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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Discouraging story from the Globe and Mail, if you’re a Hab fan.  Also discouraging to consider what the crowd at the Joe would have been last night had this game taken place in Detroit.  Possibility of a sell-out?  Sure.  I wouldn’t have bet on it though.

Heading into Tuesday night, Montreal had a record of 269-197-96-1 against Detroit. The Canadiens have 24 Stanley Cup banners hanging from their rafters, compared with the Wings’ 10.

And yet, Les Glorieux have not been to the final since they last won Canada’s last Stanley Cup championship in 1993. Detroit, on the other hand, has been the NHL’s team with the most wins over the past decade and can claim three Cup titles in those 10 years

More...including some great quotes from the legends attending the game.

 

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Surgery For Boucher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed defenseman Philippe Boucher on the injured reserve list and have recalled right wing Junior Lessard from the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Boucher, 34, is set to have shoulder surgery today and will be re-evaluated in four weeks

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  Tags: dallas+stars, injuries, philippe+boucher

Who Knew

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

The National Hockey League is very good at letting people know about its latest deal with any of the seemingly thousands of new media companies or any minor percentage jump in attendance or its D-list celebrity blogs.

However, when it comes to getting the word out about a special hockey night in a particular city, the league isn’t quite as adept.

That’s why most fans probably had no idea the Canadiens were having a very unique ceremony prior to Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings.

continued... E.J., you should have made a stop at KK yesterday, you would have known about it!

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Mail Call

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look. Just have your people get in touch with mine.  Ever since the Hockey Night in Canada piece aired Saturday, the IwoCPO feature story (7 seconds of air time) that examined the wit and humility that have become staples of this entity we refer to as A2Y, I’ve been flooded with emails (5 in total).  Wing fans from far flung corners of the world (four from the same IP address) asking for life guidance and opinions on the State of the Dynasty.

Naturally, because I’m kind of a big deal now, I ignored them all (replied the second I got them thanking them for noticing me).  But I’ll take a few minutes to answer some below.

Continue Reading »

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday recalled minor-league forward Steve Downie.

Today, they’ll call up Andre “Moose” Dupont, Bob “Mad Dog” Kelly and Dave “The Hammer” Schultz.

more on the Flyers…

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The Daily Routine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Weinman at the Journal News,

Athletes in general are an idiosyncratic lot, but hockey players might be right at the head of the pack. While a typical NHL game occupies 2 1/2 hours of an evening, players’ game-day routines begin when they wake up and carry through until they turn out the lights for the night. Along the way, they all will follow the same general principles that include a morning skate, a hearty pregame meal around noon, and the ensuing nap that is as much a part of an NHL player’s life as it is your typical kindergartner’s. But every player adds his own accents, with habits they’ve been refining since before they ever earned a paycheck.

read on

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Play Until They Drop

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via Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nobody likes a tie, I know. The fans at the game go home wondering why they didn’t just spend their $200 on a tank of gas, and the fans at home realize they could have been watching a race-car driver win or lose a dance competition.

The answer is sudden death four-on-four. It provides one end-to-end rush after another, so eventually one of the teams is bound to score. I know the players will get tired. That’s one reason the games won’t last forever.

How about the ice surface Bob, when do you re-surface it?  Do you think fans will stick around for a game of 4-on-4 for an extra hour, maybe two?  I doubt it…

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Howe Still Carrying Those Sharp Elbows

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from Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,

The other reason I give Howe the edge over Gretzky is that you never heard him complain about the rough treatment he received from opponents. Howe didn’t need Dave Semenko riding shotgun. Opponents took on Howe at their peril and his elbows were legendary. He dropped the gloves often enough that he gave his name to the Gordie Howe hat trick, which consisted of a goal, an assist and a fighting major.

The gathering at centre ice last night wasn’t as emotional as some of the spectacles staged by the Canadiens, but it produced enough nostalgia for Howe to remark: “I feel like elbowing someone.”

a bit more and some other NHL talk…

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Enough Of The Nashville False Market Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Forecheck,

Anyways, in the second intermission the topic of ownership change in Nashville came up, and both Stellick and his comrade Bill Watters launched into a diatribe repeatedly calling Nashville a “false hockey market”, and offering their sage prediction that in three years Boots Del Biaggio will move the squad to Kansas City. Of course they were probably just playing to the home television audience, but the utter lack of class towards the Nashville organization and its fanbase was insulting.

read on

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The World Wide League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

The NHL’s biggest problem in the U.S. remains an absolute lack of coverage from the talking heads on all the shouting columnist shows, and the sportscenter-style highlight shows. Coverage is through the roof still in Canada, and much of Europe, but not here. It will NOT surprise me one bit if, in 20 years or less, the NHL is primarily based in Canada and Europe. Anybody who doesn’t believe me should check out the numbers in European arenas for games, especially in the Super League in Russia - which is paying NHL-comparable salaries for most players now.

 

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