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Avs Gearing Up To Meet Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rocky Mountain News,

“Oh, I know all about it,” said Smyth, who skated at practice Wednesday with his usual linemates, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk. “I know that some things went on in the past, but I think the game has changed quite a bit since then.”

Most of the antagonists responsible for violent episodes have either retired or are playing for other teams.

“But this game has always been a fans’ favorite to go to,” defenseman John-Michael Liles said. “The emotions are always revved up. I think some of these games in the past got a lot of people into hockey.

more & it sounds like Sakic is not making any improvement and will not play tomorrow.

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Decisions Ahead For NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Willam Houston of the Globe and Mail,

There’s plenty on the line for the NHL. NBC has not committed to the 2008-09 season and the success of the outdoor game will help the network decide about continuing to televise hockey beyond this season.

“As we would with any property, we’ll make an evaluation as the season goes along,” NBC spokesman Brian Walker said. “We’re hopeful the outdoor game and the new flex scheduling have a positive impact on ratings.”

It would make sense for NBC to stay with the NHL in 2008-09 if only to get U.S. viewers more connected with hockey in advance of the network’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic tournament in Vancouver.

What concerns NBC, however, is giving over as many as five prime-time spots in May and June to the Stanley Cup final when the ratings are minuscule.

read on...

Also, about a month or so ago, a hockey blogger wrote, “A mutual option must be agreed upon by the January 1, 2008” regarding NBC and the NHL.  I said it then and will say it now, not true.

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Fast Ice

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Speeding up the conversion in Buffalo from football field to ice rink!

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  Tags: winter+classic

A Holiday Wish List

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

36 games down, 55 points in the books, a 16 point divisional lead, comfortable leads in-conference and atop the league.  What do you get the team that has everything?  Oh, I’m sorry. Was that smug? Arrogant?

If you’re smelling what Khan(!)‘s cooking, add about five big trophies in there and selecting gifts for the league’s best team is even tougher.

But we’ll give it a shot. I’d intended to post this yesterday, but the dirty looks kinda…well, you know.  So, here we have holiday wishes for all the Wings.  Actually, it’s wishes for half the Wings.  We’ll do the remainder tomorrow morning some time.

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Details

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Word is out from a variety of sources on a few topics of importance to you and your family.

First, as many of you have already discussed in comments below: Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Maltby all stayed home.

Khan(!)

...got ahold of Wings general manager Ken Holland and he said forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby are not on this road trip.

Zetterberg saw a back specialist who told him his injury isn’t significant, just inflammation, and prescribed rest. The Wings are hoping he can get back on the ice Monday, after they return from this three-game trip, but are calling his status day-to-day. He missed the last 19 games of the regular season a year ago with a similar injury.

“Each day it gets better,’‘’ Holland said.

Holmstrom had further tests on the bone bruise in his right knee and will be out a minimum of two more weeks.

“He has a very deep knee bruise,’’ Holland said.

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Boudreau Named Caps Coach

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via the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have named Bruce Boudreau the team’s head coach, removing “interim” from his title, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The Capitals are 7-5-3 since Boudreau was named interim head coach on Nov. 22.

added 2:11pm, Link now available to the story at the Caps website...

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Two More Years For Lidstrom

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whoa.  This one came out of nowhere, as Holland’s moves typically do.  Nick Lidstrom has extended for two more years.

Khan(!)

The Wings just announced they have signed defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a two-year extension that runs through 2009-10. Lidstrom was in the final year of his contract, earning $7.6 million.

“Nick has been the best defenseman in the world for several years”, Holland said in a statement. “He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice. We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.”

No indication as to whether the money is for more than the 7.6 he’s currently making…

More from TSN. No word on salary.

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Wings Lock-Up Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom on Wednesday.

Financial details were not available but the deal means Lidstrom will be under contract with the Red Wings through the 2009-‘10 season.

‘‘Nick has been the best defenceman in the world for several years,’’ Red Wings general manger Ken Holland said in a statement. ‘‘He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice.

‘‘We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.’‘

added 2:38pm, Lidstrom will earn US$7.45-million a year under terms of his new deal. He is making $7.6 million this season.

For the folks in the Detroit area, don’t you think it is kind of a slap in the face to hockey fans that this signing has not even been mentioned on the Wings radio flagship station?  Things never change at that station except for the “avoid all hockey talk” as directed by their program director.

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  Tags: nicklas+lidstrom

Hartigan Re-Joins Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1255 EST: More from the Freep’s George Sipple,

Quick update from Red Wings practice in St. Louis.

Mark Hartigan has been recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) for tonight’s game against the Blues.

Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), Tomas Holmstrom (knee) and Kirk Maltby (knee) are not going to be in the lineup tonight for the Wings.

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Mark Hartigan’s been recalled on an “emergency basis.”  No word yet as to who isn’t ready (Zetterberg or Holmstrom). Diggers aren’t on this one yet, but will be soon…I’m assuming.
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Good point from Nathan below:  If Hartigan’s been recalled, it could very well mean neither player is ready.

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Havlat To IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have recalled forwards Martin St.Pierre and Michael Blunden from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. The Blackhawks have also placed forwards Martin Havlat (groin), Dave Bolland (broken finger), and Ben Eager (mild concussion) on injured reserve.

Hopefully for the Blackhawks, the moving of Havlat to the IR is just a short term issue.

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