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Dan Cleary Has Non-Displaced Fractured Jaw

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Cleary took a puck to the face in today’s Wings/Leafs game.  Report on CBC is he has sustained a non-displaced fractured jaw.

added 9:38pm, via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Daniel Cleary for the next six to eight weeks, as the team learned that he will have surgery on a broken jaw suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Linesman Suffers Broken Nose & Twenty Stitches

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added 6:56pm, As a KK member pointed out in the comments, Hockeyfights.com is reporting this,

The collison gave linesman Pat Dapuzzo a bad facial laceration and broken jaw after Downie’s skate inadverently struck Dapuzzo in the face. CSN Philadelphia reports Dapuzzo needed approximately 60 stitches to close the cut.

As is the case when this type of news just breaks, it is hard to get the complete injury report.  I am sure we shall soon see an official word on the injury suffered by Dapuzzo, and whatever it is, it sure wasn’t pretty to watch.

from the AP via NHL.com,

It was a typically feisty meeting between these rivals as several fights broke out. Six players dropped their gloves at one point in a very physical second period.

Linesman Pat Dapuzzo left the game after he was hit in the face by Steve Downie’s skate following a hard check by Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin against the boards.

While Dapuzzo was helped off the ice, leaving behind a trail of blood, a brawl ensued. Downie exchanged blows with Tyutin; Riley Cote and Colton Orr traded shots, and Jim Dowd and Ryan Hollweg went at it.

thanks to a KK reader for the update on Dapuzzo regarding the broken nose and twenty stitches, that according to the Rangers broadcast.

picture via Reuters

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Forsberg Has Interest In Chicago

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from the Daily Herald,

OK, this is no joke.

According to an NHL source with inside knowledge of the situation, the Blackhawks are among a handful of teams still in the picture to sign Peter Forsberg.

According to sources, Forsberg likes the direction the Hawks are going and he is intrigued about the possibility of playing with talented rookies Jonathon Toews and Patrick Kane.

Hawks general manager Dale Tallon did not want to comment extensively on the Forsberg situation.

“We’re in the mix,” was all Tallon wanted to say Saturday morning.

continued

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Coyotes Putting It Together

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from the New York Times,

Shane Doan, the effervescent Phoenix captain and the team’s leading scorer, said he held hopes at the outset of the season that success was possible.

“Everyone thinks you’ve always got a chance,” he said. “I thought our blue line was phenomenal, and if we could have some guys have some big years that you might not expect, then you have a chance. I don’t know if you necessarily think that all that’s actually going to happen, but that’s the way you’re thinking — that’s not out of the realm of possibility.”

read on

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Hossa To Montreal Shot Down, Again

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from Thrashers Blog,

The Marian Hossa rumors to Montreal refuse to die. Maybe this will help kill them. This morning, Don Waddell addressed the rumors that started when he attended Sunday’s game in Montreal, and, well, I’ll let Waddell do the talking:

“The glass broke in Montreal on Sunday afternoon. We [Waddell and Montreal GM Bob Gainey] both happened to walk in back for a cup of coffee at the same time and Marian Hossa’s name never came up in the discussion. We were talking about his team looking so good… That was the extent of it.”

continued

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NHLPA Won’t Endorse ThermaBlade

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

While Therma Blade received approvals for its blades from the NHL, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey months ago, the poor reviews from Draper and Lapointe have prompted the NHLPA to balk at signing off on the fledgling product.

And without the approval of the players’ union, the heated blades, which are attached to boots of existing skates, would no longer be able to be used in NHL games, which would be a key marketing tool for the Quebec company.

NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly said the union has concerns that the blades don’t deliver as promised – especially considering their price tag. “Before we give our approval or endorsement to a hockey product that will increase the cost to the average family, we should take steps to ensure that this product indeed performs as advertised,” Kelly said.

more

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Kovalev Having Fun

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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Now, 55 games into this season, Kovalev is the powerful locomotive pulling the Canadiens Express, the creative right-wing on one of the league’s premier lines with centreman Tomas Plekanec and left-wing Andrei Kostitsyn.

It’s been a long time since the 16-year NHL veteran has had this much fun, showcasing his prodigious, highlight-reel talent with a mature completeness of game that sees Carbonneau use him in every situation. And he’s on pace to enjoy a career season in a few statistical categories.

read on

KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz pointed me to a video of Kovalev talking about being the first hockey player in space.  The first minute or so of the video is just that, video with no sound, but after that, we hear Kovalev speak about his intentions to go into space.

You can watch the original version of the video, with Kovalev speaking in English about his plans.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: alex+kovalev

Hockey Heaven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The KK crew invites you to take in a day of hockey with us.  I will be in the KK Chat Rooms throughout this day and night of hockey.

Alanah will have a post up about her plans for HDIC, Bill may still be sailing, but as many of you know, he may pop-in at the last minute.  KK contributor Steve will probably show up in a KK chat, I hope George decides to make an appearance too and most importantly, I hope you stop in and say hello and talk some hockey memories with us.

Please check NHL.com for the TV and radio broadcast schedule for the games listed below.  Also, HDIC begins at noon ET on Center Ice.

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The Wings Plan

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from the Toronto Sun,

Holland heard all of the predictions that his team would be in for a freefall once the salary cap era started. Now, with his Wings vying for first overall in the league, he can have the last laugh.

“Every team in the league has 60-70% of the cap tied up in eight or nine core players,” he said. “It was that way before the cap. That makes it even more important to find ways to fill out your roster.”

Holland has done a masterful job to that end. Free-agent pickup Daniel Cleary, on pace for a 20-plus goal campaign, has a salary of $650,000 this season. Chris Osgood, who is among the league leaders in goals-against average and save percentage, recently signed an extension for a hometown discount of $1.41 million per season. And ageless Chris Chelios, a priceless team leader, earns an economical $1.15 million.

much more on Holland and the Wings… Also, don’t forget that Zetterberg will be making $2.9M for next season, and that may be the bargain of the year.

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  Tags: ken+holland

Sillinger Knows All About Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

If Sillinger, 36, remains on the roster through this season, he will have lived in the same house for the longest stretch in roughly 10 years. That is an accomplishment in his career, which has earned him the nickname Suitcase Sillinger; he has been included in nine trades, including five around the deadline.

Just to be safe, his wife, Karla, and their sons Owen, 10; Lukas, 7; and Cole, 4; are once again bracing themselves.

“I’m not going to lie; the trade deadline is circled on our calendar like Easter or Christmas,” said Karla Sillinger, who met her husband while they were growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan. “But it’s not like I have the movers on speed dial.”

read on

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  Tags: mike+sillinger

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