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Jovanovski Suspended For Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (January 11, 2010)—Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing New York Islanders center John Tavares in NHL game #669 on Jan. 9, the National Hockey League announced today.

  Jovanovski, who was suspended for two games on Dec. 9, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $158,536.59 in salary based on the number of games (82) in a season, rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  At 19:43 of the first period, Jovanovski delivered an elbow to Tavares’ head area and was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct.

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Three minutes of the best goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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Worst Regular So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In December, I picked Kyle Chipchura of the Anaheim Ducks as the player who had been the worst regular so far this season.  He has played himself out of that dishonor by scoring 3 goals since that point. 

So far this season, we have seen competition for the worst regular in the league.  Vesa Toskala of Toronto was the early season pick.  He has improved his game somewhat since that low point.  Brad Richardson of the Los Angeles Kings came next.  But in time he started scoring.  Next up was Andrew Peters of the New Jersey Devils.  Peters lost the spot by losing his status as a regular.  He has only played three games since December 2nd. Next I made my selection of Kyle Chipchura.

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NHL Back On NBC On Sunday Plus Flex Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK - Jan. 11, 2010 - The Chicago Blackhawks, who lead the NHL in points with 66 and are in search of their first Stanley Cup championship since 1961, travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals at Joe Louis Arena in the 2010 debut of the NHL Game of the Week, this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury on site at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. NBC’s NHL coverage is produced by Sam Flood, the son of a hockey coach and former captain of the Williams College hockey team.

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Let’s Go West For The Weekly Team Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Helene Elliott of the LA Times with her view of the NHL…

28. Atlanta 19-19-6 Thrashers GM Don Waddell has a lot of new best friends now, with Ilya Kovalchuk apparently about to be on the market. If he isn’t already. (24)

29. Toronto 15-22-9 Coach Ron Wilson unfairly singles out Phil Kessel for Maple Leafs’ problems, which include two wins in the last 10. Look in the mirror, Ron. (28)

30. Edmonton 16-23-5 The Oilers have won only once in their last 10. Sheldon Souray says he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause. There could be some takers. (30)

read on for the top 27…

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Hiller Grabs The #1 Goalie Spot In Anaheim

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from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog,

Hiller’s night against Chicago had another breakthrough moment as he’s struggled on the back end of the few times he’s been asked to start on back-to-back nights. He’s also avoiding the one bad goal he seemed to give up each game.

The 27-year-old goalie said it’s still a learning process for him as far as having the right preparation and frame of mind to perform in those situations. Carlyle said being a top-flight netminder and delivering games like the one in Chicago is “the challenge that’s out there for all NHL goalies.”

“He’s taken that workmanlike attitude,” Carlyle said. “He’s not taking anything for granted. He’s just going out and playing. When you play that number of games, you get in a groove.

“He’s been pretty solid for our hockey club. But [Sunday] was an exclamation point.”

The Ducks have wondered for months whether they can lean on either Hiller or Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Now they know who it is.

more and expect the Giguere to .... (name a team) rumors to start, again).

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Chicago Extends Contract Of Team President

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from Crain’s Chicago Business,

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has given team President John McDonough a long-term contract as a reward for reinvigorating the once-foundering franchise.

Mr. McDonough is in the third year of a five-year contract. The extension runs through 2016, a source said.


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Trotz Will Pull Predators Off The Ice If Laser Makes An Appearance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The culprit is still loose, ready to strike again on Monday when the Nashville Predators face the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place.

The Canucks and arena staff are still searching for the fan who brought a laser pointer to the game Saturday against the Calgary Flames. A green beam of light was occasionally flashed into the helmet of Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, and it had Calgary head coach Brent Sutter fuming after his team’s 3-2 shootout victory.

“If they do it [again], fans will have to wait because I’ll pull my team off [the ice],” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said when asked if he was concerned about a repeat or copycat incident. “Everybody thinks they’ll get their 15 minutes of fame. It’s brutal.”


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Danton Returns To School & Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

It appears that former NHL player Mike Danton is preparing to make a return to the ice.

Danton has been cleared by the president of St. Mary’s University to enroll at the school, and when that process is complete, the forward is expected to play hockey for the university.

The school tells TSN that the only details still to be worked out before his admission is complete surround the conditions of his parole, which should be settled either Monday or Tuesday this week.

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State Of The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uncle Mike, after practice today.

Jim Howard’s in net again..not a story.  Big E might be back soon…definitely a story.  And, according to “NHL Insider” Dana Wakiji, not all the injury news is good.

Kronwall is going to undergo an ultrasound on his left knee Tuesday.

“There’s certain things that just doesn’t feel right,” Kronwall said. “We’ve been trying to take things really slow and not do too much. I don’t know for what reason we just haven’t been able to figure out exactly what it is yet but hopefully we can figure it out within the next few days.”

Oh, and listen for Helene St. James and the funny about The Perfect Human.

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