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The End Of The Forsberg Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Peter Forsberg is not coming back to the NHL.

Forsberg’s agent Don Baizley has begun advising NHL teams that Forsberg doesn’t have enough confidence in his wonky foot to commit to a return to the league this season.

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Flyers Fans: Time to Panic

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Anthony J. SanFilippo at Comcast Sportsnet,

In case you were wondering, now is the perfect time to panic.

The Flyers, losers of seven straight, are in a colossal free fall and are in danger of missing the playoffs.

That’s unbelievable when you think about it, because two weeks ago the conversation around the club was about the prospect of finishing with the best record in the conference.

continued… with a list of everything that’s going wrong

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Nolan Not Behind The Bench Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was not behind the bench at the start of Monday’s game against the San Jose Sharks because of what the team called a ‘‘personal matter.’‘

No other details were immediately available, and it was not known if Nolan would coach at all during the afternoon game.

update 3:00pm, Nolan behind the bench for the 2nd period.

added 3:21pm, Now Evgeni Nabokov. took a shot from the point right into the mask.  Looks like a possible nose, mouth injury and he has left the game.

added 3:37pm, Nabokov suffered a facial laceration, he may return for the 3rd period.

added 5:20pm, Nolan’s son Jordan plays for the Windsor Spitfires and Ted was speaking with his son about the sudden death of Mickey Renaud.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 18, 2008) – St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace, New York Islanders left wing Ruslan Fedotenko and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 17.

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Marleau On IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled center Mike Iggulden from the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League, San Jose’s top development affiliate.

Iggulden leads Worcester in points, goals and assists, having notched 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 49 games.  He is also tied for second on the team with six power play goals. He was Worcester’s lone representative at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game where he played for the Canadian team.

In a related move, the Sharks have placed center Patrick Marleau on injured reserve with a groin injury.

 

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Kaberle Talks Heat Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Tomas Kaberle could be on the move.

Two league executives told the Sun talks to send the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman to the Philadelphia Flyers have intensified in the last 24 hours.

The belief is Kaberle may have been asked to waive his no movement clause and if he agrees a deal could be completed.

added 5:04pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

“Tomas Kaberle is not going anywhere,’’ agent Rick Curran told TSN. ‘‘He signed a contract to be a Toronto Maple Leaf and while he’s disappointed with the way things have turned out this season in Toronto, he has no intention of leaving. He’s fully committed to the Maple Leafs. That’s why he signed a long-term contract (three more seasons after this one at $4.25 million per season) and that’s why he’s not waiving his no-trade clause….”

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Chicago in the Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times,

With every game now, it seems the Blackhawks’ goal of reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs isn’t a pipe dream anymore.

On Sunday, the Hawks responded to a raucous sellout crowd of 21,715 with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. The Hawks aren’t in playoff position yet, but they’re closing in after winning three consecutive games in regulation time and going 4-0-1 in their last five.

continued…

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Good Point, But You’re Stupid

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Vartan Kupelian used to cover the Wings for the Detroit News.  Now he’s a golf writer, for the most part.  But that doesn’t stop him from lending us his genius analysis of the current slide.

The same offensive players that were so dominant—Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and a few of the others—aren’t being allowed to luxury of extra space to perform their magic tricks.

Bigger, stronger opponents—playing with greater intensity and passion—are preventing the Wings from enjoying the same scoring opportunities.

The operative phrase there is “bigger, stronger.”

All decent points, despite the fact that they’re a re-hash of the NBC Wing Roast yesterday.  Still, Vartan seems to be heading toward a stirring conclusion.  Until he hits a self-imposted road block…

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Tracking Holland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to an NHL source who helped me with this, we were able to install a mini-gps tracker and audio chip (will open your audio player) in Ken Holland’s watch.

Ken is keeping busy at the GM meetings and if you look closely, you can see his ball in the right bunker…

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What The Blues Could Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

But Davidson is sitting in much better position than he was two weeks ago. This upturn put the Blues back in the hunt and changed his perspective on the looming trade deadline.

There is no reason to bail now. Instead, Davidson can look for a defenseman-for-forward swap. He can also put some of his available budget room for 2008-09 to use, perhaps taking on a forward with remaining money (Alex Tanguay) or a pending free agent looking for long-term dollars.

The better the Blues play between now and Feb. 26, the better his options will be. They must keep grinding away toward the 96-point goal Murray has set for them.

more on the Blues…

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