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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sigh of relief today.  The ASS.G is done. We can stop talking about it. Stop obsessing about the shaft and the manner in which the tide has turned against two of the classiest players in the league, led by a little man with an agenda.

We can set it aside now, can’t we?

Well. Not really, since there’s always tomorrow in Columbus.

So, let’s get that out of the way.

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Ugly Incident In College Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Ryan of the Ann Arbor News via Mlive,

An on-ice incident during the University of Michigan hockey team’s game against Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday night landed Wolverines defenseman Steve Kampfer in the hospital, Spartans players Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy facing discipline and a man being accused of physically confronting a player in Michigan State’s locker room.

Kampfer, a junior from Jackson, was clothes-lined and sucker-punched from behind by Conboy along the boards and whacked in the neck area by Tropp’s stick during the final minute of play in the Wolverines’ 5-3 victory on Saturday. Moments earlier, Kampfer had knocked Tropp off his feet with what appeared to be a clean open-ice hit.

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Bettman & MacLean

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last night Ron MacLean of HNIC had his annual ASG sit-down with Gary Bettman.

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Veteran Dmen Will Be Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Many around the league believe the Flyers are one veteran defenseman away from being a serious playoff threat. With the NHL trading deadline March 4, Holmgren is expected to look closely at defensemen who will become unrestricted free agents after this season, and he could use the Flyers’ depth at forward to acquire one.

Atlanta’s Niclas Havelid, Colorado’s Brett Clark, Phoenix’s Derek Morris, Nashville’s Dan Hamhuis and the Islanders’ Brendan Witt are expected to be on the trade block in the next six weeks. With Scottie Upshall, Lupul and Knuble, the Flyers have the assets to land one of them. Holmgren optimistic

more on the Flyers…

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The Bettman Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

The bottom line is that Bettman did it his way and it worked. The National Hockey League that was on display here this weekend is a far happier, healthier place than it was in the fall of 2004 when Bettman locked out the NHLPA.

All our dire predictions that Bettman was going to trash the league, that the fans would never come back, that a league like the NHL could never survive another labour stoppage, much less a lost season? Forgotten.

Just like all those hundreds of emails I received during the lockout from fans who declared that they would never, ever buy a ticket to a NHL game again.

Stupid me. I believed them. Bettman didn’t, which is why he is the commissioner and I am an ink-stained media wretch.

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Would Gerber Help Flames?

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

One of the things being discussed is the future of Ottawa Senators netminder Martin Gerber. He’s been waived by the team and is expected to meet today with Sens GM Bryan Murray to figure out what happens next.

The Flames are rumoured to be considering bringing the veteran in as insurance in case workhorse Miikka Kiprusoff succumbs to a late-season injury.

According to a colleague in the nation’s capital, the belief is the Flames might be interested if the Sens are willing to pick up half of the $1.5 million left on Gerber’s salary.

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via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

We said it before the season started and we’ll say it again now: Enjoy Michael Cammalleri the rest of the season, because on July 1, he’ll be a Toronto Maple Leaf, making almost as much money as Jarome Iginla.

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Chemistry Issue In Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News,

Ducks general manager Bob Murray will decide sometime over the next month whether to tear his team down for the future, or build it up for one more Stanley Cup run.

With time to reflect at the All-Star break, and just 31days remaining before the March 4 trade deadline, he’s not sure which direction to go. In a telephone interview Sunday from Chicago, Murray said he’s just as confused as anybody about why the team has made the decision so tough.

“Something’s not right in the dressing room,” he said. “Within that group of players, it doesn’t for some reason lend itself to the team coming and playing with enthusiasm. There’s no energy. That could be a chemistry issue.”

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Back To Reality

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

...But that party’s over.

There will still be glorious hockey celebrations – imagine Canada winning two gold medals at next year’s Vancouver Winter Games – but no more spectacular bashes that suggest the revenue streams are as endless as the water that flows here from the Great Lakes.

“We are having a good season,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a news conference here on Saturday.

“It’s a wonder no one threw a shoe at him,” a francophone reporter muttered.

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Time For Rangers To Get Serious

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Despite the uncontestable—it’s all there in the arithmetic—the fact that this 2008-09 Blueshirts edition is NOTICEABLY better in points and stands twelve wins over .500, scores of Doubting Thomases—coach Tom Renney excluded—abound.

The Thomases and Nervous Nellies worry about scoring; they fret over the power play and the absence of a MONSTER (Chris Pronger) defenseman. They suffer migraines over Nik Zherdev, wondering if he’ll ever do a reasonable facsimile of Allie Ovechkin.

No problem. Concern is the norm in a playoff race featuring the challenging likes of Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, to name a few that fail the Pushover Test.

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You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

Let me get this straight, the league office endorses NHL teams hiding injuries from the media and fans or disclosing them as very vague “upper body” or “lower body” – but its not OK for a player to have one of these slight or near-phantom injuries keep him from attending the corporate elbow-rubbing autograph session known as All-Star Weekend.

Hmmmm. That’s curious.

Does the “H” in NHL stand for hypocrisy?

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