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Get Well Mike Robitaille

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Henry L. Davis of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres studio analyst Mike Robitaille was listed Wednesday in serious but stable condition after surgery for a spinal cord injury he suffered last week.

Robitaille, 61, was injured Feb. 3 when the car he was driving was rear-ended.

The surgery decompressed Robitaille’s spinal cord and stabilized his spine, and he is recovering in the intensive- care unit of Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, hospital officials said. Robitaille suffered

neurological deficits involving his arms and legs but is able to walk and move about, Dr. Kevin J. Gibbons, who performed the surgery, said in a written statement.


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  Tags: mike+robitaille

Flyers Host 8 Haitians In Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Because of a series of coincidental developments, eight earthquake victims from Haiti - including two young girls who each lost a leg in the tragedy - found themselves in a strange location last night: sitting in a suite, watching the Flyers play the host New Jersey Devils.

A South Jersey doctor, Katie Gollotto, had been on a volunteer mission in Haiti and was taking four youngsters and their parents to hospitals in Philadelphia and Wilmington.


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“Nuclear Eruption From Alexander Ovechkin”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The on-ice officials huddled and decided no goal, claiming Gill was jammed into Price by Ovechkin, thereby not allowing the goalie to do his job.

On Twitter this evening I agreed with the call, how about you?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Is This The Type Of Content We Can Expect From NBC Regarding Olympic Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Florio of Rinkside, an NBC Hockey blog for the Olympics,

Before a single puck can drop during the Olympic hockey competition, the games must officially be declared open. And before the games officially can be declared open, the oversized S’mores maker must be properly ignited.

And the guy who is believed to be the leading candidate to light the fire is the same guy who lit the lamp for many years in the NHL.

According to the Toronto Sun, Wayne Gretzky is the most likely candidate to do the honors.

Surprisingly, Gretzky’s wife has bet $100 dollars (Canadian) on Mario Lemieux.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

How Tough Are Hockey Players? Josh Gorges Takes A Mike Green Shot To The Face & Skates Off With Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: josh+gorges

The Red Wings’ Suggestion Box Is Open To Your Ideas

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The current season has left Red Wings fans asking questions and pondering solutions.  So let us throw some around.

All day today, and throughout the season, the 19 have been discussing the team’s problems and possible remedies.

I just spoke to Ken Holland (a lie), and he has asked me to open up the suggestion box to the ideas of the 19.

I’ve made no secret of my undying optimism that the Wings will make the playoffs.  And I am a staunch supporter of Uncle Mike, despite some decisions he makes that I don’t agree with.  I think there is no better coach in the NHL today than Uncle Mike, and it is no small feat that he has kept us within striking distance of the playoffs.

I am not the smartest, funniest, nor the most eloquent of the 19.  I just update the posts so that they don’t become 50-page juvenile encyclopedias.  That’s why I want you to read this recent submission posted in the BBBB Live Blog:

Continue Reading »

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Canucks Unsure Of Mitchell’s Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

It has now been nearly four weeks since defenceman Willie Mitchell suffered his concussion and there’s still no word on how much longer he will be out.

It’s clear that Mitchell, who suffered the injury Jan. 18 when he was run into the end boards by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, won’t be playing any hockey before the Olympic break.

Now you have to wonder if he’ll be ready to go after the Olympics. The Canucks clearly miss his presence, especially on their struggling penalty kill.

“From what I can understand he has been getting better by the day, but he is still not symptom-free,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “That’s all I know.”

Asked Wednesday if he expected Mitchell to be ready to play post-Olympics, Vigneault said: “Who knows with concussions. We are all keeping our fingers crossed.”


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  Tags: willie+mitchell

Olesz Out With Broken Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

If last night’s loss wasn’t “brutal” enough, the Panthers also lost winger Rostislav Olesz in the final minute or so to a broken hand.

Coach Pete DeBoer said today that Olesz is getting X-Rays to see how serious it is, but he’s out through the Olympic break at the very least.

As far as those trade rumors for Olesz, well, I’m not sure how true those were. Olesz has a big, long contract and for another team to take that on, the Panthers would likely have to take on someone else’s problem in return.

Now, as far as other players go, I would think guys like Jordan Leopold, Dennis Seidenberg, Gregory Campbell and Kamil Kreps are in play. What they would bring, I don’t know. I don’t think the Panthers are going to do anything until the deadline because, what sense does it make? Play tomorrow’s game against the Canucks and then make a deal?

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  Tags: rostislav+olesz

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I could say my goal is to make the playoffs and have the team be profitable,” he told Elliot. “Boring. I could say I want us to win the Stanley Cup. I mean, that’s a great aspiration, that’s on my list. But really, my aspiration is to bring the city closer together. Because as we’re seeing, nothing brings a city closer together than a winning [sports] team.

“And, I want immortality for the players. Once you get your name on the Cup, you’re immortal. They’ll never take that away. And I really want to create bonding memories for mothers and fathers and sons and daughters and families, because that’s how you define yourself….

-Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis.  Much more from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post.

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Turco Talks About His Situation In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I asked him about the situation, and he said he has talked to Joe Nieuwendyk and understands what is going on. He said he wants to continue to play well and help the Stars win games.

“I don’t have any qualms or problems. You put yourself in Joe’s shoes, and that’s it. Then you just focus on your job and that’s all you can do.’‘

When asked if he knew of any trade talk, he said he did not, and that he was moving forward as if he would not be traded.

“A lot of people know how I feel and where my heart is, and if I keep playing like I’m playing now, then I’ll be OK and I’ll look back at everything and have a great big smile on my face…And I still look forward to having a smile on my face by winning a Stanley Cup here in Dallas (this year).”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marty+turco

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