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They Can Still Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

The goons are gone from the NHL, but not the pugilists, who are around to protect and serve their teammates. Here are my super tough guys starting with a top five of all heavyweights, proving that size does matter when you’re in the role of an enforcer.

1. Georges Laraque
6-foot-3, 243 pounds

A veteran who has played since the late 1990s, Laraque sits in the king’s thrown among the NHL’s tough guys.

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The MVP Race

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

With the first half of the season in the record books as of Saturday, it looks as if the NHL’s most valuable player race is going to mirror the playoff race — too close to call at the moment.

Even if you discount goaltenders (dangerous to do, considering two of them were Hart Trophy finalists last season), there are at least six skaters making the case for MVP honours and once again, the debate will probably come down to this:

Does the vote go to the NHL’s best player? Or, as the award is written, to the player adjudged most valuable to his team?

continued and some Jagr talk too…

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Coming Around?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last week we liveblogged the swill that is Detroit sports radio.  For four hours the A2Y staffers sat on the edges of their seats, pens at the ready, prepared to transcribe whatever lively Wing banter crossed those majestic airwaves.


Earlier today, I directed you to the Wayne Fontes Experience, a site that has no problem pointing out the inadequacies of the Detroit MSM.

Now?  Interesting.

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Pressure Mounting On Turco

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Quite a quandary for Dave Tippets. Do you start Marty Turco against the Wings even though you know it’s hard to stop pucks when in the fetal position?  Or do you start Mike Smith even though you know that if you are going to succeed in the playoffs you’re going to need Turco to beat the Wings?  Weird, wacky and fun for the whole family. 

Dallas can handle the Ducks and Sharks, but they haven’t given any indication that they can compete with the Wings. Not beat the Wings. Just battle them close enough to prove that they belong in the same conversation with the best team in hockey.

It’s hard to imagine how a team that looks so confident, so capable, when it lines up against every other team, can empty its pockets and fork over its lunch money as soon as it sees that famous winged wheel crest. No club is more spooked by the Wings’ aura than the Stars, and no player pulls the sheets up over his head faster than Turco, whose career mark against Detroit stands at 1-10-5 after the latest de-pantsing.

More from SI’s Allan Muir.


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Step-Up Time For Stastny

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from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,

Without a serious goaltending pedigree in town, Colorado’s playoff hopes – which looked practically radiant in the summer – now fall on the shoulders of one happy-go-lucky fellow: Paul Stastny.

Sure, the Avs get solid contributions from the likes of veterans Andrew Brunette and Milan Hejduk, but it is Stastny who leads the team in points by a wide margin (44 to Hejduk’s 30) and Stastny who has the highest ceiling for stardom.

read on

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More Games For Brodeur

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from the Record,

Martin Brodeur has a message for those who believe he plays too many games and should rest more often.

“Leave me alone,” the Devils’ goaltender said Thursday. “Point the finger somewhere else now.”


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Pressure On Lundqvist

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The onus is on Henny (Lundqvist). Period.

Oh-for-two on the Western swing, the Rangers require the king to once again be THE KING.

No ifs, ands or buts when the Blueshirts play the Oilers on Saturday night in Edmonton.


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Old & New Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GreatestHockeyLegends.com has been a great website for information and stories regarding the all-time hockey greats.

Now it looks as if Joe Pelletier is bringing some of the current NHL talk into the fold.  Make sure to check it out.

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Sticks and Stones

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from the Brockton Enterprise,

The names may be changed, but the basic story will be familiar to youth hockey teams from Brockton and Fredericton, New Brunswick, who met under stressful circumstances back in March of 2003, a day after the United States began bombing Iraq.

The short-lived tension began when the Brockton teams witnessed anti-American protests while in Canada for a hockey tournament and returned battered, not by the action on the ice, but by the scenes on the streets.

But, by year’s end, the Boxer PeeWee team was back in New Brunswick, this time as guests of the University of New Brunswick in cooperation with the city’s youth hockey program.

read on

This movie aired a few days ago in Canada and you can watch a video story…

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Cheechoo Trying To Bust Out Of Slump

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from the Calgary Sun,

Making him even more sluggish in his fifth NHL season was the double-hernia surgery he underwent last spring. Cheechoo had tears on both sides of his abdominal muscles, where they attach to the groin, and doctors went in and repaired everything at once late in May.

Undergoing the operation three months before training camp had a significant impact on Cheechoo’s training.

“I run a lot during the off-season, and I wasn’t able to run at all this off-season,” he said. “I wasn’t able to do anything real heavy until probably the last part of August.

“Coming in, I had a little bit of time to make up.”

Cheechoo is now attempting to overcome the cranial side of his slump.


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