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Cheechoo Trying To Bust Out Of Slump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Making him even more sluggish in his fifth NHL season was the double-hernia surgery he underwent last spring. Cheechoo had tears on both sides of his abdominal muscles, where they attach to the groin, and doctors went in and repaired everything at once late in May.

Undergoing the operation three months before training camp had a significant impact on Cheechoo’s training.

“I run a lot during the off-season, and I wasn’t able to run at all this off-season,” he said. “I wasn’t able to do anything real heavy until probably the last part of August.

“Coming in, I had a little bit of time to make up.”

Cheechoo is now attempting to overcome the cranial side of his slump.

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Follow The WJC Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Slap Shot blog at the NYT will be live blogging the Sweden/Russia WJC game which starts at 10:00am ET today.

To follow the play-by-play commentary of the World Junior Championship semifinal match, LIVE, as it happens at the ČEZ Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic, click “more” and then refresh like crazy. Jeff Z. Klein describes the action.

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Don’t forget this game and the USA/Canada game at 2:00pm can be viewed on TSN and the NHL Network in the USA.

 

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Crossing Enemy Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blueland Blog,

Tonight’s game will feature a pretty cool thing on the the TV broadcast. In the second period, the two TV analysts (Darren Eliot for Atlanta and Tripp Tracy for Carolina) will switch booths, and provide some “enemy perspective.”

Should make for some good TV…if you can’t make it to Philips tonight, be sure to check it out. In Atlanta, the game is on SportSourth.

read the press release…

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Get It Right Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from All Thing Avs by Adrian Dater,

The fact is, the Avs embarrassed themselves over their latest injury news, regarding Ryan Smyth. The Avs put out the word that X-rays were negative on Smyth’s ankle. They get a sigh of relief from their fans. A day later, they said, ‘Uh, never mind, the ankle is actually broken. He’ll be out eight weeks.’

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Foppa Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

At the risk of generating a whirlwind of speculation, Peter Forsberg believes there is reason to hope he can return to the NHL this season. He’s said to be “cautiously optimistic.”...

To date, Forsberg has avoided any contract or meaningful discussions with teams that would lead to a commitment. However, he has acknowledged his fondness for the 3 NHL teams he has played for, namely Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville.

Perhaps, wishful thinking, however sources close to the Flyers believe Philadelphia to be Forsberg’s destination of choice.

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Too Much Emery Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

And yet since the Emery controversy, followed by his subsequent public apology and private meeting with teammates, the Senators have looked very much, well, distracted.

How else to explain their composure during back-to-back losses to the Washington Capitals in which they gave up a mind-boggling 14 goals.

“I don’t really think it [distracted us],” Paddock said. “There’s all kinds of stuff that goes on that can or can’t affect a team. Things that go on all the time that no one talks about when you’re winning.”

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The Literate One Turns 40…errrr 38

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update!!!:  1059 EST.  OTC makes a very good point in the comments below.  Baroque’s consistent attempts to raise the level of conversation here could be solved by simply banning her from from the premises.  I’ve created a poll below.  It’s very important that you vote.  We’ll make it a caucus if you want.

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We’ve had some pretty enlightening moments here at A2Y the last twelve months, moments that would leave an outsider unfamiliar with our “norms” shaking their heads—and perhaps believing that most of us are “challenged”, or 8 years old. 

And we’re cool with that. Well…18 of us are.

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Ruutu & Tucker Go At It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jarkko Ruutu and Darcy Tucker had a great middleweight fight last night that seemed to send a wake-up call to the Pens.

Empty Netters has a breakdown of the game if interested.

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Flint Awaits: McCarty Return Could Occur Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It just might be a big frigging night in Flint.  Darren McCarty’s debut with the Generals is still up in the air, but tonite is a possibility.

Brendan Savage/The Flint Journal

“We’re very hopeful,” director of hockey operations Ron Sanko said Thursday night. “But we don’t want to disappoint any fans by saying, ‘Yes, he’s in,’ when we don’t know. We’re still waiting for clearance.

“The minute we know he’s cleared to play, the entire city of Flint will know.”

No word on what specific type of clearance is required from the NHL.  That’s got me wondering a bit. More on that to follow.

 

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Big Al Wakes Up The Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Michigan sports editors must be reading The Wayne Fontes Experience

All this begs a question. Are there 2 teams in all of sports, both elite, both title contenders, that have been so throughly ignored by their local media entities?

Thank God for the Detroit blogosphere…

Big Al takes the Detroit MSM to task for ignoring the Pistons and Wings.  Two days later?

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