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KK- Plan For The Next Few Days

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I will continue to post through December 31st, but the posts will be a bit more sporadic.  Jan. 1st, expect very limited posts, then back to normal on Jan. 2nd.
I am not sure what Bill’s plans are, but I have heard he is taking his ship for a cruise.
Alanah I know is shopping for a tattoo artist.

Be safe folks, we here at the Kompound want everyone to return in one piece!

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Cleary’s Day In The Mainstream

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Woops. Look out. The mainstreamers are taking notice of our boy Buckets (Dan Cleary…A2Y glossary update this weekend).

Yet, lo and behold, GM Ken Holland and his staff have done another masterful job of keeping the Wings in the upper echelon of the Western Conference, doing so by signing guys like Cleary—a free-agent castoff by the Coyotes coming out of the lockout—and getting surprising returns.

More from SI.

Also, a nice article from The Hockey News. It would appear Cleary’s partying days are behind him, which has led to the success he’s enjoying now.

“To be honest, I don’t think I was any different than the majority of kids who play junior hockey.

“Let’s not beat around the bush, there were nights when we partied. But I don’t think I went overboard. I think the rumors got blown way out of proportion. And when you don’t play up to your potential, that just magnifies it.”

More from THN.

 

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Nolan Visits Buffalo

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from USA TODAY.

Ted Nolan will receive one of the friendliest greetings a visiting coach can have when he brings his New York Islanders to Buffalo on New Year’s Day.
“I’m really looking forward to going to Buffalo,” Nolan says. “I have a lot of good memories there.”...
“You have certain people in your life who help you through hard times,” Nolan says. “And certainly my family was there, but the support I had from the people of Buffalo was unbelievable. They were very special to help me get through it. So to go back and coach in that building, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

read on

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Time To Trade

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from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox,

A number of factors have contributed to a super-slow season of trading thus far in the NHL, with the restrictions of the salary cap system probably the No. 1 reason.
But, with the league’s Christmas roster freeze over, you have to believe action will start to heat up heading towards the trade deadline.
That deadline, don’t forget, has been moved up this year to Feb. 27, a full 10 days earlier in the schedule compared to last season.

continued... some trade scenarios…

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Rivalries, Eastern Movement, 3rd Period Terror, Friction, Etc.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Late start today. Hopefully this one's been worth the wait. There is so much to discuss today that my tummy aches. I tried to fill it with a block of pleasing cheese, but it didn't seem to do the trick. I ate some soup. Chicken dumpling. Ok. Let's begin with last night, then move forward. A few observations. You watched it, read the game stories, formed opinions of your own...so I'll try to give you something a little different.

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No More Accountability

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from the Midland Daily News,

He says the physical aspect of the game has been taken away by new rule changes.
“I don’t like it,” Kocur said. “I don’t like that they’ve taken the toughness out of the game. There’s no accountability on the ice anymore. For some reason, they feel that fighting shouldn’t be part of a nationally televised sport. That’s their choice.
“Everyone goes to NASCAR races to watch the crashes. They go to hockey games to watch the fighting. They’ve taken that away and attendance is down. I think a lot of people are disappointed in the style of the game.”

more... Joey says Wings need to get bigger and tougher…

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The Other Rookie

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from the Edmonton Journal,

There are fewer than 1,000 registered hockey players and only seven indoor rinks in Slovenia, which at one time was part of Yugoslavia.
But Anze Kopitar was able to over-come the lack of a competitive hockey environment while growing up.
He is not only the first player from his tiny country to make it to the NHL, but he’s also been very successful.

continued

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Chen On Fox

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via Fox Sports,

Mike Chen offers random musings and occasional brilliant insight on the NHL and is joining FOXsports.com as a regular contributor this season. His contributions are a must read for hockey fans.

read on...

Good luck Mike.  Looking forward to your posts…

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Wings Want To Look East

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from Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are upset that the NHL would even consider giving the Columbus Blue Jackets preferential treatment in a proposed realignment plan.
“We were very disappointed when that committee (recommended) that we stay in the West and Columbus go to the East. That is absurd,” Wings vice president Jimmy Devellano said. “If there’s a team that moves to the Eastern Conference, it better be the Detroit Red Wings, not the Columbus Blue Jackets. You’re talking about an Original Six team with 81 years in the league.”

more

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Quoting Hockey

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from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Hockey people had a lot to say in 2006, here are some of the best.
“A shutout like that shouldn’t even count.”—Dominik Hasek, then with the Senators, mocks the Habs’ feeble 12-shot attack.
“You need to joke it with guys and talk about game. If you don’t work it, I think team guys look to you like not good.”—Washington’s delightful Alexander Ovechkin on why he’s trying hard to learn English.

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