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Note To Ozzie: Time’s Running Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pat Caputo is a remarkable man, a genius even.  Why? Because he agrees with me.

The Red Wings don’t have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to breaking Chris Osgood back into the lineup. That’s the difference from last season when the Red Wings were comfortably into the playoffs and could afford to give Osgood time to get his feet back underneath himself. Not this year. Every game counts. If Jimmy Howard gives the Red Wings a better chance to win, they must play him - period.


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Capitals Extend Sloan & Steckel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed Tyler Sloan to a two-year contract extension and David Steckel to a three-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sloan, 28, is in his 10th professional season and second NHL campaign in 2009-10. A 6’4”, 204-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, Sloan has averaged 12:43 of ice time in 22 games. He has played both as a forward and a defenseman for the Capitals this season and registered four points (two goals, two assists).

Sloan was signed by the Capitals as a free agent on July 2, 2008, and made his NHL debut on Oct. 21, 2008, in his hometown of Calgary. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 25, 2008 in a 6-5 overtime victory at Dallas.

Steckel, 27, is in his sixth professional season and third full NHL campaign this year. A 6’5”, 217-pound native of West Bend, Wisc., Steckel leads the NHL with a 61.9% faceoff percentage. He also all Caps players in time on ice on the penalty kill (124:14) and is ninth among NHL forwards in that category. He has registered five points (two goals, three assists) on the season

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  Tags: david+steckel, tyler+sloan

Why Not Wear The Extra Protection?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Had Kevin Bieksa been wearing a protective Kevlar sock, the Vancouver Canucks defenceman may not have been sidelined three months after two tendons in his left ankle were severed Dec. 29 at Phoenix from a skate cut. Products are being marketed that feature a Kevlar lining knit inside a sports-mesh polyester outer shell to make socks cut-resistant, but something seems lost in translation as to how it can be adopted as regular equipment sooner rather than later.

Reebok is the official equipment supplier to the NHL and players must wear its items as part of the agreement. But what’s to stop a player from donning a Kevlar sock under mandated equipment — and not exposing a competing company’s logo — until the league and the Players’ Association make Kevlar socks mandatory?


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World Junior Hockey Championships Medal Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The World Junior Hockey Championships concluded yesterday in Saskatchewan.  Here are the preliminary round results.  This post discusses the results from the medal round.


Switzerland 3 Russia 2 OT  This result is a tremendous upset.  Most people did not expect Switzerland to qualify for the medal round, while Russia was a probable medal winner.  Michael Loichat (undrafted) of Switzerland opened the scoring in the second period.  Russia answered with two late second period goals from Vladimir Tarasenko (undrafted) and Kirill Petrov (NY Islanders prospect).  In the final minute of regulation play, Nino Niederreiter (2010 draft eligible) tied the game to go to overtime.  Niederreiter scored again in overtime to secure the win for Switzerland.  Benjamin Conz (undrafted) had a tremendous game for Switzerland making 50 saves.  Igor Bobkov (Anaheim prospect) made 28 saves for Russia.

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All The 3D TV Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken H., a moderator at AVSForums, points out the numerous stories about the 3D broadcasting news.

It looks like you will need a new TV plus a new satellite or cable box too.

Sounds great and I would imagine hockey would look great in 3D, but first let’s concentrate on delivering all NHL games in HD!

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Following The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

The Devs have their games broadcast by the best American play by play man of his era, and maybe ever.

They have a team identity that is etched-in and backlit.

And yet…they draw only when the opponent is the draw - which apparently is rare. Most nights, in the shiney new Pridential Cemter, they draw flies.

This isn’t some sunbelt expansion club we’re talking about. This is the team doing all that winning, with the iconic legend in net, just across the river from New York, NY with it’s Madison Avenue, media headquarters, and massive population. And after all, isn’t winning supposed to be your best marketing tool?

So why did only 9,500 people decide to take in the Eastern Conference leaders’ 4-0 dismantling of the Stars last night?


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First-Half Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Our all first-half team

Vacouver’s Henrik Sedin has hit his stride as a goal scorer. So we’ll put him at centre between Marian Gaborik and Alex Ovechkin. Miller is our goalie with (Duncan) Keith and (Mike) Green on the blue-line. There isn’t much grit with this unit, so Ovechkin will have to get busy in the physical department, too.

more first-half awards…

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Put Your Mop-Top Wigs On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Or if you prefer Taxman with your hockey…

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Talent Is Key For Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Years ago after a U.S. team was humbled by a lesser light at the world junior championships, the late American hockey legend Bob Johnson said to me, with frustration dripping from his voice, “You would think that in a country of 280 million people we could find one kid who could play some goal for us.”

  When Washington Capitals prospect John Carlson scored the overtime game-winner to beat Canada 6-5 to win the gold medal Tuesday in Saskatoon I thought about how much Badger Bob would have loved watching this American team perform.


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  Tags: team+usa, wjc

Sitting In 9th?  Here’s What You Do…Play Your Worst Game Of The Year.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Best thing about last night is that I fell asleep halfway though it.  West coast games suck and suck hard.  I’m 41 and employed. There is no way I should, or can, stay up until 0100 on a Tuesday…errr, Wednesday. 

From what I saw, what I’ve read and the weird chills I had when I woke up this morning?  Everyone was disgusting last night.

And Uncle Mike? That includes you, too.

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