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Gretzky Welcomes Back Tocchet

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

And so, the prodigal will return, starting with Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tocchet, like Gretzky, is an NHL lifer, which suggests that his two years away from the game must have been difficult for him.

“It killed him,” agreed Gretzky. “You go through various stages — being disappointed, being embarrassed. But for him, now, his mom and dad are older people and they’ve been through a lot. It was tough on everybody — for him and his family, but you know what? He’s come through it. He’s grateful to the league for giving him a second chance. He’s grateful for how the league handled the investigation. There’s no animosity. He’s just looking to move forward.”

continued…

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  Tags: rick+tocchet, suspensions, wayne+gretzky

17 Points…Stress Train Is Full

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2229: Wings win 3-2 in OT.  Guess the “best teams” don’t always win.  In “Hockeytown” too. 

Update 2027:  Give the “best team” the Cup they deserve.  Tied 1-1 two minutes after the last update which was the cause of the goal which led to this update.

Update 2024: Wings lead the “best team in hockey” 1-0.  I’m just sayin’.  Still early. I’m sure, even though the Wings are 13-0-2 against the NW, that the “best team” will prevail.

I’m worried.  Worried sick I tell you. Stressing.  Total anguish.  A seventeen point lead in the conference is not enough on February 5th.  To confirm it, check out Wild Puck Banter.  The State of Hockey is right on our heels. 

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Talk Around The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Maybe Peter Forsberg will wind up in Philly or Denver or wherever; but a close friend of PF’s tells us that he wants to close his career on Broadway. Which prompts the question: would Glen Sather want PF? …

It says here that, yes, Jaromir Jagr will be a Ranger next season. …

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if – after the endless crying in the Toronto media – the Leafs made the playoffs! …

more NHL bits…

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The Greatest Trophy In Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Simpson at CBC,

Football’s Holy Grail is a silver football sitting on an elongated pedestal. That’s it. Nothing else. At 23 inches tall, it is often dwarfed by the behemoths of men who hold it in one hand like a stick over their heads in victory.

Somehow, this slight of a symbol doesn’t fit all the grandiose of the game it represents. The impact of the trophy pales in comparison to the effort it takes to achieve the accomplishment.

The Stanley Cup on the other hand, is larger than life, is a worshiped institution and in my opinion, is the greatest trophy in all of sports.

more

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Ovechkin In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander Ovechkin talks with Puck-rakers,

Q: What are your memories of Sergei Fedorov?

“He was one of our idols growing up. The Russian Five, the Detroit Red Wings win the Cup. He was one of the best players in the league and one of the best players in Russia.”

Q: When you think of the Columbus Blue Jackets, what comes to mind?

A: “Zherdev, (Rick) Nash and Fedorov.”

more...

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Cammalleri Activated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the LA Kings,

The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Michael Cammalleri from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Cammalleri, 25, has missed the last 17 Kings games due to a rib injury.  He has played in 36 games this season and has 29 points (15-14=29).  His 15 goals rank third on the team, 29 points rank fifth and nine power play goals rank second (tied with Anze Kopitar).

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  Tags: mike+cammalleri

Earl Motivated By Gretzky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Wayne Gretzky was breaking the hearts of Maple Leafs fans at the same he was inspiring one of the team’s future players.

The Great One was the star of a memorable seven-game series in 1993 as the Los Angeles Kings got past Toronto and advanced to the Stanley Cup.

It was a time when interest in the game was growing in California and Robbie Earl was just getting started in organized hockey near Los Angeles.

Earl was raised by grandparents who had previously lived in Toronto and exposed him to hockey at a young age. But Gretzky’s presence also played a part in developing his interest.

continued

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  Tags: robbie+earl

If the Oilers Miss the Playoffs…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Morrison at CBC,

And missing the playoffs this year will hurt worse than any other season.

That is because, of course, the Oilers are not in possession of their first-round draft pick this spring. In fact, they surrendered their first three picks in the summer to the Anaheim Ducks as compensation when they signed restricted free-agent Dustin Penner, which was ultimately a reaction to Nylander changing his mind and signing with the Washington Capitals, missing out on other free agents as a result, and then watching the Buffalo Sabres match an offer sheet given to winger Thomas Vanek.

It is called dominoes, Oilers style.

more of a look at what direction the Oilers might take now

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  Tags: contracts, trade+deadline

Just Wrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Pardon me if this comes off as anti-Swede or even a mangling of the French Canadian language, but bringing Peter Forsberg back to the NHL at this point of the season is a monumental faux pas.

The idea that any time prior to the NHL trading deadline of February 26 (the day NHL rosters are frozen) any team can sign him and inject him into their lineup is not just a bastardization of all that should be logical and decent in regards to NHL roster rules, but it also makes a mockery of the idea of team building and the value of playing a full NHL season.

continued

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Hossa Situation Encouraging

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blueland Blog,

Which brings us to Marian Hossa. Negotiations are ongoing and Don described the situation as “encouraging”. He also said that he’s getting calls about Hossa but that no trade offers have been made. He’s not letting the discussions get to that point yet. Most of the calls are coming from the West but some are from the East. Waddell re-affirmed that he won’t trade Hossa if he can’t find a deal that he thinks makes the team better this season.

more on the Thrashers…

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  Tags: marian+hossa

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