songs brother. I've got opinions and I've got songs, opinions about songs, songs about my opinion of songs. The A2Y top 5: 5. Night Moves. Bob Seger's best and the anthem for every middle aged man who spent his formative, pathetically awkward teenage years in Michigan. 4. Blinded By The Light. Manfred Mann's remake of the Springsteen tune. Every time I listen to it I hear something better about that song. It could very well be the greatest classic rock song of all time. OF ALL TIME (Rocky reference). 3. Tuesday's Gone. Skynyrd's finest and a constant reminder that Ronnie Van Zant died way too young. Speaking of which, if you ever get the chance (and you're a Skynyrd fan), find the song "Brickyard Road" from Ronnie's little brother, Johnny. Great tribute. 2. Little Guitars. Diver Down, in my opinion, is Van Halen's best effort. Every song is great, but this one will always stand out for me. 1. Overplayed, a cliche of a song, and I'm embarrassed that it's in my top fifty much less my top ten. But, "I Want You To Want Me" holds the top spot. Cheap Trick is a horrible reminder of what can go wrong when a good rock band sells out. But that didn't happen until later. Sentimental choice. My wife would kill me if it wasn't my publicly professed number 1. Feel free to list your own top five below if you'd like, and here are the bloggers I'll return the favor to: Acid Queen Peklund Truth Serum Cason DC Sports Chick

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Finally…Digging Into The Chelios Regimen

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Two guys we mentioned here fairly often during the season were the Detroit News’ David Guralnick and John Niyo.  Guralnick’s the all-world photographer who made an A2Y name for himself for shooting Tuesday games in January the way most photographers only shoot Game 7’s in May.  Niyo is the hungry young understudy to former Digger captain Ted Kulfan.  They both hit homeruns today for the feature they’ve written and shot on Chris Chelios’ Malibu torture sessions.

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David Guralnick, Detroit News

...but it’s the circuit training—a nonstop, 60-minute succession of exercises that Chelios swears by and others swear at. (The first time ex-teammate Mathieu Schneider tried it, he vomited.) Even in his mid-40s, Chelios still powers through it like “a machine,” Goodman says, adding, “It’s his competitiveness: That’s the reason he’s still willing to do the work that you have to do to sustain yourself.”

More from Niyo

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Sunday Questions

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just a few thoughts running through my little mind today.  Questions I demand you consider as you finish your weekend.  Ready?  Great.

Does Little Gary have any clue about the opportunity dropped in his lap?  The other “big three” sports are all mired in controversy and the NHL, if marketed, could come out smelling like a pretty little rose. A rose perched on the sill of your kitchen.  Yes, surrounded by empty beer bottles and crusted mac and cheese bowls, but a rose nonetheless.

Baseball’s lead story:  the dirtbag that is Barry Bonds.  Football:  the absolute dirtbag that is Michael Vick.  Basketball: a gambling controversy that’s going to spread to every corner of that league of thugs.

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The “Old Barn” Comes Down Tomorrow

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from the Toledo Blade,

Hockey echoes throughout the colorful story of the legendary Toledo Sports Arena.
The Sports Arena became part of hockey lore even as its rich life extended beyond its reasonable expiration date. As the historic building meets the wrecking ball tomorrow, any eulogy must shine a spotlight on the Sports Arena’s main tenant.
Eleven minor league hockey titles were won at the Sports Arena, including one in its first year of existence. That 1947-48 championship started a string that led to the most minor league hockey titles ever won in a single building.
The Sports Arena will forever be linked with teams that had a cast of characters and sported the familiar nicknames: Mercurys, Buckeyes, Blades, Hornets, Goaldiggers and Storm.

read on

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Yotes Will Ice Competitive Team

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from the Arizona Republic,

Maloney knows that fans are frustrated, at the same time believing that his slow and steady approach is going to work. He is convinced that the team the Coyotes put on the ice will be competitive.
Getting the best value for the money is his mantra, and because the Coyotes have not made a splash in the free-agent market - although they will have enough wiggle room under the salary cap to do so later - his theory will be put to the test. The recent signing of goaltender David Aebischer is a case in point. Maloney brought him on board for $600,000, less than a third of what he made a season ago with the Montreal Canadiens.

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USA Defeats Israel For Jewish Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Jerusalem Post,

The USA won the final of the weeklong Jewish World Ice Hockey Championship on Friday, defeating Israel by a slender 2-1 margin at the Canada Center in Metulla.
Earlier Friday, Canada swept to a 4-1 win over France in the third place playoff.

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A few days ago, Bill Melzer at NHL.com took a look at this tournament…

People who are unfamiliar with Israeli hockey are often shocked to learn that the sport even exists in the Middle Eastern country, much less the fact that Israel is a year removed from its first appearance at the IIHF’s Division I level, one step below the elites. Generally, the Israeli senior national team plays at the Division II level, which is the international gateway between semi-pro and amateur caliber play.

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thanks to a KK reader for pointiong out the first story…

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