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Patrick Kane’s Introduction To The World

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Are you ready, Chicago? Are you ready, world? Kane appeals to all ages, gossipy old nags that like sniffing the scandal sheets and bright-eyed girls and boys who can relate to a fella that’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Eminem, part Joe Namath, part Denis Savard, and pretty much three-quarters Bobby Hull, except for the hair. All live wire.

Kid Galahad could be the belle of this ball, because he so enjoys scrambling those letters to read KID HAD-A-GAL or simply KID GALA, a rollicking roustabout coming straight to your stage and the wide, wide world of sports (I know, I’m mixing networks) from Al Capone’s rootin’-tootin’ hometown, which is still how much of the world identifies Chicago….

Team USA’s Olympic opener is a 12 p. m. puck drop in Vancouver, so Kane still has time to gather the girl scout troop for a Monday night reprise in the party limo, get John Madden and Kris Versteeg on the laptop webcam, try reverse-role playing and have the gals be the ones that take off their shirts this time round for the paparazzi shoot, roast them a few marshmallows, drown them with Jagermeister shooters for the international spirit, park at Lover’s Leap in Stanley Park for belated Valentine canoodling under the moonlight and hit the hay without the need of a police escort to help him say his evening prayers.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I saw my helmet after it happened and it was pretty weird to see. You can actually see the imprint of the puck on it, but thankfully it didn’t crack.  I don’t expect this to effect me. I’ve blocked a lot of shots in my career and a lot of them hurt. Whenever any of us step onto the ice there is a possibility of something like this happening. I might change my technique a bit, but I’ll still keep doing my job.”

-Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens talking about his shot block last night.  More from MontrealCanadiens.com. and if you missed the video, you can watch it here.

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Parise Plans To Play Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils decided not to practice today and had the players work out off the ice today. Both Zach Parise and Bryce Salvador were there and said they plan to play in Friday night’s game against Nasvhille….

Parise said he thinks his “upper-body injury” had “something to do with Monday”—meaning Monday’s 3-2 loss in Philadelphia. Kimmo Timonen did pick up a boarding penalty for hittting Parise late in that game, but there was nothing obvious wrong with him afterward and he was able to practice on Tuesday afternoon.

“When I woke up yesterday morning I wasn’t feeling right at all,” he said.


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Emery Out Three Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a tweet from Frank Seravalli,

Ray Emery will be out of action for 3 weeks as a precautionary measure with his hip, according to Paul Holmgren.

So basically, he could only miss one week of NHL action.

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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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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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