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Stress Train Tickets Officially On Sale Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris Osgood’s starting the All Star game.  Just as I predicted he would way back in September.  Ok, no I didn’t.  But I did predict Mike Babcock would open his mouth to the media yesterday and end up sounding like a Latin teacher on crack.

St. James

“I’m pretty sure it’s my call,” Babcock said. “And I’m not leaning—I know.”

I’m leaning toward something else and here’s what I know:  Sundin, Hossa, Fors-flopping-berg?  If they were off the table a month ago, they’re on it today. 

‘Cuz, you know…Hank’s back’s a-hurtin’ and the stress train is at the station, two months early.

 

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He’s Got Skills

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Habs Inside/Out pointed to this video today, which was first posted last year on YouTube. A nice little demonstration of what stickhandling and accuracy looks like when Alex Kovalev shows off his skills.

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Reasons Why The Games Are Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

If you weren’t aware of the circumstances and simply watched a game at random, you’d be excused for assuming that you were seeing a playoff game. That’s the type of hockey we get these days, game in and game out.

The pace is relentless and the hitting is solid. The effort, which used to be sporadic some years ago, is there night after night.

There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is the salary structure, and its implications.

When the average salary in a league is inching closer and closer to $2 million, no one is terribly eager to be dropped from the roster.

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Blake On Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Remember the comments official Wing spokesman Chris Chelios made regarding Rob Blake last week?  Well, Blake has responded….kinda.

Inside the Kings

Last week, Red Wings defender Chris Chelios said this of Rob Blake in an interview on a Detroit radio station: “He’s in a situation there where there’s just no end at the light of the tunnel and he’s lost his drive right now. I’ve been there. I talked to him last time we played him, and he would love to come here.”

Blake’s response: “I don’t know if that’s exactly what was said, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Blake said he wasn’t upset at all with Chelios for making the comments. When I asked if there’s any truth to him losing his drive, he gave a long ``Well ...,’’ then said he was still trying and he didn’t know any more he can say about that.

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Wine With The Old-Schoolers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Getting to Atlanta early for the ASG?

If so, you may want to have a glass of wine on Thursday with Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Pat Lafontaine, Rob Ray, Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, Clark Gillies, Mike Richter, and Rod Gilbert.

Blueland Blog has all the details…

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Jokinen Wants To Win In Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George Richards of On Frozen Pond speaks with Olli Jokinen,

“What are you going to say? The team hasn’t been playing well. My name is popping up again. I don’t think if we were in first place, my name would be out there in trade rumors. I’m pretty much used to it. It doesn’t really bother me. My agent called me and asked if I had heard it.

I haven’t been traded in 7 years. I never will be OK with it. I like this place. This is home. It’s not one of those things where you want to move. I don’t believe the grass is any greener on the other side. as a player you are always going to win. To me it’s the easy way out looking elsewhere for other teams or going somewhere and trying to win happiness or win championships. I want to win here and hopefully we make some moves here.”

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Back Again: Zetterberg In Pain

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This can’t be good. 

St. James

Bad news from this morning’s skate at the Toyota Center in El Segundo, California: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg didn’t practice because his back is acting up again.

Zetterberg, the team’s leading scorer with 28 goals and 61 points, and a plus-20 rating, in 44 games, missed five games in late December because of back spasms, and his back problems cost him the last 19 games of the regular season last year.

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Who Is This Fabian Brunnstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet,

As many as 20 NHL teams have shown serious interest in the 22-year-old Swedish forward this season. He’s an unrestricted free agent in terms of his NHL rights because he went undrafted. He’s a late bloomer and has really come on in the past 12 months. He has 30 points in 36 games with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League this season.

“He’s oozing skill, a great playmaker with lots of upside,” one NHL executive told Sportsnet.ca. “He won’t take the NHL by storm right away, but he’ll grow into a quality first- or second-line forward.”

Brunnstrom recently gave his agent, J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, a short list of five teams to begin negotiating with.

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Hot Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from STATS Blog,

With the young kids putting up the points, no team won more games or picked up more points than the Ducks during their month-long surge.

Team Leaders in Points, Dec. 18-Jan. 18

Team. . . . . . .W-L-OTL. . . Points
Ana. . . . . . . . .12-2-1. . . . . . .25
Pit. . . . . . . . . 10-3-1. . . . . . .21
Det. . . . . . . . .10-4-1. . . . . . .21
Atl. . . . . . . . . .9-6-2. . . . . . .20

The Red Wings come calling Wednesday on a 20-4-2 run dating to Nov. 27. It’s a big test—against a key conference rival—to see if the Ducks have ditched the Stanley Cup hangover and are nearly ready for playoff hockey.

more on the Ducks…

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Dreaming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Forecheck,

With apologies to one of the truly great pieces of American rhetoric… please place tongue firmly in cheek before reading….

I have a dream that one day this community will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “The Coolest Game on Earth.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, Calgary Flames fans and the fans of the former Atlanta Flames will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Nevada, a state sweltering with the heat of gambling, sweltering with the heat of explosive growth (just sweltering in the heat, period…), will be transformed into an oasis of NHL expansion.

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