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Lehtonen Experiencing Pain During Rehab

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Jounral-Constitution,

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is no closer to returning to the Thrashers than he was soon after offseason back surgery.

According to Thrashers general manager Don Waddell, Lehtonen again experienced pain in his legs while rehabbing from July surgery to repair a herniated disc. He recently received another epidural injection to reduce inflammation, and he has stopped skating.

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Attention Hockey Parents

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hockey Calgary,

Hockey Calgary will be the first amateur sports association in Canada to adopt the Respect in Sport Parent Education Program. The one-hour online course focuses on a variety of topics including player development, and interaction with the children, coaches and other parents. It will give parents a tool to evaluate their own behaviour and recognize their natural influence. “It sets a standard of appropriate rules for everyone. And, it empowers good parents to be better,” said Wayne McNeil, cofounder of Respect in Sport.

“Hockey Calgary’s number one priority is providing a safe and fun environment for our players,” said Perry Cavanagh, president of Hockey Calgary. “The partnership with Respect in Sport will help us promote our values by educating and supporting all levels of involvement, parents included.”

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Stamkos Maturing Right Before Our Eyes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So it was interesting indeed this week to see how Stamkos would react when coach Rick Tocchet decided to break up the pair, moving the cure-all St. Louis to the struggling top line with Vincent Lecavalier and putting gritty Steve Downie with Stamkos and Ryan Malone on the second unit. The result? The new second line produced three goals while Stamkos put up a pair, including an empty-netter, in a 5-2 win over the Sharks on Thursday night.

“Obviously playing with Marty has been great, we’ve had a lot of success together,” said Stamkos. “But the coaching staff decided we needed to change things up to get the team going. I actually played with Downie last year and we had some success.

“You know, as much as it’s nice to play with Marty, you do have to show you can play without a guy of his talent and still create chances. It was nice to play well last night, win the game, and prove as a team that we can play with two solid offensive lines.”

He’s only 19, folks, but Stamkos has maturity beyond his years. Again, St.. Louis has had something to do with that, as does a solid upbringing, thanks to his parents; so does going through his first rough patch of his hockey career last season.

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Looking At Teams Off To A Slow Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun look at a few teams that are off to a slow start this season.

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Kings Extend Quick

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Jonathan Quick to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Quick, 23, is in his third NHL/Kings season and he’s started nine of the Kings’ first 10 games this season.  He’s also started 50 of the last 60 Kings’ games dating back to last season and he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 11 after posting a record of 3-0-0 while stopping 80 of 88 shots against in victories over San Jose (Oct. 6), Minnesota (Oct. 8) and St. Louis (Oct. 10). 

Quick, a 6-1, 223-pound native of Milford, Conn., is tied for second in the NHL this season with six wins.  In addition, he ranks third in the league with 538:53 minutes played and seventh with 225 saves.  Quick also has a 3.01 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .893.

added 3:08pm, Keeping up with the Kings theme..

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Davis Drewiske to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Drewiske, 24, is in his second NHL/Kings season and he’s appeared in all 10 Kings’ games this season, recording three points (1-2=3), 10 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-6 rating.  He also ranks third on the Kings with 15 blocked shots.  The 6-2, 222-pound native of Hudson, Wis., notched his first career NHL/Kings goal vs. San Jose on Oct. 6.

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Two Chicago Players With Concussion-Like Symptoms

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from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

While Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook didn’t practice Friday morning, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t rule them out of Saturday night’s game against Nashville at the United Center.

The two Hawks stars suffered concussion-like symptoms from hits in Wednesday’s loss to Vancouver.

“(Toews) could play. We’ll see in the morning,” Quenneville said after Friday’s practice. “He presented well again today and we’ll get a better idea tomorrow. They both could play.”

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Elias Return On Schedule

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that Patrik Elias’ visit with Dr. William Meyers today in Philadelphia went well and he’s continuing to progess as expected after Elias’ Sept. 15 arthroscopic groin surgery.

“Everything is fine,” Lamoriello said. “Everything is on target. It’s is normal progress as it has been.”

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How To Offload An Unwanted Salary

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Michael Nylander has one of the larger contracts on the Washington Capitals.  He has a salary cap hit of $4.875 million and is signed through the end of the 2010/11 season.  This makes him the third highest paid player on the Capitals (behind Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green).  However, he has fallen out of favor with his Capitals team.  He only scored nine goals last season and that had the Capitals reconsidering his contract.  The Capitals tried to get Nylander signed in the KHL last summer and failed.  So far this season, they have yet to play Nylander in a game and have sent him to the AHL in Grand Rapids (the Detroit Red Wings affiliate - not their own affiliate) for a conditioning stint.  Conditioning stints can last up to two weeks.  Many expect that Washington does not want him back and hope to have found him a KHL suitor by the end of that period.

The salary cap loophole of sending unwanted players to Russia is not new.  It has been exploited in the past, but it shows the NHL’s hypocrisy.  The NHL screams bloody murder when Alexander Radulov is signed by the league, while at the same time trying to send players to the KHL to hide their salary cap hits.

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Samuelsson Thriving In Vancouver

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The three-year, $7.5-million contract he signed with the Canucks was $1 million a year more than what Detroit offered. Vancouver didn’t mind, even if Samuelsson’s high-water mark was 45 points. The Canucks believed they had a 60- to 70-point player who had been hidden batting eighth in Detroit’s lineup.

So far, it looks like they’re right.

“It’s up to you to say, but this is what I wanted when I came here,” says Samuelsson, who has so far artfully used the extra two minutes a game he’s getting in Vancouver to double his points-per-game from 0.5 to one. “I wanted a fair chance to prove I can be a big part of an offence.”

But investing in Samuelsson was based on more than potential point totals. His experience stands out in the Canucks dressing room like a funny joke on Jay Leno. Even the multimillion-dollar facelift couldn’t take care of the playoff skeletons in GM Place. Maybe Samuelsson can. He is one of the few Canucks who has actually won a big game. Or three.

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Misleading Stats

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Talk about numbers not telling the story.

Yes, it’s true Kiprusoff has only once surrendered two or fewer goals this season. Curiously, it was in a 2-1 defeat.

Yes, he has a goals-against average of 3.23 and a .902 save percentage.

Those are facts.

But to say he’s been struggling is dead wrong.

Through the first 10-game segment of the season, which concludes with tomorrow night’s clash against the Edmonton Oilers, Kiprusoff has been the club’s MVP.

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