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Crosby Not 100%

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

More clear with each day is that we’re not seeing anywhere near the 100-percent Crosby, who has been bothered by a hip injury since the early days of camp.  I’ve never known him to use an injury as an excuse for not playing up to his expectations, and I don’t give him enough credit for that. Also, perhaps my expectations of him and Malkin are too high. He and Malkin will be judged against former scoring champions/MVPs Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr for as long as they play with the Penguins—and neither Crosby nor Malkin may prove the consistent game-takeover players those players were in their primes. (Few were, to be fair.) Still, neither Crosby nor Malkin are in their primes, so I’ll continue to believe each player will one day get near the rarefied levels Penguins fans came to expect from Lemieux and Jagr in the “get on my back, boys” department.

more Penguins notes…

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

New Year, Same Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

nvariably, the same post-game ritual is played out after any comprehensive loss by the home team: Consumptive scribblers, well-lacquered TV types, out-of-town scouts and personnel from both sides pile onto the Scotiabank Saddledome media/staff elevator for a painfully slow descent.

Awkward silence permeates the air like a gas leak.

Much shuffling of feet. Embarrassed coughs. Avoiding of eye-contact.

In the wake of that how-low-can-it-go? effort against the Florida Panthers, though, one impish soul (name withheld to avoid possible Big Brother persecution) tried to inject a little gallows humour into the funereal atmosphere.

“Is this,’’ he asked the nice lady in charge of the elevator, as she prepared to shut the doors, “going straight to hell?’‘

continued

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Gaborik & Drury Leave Game Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The injury bug took a big bite out of the New York Rangers Friday night as both Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury have left the game with injuries.

Gaborik suffered a shoulder injury in the second period in a collision with Maple Leafs’ forward Colby Armstrong.  Armstrong received a boarding minor on the play and Gaborik remained on the ice for the ensuing power play.  Later, Gaborik was seen grimacing on the Rangers bench before heading to the team’s dressing room.

continued

added 9:15pm, Darren Dreger tweet,

Broken finger for Drury is the early assessment. Not sure if its the same finger he injured in the preseason

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added 9:27pm, Video of Gaborik injury is below…

added 10:28pm, Multiple reports, Gaborik out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury and Drury out 6 weeks with the broken finger.

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  Tags: chris+drury, marian+gaborik

Letang Hit On Comeau Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kris Letang received a five minutes for an illegal check to the head, a ten and game misconduct.

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  Tags: blake+comeau, kris+letang

Liking The Game For What It Is

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Anyone who follows contemporary sport knows the genre, most recently in the form of a series called Hard Knocks, which of late highlighted the pre-season preparation of the New York Jets of the National Football League.

In that series, profanity was the athletes’ and coaches’ lingua franca, providing something far different than the cliché-filled pabulum of pre- and post-game quotes. The Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan, especially, used the F-word so frequently and creatively that it was suggestive of slam poetry. The football crowd ate it up.

Now hockey comes to the dance, better late than never. And if, once upon a time, your grandma was shocked when that nice Bobby Clarke (minus his front teeth) was inadvertently captured dropping an f-bomb on Hockey Night in Canada, these days, hearing real hockey players use real hockey-player language is at least part of the point.

There’s something more at work here than modest shock value and a desensitized audience. By opening the dressing-room doors, the NHL establishment appears to have finally acknowledged a simple, self-evident truth: People who like their game like it for what it is and like it better than anything else, making them among the most committed and loyal fans in all of sport. In an age of boundless choice, in which all entertainment options from all parts of the globe are available to nearly anyone at any time, that form of pure devotion is more valuable than it has ever been.

more

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  Tags: hbo+24/7

Fired For Dating A Blackhawk?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

Jen Patterson, a contributor to Comcast SportsNet Chicago and its Web site, is out at the local cable sports channel….

“Jen Patterson is no longer an employee of Comcast SportsNet Chicago and we wish her well on her future endeavors,” the channel said in a statement. “Per company policy, we have no further comment on personnel matters.”

Patterson declined comment.

Pegged in January as “a rising on-air and off-air TV talent in our city” by Charlie Schumacher, CSN Chicago’s senior news director, Patterson seemed on the verge of gaining status as a bold-face name nearly on par with those she covered.

Just last Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Bill Zwecker noted in his column that Patterson and the Chicago Blackhawks’ Nick Boynton “seem to be a nice cozy item ... looking very lovey-dovey” at various events.

read on for more on Jen Patterson…

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  Tags: jen+patterson, nick+boynton

Phoenix Moving Closer To a New Owner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer is closing in on a deal to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes from the National Hockey League.

Hulsizer and the the City of Glendale have had the framework of a lease agreement ready to be finalized for some time and now it appears he has closed the gap with the NHL.

Sources told the Free Press on Friday all three sides have made some concessions to come to a verbal agreement on a ‘conceptual deal.’

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Kings Need More From Simmonds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

When the even-keel, fatherly Terry Murray publicly calls out a player, you know he’s really not happy. Today, Murray took a relatively benign question about Wayne Simmonds’ production (or lack thereof) and scoring chances this season and issued a fairly strong-worded analysis of Simmonds’ play through the first three games of this season. Simmonds has zero points in three games, and had only one shot on goal before his three-shot effort against Atlanta on Tuesday…

MURRAY: “I need Simmer to be a better player than what he is right now. We’ve had a couple of meetings, he and I, and the assistant coaches have sat down and reviewed some video. The most important thing for him is to get his feet going, get skating better, on a more consistent basis. When he’s playing that straight-line game with an edge, with grit and battling along the boards, that’s the best kind of player. Right now, he seems to be a little hesitant in his game, and as a result you get caught in between and it looks real bad.

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  Tags: wayne+simmonds

Flames Meet And Make A Commitment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

The Calgary Flames reported to work Friday morning expecting a regular practice at Westside Arena.

Not so.

Instead, Brent Sutter called a team meeting for the players and coaches to let it all out. The closed-door session lasted some 52 minutes.

“You’ve got to nip this in the bud,” said defenceman Ian White. “We’ve had two real bad games here. We figured out to a man today what each guy has got to do better.

“We each said our piece and what we need to do as individuals to be better to help the club win. We went through it and made a commitment to each other that we’re going to be better moving forward.”

continued

added 3:42pm, Glad to see the Flames are using Barney Fife as inspiration.  Watch the video below…

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CHL brawl follow up

Blog: KK Hockey By Twig

Follow up of the preseason game between the Colorado Eagles and the Odessa Jackelopes.

From the Colorado Eagles home page:

Colorado forward Brad MacMillan has been suspended 22 games for his match penalty for attempting to injure a player. 

Colorado defenseman George Bradley has been suspended five (5) games for his actions during an altercation and has been fined an undisclosed amount of money for the same infraction.

Colorado defenseman Mario Joly has been suspended four (4) games for leaving the players bench.

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  Tags: chl, colorado+eagles, odessa+jackelopes

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