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Note From Plissken: I’m Done

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Just got the word from Snake Plissken:  he’s had enough and he’s moving on.  Said the level of conversation around here wasn’t what he’d expected and that he’s headed to northern California where it’s a bit more…cosmopolitan.


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For The Love Of The Game?

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from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

As I sit here and type this, my jaw is in four pieces. I’m equipped with two plates, 10 screws and a bottom row of teeth that would rival the finest set in any backwoods pub in England. I’m a hockey player, and this is my life.

My dad, Bob Bourne, was a hockey player, and a pretty good one. He won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders back in the dynasty days and has his name is in the rafters at Nassau Coliseum. I’m pretty sure it was his name they were raising; it was tough to see from the huge shadow I’m in. At least I have the option of being a professional clown with these huge unfilled shoes of his.

But really, I never tried to fill them. In fact, I was never married to hockey. If hockey were a girl, I’m fairly certain I could go to court and get a restraining order. Hey, I just liked it. Maybe I led it on a bit with the late night games and the odd early morning rendezvous, but it knew what we were.


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How Much Longer Can The Thrashers Survive?

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from Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

This, the Thrashers’ ninth season, has represented a significant backslide, and the fans are restless. The first customer wearing a paper bag over his head was spotted in the stands a week ago. One anonymous grump has begun an e-mail campaign to protest what he called the Spirit group’s “running this franchise into the ground” with more paper bags and banners during a game with Montreal next month.

One of the most reliable clichés in sports states that winning cures all ills. That has never been truer than with this town and this team.

“Put a couple of winning seasons together, have a nice playoff run, then you build a following,” Thrashers defenseman Garnet Exelby suggested.

Nearly a decade after the NHL’s return to Atlanta, though, how much longer must fans wait for that promise to bloom? Or, more to the point of hockey’s future in Atlanta, how much longer will they wait?


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How About 12 Hours Of Hockey Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puck drops at 12:30pm ET today when the Flyers take on the Rangers on NBC and the final horn will end around 12:30am Monday after the Montreal/Vancouver game

Watch a preview for the NBC Game of the Week and the full NHL schedule for today is below….

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Trade Deadline Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The clock is ticking toward the March 4 trade deadline and the star defenseman, slated for unrestricted free agency, remains unsigned despite Florida’s best efforts. In fact, we are told the Panthers’ last offer was in the ball park of $6.5 million a season on a multiyear deal, but that still didn’t cut it. Hey, it’s his right to go to July 1 and see what’s out there; we’ve got no problem with that….

The Panthers will only trade him if they get a good enough package. They’ll keep him for the playoff drive if they don’t get what they’re looking for….

The Coyotes are taking phone calls on No. 1 center Olli Jokinen (he has one more year on his deal at $5.5 million), but insist they’re not shopping him….

read on and basically a recap of the Hot Stove talk on HNIC from last night…

Spector has more trade talk too

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Wild Not Happy With Loss To Ottawa

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

In an unprecedented meltdown that had coach Jacques Lemaire screaming mad in the postgame news conference, the Wild lost at home after leading by three goals for the first time in history as the Ottawa Senators stormed back for a 5-3 victory….

“We get up three goals in the first period and basically just disrespected the other team,” said veteran Owen Nolan, who scored two goals and an assist early in what looked like a destined Wild rout. “We thought the game was in hand, and they came out ready to work the next two periods and they gave it to us.

“There’s no reason for the outcome.”

Not only did the Wild slip to 10th in the West, it doesn’t play again until Thursday, meaning the top eight will surely distance itself. And when the Wild returns to action, it plays third-place Calgary, second-place Detroit and fourth-place Chicago.

more & watch Lemaire’s post-game press conference below…

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Shots Fired From Both Sides

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

When the Flyers and Rangers make their season debut today on the NHL on NBC, don’t expect analyst Mike Milbury to give Philadelphia goaltender Marty Biron a lot of love….

“(Biron) is an OK goaltender, but he’s not an A-1. The team in front of him is a pretty good team, but it’s not Detroit either. They are going to need better goaltending to take them to the Promised Land.”

Putting too much credence in Milbury’s opinions is a dangerous thing.

This is a guy who as a defenseman with the Boston Bruins once climbed into the stands at Madison Square Garden, pulled the shoe off a fan and hit him over the head with it.

This is a guy who as coach of the Wales Conference All-Stars, forced the NHL to change its selection rules after he chose enforcer Chris Nilan over the legendary Guy Lafleur.



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‘Sticky’ Budget

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The odds that the hockey world would ever go back to wood sticks are probably on a par with goalies everywhere going back to pads stuffed with horsehair.

But it sure gets frustrating, night after night, to see NHL ice surfaces littered with shattered pricy carbon shafts, which seem to have a way of vaporizing just as a point man puts the hammer down on a 40-foot slapper. Imagine the pain felt by parents who shell out $100, $200, or more for a stick, only to take home two halves to stake tomato plants in summer gardens.

“It’s a big point of contention among GMs throughout the league, I’ll tell you that,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “The stick budget for every team keeps going up.”

According to Chiarelli, the Bruins spend some $400,000 per annum on the lightweight sticks.

more plus other hockey notes including who the Bruins may be targeting at the trade deadline…

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Simmons Hockey Talk On Sunday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The betting here is that Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Pavel Kubina and Matt Stajan will not be Maple Leafs by the time the NHL trade deadline passes. And if Brian Burke can find teams who want the contracts of Jason Blake, Lee Stempniak and Ryan Hollweg, he’ll move them too. Where things get interesting are with injured defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who Burke likes but understands he has the most market value of any of his players.

• The more I watch Jay Bouwmeester the more I’m convinced that a) some team is going to overpay for him at the trade deadline or b) some team is going to way overpay for him in free agency this summer. He’s good. He’s not great.

more hockey notes among other sports observations…

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Sharp Out With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Hawks leading goal scorer Patrick Sharp left Saturday’s game with Dallas 39 seconds into the first period with what appeared to be a left knee injury.

Sharp was unable to put any pressure on his leg as he was helped to the dressing room.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks’ 6-2 win that Sharp would not be going on the road trip this week to Tampa, South Florida and Dallas and that more details would be announced on Monday.  Several Hawks acted as if Sharp would be out for a long period of time.

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