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Changes Atop The AHL

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Earlier this season, I picked the Buffalo Sabres affiliate the Portland Pirates as the best team in the AHL.  Two teams currently have better winning percentages than Portland.  They are the Washington Capitals affiliate the Hershey Bears and the Vancouver Canucks affiliate the Manitoba Moose.  Hershey has an 18-6 record where one loss is a shutout loss.  Manitoba has a 15-4 record. 

Both of these teams have had significant players called up to the NHL recently which should change the make-up of their teams.  The NHL’s Washington Capitals have run into injury problems.  They currently have eight players on the TSN injury list (this leads the league.  Out are Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Sergei Fedorov, Tom Poti, Chris Clark, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine and Brian Pothier.  In order to try to replace them, Washington has called up Sami Lepisto, Karl Alzner and Bryan Helmer.  This is a significant hit to their defence.  Vancouver has also had a significant injury in goaltender Roberto Luongo.  This has prompted them to call up Cory Schneider from Manitoba.  Both teams may struggle to keep up their fast starts given the players called up to the NHL.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Teams Outworking The Wings

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from the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There was an interesting development at the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena – while talking about tonight’s game against the Ducks, Mike Babcock threw out a question of his own.
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“Who’s the hardest working team in the National Hockey League?” he said. “Well, in the past I’ve been able to say without any question, here. I don’t think that’s the case right now.”

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Winter Classic TV Spot

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For more on the TV commercial, visit this post from earlier today.

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Ex-NHLer ‘Pit’ Martin Feared Dead

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from the CP via the Winnipeg Sun,

Quebec provincial police say Hubert (Pit) Martin, a four-time NHL all-star in the 1960s and ’70s, is feared dead after his snowmobile plunged into an icy lake.

Spokeswoman Marie-Josee Ouellet says Martin, 64, was driving the vehicle on Lake Kanasuta in northwestern Quebec on Sunday when the ice cracked and he plunged into the freezing water.

Ouellet says a team of divers will attempt to retrieve Martin’s body today.

She says their efforts are being hampered by inclement weather.

Martin would have turned 65 next week.

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GM Talk

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, Brian Burke is finally the GM (and president) of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are five things you should know about NHL general managers:

1. One of the reasons we put Ken Holland at the top of our list isn’t because he continues to build Stanley Cup contenders every single season despite drafting in the top 10 about once every two decades….

2. GMs can be a volatile lot. Hey, they’re hockey guys. We remember being in the cramped press box in Detroit during the first round of the 2006 playoffs when Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe raced the length of box to try and get at the NHL officials after a call went against his Oilers. Think gauntlet and you get a sense of Lowe’s path. Lowe’s journey was made even more difficult by the fact he was trying to force out expletives every step of the way.

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Will Kovalchuk Get The Message

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via Mike Knobler of Thrashers Blog,

Yes, that’s Ilya Kovalchuk wearing a red sweater today at Thrashers practice, along with Marty Reasoner and Chris Thorburn. The red sweater has been the fourth line sweater all year. Reasoner has been a third-line center, and Thorburn has bounced between the third and fourth lines.

If John Anderson wanted to make a statement, he picked a strong way to make it.

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Canadian University Goalie Suffers Skate To Neck Injury

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from the CP via MetroNews,

A university goaltender is in fair condition in a Windsor, Ont., hospital after having his throat accidentally slashed during a game.

Kury Jory, of Brandon, Man., was hurt Saturday while in net for the Brock University Badgers from St. Catharines, Ont., against the Windsor Lancers.

The 21-year-old netminder suffered a severed vein in his neck when he was clipped by a skate during a goalmouth scramble in the third period.

The Badgers say Jory is in full recovery after undergoing surgery and will return to St. Catharines in a few days.

The Canadian Hockey League requires players to wear neck guards, but Canadian Interuniversity Sport does not have a similar requirement.

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Winter Classic - Tune-In

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added 11:48am, Thanks to a heads-up from a KK member, you can now watch the video here.


I happened to catch the video last night and was very impressed with it, hopefully it will draw some attention to the game on 1/1/09!  I did try to find it on the web, but no luck so far.

NEW YORK (December 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL), in collaboration with NBC, CBC and RDS, has released a new tune-in marketing campaign to promote the upcoming NHL Winter Classic™ 2009 game on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field. The TV spot, backed by the singing of the late, legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray and his iconic version of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game,” debuted Sunday in the U.S. on the “NBC Sunday Night Football Game” between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. NBC’s Bob Costas narrates the U.S. version. This marks the first time that the League and its rights-holders have worked together to create a universal campaign for a single event.

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Flames Improve With Better Defense

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Winning five of six games made yesterday’s “recovery day” all the more enjoyable before preparing for tomorrow’s date with the Dallas Stars.

More importantly, it’s how the Flames have swung their fortunes: Much improved defence.

“Having spoken out about it a little bit in the past, I’m very happy as a defenceman to see how far we’ve come in the last few games,” blueliner Robyn Regehr said after Saturday night’s 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. “I’m also very excited to see where we can go.”

Time will only tell whether the Flames ride this momentum to their goals—a Northwest Division title and a Stanley Cup.

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