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Two Reasons To Stop Dancing In The Doldrums:  The JV’s In Town, And We’re Gonna Live Blog It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back to Zeppelin because I feel we won’t be needing Seger.  We’ll break Bobby out for the big guns, but we’re not going to waste him on the also-rans and the mediocre.  It would be insulting to him, to you and to me.

But I do offer you this…

I had to go out and buy BB’s Avalanche Ale to get my mind right.

I have to see the Red Wings destroyed today. I want to see their spirits crushed. I want to see their women lament the broken husks their husbands have become. I want to see all 18 of the fans in the stands crying and wiping their eyes with **** (reference to male genitalia)-shaped handkerchiefs. I want to see Joe Louis burn to the ground.

Bitter? What makes you ask that?

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All Paul Stastny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

SN: How would you explain your team’s fast start overall?

Stastny: I think we’re just four lines playing with confidence. Everyone is playing well from all our defensemen — starting with our goaltending, from the back end to the front end. Our special teams are big. We’re killing well and have a good power play. Any time you’re doing that, you’re giving yourself a chance to win.

SN: Honestly, have you been surprised by the strong start?

Stastny: Yeah, you never know. You look at the schedule at the beginning of the season, you tell yourself you can win some of these, you could lose some of these. We’ve played some pretty good teams. There are no easy games these days….


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So…It’s Saturday.  Garbage Dive In Town.  Sounds Like…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...yep.  You know what’s coming.

The weather outside is frightful, at least here in DC it is. You’ve been watching football all day, probably cracked a few soda pops here and there.



MICK.pdf (Thanks OTC and Team Dub)

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Lightning Need More From Lecavalier & Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The scoring slumps of Vinny Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay are growing to concerning proportions.

Lecavalier has zero goals in six games this season and none in 13 straight games going back to last season. Tanguay has zero goals this season as well and none in nine games going back to last season. At least Lecavalier has five assists and 24 shots on goal. Tanguay has just one assist and six shots.

After Tampa Bay’s 7-1 loss to the Senators, Tanguay said, “I (stink) right now.”...

“I thought Vinny and Tangs were getting chances , but in the last couple of games not as many,” Tocchet said. “I think that has more to do not with personnel but more their style. We have to get them playing more north-south. They’ve been a little too much east-west, and a little too much perimeter, and they know it.”

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Watching 13 Games in About Six Hours

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The picture in picture will be in use tonight along with the remote.

Games start at 7:00pm ET and all the action should be over by 1:00am.

I’m getting my errands done early and then settling in for some hockey all night long.

See the full schedule below.

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A Look At Burke & Gainey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

Two weeks into this fledgling NHL season and it’s like being told you’ve just won a month’s vacation in Tahiti - with Louise Harel.

You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

If you’re a partisan of Les Habitants, you want to weep.

But if you also happen to hate the Maple Leafs, you’re collapsing in hysterical giggles every time someone hits the punch line: “Brian Burke.”

As this tale of two cities unfolds (and it’s important to remember that the season is still so young it has to be burped after every game) the rapidly eroding fortunes of the Leafs and Habs are a big part of the early-season story line.


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  Tags: bob+gainey, brian+burke

Phoenix Market Destroyed

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

After a summer spent in bankruptcy and litigation, the Phoenix Coyotes have returned to Phoenix for the 2009/10 season.  They are back because courts found that nobody is suitable to buy the team, so they will continue to be propped up by the NHL until something changes.  In the summer a lot of damage was done to the fanbase.  It is clear that the Phoenix Coyotes will not remain in Phoenix in the long-term.  Season ticket holders were unwilling to renew their tickets over the summer because they didn’t know it there would be a team for this season, thus killing the season ticket base.  The Phoenix Coyotes are back, but their fans are not.

The official attendance for Thursday’s game against the St Louis Blues was 6899, with reports that only about 5000 people were present.  This makes the official attendance the NHL has seen in several years and makes it look quite probable that the average attendance in Phoenix this season will be the lowest number the league has seen for a team in decades.

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Is Lidstrom One Of The Top 20 All-Time NHL Greats?

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from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

So, maybe it’s time to rewrite history a bit and find a spot for Lidstrom among the game’s all-time greats. At least, let’s see where the smooth Swedish blueliner fits among the best rearguards the NHL has ever seen….

Bobby Orr ranked No. 2 in The Top 100 behind Wayne Gretzky and Orr forerunner Doug Harvey was next (among D-men) at No. 6.

Orr (eight) and Harvey (seven) are the only two rearguards to win more Norris Trophies than Lidstrom. And while it’s nigh on impossible to truly compare players from such drastically different eras, it would be difficult to argue that Lidstrom has had a similar impact on the way the game is played as did those two revolutionary defensemen…

And, as the best blueliner the league has seen in the past 20 years, the Red Wings great deserves to be slotted somewhere in the No. 15-20 range, among the very best NHLers of all-time.



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Saturday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update at 1538 EST:  Holy. Hell.  Kyle Quincey is an even bigger biotch than we originally thought.  Wow.  Denver is the perfect place for him.


“His agent (Pat Morris) has brought it to my attention four or five times, so the fact that he’s disappointed is not a secret to me,” Holland said. “But we’ve won four Cups and a Black Ace has never received a ring. Our policy is you have to be with the club all year, or play a game in the finals. Jon Ericsson was a Black Ace in 2008, so was Jimmy Howard. They didn’t get rings either.

“At the end of the day, right or wrong, to get your name on the Cup and to get a ring is something incredibly special and in order to get it, you have to play as game in the finals, or be with the team all season. If we didn’t have some kind of cut off, we’d be giving out 1,000 rings.”

Four or five times?  Jesus dude.  Give it up.  And tonite? Take your frigging medicine.


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Brule Finding His Game In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

There was a time when it was uncertain whether Gilbert Brule would be able to find a place on the Edmonton Oilers roster.

Now seven games into the regular season, there’s little doubt the local product is here to stay….

Now Brule is showing off the offensive ability that made him the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The two goals last night give him seven points on the season.

“I think each game I’m feeling more confident and comfortable out there, no matter who I’m playing with,” Brule said. “I think I just have to play my game and be more responsible in my own end of the ice.

“I think the coaches are putting a lot of trust in me and I’m playing a lot. That’s what I need, I thrive off that and I just want to get going, get in the game and that’s what helps me.”


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