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Rory Ready To Move On

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from the Province,

“I’m not disappointed in falling a spot,” Fitzpatrick said. “If I fall a couple more spots that would be even better. That way there’d be no chance of me having to make a decision on whether to play in the game. Then everybody who thinks this is so important and has personal things to say can drop it and move on to the next story.”

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19 At WJC

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JV Deep Digger Georgie Sipple reports this afternoon that he watched some tv.

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Steve Yzerman got some face time during the World Junior Championships in Sweden on Wednesday. Yzerman was interviewed during the second period of the Canada-U.S. game.

TSN reporter James Cybulski asked Yzerman if he’d thought about the ceremony to retire his No.19 next week. The ceremony at Joe Louis Arena begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, prior to the game against the Anaheim Ducks.

“I really haven’t,” Yzerman said. “I’ve been actually surprisingly busy doing a lot of things, watching our team play and then watching some of our prospects play.”

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Cloutier On IR

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via the LA Times (reg. req.),

Dan Cloutier’s season got a little worse Wednesday, as the Kings put their struggling goaltender on injured reserve with what was called a hip injury.
Cloutier was scheduled to undergo an MRI Wednesday and did not accompany the team to Edmonton, where they begin a three-game road trip against the Oilers tomorrow night. The team will likely activate goaltender Mathieu Garon, who went through his first full practice with the team since suffering a groin injury Nov. 29.
“The soreness…in his hip is affecting his knee,” coach Marc Crawford said. “Hopefully by giving him a week off, will give him time to work through the issues he has and allow him to play at the level we need him to play.”

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A2Y Administravia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Herringbone, blogger extraordinaire and new rival, pointed out today that "Mickelson" hadn't transferred over from the old glossary to the new one. That has been corrected, as well as a few other additions. Comments: those of you kind enough to leave comments lately have been disappointed to find that my response time to your witticisms has been less than stellar. I have an excuse, but I won't bore you with it. Keep 'em coming.

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The Maven During The Holiday

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from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

• Has there been a bigger stiff all season than Martin Gerber? His three-year, $11.1 million deal has John Muckler hamstrung beyond a reason.
• The downfall of Markus Naslund is no different than that of his countryman, Peter Forsberg – too many injuries. No more, no less!
• Brendan Shanahan sees things clearly and sees them whole, so it’s no surprise that his analysis of Steve Yzerman’s influence is cogent. “Steve displayed to teammates every night how playing both ends can benefit you and not take away from the attention you get for your stats.”

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Who Would Have Thought…

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from Deb Kaufman at MSG Network,

In the words of the first (of now many) beauty queens to lose her title thanks to racy pictures, ‘Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for, is the one thing you can’t see.’
Nolan saw something no one else did, and the result has been Yashin’s best play as an Islander and Blake with 20 goals before Christmas.
Hope you all had a Happy Holiday! Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!
The Islanders are already having one - thanks to Garth Snow and Ted Nolan.

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Lidstrom Overtakes Fitzpatrick

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The fact that I wrote that headline says a whole lot about the state of the NHL today. Take a deep breath message boarders. Rest your fingers. Your cries of injustice have been heard. TSN

The journeyman Vancouver Canucks defenceman fell behind Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom to third among Western Conference blue-liners in results released by the league. Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer leads the defencemen with 540,380 votes followed by Lidstrom at 522,345 and Fitzpatrick at 486,842.
I don't know what's been funnier: the Vote For Rory campaign, or the Wing fans at more than a few sites in tears over the development.

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Morrow Out

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from the CP via TSN,

Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow will be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair tendons in his right wrist.
Morrow suffered the injury when he was stepped on in Dallas’ 2-1 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.
He was discharged from a Chicago hospital on Wednesday morning and returned to Dallas, where he will be monitored and re-evaluated by the team’s medical staff.

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April in December?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I'm going to preface this by saying I was not happy when Brendan Shanahan left Detroit. I believe he was the heart and soul of that room, with influence equal to Steve Yzerman's. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether Shanahan's influence was positive or negative. Having said that, here's the bottom line: he's slumping, and with his demise go the Rangers. The Blue Shirts have lost six in a row. Shanahan has one goal his last nine games. Ranger fans are noticing. Blueshirt Bulletin

I think Brendan Shanahan needs a game off. He looks totally spent out there. He is being WAY overused.
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By Popular Demand:  The Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day

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Alright…you asked for it. You shall receive it.  There seems to have been a popular response to our recent attempts to translate Mike Babcock’s quotes.  A little background:  Babcock babbles and rarely completes a sentence.  There’s your background.

So, from time to time, the A2Y research staff does their best to re-write his quotes for him in an easier to digest fashion.  Like today’s for instance.

“Sammy’s back, back with us, back tonite and could be back for the Minnesota game which is tonite..a back-to-back-to-back Jack.  Everyone’s back except for Kopecky who’s got the back thing. Well it’s really not a back it’s a collarbone so he’s not back, won’t be back until he says he’s back.  Sammy’s definitely ready to go, at least he was at the morning skate, yesterday’s not today’s.  Love the morning skate. Like to skate.  Everyone likes to skate around Christmas. I had ham for dinner.”

See? Didn’t that make sense?  Did he say that, word for word?  No. But…that’s how we interpreted it.  So, to answer your question Acid Queen…no, there will be no audio evidence.

But, there will be a MBCQD (Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day).  When?  Daily.

 

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