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Not Talking In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

The relative calm and quiet recently surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning ownership situation could get noisy again.

Lightning officials declined comment on a report Thursday by the Sports Business Journal that the National Hockey League advanced the team revenue-sharing money for the 2009-10 season to cover January payroll expenses.

For months, sparring Tampa Bay co-owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules have been working to bring in additional investors in order to part ways. Beginning in August, each was given a 60-day window to buy out the other. Those deadlines have long passed with no resolution to the situation.


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If The Wings Ever Get Healthy

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We did the math last night. The coaching staff all picked their teams, knock on wood, if we ever get healthy, and I can’t share that with you,’’ coach Mike Babcock said after today’s morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center. “It’s a lot different looking team, obviously.’‘

Tomas Holmstrom (broken foot) and Niklas Kronwall (sprained MCL) could be back next week, followed by Jason Williams (fractured fibula) in 10-14 days. Johan Franzen (torn ACL) said he will see the doctor next week, when he hopes to have a better idea of when he’ll return. He said he is skating at full strength and still hopes to be back before the Olympic break (Feb. 15-28).

Here’s my projection of what the lines might look like when everyone is healthy:

read on

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Boyle Will Miss 2 Games

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from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

Dan Boyle has what they’re calling an upper body injury and won’t be in the lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

It’’s likely he’ll have to skip a second game Saturday against Buffalo, but both the defenseman and his coach — while vague on any details about the injury — did say they thought he’d be good to go after that, presumably barring any unforeseen developments.

more on the Sharks…

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There Is No Goalie Controversy In Chicago

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from George at Let’s Go Hawks,

It is not unfair of anyone to evaluate and comment upon the strengths and weaknesses of a team.  And it is a reasonable criticism that the Hawks’ goalies are not as spectacular as their groups of forwards or defensemen.  That does not mean, however, that the goalies are terrible.  To the contrary, Huet and Niemi have been above average for most of the season.  A team does not challenge for the Presidents’ Trophy with crappy goaltending.  Sure, the Blackhawks play some of the best two way hockey in the league, but no team has a 2.20 GAA without some solid backstopping.


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Jean Beliveau In Hospital After Suffering A Stroke

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from CTV Montreal,

Hockey great Jean Beliveau has suffered a stroke. CTV News has learned the Montreal Canadiens legend suffered a stroke Wednesday night and was transported to the Montreal General Hospital.

He is now in the neurological department and no further details on his condition are available at this time. However, a source tells CTV News that his life is not in danger.


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Unhappy With The Performance Of High-Paid Bloggers? Blame Canada

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

As The Chief will be on the high seas kicking ass and taking names, there will be some temporary changes here at A2Y.

Don’t panic.  The Stress Train will keep rollin’, drinks will still flow liberally, sarcasm and juvenile behaviour will still dominate, and the 19 will still be making the funniest, most insightful commentary anywhere on The Gore.

While A2Y will not have The Chief to provoke and incite angry mobs for a while, he has asked me to keep stirring the pot in his absence.  Though I cannot replace the Chief, nor will I try, I will attempt to bring my own blend of cocky sarcasm on a regular basis to A2Y and the 19.  I hope I can live up to your expectations and fill the big sandals of insanity Bill left behind.




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Canucks Go Shopping?

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from Matt Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Something lured Vancouver’s brass to Montreal to see a game between two teams below the playoff line. Some theories…

- In July 2008, one of Gillis’ first acts as Canucks GM was to sign St. Louis centre David Backes to a three-year, $7.5-million (all currencies U.S.) offer sheet. The Blues, grudgingly, matched.

Backes, 25, earns $2.5-million next season before becoming a free agent. He scored 31 goals a season ago, but has just 10 this year.

The Blues are six points out of a playoff spot, and have 16 games remaining before the Olympic break.


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Tongue-Tied Lappy

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The poor guy needs his teeth.

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Bertuzzi Wants To Stay In Detroit And Detroit Wants Him To Stay

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings are very interested in keeping Bertuzzi, who takes 13 goals and 27 points into tonight’s game at Minnesota—and he is very interested in staying.

“I love playing here,” Bertuzzi said Wednesday. “I love the guys. It’s somewhere I’d like to stay and retire.”

General manager Ken Holland would like to get a deal done, too.

“We’re very happy with him,” Holland said. “When we signed him in the summer, our hope was he could get 40 to 50 points, and it looks like he’ll get that. He’s given us a dimension of size and strength. ... He’s scored a lot of big goals for us. Certainly, we’d like to keep him.”

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