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Team Sweden Roster Announced

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Marchesan at CTVOlympics,

Sweden will go with a mostly veteran lineup as it attempts to defend the gold medal it won four years ago in Turin.

Coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson has selected 13 members from the 2006 gold medal winning team led by Niklas Lidstrom who will anchor a veteran-laden defence which includes five first-time Olympians - Tobias Enstrom, Magnus Johansson, Douglas Murray, Johnny Oduya and Henrik Tallinder.

Lidstrom, who will captain the team, is among four players who will be making their fourth Olympic appearance with Sweden. He is joined by fellow defenseman Mattias Ohlund and forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Forsberg.

Forsberg, whose foot and injury problems have been well documented, has been attempting a comeback in Sweden this year. While he has been a member of the last two gold medal winning teams for Sweden, his selection will be seen as a gamble.


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Yzerman In The Zone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Call Steve Yzerman during the day over the last three months and you will likely find him in his car, or a rental car, either driving to or from an airport or a rink.

“He’s been all over the place,” said Bowman, now a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks and an Yzerman confidante during Yzerman’s information-gathering process. “I was in Chicago Friday and he had driven in from Detroit and he was driving back after the game. He has done his homework.”

Yzerman has watched at least portions of more than 100 games and, it seems, talked to almost as many people in culling the information he will need to select the players he will announce as the members of Team Canada Wednesday.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray, whose career path crossed Yzerman’s when Murray was coach and general manager in Detroit in the early 1990s, ran into Yzerman in the airport in Detroit.

“He’s been really diligent. I met him at the airport in Detroit and he asked about players and the team selection process. He really paid attention,” said Murray. “He wants to be good. Guys like that, who want to be good, they will be good.”


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Pens Will Probably Say Goodbye To Gonchar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Pittsburgh Penguins will probably let their best defender, Sergei Gonchar, walk in July as a free-agent because he’ll be 36 and they’re not giving him $5 million a year for three years. They will make due with Kris Letang, although he’s looking for $4 million, and Alex Goligoski. They have cap issues, like all teams, but can easily dump Ruslan Fedotenko and/or Matt Cooke in the summer to free up some money.

• Do you think the free-spirited Maxim Afinogenov would be on the Russian Olympic team if he hadn’t signed in Atlanta and found himself on Ilya Kovachuk’s line? Me, neither.


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No Muscle Damage To Getzlaf’s Self-Inflicted Leg Cut

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Ryan Getzlaf suffered a cut on his right leg that required several stitches to fix. The injury is not believed to be serious but it could affect Getzlaf’s availability for Tuesday’s home game against Minnesota, though the center remains hopeful.

Getzlaf, their leading scorer with 41 points, said he cut himself with his other skate as he fell awkwardly to the ice.

“Obviously the main focus is the muscle and that everything’s OK there,’ he said. “Right now it’s just a deep cut. There’s definitely some healing to do but I think we’re talking days instead of weeks.”

more on the Ducks loss to the Sharks…

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Coyotes Continue To Win At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes won their ninth consecutive home game Saturday night, stopping the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Jobing.com Arena in front of a crowd that appeared to number about 15,000.

The streak equaled the home franchise record set in the 1992-93 season by the Winnipeg Jets.

The Coyotes are 11-2 in their past 13 at home and 15-5 overall.

They reached the 50-point plateau after 39 games, as goalie Ilya Bryzgalov picked up his 22nd win of the season. Bryzgalov won his 10th in a row at home.

more on the game last night…

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Best Of The Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It was the decade that contained the only canceled season in the history of North American big league sports. There is no reference to 2004-05, or to the lockout, or to the CBA, or to the NHLPA, or to Gary Bettman in this review. This review is about what transpired on the ice, not off it:...

Best NHL Free-Agent Signings:

1. Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim, 2005

2. Chris Osgood, Detroit, 2005

3. Michael Nylander, Rangers, 2004

4. Marc Savard, Boston, 2006

5.Zdeno Chara, Boston, 2006.

much more

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Wings Win.  Happy?  Not For Long…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No, Todd Bertuzzi did not spend any time in Nigeria over the Christmas break.  Let’s put a stop to that right now.

But this is fun.

Grand Rapids Press

Mattias Ritola admitted he was a little surprised when the parent club Detroit Red Wings recalled him from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday.

Imagine how shocked the 22-year-old left wing must have been after the Griffins’ 7-4 loss to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at Van Andel Arena.

The Red Wings recalled Ritola again after the game, and he’ll be available for Detroit’s game at Columbus on Monday night.

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Save Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight not a goalie, but Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Wings Playing Old-Time Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,

This is not the best Red Wings team of recent vintage. It is not the dominant team in the NHL any more. With Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Andreas Lilja, Valtteri Filppula, Danny Cleary, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Darren Helm and Brian Rafalski having missed games because of injuries or illness, the Wings continue to play competitive hockey. They have lost some 150 man-games this season, yet have a winning record. They have been forced to load up with fill-in players from Grand Rapids.

They play hurt. Just hockey players.

That’s guts, or courage—a trait for which I have huge admiration.

And when I watch these modern guys, my old nostalgia syndrome begins to purr.


Also, in case you missed it, the Wings have recalled Mattias Ritola tonight.  Not sure if there is an injury we are not aware of or just a move the Wings wanted to make.

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Justin Williams Out With Knee, Leg Or Foot Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

The official word from the Kings on right wing Justin Williams, who was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period Saturday after injuring his right leg, is that he has a lower-body injury.

What were the odds that would be the official announcement?

The idea of teams being vague about injuries is understandable on some level. Teams don’t want to be specific because they fear an opponent might poke at it when that player returns.

But Williams was carried off on a stretcher, won’t return tonight and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. A bit more information would be appropriate in this instance because the stretcher leads to thoughts of horrible injuries—and that might not be the case.

update 8:30am 12/27/09, Broken leg for Williams.  Watch video below…

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