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Habs Lose Another Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The injury situation on the Montreal Canadiens blue line just went from bad to worse as general manager Pierre Gauthier has confirmed that Josh Gorges will need surgery to repair his injured knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Gorges originally suffered the injury during a December loss to the New York Islanders.  He was placed on Injured Reserve on New Year’s Eve.

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Langebrunner Asked To Waive NTC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

Langebrunner said he has been asked to waive no trade and is awaiting word of next move.

He is not in the Devils lineup for tonight.

added 6:13pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Langenbrunner has been asked to waive his NTC but not formally and not yet to a specific team. That should occur in not too distant future.

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  Tags: jamie+langenbrunner

Don’t Mention These Names In Any Vezina Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets

It seems like years ago when he put up 33 wins, a 2.29 goals-against average and won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. Well, it was just two seasons ago. Since then, the sophomore slump as extended into a Year 3 malaise. As of Thursday morning, his 3.20 GAA was 40 among NHL goalies and his .902 save percentage was 32nd….

Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche

How the mighty have fallen. Nominated for the Vezina last season after a sensational campaign, Anderson has the 38th-ranked GAA (3.13) and 33rd-ranked save percentage (.901) in the NHL. Granted, the Avs’ blue line isn’t Detroit’s, so there’s plenty of rubber coming his way, but it was the same when he stood on his head last season….

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Balancing The Scale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s been billed as the greatest collapse in the history of the WJC and that about sums it up. If there’s been one worse than that, I don’t recall it. It might just be, as the kids like to say these days, the greatest “epic fail” in Canadian international hockey. Ever.
 
How would you like to throw that on your resume?
 
All that said, it’s not as if blowing a three-goal lead in the third period never happens in hockey.
 
In the NHL, since the lockout, it has happened, on average, at least once a season. Eight times in 1,226 regular season games since 2005-06, if you are looking to be precise.
 
But there weren’t four or five million Canadians watching those collapses, it wasn’t the World Junior Championship and the team falling apart in the third period didn’t have a Maple Leaf on their chest. Well, at least not a red one.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+russia

Ryan Miller Can Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff doesn’t need to look at the stats any more than anyone else to know one thing: Ryan Miller hasn’t been as dominant as last season.

Miller will enter tonight’s game against San Jose ranked 28th in goals-against average (2.77) and 27th in save percentage (.907). Those numbers are a long way from last year’s Vezina Trophy-winning career bests of 2.22 and .929.

“I think just OK,” was how Ruff assessed the season for the Sabres goaltender. “He’s been a victim sometimes of some pretty tough breaks with deflections and pucks off of people’s skates on the backside. At the same time, he’s had a tough time grabbing that one big save for us at a key time in the game. There’s nobody that wants it more than he does. Short-term, if we can get his goals-against down, it’ll help us win games.”

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I NOW Consider Zdeno Chara A Hall Of Famer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One interesting question I try to track is at which point an active player cements his case as a Hockey Hall of Famer.  At what point should he be inducted regardless of what happens in the rest of his career?  I think Zdeno Chara has reached that level.  This is not because of any single recent event, but rather looking at the totality of his career at this point. 

Chara has won the Norris Trophy as best defenceman in the NHL in 2009.  He was also a first team All Star in 2004 as well as his 2009 Norris year.  In 2006 and 2008, he was a second team All Star.  He has been a strong performer for Slovakia in international play, having been on their last two Olympic teams.

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2010 Top Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Grigg of The Hockey News put together his Top 10 quotes from 2010.

“Nick is going to be a Red Wing ‘til the day he hangs them up. I may try to draft one of his sons one day.” – New Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman when asked if he would try and bring Nicklas Lidstrom to the Lightning.

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With WJC Over, Pegula Watch Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

Joyous Russian hockey fans weren’t the only ones enthusiastically counting down the final seconds of the World Juniors gold medal game last night.

No sooner had an ecstatic group of Russian teenagers on HSBC Arena ice started celebrating and screaming stuff that we couldn’t understand than Sabres fans at home began holding their breath in anticipation of “The Announcement”.

It was as if they were glued to the television waiting for Managing Partner Larry Quinn to walk out onto the ice right after the Russian anthem, grab the microphone, look into the TSN cameras and spill the beans. “Igor, Yevgeni, great job tonight.  Now, for those of you Buffalo Sabres fans who may be watching, I have some exciting news…”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, chris+parker, larry+quinn, terry+pegula, tom+golisano

Those Russians Know How To Party

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert J. McCarthy of the Buffalo News,

Oh, what a party it must have been for the Russian hockey team after their big win over Canada on Wednesday.

But it apparently caught up with the World Junior Hockey champions. They were kicked off a flight from Buffalo Niagara International Airport early this morning after sources said disruptive behavior after a night of celebration posed a safety threat.

“The crew of a flight from Buffalo to Atlanta denied boarding to 30 passengers as a result of unruly behavior,” said Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott. “This was an effort to ensure safe operation of the flight. They will be rebooked on a future flight.”

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  Tags: team+russia

Pounded in Pittsburgh, Bolts Will “Bypass” This One

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

Following Dwayne Roloson’s stellar 34-save shutout debut in Tuesday night’s win in Washington, yours truly joined a host of other media types in pondering aloud just how far stable goaltending might propel the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After all, you can’t ask for a much better start with a new team than the one Roloson enjoyed against the Capitals.

That win elevated the Lightning into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division and into a tie for the top point total in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Enter the Penguins…

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dwayne+roloson, guy+boucher, steven+stamkos

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