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Future Rivalries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,

Here are two tilts I always get up for because the potential for them to grow into something more than just another game is teetering on the edge of all-out war.

Detroit vs. Columbus
These are the culprits from the Friday game I alluded to earlier (and if you haven’t seen Steve Mason’s stacked-pads save on Henrik Zetterberg, two words come to mind: Dear Lord). The Red Wings, so dominant for so long in the barren Central Division, finally have a foe similar to that itch you can’t reach in the middle of your back. The Blue Jackets aren’t deep, they aren’t overly talented and they definitely don’t have much experience past the first 82 games of a season, but they have a hard-working team, a Ken Hitchcock system and this special kid named Mason.

more and a look at Philadelphia/Washington too…

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Capitals Assign Two To Hershey

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Jay Beagle to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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You Want A Controversy?  Check This Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So.  I mosied on over to Spector’s a few minutes ago and took this one out for a spin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hossa and Franzen are re-signed kiss Hudler, Samuelsson and Conklin goodbye, and don’t expect to see Chris Chelios back. I don’t blame Holland for trying to keep both and they might accept less than market value to remain with the Wings, but I hope they don’t make the mistake of some other notable teams in investing too much money on too many big ticket players and leave themselves without enough for depth throughout the roster.

That’s our friend Lyle Richardson in response to the Freep and the News’ reports that trade winds could be a-blowin’ and that they could be Lightfoot-like in strength but neither goalie is going anywhere.

 

 

 

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Daddy’s Got Datsyuk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The boys at Puck Daddy have scored.  It’s a one-on-one with the league’s best player.  No Gary…sit down.  It’s not him.

You once told the Red Wing broadcasters that you like to “dangle, dangle.” What the heck does that mean?

Now I am going to have problems with my Russian! How should I explain it? It’s like dancing rock-n-roll with a puck. You pick a puck on your stick and you dance around on the ice with it.

What kind of stick do you use to create your amazing tricks with the puck on the ice?

I use a Reebok stick. For now, I belong to them. As for the curve on my stick, a funny story. When I came to Detroit’s training camp for the first time, I had a Titan4 with a big curve. When the coaches saw the stick, they came up to me and said: ‘Bowman is not going to like it if you get two minutes for using an illegal stick.’ Right there and then, I started to change the curve on my stick to be within the legal limits.

A great Pavel Datsyuk interview…here.

I’ve copied one of the better comments from PD’s interview below.

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Put Your Karma In A Box And Ship It West Where It Belongs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t offer you an explanation as to why your Detroit Red Wings continually lose to Darren Garcia’s Dive.  I can’t.  It baffles me and I’m past the point of trying to analyze it. 

It is, and we all have to do deal with this, what it is.  A regular season bit of strange.  The kind of strange you used to value back in your younger days?

No.  Quirky strange.  Weird and almost laughable strange.

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Wings May Be ‘Sellers’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Negotiations with Franzen have progressed steadily.

“I think we’re in the ballpark, but we don’t have a deal done,” Holland said Monday. “They know I want to talk to Ritch Winter regarding Marian Hossa. Franzen’s camp hasn’t moved the extra mile, and neither have I. I haven’t gotten quite as far along with Hossa, and I do want to explore that and then sit down with our owner and make a decision on what to do.

“I think we have a chance to keep both players, but that does mean other players have to move.”

If the Wings keep Franzen and Hossa, there won’t be room to re-sign players such as Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler, both of whom also are in the last year of contracts. That’s why it makes sense for the Wings to explore a trade leading up to the March 4 deadline.

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Armenian Night Follow-Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tapeleg of Jerseys and hockey love,

A hockey game may not mean much, but the events surrounding that game might. For me, tonight was one of those nights. In fact, it was one of those nights that is hard to put into words.

Tonight, the L.A. Kings held Armenian Heritage Night. This isn’t the only heritage night they held this season, they had nights for Russia and other nationalities (sorry, I can’t remember them off the top of my head). At first, it sounded like a joke, or a cheap promotion. The post-game entertainment was Armenian hip-hop artist R-Mean (seriously), and there would be Armenian beer at the after party. All of this because it was Atlanta Thrashers rookie Zac Bogosian’s first game in L.A., and he is the first Armenian to play in the NHL. It sounds like a cheap gimmick, and it could have been a cheap gimmick.

It wasn’t. In fact, it is going to be hard to top this night on the rest of the tour. Let me show you what I mean.

read on with some great pictures and watch an interview with Bogosian below.  Zach talks about the Armenian Night the Kings hosted and about his three point night…

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Harvey Is 25

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

“Feb. 16, 1984: I was walking to the Saddledome with a costume that still smelled like glue in a garbage bag,” said Kelba, who’d played Ralph the Dog at McMahon Stadium for four years before convincing the Flames to give the NHL’s first mascot a shot….

Hired for $50 a game by the skeptical Flames, Kelba knew he didn’t have much time to make an impression before he’d be tossed out the door with the $4,000 costume he made.

“They didn’t think it was going to work, so they didn’t even introduce me as their mascot,” said Kelba, now 48.

“I sat down, and within a minute, some guy leaned over and said, ‘Go to hell.’ I immediately thought, ‘This is going to be tougher than I thought.’ He was tolerated or hated at best.”

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Time To Move Briere?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Parent of the Delco Times,

Real hockey men are paid to feel, play, manage and coach as if all 82 games are vital. But what would the Flyers’ front office men say to the thought of trading Danny Briere?

If timing is everything, they’d rightfully say the time is all wrong to think about taking Briere and his huge contract and asking him if he’d mind them waving it across such trade routes as phone lines, e-mail addresses and bars during the general managers meetings.

Briere is a youthful 31 who has had a belly tear for much of the season. He might be over it soon, which would be welcome news for a Flyers team that has been suffering from viral strains of up and chuck lately. Once free of such bugs, this will be a team that shapes up well for the stretch drive, even as it continues to develop into what at some point will be a bit of a financial headache for upper management.

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Keep The NHL Off Of National TV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Not long ago, there was a rumor about the NHL putting another team in Toronto. While the hard-core puck heads up in Ottawa no doubt debated the plan, it seemed like hardly anyone south of the border noticed. The NHL could move every team in the league (save the Flyers) to Toronto and it’s doubtful anyone around here would blink. I’m betting the same goes for other American cities, too.

Part of that is because hockey has never been the country’s favorite sport, and part of that is because the NHL lacks the oversize personalities that dominate other leagues. Almost everyone knows about LeBron or Kobe, but how many fans can opine about Alex Ovechkin or Marc Savard?...

According to the aforementioned Toronto Sun story, the league makes approximately $10 million per season in its revenue-sharing arrangement with NBC. In sports, $10 mil is nothing. It’s the cash Pacman Jones takes to the strip club when he wants to make it rain. Which gives me an idea.

With a little effort, we could raise $10 mil ourselves, then pay the NHL to give up on NBC (and any other network that might consider coming to the rescue), keep the game provincial, and stay away from national television.

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