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Americanization Of Our Game

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from Ross Brewitt at the St. Thomas Times-Journal,

If I may, I’d like to bring to your attention a situation that’s evolved over many years, and has finally becoming irritating. I’m speaking of the Americanization of hockey.

It’s not the latest “one suit fits all” uniforms. Does it really matter that the League presently looks like Momma Bettman bought all the kiddies back-to-school outfits at the GAP? Naw.

No, it’s more that Americans tend to popularize a misinterpretation of terms, coupled with lingering misconstrued basics. Many times, strictly in the interest of making them qualified fans of a game they admittedly love, I have instructed Yankee friends that if they want to avoid being pegged as misinformed Americans, by Canadians, then a slight adjustment is in order.

Example. A play is offside, not “offsides.” It’s not “he played his juniors,” it’s simply he played junior. The team is not in the “locker room.” Locker rooms are found in health clubs, country clubs, bus terminals, and police stations. For hockey purposes, they’re in the dressing room.

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Run an Olympic hockey pool at Armchair Pools

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The Olympic season at Armchair Pools is open for business.  Olympic pools can be created now at our home page.

We have loaded the rosters for all 12 Olympic teams and we will start building the boxes for the box style pool right away.  I’ll put up a post when they are completed. Note that if box pools are not your thing, you can create a draft-style pool right now, create your teams and pick any player on an Olympic roster.

All Olympic pools are only $5 but come with a free trial that lasts from now until a few days into the Olympics so come check it out for free. If you find any roster issues, please let us know. But please keep it clean. We had one user tell us to go f%k ourselves because he could not find Mikael Samuelson on Team Sweden ...

If there are any questions about our Olympic pools, feel free to send us an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a comment on this blog post.  I am here regularly and will answer any questions that are posted.

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  Tags: hockey+pool, hockey+pools, olympic

Captain Candidates For The Capitals

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Alex Ovechkin, the face of the franchise and the two-time league MVP, says he is ready and figures to be the leading candidate.

“But it’s is not my decision to put ‘C’ on my jersey,” said the 24-year-old, who is signed through the 2020-21 season. “If the team’s going to trust me, and going to let me, why not? But the team decides.”

The responsibilities of a captain entail more than being the team’s best player. And for that reason, the list of potential successors is also expected to include prominent veterans Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble.

read on

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Andy Murray Fired

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ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has named Davis Payne as Interim Head Coach.  Payne becomes the 23rd coach in the history of the St. Louis Blues replacing Andy Murray, who was relieved of his duties. 

“Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team,” said Davidson.  “He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006.

“I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons,” continued Davidson. “He was an intergral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around.  He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”

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  Tags: andy+murray

A Great Showcase For The NHL

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

From Wednesday’s practices in the snow to Marco Sturm’s overtime game-winner, the 2010 Winter Classic was everything the NHL hoped it would be—and more.

It showcased the game’s speed, skill, brutality and brawn.

But most of all, it brought a much-needed element of fun to a sport that too often is viewed by the general sporting public as vanilla.

“It was a great showcase of the game,” said Flyers president Peter Luukko, the driving force behind the Flyers’ inclusion in the New Year’s Day event. “Two clubs hitting hard. It was great. It was one heck of a game. I’ve got to think this is everything the league wanted.”

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  Tags: winter+classic

Team USA Game Plan

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Burke didn’t pick the best Americans or go entirely with young guns. He tried to fashion a team that might be able to compete with the big dogs by including some character (Drury, Thomas), some grit (Kesler, Orpik, Ryan Suter), some size (Malone, Erik Johnson) and some pizzazz (Kessel, Kane).

The U.S is in the same pool as Canada and needs to get through the round robin in good enough shape to avoid one of the tournament’s heavyweights in the quarter-finals. Then, if Miller can play like he’s played much of this season, the Americans could pull a stunner.

That’s the game plan.

You look at this American team and see a lack of punch down the middle, nothing even remotely close to Canada’s trio of Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf.

Compared to the Russians, with Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, the U.S doesn’t have anywhere close to the same front-end pop. They also don’t have a goalie with a single minute of Olympic experience.

But they do have Parise, oddly underrated in some ways but a truly terrific player and burgeoning leader.

more

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  Tags: team+usa

How About Around 12 Hours Of Hockey Today?

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24 teams in actions today, first game just after 1:00pm ET today, last game ends around 12:30am on Sunday.

It can’t get much better than that!!!

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Evening Line

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It is disappointing. This would have been a really fun time, especially in Vancouver. But I understand the process and I understand what they were doing. I guess the hardest part is this pretty much was the last chance to play for (Team USA), but when you get to my age there are going to be things like this that are inevitable.

-Mike Modano’s reaction to not being selected to Team USA.  More from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

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  Tags: mike+modano, team+usa

Awards At This Point In Time

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Following is a look at the mid-season races for the six major awards. As the ballots nowadays go five deep, so do our choices.

Hart: Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix). Runners-up: Joe Thornton (San Jose), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Ryan Miller (Buffalo).

Calder: Tyler Myers (Buffalo). Runners-up: John Tavares (Islanders), Matt Duchene (Colorado), Victor Hedman (Tampa), Niclas Bergfors (New Jersey).

more plus additional hockey topics…

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Talk Is Satan Will Be Signing With The Bruins

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If you read between the lines from the Twitter of NHL Player Agent Allan Walsh, it sure sounds like his client Miroslav Satan is going to sign with the Bruins.

added 12/02/09 10:48am, Bob McKenzie tweets Satan has signed with the Bruins.

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  Tags: miroslav+satan

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