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The NHL In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the StarTribune,

Forty years later, J.P. Parise still remembers those strangers, thrown together by fate and a feisty general manager in frigid Minnesota: 20 guys together on the ice and in the dressing room, 20 couples out to dinner at Dutch Delmonte’s place in St. Paul.

Four decades.

It has been that long since the NHL first came to Minnesota. The league doubled in the fall of 1967, adding six expansion teams to its original franchises in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Detroit and Chicago.

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Back To DiPietro

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from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

DiPietro’s mediocre stats since the All-Star break suggested he needed an extended rest to refresh mind and body. He made 14 straight starts until the unfortunate death of his grandmother necessarily forced him to take time off to grieve with his family and to attend the wake and the funeral.

The way it works out now, DiPietro will have had a full week off plus two full practices and a pre-game skate to work out the kinks before he returns to net tomorrow night in Philadelphia. And to listen to Nolan after the Rangers loss, the last 13 games belong to DiPietro, barring injury or poor performance.

“Now, he’s got two practices,” Nolan said, including today’s session, “and he’ll run with it from here on in.”

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Bruins Go South

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

In a matter of just five days, they have done a real Jekyll and Hyde, morphing from a confident, successful, cohesive bunch into a fragile, unorganized band of losers who suddenly find themselves on the ropes with rubbery knees.

Can these be the same Bruins who won their sixth straight game just last Saturday? With the exception of the absence of injured defenseman Aaron Ward, it’s the same roster and the same coach, but an entirely different karma.

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Guest Of The Canadiens

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The team arranged for the players to invite one person to enjoy a few days in the desert. While many players invited their wives or girlfriends, Christopher Higgins, Mike Komisarek, Bryan Smolinski, Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O’Byrne invited their fathers.

“It’s a great idea,” said Bob Higgins, a New York City fire captain and longtime fan of the Canadiens.

“Other teams do it, but I noticed a little while ago that the New York Rangers had something like this and they went to Buffalo. Phoenix is definitely a better choice.”

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UFA & Rumor Talk

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While most people are concerned about the playoff race, there is player movement talk going on.

Spector covers it all…

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Go Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

There was no tongue-lashing, no screaming, no sticks thrown into the stands before storming off.

Keenan simply told the Flames to return to their digs. The session was over and done before the clock struck 11:30 a.m.

“I feel when we’re here, it’s a privilege to be at the arena. It’s a privilege to play in the NHL. It’s a privilege to coach in the NHL,” Keenan said. “When you’re asked to work for 30 minutes, I want you to work. If you’re not going to work, it’s not really productive to do anything but get off the ice.

“They’re off for the day and they’ll be back tomorrow.”

Players were ordered not to discuss what took place or what was said in the room, which you can bet wasn’t peaches and cream, although one player said it “wasn’t Mike Keenan of 1989”.

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Tough Road Ahead

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from the Buffalo News,

The ninth-place Sabres are three points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff position with less than a month remaining. The standings are tight from sixth through 11th, and the Sabres’ conclusion might be the most unenviable of all.

The Sabres’ remaining opponents entered Thursday’s games with a record of 270-208-61, which means they picked up points in 61.4 percent of their games — the highest for the six teams fighting for three playoff spots. Boston’s opponents were next at 61.1, followed by the New York Islanders (60.8), New York Rangers (59.9), Philadelphia (59.7) and Washington (59.1).

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McCarty In Detroit With Hurt Ribs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

0848: Updated below with a welcome note to Mac from an unlikely source.

Paul pointed you to the Chelios interview yesterday, during which Jimmy D Jr. said he believed Darren McCarty was already back in Detroit.  Of course, that led to speculation that he could play as early as Sunday against Bubba.  Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digger captain, says…not so fast.

Darren McCarty is coming to Detroit quicker than expected but not to play. McCarty is bothered by a rib cartilage injury suffered last weekend while playing with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. He will be examined by Wings trainers Friday and will not be on the ice.

General manager Ken Holland said trainers will determine whether McCarty is able to play with the Griffins Saturday in Cleveland. McCarty was held out of Thursday’s Griffins game in Milwaukee.

“We’re going to see if he’s able to play,” Holland said. “Right now, he’s not able to play. It’s nothing more than day to day.”

 

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Eric Staal Appears OK After Hit From Behind

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via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

Eric Staal has apparently escaped a serious injury after he was hit head-first into the boards from behind by Aaron Voros.

With 14:01 to play in the game Voros ran Staal into the boards in front of the Minnesota bench from behind.

After lying on the ice in front of the Minnesota bench, Staal skated gingerly to the Carolina bench as a five-on-five brawl broke out on the ice. As the referees sorted out the mess, Staal could clearly be seen saying “I’m fine” to his teammates.

Voros, though, may be in trouble. He received a major penalty for boarding and likely faces a suspension from the NHL.

video added 3/7/08...

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Ban The Long Road Trip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

In a civilized society, no NHL team should be forced onto the road in March for a nine-game, 20-day, zig-zagging excursion covering 8,178 miles….

It all started with a 4-1 loss in Detroit on Wednesday night. After finally winning a game at home, the Blues had to travel overnight to Motown through wintry weather, check into their hotel in the wee morning hours and then play later that day.

Not surprisingly, the Blues lost their legs against the free-wheeling Wings.

From Detroit, the team headed across the continent to Vancouver

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