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Brodeur Doing Light Rehab

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Thursday will make it four weeks since Brodeur’s surgery. He has an appointment to see the doctor on Wednesday. His rehab right now is simply to get his arm to straighten out fully.

“Just baby stuff, trying to get my range of motion,” Brodeur said. “I’m almost there. I’m almost straight out now. It’s probably another 10 degrees to go without feeling any pulling in the tendon. It should take another week to two weeks before it heals and after that I should be able to work harder and do more stuff.”

Although the tendon was torn off near his elbow, Brodeur has to work on strengthening his wrist too.

“It’s like a sprained wrist almost,” he said. “When I’m in the brace it’s not bad. When I’m not in the brace, there’s no support.”

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Good Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love,

From Bob Harwood of Versus at the top of the postgame show:

In fact, there are so many goals we can’t show them all.

And this quote is why I am sick of the NHL on Versus.  The worst hockey highlights this side of ESPN Sportcenter.

No, instead of showing you goals, we are going to have an interview with Ryan Smyth.  And we won’t even ask mhim anything interesting like what he said to the ref that got him sent back in the box for the second Wild power play goal.

6-5 Avs.  Over the Wild.  That’s like a Nashville - Islanders score.  The new NHL lives on.

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Tocchet Shakes-Up Lineup

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from Bolts Report,

First of all, Radim Vrbata is a healthy scratch tonight, the second time this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Vrbata didn’t say much about the situation this morning, but he’s noticeably upset about sitting out tonight. Ryan Craig will join Vrbata in the pressbox.

Gary Roberts has been placed on injured reserve after pulling his groin muscle during practice on Monday.

The team has called up both Radek Smolenak and Paul Szczechura and both will be in the lineup tonight.

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Avery Stirring The Pot

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As he emerged from the dressing area at the back of the visiting dressing room, he asked if a TSN camera were present.

When he saw that it was, Avery stepped in front of the microphones, didn’t wait for a question to be asked and started talking.

“I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,” began Avery. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends).

“I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game tonight.”

And with that, Avery walked away and didn’t stick around to explain any further.

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Tonight’s Stars/Flames should be a good one to catch on Center Ice!

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A Look At Rick Jeanneret

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, of the Buffalo Sabres, tonight at 7:30pm ET.

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Leafs Need A Great Goaltender

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

I’m not arguing that a Toskala move needs to be made today or even before Burke’s self-imposed Christmas no-trade zone (beginning Dec. 9). I’d even argue having him stay on until the Leafs establish an identity and where they are likely to finish this season, but at some point down the road, if Burke follows his game plan, goaltending has to be the No. 1 issue.

Burke knows that. His coach, Ron Wilson, knows that. Anyone who has watched Toskala’s total contribution in a Leafs uniform can at least suspect it.

He’s good; but not Stanley Cup championships good.

Toskala’s goals against average, including a solid effort Monday night in Los Angeles is 3.02, good enough for 34th on the NHL stats list. His save percentage a paltry .891, a not so good 38th place. But if teams are going to go big in this league and be a true Cup contender it can’t have goaltending that’s just good, it has to be great.

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The Big OO, AHL Reebok Rookie of the Month

Blog: KK Members Blog By Navarath

Bears’ Osala named Reebok Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month

Looks like Oskar Osala is finally getting the recognition he deserves.  This kid has the entire package, size and a knack for scoring goals. When is this kid going to get a shot in the big club? Next year?

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  Tags: ahl, oskar+osala, rookie

Torres Goes On IR

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Raffi Torres on Injured Reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Torres will be sidelined at least one week.

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An Unsung Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This season, a rather overlooked goalie is leading the Vezina race.  If the season ended today, I would give the Vezina Trophy to Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins who has been overlooked enough to be left off of the All Star fan ballot.  There is another largely unknown goalie who is playing even better, but in more limited ice time.  Craig Anderson of the Florida Panthers was penciled in to be the seldom used backup in Florida.  He currently leads the NHL with a .948 saves percentage and sports a 1.87 goals against average.  He has appeared in 10 games so far this season, which is more than half of the 17 games he appeared in last season. 

It was expected that Tomas Vokoun would carry the Panthers in goal and while he has not played poorly, Anderson has played so well that he cannot be left on the bench.  Anderson is getting progressively more icetime as his solid play continues.

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Oilers 4th Jersey, etc

Blog: KK Members Blog By ThinkinPink

Despite popular opinion, I like the Kings’ 3rd jersey. By the way, I knew The Hills’ Lauren Conrad was an avid hockey fan, but I didn’t know she was an LA King ice girl too.

Speaking of third jerseys, I think it is a great idea for the NHL to market the game. The only problem is that they are too bulky. If Snoop Dogg can’t make them look good, then who can? They aren’t like wearing baseball or basketball jerseys. Heck, even football jerseys are made more fashionable. But in terms of 3rd jerseys, I like the Blues, Bruins and Yotes the best. Thrashers’ are nice, and I like the Flyers old school look. I’m not really a big fan of the Sens’ and Canes. The Hawks’ new special jerseys aren’t bad looking either. Here is a look at Edmonton’s leaked FOURTH! jersey.

I spoke of this before in the comments section, but if the NHL wants to draw interest in the All Star game, they must start ballot stuffing in favor for a starting lineup that includes Sidney Crosby playing with Alex Semin. Of everything that has been said, this would be a very nice side story that would draw fans to the game.

Speaking of this newly anointed rivalry, Crosby has responded the best way he could: with a player of the week award (12 points in 5 games). Meanwhile, Alex Semin has missed the last 7 games with an upper back strain.

Last week Jim Hughson was the topic of a great blog here on KK. It is about time this guy is getting some recognition. He top my short list of favorite hockey play by play voices. And no, this isn’t because he is the voice of the greatest hockey game ever: NHL ‘06. The other 4 include: Rick “May Day/Top shelf where momma hides the cookies” Jeanneret, Sam “Nobody says Save by Lundqvist like me” Weinman, Chris “I do play by play for the CFL too” Cuthbert, and Harry “who needs the leafs” Neale.
However, none of these guys compare to my three favorite play by play guys: Gus Johnson, Dick Enberg and of course, the man - Chuck Swirsky. I can listen to them call ____ and i would find it interesting.

Another event that the NHL needs to plug more is the annual Winter Classic. In a marketing perspective, this is one of the best ideas the NHL has ever had. The new 46 second NBC ad is amazing. I love how they are doing it at Wrigley Field and I love how the ad incorporated one of Wrigley’s classic traditions with hockey’s classic jerseys. Bob Costas’ voice in the end gives the viewer a sense of legitimacy for the game. What would give the game more legitimacy is for President elect Barack Obama to accept the Blackhawks’ invitation to the game. It would be a great way to promote the NHL in the United States and also give Obama another sports base he can draw on, as he as already established himself in the basketball side of sports. Another example. And another example. Anyways, from a one time Chicago Bulls lover to a Chicago native, please Barack, accept the invite.

Game of the Night: Sean Avery vs Jarome Iginla. I hope Iginla does something to put Avery in his place. This game is not about Dallas vs Calgary, there must be some confrontation between Avery and Iginla.

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