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Whatever Larry Wants…

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

I want the people running the Rangers to decide what’s best for the Rangers; not the person who runs Hartford. (Is it better for the Rangers organization or is it better for the 2006-07 Wolf Pack to have Hugh Jessiman playing in the ECHL right now?).
I want Renney this week to make personnel evaluations based on the best interests of the Rangers. And in conjunction with Renney’s visits to Wolf Pack practices, I want Sather to use waivers to cut the safety net of veterans the head coach has used as a security blanket right out from under him.
I want to see two or three fresh faces - Brandon Dubinsky, and maybe Ryan Callahan, maybe Lauri Korpikoski, maybe Dane Byers, maybe Nigel Dawes - when the Rangers reconvene Thursday.

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Vokoun #1

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via the Tennessean,

Predators Coach Barry Trotz said Tomas Vokoun remains the team’s top goalie heading into the NHL All-Star break.
“Tomas is the No. 1 goalie, plain and simple,’’ Trotz said. “We’ve just got to get the rust off him like we would with anyone coming back. I’m actually the luckiest coach in the league to have two guys who can step up like that.”

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KK- Shopping Begins Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you have been a regular reader of KK and been around for some time, you know I created a KK Shopping section.
My intention was to update date it on a regular basis, but sometimes intentions go “bad”.  To be truthful, I simply did not have enough hours in the day to maintain it.
But in the last week or so, I have been updating that section on a regular basis and will continue to do so.
As many of you know, I only ask that if you have an interest in the products or services offered by any of the advertisers you see throughout the KK Sections, to please consider taking advantage of those offers.
KK will never ask for donations and the bloggers here are very determined to continue growing.

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Blues On The Comeback Trail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In the NHL, it is possible to go from dead-in-the-water to a playoff team in a few months. Things change that quickly in a league that has seen a hard salary cap narrow the gap between the top and the bottom.
The Blues have suffered through an 11-game losing streak that led to a coaching change. They trail Minnesota by eight points for the final playoff spot in the West.
Given those circumstances, the NHL should give the Blues permission to print playoff tickets any day now.

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Khan(!)‘s State Of The Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

DD Captain Ansar Khan(!) has posted his written testimony regarding the state of the league, and finds it wanting. He's got the usual suggestions: bigger nets, more physical play and, yes, a heaping plate of humble pie in the form of a return to ESPN.

Both sides have the option of terminating the deal after this season, and many believe the NHL should go back to ESPN, feeling whatever the league loses in revenue it will recoup in exposure and credibility.
Designated Wing loose cannon Jimmy Devellano disagrees, which is completely insane.
"I'd rather be on a network that cares about our league,'' he said. "On ESPN, you didn't know if games were on ESPN or ESPN2, at 7:30 or 10:30 or on what day of the week.''
To put it mildly, that may be one of the stupidest statements I've ever read. You don't know when the games are on, Jimmy? Well, the games played in the eastern time zone start at 7 or 7:30, the western at 10 or 10:30. Don't know what day of the week, check the schedule. OLN/VS is a disaster. A frigging disaster and a joke. It's a USFL-sized example of how far the league has fallen. It's time to suck it up, take our medicine and get back to The Network.

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Why I Deserve 7 Million Dollars

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What?  You take issue with that?  A certain Nigerian prince keeps emailing me. He says I’m worth it.  He says he’s going to put it right in my frigging account for me.  Not only that, but my talent seems to have transcended continents. I’m big in Britain too baby.

Congratulation you have won and You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £253,437.00 in cash credited to KTU/9023118308/03.please contact AGENT:SONIA HILTON

Email: agentsoniahilton@yahoo.es

So if the prince and Sonia Hilton see it, why doesn’t Kukla?  Why shouldn’t the Empire fork over 7 mil for A2Y?

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Behind Enemy Lines

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, the break couldn't have come at a better time. Two identical losses, to two inferior teams, in two garbage cities. Get me to February please. Give us four days in the sun, a healthy Schneider, a cortisone-corrected Zetterberg and an eye on the deadline. Give us a sniper, a Lilja-for-Shane Doan straight up deal, and a guaranteed 2 or 1 seed. But all that's in the future. First, let's look back to Saturday night in Diveville. Thankfully, A2Y reader Hockeychic was on hand to document the bleatings of the Dique "faithful."

Why does Lilja remind me of Anders Erickson? Is it because their first names both begin with “A”? Or because they both suck? 12:22 – Tripping called on the Avs. Wings go on the PP. People around me are yelling, “Cheaters!” every time the Wings get a PP. It is laughable really.
Read on to get more impressions from Hockeychic on the game and the Denver "fans."

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Roy Questioning Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Former NHL all-star goalie Patrick Roy says he is questioning his future with the major junior hockey team he co-owns and coaches following claims he was involved in a shoving match….
Roy denied Sunday that he did anything wrong following the game Friday.
“From my part and the part of the Remparts, we have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about in this incident,” he told a brief news conference following a Remparts game at the Pepsi Colisee.

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Modano Named Special Ambassador

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DALLAS - Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars has been named Special Ambassador to the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, the National Hockey League announced today. Modano, the Stars’ all-time leader in several statistical categories and a member of the franchise for the entirety of his 16-year career, will appear at selected All-Star events and will drop the puck in a ceremonial face-off prior the 55th NHL All-Star Game Wednesday night.
“Mike is the face of the franchise and a true All-Star,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of Modano, the only remaining player on the Stars’ roster to have made the move with the club from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993.
The 36-year-old Modano - the Stars’ all-time leader in goals (495), assists (708), points (1,203) and games-played (1,206) - suffered a hip muscle injury on Dec.4 and has missed the last 21 games due to the injury.

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Welcome Gordie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars,

After countless personal appearances and autograph sessions, Gordie Howe still savors every moment of his seemingly endless meet and greets. “If they’re interested enough to come down, then I should feel interested, too,” said Howe, who appeared in 29 All-Star games during a career that began in 1946. “You have to get the people to know you.”...
Thirty minutes before he was expected, and with no entourage like some of today’s showy athletes, Howe humbly walked into the Upper Deck booth, shook a couple of hands, sat down and immediately began mingling with the crowd. Sporting his Hockey Hall of Fame blazer—he was inducted in 1972—Howe’s presence drew a line of fans that seemed endless.

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