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Avs Developing Their Young Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Weekes of CBC,

After broadcasting the Oilers-Avalanche game this past Saturday night, like most of you, I was amazed at the amount of great young talent Colorado had on display.

The real magic or the Caramilk secret to their upstart success this year and in years past starts, but doesn’t end, at the draft table.

Many teams draft players but the hands on the developmental process ends there or somewhere thereafter. They don’t always invest all of their resources into every young player they draft or acquire and this is failing these kids and the organization. It’s very small-minded thinking for sure.


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One Mustache, Two Birthdays, And A Podcast

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

It’s been a busy day on the Red Wings blogs, and I wanted to point everyone to some great stuff.

We have two birthdays, a mustache, and a podcast to celebrate.

The Triple Deke celebrates its second birthday.  They do great work and don’t hold it against me that I have never seen a single Mighty Duck movie.  Keep it up, bitches, I look forward to another two years.

Thanks to Winging it in Motown for pointing out that our friend, motownchollis, is celebrating his real birthday.  You know him from his blog Motown Wings as well as being cohost of the always excellent Obstructed View Podcast.  Drop by to wish Chris a happy birthday, and to check out their latest podcast as Jess (Bingo, Bango), Kris (Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle) and Rob (The Production Line) join Chris and Brian.

Last, but certainly not least, The Production Line celebrated their 301st post with this Epic Post on facial hair.  I am looking forward to another 300 posts as good as the first 300 have been.  Check this out:

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The NHL All Over the Winter Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 11, 2010) —The National Hockey League today announced its plan for NHL All-Access Vancouver™, a multi-platformed connection to news and information on the hockey competition at the 2010 Winter Games.

In less than a week, more than 140 NHL ® players will shed their NHL jerseys and compete for their countries on the world hockey stage. NHL All-Access Vancouver brings fans along for an exciting ride through internet, radio and television as NHL players, coaches and management strive for international dominance, golden moments and the fulfillment of lifelong dreams.

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Worst Regular This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is often quite informative to attempt to keep track of the worst regular player in the NHL.  It is interesting to see which kind of player a team will continue to dress despite their lack of success on the ice.  More often than not, the worst regular in the NHL is a goon who contributes nothing but penalty minutes to his team.  I think teams are starting to get the message that a goon like that is a poor use of a roster spot.

Earlier this season I picked Andrew Peters of the New Jersey Devils as the worst regular in the league. New Jersey quit playing him as frequently.  He lost his spot as a regular.  My most recent pick was Donald Brashear of the New York Rangers.  Since his selection on January 11th, Brashear has only played in three NHL games (and only one since January 14th).  He has lost his spot as a regular.

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All Steve Yzerman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Charlie Gillis of Macleans,

Q: There’s no denying the stakes, though. If Canada wins gold, you’re a genius. If the team falls anywhere short of gold, it’s considered some sort of failure.

A: That’s certainly the reality of it, and the way it goes in a short tournament. I don’t think that’s necessarily right. Whether somebody is really competent—whether he has a good hockey mind, whether he’s a good person to lead a hockey club—is something determined over a long period of time, not one tournament. If we do well, it’s certainly not because I’m any smarter than anybody else. It’ll be because we have good players and good coaches.

Q: Is that the explanation for your decision to exclude Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, who is currently the NHL’s top-scoring defenceman?

A: Mike Green’s a hell of a hockey player, a tremendous talent. I just think the defence we put together can generate offence almost to the same level as Mike, and yet be stronger in other areas. We just thought the seven that we chose are a better fit for us. I don’t want to go on at length criticizing Mike Green, but there are parts of his game that we’d need to see improved upon before he’s ready to play in the Olympics….


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  Tags: steve+yzerman, team+canada

GDT - Game #60: Red Wings host Sharks (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The GDT is light today, my heart just isn’t in it.  You know that I very well could be talking about the Wings, but that is not the case today. I had to make the call to put my dog to sleep yesterday, and for me it has been a painful experience; even worse than debating why the Wings seem to be incapable of putting a winning streak together.

Sharks visited the BJ’s last night, and did not receive a happy ending; they were shutout 3-0 (for only the 2nd time all season) and their 9 game road win streak was halted.  McLellan believes his team suffered from lack of focus - - gee sounds like he could also be describing the Wings.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Babcock doesn’t seem rattled by his teams recent play:  “These last 21 games, 15 have been on the road, back and forth to California (twice)—it’s been a grind, to say the least,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.  He said the Red Wings “didn’t fall off the face of the earth” with an 8-7-6 record, but added they did not accomplish what they wanted.  “We knew it was going to be tough, but we’re through it now and got to try to make some hay here,” Babcock said. “We got a good schedule coming up.”

Yes, please make hay.  RIP Oscar. 

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Chicago Fan Moved By Trevor Daley Gesture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mr. Heika,
I was unsure how best to contact Mr. Trevor Daley, so I thought I’d send you this in hopes of forwarding this to him and the Dallas Stars management.

I am a Blackhawk season ticket holder and avid fan and along with my son attended tonight’s’ game with the Stars. At the start of the 2nd period, Trevor Daley and 3 Blackhawks skated into the boards and a pane came undone which “grazed” a little boy sitting in the front row. While the maintenance crew raced out to fix it, all 3 Hawks gathered at the circle. TREVOR DALEY was the only one who stayed and asked if the boy was alright. The boy was uninjured but scared. TREVOR DALEY leaned over, ...and GAVE HIM HIS STICK!!


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Flames Still In Need Of Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

As much as head coach Brent Sutter has instilled into his team they must be able to win those low-scoring, one-goal affairs, he can’t seem to get them to believe they can skate to larger margins of victory.

At least they don’t seem capable of doing that lately — unless they’re playing bottom feeders such as Edmonton or Carolina.

Calgary has been held to two or fewer goals in 14 of its last 18 games. Two of the exceptions in that stretch were the one-sided victories against the Hurricanes and Oilers.

Unless they turn that trend around in a hurry, the Flames will most likely end up on the outside looking in come playoff time.

Somehow, they have to more often break through the ceiling of two-goals-per-game.


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Palffy Concerned About Development Of Young Slovak Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province via the Times-Colonist,

When last the National Hockey League saw Ziggy Palffy he had two shoulders that were in rough shape.

The rehab basically took him out of commission in 2006, given nobody wanted to sign him after the six months he was on the shelf. And at that point in his career, after being one of the game’s most exciting goal scorers, he didn’t want to play for a paltry $1 million US, saying yesterday: “I can do that in Slovakia.”

So he did. And after playing in the ‘06 world championship he retired from the national team, not so much because of any great hassle with the management or coaching staff, but rather to move out of the way to let the younger players take over.

“But there aren’t any younger guys coming,” he said, worried a little about the state of hockey in his country. “They don’t want to work. They all want to come over here and play junior and I think it’s much better for them to stay home, play in the senior league, play in Russia and in Sweden and get better before they try over here.

“It’s too tough to try to make it over here so young and these guys don’t realize it. I tell them when I can but it doesn’t work out for most of them and we’re not developing younger guys because of that.”


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Get Well Mike Robitaille

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Henry L. Davis of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres studio analyst Mike Robitaille was listed Wednesday in serious but stable condition after surgery for a spinal cord injury he suffered last week.

Robitaille, 61, was injured Feb. 3 when the car he was driving was rear-ended.

The surgery decompressed Robitaille’s spinal cord and stabilized his spine, and he is recovering in the intensive- care unit of Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, hospital officials said. Robitaille suffered

neurological deficits involving his arms and legs but is able to walk and move about, Dr. Kevin J. Gibbons, who performed the surgery, said in a written statement.


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