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How Rumors Start

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Oh my!  Go to the 16:40 mark of this podcast from Prime Time Sports on The Fan590 in Toronto, then refresh your memory with the Larry Murphy talk from APRIL 1st!
That’s Jim Kelley talking about the rumor to Bob McCown of The Fan590.

Thanks to a KK member for the heads-up!

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And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2225 EST: Khan(!) is on the spot.

Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi suffered a strained neck during a first-period collision with goaltender Chris Osgood Thursday in Chicago. Bertuzzi finished the period but did not return after the first intermission and won't finish the game. Bertuzzi was back-checking against Denis Arkhipov when he ran over Osgood, right after Nikita Alexeev fired in a shot from the face-off circle to open the scoring at 5:03 of the first period. Osgood was shaken-up but remained in the game.
And in case there might be a few of you not disturbingly reminded of the end of the '02-'03 regular season, let me help you out. Going into the last game of the year, tied with Dallas for the conference lead. Each with 109 points. Finale against? Yep. Chicago. Wings lose in OT, 4-3. Dallas wins their game. Now...had Detroit won that game after not squandering 2-0, then 3-2, leads? A conference title by virtue of the first tie breaker (more wins, they would have had 49 to Dallas' 46) and a matchup with Edmonton in the first round. Instead of that pleasant, quick 4-gamer against Uncle Mike and his French pal JSG. So, should the Wings lose tonite and the conference or division titles come down to Saturday? Nifty, eh?

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Fashion On Ryan Miller’s Mind

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from the State News, Five years ago,

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was playing hockey in Rochester, N.Y., and came across Jason Snyder’s clothing store, Men-tality.
The two became friends after talking, and decided to team up to spread their love of fashion to East Lansing….
But it was always Miller’s dream to come back to East Lansing — the place he grew up.
“This store was something the town could appreciate,” he said. “They needed something local and trendy providing students in Okemos and East Lansing an opportunity to get a taste of what is usually reserved for Chicago.”
“With a couple great colleges in the area, there’s going to be a lot of people wanting to express themselves,” he said.

read on...

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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What?...Us Worry?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hell no we're not. Because it's not in our genes. We're not bred that way, you and me. When back specialists fly in to treat our young future Captain, we go all fetal. When our brittle, chicken-wired groin of a wack job three-time savior is held out for the last two games against a team that hates us (yeah, narrow that number down right?), we give strict orders to the family not to speak until all is confirmed as well. So, what should we worry about, and what should we look at as pure caution on the parts of Those Who Need To Win More Than Most (Uncles Ken and Mike)? Hasek: he's out tonite and most likely Saturday. Why? No one really knows. Oh, well, Babcock does. But it's April and he's got jokes. St. James Blog

Babcock at first laughed and joked (presumably) Hasek was out because, "he's got a huge groin pull and might not play again" - a reference to the fact Hasek hasn't finished his previous two NHL seasons because of groin injuries.
Yeah. Real funny motherfu... ...anyway, he's probably fine. Bertuzzi: healthy and ready to impale anything remotely Provincial. Lidstrom: less than healthy, but most likely resting out of a sense of paranoia not seen since The Stallion discovered Mick had been carrying him in Rocky III (minute 22). Nah, it's not in our nature. We're a calm group of fans, by nature. Things like the Summer of Ken, the Decision, Punches in the Face, suicidal goalies, goalie controversies, insane goalies and goalies in general have no effect on us. So with two games left in the most meaningless regular season in the history of meaningless regular seasons, we're taking this rash of injuries in stride. Aren't we?

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Ducks Finding Their Fit In SoCal

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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Now, in Orange County at least, the old-school approach is in ascendance, in the traditionalist form of Brian Burke, and perhaps finally, this is the ticket. In his two years with the Ducks, his teams have enjoyed great on-ice success, and are about to enter the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
More significant, there are hints that they finally belong….
“It’s a much better hockey market than people think,” Burke maintains. “When I was offered the job here, I didn’t have any doubts about the market. There are a lot of hockey fans here….”

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Sabres Mania

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from the AP via Fox Sports,

Sabres mania has hit town, and has started to bubble over as the team prepares to enter the playoffs next week as the Eastern Conference’s top seed with one objective: Winning the Stanley Cup.
Everyone - and that includes Bishop Edward Kmiec - is on board with the blue and gold.
When The Buffalo News unveiled a series of Sabres collectible medallions last month, fans began lining up at stores at 6 a.m. each day for the $2.99 trinket. When coach Lindy Ruff was fined $10,000 by the NHL in February, it took one local pizza parlor a month to raise the money, which will be donated to charity.

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Zetterberg Meeting With Back Specialist

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Who told us? Not the Detroit media, not the Wings organization, but Chris Chelios. Listen to him at A2Y.

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Your Thursday Dose Of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris Chelios just finished up on Detroit’s WDFN and we’ve got the entire interview for you.  Today’s is even a bit more newsworthy than usual as Cheli discusses what Bertuzzi/Calder have meant to the Wings, says Lidstrom is fine and get ready for this…apparently a specialist is being flown in to examine the back of one Hank Zetterberg.

Listen here.  As always, a big thanks to WDFN for the first-listen rights to their weekly Chelios interview.

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All Pronger & Niedermayer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer took part in an NHL tele-conference today.

Q Chris, this question is for you. Just looking back to last year, having gone through the long playoff grind with Edmonton, obviously you never want to be hurt, but were maybe the injuries you had this year a little bit of a blessing in disguise in that they may leave you a little more rested for a long run this year?

CHRIS PRONGER: I think only time can tell in that situation. But I felt great last year and now leading into the playoffs this year I feel really good. So hopefully it’s an omen.

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And Now For Some News To Make You Vomit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: 1551 EST. I just re-read this post and this line from Khan(!) jumped out at me. "He said Dominik Hasek is fine, but didn’t really say why Hasek wouldn’t start on Saturday." What? What the HELL is that? How do you not press for an answer to that question? Khan(!): Mike, umm, how come Dom's not starting Saturday? Uncle Mike: I'm sorry, what? Did you say something Ansar? Here, have a sucker. Khan(!): Thanks Mike. That about does it. Uncle Mike: Good question though. How's your day? Or, as George Costanza said in the episode when he wore the down ski jacket with the lift tag on it to pick up chicks, "How you living?" Clearly some of you aren't living cleanly enough because the news out of Hockeytown is troubling. Nick Lidstrom is out again tonite with a "sore lower back." Khan(!) (Ansar, not Bill) with more.

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