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Still Hockeytown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PRNewswire,

Attention Sports Editors: Following is the text of a letter from Gary Topolewski, Detroit advertising creative executive, to Sports Illustrated magazine, regarding SI’s article suggesting that Detroit may be losing its claim to the Hockeytown title.

Dear Mr. Farber,

I read your article about passing the Hockeytown mantle to St. Paul with mixed feelings. I was the Chief Creative Officer at an ad agency called Bozell here in Detroit when we convinced the Detroit Red Wings to adopt the Hockeytown label as their own.

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Signs Of Parity

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

There we sat in GM Place, studying the NHL’s daily stats package at the morning skate Thursday, with 42 per cent of the 2007-08 regular season in the books, and only five out of 30 teams under .500.

That’s hard to fathom, since traditional sports logic dictates that the number of juggernauts in a given league ought to be balanced by a similar number of bottom-feeders, and the slightly above-average should roughly equal the middling-poor.

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Practice Your Stickhandling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily News,

Their company, Skillz Systems, has developed an interactive stickhandling training system delivered in a gaming format. QuickStickz provides immediate feedback and allows players to keep score.

Confident it will revolutionize the hockey world, the men say that other devices on the market help players work on their skating and shooting, but so far there has been nothing available beyond balls, pylons or videos for improving stickhandling.

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Briere Back In Buffalo

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from the Buffalo News,

Rather than revisit the gory details of his departure, Briere elected to emphasize the glory days from his three-plus seasons in Buffalo.

“I’m not here, and it’s not my goal, to go blast the organization for the way they handled things,” Briere said after a workout in the Flyers’ practice facility. “They have a right to walk away from players just like we have a right to decide where we want to go. What I remember from Buffalo is a good time. I have some good memories. That’s all I’m hoping the fans can remember.”

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Fantasy Advice

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ESPN now offering you fantasy advice, the videos continue to roll out from ESPN.

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San Jose Reaction To Shootout Loss

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from Working the Corners,

The stakes weren’t as high. This wasn’t Game 4 in a second-round Stanley Cup series against Detroit. But the pattern, well, it fit — give up tying goal in last minute of third period, lose in overtime.

Don’t think that wasn’t what Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov — and others –had on their minds Thursday night after the Sharks’ 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix.

“It’s tough to be in this position. It almost sounds funny, that we have to learn from our mistakes, but it’s happened too often,” Nabokov said. “I don’t know what to tell you, to be honest with you. It sucks to lose that way, to lose the point.”

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Gaborik With Five Tonight

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KK normally doesn’t do game recaps, but this one is special…

from the AP via Yahoo,

Marian Gaborik posted the NHL’s first five-goal game in a decade, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Gaborik’s outburst was the biggest in the league since Sergei Fedorov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, in an overtime game against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux was the last to net five in regulation, pulling off the feat on March 26, 1996 versus St. Louis.

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added 11:22pm, Check out the video highlights of the game…

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Crosby Drops the Gloves

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Here’s the footage of Sidney Crosby’s fight with Andrew Ference tonight. It’s a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the illustrious Penguin. From HockeyFights.com:

 

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Hurricanes Trying To Lower Lease

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via the News & Observer,

Negotiations are expected to go into next year as the Carolina Hurricanes try to hash out a deal with their landlord at the RBC Center.

The 2006 Stanley Cup winners have asked for more than two years for a break in rent, from the $3 million they currently pay to $2 million.

The Centennial Authority, the quasi-governmental board, has yet to respond to the Hurricanes’ request but has asked the team to add five years to their lease.

The Hurricanes are currently committed through 2019.

Both sides hope to meet on middle ground soon.

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It’s Christmas…and It’s Ok To Hate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2024:  Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digging Captain, reports that Chris Chelios did not take the news he’d be staying home tonite well.

“What do you want me to say? I’m happy about it?” said Chelios, who definitely was not happy with the news.

Derek Meech will take Chelios’ spot in the lineup. This is the third time this season that coach Mike Babcock has sat Chelios, 45, for the second of back-to-back games.

“I could play him, but I’ve said from day one, and we’ve had this same conversation all the time, I told him the first half of the year this is going to happen,” Babcock said. “We’re going to need him at the end of the year. He doesn’t like it, but that’s life.”

Sometimes, when I’m kicking the bejesus out of Dive fans, just drilling them day after day because it makes me smile?  Well, sometimes, I get sad because Bitter Blues fans think I’ve forgotten them.

That’s not true.  It’s not true at all.  It’s just that, well, the little Blues have never defeated the Wings in a playoff series so it’s kind of a debate ender, you know?

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