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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

JDunc, frequent A2Y reader and KK forum poster, turned us on to the fact that Zetterberg's been replaced in the all star lineup. Paul posted the NHL news release. The diggers have zip. No stories. No blog entries. No initiative. No worries. Khan(!) does report that Chris Osgood has the flu and won't start tonite.

Chris Osgood missed Friday's morning skate in Columbus because of the flu, but coach Mike Babcock said Osgood is still expected to back-up Dominik Hasek in tonight's game. Osgood was scheduled to start Saturday in Colorado, but if he can't play, Babcock said the club would recall Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids (the Griffins are in Hamilton tonight and Saturday), where he was assigned last week on a 14-day conditioning stint.
Meanwhile, the team's co-most-valuable Swede is....what? Hurt? Tired? Kidding?

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Hottest Line In Hockey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Outstanding feature article from SI's Brian Caseneuve. He's taken considerable time to analyze the reasons behind the recent offensive explosion of the Dats/Zett/Homer line (anyone want to come up with a nickname for that line?).

Extra work: Holmstrom is a known pessimist, one who is especially hard on himself. Over the last few weeks, he's been staying late after practices working on deflecting shots on goal -- sometimes dozens in a stretch. Don't buy the stereotype about all Swedes being soft in the middle. For a player with skill, Holmstrom scores his share of garbage goals and has the marks on his ankles to prove it. Datsyuk scored three goals with his first 37 shots this season, but having Holmstrom on his line ensures that he will shoot through screens more often.
Makes you wonder a bit why the DD's haven't explored this a bit more. Makes me wonder why a certain blogger hasn't either. Yes, that's a self-referral.

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The Pens Offer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins have been offered a better arena deal than any other National Hockey League team or any other professional sports team in the state, Gov. Ed Rendell said this afternoon.
“The offer we have put on the table, I can tell you two things about it,” Rendell told reporters. “One, it’s better than any city or state has offered to an existing NHL team for a new stadium in the last several years, and it is also significantly better from the team’s perspective (than the deals offered to other Pennsylvania sports teams).”

continued...what happened to not negotiating through the press?

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Brashear Built Tough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Read Express,

Enter the 6-foot-2, 234-pound enforcer, who’s built a 16-year career out of an ability to reverse momentum. Nothing breathes life into a moribund team or a quiet crowd like a big hit or some fisticuffs, and few are as qualified to deliver as the imposing Indiana native.
“That’s our job. We’re energy. We’re role players, and at any given time we want to be out there trying to hit somebody, intimidate them or get a fight to get the guys going,” he said….
But Brashear is a hockey player, not a goon, which is why he’s still in the league. “The guys who were intelligent enough to not be one-dimensional and work on their skills and work on their skating,” have survived, Caps coach Glen Hanlon said.

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Don’t Touch That Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bloomberg,

The National Hockey League may create its first uniform policy enforced by fines to make sure players don’t alter the new streamlined gear designed by Adidas AG’s Reebok International Ltd.
The league is ``looking at rules and regulations,’’ including fines to ensure players don’t change the uniforms, which will be worn during the All-Star Game next week and used by all teams next season, Brian Jennings, the NHL’s vice president of consumer products marketing, said in an interview.

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The Replacements

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A KK member wrote this in the KKF this morning…

NHL live just announced that Ed Jovo. will replace Scott Neidermeyer, and Andy MacDonald will replace Henrik Zetterberg at the all-star game. Does anyone have any info on this? I can’t find anything.

The Coyotes confirm Jovanovski being in…

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been added to the Western Conference roster for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game which will be played Wednesday, Jan. 24 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

added 2:35pm, press release from the NHL…

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All-Star Memories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Linda Cohn at ESPN,

I know the diehards will watch, even if the game was on QVC. We’re all just glad to have the game back after a two-year hiatus due to the lockout and the Olympics.
It’s funny. For a game that doesn’t count in the standings, it sure can tap into our emotions at times and give hockey fans some memorable moments. We all have our favorites, and here’s my top 10:
1996, 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter
You can’t make this stuff up! Bruins veteran and fan favorite Ray Bourque broke up a tie game by scoring with just 37.3 seconds left in regulation to lift the Eastern Conference to a 5-4 win over the Western Conference. It was simply a great moment for a good guy, and for it to happen in front of his beloved Bruins fans made it even more special.

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Worthy Cup Recipients

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Cup’s going to be raised by a few heroes a heckuva lot sooner than expected.  From a league press release,

NEW YORK (January 19, 2007) - NHL All-Star starting goaltender Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres is one of several players expected to join dozens of volunteers and loved ones in welcoming U.S. soldiers returning from a tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The Stanley Cup and six NHL mascots will accompany him during the visit.

During the visit, Miller will unveil two custom-designed goalie masks honoring U.S. and Canadian troops. The masks, designed by renowned sports artist David Arrigo, will be displayed in the terminal during the visit.

Outstanding move.

 

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Thursday’s With Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here's some cool news for you. Every Thursday Chris Chelios appears on Detroit sports radio station WDFN. Earlier today we've received permission from them to offline each segment and put it here for you. Look for that to start next Thursday. Typically, Chelios is on in the 5pm-6pm hour so expect it here no later than an hour after he is on.

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Iginla Out Longer Than He Expected

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Reluctant to come clean on the initial diagnosis of the sprained MCL in his left knee two weeks ago, the captain said yesterday what most already figured: He’s out for at least a month.
“Four to five weeks is what (the doctors) are saying,” said Iginla, whose knee was injured when pinned awkwardly against the boards Jan. 4. “I’m hoping for three weeks and it’ll be three weeks after the all-star break but that’d be optimistic.”
And completely unrealistic. He hasn’t even bent his leg since being fitted for a brace following a hit by Florida’s Bryan Allen.
“It’s stiff,” said Iginla, who will have the knee examined by doctors again today.

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