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The January 1st Landscape Is Changing

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from Dave Curtis of the Sporting News,

The expected bowl affiliation shakeup of 2009 started last week with news of two major changes that will come at the end of the 2010 season. The Big Ten likely will send a team to the Gator Bowl starting in January 2011, and the Pac-10 reportedly will ship its runner-up to play in the Alamo Bowl beginning in December 2010.

More minor changes will follow in the coming months. Three questions and themes off the alterations in college football’s postseason:

What’s happened to New Year’s Day? The BCS no doubt has stripped some stardust from Jan. 1, which college football once owned. And though the Rose Bowl still stands as a ratings giant, the day’s early bowls fight the NHL’s Winter Classic for eyeballs.

continue for more college football talk…

Anyone remember all outcry when the NHL announce the Winter Classic a few years ago?  Looks like they were right.

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  Tags: winter+classic

The Over 35 Team

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

While the number of younger players seems to rise every year, that doesn’t mean there’s no place for players whose playoff beards come in with a few gray hairs. No club would want a roster full of graybeards, but there’s a sizeable contingent of over-35 players who are more than capable of keeping up with the kids. Even with the departures of older stars such as Jeremy Roenick, Teppo Numminen and Sergei Fedorov, the NHL’s over-35 club is alive and well

Using the NHL’s postseason All-Star team format, here’s a look at the best of today’s oldies but goodies:



Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Age: 37

read on

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With The Help Of Hockey Fans…

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... I was able to put together my blog at NHL.com this morning.

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Komisarek Talks Team USA & Leafs

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from NHL This Morning at NHL Home Ice,

Team USA hopeful Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs joined Scott Laughlin from the USA Olympic orientation camp in Chicago. Mike talked about representing his country and joining the Maple Leafs this off-season

click to listen...

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  Tags: mike+komisarek, team+usa

How Do You Really Feel George?

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from George James Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,

And then comes The Hockey News’s annual stupidity regarding the Red Wings as washed up, due for a fall, etc. etc.:

As usual, THN’s preview does as much feather-ruffling as anything else. If it were to make sensible predictions and not constantly predict a changing of the guard, they’d end a long, storied tradition of essentially cobbling together controversial suggestions for the sake of selling as many $10 yearbooks as humanly possible.


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When Will They Sign?

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via Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Boy, Alex Tanguay must be one rotten guy. Not one NHL team wants him? Among those free agents still unsigned, the most interesting names are Maxim Afinogenov, Manny Malhotra, Taylor Pyatt, Francis Bouillon and Dennis Seidenberg. Fellows of some credentials with nowhere to go include Mike Comrie, Radek Bonk, Mike Peca, Robert Lang, Dominic Moore, Rob Niedermayer, Martin Skoula and Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi.

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Let’s Talk Dany

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team wants no part of any Dany Heatley distraction.

That’s why Hockey Canada’s officials hope to talk to Heatley’s agents, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine, during the next day or two, asking the disgruntled Ottawa Senators star to clear the air before the Olympic team’s summer orientation camp opens Monday in his hometown of Calgary.

“We would obviously prefer to get this out of the way as quickly as possible,” André Brin, Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, said Monday. “We’ll see what happens over the next couple of days, but once the camp starts, we want to worry about the camp. At some point, (Heatley) has to be available.”


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  Tags: dany+heatley, team+canada

Devils Rely On Old Names

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from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

No, you can’t flip on HBO and watch “The Larry Sanders Show” while it’s still in its prime. Sorry, but O.J. Simpson is not on trial for double homicide. And you’ll be extremely disappointed if you turn on your radio and expect to hear “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio in heavy rotation.

You can’t blame Devils fans for any of these transgressions, because for the past two offseasons, their favorite team has partied like it’s 1995.

Picture it—Newark, 2008. Lou Lamoriello gave free-agent contracts to Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik, two veterans who were fresh-faced kids on the Devils’ first Stanley Cup winner in 1995. Holik was a disappointment last season, and Rolston’s numbers were limited by a lingering high-ankle sprain.

Fast-forward to this offseason, and it’s like Lamoriello fired up the time machine again.


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Bowmeester Happy With His Choice

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from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

He spent six seasons with the Panthers, who were eventually forced to deal his negotiating rights to Calgary when it became apparent he wasn’t going to re-sign in Florida.

The Panthers were keen on keeping Bowmeester on their blue line, but his decision to leave was more than financially motivated. As was his desire to play in Calgary.

“It’s different, only because hockey is more of a focus here,” he said. “In Florida it’s sometimes a battle to get people out to the games and it’s something that’s not really natural down there.”


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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

All Kessel Can Do Is Wait

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

For now, after logging three NHL seasons, Kessel is waiting to see where his career path leads, along with his pay scale. He remains an unsigned restricted free agent, the sole Boston regular still not to have a deal in place with the season opener (Oct. 1) only six weeks on the horizon.

Kessel, noting the possibility that his next NHL game may not be with the Black and Gold, said he fully expects to have a new contract in place before the start of the season. And although he categorized his negotiations with Boston at a “stalemate,’’ he also said he was not disappointed by the talks between his agent, Wade Arnott, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“Because, obviously, it is a business, too, for [the Bruins],’’ he said. “It’s kind of like we are at a standstill and I don’t now what is going to happen, to tell you the truth. I think it can go either way at this point.’’

Asked how he would like to see it resolved, he said, “Obviously, you would like to stay, but you don’t know if it is going to work out in the end. My only thing is, you want it to go sooner [rather] than later . . . you know, if you are not going to be there, [or] if you are . . . it is easier on you [to know] where I am and where to go.’’


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