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Wuzzibutreadytokickflamebutt…..Bertuzzi In, Hudler Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2129:  Khan(!) had been dormant all day, but adds this.

Todd Bertuzzi will make his Wings playoff debut tonight in Game 3 at Calgary, replacing rookie Jiri Hudler in the lineup. Bertuzzi will play on a line with Robert Lang and Kyle Calder, bumping Mikael Samuelsson to the fourth line, with Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen.

Ted Kulfan reports Bertuzzi’s in, and…deep breath…Hudler’s press-box bound.

 

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Awards We Never Thought Of

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Forechecker at Fox Sports,

...and now it’s time to hand out this season’s awards, and since we’re not too far removed from the film industry’s Academy Awards, we’ll hand them out Oscar-style.
OUTSTANDING ACTING ENSEMBLE (aka DIVING by team): The nominees are…
Atlanta Thrashers (8)
Nashville Predators (11)
And the winner is… the Nashville Predators! Coincidentally, they took a diving call in each of their first two playoff games against San Jose

much more

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3 Hours To Kill So Let’s Take a Spin

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2012:  I’m watching the game on Versus!!!!!!!!!!!! tonite. If Pittsburgh and Ottawa go to OT and I miss a frigging second of the Wing game I’m throwing tantrums from stem to stern.

Haven’t seen much on our topic of choice today.  Gametime decision.  Samuelsson?  Hudler?  I think the only redeeming factor to keep Samuelsson in there is if Babcock actually thinks he can contribute physically where Hudler can’t.  I agree with Gramps below that keeping him in the lineup to man the point on the powerplay is foolhardy at best…when you’ve got Lidstrom, Schneider and Lebda who can all handle it better than Samuelsson.

I disagree, as he knows, with Gramps that we Wing fans look at Manny Legace as an illegitimate scapegoat for The Punch In The Face.  If we do, the Wing organ-I-zation, including the players, obviously share that sentiment.  To get you ready for Game 3, let’s take a spin around the land of Happiness…Wing bloggers with a 2-0 lead.

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Canes Plan To Spend Wisely

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

“In order to keep the team intact with the key players, we’re going to have to go up $3 or $4 million dollars,” Karmanos said. “We already took Step 1 with Whitney on that.
“The second thing is, and we’ll make the decision depending on what players are available, whether or not we’re going to step up from there and try to get the players that we think put us over the top. That’s always a real tough call.”
Carolina, which had a payroll of about $39 million this season, failed to make the playoffs a year after winning its first Stanley Cup.

more

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More Provincial Love

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, I miss the Oil bloggers.  They were funny last year when their team actually, you know, made the playoffs.  But their despair has led them to new heights of humor.  I was just over at MC Hockey where he’s pushing you to a site called Time On Ice, which apparently has a pretty healthy stat machine that lets you see what players are playing against who(m).  I’ll check it out later.  What caught my eye, though, was his description of it.  Man…priceless.

MC79

If you’re interested in what coaches are doing - and I think that most of the people who read this site are - it’s a simply great tool.  It won’t show you a nude Jim Playfair sitting in a hotel room in Detroit, flipping through nudie pics from the Red Mile, drinking rye straight from a bottle and weeping but it does pretty much everything else.

Hey…if you’re going to check out the Time On Ice site, grab the official game number for a specific game from NHL.com first. Have it handy when you go back.

 

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Straight Down The Middle - Sometimes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He’s always sensitive to being called an American trying to redesign Canada’s game, so when it comes to certain issues Bettman loves to trot out the “always been part of the game” argument. Forget the fact one of his greatest unilateral calls as commissioner was to force-feed four-on-four overtime upon the league, a scheme that had never been widely used previously but has been a great success.
He can lean towards the innovative. But he can also be the champion of the so-called purist, depending on the winds.
Bettman even employed the silliest argument of all on head shots, that of taller players playing against smaller ones, and cited the challenge that 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara would face under enhanced head shot legislation.

more

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Relief For Bolts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

A $540-million proposal to help Florida’s professional sports teams is being scaled back to include only the Tampa Bay Lightning and two other franchises.
Instead of a $2-million annual sales tax rebate good for 30 years, the Lightning, Orlando Magic and Florida Marlins would each get a one-time payment of $32.6-million.

continued... if you are into the $$$ side of the NHL…

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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And Now, Because I Care

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I give you this present, a gift of empathy. I know you need a break from the stress, or you're just starting to drink and you want a good laugh. Either way, you must check this out. Hey UM fans? You hate Ohio State? Do they hate you back with the burning heat of a Thanksgiving groundhog roast on the outskirts of Nashville? Maybe...but there's no hate like Provincial hate, brother. Read the post, but definitely read the comments.

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Gaborik’s Mind Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Charley Walters at the Pioneer Press,

Wild star Marian Gaborik, who went without a single shot on goal against the Ducks in Minnesota’s Game 3 playoff loss Sunday in St. Paul, was to employ his mind’s eye before going to sleep Monday evening to prepare for tonight’s game at the Xcel Energy Center.
“I’m going to try to envision goals,” Gaborik said.

continued…

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Maybe The Game-Time Decision…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...is what it is because our new hero Mike Babcock is taking an extra six hours to decide who to sit, Jiri Hudler or Mikael Samuelsson? Justwuzzienoughtopleadinsanity is going to play. We know it, or we can safely assume it. The question is who to take out of a lineup that has been so frigging successful. Prevailing opinion here is that Hudler deserves to play but Sam probably will due to experience and...and what?

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