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Redden Shows Passion Off The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Redden, utterly devoid of passion through the first 109 games of his Ranger career, finally showed some emotion upon hearing the news oh boy about the scratch by confronting and shouting at Tortorella in the visiting coach’s office prior to the morning skate.

Later, the defenseman who represented himself as worthy of a $39M investment over six years upon reaching free agency on July 1, 2008, complained to the press that he was being “singled out” and being made an “example.”

How absurd. How outrageous. But how typical. Though, in a sense, Redden was correct. He is an example ... of what happens when players are not held accountable. Management shares the responsibility for Redden’s sense of entitlement.

more on the Rangers

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Ovechkin Takes On Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

A downtown department store in a major Canadian city is bound to be a madhouse during the holiday shopping season.

But it is nothing compared to a public appearance by Alexander Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals superstar and the worldwide face of hockey.

That much was proved yesterday at the Olympic boutique inside The Bay in downtown Vancouver, as roughly 1,000 people formed a circuitous queue 30 minutes before Ovechkin’s late-afternoon arrival. Autograph and picture seekers were forced to buy one of five items – the cheapest costing $89 – yet the line snaked around several displays, and ended outside the boutique, somewhere between clocks and cosmetics.

“Why not?” Ovechkin replied earlier in the day when asked why he would agree to two hours of sign and smile. “It’s good stuff for me. People are going to recognize me and shake my hand. It’s easy.”

continued

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Seriously…Now You’re Gonna Vomit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Baroque just brought this up in the comments on a post below.

This is nuts.  Watch the “Hockeytown: No Limits” commercial.

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Concussions Related To Damaged Brain In Deceased Hockey Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Even in death, Reggie Fleming’s brain is sending messages.

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have determined the former NHL player, who endured multiple concussions during his career, suffered from degenerative brain disease at the time of his death. This marks the first time a hockey player has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and adds to the growing concern about the long-term effect of concussions in hockey and the price exacted by the game’s physical nature….

Fleming also suffered from strokes and a heart attack in his later years but his brain tissue showed “typical CTE pathology,” according to McKee.

“The changes in [Fleming’s] brain were very similar to the changes we’ve found in [12] football players and [five] boxers,” McKee said. “This case also points out that individuals who suffer from CTE are often misdiagnosed during life and may be told that they are suffering from a psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disease, or later in life, from Alzheimer’s disease.”

read on

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Ready, Set, Vomit…Down Goes Hank

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: Bruce MacLeod reported via Twitter that Zetterberg has a shoulder issue and drove himself to get an MRI.  MacLeod also mentioned that of all the injured Wings, Filppula is the closest to returning.

Prepare to pump bilges.  Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary, Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and now…

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Photo courtesy of David Guralnick/Detroit News

Latest word, and only word we have, is that it was upper body. 

My personal feeling is that it’s a concussion, but from the way he was flattened it could be anything from head to rib to shoulder to spleen.  He was wrecked.

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Zetterberg Done For The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zeterberg is done for the night with an upper body injury after taking a shoulder check from Mattias Öhlund of the Lightning.

added 9:00pm, Video of the hit…

 

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Coming To The Live Blog?  You’ll Get Some Leg Tonite For Sure

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I love me some capitalization (see how I did that?) 

And hey, if you don’t get any leg?  Apologize, throw some final accusations around, whimper a bit, play the martyr card, whimper a bit more and hope you can just erase 16 December right off the map.

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Koci Gets Fined For Hit On Green, No Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

A pair of National Hockey League disciplinary hearings has resulted in fines, but not suspensions.

David Koci of the Colorado Avalanche has been fined for his hit on Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green, while Ottawa Senators winger Jarkko Ruutu has been fined for his hit on Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta.

continued

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  Tags: david+koci

Little Brother With Some Sack?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, at least the media in Chicago is showing some.  I don’t have access to the Hawk room.  Apparently my grammar isn’t good enough to get in.  I can, however, read. Hopefully, so can most of the Wings.

Blackhawk Confidential

No matter how far these Blackhawks have come this year, and it has been an exciting climb into the NHL elite, it remains a matter of sound mental health for Blackhawks fans to be able to say that they truly have the dead wings out of their system, barbecued and burnt beyond recognition with injury losses of Nik Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary and Valtteri Filppula.

And then…

Let’s beat Detroit. Not once. But twice. Let’s all move on in life and leave the dead Wings to the hanky brigade.

Man.  That guy’s gonna get his access taken away if he keeps showing all that bias.  See you guys tonite for the Live Blog @1830.  Van Halen’s still our huckleberry.

 

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Expect To See Goaltenders In New Cities

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, .

..That makes eight teams, all with post-season aspirations, that have some degree of goaltending concerns. Now, not all of them will look externally for solutions, but as we get closer to the March 3 trade deadline, there is no doubt at least a few franchises will be hankering for changes to be made.

If his contract demands aren’t especially onerous (and at this stage of the year, he’d be certifiable if they were), Fernandez could be the best option out there. He wouldn’t cost any prospects, draft picks or roster players to acquire, which can’t be said for Biron, Roloson or most other candidates to be dealt.

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