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Things You Don’t Need To Know

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

AlanaH, my co-habitant in the Kukla Empire of Blogs, has "tagged" me with one of those chicky little deals where you point out five nifty things about yourself no one has EVER known before. To give you an idea, here's how she began her own.

1. I used to live in Georgia and have retained an illogical affection for things like grits and boiled peanuts.
See...I wouldn't admit my redneck roots to anyone, least of all you guys who would pick on me and make me feel sad. Plus, it's always been obvious to us that she had some country in her. So, I've decided to go in a different direction: 5 things I'll never tell you about me.

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Khan(!) Grades The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Your boy Ansar has high marks for most of the Wings this morning in his mid-season report card (space filler).

Dominik Hasek -- Even after allowing eight goals in his last game he leads the league in goals-against average, benefiting from a strong team defense. Obviously, the Wings made the right call choosing to sign him in the off-season over Ed Belfour. His health is the key to a successful playoff run. Grade: A Coach Mike Babcock -- He has the team that was written off by many competing for the top spot in the Western Conference. About the only negative has been his inability to correct the poor power play and penalty-killing. Grade: A- Jiri Hudler -- He doesn't skate well, he has defensive deficiencies and he's chained to the fourth line by a coach who's not particularly high on him. Sounds like a trade candidate. Grade: C
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Meaningful Data

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Last Sunday the league’s realignment proposal with some viewpoints were presented. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was asked if there has been any new feedback from teams.
“We’ve received some feedback on various options, one of which contemplated a realignment,” Daly wrote in an e-mail. “It’s still too early whether that option will ever formally be considered by the Board of Governors.”

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Bubbly Girard Enjoying Life After Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe:

Philippe Sauve, keeping the backup goalie spot warm in the Hub of Hockey while Hannu Toivonen shapes up his game in Providence, grew up outside of Montreal and became close pals with Jonathan Girard, the former Bruins defenseman forced to retire early last season following a severe auto accident in the summer of 2003.
“We’re the same age [26], and over the years we played against each other, and on some of the same teams, too, especially over the summer,” said Sauve, whose father, Bob, the former NHL goalie, is a longtime agent who also represented Girard.

“From what I understand, he’s opening a spa—with massages, European baths, that sort of stuff—back in Joliette,” said Sauve. “There are a few in the area now, and they’re doing very well, from what I understand, so that should be good for him.
“Most of all, he feels good, and he’s OK.”


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Putting His Foot Down

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

It’s doubtful the Flyers are going to be able to deal C Peter Forsberg at the NHL’s trade deadline because the risk might be too high. He suffered a groin injury last week and blamed it on the foot problem which has plagued him all season. But Forsberg has had 17 people examine his right foot—including a doctor in Boston this weekend—and not one of them can find anything wrong. The club hasn’t won a game with him out of the lineup this season.

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Going Down In The West

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You really can't beat that for wholesome family fun. I mean, giving up 9 straight to San Jose was neat, don't get me wrong. But, allowing arguably the league's worst team to storm back and kick your tail in front of hockey expert and King "fan" Sandra Bullock? That's fuzzy and it's warm and it may even purr, so go ahead and pet it because it's domesticated and expects you to. The staunch defense that was allowing 22 shots/game? 33 from the Kings last night, and that average is up to 24.5. A two-goal lead that would appear insurmountable? If teams ever felt intimidated when down to the Wings (and I don't believe that's been the case for a few years now), that's certainly a non-factor after the last two.

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Jagr- Slight Groin Pull

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jagr didn’t make it out for the 3rd period of the Rangers/Canadiens game.  Suffered a slight groin pull in the 2nd period.

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Using The Blocker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

In addition to being avid students of technique, goalies are absolute geeks when it comes to selecting their equipment, Ms. Dibiase said: ask a goalie what he thinks of a new stick or leg pad, and you are liable to hear an exhaustive — and possibly exhausting — reply.
The Hockey Company is preparing for these net-minding scholars to render their opinions on the Rbk Xpulse 10.0 Goalie Blocker, a $299 cushion designed to deflect high-velocity shots. Worn on the same hand that grasps the stick, the new blocker is meant to serve the needs of today’s more limber goalies.

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You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As much as I enjoy bringing you the Mike Babcock Consolidated Quotes of the Day, I can't compete with the real thing. This, from today's Free Press. Helene St. James/Detroit Free Press

"We've got to flush that and get back at it," Mike Babcock said. "But, you never forget that, believe me, you never forget that. That's long and that's ugly and ... I mean, it just goes to show you how this sport is. You just get humbled. I always tell people that's why I married my wife: Because every time I get out of line, she just cuts me right down in size, and it's the same with this sport. As soon as you think you've got something working, you don't got it working."
4 scoops for a twelve-cup pot, Mike. Not 10.

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Oh Those Nicknames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Glen Goodhand at the Hockey News,

Those who suggest players from the Original Six era are better than today’s NHLers would almost certainly have an argument on their hands, but one thing is certain: Hockey nicknames were certainly superior then compared to today.
How much time did Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s teammates spending dreaming up ‘Jiggy’? Stephane Yelle is ‘Yeller’ to his teammates in Calgary and anyone who plays with Chris Pronger calls him ‘Prongs’ – although, a few former fans in Edmonton may have some other interesting monikers for him.

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