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Updated 0706 ESTThree diggers, three different reasons as to why Zetterberg sat out last night in TC.  Helene St. James.

Zetterberg didn’t play in either game, but assistant general manager Jim Nill said it was just due to general soreness and not the back problems that hampered Zetterberg last season.

Updated 0649 ESTAnd away we go.  Kulfan says it was a precautionary move to keep Zetterberg out of yesterday’s scrimmage. Protecting his back and all that.  Khan(!)?  A different story.

Injury updates: Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch from Tuesday’s four-on-four scrimmage at Centre I.C.E. Arena due to a sore groin. It’s precautionary, nothing significant, the team said.

My bet is that Kulfan saw Zetterberg was sitting out, asked why and got “precautionary” as a response.  Maintaining the standard, he didn’t follow up.  Khan(!) probably did.

Funny how two adjacent paragraphs can prompt two completely different physical reactions.

Center Valtteri Filppula (groin), winger Dan Cleary (hamstring) and winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) sat out the scrimmage at Centre ICE Arena.

And…

Assistant GM Jim Nill said Zetterberg, who missed the second half of last season with back problems, was rested simply because the Wings have eight exhibition games in the next 10 days.

“We don’t want to take any chances,” Nill said.

More from Kulfan on last night’s 6-1 win over Minnesota.

Let’s recap: 
Kulfan: Precautionary, back
Khan(!): Precautionary, groin
St. James: “General soreness”

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Sillinger Talks Smyth & Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

On July 1, Mike Sillinger was as disappointed as anyone in the Islanders’ organization to learn that his friend Ryan Smyth had signed with Colorado rather than accept a slightly better offer from the Isles. As one of Smyth’s partners in a British Columbia real estate development and as alternate captain, Sillinger had pushed for “Captain Canada” to become “Captain Islander.”

“Even with me, he kept everything inside,” Sillinger said. “He kept his private stuff private between him and his family and his agent. I had no idea he was going to sign with Colorado. When he did sign, he told me the Islanders were one of his teams to the very end….”

continued with more Islander talk…

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  Tags: mike+sillinger, new+york+islanders, ryan+smyth

Panthers Will Be Just Fine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Biggane of Inside the Panthers at the Palm Beach Post responds to the latest story by David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail about expansion & the schedule…

David Shoalts, who covers the Toronto Maple Leafs for Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper and loves to bash the Panthers, was at it again Wednesday.

In a story about Wednesday’s Board of Governors meetings in Chicago, Shoalts noted that while expansion will be discussed, it isn’t likely to come about for a few more years. If and when it does happen, he said, Winnipeg is likely to be passed over in favor of American cities such as Las Vegas, Kansas City and Seattle.

Winnipeg’s best chance of getting a team, he continued, “remains relocating one of the league’s basket cases, such as the Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers or Nashville Predators.”

continued

added 9:30pm, Bob McKenzie at TSN also has some notes regarding the BOG meeting.  A few people willing to pay up $200M-$300M for an NHL team!

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Center Ice Online Working?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m reading some comments below from readers saying they can’t get the game in.  Try this.  It’s working for me. Getting the tv signal but the radio call.

2029 EST: minutes after I posted that the game froze, got an error message, closed Firefox (and explorer, tried that too).  Re-opened the portal and get some nancy brit boy telling me the page won’t load, the URL is invalid.

2039 EST:  just got definitive word from the wife.  “You’re not paying for that.”  Not good.

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  Tags: watching+the+wings

Who’s Got Tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Empty Netters tries to find out what happened to all the tickets for the Winter Classic. 

Latest story and earlier today.

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  Tags: winter+classic

NHL Looking At Fixing Unbalanced Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL will probably drop its unbalanced schedule for next season and the vote by the governors could come at their December meeting.

Several governors who left Tuesday’s meeting before it concluded said the sentiment seems to be to have all of the league’s 30 teams visit each other at least once.

“We want [to drop the unbalanced schedule],” Calgary Flames governor Harley Hotchkiss said. “There is a good chance it will happen in December.”

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Sherry Ross Will Do “Color” For Devils

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from Fire & Ice,

Congratulations to Sherry Ross, who is expected to be named as the Devils’ radio color commentator in the next day or so.

continued

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No Complaints - No Excuses

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

Well, chronologically, obviously we have two guys who are locks for the Hall of Fame [Selanne and Niedermayer] who aren’t back. So I think for any team to deal with the loss of two players of that significance over any summer creates difficulty,” Burke said. “But that being said, our team mantra is ‘No complaints, no excuses.’ So I don’t want the players reading the GM complaining about this, either. The fact is we’ve taken steps to replace those guys, and I like our chances with this group.

“We’ve got to replace close to 80 goals between Teemu and Dustin Penner. We’re not countin’ on Todd to score 80 goals. But we think he can contribute, and then other people are going to have to grab the rope and pull.”

much more on Burke and the Ducks…

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  Tags: brian+burke

Yotes Go MySpace Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek announced today that the Coyotes have launched their very own MySpace page.  The Coyotes Official MySpace page will allow fans to communicate directly with the club as well as with other Coyotes fans across the country.

“The launch of the Coyotes Official MySpace page is just one part of our commitment to offer fans increased access across multiple interactive platforms,” said Bucek.  “Social networking websites are the online starting point for our current and future fans in the younger demographic, so we felt it was extremely important to have a presence in that space.”

The Web page can be accessed at www.myspace.com/phoenixcoyoteshockeyclub and will provide inside information on Coyotes players and rising stars, as well as news on ticket offers and special events.

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All Gomez

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers took part in a NHL tele-conference today…

Q. What’s that going to be like the first time you play the New Jersey Devils?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Talking to some of the guys over there, it’s going to be ? it will be different for sure. I’m sure a lot of emotions that day. But once you step on the ice, hey, going against those guys now and do whatever it takes to win. I’m sure they feel the same way.

Q. Was it true that there was some sort of coin flip or puck flip for jersey numbers between you and Chris Drury?
SCOTT GOMEZ: We talked after I signed and Chris signed later that day. We talked about it. And I said take 23. I never picked it. Never was a number in mind. The Devils kind of gave it to me. I’ve always grown up wearing No. 11 or 19. I’m sure I wasn’t going to get 11 here.
So we flipped for it. It wasn’t a big deal and I’m pretty excited I get my old number back.

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