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All Signs Point To A Trade…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Byfuglien and defenseman Brent Sopel were scratched for the game against the Stars. Both have been mentioned in recent trade speculation. Quenneville said Sopel, often injured this season, was a healthy scratch and was in the Hawks’ locker room after the game.

Most prominent of the trade rumors have Byfuglien going to the Capitals in a deal that would bring Nylander back to the Hawks. A straight-up deal was nixed by the Hawks this week, apparently because they couldn’t stay under the salary cap if they acquired Nylander. Adding Sopel to the deal would allow them to do that…

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Roy Takes A High Shot &  Gives One Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Craig Conroy twice experienced the wrath of Patrick Roy.

On his first day on the ice as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens, a high shot in warmup brought about a confrontation with the Hall-of-Fame goaltender…

“It was actually my very first day on the ice. Patrick was on my team for the scrimmage,” said Conroy, who was a little excited in warmup and watched his first shot at Roy get away from him.

“It kept rising and hit him in the head. He kind of stopped everything, cleared off his crease, then he came out and actually punched me in the head with his blocker.

“I thought, ‘What do I do?’ He’s Patrick Roy. I’m just nobody. I didn’t throw any punches or anything. I just kind of took it and they broke it up. I was sent down (to the AHL Fredericton Canadiens) pretty soon after that.”

more from Conroy on Roy…

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Wings’ Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Holmstrom, who was supposed to be on the first line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, had back spasms. Little wonder, with all the cross-checks he takes in front of the net. Holmstrom took the pre-game skate but couldn’t go.

“I’m sure it’ll stiffen up on the bus to the airport and the flight, but we’ll see how it is,” Holmstrom said.

Kronwall has a sore ankle.

“I hurt it last game (Monday against the Oilers in Detroit) when I fell down with a player on top of me, and slid into the boards. Nothing major,” Kornwall said

Also missing the game was Wings TV color-man Larry Murphy.  His daughter was involved in a car accident and surgery is planned for today but a full recovery is expected.

Filling in for Murphy was Craig Simpson, who did a great job.  Sometimes it is nice to ‘hear’ a different voice in the booth and Simpson as always, was bang-on with his game analysis.

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Ruff Says Enough Of The Poor Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres spent most of October at or near the top of the NHL in goals-against average. They entered Thursday’s play just 16th at 2.83.

“The time is now,” Ruff said after Thursday’s practice in HSBC Arena. “This is not just a couple little mishaps. This is a stretch of poor games that has been poor in a lot of areas.

“. . . Every team will have a segment of season where your goaltending will be tough, your special teams won’t get the job done, offensively you can’t seem to score. In an 82- game season, you deal with all these highs and lows and there’s never a team that doesn’t go through them. Maybe this is our little segment but now is the time to come out of it.”

The Sabres started November with back-to-back shutouts. Since then, they’ve been pillaged for 29 goals in just six games.

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Scientific Breakthrough In Edmonton?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aside from being a mild mannered reporter for the Edmonton Sun...

No wonder head coach Craig MacTavish is going grey trying to figure out his players. One minute they’re lifeless, gutless quitters, the next minute they’re battling, swarming, never-say-die comeback kings.

...Robert Tychowski is also an esteemed genetic biologist.

Clearly, this is a team with a split personality. And lately, the side of the personality that contains the suck chromosome is taking over.

“Suck chromosome…”  Got it. Hemingway and whatever famous geneticologist (made that one up too…thanks) all rolled into one.

 

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Billy Tibbetts Done With The EPHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News-Times,

The Billy Tibbetts era is over in Danbury.

The Mad Hatters, Danbury’s newest professional hockey team, suspended the troubled forward for an unspecified violation of team rules, Danbury general manager Brendan Tedstone and Eastern Professional Hockey League commissioner Jim Riggs confirmed Thursday.

The team officially suspended Tibbetts on Monday and he subsequently left the team on his own accord, Tedstone said.

Tedstone said it is team policy to not discuss the nature of personnel matters….

“I don’t think you’ll see him back in the league,” Tedstone said. “It’s not the standard of living he is used to. I’ve heard he’s already been contacted by IHL and SPHL teams.”

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The Game Of Hockey In Nashville

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from Dan Ellis of the Nashville Predators at the Hockey News,

You would think after 10 years of hockey the city of Nashville would be crazy about the sport, but that’s not necessarily the case.

I think our ownership group has done a good job emphasizing a connection to the local community to get support. Now the team just needs to continue to have success and bring more and more fans out.

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How Is the Coaching So Far

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The elite ...
… or the men who get the most out of their rosters, regardless of how good (or otherwise) those rosters are.

Mike Babcock, Detroit
Any quarrel here? Other than the fact that the rich got richer, which isn’t his “fault”? His broad-based background, his Stanley Cup résumé, his adaptability all add up to this: He should be at the top, or near the top, of any list. Stock: Up.

Jacques Lemaire, Minnesota
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You’ve got to give the devil—or ex-Devils coach—his due.

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Integrity? That Illusion’s Shattered Brother.  It’s A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The polls are closed. And after 119 votes, I’ll admit it.  I recorded the first one this morning and it went to Triumph.  “Magic Power” is easily in the IwoCPO top ten.  I’m also a big Guess Who fan and I even dig me some Neil Young when the time is right.

I can also tell you this: I’ve never listened to a second of a Tragically Hip song, I don’t think.  But peer pressure’s a bitch so I stuck ‘em in there.  It came down to the wire between Rush and Young, with a push from Ronnie Van Zant’s pal the last 90 minutes or so.  The selected lyric?  Well, that just fits.

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Wide Open Calder Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s rookie race looks nothing like what the preseason pundits predicted.

Steven Stamkos, Kyle Turris and Fabian Brunnstrom were far and away the leading September picks to challenge for the Calder Trophy this season.

Someone forgot to tell Derick Brassard, Kris Versteeg, Mikhail Grabovski, Jakub Voracek and Patrik Berglund—the top five scoring rookies through Wednesday night.

Fellow rookie forwards Blake Wheeler, Mikkel Boedker and Oscar Moller also have been impressive as the NHL season reaches its quarter pole, as have first-year blueliners Alex Goligoski, Drew Doughty and Luca Sbisa.

Still, let’s be honest here. For the first time since the lockout, the NHL has a wide-open rookie race without the big-name attraction.

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