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Coast To Coast With Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Chris Chelios held a conference call with hockey writers this afternoon.  Entire transcript is below.  Among other things, he discussed winning the Cup in 2002.

If you look back, probably the biggest highlight has to be on the ice when we won the 2002 Cup with my two boys who were 15 and 14, or 14 and 13 at the time, to share that with two sons who love hockey as much as I do. That was definitely the highlight of my career. You know, not making it any more important than the Cup that I won in Montreal, but I celebrated that alone, and to do it with my two boys and my family, it was something special.


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All Robitaille

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from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week’s Facing Off, Luc compares Sid the Kid to Super Mario and The Great One, discusses a shootout experience he will never forget, hands out advice on Barry Melrose’s mullet and picks his Stanley Cup winner.
Q: Who was the best coach you ever had?
A: Scotty Bowman, and probably Barry Melrose.
Q: Wow. Melrose is going to love to hear that.
A: He was great. He was the best communicator I ever had and he was a real player’s coach.
Q: Now, why didn’t you and the rest of the guys pin Barry down and cut off that mullet?
A: We should have, but you guys at ESPN should do it now [laughs]. In those days, in the early 1990s, it wasn’t bad. But now, the mullet is totally over with.

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Props To Lecavalier

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Former NHL coach Pat Burns says that while Sidney Crosby may one day be the best player in hockey, that honour currently belongs to Vincent Lecavalier.
“He’s the best hockey player in the National Hockey League by far,” Burns said Wednesday while promoting a prostate cancer fundraiser.
“I saw a game in Tampa when he played against Crosby and he just put on a show. You could see Crosby thinking ‘I’m going to be good like that one day.’ He’s big, strong, he can skate, he can score and I’d say he’s probably the best hockey player in the league.
“And him and Marty St. Louis are probably the best duo in the NHL.”


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Late Night Live Blogging

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Battle of California will be live blogging during the Sharks/Ducks game tonight.
I may have to take a nap to catch up with that one.

Note to Alanah- stay away, you have work to do…

added 10:19pm, Link to the live blog post…

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Emmerton Signs; Hank Likely Out For Chicago Games

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Embattled Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) reports today that the Wings have signed their 2006 top pick Cory Emmerton to an entry-level contract.

Emmerton skated with some of the Wings at Wednesday's optional practice at Joe Louis Arena. He'll join Grand Rapids for the AHL playoffs. Emmerton got off to a hot start at Kingston, where he was one of the OHL's leading scorers before breaking his ankle in December. He returned late in the season and continued to put up points in the playoffs. "He's a point-producer, sees the ice well, moves the puck well, good around the net,'' Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. "He just needs to add strength and keep improving his skating.''

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Don’t Upset A Navy Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When attempting to talk Wings, Dwayne needs to be very careful these days. A2Y is bang on!!!

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And When the Trades Dry Up…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...that’s when the feces really start to fly over at the Klessel Emporium of BS and Boy Band Groupies.  We haven’t been shy here at A2Y about telling you who we’d rather not face.  You know San Jose, AKA The Team We Don’t Speak Of, is not a pleasing thought.  And recently we’ve added Calgary to the list.  I don’t want to see them either.  That’s me talking.  That’s me saying thoughts of The Enigma’s soft wristers arching into Kipper’s mitt make me sad.

But it’s definitely not the organ-I-zation talking.

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Sabres Getting Healthy

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via the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres winger Maxim Afinogenov might return to the lineup Thursday night.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after Wednesday’s practice Afinogenov could be available to play all three of the team’s remaining regular-season games. They play the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in HSBC Arena and then finish up with afternoon road games against the Washington Capitals on Saturday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The status of center Tim Connolly remains in question. Connolly said he is ready to play after rehabbing from post-concussion symptoms and a leg stress fracture. Ruff said Connolly is at 80 percent and the team doesn’t want to rush him back too soon.

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What They Make

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from the Excalibur, York University’s newspaper,

Minor league teams and big leagues generally do not publicly divulge players’ salaries, but their rules pertaining to minimum wage and salary caps are made public. How much do these guys earn? Let’s have a look.
In professional hockey, the top-level minor league in North America (unofficially called “AAA level”) is the American Hockey League (AHL). Some of you may know that the Toronto Maple Leafs rookies, the Marlies and two more Canadian AHL teams (the Bulldogs and the Manitoba Moose) have homes in Hamilton and Winnipeg.
Several players in this league are on two-way contracts, which mean that their salary depends on whether they play in the NHL or the AHL. For players who sign such contracts, whose terms are often publicly disclosed by the NHL parent club, their AHL salary is usually between $50,000 and $75,000.
For those who are on an AHL-only contract, the league’s minimum salary for the 2006-07 season was $44,000 ($35,000 US), and $27,000 US for players on loan from lesser leagues, in addition to the per diem allowances to cover certain expenses while on the road.
The average salary in the league is said to be around $50,000 to $55,000; not bad compared to any other job, but still a far cry from what a typical NHL star earns.


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Top Goals For March

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Some great goals during the month of March.  About 8 minutes long…




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