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Nothing Splits A Fan Base Like A Garbage Goalie

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Couple of spats and squabbles yesterday, eh?  Oh, nothing too serious.  But we all know this:  there isn’t a single topic out there that has the potential to start a debate like Chris Osgood.  It’s funny.  When dealing with fans of the other 29 teams, we rally behind the little tyke.  But when it’s just us?  Stand by, choose a side and watch the fur fly.

There can be no middle ground, you know.  As a Wing fan you’re either demanding his outright release…

...or you’re a dumbass.

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A Look At The Problems In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CBC reports on the issues facing the Montreal Canadiens.

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HDIC Kicks-Off The NHL Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here in the Detroit area we are expcecting 4-7 inches of snow today.  I’ve made the grocery store run early this morning so I am all set to settle in and watch all the hockey action today.

For those of us in the USA, don’t forget Hockey Day in Canada can be seen beginning at noon ET on the NHL Network.

The complete NHL schedule for today is listed below…

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GDT - Game # 60:  Red Wings at Wild (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Before the “19” question whether Chief has suddenly gotten “cerebral”, no worries.  Chief invited me to provide some rationale to support his occassional rantings, hence “the numbers.”  Barring the unforeseen, I’ll try to put together “the numbers” each Gameday for your perusal (kinda like last year in the Forum), as well as the “enemies” perspective.  This is a “work-in-progress”, and hopefully it will continue to improve (as I hope the Wings PK does).  Thanks to Paul and Chief.  Hope the “19” find it useful.  Here we go!

Red Wings, 8-1-1 in their last 10, travel to Minneapolis to take on the Wild.  By the way, they left Chris Osgood at the airport; Jimmy Howard is your starter.  Howard should shine since MIN couldn’t pot one at a Michael Phelps party. Wild will be desperate as they are 10th in the West.  Take a number below.

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Moe Mantha Still Looking For Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Steve Downie appears to have settled in as an irascible forward with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Akim Aliu is playing major-junior hockey as a Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick. As for OHL commissioner David Branch, there are always new challenges to confront, issues to address.

But for Moe Mantha, moving on hasn’t been so easy. For him, the past is never far from the present. He walks into a rink and people recognize him as the former Windsor Spitfires general manager and head coach who was floored by a hazing incident and fight involving Downie and Aliu, only to be suspended by Branch.

It happened three years ago, but for the past two Mantha hasn’t been able to find another job in hockey. He calls teams, including NHL teams, looking for a coaching position and some get back to him, some don’t. Off the record, outsiders offer a consoling take: “Moe’s a good guy and all, but the Windsor thing is hard to get past.”


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Behind The Kiss Cam

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Justus of the Tennessean,

While it might seem simple — cameraman finds a couple; they kiss; move on — the mechanics behind the kiss cam and other scoreboard antics involve a team of 15 people and 28 screens of stats, scores and fan shots. For any given kiss, the people in the control room have four couples to choose from, on four screens, from four cameramen out near the ice.


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Stand By For Okie

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I warned you guys about this a few weeks ago and today it’s coming true.  Long-time and inaugural member of the 19, Jeff from Oklahoma City, will be providing all sorts of goodness every game day: stats, links to a few ditties, and some Oklahoma porn.

Easy Paul.  No porn on the front page.

Look for Okie’s Game Day thread to hit soon.

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Sundin Feels Like He Is Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

“It feels like coming home,’’ the big Swede admitted last night, after pulling into his house, where he hadn’t been since last fall. “Toronto still feels like home to me.’‘

He admits to an escalating sense of the “jitters,” as curious as anyone else how the crowd will respond this evening, insisting that it won’t make a difference. “I don’t know if there will be jeers or cheers, probably both.”

But for those who do boo, Sundin wants to make one thing absolutely clear: “I was never a traitor to the Leaf franchise. I was proud of being a Leaf. There are so many memories that I will treasure forever – all the ups and downs, the friends I made, the fans who always treated me well.’‘

No regrets, he says, although there is a hint of poignancy in that declaration.


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Did You Know?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Empty Netters,

Philadelphia’s Paul Holmgren is one of eight current general managers to have actually played for the team he manages. The others are Bob Gainey (Canadiens), Ken Holland (Red Wings), Brett Hull (Stars), Glen Sather (Rangers), Garth Snow (Islanders), Dale Tallon (Blackhawks) and Doug Wilson (Sharks).

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Dream Comes True For Salcido

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

On the same night Brian Salcido of Hermosa Beach made his NHL debut as a member of the Ducks’ defense corps, veteran defenseman Chris Pronger played his 1,000th NHL game.

Salcido, promoted from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, was teased by teammates about being 999 games behind Pronger on the longevity list. Salcido, a fifth-round choice by the Ducks in the 2005 entry draft, didn’t mind the jokes.

“A thousand seems like so many games,” he said by telephone from Detroit after the Ducks’ 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.

“This is my first one here. I’m just hoping for my second one right now.”...

“This has been a dream of mine,” said Salcido, who left home at 15 to play at Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school and played three years at Colorado College.

“I was definitely thinking of my dad and my mom taking me to the rink when I was young. This was special for us as a family.”


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