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Instead Of An All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One idea floating around in the NHL head office is to somehow give an international hockey feel to feed off the Vancouver experience, possibly staging some form of a mini-World Cup. I stress this is very conceptual at this point, but still interesting nonetheless.

Speaking on international hockey, I’m told the Russians have recently approached Hockey Canada about staging a Summit Series in 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ‘72 classic. The Russians also want it to be best on best, so it would be Sidney Crosby & Co. versus Alex Ovechkin & Co. Of course, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have to sign off on it, and I’m not sure there’s an appetite for it at this point.

What about USA Hockey and Hockey Canada getting together with the NHL and NHLPA to do some form of series with top players? Given the recent gold-medal game in Vancouver, why not capitalize on the burgeoning rivalry between Team USA and Team Canada? Food for thought.

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Sunday Hockey Points

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronton Sun,

• Love to know what the head of the NHL Players’ Association thinks about the head-shot controversy, but alas, there is no head of the NHLPA and thus no one to speak on behalf of the players for or against.

• Can’t envision a Stanley Cup final that doesn’t have Pittsburgh or Washington in it. The West can offer up a deeper field with Chicago, Vancouver, San Jose and Los Angeles all capable of doing some playoff business.

• For as much as Dion Phaneuf has contributed to the Leafs, he has yet to bring much offence. As of Saturday night, he had no goals, just two assists with the Leafs and the Toronto power play has been mostly dismal since he was traded for.

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Reminder Canada- It’s Only A Game

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Hockey is Freudian for Canadians – it puts the id in our collective identity.

The father of psychoanalysis would have had a wet dream dissecting the thumb-sucking relationship between a game and a people. Not that there’s been a shortage of behavioural experts to probe this particular symbiosis, from pinhead academics to press-box philosophers…

Canada is one coast-to-coast Hot Stove League. Put another way, hockey for Canadians is chronic masturbation: Can’t keep our hands off it. Hence the perpetual kneading and modifying and mutating, not always as justifiable as deterring hits to the head.

Whether talking hockey at Tim Horton’s or hand-wringing hockey at “stakeholder” symposiums, weighing opinion polls or dispatching delegations to study how the game is conducted elsewhere, romanticizing in prose and mythologizing in culture, even occasionally bleeding over into political debate and courtroom pseudo-defendant, this, our national sport and obsession, is the common denominator.

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No Parents Allowed

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In each of the previous two seasons, the Rangers took one road trip on which players were accompanied by their fathers. One of the highlights of last season, in fact, was when the fathers chanted, “Let’s Go Rangers!” in the corridor outside the locker room in Chicago on Jan. 16 during then-coach Tom Renney’s postgame press conference after their kids’ team defeated the Blackhawks in overtime.

But this year, though we’re told that preliminary planning had taken place for a trip including the players’ mothers, there was no such event. Repeated requests for an official explanation went unanswered, but several sources told Slap Shots that current head coach John Tortorella had put the kibosh on the event.

more hockey talk…

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It’s Not All Doom And Gloom For Ice Edge Holdings

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The CEO of Ice Edge Holdings, emphasizing that financing is not a problem, is optimistic that the purchase of the Coyotes can be finalized by the close of the NHL season.

Anthony LeBlanc said the “whole deal” is contingent on renegotiating a new lease with the city of Glendale.

“We indicated it was going to take us three to six months, and best case, we have this closed before the playoffs start,” he said. “We certainly expect that this will be closed by the time that the Stanley Cup is awarded this year. That’s our plan, but it will require the city and us working together to get the lease ratified.”

The process took on a new urgency for Coyotes fans in the past few days when gloom-and-doom reports surfaced in the Canadian media. An article in the Toronto Globe & Mail riled fans and prompted LeBlanc to post a letter of reassurance on a Web site.

LeBlanc said most of the time he and his colleagues just laugh off stories such as those - “Here we go again,” he said.

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Don Cherry Rips Matt Cooke

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Both Don and Ron MacLean said the head shot proposal needs to be changed now, not next year.

The Cooke segment starts at the 2:00 minute mark.

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Thankfully Wang’s Idea Was Shot Down

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

The general managers got at least one thing right during their meetings last week. They shot down a proposal from New York Islanders owner Charles Wang to have a mini-tournament for the eighth and final playoff spot in each conference.

I know—huh?

His proposal was to have the teams that finish eight through 15 in each conference play a week-long tournament to decide the eighth-place finisher. Never mind that 82-game regular season—that was just a prelim.

The No. 8 team, the team that actually earned a playoff spot, would have to win it again, starting with the No. 15 seed and working back through the field—No. 9 vs. No. 14, No. 10 vs. No. 13 and the always intriguing No. 11 vs. No. 12.

Come on. Is this the NHL or some youth league? Might as well not even keep score and let everybody have cake and ice cream after the games, right? Everybody’s a winner in the new NHL.

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Disappearing Posts

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Looks like our hosting company may be playing with the time settings due to the DST change.

Therefore, some posts have disappeared but hopefully will be back soon.

added 10:31pm, Everything should be fine now except comment timestamps may be an hour ahead until DST time actually starts in about 3 1/2 hours.

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LB: Jobu I Hardly Knew Ya

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I’m keeping it short and sweet.

Little is left to be said that hasn’t been discussed before.  After Thursday’s game, the sweet taste of victory was so satisfying I’d like to order a double.  Where’s that damn bartender?

It’s St. Patrick’s weekend and you know the drinks will be flowing liberally inside and outside the Hasek.  Grab a stool, avoid the pools of vomit, and settle in for a rare game against the Eastern Conference.  It will be Miller vs. Miller tonight, and dammit if I’m not rooting for my namesake, Drew, to make his brother look like a fool.

In honour of St. Patty’s weekend I have a special musical selection and only three words left to add.

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If Players Don’t Like The Hard Hits, Maybe They Should Look For Another Job

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So, I suspect readers may be surprised that I have no problem with the controversial hit by Penguins winger Matt Cooke on Boston center Marc Savard last Sunday at Mellon Arena - even though Savard was left with a Grade 2 concussion.

Cooke’s hit was legal by current NHL rules, a league with a thematic rule of accepted violence. These literal and thematic rules are understood when players sign an NHL contract, as is the cold reality that every player’s next shift could be his last.

I do more than feel for Savard. I fear for him because I suspect his life has been forever changed by this serious concussion. I also am thrilled that league general managers have taken a big step toward eliminating blind-side hits by drafting a proposed rule change for next season.

Those hits should be prevented as much as possible, but they cannot be taken out of this game as long as it is played in a confined space at a fast pace by elite athletes trained to be aggressive.

If players aren’t comfortable with the possibility of serious head injuries, if they don’t like it that violence has been and will be a part of the NHL, they should consider switching professions.

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note 8:58pm, note sure what happened, but clicking the link now ask for a password so I went to the site, and the story is no longer there.  Maybe later?

note:  link now working again.

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