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Komisarek May Not Be Ready For The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonas Siegel of 640am,

Mike Komisarek’s availability for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics might be in jeopardy.

The 27-year-old defenseman is still sidelined from a mysterious upper-body injury (suspected shoulder) and while he might be ready to return on Saturday, his status for the United States Olympic team in Vancouver isn’t quite clear.

“[Tuesday] is three weeks to our first game,” Ron Wilson said of the American team. “If you take the one week away, he has I’d say a week to feel comfortable. If he’s not we’d have to make other plans for the Olympics.”

“I’m not going to put his career at risk. And we’re not going to risk his future with the Leafs for a two-week Olympic thing either.”

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Kronwall Back Tomorrow Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

There was all kinds of good injury news coming out of Monday’s Detroit Red Wings practice:

—Defenseman Niklas Kronwall will return to the lineup Tuesday against Phoenix. He has been out since Nov. 21 with a sprained left MCL.

—Defenseman Andreas Lilja said he has been headache-free for 13 days and that he was told by doctors needs to be symptom-free for 14 days before being cleared. Unless he has a setback in the next day or two, he will meet with team officials this week and could return from a concussion that has kept him out since Feb. 28 of last season.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (January 25, 2010)—Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 24.

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Report- NHLPA Reaches Tentative Settlement With Paul Kelly

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHLPA has reached a tentative settlement with Paul Kelly in which the union will pay its former executive director $1.5M plus $200,000 in attorneys’ fees, The Post has learned.

The agreement reached by attorneys for both parties, and outlined on an NHLPA conference call yesterday, is subject to ratification by a majority vote of the 30 player reps. The vote, which will be conducted by email over the next 72 hours, is expected to gain unanimous approval.

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Points To Ponder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• In a perfect world, he’d (Souray) go to Los Angeles or Anaheim. (His children live in the area.) Not sure the Kings are a fit. They have cap room (18 players signed for next year at $46 million), but the temptation to spend it on a high-impact forward will be great. The Ducks are interesting, also having space (15 players at $32.5 million) and a need for defencemen after this season. (I am assuming a Scott Niedermayer retirement, not that anyone will replace him.)

• Any other Western teams with cap freedom and cash who need a bomber? Calgary (28th on PP)? Enough cash already tied into the blue-line. Nashville and Phoenix (27th and 24th)? No way. St. Louis (29th)? Minnesota (21st)?

more including would Gainey trade Carey Price….

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Who Is the Starting Goalie In Chicago?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Either Niemi or Huet should beat Edmonton. But the bigger point is what statement Q makes in picking who wins, since both guys know they are likely to a notch an easy W if Q just lays the finger of fate on them rather than giving one guy the finger.

Maybe it’s true the Hawks are blessed to have two dependable goalies. Maybe it’s also true a team without a clear-cut No. 1 goalie won’t win the Stanley Cup, as Jeremy Roenick contended recently.

Q has to start cutting through the haze of what ifs with his goalies and decide what now and what will be. I know he isn’t likely to name his Stanley Cup championship starter today. But Tuesday would be a hell of a time to start parting the fog so we can see clearly.

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Patrice Cormier Suspended For Regular Season & Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The verdict is in.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward Patrice Cormier was suspended for the balance of the season and the playoffs by the QMJHL on Monday.

Cormier, 19, created a firestorm of media attention last week when he elbowed Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts in the head, sending Tam into convulsions on the ice and causing him to be taken to hospital with brain trauma and broken teeth.

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Marleau Answers Critics

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When the San Jose Sharks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season, a lot of pressure was placed on Patrick Marleau.  He was the captain of the team but only managed three playoff points.  There was speculation that he may be traded over the summer.  The speculation peaked with rumors of a three team trade that would bring Dany Heatley to San Jose with Marleau heading in the other direction.  San Jose eventually acquired Heatley without moving Marleau.  The idea of trading Marleau would have been difficult due to the fact he has a no-trade clause in his contract.

Patrick Marleau was stripped of his captaincy in San Jose.  He returned to the team for the final year of his contract with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.  He has responded well to that pressure.

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Yes It’s True, The Islanders Are In The Playoff Hunt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,

Kyle Okposo knows what some folks around the NHL are saying about his New York Islanders—that they’re too young, too inexperienced and too short on talent to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race much long.

“What we did in the first half, I don’t think anybody expected us to do outside of the group we have in the locker room,” Okposo told NHL.com. “We play hard for each other every night and we know if we keep going the way we can, anything can happen. We want to stay in the hunt and be playing in April.”

Okposo understands the reason for the skepticism. The Islanders haven’t been in the playoffs since sneaking in on the last day of the 2006-07 season, back when Okposo was a freshman at the University of Minnesota.

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Senators In A Buying Mood, Who May Be Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

* The Senators would be interested in Carolina LW Ray Whitney, but there’s now talk he may re-sign with the Hurricanes. It’s believed the Senators like Hurricanes C Matt Cullen, who has a cap hit of $2.8 million and is being shopped by GM Jim Rutherford.

* Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is willing to move just about anybody. Naturally, W Dustin Penner would interest the Senators because they had him included in the failed Dany Heatley deal last summer, but Penner has been one the few players who has been consistent for Edmonton this season.

* The Thrashers are expected to deal RW Colby Armstrong, who is making $2.4 million. If the Senators are interested, they won’t be alone. The Flames have been trying to acquire Armstrong for weeks, but haven’t been able to get a deal done.

* Toronto GM Brian Burke wants to deal LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, C Matt Stajan and LW Niklas Hagman before the deadline, but it would be difficult for him to deal with one of Leafs’ top rivals.

* Flames GM Darryl Sutter said publicly Sunday he believes in the group he has. What else is he going to say? Sutter has been trying to wheel and deal. Underachieving C Olli Jokinen is being shopped, as is C Craig Conroy. Both can become UFAs on July 1.

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