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Questioning Limbaugh’s Relationship With Checketts

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Let me get this straight: Ray Emery puts a picture of Mike Tyson on his goalie mask and the hockey community reacts as if Gordie Howe has been put on a worldwide no-fly list. But Blues owner Dave Checketts embarks on a professional relationship with Rush Limbaugh and nobody in the NHL bats a lash?

For those unfamiliar with Limbaugh – and in this instance, ignorance truly is bliss – he is the alleged “entertainer” for the easily entertained who recently opined, in all seriousness, that the United States ought to return to the days when African Americans were banned from sitting in the same areas of public transportation as Caucasian Americans.

You think I’m paraphrasing, or that Limbaugh’s comments were misconstrued or taken out of context?

Limbaugh’s exact quote, made on his syndicated radio show just last month: “We need segregated buses.”

A real class act, wouldn’t you say? And quite the philosophical display. I’m sure the people working on the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative will appreciate it.

more and other NHL topics…

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  Tags: dave+checketts, rush+limbaugh

The Best Of AO, Off The Ice

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TSN style…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

The Rivalry Starts Tonight

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I began my phone conversation with Wings coach Mike Babcock by saying I was trying not to get too caught up in the third game of the season, but that’s where he cut in.

“I’m caught up in it, you may not be, but I am,” Babcock said. “We’re 0-2.”

Babcock isn’t fun to be around when his team isn’t playing well. Dropping a season-opening pair to Central Division foe St. Louis in Stockholm did not sit well with him. So, yes, he’s jacked up for tonight against the young-and-rising, Cup-contending Blackhawks, who grabbed three out of four points from Florida in Helsinki.

“I watched their games because they played before us and, to me, they got up and down the ice really well,” Babcock said of the Hawks. “They’ve got tons of offense. I was impressed with their young players.”

read on

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Columbus Acquires Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  He was then assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

LaVallee-Smotherman, 23, was Atlanta’s fifth pick, 116th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft.  He has collected one goal and one assist for two points and is +1 in four career NHL games with the Thrashers and has spent most of the past three seasons playing with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.  He has registered 39-34-73 and 167 penalty minutes in 140 career AHL games, including a career-high 20-22-42 and 73 penalty minutes in 76 games in 2007-08.

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It’s Way Too Early

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from James Duthie of TSN,

One week into the NHL season and we residents of Hockeynation are already pretty sure of a few things:

—Colorado and Phoenix are unstoppable and will surely meet in the Western Conference Final.

—San Jose and Detroit suck, are likely headed for the draft lottery, and are frantically sending their scouts to Windsor to watch Taylor Hall.

-Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo are stiffs, and if Team Canada selects them, they will lose 9-3 to Switzerland.


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12 Games Tonight - Which Games Will You Follow?

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Besides your home team or if your team is not playing, which game(s) will you be interested in tonight?

The full schedule for tonight is listed below…

Continue Reading »

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‘The Monster’ Goes On IR

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via Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that goaltender Joey MacDonald has joined the team on an Emergency Recall from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Jonas Gustavsson was placed on Injured Reserve and is expected to miss at least one week with a groin injury.

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  Tags: jonas+gustavsson

Remembering The Sabres Bankruptcy Year

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Henrik Tallinder was a typical rookie, happy to be in the NHL and possessing a mind filled with questions. The best place to go for answers was to the veterans, but the defenseman noticed they were occasionally preoccupied. Even a 23-year-old newcomer could tell why.

Mixed in with power-play meetings were bankruptcy updates. In addition to game plans, the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres had to discuss which prospective owner might buy the team. Some guys had their minds split on faceoffs and court dates, wondering whether a judge would permit their bonuses to be paid.

It certainly wasn’t how Tallinder had pictured professional sports, but it’s how things were on the bankrupt Sabres team being run by the league.


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It Is Important The Predators Make The Playoffs

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Over the past five years, only four National Hockey League teams have made more playoff appearances than the Nashville Predators.

But after failing to reach the postseason last year, those numbers shouldn’t necessarily make the franchise feel comfortable.

Some sports business experts believe it’s even more important to produce a consistent winner in nontraditional hockey markets such as Nashville than in places where the sport has deeper roots, where fans are more likely to keep their hearts and wallets open to the team, even in less successful times.

Miss the playoffs for a year in a place like Music City, and you can probably repair the damage done to the fan base, ticket sales and sponsorships. Miss the playoffs on a regular basis, however, and there’s the risk of encountering the bane of all sports franchises: apathy.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Good lord. Brad May is a Red Wing, signing a one-year, $500,000 deal. He’s a teammate of Todd Bertuzzi again (as they were in Anaheim a couple years ago).

I’d say this is further proof the Wings are on the way down, when Brad May is the most desirable signing option right now.

-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.  Read more from Adrian.

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  Tags: brad+may

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