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Kovalchuk Has A Dollar Figure In Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

This is what I know about the Thrashers-Kovalchuk talks. Optimism aside, Waddell is saying the same thing he was saying in September. If anything, he has backed off a little.

Kovalchuk? This is where it gets interesting. When I asked him following Thursday night’s 5-4 overtime win over Dallas, his initial response was, “Same, I think. You should ask them.” And he went on to talk about how he is “just focusing on my game.” Standard response.

But when asked whether he still believed a deal would get done, neither his tone nor his words were quite as positive as they had been in the past.

“Hopefully,” he said. “But, you know — you never know. It’s all [up to] our owners and management.”

This is how one generally translates that: “I want this amount. Let’s see if they give it to me.”


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If December’s The Real April? Then Jimmah Just Might Be Your Huckleberry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dammit.  There I am with the question marks again.  I hope that didn’t make any Wild bloggers cry, sputter than apologize this morning.

So.  The Wings are down 9 starters.  9.  That’s frigging insane.  And yet they keep winning.  Naturally, we haven’t read a negative word about Mike Babcock in weeks.  That’s expected.  Those folks tend to stay silent when Detroit’s doing well. 

But something else is going on and it may be time we all sat up and took notice.

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NHLPA Search Committee With An Infusion Of Youth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nice to see that one of the NHL’s rising young stars, the Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf, agreed to join the search committee for the union’s next executive director. In recent years, they have mostly ceded that role to their more experienced colleagues. The next step will be to involve one of the Russian elites in the process – someone such as the Atlanta Thrashers’ Ilya Kovalchuk, a smart young athlete with a good-enough command of the English language to take on that responsibility. And it wouldn’t hurt to see Sidney Crosby volunteer for a position either, especially if the next incarnation of the union wants to be taken seriously by commissioner Gary Bettman and his ownership gang …

more hockey talk from Eric…

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Not The Time For A Philly Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

They do not need to trade a spare part on the roster for a different spare part just to get everybody’s attention - because that has already been accomplished with the arrival of new coach Peter Laviolette. They certainly do not need to sacrifice an important player, to cut off a significant appendage, just to wake everybody up.

Everyone knows this is a better team than it has shown in the last month. Now is the time to give the roster a chance to show it. The coach has hinted at a locker room that isn’t tight enough and, well, fine. The truth is that the talent is there - or has everyone forgotten that this team was once 12-5-1?

read on

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Redden Shows Passion Off The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Redden, utterly devoid of passion through the first 109 games of his Ranger career, finally showed some emotion upon hearing the news oh boy about the scratch by confronting and shouting at Tortorella in the visiting coach’s office prior to the morning skate.

Later, the defenseman who represented himself as worthy of a $39M investment over six years upon reaching free agency on July 1, 2008, complained to the press that he was being “singled out” and being made an “example.”

How absurd. How outrageous. But how typical. Though, in a sense, Redden was correct. He is an example ... of what happens when players are not held accountable. Management shares the responsibility for Redden’s sense of entitlement.

more on the Rangers

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  Tags: wade+redden

Ovechkin Takes On Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

A downtown department store in a major Canadian city is bound to be a madhouse during the holiday shopping season.

But it is nothing compared to a public appearance by Alexander Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals superstar and the worldwide face of hockey.

That much was proved yesterday at the Olympic boutique inside The Bay in downtown Vancouver, as roughly 1,000 people formed a circuitous queue 30 minutes before Ovechkin’s late-afternoon arrival. Autograph and picture seekers were forced to buy one of five items – the cheapest costing $89 – yet the line snaked around several displays, and ended outside the boutique, somewhere between clocks and cosmetics.

“Why not?” Ovechkin replied earlier in the day when asked why he would agree to two hours of sign and smile. “It’s good stuff for me. People are going to recognize me and shake my hand. It’s easy.”


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Seriously…Now You’re Gonna Vomit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Baroque just brought this up in the comments on a post below.

This is nuts.  Watch the “Hockeytown: No Limits” commercial.

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Concussions Related To Damaged Brain In Deceased Hockey Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Even in death, Reggie Fleming’s brain is sending messages.

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have determined the former NHL player, who endured multiple concussions during his career, suffered from degenerative brain disease at the time of his death. This marks the first time a hockey player has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and adds to the growing concern about the long-term effect of concussions in hockey and the price exacted by the game’s physical nature….

Fleming also suffered from strokes and a heart attack in his later years but his brain tissue showed “typical CTE pathology,” according to McKee.

“The changes in [Fleming’s] brain were very similar to the changes we’ve found in [12] football players and [five] boxers,” McKee said. “This case also points out that individuals who suffer from CTE are often misdiagnosed during life and may be told that they are suffering from a psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disease, or later in life, from Alzheimer’s disease.”

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  Tags: reggie+fleming

Ready, Set, Vomit…Down Goes Hank

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: Bruce MacLeod reported via Twitter that Zetterberg has a shoulder issue and drove himself to get an MRI.  MacLeod also mentioned that of all the injured Wings, Filppula is the closest to returning.

Prepare to pump bilges.  Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary, Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and now…


Photo courtesy of David Guralnick/Detroit News

Latest word, and only word we have, is that it was upper body. 

My personal feeling is that it’s a concussion, but from the way he was flattened it could be anything from head to rib to shoulder to spleen.  He was wrecked.

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Zetterberg Done For The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zeterberg is done for the night with an upper body injury after taking a shoulder check from Mattias Öhlund of the Lightning.

added 9:00pm, Video of the hit…


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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

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