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Burke crowned ‘Dancing With the Stars’ queen

Blog: KK Members Blog By Navarath

I just saw come across the yahoo wire:
Burke crowned ‘Dancing With the Stars’ queen

Did the Toronto GM job fall through?

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Mason May ‘Stick’ With Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Disptach,

(Steve) Mason, who posted his first NHL shutout Saturday, will start at 7 tonight when the Blue Jackets play the Phoenix Coyotes in Nationwide Arena. It’ll be his seventh start in the past nine games.

“Right now, we’re going day to day with the situation,” Howson said, delaying a decision on the Blue Jackets’ three-headed goaltender situation for a few more days. Mason, Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena remain on the active roster.

But when coach Ken Hitchcock was asked to map out the club’s upcoming schedule—seven games in the next 12 days—he mentioned Mason and Leclaire at least sharing duties, a signal that Mason’s next month is certain enough that he could buy a Christmas tree this weekend.

“The kid’s earned it,” Hitchcock said after Mason’s 15-save effort in Atlanta, a 2-0 Blue Jackets win. “What else can you say, but the kid has definitely earned the chance (to start tonight).”

read on

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Giving Thanks To Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Thanks, hockey.

Thanks for consistently displaying the heart, courage, artistry and brain power that the best players play with, night after night, game after game.

Thanks for passing the puck to the other guy when the net is empty on a two-on-nobody. Would Terrell Owens do that?

Thanks to the Zamboni drivers who give us a clean sheet of ice that makes everyone feel as if he is 9 years old again with that first step on a fresh canvas.

continued

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Flyers Dmen Getting Closer To Return

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from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

When the Flyers head off on their post-Christmas road trip, there is a very good chance they will have both of their injured defensemen back and on the plane.

Randy Jones and Ryan Parent - both out since training camp recovering from surgery, Jones a hip repair and Parent a shoulder - were back practicing with the Flyers yesterday and moving toward December return dates.

Both are still working under restricted status, but they are getting closer to full participation. Both have moved back into their stalls in the practice facility locker room.

Jones is hoping to play before Christmas and the plan for Parent is for him to play Dec. 26 in Chicago.

continued

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DiPietro Itching To Get Back On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

In spite of his problems staying on the ice, DiPietro doesn’t intend to change his playing style when he does return.

“I don’t think I will ever let that affect the way I play,” DiPietro said. “That might be part of the problem.”

He said that with somewhat of a rueful laugh, knowing his injury woes have kept the Isles wallowing near the bottom of the league, despite their recent success. He insists that won’t be for long and that they won’t end up regretting his epic contract.

“I’ve had a lot of bad luck, which [stinks],” DiPietro said. “But in the long run, it’s going to work out. There’s absolutely no question that my goal since signing that deal was to win here, and everyone here wants to win the Stanley Cup. I think we’re taking the right steps.”

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Balsillie Still Wants An NHL Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, T

he next step in the journey for Balsillie, who makes little secret of his ambition to own an NHL franchise, ideally in Southern Ontario, may hinge on a coming legal argument in a California bankruptcy court.

As the complex proceedings involving disgraced banker and deal maker William (Boots) Del Biaggio III grind inexorably onward, the already fierce legal fight over his 27-per-cent ownership share in the Predators will only get more heated.

According to lawyers involved in the case, Balsillie’s prospects hinge on a crucial ruling likely to be made by Judge Thomas E. Carlson before spring.

The issue: transferability of the contractual rights associated with Del Biaggio’s shares.

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2010 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Preview

Blog: KK Members Blog By Gunaxin

The Winter Olympics is a little more than a year away, but its never too early to start planning ahead for the Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament. Ice Hockey is one of those rare team sports like soccer where you have a great international tournament and a number of competitive teams. Soccer has its World Cup and Ice Hockey has the Olympics.  Since the United States is usually an afterthought in Soccer, Ice Hockey is one of those rare team events were you can root for the U.S. and they might actually win. Baseball has no real international tournament (and no I don’t count the crappy World Cup they threw together) and Basketball has seen the U.S. dominate (less so in recent years, but still not all that competitive).

How competitive is the Winter Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament? The modern NHL has allowed its athletes to go to the Olympics only three times, in 1998, 2002, and 2006. In 1998 the Czech Republic defeated Russia for gold. In 2002, Canada nipped the United States. And in 2006, Sweden beat Finland. Three different champions and no country has even managed to make the finals twice.

To get you excited, Gunaxin.com is previewing the best possible teams for each country. Let it be clear that these teams are the best case scenarios. Certain players have retired from international play, some have chosen not to play in the past, some may simply opt out or be injured. We don’t know for sure what each player will end up deciding a year from now. But countries are already formulating their squads, so we’ll look at the best possible team to give you an idea as to who will show up in Vancouver in 2010.

In this eight part series we’ll profile the “Big 7”, plus have an extra post outlining players to watch on the other squads in the tourney. Per International Rules, each team is allowed to select 23 players, including 3 goalies. Each player is from the NHL unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Russia - November 25th
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  • Slovakia - Coming Soon
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  • Czech Republic - Coming Soon
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  • Sweden - Coming Soon
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  • Finland - Coming Soon
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  • United States - Coming Soon
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  • Canada - Coming Soon
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  • Other Players to Watch - Coming Soon

The 2006 Results:

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Gone Before He Came

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke? Hates European players.

“Really, the league is pretty 50-50 these days, there’s so many Europeans,” the player said, shaking his head when asked about Burke’s reputation. “I don’t think there is that mindset any more. Not really. There are certain jobs and roles that appeal to certain types of players, but I think that’s the same whether the guy’s a Canadian or a Euro.”

The player paused. “I don’t think people view it that way any more … although, I don’t know that for sure.”

An hour or so later, Alexander Steen — the player talking — was traded by the Maple Leafs to the St. Louis Blues

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What Happened To Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Welcome to the Stars, where the harder the team digs in, the deeper the hole gets.

At some point in the transition from Western Conference finalist to NHL doormat, the Stars probably got too cocky.

Management probably looked too hard at taking the next step and adding the piece that would “beat Detroit.”

Players probably believed too much in the hype that they were Stanley Cup contenders and felt the magic would instantly return once they hit the ice.

Coaches probably trusted the players too much and allowed them to skate through a lackadaisical preseason.

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Half Way Throught Road Trip, Can Chicago Sweep

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Is it being a little too greedy to think the Hawks can go 6-0 on this road trip?

Wednesday’s game in San Jose won’t be easy, but the Sharks can be beat and the Hawks almost did it last week at the United Center. The Hawks led 5-4 going to the third period then took a couple dumb penalties and wound up losing 6-5.

It’s on to Anaheim Friday and the Ducks aren’t anywhere near as good as they were when they won the Stanley Cup.

The Hawks close the trip Saturday at Los Angeles against an improved, but nothing special Kings team.

The way Khabibulin is playing and the way the Hawks have shown they can score goals, there’s not a game on the schedule they can’t win.

more on the Blackhawks…

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