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Andy McDonald Out With Fractured Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Center Andy McDonald, who leads the club with 18 points, suffered a fractured left leg in the first period Sunday against Montreal and will be out indefinitely….

“Andy has been, to this point in the season, our best player,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “Nobody feels sorry for us. (But) we battled one of the better teams in the league right to the end with the lineup we had tonight. So, give our guys credit, we’ll find a way.”

more on the game last night…

added 2:12pm, via Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

After originally reporting Andy McDonald’s injury as a broken leg, the St. Louis Blues on Monday confirmed the veteran center has a broken left ankle and figures to miss at least two months.

added 6:38pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Andy McDonald is expected to miss the next eight weeks due to a fractured left leg.

After an MRI was performed by Blues team doctors in St. Louis, it was determined that surgery will not be required.

 

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Looking At The Dustin Penner Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

(Dustin) Penner has been on a terrible run of games, similar to a few bad runs he had last season where he would disappear for weeks at a time. When we last saw Penner, before he was banished to the press box on Saturday, tiny Alexander Steen of the Leafs had blasted the 6-foot, 4-inch, 240-pound Oilers forward right off the puck, as if Penner were Tara Lipinski.

It would be hard for MacTavish to get any greyer than he is, so we’ll have to say that this is the kind of play that will make the Oilers coach go bald.

All that said, Penner wasn’t exactly set up for success this season. If he wanted to nurse feelings that the coach has had it in for him this season, there would be some justification.

For instance:

- Before the season began, the Oilers brought in Erik Cole to take Penner’s place on the first line with Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff. That didn’t work out for Cole, Hemsky or Horcoff, who completely failed to click.

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Feeling Controversial?  Who, Us?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The rules of society no longer apply to our Uncle Mike.

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Habs Lose Some ASG Votes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Late last week, the NHL said it was studying the legitimacy of this Habs runaway, the rules stating that automated voting activity is prohibited. Saturday into yesterday morning, it stripped thousands of votes from the Canadiens, as many as 20,000 from Kovalev alone if you’re to believe the “real-time” totals.

But then, does it really matter? The All-Star Game long ago took a fork in the road from its original purpose and much of its relevence.

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Still Talking About The Luongo Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Do you see what goalie Roberto Luongo has been doing lately and feel cheated? You should. If it makes you angry to read those sentences, it’s because you hate being reminded of what can’t be forgotten — that the Panthers gave away Luongo to Vancouver in June 2006.

Regardless of whether you agree with the trade, they should have received more in return. What they now have instead of Luongo are defenseman Bryan Allen and AHL center Shawn Matthias, a prospect they got when they traded their key acquisition in the Luongo deal, Todd Bertuzzi, to Detroit.

continued

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Drew Doughty Playing Like The Calder Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

I’ve only seen the Los Angeles Kings play a couple of games this season, but I’ve already penciled in the name Drew Doughty next to Calder Trophy on my virtual NHL awards ballot.

This 18-year-old man-child is the real deal. On a young Kings lineup, Doughty plays the seasoned vet. He logs the second most minutes on the team, quarterbacks the power play and is the steadiest defenseman on the Kings in 5-on-5 situations.

continued

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All Carrie Milbank - Without The Words

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from Phil of Gunaxin.com,

We’re not breaking any headlines when we tell you that Carrie Milbank is hot. Most of you probably know that by now. If you don’t know who she is, you are missing out. Carrie Milbank is most often seen in the currently running NHL commercials, but maybe that is just because I watch the NHL Network excessively. Honestly, I can’t even tell you what she is advertising.

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Islanders Need A New Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

In order for the Islanders to get a new home, for the Islanders to remain on Long Island and not wind up as a relocated franchise to Kansas City or Seattle or some other city, Wang needs to do what Bettman did last week. He needs to speak honestly about how grave this situation is.

People close to him say he doesn’t want to play the game of making threats, but it’s not a threat if it’s real. Fans, take off your Islanders-colored glasses and look around the Coliseum. This place stinks. And no one is coming. And Wang admittedly is losing money, as much as $20 million a year, he says.

Entering last night’s game, the Islanders were last in the league in attendance, averaging 13,233 fans. But no way does that number truly reflect the amount of actual live bodies who have passed through this place this year. It’s inflated, just like some people’s evaluations of the youth on this team.

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All Inar Treiguts- Thrashers Massage Therapist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darryl Maxie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Q. But you do go all Sheila E. with your hands on the lower backs of Thrashers?

A. If you want to say that. I’m like a drummer beating the drums at a fast pace. I incorporate that into the massage.

Q. You’ve also used your tongue, I hear. Maybe I should clarify. You’ve helped translate for Ilya Kovalchuk , who’s from Russia, correct?

A. I don’t want to say I was his interpreter, but I’ve helped translate what he said. Now he doesn’t need me for that anymore. They all speak pretty good English, but they don’t all have all the American skills. Like how to use checking and debit cards. Basic survival skills..

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Pick One: Franzen Or Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Getting Franzen locked up will not be easy. The Red Wings went through a difficult negotiation process with him and his agent in the summer of 2006, when he was a third-line, checking forward with seemingly modest offensive potential. Franzen could cost the club between $4- and $5 million a year, and he surely would get more on the open market.

Re-signing Hossa would require a series of events. The Red Wings would have to deem Franzen’s asking price more than they want to pay. Hossa would have to give them a discount in the neighborhood of his current $7.45 million salary. And even then they would need to shed some salary to make room for Hossa, whom the club cannot begin contract talks with until after Jan. 1, since he’s on a one-year deal.

Whom do they choose? The decision probably will be made for them, once they learn each player’s asking price and determine who is a better value for the money.

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Now, your the Wings GM, which one player do you sign?  Vote below…

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  Tags: johan+franzen, marian+hossa

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