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Daniel Sedin With Bone Bruise, More Tests Planned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jason Botchford of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

Daniel Sedin missed practice Friday because of a deep bruise on his heel. The bruising and swelling mean he’s not yet been able to get an MRI.

It’s premature to speculate whether there is a break or not. For that, the Canucks will have to wait until tomorrow or possibly Sunday. But a bone bruise is a sign the bone has been injured sufficiently to have inflammation within the bone itself. Some bone bruises may not require any treatment.

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Panic Time?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There’s nothing like an early conundrum to the hockey season.

Is it too early for teams that have gotten off to bad starts to panic? Does it really get late early in the NHL?

Or should we all take a deep breath and relax, remembering the time-honored cliché that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

The answer, which shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, falls somewhere in the middle.

Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur will not stink out the joint this season, just as Ray Emery likely won’t go 82-0 and Alex Ovechkin isn’t going to score a zillion goals. Well, probably not in Ovie’s case.

Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” OK, no more clichés, I promise.

But Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock lamented to the Canadian Press: “There’s no such thing as building your team or being patient anymore. That’s all out the window now. Everybody thinks they have a chance to win.”

continued and numerous NHL topics discussed…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think just with the tradition of this organization and the way that they’ve played over the years and the style of play that they want to play, I think I do fit into this culture and the system very well.

“It’s tailor-made for my style of play and I’m pretty excited.”

-Chris Pronger talking about playing for the Flyers.  More from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum.

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David Feher Name Comes Into Play For NHLPA Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lester Munson of ESPN,

David Feher, a nationally recognized sports labor law expert, is interested in helping the struggling NHL Players Association solve its problems….

“David Feher has a long history of player advocacy and would be just what the players need at this time,” said Paul Haagen, a professor at Duke and one of the nation’s leading authorities on sports and labor law.

“He is aggressive when it is necessary, and, more importantly, he can be calm and take a considered approach to the issues when it is necessary,” Haagen added. “With the brutal infighting that has gone on at this point, David will know how to end the warfare and to move into what works collectively for the players.”


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Out On A Limb Here…But This Sucks Hard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO



Bad news on the Johan Franzen injury front: The Red Wings just announced that the big forward will be out a minimum of four months after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday’s 3-2 win over Chicago.General manager Ken Holland said the team has recalled Justin Abdelkader from Grand Rapids (AHL). Holland said he doesn’t know how or when Franzen was injured.  “I’m a little surprised because he finished the game,’’ Holland said. “He said after the game the knee was bothering him and didn’t know exactly when he injured it. The doctor said it was before he scored his goal.

If you weren’t shotgunning a beer by the time you got to the 8th word in that story, then you’re not my friend.

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Worst 20 Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In order to conclude (for now) the off-season look at sabermetrics and hockey, I will complete the look at adjusted Corsi Numbers.  I am adjusting for two effects as I discuss here.  The Corsi Number is essentially a measure of puck possession.  Players who help their team control the puck will direct more shots toward the goal than those who do not.  I am attempting to remove zone start effects, as some players will tend to be on the ice more frequently in either defensive or offensive situations and this will be seen in their Corsi.  I am also attempting to remove team effects, as a player on a good team will be more likely to have a good Corsi due to his teammates being good players regardless of his individual play.

Continue Reading »

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Pat Quinn Fined For Post-Game Comments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Pat Quinn, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for inappropriate public comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Friday.

“Mr. Quinn’s comments were inappropriate and without justification,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

The money goes to the NHL Foundation.

Quinn’s comments concerned an incident between the Oilers’ Sheldon Souray and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla that took place 18 seconds into the second period when Souray crashed into the boards after being tripped by Iginla, who spilled on top of the Oiler defenseman.


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Yes, Peter Puck Is Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

PP Talks slap shots…

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Mule Has A Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen did not skate due to an unspecified lower-body injury sustained in Thursday’s game. Coach Mike Babcock wouldn’t reveal the injury, saying Franzen was sent for tests and is questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington.

“Franzen got bumped last night so we sent him over to get checked out,’’ Babcock said. “He wasn’t feeling as good this morning. We’ll see if he’s OK or not.’’

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson practiced and is fine after taking a shot off the side of his left knee midway through the third period Thursday.

continue for more on the Wings…

added 3:49pm, via Jeff Marek’s (CBC) Twitter,

Johan Franzen out 4 months w/knee injury.

added 3:52pm, via the Detroit Red Wings,

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and expected to be out of the lineup a minimum of four months.

The injury occurred during Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in which Franzen scored the eventual game-winning goal during the second period. He has two points in three games this season.

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No Action Taken On Hartnell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

No suspension or fine for Scott Hartnell.

added 3:12pm, via Allan Walsh’s Twitter,

Just spoke to client Scott Hartnell of the Flyers. We participated in a disciplinary hearing this am. The verdict, no suspension, no fine.

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