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Anniversary Flashback:  Legace’s Legacy

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Thanks to Monkey who recommended I take a gander at the WayBack Machine.  Boom.  The long, lost A2Y archives.  Does it go all the way back to 1977 when we started this thing?  No. Just three years. 

But sit down for this.  Apparently, and I’m still coming to grips with this, we used to actually like Manny Legace around here.

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Hey, Get Your #$%@$%! Head Up

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I normally refrain from posting vulgar language, but this one is funny.  It happens about the 40 second mark but watch from the beginning to understand what happened.

 

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Tragedy Struck Hockey In 1907

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from Kevin Lagoie of the Cornwall Standard Freeholder,

McCourt now found himself laid out on the ice. Throop also suffered a stick blow to the head in the brawl that ensued. The referee, Thomas Quinn, tried to get the players to stop, but they had tuned him out. Finally, he shouted “Look at the man on the ice,” and that was enough to bring the brawl to a halt. Quinn then helped McCourt to the dressing room, at which time he noticed the player had two cuts on the left side of his head.

McCourt was sitting with his head in his hands, and complaining of having a headache and being dizzy. Despite the pain, McCourt insisted on returning to the game.

At first, he seemed to be all right.

The pain for McCourt was finally too much to handle. Saying he was “all in,” McCourt headed for the dressing room.

Those would be his last words

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Canada Victorious

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Well, the 2009 World Junior Championship has come to an end. For my first WJC, I’ll have nothing but positive memories. The volunteers who helped put the event on were tremendous, even the one who told me the media bus was waiting when it had already left. I can forgive her.

Congratulations to the Canada players. They played a great game—probably their best of the tournament—to be a good Sweden team. I think Canada’s fast start won the game for them, because Sweden had the better of the play in the second period.

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Gordon Not Happy With Goal Call

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Before answering postgame questions, Gordon spent a few minutes reviewing tape of the key calls, especially the Oilers’ tying goal. “It was definitely a kicking motion,” Gordon said. “Beyond that, I don’t know what the decision was as far as if it went directly in or hit something else or what the rule was, but it was definitely a kick at that puck.”

Asked if he’s beginning to sense a lack of respect from the refs for the NHL’s last-place team, Gordon said, “It just seems like the last three games it’s kind of hard to believe that we only have four power plays.”

more and watch video of the controversial goal below…

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What To Do With Weight & Guerin

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from Greg Logan of Newsday,

On a day when Weight and Guerin reminisced about old times with the Edmonton media, the trade winds that have been swirling around Weight flared up again with rumors of a possible deal with Columbus. Weight said he has been told during the course of this road trip that no deal is in the works….

“Well, you cross that bridge when you come to it,” said Weight, who will turn 38 this month. “Right now, I have to get myself playing. I was hurt about two weeks ago, and I haven’t liked how I’ve played since….”

Guerin, 38, has a “no-move” clause in his deal. Asked if he would invoke it, the Isles’ captain said: “Right now, I’m focused on this season. If something like that comes up, we’ll deal with it.”

At the same time, he said no one from the Islanders has approached him about a contract extension. “I haven’t had any discussions yet,” Guerin said. “I don’t know what to expect.”

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What Should The Bruins Do?

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

A lot of money remains on the sidelines these days for the Bruins. Marco Sturm, on the books for $3.5 million a year, will have knee surgery this week, the timeline unknown for his return. Patrice Bergeron’s cap number is $4.75 million, and he is now two-plus weeks beyond another concussion, his second in 14 months.

As of today, no one knows whether either will be back in uniform for the second half of the season, or the postseason.

What is Peter Chiarelli to do? Is the time at hand for the third-year general manager, with what amounts to $8.25 million in shopping money, to dress up his roster by adding a veteran free agent for what appears to be a legitimate run at a Cup?

Truth is, it’s not that easy. Chiarelli said yesterday that if it were determined, say, this week or next that neither Sturm nor Bergeron could make it back before the playoffs, bringing in another high salary now could prevent him from making moves around the March 4 trade deadline.

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Hockey On Christmas?

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

NHL Players Association executive director Paul Kelly said players are ready to discuss the possibility of allowing the league to schedule two showcase games on Christmas Day….

Having completed his fall tour with players, Kelly said he came away believing the majority of players are open to the idea of having one early game and one late game that could be featured on national television.

Kelly said he would envision having two close-proximity rivals play each other to cut down on the travel time for the visiting team.

“We certainly see the importance of this from a marketing standpoint,” Kelly said.

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Measuring Stick Game Tonight For Flames

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“Playing against a team like San Jose will give us an idea of what our development has been since we last played them and what we have to do now to improve,” said head coach Mike Keenan, who believes that even though the Flames are now a top-six team in the league, they’re not where they want to be — yet.

“We’ve had a good stretch,” acknowledged centre Craig Conroy, who registered his 500th career NHL point on the weekend, “but we’ve got to start beating those top teams.”

Thus far, in six matches against the Sharks, Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, the Flames have just two overtime losses to show for their efforts and no victories. So Tuesday represents a statement game of sorts: a chance to show they can compete with the conference’s elite teams.

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Kilger Just Walked Away From The Game

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Tonight there will be no homecoming for Chad Kilger, the hockey player who has mysteriously disappeared.

He played his last National Hockey League game on Feb. 25 in Ottawa. The Maple Leafs won 5-0 that night. The next day, knowing nothing of the future, the Leafs traded him to the Florida Panthers.

In the hockey world, that was the last anyone saw of Kilger.

With more than $1 million US still owing on his contract, and without warning, “playing the best hockey of his life” Kilger never reported to the Panthers.

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