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Khan(!)‘s State Of The Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

DD Captain Ansar Khan(!) has posted his written testimony regarding the state of the league, and finds it wanting. He's got the usual suggestions: bigger nets, more physical play and, yes, a heaping plate of humble pie in the form of a return to ESPN.

Both sides have the option of terminating the deal after this season, and many believe the NHL should go back to ESPN, feeling whatever the league loses in revenue it will recoup in exposure and credibility.
Designated Wing loose cannon Jimmy Devellano disagrees, which is completely insane.
"I'd rather be on a network that cares about our league,'' he said. "On ESPN, you didn't know if games were on ESPN or ESPN2, at 7:30 or 10:30 or on what day of the week.''
To put it mildly, that may be one of the stupidest statements I've ever read. You don't know when the games are on, Jimmy? Well, the games played in the eastern time zone start at 7 or 7:30, the western at 10 or 10:30. Don't know what day of the week, check the schedule. OLN/VS is a disaster. A frigging disaster and a joke. It's a USFL-sized example of how far the league has fallen. It's time to suck it up, take our medicine and get back to The Network.

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Why I Deserve 7 Million Dollars

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What?  You take issue with that?  A certain Nigerian prince keeps emailing me. He says I’m worth it.  He says he’s going to put it right in my frigging account for me.  Not only that, but my talent seems to have transcended continents. I’m big in Britain too baby.

Congratulation you have won and You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £253,437.00 in cash credited to KTU/9023118308/03.please contact AGENT:SONIA HILTON

Email: agentsoniahilton@yahoo.es

So if the prince and Sonia Hilton see it, why doesn’t Kukla?  Why shouldn’t the Empire fork over 7 mil for A2Y?

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Behind Enemy Lines

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, the break couldn't have come at a better time. Two identical losses, to two inferior teams, in two garbage cities. Get me to February please. Give us four days in the sun, a healthy Schneider, a cortisone-corrected Zetterberg and an eye on the deadline. Give us a sniper, a Lilja-for-Shane Doan straight up deal, and a guaranteed 2 or 1 seed. But all that's in the future. First, let's look back to Saturday night in Diveville. Thankfully, A2Y reader Hockeychic was on hand to document the bleatings of the Dique "faithful."

Why does Lilja remind me of Anders Erickson? Is it because their first names both begin with “A”? Or because they both suck? 12:22 – Tripping called on the Avs. Wings go on the PP. People around me are yelling, “Cheaters!” every time the Wings get a PP. It is laughable really.
Read on to get more impressions from Hockeychic on the game and the Denver "fans."

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Roy Questioning Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Former NHL all-star goalie Patrick Roy says he is questioning his future with the major junior hockey team he co-owns and coaches following claims he was involved in a shoving match….
Roy denied Sunday that he did anything wrong following the game Friday.
“From my part and the part of the Remparts, we have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about in this incident,” he told a brief news conference following a Remparts game at the Pepsi Colisee.

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Modano Named Special Ambassador

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DALLAS - Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars has been named Special Ambassador to the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, the National Hockey League announced today. Modano, the Stars’ all-time leader in several statistical categories and a member of the franchise for the entirety of his 16-year career, will appear at selected All-Star events and will drop the puck in a ceremonial face-off prior the 55th NHL All-Star Game Wednesday night.
“Mike is the face of the franchise and a true All-Star,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of Modano, the only remaining player on the Stars’ roster to have made the move with the club from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993.
The 36-year-old Modano - the Stars’ all-time leader in goals (495), assists (708), points (1,203) and games-played (1,206) - suffered a hip muscle injury on Dec.4 and has missed the last 21 games due to the injury.

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Welcome Gordie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars,

After countless personal appearances and autograph sessions, Gordie Howe still savors every moment of his seemingly endless meet and greets. “If they’re interested enough to come down, then I should feel interested, too,” said Howe, who appeared in 29 All-Star games during a career that began in 1946. “You have to get the people to know you.”...
Thirty minutes before he was expected, and with no entourage like some of today’s showy athletes, Howe humbly walked into the Upper Deck booth, shook a couple of hands, sat down and immediately began mingling with the crowd. Sporting his Hockey Hall of Fame blazer—he was inducted in 1972—Howe’s presence drew a line of fans that seemed endless.

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Another Kind Of Vintage Memorabilia

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Victor Chi of the Mercury News:

After Weight won the Stanley Cup with Carolina last season, Guerin wanted to give his buddy a special gift to commemorate the championship.
Guerin decided a bottle of wine would be appropriate, so naturally he reached out to Bert George, the San Jose native who has become a celebrity among NHL players for his wine selection and artistic bottle creations.
George delivered a 12-liter bottle of a 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon with a picture of Weight lifting the Stanley Cup above his head on the front.
``Bert is the best,’’ Guerin said.

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Kovalev Consistenly Disappointing Habs Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette:

Canadiens fans seem to have a love/hate relationship with Alex Kovalev.
No player on the Canadiens is blessed with more individual skills to bring fans out of their seats at the Bell Centre, but no player is more frustrating to watch on too many nights.
The hate part of the relationship was evident when coach Guy Carbonneau decided to make Craig Rivet and Sergei Samsonov healthy scratches for last Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, which the struggling Canadiens lost 4-0. After listening to radio phone-in shows as well as comments from other media members, it’s obvious a lot of people felt it was Kovalev who should have been sitting in the press box.

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Check Your Sked

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Kevin Allen of USA Today:

Opinions about NHL realignment are all over the map, making it unlikely that the board of governors will embrace any restructuring of its divisions or conferences at its Tuesday meetings in Dallas.
But there is still a possibility that owners might agree to change the schedule to allow more games between conferences.
“I sense there is appetite for change in the West, less so in the East,” said Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke. “My prediction is that there will be either status quo or one division game switched to a non-conference game.”

“By playing so many games in the division, I believe that works for many divisions because great rivalries already existed,” said Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster. “It helps fill their buildings. One division that it does not increase attendance in is the Southeast. That is true in our own building. (On Jan. 11), we’re playing home against Washington, and if we beat them we leapfrog into the eighth playoffs spot. It was a yawner from the fans’ perspective. It’s the same when we play Atlanta and Carolina. We don’t have the history and tradition that these other teams in other divisions do. That’s the first problem. It doesn’t do much for us at the gate.”

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Oh, boo hoo.  The fact that owners and GM’s would rather save a few travel bucks at the expense of Original Six rivalries—we won’t see the Leafs, Habs, or Bruins in Detroit again until the 09-10 season—illustrates how fundamentally disconnected those who run the game are from the people who pay their salaries.

 

 

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Golden Grapes

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Toronto Sun:

A week after it was snatched during a charity event in North York, paralympian Paul Rosen’s cherished gold medal was back around his neck yesterday—thanks in large part to an impassioned plea by hockey guru Don Cherry.
Rosen was surrounded by a huge crowd at Downsview Park last Saturday helping out with Shoot for a Cure—an event to raise money for spinal cord research—when he suddenly noticed the hardware he had taken home from Turin, Italy, last March as the goalie for Canada’s gold medal-winning sledge hockey team had been stolen.
“I was signing autographs and I turned around and my medal was gone,” Rosen said yesterday after picking up his gold medal from Toronto Police at 32 Division.
“I truly believe that Don Cherry had a huge role in this,” the 46-year-old said of the man known as Grapes to hockey fans across the country.

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