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Sharks Make Roster Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned LW Jamie McGinn to the Worcester Sharks and recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss (GRYCE) and forward Brad Staubitz.

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Greiss has a 4-5-0 record with Worcester this season, posting a 3.22 goals-against average and an .860 save percentage.

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Crosby sits out practice, questionable for Isles’ game

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari:

Sidney Crosby sat out the Penguins’ practice today and is questionable for their game on Long Island tomorrow night because of an undisclosed injury.

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  Tags: new+york+islanders, nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Brett Sterling To The AHL

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Atlanta Thrashers have assigned forward Brett Sterling to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

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  Tags: brett+sterling

Emrick Goes To The HHOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

On the eve of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Emrick reflected on his career that began with announcing parts of games at Bowling Green University, where he got his doctorate in radio-television-film. Hence, the nickname. He had been teaching near Pittsburgh and was looking to get his doctorate.

“I was considering going to Michigan or Bowling Green for my doctorate and Bowling Green University had the local NPR station with All Things Considered and their usual shows,” Emrick said. “They had a staff member who broadcast the first and third periods and they felt a student should do the second period.

“That’s what Bowling Green offered me that Michigan could not. That made it pretty easy to make up my mind.”

read on

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  Tags: mike+emrick

Franzen Expected Back On Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Mike Babcock said he expects forward Johan Franzen to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. Franzen has been out since Oct. 25 with a sprained left MCL. If he returns Tuesday, he will have missed only five games, half of what he missed with a similar injury last year around this time.

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  Tags: johan+franzen

Hockey à la Twitter

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Since KK’s Twitter started following Michael DiLorenzo’s—DiLorenzo also happens to be the NHL’s Director of Corporate Communications—we’ve been enjoying his updates.  Today, his stream of tweets has provided some October stats to chew on:

  • 21 October games were decided in a shootout, up 91% from the 11 shootout games in October, 2007.
  • The number of OT games during Oct almost doubled from a year ago. Of the 149 games, 27% required OT or shootout to determine a winner
  • The 588 even-strength goals represented a six-percent increase from the 555 in October, 2007.
  • The 149 NHL games in October averaged 5.9 goals per game, up three percent from the 5.7 of October, 2007.

He also answers the question: “What is the most searched term at the NHL’s online shop?” And the surprising answer: “Don Cherry.”

DiLorenzo also maintains the blog, From the Blue Seats

 

 

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Backup Goalies in the Spotlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

When former backup goalie Darren Eliot, now a television analyst, heard that a reporter was going to write about New York Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald, he couldn’t resist a little jab.

“What are you going to give him, one paragraph?” Eliot said, his sensitivities for the backup goalie shining through. If there’s such a thing as middle child syndrome, there’s certainly a backup goalie syndrome.

But Thursday, at Philips Arena, the backup goalie was the story. MacDonald was surrounded by reporters inquiring about his string of strong starts, while he capitalized on the opportunity created by Rick DiPietro’s surgery

continued…

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  Tags: darren+eliot, joey+macdonald

The Right Man To Lead The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...the former Boston prosecutor has done a commendable job of emphasizing process above all else, a commitment to doing things the right way that the NHLPA badly needed.

For example, a number of general managers have been muttering about their unhappiness with the NHLPA for not unilaterally extending the current collective bargaining agreement last spring, on the grounds that it would have made signing veteran players easier because teams could then could defer bonus payments into next year’s cap, as they’ve done throughout the current agreement.

Most people think that’s what will eventually happen; that the players have made out far better than expected in the current agreement and have no appetite to go to war with the owners only four years after losing an entire year out of their careers to a work stoppage.

But rather than just assuming that’s how his membership felt, Kelly wanted to know the answer for sure.

more plus some HHOF talk and other hockey notes…

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  Tags: paul+kelly

Best Goalie So Far

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Earlier this season I picked Mike Smith of the Tampa Bay Lightning as the best goaltender so far this season.  His fast start is over and he seems to be dropping off of his early levels.  I think the best goalie so far this season has been Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.

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Souray’s Top 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Edmonton Oilers:

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray has nothing against Celine Dion—there are simply certain songs that he’d rather not hear the Canadian songstress perform, including an up-beat tune by rowdy rappers The Beastie Boys.

Check out Souray’s Top 5 in a few categories.  (And keeping Celine away from “Suck My Kiss” by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is another fine choice by Souray, if you ask me. Just sayin’.)

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  Tags: celine+dion, sheldon+souray

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