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CBA Guarantees Game’s Financial Future

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via the Toronto Sun,

It’s about as dull and as dry as it gets, dead certain to make your eyelids heavy within seconds. There is, however, no denying that it is a finely-crafted document that should guarantee the game financial stability into the foreseeable future. Of course, it could never have been put into place without the acquiescence of the players association but, please, no crying on that one. The players are making out just fine, thank you. If revenues hit projections this year, they’ll average about $1.8 million US a man, not far off pre-lockout levels.
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Monday Deep Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

24 hours after he told us dwelling on the loss to Bubba was a useless endeavor, Ted Kulfan has finally come around. He's now dwelling, like us, on the offense. DetNews/Ted Kulfan

Babcock has been patient, but the patience of Babcock and general manager Ken Holland might be wearing thin. "To win, your best players have to be your best players," Babcock said. "You have to find a way to make it go in for yourself. When you don't score sometimes you put more pressure on yourself. There's no sense doing that."
And, sometimes, when you don't score that pressure is shared by coach and player. Read the comment section here.

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Rules Hindering Competition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Choosing his words carefully, Tortorella pointed out before yesterday's game against the Senators that he believes NHL officials need to take another look at the game and the way they're calling obstruction penalties. He's concerned with the quantity and quality of the fouls being called. "I'm not crazy about how the game is being played. Last year, everybody was pleased with what happened with our game because they were so glad we were back," said Tortorella.
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Wings Looking For Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mlive,

"I'm going to work the phones, but given the cap and the competitiveness of the league, no one will give up a guy who can score goals and makes a relatively small amount of money,'' Holland said. "It's hard to go out and add a guy who makes $3-4 million a year. You have to move money for money.''
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Shootouts Need To Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the South End (student newspaper of Wayne State Univ.),

There are many factors and strategies that determine the winner of an NHL hockey game. The Scotty Bowman ingenious mastery of juggling lines. The Dave Lewis stupidity of juggling lines. Quick shifts to compensate for tired legs. Icing calls leading to critical face-offs in an opponent’s zone late in the game. Power-play combinations. Penalty-killing combinations. The list goes on and on. With the “New NHL,” another factor comes into play: the shootout, otherwise known as the Mini-Mite Classic. Shootouts are for 8-year-old hockey players during intermissions at Joe Louis Arena during Red Wings home games.
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Own A Piece Of Ranger History

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bid for a part of the 1968-98 NY Rangers bench. image More hockey items and general information about the auction, which ends December 6th, can be found here.

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Shooting For The Wrist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Ray Emery has become a marked man. Ottawa Senators coach Bryan Murray didn't think it would happen. At least he wasn't too worried at the start of this four-game road trip. However, it has become easy for everyone to see that Emery has a bull's eye on his back. Or, more closely, on his left wrist.
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Learning From a Legend

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Fee of the Grand Forks Herald (via INS News),

Keith Ballard admits he was a little nervous during his first NHL training camp in 2005. Blowing the whistle on the ice was perhaps the greatest NHL player ever, Wayne Gretzky, the Phoenix Coyotes head coach. "It was exciting last year at training camp," said Ballard, a Phoenix defenseman and former University of Minnesota and Lake of the Woods High School star. "I was nervous to be around him. It was fun to come in and give a good impression. Things have gone well since."
Continued... Voted the Hardest Worker on the Phoenix Coyotes last season, the 24 year old defenseman is struggling through a hand injury so far this year.

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Connolly Still Sidelined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Connolly is no closer to being cleared to exercise because of concussion-related problems. And because he will need several weeks to get into shape once he is allowed to work out, his earliest possible return wouldn't be until January.... "You know there's going to be a breaking point where he's going to feel better," Ruff said. "In my eyes, it has maybe taken a little bit longer, but we know, from our point, there's nothing we can do. The last time around was a long one, and this one is turning out to be a long one, too." Connolly has stopped hanging around Buffalo's dressing room because not being able to play was too agonizing.
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A2Y Housekeeping

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First off: last night's game has driven me out of Tennessee. I can take no more. Bubba has kicked me out and I'll be leaving this week. No, Bubba doesn't have the collective power to rid the state of the A2Y menace. But, the IwoCPO base of operation is indeed moving to the nation's capital. So, by next Saturday I'll officially be a DC blogger; joining the ranks of Eric, JP, the DC Sportschick and countless others. I'll have a separate category for DC bloggers in the sidebar soon, a blatant attempt to get invited to cool DC blogger events. Secondly: if you attribute that empty feeling that's been nagging you for days to the fact that you can't find a comprehensive resource for all A2Y game recaps, your problem is solved. You can now find them, oddly, in the Game Recap section on the sidebar. Thirdly: you may have noticed that from time to time I like to give Grampa Pinhead his own billing here at A2Y. You may think I do that in hopes that he won't pick on me in the comment sections of reactionary postings (like this one, no doubt). That's true. But, he also brings a different viewpoint than mine, which I hope you enjoy. I'd like to open that up to the rest of you. If you have a subject you feel strongly about, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I'll check it for hidden links to porn, then publish it, making you the star your mom always hoped you'd become. Fourthly: There have been a few recent additions to the A2Y Glossary. As always, you're more than welcome to send in any suggestions you may have.

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