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Salo Out With MCL Sprain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The injury woes of the Vancouver Canucks continue to mount as the team learned Tuesday that they would be without defenceman Sami Salo for up to six weeks after the blueliner sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

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The First Pass From A Defenseman Is Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Making that first pass from the defense, who does it the best…

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, Pronger, Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer, Washington’s Mike Green (yes, despite his fabulous wheels and impulse to skate the puck, he threads some terrific passes), Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen, Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar, Detroit’s Brian Rafalski and Montreal’s Markov. Until he returned home to play in the KHL this season, ex-Dallas blueliner Sergei Zubov might have topped the list.

more plus other hockey topics…

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Laraque Says Sorry For Appearing In Sexist Ad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is pumping out apologies faster than he pummels his opponents’ faces.

The Montreal Canadiens enforcer says he’s sorry for appearing in an ad being slammed as sexist.

Women’s groups have decried the ad for an alcohol drink in which Laraque plays street hockey with a group of scantily clad women.

continued and I posted the video a a few week’s back, you can view it here.

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Lombardi’s Plan Working

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We’re five games into the season, and you start to see what Dean Lombardi was thinking.

The Los Angeles Kings GM believed the window was opening for his up-and-coming club this past summer, so he sprinkled in a pair of veterans into the lineup in the hope they would help get the team over the hump. There’s lots of hockey to be played, but defenseman Rob Scuderi, second on the team with 10 blocked shots, and star winger Ryan Smyth have had an immediate impact.

Playing on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, Smyth has eight points (4-4) in five games.

“Kopy, Justin and myself have been working well together,” Smyth told ESPN.com from the New York area, where his team beat the Islanders on Monday and face the Rangers on Wednesday.

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Ground To A Halt: Draper, Maltby Both Sitting

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Let’s assume for a second that Kirk Maltby could, if necessary, play tonite..even with the Charley Horse.  If that’s the case?  When’s the last time we saw both he and Kris Draper as healthy scratches? 

I could do the research on that, but my left temple hurts.  Me? I have no idea why Eaves (or May for that matter) is in there instead of Draper.  But I’m sure Uncle Mike has his reasons.  Meanwhile…we’re all looking forward to seeing Darren Helm’s season debut.

Khan(!)

“It’s been a long time,’’ Helm said. “I didn’t get expect to get hurt in camp, but it happens and you fight through it. It gave me an extra month to get even more excited to get to this point.”

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Another Look For The Standings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot,

The N.H.L.’s cockeyed system of awarding standings points has led to all sorts of problems: players not trying that hard at the end of regulation, confusion over what constitutes a “.500 record,” the theft of a playoff spot from deserving teams, and just generally wrecking things.

Most fans hate the 2-2-1-0 system — either they think teams that lose in overtime or shootouts shouldn’t get any points at all, or teams should get 3 points for a regulation win and just 2 for an OT/shootout win, or they think games should just be allowed to end in ties again — yet the league sees nothing wrong with it.

Well, if the N.H.L. is going to persist in stubbornly ignoring the complaints of fans, the least we can do is try to reform the misleading way league standings are listed.

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Filatov = Zherdev?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock and his 19-year-old rookie Nikita Filatov met for more than 10 minutes at center ice this morning as the players swirled around them. It was a fascinating scene as Hitchcock, at times tapping his stick on the ice, conveyed what’s expected of the talented Filatov.

By all accounts, it was a healthy and constructive chat.

The coach let Filatov know he would be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game. He also emphasized that Filatov needs to be more competitive on the puck. A smiling Filatov said Hitchcock told him he’s been getting “worse,’’ over the course of the four games. Never mind his ice time has been decreasing each night. Hitchcock wants Filatov thinking “quality over quantity.”

But the most interesting element—and I don’t want to reveal too much because columnist Bob Hunter will be writing about the topic for Wednesday—is that both player and coach conceded that Nikolai Zherdev has been discussed in relation to Filatov’s development.

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DiPietro Faces Live Shooters Who Were Actually Trying To Score

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of Isles Files,

There is no timetable for Rick DiPietro to come back for an NHL game, but he is watching the clock. And he was pleased that his workout with six skaters at Islanders practice today represented the longest he has been on the ice in a live workout during his rehab.
          He was encouraged, and demanding of himself. It was a step forward for him, seeing “live” shots from skaters who were really trying to score. At one point, they did breakaways. At another all six were on various spots on the ice, taking turns firing shots at him. He did quite well in turning them away.

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What Do You Know, NY Does Smell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Here at practice, it’s quite cold but there’s a nice view of Chelsea Piers — I took some pictures to post later — and it smells better than when the players arrived. Seems as though there was a sewage issue in the locker-room area, and the whole area smelled like…well, sewage. Practice is ongoing now. Report to come a bit later…

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Talking Ron Wilson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Like the source of Taco Bell’s ground beef and the possibility of a “Lady In The Water” sequel, the potential for Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Ron Wilson losing his job at this point in the season is something I’ve refused to contemplate.

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added 12:27pm, from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Reeling from their worst start in almost 20 years, the 0-4-1 Leafs called up centre Tyler Bozak from the Marlies, apparently benching forwards Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman and sitting goalie Vesa Toskala out with a lower body injury.

”Why not?,” coach Ron Wilson said of the high-profile benchings. “We need more from everyone, we’re giving opportunities to younger guys.”

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