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Crosby Ankle Still Sore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

TSN has learned that Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby will miss at least the next three games with soreness in his right ankle.

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The Face Of Your Franchise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Home Ice XM 204 Blog,

If you were designing a media guide for the history of your franchise who’s face would be on the cover? Some teams are obvious in Ottawa it would be Daniel Alfredsson (sorry Alexi Yashin), in Dallas it would be Mike Modano, and in Tampa Bay it would be Vincent Lecavalier.

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Send White Jerseys Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

[Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett Jr.] said that because of a couple of requests from the teams involved, the Canadiens arranged to take and wear their red jerseys—in this era, considered part of the NHL’s home uniform—at all four stops on the trip.

Why? Because the red jerseys more colorfully highlight the tradition of the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

That’s the most glaring example of why the NHL should go back to having visiting teams wear their “dark” uniforms at every stop. This is another instance when the post-expansion era had it right: White at home, dark on the road was the system from the early 1970s to 2003, and the league should go back to it.

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  Tags: jerseys

Predict The East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Japers’ Rink,

I’ve got an awesome Friday time waster for you - the Japers’ Rink Eastern Conference Playoff Predictor, which I have shamelessly ripped off from Battle of Alberta. Think the Caps still have a shot at the playoffs? Think they’re done? Not sure? Predict the rest of the season’s games that matter and you’ll find the answers to all of your questions

read on

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Impact!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Read the March issue of IMPACT!, NHL.com’s exclusive magazine

The 26-page issue can be read cover-to-cover on your computer by using your mouse to scroll.
Take advantage of the zoom function and print the magazine to take it on the go. ENJOY!

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Sidney Crosby & Gatorade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Gatorade “League of Clutch” ad featuring Sidney Crosby will run nationally in prime time and syndication beginning today.

Update 12:30pm ET: (alanah) Because of some problems with the embedded video clip we were using, I’ve converted it over to Youtube. This should work better.

 

 

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Could Marleau Help Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets’ desire for a No. 1 center is well-known, but the free-agent market is short on top-flight centers, so they might need to explore the trade route. Could the Jackets and Sharks be a match? Maybe. The Adam Foote deal gave the Jackets another first-round draft pick (assuming the Avs make the playoffs), so it’s possible they could package one pick with a good player or two and come out with someone to play next to Rick Nash.

Marleau, 28, has struggled this season, with 14 goals and 22 assists and a minus-16 rating, but his track record is impressive. He had 87 and 78 points the previous two seasons.

Do remember, Marleau has a NTC kick-in this summer, so he will have to approve any trade.

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

Suspension Pattern

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

...Perhaps it was that Adams’ offense was committed against a player from a Canadian team.

A News & Observer analysis of NHL discipline since the 2005-06 season found that almost one-third of the suspensions handed down were assessed for offenses committed against Canadian teams, which represent only six of the league’s 30 franchises—but are the six most visible.

“We don’t try to look at a pattern here,” Campbell said. “Maybe we should. It’s not who’s in first and who’s in last. We try to look at it as an independent, individual situation: Is a player wronging another player? We don’t care what team it is. All we care about is, did he cross the line and is he a repeat offender?”

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Sharks Need A 2nd Seed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

The Sharks are among the best in the West, but not by so much that they don’t have teams they want to avoid come the playoffs. And toward that end, they have some standings manipulations to consider between now and that start of the real regular season in four weeks.

Here’s what they want to do. Finish second. Not first, or third, or anywhere else. Second. And only if they can somehow be confident that Calgary won’t try to finish seventh just to spite them.

San Jose is in an interesting stage of its season - the one in which it wins about 170 percent of its games and looks as good as a team possibly can.

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Jagr On His Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

Asked after practice on Thursday about Sather’s comments - including the GM’s pronouncement that he wants to re-sign Jagr and expects to do so - Jagr sounded neither relieved nor convinced.

What’s more, given yet another of many recent chances to merely spout the easy line that he would love to be back with the Rangers if everything could be worked out, Jagr wouldn’t bite.

“I know where I’m going to finish my hockey career - in my hometown,” he said, smiling. “I know that for sure - because the league is not (as strong as) the NHL. I know I can play there longer than here. That’s one I know for sure.

“If nothing bad happens, I’m going to finish my hockey career in Kladno (Czech Republic), that’s for sure.”

But when pressed upon whether he wanted to end his NHL career in New York, Jagr replied: “I’m not sure. I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.”

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

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