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Ales Kotalik’s Negative Success

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Associated Press:

Give Ales Kotalik bonus marks for effort — and semantics.
The Buffalo Sabres forward creatively categorized his team’s current rough patch as anything but what most — even his coach, Lindy Ruff — are referring to as a bona fide slump.
“You guys always like to call it a slump. It’s your job,” Kotalik said, referring to reporters after practice Tuesday. “I would call it a stretch of results we are not used to.”

Those of us who’re passionate about the English language would call that “brilliantly-crafted BS.”

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Bubba Wants My Cheddar

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I've decided the BJ's can no longer be OUR NEW RIVAL. I tried. For three weeks I tried. I worked up the hate, rallied the troops, lit the torches. But despite my best efforts, I just can't do it. I can no longer hate the BJ. But Bubba? Bubba offers something you can't deny. Bubba brings us players we hate: Steve Sullivan, Little Paulie Kariya, Tomas Vokoun. And he also brings an intangible that, as a blogger, I just can't avoid: the opportunity to tastelessly rip their fan base. But more than that, Bubba's good. Bubba's a threat to our happiness. Bubba wants to steal my cheddar cheese. He wants to take the whole block of it. I don't like people who try to take my Central cheese. In fact, and this may surprise you, but it harkens a Rocky III quote from the greatest Stallion opponent ever, Mr. Clubber Lang. "I pity the fool who tries to take what I got." Clubber Lang said that. Mike Babcock? Well, he's just a liar. George Sipple/Detroit Free Press

"We know we play Nashville, don't get me wrong," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "But I don't think we concern ourselves with the standings. We concern ourselves with our team. Not their team."
You don't concern yourselves with the standings? Well, you'd damn well better buddy. Because that 4 spot looks bad. The 5 spot looks worse. The only spot we want is the 2 or the 1. So in rides Bubba high atop his donkey, swigging his shine, taunting you. He's looking right at you in that baby-poop colored sombrero. Bubba says the cheese is his, that he's waited long enough. Bubba says he not be big on the whole Phonics thing, but he's better than you. And Vokoun just irritates me. Pauk Kuharsky/Daily Tennessean
"They are right behind us, obviously a good offensive team and now good defensively too, so it's going to be a good test for us," Vokoun said. " … It's strange, you would think by now we would have played them more times. It's going to be a battle to the end I think."
Yeah. I think. Let me reiterate (that means repeat, Bubba) something: we can't have the 4. We can't have the 5. The 4 or the 5 means San Jose and San Jose means despair. The 2? Today the 2 means AlanaH's Canucks and the very idea of that makes me giddy (happy, Bubba). So, I've jettisoned the idea of the "hate the BJ" campaign. It was fun. It may return as early as this weekend. But today, at the beginning of the six-gamer that will decide the Central and absolutely determine our playoff fate? Gotta hate Bubba.

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Worldly Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Asahi.com,

Since 1990, Jarrod Skalde has been the ultimate hockey nomad. The 35-year-old Canadian has suited up for no fewer than 27 professional hockey teams on three continents since then, including eight National Hockey League clubs.
The Niagara Falls, Ontario, native’s career has taken him everywhere from Atlanta to Leksand, Sweden, where he spent last season. He has been a Flame and he has skated for the Ice; he’s worn Gulls, Mighty Ducks, Blackhawks and Falcons on his jersey as well as Grizzlies, Solar Bears, Wolves and Sharks. He’s been both a Bandit and a Devil, and he’s weathered stints with the Cyclones and Thunder.
The latest stop on his global glide across the world’s hockey ponds has brought him to Japan, where he is leading the Asia League’s Oji Paper club in scoring.

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Fantasy All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Flowers at Sports Illustrated,

With the All-Star game fast approaching, we thought it would be wise to submit our fantasy all-star lineup this week. After the standard fare where we list the top fantasy performers at each position, we will offer two more teams which might be of utmost interest to you. The Out of Nowhere All-Stars list those players that were afterthoughts on draft day which means that their high-caliber performances so far have likely helped their owners vault to the top of their league’s standings.

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SI Retrospectve: Gretzky On Great Covers

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Sports Illustrated: Wayne Gretzky discusses his SI cover appearances:

1981 ( OCT. 12 ): I remember this picture so well. The photographer [Paul Kennedy] wanted me to keep flipping the puck so he could capture the Oilers logo on the puck perfectly. I told him I wasn’t sure I could do it, but I think he got it in the first couple of takes. You can see I’m pretty happy. The writer [E.M. Swift] had done my first story in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED three years before, but I never thought I would get to be on the cover.

1982 ( DEC. 27 ): A great honor. I think SI’s Sportsman of the Year is the hardest award to win in sports. When the picture was taken I was in the middle of what would be a 30-game point streak, so I didn’t want to cut my hair. My hair was so long it was going in my eyes, and I remember lying on a blanket they’d put on the ice and pushing the hair from my eyes after each shot. I guess the picture turned out nice with my reflection on the ice.

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He Likes It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The NHL is getting a new look and J.P. Dumont likes what he sees in the league’s new uniforms.
The Nashville Predators forward and his teammates tested them this season and Dumont feels the new form-fitting jerseys and socks from Reebok will be a hit. “It looks really good,” Dumont said Tuesday from Nashville. “I was surprised because I was hearing that they would be more fitted and I was thinking they might be too tight. But they feel really comfortable.”

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A Cold Front

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Frozen Blog pointed to the Panthers Weekend Intro Video.
Watch it!

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Yan Stastny A Blue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired forward Yan Stastny from the Boston Bruins in exchange for the Blues fifth-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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Can Hitch Transform Nash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s not quite Frankenstein’s laboratory. But in the absence of the sparks and B-grade equipment, Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock is attempting the NHL equivalent of a grainy sci-fi movie experiment—transforming one-dimensional scoring stud Rick Nash into a monster player.
Cue the thunder and angry, pitch-fork-carrying townsfolk.

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What To Do With Bert

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

With the Maple Leafs descending upon south Florida for a game against the struggling Panthers Thursday, here’s a question for the hockey-blogging world: What would you do, if you’re Panthers’ general manager/coach Jacques Martin, with Todd Bertuzzi?...
There had been no contact between the team and Bertuzzi’s representatives about a contract extension through last weekend.
In a perfect world, where logic and common sense prevailed, the two sides would sit down in the next month or so and frame a short-term solution to the quandary.

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