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Patrick The Peace Maker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The war of words between Hall of Fame netminder Patrick Roy and Montreal Canadiens rookie Guillaume Latendresse is water under the bridge. "Patrick came to see me in the hotel lobby shake my hand," he told TSN's Quebec sister station RDS. "It was a gesture of respect, and I was quite content. I think that Patrick and I wanted to turn the page. It's important for me because I do not have anything against Patrick." Roy recently said that he thought the only reason Latendresse was with the Canadiens is because he's a francophone, suggesting if he was named Smith or Brown he'd be back in the Quebec junior league.

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Help If You Can

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 1:00 pm the DC Police Hockey team will take on the United States Secret Service in a hockey game to benefit the Sgt. Gerard W. “Roddy” Burke Scholarship Fund. Sgt. Burke, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, died in March 2006 while pursuing a stolen vehicle in the Colombia Heights neighborhood where he lived and worked. Some hockey fans may recall Roddy Burke was a personal friend of fellow blogger Eric McErlain. Make sure to check out Off Wing Opinion for more information on this benefit.

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BTJ goes BTB with Gloveside

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One great addition to the Wing blogosphere popped up during The Absence. If you haven't read Gloveside, I suggest you do. Christy Hammonds introduces you this morning to the beer drinkers behind it.

Q.9 – If you had to pick two teams to be in the Stanley Cup finals right now, which two teams would they be? Johnny: Buffalo and…er…ahem….Detroit. Brennan: I’m hoping the Sabres represent the Eastern Conference, I think they deserve it. If by some horrible awful twist of fate, the Wings don’t wind up in the rink for the West, then I’d love to see the Wild in there.

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Fighting Equals Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

Despite increasing public unease over violence in hockey, a statistical analysis of NHL data by university professors shows that on-ice fighting is a good strategy for team success. An intensive numbers-crunching of five years of statistics shows major penalties -- those most often issued for fighting -- increases the total points of the offending player's team and decreases the number of goals scored by their opponents.
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Who’s Your “Rover”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Always a student of the game, Bowman feels this new anti-obstruction NHLhas created a new position out on the ice, one occupied by skilled players such as Tomas Kaberle, Dan Boyle and Ian White. "You don't really need those two stay-at-home defencemen any more," Bowman said. "What you see is one guy stay back while other guys like (Kaberle and Boyle) have the green light to go on the offence whenever the opportunity presents itself. You even see them up forechecking now and then. "They are more like a type of rover than the prototypical definition of a defenceman we've had in the past."
more on the NHL, including the Bruins goalie situation...

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Sens Losing Without Chara

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

How much has the loss of giant defenceman Zdeno Chara hurt the Senators? Canadiens blueliners Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet told Montreal reporters that Chara’s departure to the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent last summer has been devastating. Souray and Rivet said people need look no further than Chara to figure out why the club has made a plunge. “I never expected to see the Ottawa Senators so far down in the standings,” Souray said following a practice yesterday in Thornhill. “I knew that losing a guy like Chara was big, but I never thought it would hit them that hard ... No offence to Tom Preissing, but those skates were big to fill.”
read on

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Decision Day For Kasparaitis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Darius Kasparaitis, whose conditioning assignment to Hartford expires today per the CBA, must either be recalled to the Rangers or placed on waivers. If the Blueshirts reinstate the 34-year-old veteran - whose swift descent from very valuable player to spare part has been mysterious, to say the least - it will be to give him a fair shot at reclaiming the job he lost during training camp. It's difficult to imagine the Rangers will recall Kasparaitis in order to have him sit and chew up chunks of cap space.
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Just Get This Day Over Quickly

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, you're feeling conflicted today. You're torn between being a Wing fan and a hockey fan. For me, it harkens back memories of last spring after The Punch In The Face when Grampa Pinhead used to pose that question to me, to all of us. Gramps, as you may recall, was referring to whether or not the hockey loyalists among us would continue to watch the playoffs after another first-round heartbreak. But, you're suffering similar inner turmoil today. Do you celebrate Patrick Roy's career and acknowledge his rightful entrance in the hockey's Hall of Fame?

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Williams Skates; Kronwall Sits

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We'll get to Jason Williams' status in a minute. Niklas Kronwall, as you may recall, didn't play a 3rd period-shift Friday against Bubba. Apparently, a wonky groin tabled him as a precaution. Well, it may be a bit more serious than we originally thought. Because, depending on who you read, he's out for Tuesday's game against Vancouver. Khan(!)/MLive Weblog

Also, defenseman Niklas Kronwall's groin injury is a little more serious than originally thought. He won't play Tuesday against the Canucks.
Danny Knobler/ MLive
Babcock said he would wait until today's practice in Vancouver to assess Kronwall's status for Tuesday night.
Joanne Gerstner/Detroit News
Niklas Kronwall (strained groin) did not practice Sunday. Babcock said he would be re-evaluated during today's practice in Vancouver to see if he was ready to play Tuesday against the Canucks.
Erin Chan/Detroit Free Press
Because for the first time in 20 years, WrestleMania is coming back to metro Detroit. Tickets officially go on sale Saturday.

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Two Guys Walk Into A Bar…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Chen's Hockey Blog,

So, if they league ran the Sidney Crosby commercial every week during an NFL game, don't you think the name Sidney Crosby would become just a little bit more familiar to non-hockey fans? And a lot of the somewhat-knowledgeable sports fans would probably recognize the name from his mentions in SI and ESPN Magazine, thus putting face to name. You're getting an audience of millions of people who've shown they are dedicated to watching sports, so why the hell don't you throw your biggest, most marketable name in front of them every freakin' week?
make sure to check out the story line Mike has written (you'll understand the headline) for his proposed NHL commercial...

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