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The Depth Of The Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks have gained more than they’ve lost the last month, and that says something considering the defence’s earlier-than-normal annual mass migration to the medical room.

We’re not talking about the wins gained, although those are nice, too. Eight in their last 10 games. We speak of the surviving Canucks’ mental strength, their confidence and conviction, their resourcefulness and resilience. “Guts” – or a more southern anatomical reference – is the technical term.

Seven times since Jan. 14, a Canuck defenceman has hobbled away with a significant injury. It has been an unending conga limp. And Kevin Bieksa might make eight.

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Reports are Bieksa has a broken foot.

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KK- Offline Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In the next few minutes, KK will be offline for more testing.

Sorry for the problem but no better time to do it than now.

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Yes, We Are Getting Close To The Newer KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

But not yet, just running some programs and had to go offline for a bit.

Sorry for any issues.

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Talking Brad Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss what to do with Brad Richards,

Burnside: the Dallas Stars lost again Wednesday night (4-2 to Calgary) and lost ground to Los Angeles and Chicago, both of whom picked up victories. The Stars once looked invincible at the top of the Pacific Division, but they are now just a single point out of ninth place.

Frankly, I don’t like their chances, and I’m sure these are difficult days for GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who arguably has the most sought after trade-deadline asset in center Brad Richards. You and I talked yesterday about how the trade market hasn’t been set for a pure rental. Richards can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and teams like Boston, Los Angeles, the New York Rangers and perhaps Montreal would pay through the nose for a player with Richards’ pedigree.

LeBrun: The Stars’ collapse has put Richards right back in play, in my opinion. Richards is out right now (undisclosed injury), but Nieuwendyk told me Wednesday there was hope he might be ready to return next week. As to whether the GM would possibly trade Richards, who controls his fate with a no-movement clause, Nieuwendyk was obviously careful with what he told me.

“Brad and I are on the same page,” Nieuwendyk told ESPN.com. “Our intention all along has been to sign Brad, [but] we’re leaving all our options open.”

The Bruins have interest after losing Marc Savard for the season. I think the Kings do, as well. They had considered Richards a non-option for most of the season because of the Stars’ first-place standing, but now all bets are off. Los Angeles is intrigued by Edmonton winger Ales Hemsky, but Richards would have the bigger short-term impact. The Rangers would covet Richards July 1 via free agency, but I’m not convinced they would make a play now given the assets it would take to acquire him.

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Cotsonika speaks to Red Wings’ braintrust about Steve Yzerman’s Bolts success story

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Updated at 11:35 with parallelism of a sort: Yahoo Sport’s Nicholas J. Cotsonika wrote a fantastic article about Steve Yzerman ahead of tonight’s Red Wings-Tampa Bay Lightning game, speaking to Wings GM Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, VP Jimmy Devellano (who spends his winters in Sarasota, FL) and Yzerman himself about the Lightning’s turnaround with Yzerman at the helm. To some extent, the last few paragraphs of the article sum up Yzerman’s former colleagues’ take on his success best:

“I think he’s done a great job,” Nill said. “I think the biggest thing is just the credibility for the players. They had a tough two or three years there with ownership and coaching stability and that, and all of a sudden now, Steve Yzerman’s the leader, the general manager of the team. It brings some credibility. Players know that their goal is to win games.”

A game against the Wings is no different. “I don’t look at it as working for the enemy by any means,” Yzerman said. “But obviously we’re competing for the same players and on Thursday night competing for two points.”

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Brassard Goes On IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Derick Brassard on injured reserve, Blue Jackets Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Brassard was injured in the first period of last night’s game vs. the Los Angeles Kings and is expected to be sidelined at least two to three weeks.

Brassard, 23, has tallied 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points with 47 penalty minutes in 57 games this season, setting career highs in goals and points. He is tied for the club lead with five power play goals, ranks second (tied) in assists and game-winning goals (three) and third in goals and points. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft has registered 34-68-102 and 118 penalty minutes in 184 career NHL games.

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Kaberle To Boston Getting Closer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,

Failing a complete meltdown - which has scuttled at least one previous trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Kaberle, and the Boston Bruins - there’s strong belief that Kaberle will be traded to Boston.

It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.

The dynamics of the trade haven’t been entirely worked out and sources indicate the Leafs are is waiting for Boston to put the final pieces of the puzzle in place - a process which may take another day or two to finalize.

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Islanders Extend Parenteau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

UNIONDALE, NY, February 17, 2011 – The New York Islanders announced today that right wing PA Parenteau has agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension.

Parenteau, 27, is currently tied for second place on the Islanders in points with 35 (14 goals, 21 assists) through 56 games this season. Prior to signing with the Islanders as a free agent on July 2, 2010, the Hull, QC native had only played in 27 career National Hockey League games.

“I’m really excited to stay on Long Island,” said Parenteau. “The Islanders organization has given me the chance to prove that I belong in the NHL and I look forward to being a part of the success that is building in our dressing room for the near future.”

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Hit From Behind?  Andy Sutton On Matt Hendricks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty for the hit

. Sutton did get two minutes.

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  Tags: andy+sutton, matt+hendricks

Khan: Red Wings unlikely to make trade deadline move

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Updated at 4:17 PM with confirmation from ESPN’s LeBrun: According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, a combination of a lack of salary cap space, multiple players’ return to health, the team’s lack of salary cap space (thanks to Brad Stuart and Mike Modano’s returns) and the Wings’ steadier performances of late, Red Wings GM Ken Holland does not believe that he will need to make a move at the trade deadline:

[G]eneral manager Ken Holland indicated this week that he likely will not make a deal by the Feb. 28 trade deadline. The Red Wings don’t have much salary-cap space. Holland said they could add only $600,000, roughly, without moving a player, which he is not inclined to do.

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