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Wings Injuries - Draper Out for 10 Days+

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily,

Kris Draper’s knee sprain will keep him out of the lineup for 10 days to two weeks. Today, he could just ice the knee and sit in the sauna.

Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t practice. His status is unknown for Thursday.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, injuries, kirk+maltby, kris+draper

Avery to Undergo Wrist Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From On the Rangers Beat,

Avery—-already sidelined once this season with a shoulder separation——will not only miss the Islanders game, but several more after arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left wrist tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

Avery—-who reinjured the wrist against Tampa when hit by a shot—- practiced without shooting today, but was waiting for resuslts of a CAT scan on the wrist, which has bothered him since the start of the season. He said afterward that the decision had been made and didn’t know how long he would be sidelined. Avery said he had been playing with a fracture, and was worsened during a fight five games after he returned—-we’re thinking with Darcy Tucker in Toronto.

“Hopefully, it’ll only be a week or two,” he said. “But I don’t live in a reality world.”

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, sean+avery, surgery

We Want Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

How well has that scheduling format been received?

Consider that one week from now, the NHL’s reigning most valuable player, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will play in Western Canada for the first time in his career. Nearly 200 games into his professional life, Crosby will swing through Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, starting on Dec. 5, giving fans there a chance to see him in person for the first time since he set foot in the league.

Naturally, interest in seeing Crosby play is far outstripping the available ticket supply.

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  Tags: nhl+schedule, sidney+crosby

Watching The Wings Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Blue Seats at the NY Post,

I bring this up because of the heavily European Red Wings roster. North American players are out numbered slightly in Detroit, but it hasn’t hampered the club’s regular season success. Granted, they haven’t won a cup since 2002 when their core was comprised of greats like Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull, Pat Verbeek and Luc Robataille…

What this all has to do with the Rangers is this: we complain about the Jagr-ization of the power play, decrying it as European hockey when it’s not exactly that simple.

more... and no Cup for the ‘Little Ball of Hate” with the Wings. He only played two seasons with the Wings, 1999 & 2000, both non-Cup years.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

McCarty Still Wants To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Parker of the Detroit News,

It was only fitting McCarty was at Tuesday night’s Wings 5-3 victory over the Flames at The Joe. McCarty played for both teams—he was with Calgary the last two seasons. A free agent, McCarty still loves the game and hasn’t given up the idea of playing again.

“I want to play, for sure,” McCarty said. “I’d like to give it a shot and catch on with somebody and play. I think I can still play, I still think I can bring something to the team—that intangible stuff, leadership, a spark.”

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  Tags: darren+mccarty

Van Ryn Hopes To Avoid Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinel,

While his teammates left for Washington on Tuesday, Panthers defenseman Mike Van Ryn went to receive a cortisone injection in his right wrist.

It’s likely the last resort for Van Ryn before he’s forced to have surgery on that wrist for the third time in a year and a half — surgery that would end the 28-year-old’s season and possibly his seven-year NHL career.

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  Tags: florida+panthers, injuries, mike+van+ryn

Scouting Is Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

“When I first started as a pro scout, the first season (1985-86) after coaching in Detroit, there were only two or three of us (in the entire league),’’ Polano said. “Now, every team has at least two or three pro scouts.”

Though their job may be undertaken in virtual anonymity beyond the realm of the National Hockey League’s inner circle, the task they perform is essential to a team’s success, both short- and long-term.

“Every scout, both pro and amateur, is valuable to his team,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

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A Matter Of Concern

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,

Today, in the third season after the lockout that changed so many facets of the game, the NHL finds its popularity waning in three of its gold star American markets: Detroit, Dallas and Colorado. There just may be a price to be paid after all, the league is learning, for the salary cap that has put millions into league coffers over the last three years….

While interest has increased in small markets, where teams now compete on an even economic plane, it seems people in the large markets preferred it when their team had the ability to outspend opponents.

All of the big U.S. markets include competition from the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball. There is an inherent battle for headlines and talk-show time that is being lost by NHL clubs that simply aren’t making news the way they used to under the old collective bargaining agreement.

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The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

But while Bettman’s performance won’t cause any talk-radio hosts to worry about job security, the NHL boss deserves credit for going where no sports commissioner has gone before.

On the other hand, the NHL Hour wasn’t exactly a baptism by fire. Though the first call must have given Bettman chills, John from Winnipeg wasted no time in telling the commissioner he wasn’t going to ask about the Jets returning to Manitoba.

Most of the callers, all but the aforementioned from the U.S., either lobbed softballs at the commissioner or praised him and the state of the game.

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Oilers Expect Key Players Back Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

The cavalry’s coming.

One of the Edmonton Oilers’ horses, Fernando Pisani, could be back playing within the week, maybe tugging on a jersey when the team is in California to play the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.

And captain Ethan Moreau may be riding to the rescue around Christmas. He’s been told he still has to wear a cast on his broken left foot for two more weeks.

Finally, some light at the end of the tunnel for the Oilers, who’ve been going without their valuable third-line veterans, who usually eat up 15 to 18 minutes a night.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, ethan+moreau, fernando+pisani

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