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A Look At Goalie Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Doug Harrison of CBC Sports,

Through the first seven weeks of this season, injuries beset no fewer than 17 NHL goalies, including 12 starters.

The most serious injury was to Brodeur, followed by Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who is sidelined week to week after straining his left groin on a routine save at Pittsburgh on Nov. 22.

Luongo had played in at least 72 of his team’s 82 games in each of the past four campaigns….

Healy, who retired in 2001 after 437 NHL games, suggested an argument could be made that there is no down time for today’s players.

The former Los Angeles King, Toronto Maple Leaf, New York Ranger and New York Islander recalled playing organized hockey for only seven months as a youngster.

“It’s a 12-month job now and there are lots of kids that would like your job and they’re creeping up on you pretty quick,” said Healy, now the director of player affairs for the NHL Players’ Association. “At some point, does that affect your ability to have that durability?

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Two Americans Leading The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

You can bet that fans will be talking coast to coast about Burke’s rumored six-year, $18 million salary. They will surely go deep into the speculation as regards exactly how much control he received from the historically meddlesome management there….

Me, I’ll be wondering how all of Canada will deal with the fact that Canada’s team—and love or hate the Leafs, that’s what they are—is now being managed and coached by a pair of Americans.

I know we’re dancing around a touchy issue here, but my intent is not to deal in cultural stereotyping and bigotry. I’ve spent more than half my working life in Canada. I love the country and its people. The only point I’m making here is that hockey—at least from a Canadian perspective—is Canada’s game.

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Hurry Back Mac, Now Sit…And Wing Games “Suck”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Too bad Darren McCarty didn’t see fit to skip a practice, like one of his peers from “the Association.”  Nice character pickup there Joe.

If Mac had opted out of today’s morning skate, he might be in there tonite…instead of nursing a groin injury from the press box.

“I’ve been treating it all year,” McCarty said. “I just stopped the wrong way, felt a sharp pain. I don’t think it’s anything super serious.”

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Looking At The Playoff Picture In The East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

As it stands, the Rangers, Bruins, Capitals, Penguins, Devils and Flyers appear to be a lock to participate in the post-season. The Hurricanes currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot, with a mere 59 games remaining in the regular season, but they are the most likely candidate to fall from grace with one of either the Sabres or Senators overtaking them.

Of course the reality of the situation is any of the bottom feeders could miraculously turn things around and salvage their season.

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Watching & Talking Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Just how Burke goes about getting the Leafs on the winning track will be the most compelling part of watching the new regime operate — who stays and who goes among players and front-office staff.

However, it will be interesting to see how Burke handles the communication demands in a market that’s unlike any he’s ever worked in before; and in an era with more information sources than ever before.

Burke’s never been afraid to try new things. The year his Ducks won the Stanley Cup, he wrote a trading-deadline diary for USA Today that was astonishingly good reading. Even if only referenced players who were actually traded (so as not to compromise the relationship between teams and players who were talked about, but not moved), his candor wasn’t especially well-received by every member of the general manager’s fraternity.

more plus many other NHL topics…

Update 3:19pm ET: (Alanah) Just a note… if you scroll to the bottom of Duhatschek’s article, you’ll see a note about HHOF broadcaster Jiggs McDonald being trapped in Bangkok along with many other Canadians. For more info on that and how their family and many others need help, you can check out this post I put up earlier as well.

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Deadline Monday: Your Best Hockey Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last Tuesday, Paul Kukla’s NHL.com blog invited readers, bloggers and all media to share their favorite personal hockey memory. The hope is to create a list of links at NHL.com on Tuesday, directing hockey fans to all those stories.

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  • To those readers who don’t have a blog or website you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) directly and we’ll be sure to publish all them on the KK Member Blog by Monday. (Thank you to all of you who’ve already sent them in. Everyone else, keep ‘em coming!)
  • To all other blogs and websites that post their own stories be sure to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the links to your sites and Paul will post those links at NHL.com as well.  (You can also add those links to the comments of this post, if you want.)

More details here.  Hopefully by Tuesday we’ll all have a nice list of personal hockey tales linked at NHL.com that everyone can enjoy.

P.S. A big thank you to everyone that’s taking part and also helping promote this on their own sites. It’s greatly appreciated. smile

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Performance Of The New Guys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With the NHL’s 2008-09 season past the quarter pole, it’s time to see how well last summer’s notable unrestricted free agents are performing for their new teams.

Worth the money

Marian Hossa: One of last summer’s most expensive signings ($7.45 million for this season), Hossa has proven to be worth every penny for the Detroit Red Wings, leading them in goals (11) and points (24).

Rob Blake: Considered washed up when he signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the San Jose Sharks, Blake is enjoying a career renaissance with 18 points in 23 games.

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Oilers GM Still Has Faith In Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

“We still have faith in this group,” Tambellini said. “We have a big weekend coming up. We can have a solid weekend here. We need a strong effort against St. Louis, no question.”...

“The players have to produce,” Tambellini said. “They have to play regardless of system or pressure, whatever the situation is. That’s their job.

“We’re working hard. We’re under-achieving in some areas as far as the offensive output, but I think everyone would agree there is enough skill on this hockey team to be a good offensive team.”

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Brian Burke To Toronto

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is being reported that Brian Burke has agreed in principle to become the next general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The official announcement is expected Saturday, with his introduction probably occurring during Hockey Night In Canada.  The Maple Leafs have been courting Burke to be their GM since the later part of last season when they fired John Ferguson Jr.  Burke was under contract with the Anaheim Ducks serving as their GM.  Burke got out of his Anaheim contract early in order to move to Toronto.  The situation where Toronto courted a GM who is under contract with another organization prompting that GM to get let out of his contract does not look right.  It looks as though Toronto was tampering with an Anaheim employee and should be punished for it.  I think Toronto should have to give up something (such as their first round pick) to Anaheim for this situation.

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Talking Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Register checked in with longtime Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald before Chicago came to Honda Center on Friday….

Q: Speaking of goaltending, Nikolai Khabibulin (above) has recently taken over the No.1 spot after he split time with Cristobal Huet, who was brought in during the offseason for $5.62 million. Is the goalie controversy settled or is this going to be a season-long issue?

A: It’s messy. That might be the best way to put it. When they signed Huet on July 1, it shocked everyone. Nobody saw that coming.  As long as they couldn’t get rid of (Khabibulin), he’s been playing great … now they’re backed into a corner. You can’t trade him and you’ve got a $5 million goalie sitting on the bench

They’re just going to ride it out and see how long they can go this way.

more on the Blackhawks…

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