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Daniel Briere Possibly Out For a Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to be without forward Daniel Briere for up to a month after suffering a torn abdominal muscle in Wednesday’s shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

‘‘Danny has a slight tear in his reptus abdominis, which is a stomach muscle,’’ said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. ‘‘He will be out of the lineup approximately 3-4 weeks.’‘

Holmgren said that the 31-year-old Gatineau, Quebec native is slated to undergo surgery Saturday morning.

continued…

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  Tags: daniel+briere, paul+holmgren

Paul Kelly’s First Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,

It’s time to stop calling Paul Kelly the “new” leader of the players’ union. On Friday, he celebrated his one-year anniversary on the job as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association.

“Today is the big day,” Kelly told ESPN.com in an interview Friday.

Much has changed in his 365 days in office. The players’ union was a divided group when Kelly came on board, still reeling from its controversial decision to accept the sport’s first salary cap in order to end the NHL lockout three years ago.

continued… with a look back and looking ahead

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

Who’s Getting the Power Play Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Cullen at TSN:

This week’s edition of Backchecking is going to examine the newcomers and surprises when it comes to power play ice time.  We all know that Datsyuk and Zetterberg are on the Red Wings power play, right?  Sure.  But, who would have guessed that Radek Bonk is still getting PP time in Nashville?

A team-by-team look..

continued

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  Tags: power+play, special+teams, stats

Look Who’s Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Responding to Hockey Night In Canada icon Don Cherry’s verbal punching yesterday on the Fan 590, in which Grapes ripped Wilson for, among other things, “throwing his players under the bus,” Wilson took the high road.

“I have no comment for that,” Wilson said.

But when informed later that Cherry called him “pompous and arrogant, one of those Americans that know everything,” Wilson couldn’t suppress a sarcastic chuckle.

“Me pompous and arrogant? Wow,” Wilson said implying it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black. “I just laugh.”

read on

Update 4:57pm ET: From Mike Toth at Sportsnet:

You want a dirty little secret about the media?

We can be the biggest bunch of crybabies you’ve ever seen.

The war of words between the Toronto media and Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is just the latest example.

*original post-time was 7:38am ET

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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+wilson

Colorado’s Attendance Woes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

James Mirtle at From the Rink,

Colorado has been one of the league leaders in attendance ever since moving to Denver back in 1995-96, but with the team going through a bit of a rebuilding phase and the problems with the economy, the Avs are experiencing some issues at the gate.

Denver Post reporter Adrian Dater said yesterday that many believed last night’s game against Edmonton could “be their lowest crowd of all time” and looking at the finally tally that very well may be the case.

continued…

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  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans

IIHF Investigates

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the IIHF:

The IIHF Disciplinary Committee is reviewing a report that was received on 21st October 2008, which outlines that player Matt Murley, 28, (home IIHF member national association USA Hockey) has played without a valid IIHF International Transfer Card (ITC) for the Russian club Amur Khabarovsk.

The IIHF Disciplinary Committee has informed the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, the Hockey Club Amur Khabarovsk and the player, Matt Murley, that the committee has opened an investigation with regards to this matter.

Amur Khabarovsk is participating in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) of Russia, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia (FHR).

continued…

As Stu Hackel at the NY Times Slap Shot blog notes, Murley is still under contract to the Carolina Hurricanes, and as recently as October 15th the KHL’s President Alexander Medvedev stated that Murley was not yet cleared to play in their league. Nonetheless, Hackel points to a Russian stats site that indicates Murley has played in four games thus far.

 

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  Tags: matt+murley

Quick Recovery

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner notes that…

Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily reports that defenseman Andreas Lilja (appendectomy) skate this morning and thinks he has a shot at being back in the lineup in Chicago, Saturday.

Wow.  The guy just had his appendectomy on Tuesday.

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  Tags: andreas+lilja

Talking to Phil Esposito

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

‘Minor Memories’ at CBC.ca:

CBCSports.ca: Where was the most memorable tournament you ever played, and why?

Esposito: Team Canada ‘72, without a doubt, because it was the unknown. We had no idea that these guys could play like they did, no idea. In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs scouts scouted them, and they told us they couldn’t do this, couldn’t do that. I made a statement saying no wonder the Leafs are in last place, their scouts are stupid. They couldn’t pick anybody, ‘cause this was a good hockey team. I think that was the most memorable tournament for me.

and lots more

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  Tags: phil+esposito, russia, summit+series

Hockey Punditry

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside at ESPN:

Pierre LeBrun: Scott, we get together again just in time to digest yet another update on Mats Sundin. As one GM told me the other day, “Tell the big Swede to make up his damn mind!” Well, Sundin is one step closer. He’ll start seriously skating and training in the Los Angeles area early next week, and then who knows after that. It might take three to four weeks before he’s ready to play.

Scott Burnside: Pierre, I never get tired of wondering about where the Ponderous One will end up. It’s like watching paint dry, only more pedestrian.

much more chat about Sundin, plus some goalie controversies to debate

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  Tags: mats+sundin

High Risk, High Reward Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

With the two Alexes – Ovechkin and Semin – leading the charge, the Washington Capitals might be the greatest show on the ice right now, the heir apparent to the swashbuckling Edmonton Oilers of the mid-1980s. If that’s the case, then defenceman Mike Green is the 21st-century equivalent of Paul Coffey in style and approach – one of half-a-dozen promising young rearguards who will get a long look from the management staff of Canada’s 2010 Olympic team. Green plays a high-risk, high-reward style. Most nights, he is a defenceman in name only and plays almost as a fourth forward.

This is done with the permission of his coach Bruce Boudreau who, since taking over the reins of the Capitals last December, loosened them considerably on all of his young players. Now, instead of making a defensive choice on a 50-50 puck battle, they have permission to err on the offensive side. Some nights, it backfires, but on balance, it generally works.

and more on the Capitals plus other hockey topics, from Marian Gaborik to Sarah Palin

Update 1:55pm ET: Ken Campbell at The Hockey News has more thoughts on the Capitals today, specifically on Alex Ovechkin’s season thus far.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik, mike+green, sarah+palin

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