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The Devils System

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Martin Brodeur first noticed the composition of his New Jersey Devils when the idea came up for a pickup game in practice that would have pitted Canadians against Americans. There was a big problem, however. The all-world goaltender realized there were only a handful of Canadians on the Devils' 22-player roster. (Five, if you're scoring at home.) "We tried to make a game [in practice] Canada versus the United States and we didn't have enough Canadians to play," Brodeur said after his team's 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. "It's tough for us Canadians who pride ourselves at being the best in the sport. We have only [five] guys and that's it."
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Cherry Suggests Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

A couple of hours after Don Cherry told his Hockey Night in Canada audience that a trade out of Ottawa would be in the best interests of the Senators captain, Alfredsson firmly disagreed. "All I can say is I want to be here," Alfredsson told the Sun moments after his contributions to a strong, 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place. "Everybody has a right to their opinion, and he's a well known figure on TV, but I'm not going to take anything from what he says. "I definitely don't want to be traded."
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The Canadian Ducks

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from the OC Register,

With Brian Burke in charge, the Ducks are becoming as Canadian as curling, smoked meat and The Tragically Hip. They're even more Canadian than the Maple Leafs. Of the 22 players who have skated for the Ducks this season, four are Americans (Todd Marchant, Ryan Shannon, George Parros and Ian Moran) and two are Europeans (Teemu Selanne and Samuel Pahlsson). The other 16 are from north of the border. The only Russian is goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, and there are no Czechs or Slovaks.
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Monday Odds and Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Skimming around the MSM and the blogs this morning. We start with Ted Montgomery of USA Today. If you were a reader of A2Y 1.0, you know I was a harsh critic of Ted's. Now, with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, and a feeling of goodwill and fellowship enveloping me on this chilly Monday morning, I'm wondering if I was a tad too harsh on the lad. Nope. He is the absolute worst...Teddy The Toolbag.

Since we are about to be firmly ensconced in the holiday season, it's time for my annual column giving thanks to those things hockey-related for which I'm grateful: — The fans in Atlanta, Minnesota, Nashville and Columbus, who seem more than ready to cheer their teams on to greater glories. — Most of all, to hockey fans, far and wide. We've endured tough times and came back even stronger than before. Thanks to all of you who take the time to write to me. I really appreciate how you challenge me every day.
Would those fan letters you speak of include the few I've sent in your direction Ted? You know...the ones where I suggest you, ummm, find another line of work? Oh, and "annual column giving thanks to those things hockey-related for which I'm grateful"? Might want to look up the meaning of "annual." It means yearly. Column indexes are funny things.

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Monday With The Deep Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Two days after the fact and Dwayne Roloson's sprawling second-period save Saturday night is still the topic of conversation around the Wings. Kulfan/Detroit News

...then Cleary was asked about the save. The one Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson's made in the first period, with Cleary all alone beside the net for a one-timer, that will be on every NHL highlight DVD for the next decade. "I didn't think you guys would bring that up," Cleary said. "To be honest with you, I don't know what else I could have done with it. He made a highlight-reel save. My hat's off to him."
Yes he did and so's mine. But...watch the clip. Cleary settles the puck just momentarily before shooting. If he one-times it, Roloson's beat. Something else about that particular sequence. Every time I watch it, I like the way that play was set up more and more. A nice pass from Samuelsson to a moving Datsyuk, who zips it cross-ice to an open Cleary. I like that line.

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No, Thank You Ted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ted Montgomery is in the holiday mood, giving thanks...

— The provocative insights of Red Fisher, Stan Fischler and Kevin Allen, among many others in the pantheon of the greatest hockey writers of all time. — The single-minded quest for excellence that Mike Modano has been on since his rookie season. — Most of all, to hockey fans, far and wide. We've endured tough times and came back even stronger than before. Thanks to all of you who take the time to write to me. I really appreciate how you challenge me every day. Please have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
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Jagr Gets 600

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via Yahoo News,

Jagr beat Tampa Bay goalie Johan Holmqvist with a wrist shot just 1:43 into the game after teammate Michael Nylander tipped Karel Rachunek's slap shot to him in front of the net. It was Jagr's ninth goal of the season and fourth in four games. Jagr is the second Rangers forward to reach 600 goals this season. Brendan Shanahan did it in his debut for New York on Oct. 5 against Washington. The home crowd at Madison Square Garden cheered wildly when the scoreboard flashed the milestone, but Jagr didn't appear to notice as he sat on the bench while waiting for his next shift.

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B’s Hope Chistov’s A Fixer-Upper

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Worchester Telegram:

All the usual indicators said it was small potatoes, a minor deal hardly worth getting excited about, when the Bruins acquired left wing Stanislav Chistov from the Anaheim Ducks this past week for a third-round draft pick. But the 23-year-old Chistov (pronounced CHEESE-toff) is anything but an ordinary prospect. He could be a sleeper of Rip Van Winklian proportions. For one thing, Chistov’s past in Russia reads like a spy novel. For another, he’s rocket power on skates, a real burner, and unless there’s something terribly wrong with him that the Coyotes aren’t disclosing — aside from his questionable taste in uniform numbers — Chistov could be a real find for the suddenly revitalized Bruins.
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Climate Change Dooming Pond Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Climate change and Global Warming are front-burner issues in the Canadian media at present. Toronto Star's Leslie Scrivener has written an excellent article discussing the demise of the frozen pond--and the bureaucracies that complicate matters, using warm winter weather to excuse themselves from spending money to maintain outdoor rinks:

For generations, Torontonians have left their houses on moonlit nights or clear cold days to skate on High Park's Grenadier Pond, spurred by the wind and their love of winter. The season is short, but all across the Greater Toronto Area, from Toogood Pond in Unionville to Bronte Marsh in Oakville, skaters have been drawn by the freedom to race on and on unfettered by rink boards and timetables. Skating on a natural pond or a homemade flooded rink: What could be more exhilarating, healthy or fun? And, more recently, doomed? Not one of Toronto's natural ponds, for years maintained by the city for public skating, opened last winter. Centennial Park in Etobicoke closed its natural ice rink in 2000. L'Amoreaux Park in Scarborough, also closed. Toogood Pond didn't open last winter for the first time in five years because it didn't freeze to the 20-centimetre (eight-inch) thickness the town of Markham requires for safety. (Markham, which has no artificial outdoor rinks, has optimistically introduced an ice-rink program for community volunteers to flood rinks in their neighbourhoods.)
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Unwrapping The Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times:

Patrick Ewing stands at one corner of the Verizon Center floor and waits for his son, one of the newest members of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team. A few people move past Mr. Ewing toward the center of the arena, giving the former Hoyas and New York Knicks great a quick glance of recognition as they pass. Most of the fans already have filed out of the building after the Hoyas' victory over Hartford on this Saturday afternoon. A group of workers, meanwhile, gathers on the floor of the arena, their job just about to begin. The clock shows a few minutes after 2, and the Washington Capitals are scheduled to play a hockey game against the New York Rangers in little less than five hours on the very spot that is a basketball floor now.
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