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Saluting Their Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon at the Tennessean,

Over the years, hardcore Predators fans have stuck up for their team through lean seasons and trying times.

These days, the Predators are — quite literally — sticking up for their fans.

What began as a one-game salute to supporters last month seemingly has transformed into a Sommet Center ritual. After every home victory the Predators gather at center ice and raise their sticks in unison to the crowd.

“We just want to show our appreciation to the fans because they help us win games and because we need them to be successful,’’ forward Vern Fiddler said.

continued…

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  Tags: fans, vern+fiddler

Lidstrom: More Tests Tomorrow

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1537: Khan(!) had a chat with Ken Holland and believed every word he said, then he printed it.  Looking like a minor MCL thing.

I just spoke to Wings general manager Ken Holland, who said captain Nicklas Lidstrom will have an MRI on his right knee Wednesday. Holland called it a minor MCL sprain.

“I’d say he’ll be out a week and then we’ll reassess,’’ Holland said.“It’s one of the first times Nick has been hurt, so when you see it, it’s a concern.’‘

Lidstrom was injured six minutes into Monday’s 4-0 victory in Colorado on a hit from Ian Laperriere, who checked Lidstrom into the glass and drove a forearm/elbow into the defenseman’s chin.

“Our first concern was his head, which appears to be OK,’’ Holland said.

 

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Jagr in Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Blueshirts Blog,

It’s 1:15 p.m. and I believe Jaromir Jagr just finished answering the last question from Montreal reporters who were delighted with the opportunity to enter the Rangers’ captain’s mind — after many marvelled at how he spent an extra 30 minutes on the ice after the morning skate working on his shooting with assistant coach Perry Pearn.

When told that that is not unusual for Jagr — that he, in fact, often returns to the Rangers’ practice facility in the afternoon for a second session on non-game days — some were stunned. Amazing how this guy can have been in the league for so long and yet be such a mystery to so many. Could it be that it’s easier to ridicule him if you don’t know anything about him?

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Update 5:07pm ET— Quotes from Jagr to the CP via TSN,

‘I still believe in myself,’’ Jagr said. ‘‘When you’re not scoring, you want to do a little extra and maybe later it will help me.

‘‘Maybe there’s bad before something good. I don’t know. I don’t question it. I just work harder than I did before on my shooting and just believe that it’s going to come sooner or later.’‘

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, media

Old Is Still Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eduardo Encina of the St. Petersburg Times,

Hockey players have a tough time giving up on helmets, shin guards and other equipment, but there’s something about the feel and comfort of worn shoulder pads that makes them special.

“I’ve had mine since I was 16,” said center Brad Richards, 27. “They’re going to stay with me. They’re not going anywhere. I don’t know if it’s weird, but I can change skates 100 times a year, gloves, all that stuff, but my shoulder pads, if I didn’t have those, I’d be lost forever.”

Much like someone having a worn-in baseball glove or a favorite pair of sneakers, some hockey players don’t want to let go of their favorite equipment, no matter how ratty it becomes.

Some players are the same way with other equipment.

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More Advice For Wing Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Some of you feel like victims.  You feel the world is, because you’re a Wing fan, against you; even hoping for your sorrow.  You greet each day knowing there are fans out there who take great joy in your misery, and that of your team.  Many of you revel in this.  It makes a small number of you cranky and itchy.

Whatever reaction happens to be yours, prepare yourself because I’ve got a stimulant for you.  Yet another voice from another state, representing another fan base, who would like to tell you how to support your team.  Shockingly that voice comes from down South.

Carolina way to be exact.

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The Mother Of AO

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

“I wouldn’t call her uncompromising because she did, in fact, compromise,” McPhee says of Tatiana. “But Alex’s mother is very strong, very protective. And she knows what she wants.” What she and Alexander wanted was a no-trade clause, something McPhee had granted only once in his 10 years as G.M. In the end the two sides agreed that beginning in the seventh year of the contract, Alexander annually will submit a list of 10 teams to which he will not accept a trade.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Oh Boy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the International Herald Tribune,

Peter Forsberg is not ruling out an NHL comeback even though his agent says it’s unlikely.

Forsberg told Swedish TV on Tuesday he still hopes his foot will recover in time for the Feb. 26 deadline to sign up with an NHL team.

“The foot doesn’t feel 100 (percent), but there is still one week left until the deadline,” Forsberg told national broadcaster SVT.

continued... but just a recap of what Don Baizley said yesterday.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

A Look At Bob Johnson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at ESPN,

His optimism was contagious and, in truth, a bit baffling. Former Flames and Sharks defenseman Gary Suter grew up idolizing the Badgers and the Badger before getting the opportunity to play for the man in Calgary.

“He came into the room once and asked me, ‘How ya feelin’, Suter? On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel?’ So I say: ‘A 10, coach!’ Then he goes over, punches Joel Otto in the shoulder and says, ‘And how about you, Otto?’ Joel answers, ‘I’m an 11, coach!’

“So he turns around, glares at me and yells, ‘So Suter, what the hell’s the matter with you?!’”

Badger made players better. That was his business.

more

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  Tags: bob+johnson

Oh Nick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today at my NHL.com blog, Lidstrom and a few other topics are on my mind.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

“You know, for 365 days, we have ‘GMs 101’ down pat,” (Nashville GM David) Poile joked. “But for that one day we do things we shouldn’t do.”

Why do GMs tend to wait right until deadline day to make those big deals? “Because we don’t want to do it,” he said.

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  Tags: david+poile

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