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Luongo Reveals Rib Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ice Hole,

So, it turns out a “coach’s hunch” is a rib contusion.

Good, now we know.

It was strange to everyone when Roberto Luongo didn’t address the media after the Penguins game Saturday. It was out of character and the first instinct of many was that Luongo was suffering some sort of injury.

The Canucks had made the decision to hide the injury and their commitment to that decision went from the odd to the ridiculous.

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Editing After The Facts Change

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 0530:  I’ve added a comment from Matt Saler, pointing out that Khan(!) isn’t the only culprit here.  As is usually the case, the Wing Deep Digger incompetence is a group activity.  See the bottom of this post for more.

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Of all the Wings it couldn’t have been, Nick Lidstrom was the only one singled out yesterday by Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!).  Remember this?

“We’ll see who’s eligible and who’s not,’’ said Babcock, who wouldn’t reveal the injured player but said it’s not Nicklas Lidstrom.

Now? Well, now it gets interesting.

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Stating The Obvious

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well we know the Ducks are soon to make a trade and this bit from the Ducks Blog adds to it; or does it?...

With the Ducks down to six defensemen because of a bruised knee that sidelined Kent Huskins for a third consecutive game, the club signed and recalled minor-league veteran Bruno St. Jacques from American League affiliate Portland, Maine. St. Jacques might have been in the lineup because of a nagging injury plaguing one of the club’s defensemen who did play, but weather-related delays prevented St. Jacques from arriving from Portland in time for the game.

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Wild Need More From Their Skilled Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

Jacques Lemaire, without much prodding I may add, called out his “skilled players” after today’s practice, saying their scoring slumps have become an “emergency” as the Wild continue to be severely offensively challenged (two goals or fewer in 15 games).

He says they need to work harder to get out of these slumps and that there’s a difference in opinion in what they think “working hard” means and what the coaches think “working hard” means.

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Enough Already!

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Of all the people to bang the “let’s pick on the goalies because we only need to pick on thirty guys to increase goal scoring” drum, Eric Duhatschek certainly went on the attack last Tuesday afternoon:

Two years after the NHL introduced rule changes in order to spur offence - limits to obstruction, no more centre red line for offside, a trapezoid behind the net to limit goalies handling the puck — it appears as if goaltenders are in the ascendancy again.

Scoring is down almost a goal per game since the early post-lockout days. The rule changes — and rule enforcements — may have changed the game for the better, but it did nothing to help the bottom line. For anyone who wanted to see an up-tick in scoring, it just hasn’t happened.

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  Tags: equipment, goalies

Options For Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Burke is sitting on some deals that could be done in a heartbeat. He could move veteran Defenceman Sean O’Donnell for a draft pick or package defenceman Shane Hnidy and forward Brad May and the financial issues would be solved. But Burke is entertaining the idea of a “hockey trade” that would improve the Ducks and defenceman Mathieu Schneider would be part of that were it to happen.

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You Want Incentive? I Got Incentive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2002: We’ll stop the contest submissions after the first period.

Updated 2001:  Well, this ought to make for an entertaining liveblog.  The idiot sisters, Weber and Crisp.  Outstanding.

Oh, the Gay will be rockin’ tonite.  Late word out of Nashville is that there will be a total of six separate families in attendance, all making up the anticipated 13,000 Bubba fans. 

Us? Well, we’re gonna Live Blog.  And here’s why you should partake.  Whoever comes closest to guessing the shot total (both teams) wins a $25 gift certificate to Ice Jerseys.  Tie breaker?  Number of total minor penalties.  Additional tie breaker?  Total number of teeth in the stands.

K?  Live blog can start at any time, although I have to go replenish.  I’ll be back at 1955.  One entry per person, etc, etc.

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Freddy Takes The Money And Runs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog,

A couple of you noticed Fred Brathwaite’s disappearance from the Chicago Wolves. He got a bunch of money from a Russian team to play there. Officially, he was suspended by the Thrashers for failure to report, but there’s little the team can do about it because there’s no agreement with the Russian hockey federation.

more on the Thrashers including Recchi’s first practice…

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  Tags: fred+brathwaite

Live Blog Tonite? You Can Bet Your Possum Dinners There’s a Live Blog Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I gotta tell you, and I have told the thousands of you (okay…two)  who’ve emailed me since the last live blog, they’ve become a little stale. The live blogs, that is.  Oh, we’re gonna keep doing ‘em. Yes we are.  But, I’m open to suggestions as to how we should spice them up.

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Any Wagers?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So…Uncle Mike was gonna leave big brother Cheli home, but now someone’s hurt so everyone’s together for the Hoedown at the Gay.  Who’s hurt?  Nobody’s sayin’.  Or, in the case of our Diggers, nobody’s askin’.

Khan(!)

But a minor injury to an undisclosed player forced the team to bring Chelios on the trip. Babcock said after the morning skate that he wouldn’t know who’d be out on defense until just before the game.

“We’ll see who’s eligible and who’s not,’’ said Babcock, who wouldn’t reveal the injured player but said it’s not Nicklas Lidstrom.

It isn’t Meech or Brett Lebda, either, as they both skated during the optional practice.

 

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