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More On The Oilers Restaurant Bill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The Oilers, no doubt stinging from a 2-1 loss to the Flames earlier in the evening, drowned their sorrows and brought in 2010 with the help of $8,248 worth of booze – including two $500 magnums of Dom Perignon and a $250 round of shooters.

The alcohol amounted to nearly half the total bill, which reached $16,796.39 once an 18 per cent tip was tacked on, according to a newspaper report confirmed by owner Maurizio Terrigno.

According Mr. Terrigno, the team – which has a payroll of $59,253,000 before certain cushions bring it down just below the National Hockey League’s salary cap of $56.8-million – refused to pay the full bill and forked over only $12,381.45.

Mr. Terrigno said the players argued they should pay for their “shooters” – small one-ounce shots of strong drink – by the bottle rather than the round.


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Top Whiners In The NHL

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The Maven calls them out…

I won’t mention the names, but how about the teams they are associated with?

Dallas, San Jose, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Florida.

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At The Halfway Point Of The NHL Regular Season

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,


NHL leading scorer Joe Thornton, Jonathan Quick, John Tavares, the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Miller, Marian Gaborik, Tomas Plekanec, Steve Sullivan’s comeback, Steve Yzerman’s Hall of Fame induction speech.


The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Alexei Kovalev (his four goals yesterday aside), Tim Thomas, Olli Jokinen, Phil Kessel, the KHL and the NHLPA executive.

more (link not working, trying to find the story again)

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The Blackhawks Now Have A Team Historian

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via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the hiring of veteran journalist Bob Verdi as Team Historian, a newly created position. In his role, Verdi will use his five decades of sports journalism for periodical feature stories on the team’s website and in its publications along with a variety of other roles.

“We are privileged to add such a true Chicago sports legend in Bob to our staff,” Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations Jay Blunk said. “As Team Historian, he will give our organization perspective and depth in a number of different roles, which includes contributing on chicagoblackhawks.com. His 40-plus years of sports journalism in Chicago will serve as a great link to our franchise’s rich history.”

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No Limos, Just A Bus For The Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We’ve changed out travel into the Island and Jersey where it’s not going to be 10 freakin’ (cq) limos flying in from all over the place and come in for the morning skate,” Tortorella said. “We’re leaving the night before, on a bus, and going to Long Island and Jersey as a team from now on.”

Interestingly, the Rangers are 5-2-1 over the last three seasons taking their limos to New Jersey and 8-3-1 in their last 12 taking their limos to Long Island.

This proclamation about travel was made after Tortorella said that the way the organization treats the players is, “sometimes too good.

“That’s part of the problem, that’s something in the short time I’ve been here, I think we take too good care of them sometimes. I’ll leave it at that.”

more on the Rangers…

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Sunday Numbers: East vs. West and Howard vs. Thomas, Quick, Miller And Andie

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, if it weren’t for statistics my life would suck so frigging bad. I just love me some numbers, especially when I can twist and mold them to my advantage.  Typically what I’ll do is come up with a viewpoint, then assign some stats to it to confirm my stance, and then…oops.  Wrong blog. 

Numbers.  Want some? Check this out.

I actually decided to care about some teams other than the Wings today, or pretended to.  We like to claim the West is such a behemoth, so obviously stronger than the East.  And sometimes the folks in Boston or Buffalo or DC or Jersey? Sometimes that makes them sad, like I’m lying or something.

Well I’m not.

Continue Reading »

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Decisions Ahead For The Wild

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Kim Johnsson or Marek Zidlicky? Or both?

Owen Nolan or Eric Belanger? Derek Boogaard’s iron fists?

As the Wild works to make the playoffs this second half, General Manager Chuck Fletcher and his staff will be hard at work off the ice.

Over the next two months, the Wild faces some enormous decisions that will shape the future of the franchise.

Minnesota has nine potential unrestricted free agents (the five aforementioned players and Petr Sykora, Shane Hnidy, Andrew Ebbett and John Scott). It must determine which players to retain and then determine if it can afford to do so.


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NHL & WJC Hockey Today

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We also have the semi-finals of the WJC.

Canada vs. Switzerland at 5:00pm ET and Sweden vs. United States at 9:00pm ET.  Both games are on the NHL Network in the USA and TSN/TSN2 will cover the games in Canada.

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Penguins Need To Play A More Desperate Game

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

There weren’t outward signs of anger after the Penguins’ fourth loss in a row and fifth loss in six games. Nor was there an outpouring of bewilderment.

Yet definitive answers weren’t forthcoming, either.

“It’s kind of like we’re just showing up and—I don’t want to say expecting to win because you do have to have kind of a confidence or swagger that you expect to win, but I think right now we think we’re good enough to show up and beat whoever we play, and we’re not,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said yesterday after the Penguins folded in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum to match their longest skein of the season.

“I don’t know how good we are, to be honest. I think early in the season we got lucky with a lot of games in a lot of different aspects. Maybe it’s catching up to us. I guess that’s the best way to describe the picture—the level of desperation isn’t what it needs to be.”


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Questions For Team Canada

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• My biggest concern on Steve Yzerman’s Team Canada: The apparent dependence on veterans Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger on defence. This is Pronger’s fourth Olympics. This should be Niedermayer’s fourth. Neither play at all-star levels anymore. Maybe they have one great tournament left in them. Maybe not.

• Another area of concern: Yzerman has added the entire San Jose line of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley. Thornton has 10 NHL seasons with more than a point a game in the regular season, not one in the playoffs. Big games have never been his thing

more hockey talk…

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