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Toothless Grins No More

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via Birmingham’s Fox 6 and the Minneapolis Star Tribune,

When it comes to dental technology, Nanne said it has moved forward at the pace of a Brian Rolston slapshot. In the past, even chipped teeth might be pulled. Now, almost anything can be fixed.

“The materials have changed significantly,” Nanne said. “We use a lot of composites, plastic bonding materials, mesh. If a tooth is knocked inward or out, we can numb up the athlete’s mouth, bond what we need to in place.”

Dislodged teeth can be reset. Broken teeth can be bonded or capped. Even teeth that are knocked out can sometimes be put back in shortly after the injury.

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Wood Or Composite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro the Gwinnett Daily Post,

Hockey players used to be part-time woodworkers, hardly a day going by without the need for a handsaw, sandpaper and some tools.
Except for a couple dozen holdouts, however, that time is gone in the NHL.
“Players who still use wood sticks are a dying breed,” said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, not necessarily happy with the change.

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A Game Of Feet

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I'd seen this picture, but thanks to On The Forecheck for pointing out what exactly makes it a classic. Check out Chelios' skate. image

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January Could Mean Division

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you're looking for a month that could decide the Central, January just may be it. Bubba plays thirteen times. 8 of those games are against St. Louis, Chicago and Columbus. Now, granted, that's not the cakewalk it was last year...except St. Louis, which may be even worse. Three games against legitimate playoff teams: Anaheim, Calgary, Detroit. You could easily expect a 20 point month from Bubba, particularly with a healthy Vokoun. The Wings? A five-game West Coast swing through LA, Anaheim, San Jose, Denver and Phoenix. Montreal at home, Bubba at home, 'dique at home. 14 games and asking for 20 points might be greedy. The 4 games in March against Nashville looked key when the schedule came out. Let's hope they mean something, because the difference between the two and five seeds may be greater this year than any in recent history. For instance, would you rather see Round 1 start today in Detroit against Minnesota, or tomorrow at 10:30 in San Jose?

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Staying Home In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

This story from Kevin Paul Dupont is a few days old, but relevant enough to post today.  Tough times in Beantown.

Via the Boston Globe,

Of the 10 weeknight games thus far, most of them didn’t appear to attract a gathering of more than 9,000, or roughly half a house (17,565), although head counts can be tricky in the age of big buildings that have been designed with loads of walk-around room. Most Saturday nights have been a challenging sell, too.

More from Dupont

For Wing fans, is there a bigger daily lie than this: 20,066?

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Buffalo Back At Full Strength

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres tottered into Christmas having won barely half their December games and letting a point get away when they couldn’t close the deal against a team they should’ve beaten.

At least the Sabres were together.

For the first time in 25 games, the Sabres on Saturday night skated with the same group that broke camp.

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Retirement Not A Consideration For Peca

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Via the Toronto Sun,

In response to all the queries, Kristin Peca, Michael’s wife, wants to put an end to some of the theories that have caught their attention, especially those suggesting her husband might be harbouring thoughts of retirement.

“He is looking forward to coming back.”

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Hockey and Geography

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New book on the market, “The Canadian Hockey Atlas.”

via the National Post,

In the section on Ontario, Cole, in his segment on players from Ottawa, describes how the ban on Sunday shopping that was once in force helped Steve Yzerman become an NHL star. A supermarket parking lot at the corner of Baseline and Merivale Roads was an immense playing surface for Yzerman and boyhood buddy Darren Pang every Sunday.

“The long runs to fetch errant balls helped further develop Steve Wonder’s incredible stamina,” Cole contends.

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Same Old NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg at the Hockey News,

Hockey has as many stars as ever, it just needs to show them off; not hide them regionally, televise them only on Mondays and Tuesdays on networks people can’t get, or, worse, conspire to stop them at the blueline.
Better to do it at the goalmouth, which may be cause for another new plan for a league that, intent on making every team the same, is instead making it the same, old, NHL.

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Sundin Wants To Be A Leaf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Sun,

Sundin was caught off guard when informed of a web report suggesting the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet had him potentially heading to the Anaheim Ducks. It also reported he probably would waive his no-trade clause if Toronto approached him about making a move, although his first choice was to remain a Maple Leaf.
“How do these things even get started?” he said, shaking his head in disbelief.
“Look, I’ve said all along I want to be a Maple Leaf and want to stay a Maple Leaf. I have been consistent in that stance and nothing has changed.
“I would like to know how some of this stuff gets out there, though.”

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