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The Voice Of Mike Lange

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 ET.

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Oilers Place Sabourin On Waivers

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via TSN Ice Chips,

Newly-acquired goaltender Dany Sabourin was placed on waivers today.

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Surgery For Pascal Leclaire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire will undergo surgery on his injured ankle and is expected to be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  The surgery is scheduled to take place on Friday and will be performed by Dr. Brian Donley at The Cleveland Clinic.

Leclaire, 26, has appeared in 12 games this season and posted a 4-6-1 record with a 3.83 goals-against average and .867 save percentage.  He originally suffered the injury in a preseason game vs. the Minnesota Wild on October 3.  He missed eight games earlier this season due to the injury and last played in a game on December 18 at Dallas. 

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Luongo Doesn’t Buy Into The Still Injured Issue

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Luongo knows allowing nine goals on 60 shots in his last two outings isn’t going to cut it, but didn’t buy the argument that he might be having trouble pushing off his left skate. He seemed stoic when beaten on shootout efforts by Williams and Rick Nash.

“I feel great on the ice and really have no issues,” he stressed. “It [rust] is from not having breakaways or shootouts. Once back on the ice, I didn’t want to go right into shootouts in practice and wanted to be careful. I was kind of antsy on the first [shootout] and went down early.”

more

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Ducks Must Focus On Winning

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from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

The Ducks might need a group rate with a top-notch psychologist if they spent much time comparing and contrasting their efforts in Friday’s dreary 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh and Saturday’s snappy 3-0 triumph at Minnesota.

Then again, if they don’t quickly find a way to duplicate more of the latter and minimize the former, the Ducks will be out of their misery come Stanley Cup playoff time.

Tied with Phoenix for fifth place in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Ducks remain in precarious position because of the jumble of clubs bunched closely behind.

continued

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Islanders In A Political Game

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from John Jeansonne of Newsday,

As power plays go, the Islanders’ wink-wink confirmation of a planned preseason game in Kansas City—and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s sympathetic comments about needing to replace “that building” in Nassau County—wouldn’t get past the red line of most skeptics.

We are supposed to make the leap from public knowledge that owner Charles Wang’s “Lighthouse Project” plan to redo Nassau Coliseum is on hold, to the fact that Kansas City has a spanking new arena actively in search of an NHL team. But experts in the matter are tolerably certain that a franchise move is virtually nonexistent, though this well-worn ploy and the veiled-threat manner in which it was presented is not the least big surprising.

“The typical playbook is that teams never come out and say, ‘We’re going to move if you don’t do this for us.’ Fans get angry when you do that,” said Neil deMause, co-author of “Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit.’‘

continued

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Two Days Later: Why Osgood?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A loss in January can never be viewed as a game that defines a team.  Not when we’re talking about a team that proved its mettle the last two years in the playoffs.  Hell, if the Wings themselves have reason to remember any game against San Jose—still—it might be Game 4 in the ‘07 playoffs.

But, that doesn’t mean Saturday didn’t raise a few questions from the 19.

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A Game Day Ritual: You Pick The Idiot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Epic juvenilacity.  The sewer in which you bathed Saturday night probably won’t be re-visited until the playoffs begin.  The comments in the live blog were obscene, paralyzingly hilarious and offensive to multiple North American demographics.

Good work.

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Howson & Hitchcock Working Well Together

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

On a club developing chemistry in adverse times, the tightest bond might be the one between coach and general manager.

Hitchcock and Howson don’t always agree, but they share a similar vision for the franchise, one coming into focus during an 8-3 run that has the Jackets in the thick of the playoff race.

“You never know how it’s going to work when you bring people together. There is always a risk,” said Howson, in his second season as Jackets general manager.

“I think we respect each other’s positions. He cares about winning the next game, and my focus is more long term. But he respects the intricacies of the position. He understands you can’t just wave a magic wand.”

read on

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The Race For The Playoffs Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Over at NHL.com, I take a look at the 2nd half of the regular season.  The race is on for the playoffs!

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