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She Swore That It Never Would End…But She Lied.

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I saw your recommendations today.  A few of you pushing for Neil Young, one more for some old Lightfoot.  I was tempted.  Considering lyrics, doing my little research, cooking up nifty phrases.

And then god broke Homer’s foot and I went right back to Seger.

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The Problem Is Theo, You’re Not Oprah Or Larry King

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Somehow, between acting lessons, reading movie scripts, pawning his book, recording a country music song and shooting the accompanying video, Theo Fleury managed to write a blog that has underscored just how little The Little Big Man can be.

Burning perhaps the last bridge he had to the hockey world by referring to those in the Flames organization and the NHL who gave him the chance to clear his name with a comeback attempt last fall as “stupid” the 41-year-old went further by suggesting he never should’ve been cut.

Taking shots at Craig Conroy and Robyn Regehr who both had the class to speak well of Fleury during camp despite the fact all players thought his publicity stunt was a joke, Fleury tried justifying his words Thursday by suggesting “Oprah and Larry King don’t have to take calls and explain every blog they write.”

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Note 8:05am 01/08/10, For some reason lateley, Sun Media has been posting stories and then changing the link a few hours later.  So this link, like other Sun Media links, was working, then it went bad, but I changed it now to the new link so it is now working again.

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Jovanovski At The Top Of His Game

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Defenseman Ed Jovanovski continues to exhibit a mean streak as a dominating presence for the Coyotes, and it’s one of the key reasons the blue line has exceeded most expectations.

His physical play - and the idea planted in opponents’ minds that he could strike at any moment - is nothing new, but it appears to have taken on a new urgency for a team trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Forward Shane Doan does not think the JovoCop of old ever really went away, noting when a team is not having success a lot of things get overlooked.

“He’s been that way,” he said. ” . . . He doesn’t take nights off, the guy’s incredibly intense and loves to win.”

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Funny, really, to hear Ron Wilson bleating today about how unfair it is that the media is allowed to watch his practices and report on them.

This is the very same coach, ladies and gentleman, who upon coming to Toronto last season ripped the very same media people for not taking the time to watch practice carefully and to ask questions specifically related to drills and practice techniques.

-Damien Cox of The Spin.  More on Wilson from Cox.

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Faux’d Again…Homer Down For A Month.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You can say you’re numb to it, but you’re not.  Not much left to say about this stuff, honestly.

Khan(!)

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will be out 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his foot, general manager Ken Holland said today.

The injury happened after Wednesday’s practice at the Honda Center in Anaheim, when Holmstrom was working on deflecting pucks, like he does after virtually every practice. It’s something he’s been doing for 13 years. For the first time, he got hit with a puck in the wrong spot.

This is disgusting.  R.S.V.

Next controversy? Whether Homer hurries back to defend the title in Vancouver.

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Kings Can Widen The Gap On The Wings Tonight

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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings find themselves in an unusual, albeit positive, situation tonight. More than halfway through the season, they’re ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference standings. It’s far too early to say that a balance of power has shifted in the West, and I would say the money is still on the Red Wings making the playoffs, but the Kings have a golden opportunity tonight to put even more distance between themselves and Detroit.

The Wings are scheduled to get Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary back in the lineup tonight, which certainly will give them a different look. I asked Terry Murray today about the difference of having the Red Wings behind the Kings in the standings…

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Why Not A Luxury Tax/Revenue Sharing System?

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from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The NHL chose the wrong cost-containment mechanism. It should have emerged from the lockout with a luxury-tax/revenue-sharing system like the one in baseball because hockey’s structure is much more like baseball’s than it is other sports’.

“Absolutely,” said Chris Pronger. The newest well-paid Flyer then nodded toward Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider. “But I’m not going to tell him that.”

NHL teams carry 18 players and use every one of them. Baseball teams carry 25 and do likewise. Each team makes its own local television deal, and those deals vary as wildly as they do in baseball. The Yankees may spend way more on salaries than the Royals do, but they collect hundreds of millions more in television revenue, too. High-revenue teams like the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox have been underwriting the smaller-market teams since baseball’s 1994 strike.

Teams that sell out their stadiums and have healthy television contracts can afford to spend more, do spend more, and can attempt to fix their ills quickly. It doesn’t guarantee success for all. But far more often than not, it provides baseball’s postseason with at least one of its more storied franchises.

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Ron Wilson In A Criticizing Mode Today

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

He called out Phil Kessel for his lack of offence and then zeroed in on the meek response the Leafs gave after falling behind 4-0 to the Flyers and letting Philly enforcer Daniel Carcillo rub their noses in it. Kessel, who has just one goal the past 10 games, declined to talk to reporters afterwards.

“Ooh, he gets singled out in professional sports,” a caustic Wilson said of the stir his speech created. “He hasn’t played well the past 10 games. I could single out a lot of players, but he’s our best player and a lot of times that needs to be the message.

“We (criticize) it here (in public) because I’m ticked off. You do need a kick in the rump sometimes and then we’ll see how people respond.”

Wilson also ripped the team for its penchant for allowing early goals, lack of special teams’ success and their general compete level, after the Leafs teased everyone the night before with a come-from-behind win over Florida.

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Blue Jackets Didn’t Expect To Lose Again

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Nobody saw this drop-off. We started (this season) 12-6-3,” said GM Scott Howson. “Now, seven weeks later we’ve dropped almost out of sight. Everyone is just sort of bewildered by it. Including the players.”

Don’t forget the head coach.

On Wednesday, in the midst of the most perplexing and disappointing seasons in the career of a lifetime hockey man, Hitchcock stood inside Rexall Place pondering his predicament. In the city where it all began for him, a few words from an old coach came to mind.

“He said, ‘Did you sign up to win? Or did you sign up to coach? Because you can’t do both,’” Hitchcock said with a smile. “‘If you signed up to win, and that’s all you signed up for when you got in this business, then you might as well get lost. It ain’t going to work.’”

And so Hitchcock, and the Blue Jackets, are losers once again.

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Awww….Cute.  Look Who’s Cheering For The Wings Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Lack of update at 1626 ESTNone of the Diggers have a single thing to say about the morning skate today, if there was one. I suppose that’s a possibility.  Awesome job.  FNG McCosky posted a story about an hour ago, rehashing what we already know about Osgood and Howard, featuring quotes we’ve already seen. 

Well, some of them are anyway.  As the Dive continue to choke away their “feel good” story of the year?  The 11 fans in Denver are in a quandary today.

Mile High Hockey

...the Avalanche are in danger of dropping from 5th to 8th tonight. Vancouver, Los Angeles and Nashville are all just one point behind the Avs in the standings and all three would hold win the tiebreaker over the Avs if tied. That means if any of those teams gains a point this evening, they will pass the Avalanche in the standings. If all three do that, the Avalanche will have dropped from 3rd to 8th in the span of a few days.

So, root for Carolina to beat Nashville in regulation. Root for Phoenix to do the same to Vancouver. And, if you can, root for Detroit to beat LA.

 

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