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Note To Uncle Mike:  How ‘Bout Buckets?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The smart kids out there, the guys who have spent the last five or six years of their lives going to JV medical school and learning how to count the right amount of pills to slide into a prescription bottle?  They’d probably tell you that, based on their high PCAT and LSAT and SUCKIT scores?  Rosby should be the captain of Team Canada.

Me? I’m not that smart, obviously, and I’m not Canadian(en).  But I’ll go out on a limb and suggest someone who might be a little more effective when it comes to leading a hockey team.

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All-Time Fighters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adrain Dater at Versus lists his Top 10 fighters,

1. Bob Probert – Throughout the compilation of this list, I must have watched a hundred fight videos of various guys, and many of them fought Bob Probert at some point. And by a clear margin, Probie won most of the fights. And the thing is, he won fights as a young guy, and fights as an old guy. He had a long run in the NHL (1986-2002), and took on all comers in that time.


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Classiest Players

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some fan mail,

I was wondering, with Steve Yzerman gone and Joe Sakic now retired, who would you consider to be the “classiest” player in the NHL?

I did some quick straw polling around THN headquarters and with the help of writer/editor John Grigg and web content specialist Rory Boylen, we came up with a good group of names who could easily carry the torch for Stevie Y and Burnaby Joe in the ultra-classy department. In no special order:

Nicklas Lidstrom
Jarome Iginla
Daniel Alfredsson
Mike Modano
Teemu Selanne
Paul Kariya
Saku Koivu
Brendan Shanahan
Scott Niedermayer
Henrik Zetterberg

more Q & A…

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Morning Line

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“I was standing in front of the net, where all great goal-scorers stand, and they’re trying to move me out of the way, which of course is almost impossible. The best way to do it was to take a quick cheap shot and hit me with a high stick.

“I had three or four gashes inside, a lip split open, a tooth got moved to the center of the roof of my mouth. I was in an oral surgeon’s chair for about two hours and 15 minutes.”

-Boomer Esiason of WFAN.  More from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday.

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Worst 20 Fenwick Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The flipside of yesterday’s sabermetrics and hockey post on the top 20 Fenwick Numbers is the worst 20 in 2008/09.  That is what I will show today.  The Fenwick Number is a measure of puck possession.  It measures the differential of shots on goal and missed shots for a player’s team and his opponents when a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  It is much like the Corsi Number except that it doesn’t include blocked shots.  Both are these are attempts to improve upon +/- ratings by increasing the number of events involved and thus increasing signal to noise in these metrics.

Here are the worst 20 Fenwick Numbers in 5 on 5 situations from last season with comparisons to the worst 20 Corsi numbers.

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Remembering Senator Kennedy

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I was fortunate to know Senator Kennedy for more than 30 years — we shared geography — (Boston — DC and Florida) as mutual touch points — we shared a love of Georgetown and the Jesuits and the Shriver family ,too.

Ted Kennedy was a very funny man. Warm — twinkle in the eye. A hugger.


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Fear The Leafs

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Toronto, once the epicenter of hockey, has missed the playoffs the past four seasons, including last season’s 81-point debacle. Nobody knows if the near-term future holds a playoff berth for the Leafs, but Burke promises that his team will give its all to return the Original Six franchise to its former glory.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs next year; we’re going to have to make some changes to do it. We’re going to be a different team,” Burke said this summer. “I like a lot of hitting. I like a lot of fighting. We have a passive group. All year long, when a trainer was on the ice—it was always our trainer—that really bothered me.

“It will be a more hostile group in the fall.”


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The Goaltender Teacher

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The new goaltending consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs says he was never a goaltender. Back when he played hockey, Francois Allaire says the position did not really exist.

Sure, there were players who wore pads strapped to their legs and wore a blocker in one hand and a catching glove on the other. Yes, their objective was to stop shots. But compared to the modern-day goaltender, Allaire and his brethren were as disadvantaged as a forward trying to score with one hand on his stick.

There was no instruction. There was no technique. And the only things that coaches seemed to care about was that the puck stayed out of the net and that the goaltender stayed off his butt.


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Jason Allison Gets A Tryout With The Leafs

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have granted a tryout to veteran forward Jason Allison.

The 34-year-old will attend the Leafs training camp without a contract next month, even though he hasn’t played in the NHL since his 2005-06 season. That season with the Leafs was cut to 66 games after he suffered a hand injury….

“I’m physically and mentally as healthy as I’ve been in five years,” Allison said. “I’m excited and ready to go.

“I had a lot of personal stuff to deal with last year - just getting my life re-organized and dealing with family issues. It’s been a good year for me, even though I didn’t play hockey and people were wondering where I was or what I was doing ... It was important for me to just get feeling good about life.”


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Knee Surgery For Brewer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS (August 27, 2009) – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Blues Captain Eric Brewer underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.  The surgery was performed today by Dr. Brian Day in Vancouver. 

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