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Back Surgery For Flyers Dman Ryan Parent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Philadelphia - Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren released the following injury update regarding 6’3”, 198-pound defenseman Ryan Parent:

“Ryan Parent will have surgery on Monday, January 25th to remove a disc fragment from his lumbar spine. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Scott Rushton at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. After running the gamut with Ryan in terms of different things we have tried to relieve the discomfort he was having, we felt this was the way to go for Ryan’s overall health. The surgery is minimally invasive and will keep Ryan out for approximately six weeks.”

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Tough Guy Or Tough Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Also, have you noticed that the league is going to a trend of “team toughness” as opposed to a single enforcer in the lineup? See Montreal’s moves this week. See the New Yorker Rangers and note that their star player got into it with a Flyer player and the enforcer of the Rangers wasn’t even in the lineup let alone on the ice.

The new NHL trend is to be able to dress and ice four lines that can play and can score. See our lineup with multiple players that light the lamp. Ten players have 10 goals or more and we have three players with 20 goals or more right now.

This trend I believe was invented by Detroit. Ice a team with skill; roll four lines that can score; have a great power play; win where it matters most - on the scoreboard; and have a big, tough, strong team across the lineup.

read on for some Capitals talk…..

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Vancouver Wants To Deliver A Message To Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It’s obvious the Canucks still remember what happened in the playoffs last spring when the Blackhawks knocked them out of the second round of the playoffs in six games.

Either that or they’re sick and tired of hearing everyone in the hockey world praise the Hawks up and down as one of the best teams in the NHL along with San Jose.

“I feel we’re up there with these teams,” Canucks center Ryan Kesler said. “Chicago is obviously a good hockey club, but we’re a good hockey club, too. I don’t think we get enough respect around the league. So this is going to be a good statement game for us.”

Added Canucks tough guy Darcy Hordichuk: “We want to send a message to them that we’re a different team this year.”


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Our Tapdancing Masshole Monkey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Dean Lombardi clearly underestimated the backlash he would get after talking trash about Michigan and his own star player, Jack Johnson.  He thought everyone was just going to nod their head along with him as he dug deep into his brain to offer his ANALysis of Jack Johnson’s development. 

Let’s make something clear: like all Massholes, Dean Lombardi has the intellectual depth of a spatula.

And now Lombardi is trying to tapdance his way through the media, trying to undo the epic BS he spouted earlier.

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Kozlov’s Consecutive Games Played Streak Ends With A Benching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers veteran Slava Kozlov will be scratched from tonight’s game at Tampa Bay. He hold the franchise record for consecutive games played at 251, which will end tonight.

“I hate to be the grim reaper,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said. “I have to do what I think is best for the team at the time. Nothing is set in stone. Sometimes it helps players, it helps them get a little more motivated. Certainly I don’t like to do it, but I have to do what I think is best for the hockey team at that certain time.”


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GDT - Game #51: Red Wings host Kings (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings, by virtue of CGY’s freefall, have found their way into a playoff spot (8th).  Tonight they host the LAK, who occupy the 7 spot.  DET have been a home juggernaut recently, in their last 8 games at the JLA, DET are 6-1-1 and are only allowing 1.75 GA/G.  LAK begin a 5 game road trip tonight, after having an extensive two-week homestand (3-4-0).  LAK appear to have succomed to the Whiskey-Dick as well, LAK have gone five straight games without a power-play goal (0-for-24).

As Voox has noted, LAK should get a rousing welcome after having slandered legendary Wolverine hockey Coach Red Berenson.  Apparently, Dean Lombardi, the LAK GM think Red cannot coach.  Didn’t Red win the Jack Adams award for the 1980-81 season while coaching the Blues?  Apparently, Lombardi doesn’t think Red has done much at the Univ. of Mich.  Let’s see what the numbers say about Red:

*  The Wolverines have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 19 seasons, marking the longest streak ever in college hockey,
*  The Wolverines won the 1996 and 1998 NCAA National Championships, they reached the NCAA Frozen Four 10 times: back-to-back appearances in 1992 and 1993; four consecutive appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998; three consecutive showings between 2001-03 and its most recent trip in 2008.
*  He has accumulated a 673-310-68 record (.673) in 25 seasons with the Wolverines,
*  He is the eighth collegiate ice hockey coach to record 600 career victories,
*  He is seventh on the NCAA ice hockey coaches all-time win list; 
*  He stood behind the U-M bench for the 1,000th time of his career on Feb. 22, 2008 at Michigan State.

No Mr. Lombardi, Red Berenson cannot coach - - friggin douchenozzler.

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Hershey Bears Take Over AHL Scoring Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Corey Locke of the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Ranger affiliate took over the AHL scoring lead in November.  He has recently been caught by two members of the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) who were behind him because of time that they had spent in the NHL.  Keith Aucoin is the current AHL top scorer with 57 points in 37 AHL games played.  Aucoin has been called up with Washington for nine games - in which he scored five points in limited ice time.  The second highest scorer is Alexandre Giroux.  He has 53 points in 34 AHL games played.  He also has nine NHL games this year with three points in limited ice time.  They leave Corey Locke in third in the scoring race with 48 points in 44 AHL games played.

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Horton Out With Broken Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Twitter of Jonas Siegel,

Nathan Horton out four weeks with a broken leg according to Pete Deboer.

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24 Teams In Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two early games today and then some great action again tonight.

See the complete schedule below…

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The Lombardi/Johnson/Berenson Saga

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Friday his harsh evaluation of Jack Johnson’s old flaws in an interview on the blog frozenroyalty.net was intended to lend perspective to the defenseman’s progress, not to disparage Johnson or the University of Michigan.

In the interview, conducted by Gann Matsuda and published as part of a series, Lombardi said Johnson “never had any coaching” at Michigan and was “awful as a hockey player” before he joined the Kings and refined his game enough to be chosen for the U.S. Olympic team at the Vancouver Games….

Lombardi said he meant to give Matsuda background information on Johnson’s evolution and didn’t expect those comments to be published. “The whole article was completely out of context,” Lombardi said.

Matsuda said Lombardi never designated that part of the conversation as off the record. Lombardi did not dispute that.

read on

note 01/25/10, I received a note from the folks at Hockeytalk.biz and they wanted to point out Gann Matsuda works for them and not Frozen Royalty.


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  Tags: dean+lombardi, jack+johnson

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