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Is Theo Fleury Telling The Truth?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Fleury suggests that because he was such a high-profile player having such a good 2000-01 season for the Rangers (29 goals, 37 assists for 66 points in the first 51 games), physicians Dr. Brian Shaw and Dr. Dave Lewis conspired to undermine the program on his behalf by overlooking his series of “dirty” tests.

Thus, he essentially charges that the program was a sham and that the physicians and counselors who supported him throughout his many ordeals were co-conspirators.

See, this is what Fleury did and still does. He takes people down with him. He now takes the program down with him just as he took the Rangers down with him when he was suspended on Feb. 28, 2002, for the remainder of the season for drug- and alcohol-related issues for what apparently was a 14th failed drug test that was one too many for the program to bear.

more plus other hockey topics….

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This One Had To Feel Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Max Afinogenov of the Thrashers scores against his old team, the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

added 10:54pm, Alexei Kovalev of the Senators with a goal tonight against the Canadiens can be watched below…

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev, maxim+afinogenov

‘Grapes’ With Numerous Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don talks numerous topics on Coach’s Corner including Senators, Leafs, Phil Kessel and Marc Savard.

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  Tags: don+cherry

Report- Kovalchuck Contract Decision May Be Coming Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC Sports,

A decision by Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk on his future is coming soon.

The impending Thrashers free agent will decide in the next few weeks whether he will re-sign with the club or choose to test free-agency, according to analysts Pierre LeBrun and Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove segment on Saturday.

“That could happen in the next couple of weeks. [There are] a lot of positive feelings coming out of Atlanta,” LeBrun said. “But there’s a team in the [Kontinental Hockey League] … that I think would love to get its hands on him.”

That team is Russia SKA Saint Petersburg, operated by KHL president Alexander Medvedev. If Kovalchuk moves back to Russia, it would be the biggest coup so far for the fledging super-league.


added 10:33pm, Also discussed on the Hotstove was the salary cap for next season may be flat or go down around 1M.  Also discussed Marc Savard is a UFA on July 1, 2010 and rumors are out he is headed to Toronto.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Valeri Bure In The Wine Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

For 15 years, Bure has been a collector of wine. He has traveled France and Tuscany, and on a visit to Napa, met Josh Peeples, who has his own wine label—Jacquelynn.

Peeples took Bure under his wing. In came famed winemaker Luc Morlet, and today, Bure has his own label, Bure Family Wines, which is produced at Chateau Boswell in St. Helena, Calif.

Last Sunday, I joined Wild TV announcers Dan Terhaar and Mike Greenlay on a tour of the cave and cellars. We saw the sorting of the grapes, the beginning stages of fermentation and the barreling, where wine will sit in 59-gallon white oak barrels for 15 to 20 months.


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  Tags: valeri+bure

Chicago Saving Cap Money Any Way Possible

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune,

Each day the Hawks aren’t playing a game, (Jack) Skille is being reassigned to Rockford of the AHL. On game days the winger is recalled and joins his teammates on the big club. Because Skille, the Hawks’ top pick (seventh overall) in the 2005 draft, still is playing under his entry-level contract, he is not exposed to waivers and there is no limit to how many times the Hawks can reassign and recall him.

Each day Skille, 22, is not on the active roster, the Hawks do not have to pay him his NHL salary (he does get his minor-league salary) and they save money under the cap. It’s believed the Hawks save about $6,000 each day Skille isn’t on the roster.


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Columbus Extends Kris Russell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Kris Russell to a three-year contract extension, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Russell, 22, has registered four goals and 28 assists for 32 points and 42 penalty minutes in 137 career games with the Blue Jackets. He notched 2-19-21 and 28 penalty minutes in 66 games with Columbus last season.

        “Kris is an important player for us, not only in the present, but in the future,” said Howson. “We believe he has just scratched the surface of his potential.”

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Two Reasons To Stop Dancing In The Doldrums:  The JV’s In Town, And We’re Gonna Live Blog It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back to Zeppelin because I feel we won’t be needing Seger.  We’ll break Bobby out for the big guns, but we’re not going to waste him on the also-rans and the mediocre.  It would be insulting to him, to you and to me.

But I do offer you this…

I had to go out and buy BB’s Avalanche Ale to get my mind right.

I have to see the Red Wings destroyed today. I want to see their spirits crushed. I want to see their women lament the broken husks their husbands have become. I want to see all 18 of the fans in the stands crying and wiping their eyes with **** (reference to male genitalia)-shaped handkerchiefs. I want to see Joe Louis burn to the ground.

Bitter? What makes you ask that?

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All Paul Stastny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

SN: How would you explain your team’s fast start overall?

Stastny: I think we’re just four lines playing with confidence. Everyone is playing well from all our defensemen — starting with our goaltending, from the back end to the front end. Our special teams are big. We’re killing well and have a good power play. Any time you’re doing that, you’re giving yourself a chance to win.

SN: Honestly, have you been surprised by the strong start?

Stastny: Yeah, you never know. You look at the schedule at the beginning of the season, you tell yourself you can win some of these, you could lose some of these. We’ve played some pretty good teams. There are no easy games these days….


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  Tags: paul+stastny

So…It’s Saturday.  Garbage Dive In Town.  Sounds Like…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...yep.  You know what’s coming.

The weather outside is frightful, at least here in DC it is. You’ve been watching football all day, probably cracked a few soda pops here and there.



MICK.pdf (Thanks OTC and Team Dub)

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