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All Is Well In Avs Land

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

OK, so what’s going on here? Pretty simple, really. Boods has been better, the forwards are putting lots of biscuits in the basket and for the first time all season tonight, your Lanchers didn’t allow a PP goal.

But the real story has been the play of the defense. The six blueliners are all playing around 16-20 minutes a night, chipping in at the offensive end, and basically making very few mistakes in their own end. I did predict the defense of this team would be its strong suit, and I think that’s been the case so far - although the line of Stastny-Smyth-Hejduk has been tremendous.

About Budaj: no, I’m still not remotely sold on him or ready to stop worrying about him.

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He Believes He Will Be Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I’ve been talking to a few NHL teams who have a serious interest in me and who I feel really good about playing for,” (Claude) Lemieux told Slap Shots by phone from his training base of Prescott Valley, Ariz. “By my thinking, I’ll be signed to an AHL contract in no later than two weeks by the NHL team that wants me.

“They’ll come to watch me, and if they like what they see, I’ll be back.”

It strains credulity, but Lemieux is nothing if not self-assured. He is certain there is room for legs as old as his in this young man’s league. He is certain there is a need for his experience and eagerness to play in the dirty areas of the ice.

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Pens Not Interested In Gaborik

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Pay no attention to rampant Internet speculation that the Penguins are interested in trading for Minnesota left wing Marian Gaborik. His injury history is a major concern. His asking price, at least $9 million annually, is a deal-breaker. The Penguins are not sure the salary cap will rise beyond next season, meaning a third high-priced forward on a long-term deal is unlikely.

more hockey notes…

The way the Gaborik talking is going, we will soon see every NHL team saying they are not spending $8-$10M on a guy who has a history of injuries.

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Big Hitter Weight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As David Lee blogged about, the Canes won a rough game against the Islanders tonight.

A big hit was delivered by Doug Weight of the Islanders on the Canes Brandon Sutter…

 

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A Night In the ‘War’ Room

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Welcome aboard everyone - Are you ready for some hockey!

I sure am and I’m here at NHL headquarters in Toronto to prove it….

Right now, it feels like I’m at the local sports bar; television monitors all over and grown men anticipating the inevitable.

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Winter Classic Sweaters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Winter Classic jerseys are now available. Here’s the Blackhawks sweater:

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Update 9:24pm ET (Alanah): And now here’s the Wings jersey for the event:

 

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added 10:57am on 10/29/08, If you are interested in purchasing these sweaters, they can be found here.

Full press release below.

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  Tags: jerseys, winter+classic

Who’s Who

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

...Or perhaps you prefer the wonderfully original Ducks color scheme: black sweaters, black shorts, black socks, black gloves, black helmets. That happens to match the ensemble worn by the Flyers. And the Lightning. And the Kings, Penguins and Stars. All of which were inspired by the Bruins.

It’s such a great idea that the Hurricanes last month introduced their new third jersey: black. Thus they joined the Sharks, Senators, Coyotes and, alas, the Blackhawks among teams who wear black at least part of the time.

What you have is uniformity in uniforms. It’s also a mess. When you turn on a game, you often can’t tell who is playing unless you happen to know who is playing.

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Catch as catch, catch as catch can…It’s an LA-Driven Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1733 Pacific:  McCarty in tonite.  Maltby is press-box bound.  Meech out.  The swedish appendectimonious warrior Lilja is in.

Best band to ever come out of Los Angeles?

Van Halen.  The original.

Best tune in my opinion?  Well, you tell me.  The post title includes the chorus.  I’ve loved the song for more than twenty years and always thought it was “etcha-sketch”. But I was wrong.

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We May Have To Wait One More Day

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via Sportsnet,

There is a strong possibility the National Hockey League will move the trade deadline back a day, from Tuesday Mar. 3 to Wednesday Mar. 4, sources tell Sportsnet.

With 12 games scheduled for the Tuesday, the league is concerned that NHL clubs would have a hard time icing full rosters should a significant number of deadline deals result in a large number of players being on the move.

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The Smell Of Sulfur In Philadelpia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It you were watching the Devils/Flyers game this afternoon, yes, that was a smoke bomb/flare that was tossed on the ice during the OT period.

MSG+ showed a replay of the event with one of the Philadelphia players actually picking it up and carrying it towards the maintenance crew.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice said the bomb actually filled the arena with sulfur too.  Tom has another blog about this…

Hope the person responsible was caught and not allowed back in the building again!

added 7:35pm, Watch a video of the Smoke/stink bomb/flare below…

added 6:06am 10/26/08
, from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

A hostile crowd is the accepted burden of a pro athlete. Having to play under attack from a flaming missile tossed out of the stands is not part of the contract.

This one - possibly a road flare of the kind used during highway emergencies - flew toward the ice, flaming and smoking, landing next to the bench where the Devils were trying to coax victory out of overtime last night.

The missile erupted in acrid smoke that chased coach Brent Sutter and his staff into the runway and left the visitors looking to see if another was headed their way.

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