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Legace Targets 60 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On Monday, two days after leaving in the second period of a 5-3 Blues win over Los Angeles with a “tweaked” right knee, Legace was reassessing his proclamation. He was back at practice bending and scooting with ease and said he will start in the Blues’ home opener against Nashville on Wednesday night. But as far as playing 70 games this season, probably not.

“Sixty would be good ... that would be a good mark, not to push it,” said Legace, 34. “We’ll see how it goes. I’m just going to take all the precautions in the world.”

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  Tags: goalies, manny+legace, st+louis+blues

Havlat Status Still Up In The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Daily-Herald,

If the Blackhawks are fortunate enough to catch a break—and it’s still a huge “if”—they will be without top scorer Martin Havlat for the next 4-6 weeks.

But if the news is bad later this week after Havlat has several more doctors examine his injured right shoulder, he could be lost to the Hawks for the rest of the season.

continued

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

“I played with Stevie Yzerman my rookie season and I scored five goals in my first 12 games,” Dandenault said. “I was a scratch a lot of the time that year, but when I started the season I was with him. It was amazing. But I ended up the season with five goals because I went to the fourth line. I started the season with Yzerman and finished with Stu Grimson.”

more on Dandenault…

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

Nashville Finding ThePerfect Balance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

“We realize we have to get goals different ways, but we have still been able create offense to this point,” Trotz said. “It might be a little surprising to some people, but there are different ways to attack a problem. We set out to have a certain type of team based on where we were with the hockey club. It’s two games into it, but we are going the right direction.”

Instead of loading up two lines, Trotz has outfitted each line with a bruiser, a creator and a finisher.

more

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Nick The Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The great ones make a hard game look ridiculously easy.

Gretzky. Orr. Mario. Howe. Beliveau. Lafleur.

You can add Nick Lidstrom to that pantheon.

Since Orr retired 31 years ago because his knees gave out, Lidstrom and Ray Bourque have been hockey’s pre-eminent defencemen. Paul Coffey, who had 1500 points, was close. So was Denis Potvin, a mean customer. Chris Chelios, Larry Robinson and Scott Niedermayer have a following as game-managers. But, Lidstrom, who’s remarkably only missed 22 of 1,201 total games (some forced to rest him for the playoffs) is, in his 16th NHL season, a machine.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, nick+lidstrom

What Happened To NikeBauer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

“I remember (Nike CEO) Phil Knight saying at the time that hockey was North America’s fourth-most culturally-significant sport,” said John Collins, a former senior executive in Nike’s hockey division. “He wanted in.”

Nike would wind up paying a frothy $395 million (U.S.) for Canstar, a 50 per cent premium above the level its shares were trading in prior months.

Industry executives now say even though a number of suitors will probably emerge for NikeBauer, it’s doubtful the division will sell for more than $150 million – less than half what Nike originally paid for it.

read on

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  Tags: merchandise, nike

I Don’t Even Want To Type The Word

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven of MSG Network,

This news might get stuck in your craw but it has to be reported nonetheless. Another NHL Work Stoppage could very well happen when it’s time for the NHLPA to renew the current CBA.The angst centers on two critical areas:

1. Choice of the next union boss;

2. Whether the small but vocal Chris Chelios-led militant unionists control the show.

read on and more NHL talk from Stan…

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  Tags: cba, nhlpa

Coach Sutter Not Happy After Loss To Sens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,

Brent Sutter clearly wasn’t happy after this one and held a closed-doors meeting before the media was allowed in the locker room. In fact, Sutter pulled Arron Asham, who scored his first goal as a Devil in the second period, out of a live interview with the Devils’ radio team so he wouldn’t miss the meeting.

continued

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  Tags: new+jersey+devils

Luongo Appears Fine After Knee Scare

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

Less than 48 hours after avoiding a serious knee injury, Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo was back on the ice and practising with his teammates….

“I was able to get through the practice so that’s a good sign,” Luongo said. “This morning it felt much better than yesterday and I was able to walk on it fine. Obviously if it was going to bother me on the ice, I was going to get off. Once it was warmed up, I was fine.”

read on

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  Tags: goalies, roberto+luongo, vancouver+canucks

Get A Piece Of Gretzky & Janet Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

Wayne Gretzky, the leading scorer in NHL history, will hold a sale of personal items to benefit two local schools.

Gretzky and his wife, Janet, will sell home furnishings, off-road vehicles and limited-edition autographed jerseys on Oct. 27 at Oaks Christian school to raise money for construction of the school’s new baseball stadium.

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

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