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My Case For JS Giguere To Team Canada

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I listed the players I would select for the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team, I picked Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the third goalie on the team.  This is a choice that is highly unlikely to be made by the powers that actually pick the Olympic Team.  It appears quite likely that Marc-Andre Fleury will be the team’s number three goalie.  In all likelihood, there is no consequence in either decision, as it is not too likely the number three goalie plays at all, but I would like to explain why I think Giguere is the better pick.

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Olympic Roster Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The most fascinating thing coming out of Russia’s 2010 Olympic team announcement on Christmas Day, at least to me, was the comment from coach Vyacheslav Bykov, who said he might change players between now and the opener in mid-February if their performance level dropped.

“I wouldn’t guarantee a place on the Olympic team to anyone,” Bykov was quoted as saying. “If my players can’t perform up to the standards playing for their respective clubs, then how can I rely on them in Vancouver?”

That caught many people around the hockey world off guard. It was assumed by most people that only injury replacements were allowed between a country’s roster announcement this week and the Olympic opener. But that is apparently not the case, depending on whom you believe. An International Ice Hockey Federation spokesman told ESPN.com on Saturday that rosters announced this week can be changed by the federations up until they are made official on the eve of the Olympic hockey tournament.


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Homer Makes Four

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And you know damn well if Santa hadn’t decided to curse us all, Johan Franzen would have been the fifth.  While we’re at it, Big Rig would have made six.


Sweden will attempt to defend its Olympic gold medal in Vancouver with four Detroit Red Wings on its squad: forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom and defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall.

All four played on Sweden’s 2006 team that captured gold in Italy.

The Swedes revealed their team on Sunday. Zetterberg, Lidstrom and Kronwall were locks. Holmstrom was on the bubble, but his strong start (he leads the Red Wings with 13 goals) earned him a spot.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This is in no way a crack at Nicklas Lidstrom. But that guy’s assist totals must be padded 5 percent from playing so many years in Joe Louis Arena. No matter what happens or how a goal is scored, Lidstrom gets an assist. I swear, he’ll be getting assists two seasons after he retires. Used to be Yzerman. Now it Lidstrom.

-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.  More on last night’s game from Aaron.

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Team Sweden Roster Announced

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Marchesan at CTVOlympics,

Sweden will go with a mostly veteran lineup as it attempts to defend the gold medal it won four years ago in Turin.

Coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson has selected 13 members from the 2006 gold medal winning team led by Niklas Lidstrom who will anchor a veteran-laden defence which includes five first-time Olympians - Tobias Enstrom, Magnus Johansson, Douglas Murray, Johnny Oduya and Henrik Tallinder.

Lidstrom, who will captain the team, is among four players who will be making their fourth Olympic appearance with Sweden. He is joined by fellow defenseman Mattias Ohlund and forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Forsberg.

Forsberg, whose foot and injury problems have been well documented, has been attempting a comeback in Sweden this year. While he has been a member of the last two gold medal winning teams for Sweden, his selection will be seen as a gamble.


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Yzerman In The Zone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Call Steve Yzerman during the day over the last three months and you will likely find him in his car, or a rental car, either driving to or from an airport or a rink.

“He’s been all over the place,” said Bowman, now a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks and an Yzerman confidante during Yzerman’s information-gathering process. “I was in Chicago Friday and he had driven in from Detroit and he was driving back after the game. He has done his homework.”

Yzerman has watched at least portions of more than 100 games and, it seems, talked to almost as many people in culling the information he will need to select the players he will announce as the members of Team Canada Wednesday.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray, whose career path crossed Yzerman’s when Murray was coach and general manager in Detroit in the early 1990s, ran into Yzerman in the airport in Detroit.

“He’s been really diligent. I met him at the airport in Detroit and he asked about players and the team selection process. He really paid attention,” said Murray. “He wants to be good. Guys like that, who want to be good, they will be good.”


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Pens Will Probably Say Goodbye To Gonchar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Pittsburgh Penguins will probably let their best defender, Sergei Gonchar, walk in July as a free-agent because he’ll be 36 and they’re not giving him $5 million a year for three years. They will make due with Kris Letang, although he’s looking for $4 million, and Alex Goligoski. They have cap issues, like all teams, but can easily dump Ruslan Fedotenko and/or Matt Cooke in the summer to free up some money.

• Do you think the free-spirited Maxim Afinogenov would be on the Russian Olympic team if he hadn’t signed in Atlanta and found himself on Ilya Kovachuk’s line? Me, neither.


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No Muscle Damage To Getzlaf’s Self-Inflicted Leg Cut

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Ryan Getzlaf suffered a cut on his right leg that required several stitches to fix. The injury is not believed to be serious but it could affect Getzlaf’s availability for Tuesday’s home game against Minnesota, though the center remains hopeful.

Getzlaf, their leading scorer with 41 points, said he cut himself with his other skate as he fell awkwardly to the ice.

“Obviously the main focus is the muscle and that everything’s OK there,’ he said. “Right now it’s just a deep cut. There’s definitely some healing to do but I think we’re talking days instead of weeks.”

more on the Ducks loss to the Sharks…

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Coyotes Continue To Win At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes won their ninth consecutive home game Saturday night, stopping the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Jobing.com Arena in front of a crowd that appeared to number about 15,000.

The streak equaled the home franchise record set in the 1992-93 season by the Winnipeg Jets.

The Coyotes are 11-2 in their past 13 at home and 15-5 overall.

They reached the 50-point plateau after 39 games, as goalie Ilya Bryzgalov picked up his 22nd win of the season. Bryzgalov won his 10th in a row at home.

more on the game last night…

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Best Of The Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It was the decade that contained the only canceled season in the history of North American big league sports. There is no reference to 2004-05, or to the lockout, or to the CBA, or to the NHLPA, or to Gary Bettman in this review. This review is about what transpired on the ice, not off it:...

Best NHL Free-Agent Signings:

1. Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim, 2005

2. Chris Osgood, Detroit, 2005

3. Michael Nylander, Rangers, 2004

4. Marc Savard, Boston, 2006

5.Zdeno Chara, Boston, 2006.

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