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One Did, One Didn’t

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E. M. Swift at Sports Illustrated,

You’ve heard it before: the best moves are sometimes the ones that a team’s management doesn’t make.
And so we have a tale of two cities—Philadelphia and Phoenix—that are heading in opposite directions.
Return with us now to Oct. 24, 2006. The Flyers, having played six of their first eight games on the road, have stumbled to a 1-6-1 start. They’d finished the previous season with 101 points, 45-26-11, and everyone has predicted in preseason polls that the Flyers would make the playoffs.

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Only 4 Left

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sobbing Dique apologist Terri Frei writes this morning that only a handful of players remain from The Rivalry, and just one from the Dive.

Yzerman's retirement also means the Red Wings have only four players - Tomas Holmstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Nick Lidstrom - remaining from the most heated period of the rivalry, 1995-98. That's three more than the Avalanche has. "I'm the only guy left from those years," Sakic said. "I will tell you it's fun playing Detroit. They have a great hockey team and we're always going to have some pretty good hockey games."
More from Terri....also check out the latest offer from the Kukla Empire of Blogs.

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Wing Fans: Stop and Read

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It's a rare day that you can say the organ-I-zation has embarrassed itself and, by extension, you. Head to KK Hockey and read this.

On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch celebrated the storied, magnificent career of his long-time All-Star captain and center Steve Yzerman by retiring his jersey number 19, hanging it high into the rafters of Joe Louis Arena. But as Ilitch celebrated the career of Yzerman with a spectacular ceremony, he simultaneously and purposefully desecrated the career of one of the Detroit’s earliest and true hockey heroes – right wing Larry Aurie.
Mike Ilitch has done a lot of good for the city, the team and the fan base. But it's time to swallow some pride and correct this issue.

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Preparing For HDIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Day in Canada is the greatest day of the year!!!
Agree or not?

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Not So Fast

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from Canada.com,

There was also plenty of talk on the radio call-in shows and along media row about Trevor Linden.
He had lost a step, some suggested. His hands were gone, others said. He was too old. The Vancouver Canucks made a mistake bringing him back. There was more, but you get the picture.
If Linden heard any of this, he didn’t pay attention. He just did what he has always done in an NHL career now in its 19th year. He came to the rink determined to do whatever he could to help the team win.
Lately, he has been doing quite a lot.

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The “Middle” Body Injury

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from Sportsnet,

When you’re the size of Zdeno Chara, the simple “upper” or “lower” body ailment does not apply—you need to add a “middle” category.
The Bruins’ defenceman will miss his homecoming game versus the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday with what is being called a mystery “middle body” injury. Chara, who has not played since the 10-2 loss to Toronto, remains quiet on what exactly caused “it.”

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Go For A Skate

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from the Guelph Mercury,

Everyone has seen the grainy, home-filmed footage of the young Wayne Gretzky, still unsteady on his feet, learning to skate on his backyard skating rink.
It’s an image that’s wholesome and nostalgic and one that undoubtedly has fuelled dreams of becoming an NHL hockey star.
But whether you are bound for the Olympics, the National Hockey League, the Ice Capades or just want a little exercise, you don’t have to dream about having a skating rink.

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A Just Reward

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Bill at A2Y points us to some well deserved recognition, from an unexpected source.

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Dry Spell May Be Over For Kozlov

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from the Gwinnett Daily Post,

Despite a successful 15-year career, the NHL All-Star Game has meant just one thing to Slava Kozlov: a couple of days off in midseason.
That may not be the case this time, however.
The All-Star choices will be announced beginning tonight, and the Atlanta Thrashers feel that the 34-year-old Kozlov has already gone too long without the recognition he deserves.
“I sure hope he makes it,” said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, who will be an assistant for the Eastern Conference at Dallas on Jan. 24. “He’s very deserving. I don’t know where we’d be right now without him.”

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Whoa…Now That’s Cool

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I believe I mentioned a little bitterness from A2Y toward Behind the Jersey, the day after the 19 ceremony? Yeahhhummmm......triple it.

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