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Phil Who?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Great column from Larry Wigge at NHL.com. Lots of time spent researching Valteri Filppula’s background, the reason he’s become so polished so quickly and plenty of reaction from the organ-I-zation.  In short, a story that should have been written by a Detroit columnist long ago.

Filppula just might be another of those prized all-world draft choices the Wings seem to find regularly.

The 23-year-old Vantaa, Finland native, who was picked in the third round (95th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft, had 10 goals in 73 games with the Red Wings last season. He started slowly this season, with no goals in his first 10 games. But ...

“You’ve got to remember, he was supposed to spend all of last season in the American League ... he wasn’t supposed to get his feet wet at this level until this season,” Babcock continued. “Now, I just think the sky’s the limit to his potential.”

Thanks to Tony at Skate2Stick for the pointer.

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Vokoun Not In the Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A few Panthers had some fun today at practice…

from On Frozen Pond,

In net: Jozef Stumpel. On offense: Tomas Vokoun.

While Vokoun and Stumpel traded equipment and assignments, Rostislav Olesz kept feeding the puck and trying to get shots past Stumpel. Vokoun also tried defending Olesz on a breakaway, one time flipping on Olesz’s first move. Fun stuff after a pretty hard practice.

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Third Try To Tie Some Loose Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m in a bit of a rut.  I can’t finish this damn post. I’ve started it three times now and it’s turned into a term paper at 2300 on a Sunday night.  I have opinions I believe you and your families need to read, but for the frigging sake of sweet baby Jesus I can’t get my fingers to type them.  Topics we need to close the loop on: the remaining holiday wishes for the best team in hockey, my final observations on the sports radio situation and perhaps a closing thought on A2Y’s two-year anniversary.

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Let’s Be Fair

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO (Dec. 29, 2007) – To ify any advantages or adversities created by weather conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Tuesday’s AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins will switch ends halfway through the third period – ensuring each team would spend the equivalent number of minutes attacking or defending each goal, the National Hockey League announced today.

If necessary, a five-minute overtime period also would be divided in half, with the teams switching ends after 2:30 of play.

Should a shootout be needed, each goaltender would be given the option of determining which goal to defend. Thus it is possible that both teams would shoot at the same goal. Once a goaltender has chosen the goal he wants to defend, he must defend that goal for every round of the shootout.

The League also announced that length of intermissions between – and timeouts during – periods may be subject to modification depending on weather and ice conditions, as may be determined by the Game Officials and/or Commissioner Gary Bettman, in consultation with representatives of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

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Chicago Waives Samsonov

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via TSN,

The Blackhawks have placed Sergei Samsonov on waivers

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nash, with anti-inflammatory medicine coursing through his veins, is expected to play tonight when the Blue Jackets face the Carolina Hurricanes in Nationwide Arena.

“I couldn’t swallow my own spit,” said Nash, who missed two games. “It’s hard to breathe, so you don’t have a lot of energy. You can’t do much. You can’t drink or eat because it hurts.”

more on the Blue Jackets at the Columbus Dispatch.

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The Nice Player

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from the Tennessean,

In a recent poll of NHL executives, coaches, players and media, only one Predator earned mention among the 22 categories.

It wasn’t team captain Jason Arnott, slick scorer Alexander Radulov or promising defenseman Shea Weber.

Instead, it was 19-year veteran Martin Gelinas, who finished second in this category: nicest player.

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13 Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL action starts early today, with a 1:00pm ET game between the Flyers and Lightning.  Then at 3:00pm ET, the Kings take on the Avalanche.

Games resume at 7:00pm ET…  Check out the NHL schedule for more information including all the regional carriers.

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The Unknown Factor Of The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

The icemaker is worried. The trainers are worried. The equipment managers are worried.

This business of playing hockey outdoors in the cold piles worry on top of worry for the people behind the scenes, whose job it is to make Tuesday’s Buffalo-Pittsburgh game at Ralph Wilson Stadium seem seamlessly magical.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Chris Stewart, the Penguins’ head trainer.

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Moreau Plans To Make An Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

...Moreau will slip into his jersey tonight, the one with the pristine C on the chest, and lead his team into a game against the Minnesota Wild.

He will no longer be captain in name only.

“It will be a special moment in my career. It will be the first time I’ve worn it, and I don’t take it lightly,” Moreau said before the team departed. “I just can’t wait. I’ll play the same way I always have, but I’ll be excited. ... I know I can make an immediate impact.”

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