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Procedure Hopes To Help Khabibulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Edmonton Oilers Twitter,

Pat Quinn: Oilers goalie Khabibulin will undergo a spinal “procedure” today to help kick-start his recovery.

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How Can This Happen?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

There is no logical reason to drop the Hawks from 1st to 6th other than the sheer pleasure of being obstinate and a pain in the ass, a quality of which I was often accused (sometimes quite accurately) when I was a member of that august group of lummoxes.

For instance, ESPN’s Scott Burnside (who undoubtedly must be related to Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who bungled a few Civil War battles) decides to rank Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Colorado ahead of the 6th-rated Hawks.

Even though Chicago slapped the Penguins 2-1 in overtime, tipped the Avalanche 2-1 in three shootouts and split home-and-home with L. A. in November, including a 2-1 loss in L. A. at the end of a taxing trip west when the Kings had a physical advantage if nothing else.

Explain to me how the Kings are better than the Hawks? Bet you can’t.

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Caught On Tape

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Earlier today I pointed to a story on Don Cherry responding to negative remarks made about him.

Now, William Houston of Truth & Rumours has more,

Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports and advertising sales, is expected on appear on at least one Toronto radio station today doing damage control.

  My guess is Cherry, through the CBC, will issue an apology later today to the reporter and the public.

read on

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  Tags: don+cherry

Ward Stays, Leighton Off To Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CarolinaHurricanes Twitter,

Aaron Ward has cleared waivers, but Michael Leighton has been claimed by Philadelphia.

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Race Atop The AHL Standings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I last wrote about the AHL standings  the Rochester Americans (Florida Panthers affiliate) had taken a bit of a lead.  They have been caught by a couple teams.  The Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate) and the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars affiliate) have passed them in the standings.  Manchester has the league lead with 43 points in 31 games.  Texas is next with 42 in 30 games.  Rochester has 39 points in 27 games and maintains the top winning percentage, but has fewer games played at this point. 

None of these teams have anyone among the top scorers in the league.  Rochester’s top scorers are Jamie Johnson and Chris Taylor who have 22 points in their 27 games.  They have two players with higher per game scoring rates in Jeff Taffe (17 points in 18 games) and Michal Repik (18 points in 22 games) who have been called up by the Florida Panthers.  Manchester’s top scorer with their team is Gabe Gauthier with 19 points in 31 games.  Called up are Corey Elkins (19 points in 30 games), Andrei Loktionov (17 points in 20 games) and Oscar Moller (18 points in 25 games).  Texas does not have any high scoring call ups missing, but has been led by Greg Rallo and Aaron Gagnon who have 18 points apiece.  All of these teams have deep offences that are among the top scoring teams in the AHL, but none are lead by top scorers.  Rochester and Manchester have been weakened by NHL call ups.

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Spezza Out With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza suffered a right knee injury and is expected to be out for “weeks” the Senators said today.

“It looks fairly serious. Right knee,” said coach Cory Clouston after the team’s practice today. “It means we’re going to have to be more of a team than ever. It’s a great opportunity for some guys.”

Clouston said the injury is similar to one suffered several weeks ago by Chris Neil. The team is still awaiting more information, but if it is similar to Neil’s injury then he could miss four to six weeks.

“We will know more tonight,” said Clouston.

continued

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Jonathan Ericsson Injury Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am hearing no tear in Ericson’s knee, expected to be out 2-3 weeks.

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Halak And The Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bertrand Raymond at RueFrontenac (translated),

Item in the news: the Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers were discussing a trade involving goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

To know what it returns, there is nothing like talk to an actor who finds himself in spite of himself at the heart of this rumor: GM Bob Gainey.

“Bob, as a journalist, I’m what’s the story?  I treat it as a new or I consider it a rumor, just another rumor?

Gainey is well known, does not usually comment on rumors. Rather than sending everyone into the left field, he usually prefers to say nothing.

“This is not for me to suggest what you write, the chief replies. All I can say is that it was I who called the Flyers, not the contrary. “

continued

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Instead Of Whining? Let’s Make Some Sort Of Sick Contest Out Of It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If we were Pens fans, we’d be piling up the alibis, pointing to different injuries as to reasons why our guys can’t possibly be expected to win with any frequency.

But, thank Jebus, Santa and the patron saint of serial killers, we’re not fans of a one-trick team whose “captain” requests permission from his owner to wear powdered blue around the house. 

Instead, we’re starting to take an obscene enjoyment in watching the Grand Valley Haven Rapids Detroit Griffin Wings play better team defense than we’ve seen in a year, clamp down on the PK and actually give us hope for the goaltending of the future.  That’s homegrown Jimmah to you and me.

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Those Were The Days

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Will the Blues ever deploy another forward combination that thrills fans as Hull and Oates once did?

Will the Note ever find another rugged superstar capable of winning hearts as Shanahan did?

Will this team ever find a goaltender capable of single-handedly stealing big games with insane saves, as CuJo once did?

The new regime tried to add some sizzle by signing Paul Kariya, who used to be one of the NHL’s most dazzling performers. But injuries, advancing age and declining skill have relegated Kariya to this team’s supporting cast.

He is a private guy who generally avoids the media and public interaction. He seems likely to get through his three-year stint in St. Louis without leaving much of a mark.

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