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McCollum’s Sights Set on Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Check this out. Chris Pope, assistant editor for The Good Point, sent a link to a recent interview he did with Wing goalie prospect Thomas McCollum.  The kid’s been watching what’s been going on in Detroit this season, and in Grand Rapids.

With Chris Osgood showing his age even more as every game passes and prospect Jimmy Howard not blossoming into the stud the Wings expected, all eyes turn to the small town kid.

“I have thought about it a bit,” said McCollum. “It’s extremely encouraging to know that there is some depth there but it’s not a ton. It definitely shows me that there is a spot [in Detroit] if I work hard enough.”

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Waiver Wire Pickup Of The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Last season, the waiver pickup of the year was goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

This year, while still early, it may just be Kyle Quincey. In a move that didn’t exactly turn many heads in mid-October, the Los Angeles Kings picked up 23-year-old defenseman off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. And they’ve been head over heels ever since.

“This is an example of not only getting a good player, but also of our infrastructure working,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi told ESPN.com on Friday.

When Quincey went on waivers, Kings pro scout Rob Laird made his case. “This guy can play,” Laird told Lombardi.

“He was right on,” Lombardi said of Laird. “That’s a great job by a guy that works in the trenches and goes out there and works his butt off.”

continued plus Sundin and Wings/Sharks talk…

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  Tags: kyle+quincey

Stars on the Red Carpet

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A few weeks back, Will Smith was promoting his new movie Seven Pounds down in Texas with the Dallas Stars in attendance.

A bit late, but the NHL just put the video online today, so we thought we’d post it here for your Friday afternoon perusal.

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  Tags: marty+turco, will+smith

Parity In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,

Not that this means the Stars are going to make the playoffs, but parity has brought the entire West down this year.

Currently, seventh place Phoenix is on pace for 87 points. So is eighth place Nahsville, ninth place Colorado and 10th place Minnesota.

So, the idea Dallas needs 95 points to make the playoffs might be wrong.

That’s a small difference, but one I think is worth nothing.

Maybe they just need 88 or 90 points, and that means they would need 60 points in the final 51 games. That’s just a .588 winning percentage.

continued

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Mason In The Calder Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No, Stamkos and Kyle Turris, the other pre-season Calder Trophy favorite, are not in the mix as the NHL passed the one-third mark of the season in mid-December – and you could make a case that the leader at this stage of the season is a player who wasn’t even in the NHL on opening night.

That would be Columbus Blue Jackets’ goaltender Steve Mason, the London Knights’ grad, who continued his exceptional early-season run this past week, by out-and-out stealing a 2-1 overtime victory from the Sharks. Mason stopped 47 shots in the victory – third-most in franchise history – and allowed just a single goal to the highest-scoring team in the NHL.

read on plus, Sundin, Wings/Sharks and other hockey topics…

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  Tags: steve+mason

Gaborik Feeling “Discomfort”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

This from TSN:

The Minnesota Wild placed right wing Owen Nolan on injured reserve with a leg injury on Friday. Nolan, 36, has five goals and five assists in 17 games with the Wild this season, his first with the club.

To take his spot on the roster, Minnesota recalled center Krys Kolanos from Houston of the American Hockey League.

Wasn’t Kolanos sent down before to make room for Gaborik to come back? Or is there someone else injured in this equation now that I’m forgetting?

Maybe just Gaborik again.  According to Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:

Some potential news brewing here in Minnesota, and the first is, to quote the Seinfeld show, “not gonna be good for anybody.”

Marian Gaborik was the first one off the ice today. He ultimately admitted he feels “some discomfort” and added later after some further pressing by myself that ”If I would need to rest it, I’d definitely consider it. But I’m playing tonight and hopefully everything’s going to be good.”

As Russo goes on to explain, the situation is anything but “good.”

 

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  Tags: krys+kolanos, marian+gaborik, owen+nolan

Tampa Puts Jussi Jokinen on Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:

The Tampa Bay Lightning placed Jussi Jokinen on waivers at noon Friday. We will know whether he clears or is picked up by another team at noon Saturday. Jokinen has six goals but zero in his past 15 games.

continued…

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Garnet Exelby Out With Hairline Fracture Of Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Knobler of the AJC,

Thrashers defenseman Garnet Exelby has a hairline fracture of his lower right leg and expects to be out three weeks.

Exelby had been playing on the injured leg for 21/2 weeks since getting hit by a shot in a game.

“The last few games, it was a lot worse. [Wednesday] I couldn’t even walk on it,” said Exelby, who wore a walking boot Friday and wasn’t on crutches.

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Hero vs. Villain Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

I believe I’ve found the winning formula for an all-star game worth watching: Team Superstars vs. Team Exile.

Team Superstars would be comprised of, well, superstars. The players could be picked by the fans, the media, coaches, other players, my cat. It doesn’t matter. I don’t really care who plays for them. I’m more interested in the other team’s make-up.

Team Exile would feature the ultimate bad boys of hockey, the dressing room “cancers,” whose evil powers run so deep they’ve been shunted and disposed of because they singlehandedly caused their NHL teams to lose.

continued

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Penguins Extend Talbot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Maxime Talbot to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

The 5-11, 185-pound forward has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) along with 18 penalty minutes in 28 games this season with Pittsburgh.  Talbot has a winning faceoff percentage of 57.1% this season and is currently tied for fourth on the team with 44 hits.

“Max has developed into one of the key players in our organization,” Shero said. “He has shown his versatility and plays in all situations for our hockey club.  He played an integral role in helping our team reach the Finals last season and we look forward to having him for the coming years.”

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  Tags: maxime+talbot

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