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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Live Blogs are nifty, but seeing the same one up there for a few days probably makes you kinda sad.  I’m on the road for the next few days.  Will be back on tonite to get the LB started and to throw a wrench into the works…study up on “Airplane.”

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A Good Trade Deadline Pickup

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is a little over two weeks past the trade deadline.  It is possible to get some early opinions on the deals that occurred on deadline day.  One trade that looks like a big victory is the Calgary Flames pickup of Olli Jokinen from the Phoenix Coyotes.  Calgary acquired Jokinen and a 2009 third round draft pick in exchange for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first round pick in either 2009 or 2010. 

Jokinen has been a great pickup.  He has been one of the best players in the NHL since the deal.  In fact, his eight goals since deadline day is a league leading figure in that period.

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Ovechkin With 50!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season midway in the first period against the Lightning.

AO followed the goal with a celebration with his hands wiggling over his stick which he had placed on the ice.

added 8:36pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

After ripping a shot past Mike McKenna, Ovechkin dropped his stick then bent over it and attempted to pick it up. But each time he reached down he pretended that the stick was too hot to touch.

The Lightning fans didn’t appreciate the gesture and booed Ovechkin. Can’t wait to see what Don Cherry will have to say about it on Coach’s Corner on Saturday night.

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How Important Is Home Ice?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Detroit has won the Presidents’ Trophy in four of the past six seasons, winning the Stanley Cup twice from the pole position. The Wings, who have won the trophy six times, are the only team to win the award more than twice.

“We’ve had No. 1 seeds (in the west) every year I’ve been here, it’s helped us once,” forward Dan Cleary said. “But I do think it’s beneficial.

“Anytime you get to start at home and possibly end at home, it’s a good thing. Especially against San Jose, they’ve been great in their building. They’re definitely a team that wants home ice.”

more on the Wings including a note about Datsyuk being the hottest NHL player since February 1st.

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You Remember Alexander Mogilny?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Immensely talented when he patrolled the wing in the NHL, Mogilny seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth after his stellar career ended. He wasn’t the type that would want to hang around NHL rinks in his retirement. But we tracked him down nonetheless.

“Hold on for a second. I’m parking my car, picking up the kids at school,” Mogilny told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

That’s half of the new life right there. Daddy Mogilny.

“I’m helping out a team in Russia and, otherwise, just being a father and helping to raise my kids,” Mogilny said. “I go back and forth quite a bit, but I live in Florida [Miami]. That’s where we retired. I travel a lot, spend quite a bit of time in Russia during the season.”

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Thrashers Health Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Bogosian, and Ron Hainsey all practiced and are all expected to play versus the Red Wings on Friday night.

Bogosian said his leg is fine but that the hit thrown by Cooke was knee on knee. He didn’t want to speculate about whether it was intentional or not. In my opinion it shouldn’t matter. Players should be penalized for accidental knee on knee hits just like they’re penalized for accidental high sticks that draw blood. Intent is irrelevant.

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All Shootout Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

With the NHL in its fourth season after implementing the shootout, here’s what we know:

• The Ottawa Senators have the fewest shootout wins with 10, while the New York Rangers have the most with 34. To be fair, the Rangers also have been in the most shootouts (57).

• The most impressive win-loss record belongs to Dallas (the Stars are an amazing 31-12), followed by New Jersey at 32-18. The Rangers can hold their head high at 34-23, while Edmonton is next at 30-20.

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Bruins About To Get A Wake-up Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggarty of WEEI,

A statement about which team ultimately wants first place and permanent home ice will be made in the rare Sunday afternoon matinee between the Devils and Bruins at the Garden, even if some players are feigning standings ignorance.

“Why? Where are they?” asked Aaron Ward when asked how hard it is to ignore the surge of the hard-charging and pointy-tailed Devils. “Does that answer your question?”

Don’t let the dose of B’s bravado fool you, however. Each of the Bruins players knows exactly where every relevant team is in the standings, and most of them read the newspaper every day. If they don’t check it in the morning edition or daily blog, then there is a giant dry-erase board with all of Eastern and Western Conference standings positioned in the hallway between the practice ice and the team dressing room.


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Gaborik Hopes To Play On Sunday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Michael Russo

Brian Stensaas of Russo’s Rants,

Big news out of Wild practice today. Barring any setbacks, Marian Gaborik said he feels he will return to the lineup Sunday afternoon against Edmonton.

Gaborik will travel with the team to New Jersey this afternoon. But he said playing tomorrow night against the Devils is unlikely. Instead, he’ll wait for the Oilers.

“We’ll probably shoot for Sunday’s game,” Gaborik said after an hourlong practice this morning. “Hopefully everything will progress. Hopefully I’ll be more pain free each day and go from there.”


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Sakic’s Goal Is To Play This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Stancher of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

In a welcome sight, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic was on the ice this morning before the rest of the team went through its morning skate at Pepsi Center….

While Sakic didn’t speak to reporters this morning, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato stated that his captain’s goal remains the same - to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.

“Joe wants to play, so I’d like to see Joe, obviously, get in good enough shape and feel good enough to get back on the ice in a game,” said Granato. “That’s been his goal since the injury. It was great to see him out on the ice.”


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