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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Tough day and all our thoughts go to the Army families on Ft. Hood.  I’m kicking this thing off and bowing out.

Go Wings.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I had the most fun in my career in St. Louis. We had (only) two married guys on the team, a good bunch of young kids going out and having fun on the ice. We played hard, on and off the ice. St. Louis is an unbelievably good city.”

-Brett Hull.  Much more on Brett from John McGourtey of NHL.com.

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Big Night In LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

No matter how often the Kings said they’re not approaching tonight’s game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins as a gauge of their own progress—and they’ve said it often the last few days, including after Thursday’s game-day skate—you know they’re geared up for this. And they should be.

Defenseman Rob Scuderi, who left the Penguins to sign with the Kings as a free agent over the summer, said Wednesday that the Kings are hoping to be like the Penguins someday. So why not measure yourself up against the Penguins tonight?

That’s not to say the Kings can—or should—copy the Penguins’ game plan. The Kings don’t have the top-to-bottom skill to do that. But persistence isn’t measured in point totals. A poised, smart, disciplined approach is their best chance at competing well.

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Tuukka Rask Extended By Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Tuukka Rask to a two-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

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Skates, Skates, Skates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is all about skates with San Jose Sharks Equipment Manager, Mike Aldrich.

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You’d Think A Team Could Use Peca

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Sources tell me that Peca had a chat with Sabres GM Darcy Regier and that would be a good fit given that he’s put down roots in Western New York what with a home and having his kids in school there, but Buffalo’s roster appears set at least for now. There were rumors that a team in the West had some interest but it was simply too far away. The Philadelphia Flyers were rumored to be interested but they have cap issues. Toronto is close by and the GTA is where Peca was born, but the Leafs haven’t revisited and even if they did it’s not exactly a Cup contending team.

As a result his options are limited, but that’s not as big a problem as you might think.

“I don’t think I’d be comfortable with the decision of having it be over,” he said. “Right now things are different, but I think it would be difficult to concede that this is the end. I still think there’s a fit out there somewhere.”

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Lilja Visits A Vancouver Chiropractor & Headaches Seem To Be Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“It’s unbelievable,’’ Lilja said. “I’d been having headaches for eight months. Then I see him for one day and headaches disappear for three days.’’

Lilja said there is no timetable for his return, but he has picked up the pace in practice. The next step is seeing how he reacts to contact.

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All Zeroes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Duff at NHL.com,

0 - Goals for the two hardest shooters in the League – Zdeno Chara (healthy), and Sheldon Souray (injured).

0 - Shots on goal by Georges Laraque, Wade Belak, Garnet Exelby and Darcy Hordichuk in a combined 37 games played.

0 - Hockey analysts who lauded/believed in the management/coaching changes made by the Colorado Avalanche.

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Forseberg- Clear Waivers Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Even if Peter Forsberg plays in the Karjala Cup as he plans to and then decides to sign with a team in the NHL, there will be no waiver requirements on him per Bill Daly who was kind enough to respond to an email inquiry from me.

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Tearing Up The AHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There is an incredible offensive performance underway in the AHL.  Alexandre Giroux of the Hershey Bears (the Washington Capitals affiliate) is tied for the league lead in scoring with 17 points.  He is tied with Corey Locke of the Hartford Wolf Pack (the New York Rangers affiliate).  Giroux’s performance so far is impressive because he has done it in only eight games played.  He has scored more than two points per game in the AHL so far this season.  By comparison, Locke has 12 games played.  Giroux was called up to the NHL for a short time.  He played three games with the Washington Capitals scoring a goal.  This has limited his AHL games played.

Giroux is no stranger to being an AHL top scorer.  Last year he won the John B Sollenberger Trophy as the top scorer in the league as well as the Les Cunningham Award for MVP.  Giroux is an AHL superstar and he appears to be getting even better as time passes.  So why is he not an NHLer?

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