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Avery Wants To Make Hockey “Cooler”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times (Sunday edition),

...“In a way, I want to make our sport cooler,” Mr. Avery said of his high-profile exploits.

The fans at Madison Square Garden don’t need to be sold. Earlier that Monday, the muscular Mr. Avery, dressed in a black V-neck while recovering from wrist surgery, had made a surprise appearance in the raucous upper ring of the arena known as the “blue seats” during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“Do I really need two security guards?” he asked the Rangers publicist leading the expedition.

“Hey, you’re a rock star,” the publicist said. Minutes later, a sea of fans in blue jerseys had swallowed Mr. Avery, chanting his name.

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An A2Y Secret

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1315 ESTKhan(!) reports on his blog that Homer skated a full practice today and looks like he could be back Monday.  That blog post has been up for at least an hour now and hasn’t been deleted or changed so it’s probably true.

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Sssshhhh…don’t tell anyone.  My wife’s planning a surprise birthday party for me tonite that I’ve already been told about by at least 4 different attendees.

How does that affect you?  Not much, but there will be little to a realistically-zero amount of posts today, and I won’t be participating in the live blog tonite.  I will be pretending not to worry about the score, and only focusing on acting surprised. 

Feel free to use this post as tonite’s LB.  Also, if you’re feeling all holiday spirity and stuff tonite…you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), which I’ll pretend to be reading on my blackberry as if they were super important work items that I just can’t get away from because I’m so damned important.

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They Were Actors Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not only could the Montreal Canadiens play on the ice, they also could act… well, the acting could be questioned.

Watch the videos…

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Barry Trotz Knows Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Winnipeg Free Press,

We put five quick questions to the Barry Trotz:

* What’s the best thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The best thing is the skill level. The speed and skill right now is amazing.

* Worst thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The officiating.

* Best team in the NHL?
Trotz: Detroit Red Wings

* Best player in the NHL?
Trotz: Pavel Datsyuk.

more on Barry Trotz…

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Always Looking For A Better Puck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

“We’re always looking at new things that come across our desk,” says Mike Murphy, vice-president of hockey operations for the NHL. “There’s always a package with something in it, a new puck ... and in our due diligence, we take a look at them.”

Sitting on Murphy’s desk at the NHL’s Bay St. offices are several pucks mailed in from inventors with ideas on improving the puck and its performance.

Among the versions Murphy studies are discs with 30- and 45-degree angles planed into the edges. The inventors claim the shaved pucks bounce less than standard models, especially when they rebound off the boards.

Bouncing appears to be the chief complaint against the puck, and the target of individuals attempting to refine it.

read on

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Opposites Attract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

She has never been in a physical confrontation, she says, unless you count the time irony smacked her between the eyes. That was the day, five years ago, when she met her future husband, Blue Jackets enforcer Jody Shelley.

“My friends from back home couldn’t believe we were dating,” Mandy said. “They reminded me I was the student who always ran to the nearest teacher when I saw a fight.”

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It Used To Be

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

They’re back, so once again you can expect to hear about the Canadiens-Maple Leafs “rivalry.” The Rocket and everyone wearing a Leafs sweater. Eddie Shack and any Canadien who was within a stick-length of him. Dickie Moore and Frank Mahovlich.

“Hey, remember the time Dickie led a charge off the Canadiens bench after the Big M intentiallly shot the puck into Henri Richard’s face?” That was then and this is now - so what rivalry? The rivalry as we knew it was at its height in the six-team league and continued after the NHL’s first expansion and into the 1970s. Since then, it has gone the way of the grus Americana.

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Jagr Needs A Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Record,

It’s clear that Jagr is missing the chemistry he had with Michael Nylander. For two seasons, Nylander brought out the best in Jagr because their styles complemented each other….

It’s time to give Gomez or Drury another try with Jagr, who hasn’t scored a goal in five games, and stick with it until they figure out how to make it work.

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Shootout Experts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s like being in Vegas up a couple of thousand,” said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. “You’re playing with house money, and all of a sudden that $20 bet isn’t that intimidating.

“When you’re 9-1 in the shootout, you go into those situations pretty loose and if something bad does happen, it’s not the end of the world because of the record that we have. That allows the players to relax.”...

“In large part it’s been the goaltending,” said MacTavish. “And Horc (Shawn Horcoff) has had great numbers in the shootout, as has Ales (Hemsky) and (Sam) Gagner.

“When you have great goaltending that is not letting in any goals and you have shooters that are as confident as our shooters are right now, it’s a good combination.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

While Burke did manufacture a team that quickly became a Stanley Cup champion, he has almost as quickly allowed it to slip back into mediocrity.

Empty Netters tells you why…

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  Tags: brian+burke

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