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Chicago Dealing With Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Martin Havlat, their leading scorer last season, felt pain in his groin in the first period of Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Florida Panthers and skated off the ice. He didn’t return in that game and didn’t take the ice when the Hawks resumed training camp Wednesday in Bensenville.

‘‘He’s day-to-day,’’ Savard said. ‘‘I’d like to have him play Sunday in the last exhibition game [at Minnesota]. I’d like the whole team to be available then.’‘

That won’t likely happen. Rookie center Jonathan Toews, who broke an index finger in the second preseason game Sept. 19, remains doubtful for the Oct. 4 opener at Minnesota, and Tuomo Ruutu, also listed as day-to-day, is nursing a sore knee.

read on

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Keenan Is Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Stopping short of calling his team lazy, Mike Keenan delivered his first public tongue-lashing of the Flames, punctuating a tirade-filled practice with a frank critique of his squad.

“I am prepared to say the work ethic of this team can be upgraded considerably,” said Keenan, minutes after a spirited skate that had players rubbing one another out while Keenan screamed.

“We have to change the habits around here, maybe not the culture.”

read on

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Kings Feel Good With Bernier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

By the time Bernier arrived at training camp, the Kings were eager to see what he could do and he was added to the goaltending mix with Dan Cloutier, Jason LaBarbera and Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

“I got to camp, there were three veteran goalies, so I said to tell myself, ‘Just play like I know and just worry about the game,’ ” Bernier said. “And that’s what I did.”

“You don’t want to get too overly excited, but he’s showing some very good poise in the net,” said Coach Marc Crawford, who last Friday sent Cloutier to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. “For a goalie to play at this age, they need to have a real strong fundamental game.

“He has a sound package, especially with his skating. . . . He has a great foundation to his goaltending game.”

more (reg. req.)

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  Tags: goalies, jonathan+bernier, los+angeles+kings

Toskala Will Be Fine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronton Sun,

Yet before the Maple Leafs goaltender officially is declared a flop across the board, a voice of reason last night might help this sudden city-wide panic to end.

That person was none other than San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, who watched Toskala come up through his organization to emerge, in his mind, as one of the upper echelon goalies in the game.

“I understand the passion of the fans and that’s wonderful, butI’m not sure you want to judge him after just two exhibition games,” Wilson said in a phone interview from San Jose. “He is a very good goalie and I predict he will play very well for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“He is very mentally tough. He’ll be able to handle the (spotlight) in Toronto.”

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  Tags: goalies, toronto+maple+leafs, vesa+toskala

Three “A’s” For Devils?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Bergen Record,

“I’m not saying we’ll have someone with the ‘C’ or won’t have someone with the ‘C’. I don’t know,” Sutter said Thursday. “But we’ll probably have someone with ‘A’s’ on their jerseys, that’s for sure.”

Sutter said, “it’s nothing to read into,” but he still is trying to get a read on which players would best fit the leadership roles on his team. Elias eventually might be his captain, too.

“I’m not saying what they had here last year was right or wrong,” Sutter said. “I just wanted time to go through it and the decision, whenever it’s made, is going to be the right decision as far as the makeup of our team and how we want to play and so forth.”

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Diggers Divided:  The Grigorenko Dilemma

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Unfortunately for Kyle Quincey and Brent Sopel, I’d bet Derek Meech ends up staying with the Wings.  Unfortunately for Matt Ellis, Igor Grigorenko was put in a position to turn some heads last night; and he did.  And the minute he scored the shootout game winner, the speculation as to his future was turned up a notch by the Diggers in Detroit and the ones in Russia.

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Dany Heatley and Senators Delay Negotiations

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Dreger at TSN,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk along with general manager Bryan Murray spent the better part of five hours on Thursday in discussion with Dany Heatley’s representatives, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpline in Ottawa.

The two groups decided it would be best to walk away from the negotiating table, challenged with the task of re-establishing their positions.

“We had lengthy and detailed discussions regarding Dany’s free agency and we will take some time over the next week to consider each other’s position,” Barry said.

continued…

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Top 200 NHLers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail has a story up on Sidney Crosby and on the right sidebar, the Globe and Mail ranks the Top 200

players

scorers in the NHL

Pretty fair I would say.

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added 9/29/07, Ha, actually the offficial title of the Top 200 is Duhatschek’s Top 200 Fantasy Players.

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1999 Penguins Draft Pick Darcy Robinson Dies at Age 26

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom The Star,

Darcy Robinson, a Canadian playing for Asiago of the Italian hockey league, died during Thursday’s season-opening game. He was 26.

The native of Kamloops, B.C., fell to the ice without being hit during the first period of a game with Renon and was rushed to a local hospital where he died, Asiago said. No cause of death was given. The game was suspended.

Robinson was beginning his second season with Asiago. The defenceman, who held dual Canadian-Italian citizenship, played junior hockey in Saskatoon and Red Deer. He was selected 233rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 draft.

continued…

*For more on Robinson, see his player page on hockeydb.com

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Excitement for the London Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the BBC,

CEO of the 02, Philip Beard said: “When we announced the games, they pretty much sold out in a couple of weeks. I have to admit that I was surprised.

“We thought it might take a lot longer to promote the event, but not only did sports fans get behind it but the ice hockey leagues in the UK were really keen to promote it as well.”

Beard is particularly pleased with the interest despite the games taking place on a sporting weekend also featuring World Cup rugby and Premier League football.

“It’s fair to say that at the moment there is a massive amount of big sport on, but this weekend is a total sell-out.  People are coming from all over the UK and indeed across Europe,” he told BBC Sport.

more…

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  Tags: london

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