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Selling Out The Can

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Oh, well isn't this just a happy little tale out of Bandwagon, Colorado. Varsity Whiner and longtime Dive writer Mark Kiszla is perturbed.

After beating Detroit 3-1 Saturday night, there were so many folks dressed in a No. 19 red sweater as they walked in the arena's tavern that you wondered if Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman was signing autographs at the bar. How appropriate that the 500th sold-out home game in Avalanche history was against the Red Wings, the hockey team this town loves to hate. How sad that after all these years, you could see more fans in Colorado's own arena wearing Yzerman replica jerseys than sweaters honoring former Avs star Peter Forsberg.
Please tell me you're not surprised. Michigan natives may be leaving the state in droves, but it's not the Wings driving them out. So, our allegiance remains where it is, and should be: with the Wings. Denver, meanwhile, had its fad. Now it's fading. Thanks to Hockeychic for the pointer.

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Reebok Edge Uniform System

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Check out their website, which is loading very slowly right now.

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Uni Watch

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added 3:13pm, History of hockey equipment (pdf file)

from ESPN,

...That’s Uni Watch’s preliminary reaction to the NHL’s new Reebok-designed, snug-fitting “uniform system,” which will get a test drive in Wednesday night’s All-Star Game and then be used league-wide next season. Uni Watch emphasizes the “preliminary” qualifier there, because for now the NHL is only revealing the All-Star Game version of the new uni. It remains to be seen how the 30 NHL teams will fit their logos and other graphics into the new silhouette. We won’t see those designs (several of which aren’t even finalized yet) until this spring or summer.
That’s right—after all the buildup, all the fanfare, the league isn’t showing us what everyone really wants to see. Frustrating? Definitely.

read on... NHL players will be wearing their All-Star jerseys beginning tonight in an open practice session in Dallas…

Players react to new design…

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Columbus Goes With Alternate Logo

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via the St. Louis Post-Disptach,

Columbus will go one step further next season with the sweater change and also change its logo.
A “State of Ohio” flag will cover the front of the Blue Jackets’ sweaters. The logo isn’t actually new; the team currently wears it on its third jersey. But beginning next season, it will replace the “CBJ” logo for home and road games.
“We’ve done a lot of research that suggests this is the way to go,” Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said. “It’s become a real popular look for us, with our fans and from people I talk to around the country and in Canada. We’re still working on finalizing how it’s going to look, but from what I’ve seen, it’s going to be real sharp.”

I happened to get a look at the logo the other night and I like it better than the current one…

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Stars Of The Week

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from TSN,

Nashville Predators centre David Legwand, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin have been named the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending Jan. 21.

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Under The Radar

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from Canada.com,

Before the NHL lockout, you might never have heard of Brian Gionta, who had 89 points last season.
Maybe last fall your buddies couldn’t stop laughing when you selected Alexander Semin with a mid-round draft in your hockey pool.
On the other hand, maybe you’re still waiting for Patrik Stefan to find his form.
In honour of all-star week, below are a dozen players who have been flying under the radar and deserve some recognition during break-out seasons:

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NHL Connect Blogging From Dallas

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from the NHL.com editorial team…

With the 2007 NHL All-Star Game taking place mid-week this year, we realize it’s going to be darn-near impossible for most of you to get time off to fly to Dallas. Don’t feel left out!
NHL.com’s intrepid staff of hockey reporters will be there to take you on a personal tour through each day of All Star Week.
We’ll give our readers virtual access to all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on at All-Star, including the American Airlines “NHL Salute to a Generation of Stars” featuring the All-Star Game skaters and former League
greats, the YoungStars Game, all the concerts, parties and celebrity sightings, and finally the main event, the 55th NHL All-Star Game from American Airlines Center.
In addition to all the blogging, you’re encouraged to ask questions of NHL.com’s All-Star staff – the editorial team of Shawn Roarke, Evan Grossman, Rich Libero, Phil Coffey, Darryl Haberman and Rocky Bonanno.

visit them often here...

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update 10:20am, Here is the NHL.com streaming schedule for ASG week…

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Now That Is A Road Trip

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from a KK reader,

Dear Paul,

I thought you might be interested in the NHL exploits of a mate of mine called Chris Maclean. 

He is part way through a road trip around North America, stopping in on each city that hosts an NHL team.

That’s 30 cities, 30 games.  So far he as watched 4 games and travelled more than 4000 kilometers.

He is blogging about his trip at pondhoppa.blogspot.com.

Chris originally hails for Nova Scotia but has lived the last 7 years or so in Sydney, Australia.

It seems his “hockey lust” overcame him and he embarked on this trip at the start of this year.

I have no commercial interest in his trip and as far as I can tell neither does he, but I thought I would contact you to generate a little “publicity” for his adventure and who knows maybe someone with NHL connections might even sling him a free ticket for his enthuisasm and dedication.

Cheers Brad

The News (link is touchy at times) in Nova Scotia ran a story about him a few days ago too…

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More Of The Same

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from Daniel I. Dorfman of the Northwest Herald,

This year was supposed to be a fresh start for the Blackhawks and a chance to emerge from a decade-long doldrums.
But 2006-07 appears to be more of the same. Unless something truly dramatic happens in the second half, it will be another year without postseason play.
The Hawks stagger into the All-Star break having lost nine in a row and 12 of 13. With 41 points, they are 13 points out of the final playoff position. Conversely, they are tied for 13th position in the Western Conference, three points out of the cellar. After 48 games last year, the Hawks were 16-26-6 with 38 points.
The struggles can be traced to several areas.

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Campbell’s Climb To All-Star Status

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from the Democrat and Chronicle,

The question is being asked over and over wherever Buffalo Sabres hockey is discussed.
Just 14 months ago, could you have ever imagined Brian Campbell starting on defense in the NHL All-Star Game?
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is asked the question outside the team’s HSBC Arena dressing room.
“No. Easy answer. No,” Ruff said.
At the Ed and Lorna Campbell house in Strathroy, Ontario, Mom and Dad ask each other the question.
“No,” they say. No way.

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