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Steve Sullivan Likely Done For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.

Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.

The doctor told Sullivan it normally takes six months to a year to recover from the operations, which means Sullivan most likely has several months before he would regain his health.

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No More Fat & Happy Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Caldwell at the New York Times,

Through Monday’s games, eight N.H.L. goaltenders had played more than 2,200 minutes, including all three of the New York-area goalies: the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (2,384) was third, the Devils’ Martin Brodeur fifth (2,342) and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro seventh (2,264).

At a similar point last season, five goaltenders (including Brodeur, but not Lundqvist or DiPietro) had played in 2,200 minutes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. At the same point in the 2005-6 season, only three goalies had played 2,200 minutes.

“Maybe 10 years ago, that may have been a problem,” said Garth Snow, a former N.H.L. goaltender who is now the Islanders’ general manager, “but goaltenders are some of the best-conditioned athletes on the team. Athletes, in general, are taking care of themselves 12 months a year, and the old way of thinking was, a fat goalie is a happy goalie.”

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  Tags: goalies

Blogger Burnout? Yeah…A Little

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Work? New Zealand?  Domestic Pressures?  Sure. All realistic. 

But honestly…not really.  Here’s what I don’t know:  I have no idea who’s healthy tonite, who the starting goalie is, what Darren McCarty’s status is, whether Hank Zetterberg is going to rest during the all star break, or whether Mike Babcock has uttered a complete sentence in the last five days.

I’m back..I think.  After not reading about the Wings, or even thinking of them since our last live blog/chat, I think I’m back in form.  Blogger’s malaise. Blogger burnout. Whatever.
Live blog/chat here.

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Wouldn’t This Be Fun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The Leafs could even do worse than consider former NHL Players Association head Bob Goodenow, who would probably make an excellent GM. He knows the ins and outs of the collective bargaining agreement, having helped write it. He’s a Harvard-educated lawyer and he understands hockey. He has successfully run a billion-dollar organization and spent a good portion of his life in Toronto.

more suggestions for the Leafs…

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Who May Be Moved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Monday night on The NHL on TSN, two of the network’s hockey experts discussed the trade landscape around the league. Host James Duthie threw out names, some big names, and hockey insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger discussed each player’s short-term future as the trade deadline looms.

First up was Sabres defenceman Brian Campbell, who has 11 goals and 25 assists for Buffalo, but just announced that he would not negotiate anymore until the end of the season.

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Tough Times in Finland

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBS Sports wire,

Karalahti is one of 19 suspects in a widespread case of alleged smuggling and distribution of amphetamines in Finland, officials said. He will face trial in the Vantaa prison court near Helsinki on Jan. 29, the Espoo Regional Court said without announcing the exact charges.

Local media have reported that the 32-year-old Karalahti was linked to a drug smuggling network that imported and distributed drugs in Finland in July. Karalahti was taken off the ice for police questioning during a practice session last month with his Karpat team. 

Karalahti left the NHL before the beginning of the 2002-03 season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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  Tags: finland, jere+karalahti, los+angeles+kings, nashville+predators

Mike Richards Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers made Mike Richards available for a media teleconference. Below is the text of that Q&A session.

Q.  Does it get any better than finalizing a 12-year contract extension and being named an All-Star in the span of two months?

MIKE RICHARDS:  I don’t know, it’s been a pretty big season getting the privilege to play in an All-Star Game, it’s pretty exciting.

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  Tags: asg, media, mike+richards, philadelphia+flyers

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

During the intermission, Alexander Ovechkin’s contract is discussed and we wonder who has a worse haircut; Ovechkin or Brian Engblom?

make sure to read their minute by minute breakdown of the Pens game last night!

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Keeping the Weight On

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon at The Tennessean,

While most of us would worry about squeezing into our pants the next day, Predators goalie Dan Ellis has just the opposite problem. He’ll still have to worry about slipping out of his pads.

Ellis has the perfect metabolism for a supermodel. He can eat almost anything without gaining weight. Unfortunately for Ellis, his job description involves putting on about 40 pounds worth of equipment and skates, then sweating through 60 minutes of competition on a regular basis.

It’s no wonder that keeping up his weight — and his hydration level — proves such a challenge. The 6-foot, 185-pounder figured he loses about 10 pounds per game.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, hockey+fitness

The Rinks Are Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Preparing for the US Pond Hockey Championship.

Watch the video… Pretty cool on how they set up 25 rinks.

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