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Another Blue Jacket May Be Hurt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Just spoke with GM Scott Howson in the lobby restaurant of the Blue Jackets team hotel. Goaltender Steve Mason is questionable for tonight’s game vs. Washington with upper body “tightness.”

update 7:10pm, Mason is in the lineup.

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When Facing The Stanley Cup Champions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

In light of last night’s spanking in Motown I thought we’d revisit my premature blog posting prior to the first meeting in Dallas. The Stars followed my 10 step program much more closely in the latest shellacking at the Joe.  Note: Additional editorials from last night’s outcome are in parenthesis….

• Win as few face-offs as possible as a way to set up your “checking game”. (37% on the dots, mission accomplished)

• Pay no attention to overrated forwards Datsyuk and Zetterberg - they’re so one-dimensional. Same goes for that free agent flop Marian Hossa. Instead, focus a lot of your effort toward ensuring Valtteri Filppula doesn’t “beat you by himself”. (All three scored, all three helped set up another goal, and all three dominated. Filppula was held scoreless and 0 for 4 in the faceoff circle)

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Senators Recall Goaltender Brian Elliott

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators today recalled goaltender Brian Elliott and assigned defenceman Matt Carkner to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

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AO Fighting Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Later, I briefly asked Ovechkin whether he was really trying to pick up fighting tips from Brashear, and he clarified, saying he wants to be prepared just in case anything happens, but that he has no intention of becoming a brawler.

“Show me how I have to do something if somebody grab me,” he said he asked Brashear. “It’s normal thing. I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to get hurt. I’m terrible fighter. Probably worse than Sasha.”

Earlier, Ovechkin had joked that Semin “hits pretty cool, actually,” but when another media person now asked jokingly about Semin’s fight, Ovechkin bristled a bit.

“Well, he do it for our team,” he said of Semin. “And he fight. I want to see if you go over there and fight with Staal, and how you’re gonna be fighting.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Jagr Happy In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

As Jaromir Jagr got ready for the latest unique experience in a season already full of them, he said he has no regrets about leaving the N.H.L. to play in Russia, despite watching a teammate die on the bench, having his coach quit in the middle of a game and playing in a league whose financial situation is said to be faltering.

“You could write a book about it,” Jagr said of his season during a telephone interview from Moscow. “But I’m fine. I’m doing good. I’m happy.”

On Friday, Jagr was getting ready to take center stage for the Continental Hockey League, or K.H.L., All-Star game on Saturday at an outdoor rink in Red Square. There, Jagr is the all-star of all stars, the biggest name in a league marketing itself around him.

continued

added 5:33pm, from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Jaromir Jagr said he has no designs on returning to the NHL in the short term, but if he ever did return he would be happy to go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play for his former idol, Mario Lemieux.

“I was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‘I’d like you to play for our team,’ I would think about it a lot,” Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. “I would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am…besides my parents.”

continued

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Prepare For A Fire Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

...One has to give credit to the cagey Burke for escaping a team that is already over the cap (Anahem is at $58 million thanks to Burke) and seizing control of a team that is well under the cap (credit to Cliff Fletcher). From his grave, Niccolo Machiavelli tips his hat to Burke, the master of fortuna (good luck) and skillful machinations.

This year, Toronto’s cap number is $47 million, while Los Angeles is at $45 million. There’s room for both teams to pick up one or two stars.

So don’t be surprised if you see an NHL superstar making his way to the Kings or the Leafs in coming months.

And don’t be surprised if fans in the numerous cities that are right up against the cap—such as Edmonton, Chicago, New York, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Washington, Anaheim, Calgary and Detroit—find themselves waking up and looking with great envy at Los Angeles, where Lombardi might soon be hailed as the smartest head in hockey for the way his team has recently shed salary, positioning itself perfectly for the the NHL’s coming fire sale.

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Red Wings’ New Year’s Resolution:  Kick Everyone’s Ass

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1545 with Steve Ott and Nik Kronwall exchanging friendship bracelets below.

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One.  Few bloggers have the courage to go that nuts with apostrophes in the post title.  I’m just sayin’.

Two. I’ve looked at the remainder of the schedule and decided the Wings probably won’t lose again.

Continue Reading »

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Targets At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

There is no question a lot of teams up against the salary cap will be hampered in their ability to add talent – and salary – at the deadline, but you just know when push comes to shove teams that believe one more piece added to the puzzle will guarantee them a shot at the Stanley Cup, or at the very least a long playoff run, will find a way to make a deal.

The most obvious targets will be impending unrestricted free agents. Teams, especially those that have fallen out of the playoff picture, shudder at the thought of having an asset walk away without getting anything in return.

continue for players who may be on the move…

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Saying Goodbye To Oshawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian McNair of the News Durham Region,

Emotions were running high as the Oshawa Generals parted ways with John Tavares and Michael Del Zotto during a Friday press conference at the General Motors Centre.

Del Zotto, a surprise addition to the blockbuster deal with the London Knights completed the night before, was particularly outward in his emotions, with tears visible in his eyes from the outset and spilling over at one point.

Tavares, long rumoured to be headed west, was better able to contain his feelings, but looked as though he had little sleep and was much more subdued than usual.

continued

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  Tags: michael+del+zotto, ohn+tavares

Halfway Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Boston Bruins surprised, the Ottawa Senators disappointed and thanks to parity, and all those extra points for overtime and shootout losses, about 25 teams still figure they’re legitimately in the NHL playoff race. Mike Keenan won his 650th game and is still employed as an NHL coach, while Barry Melrose was one of three coaches to get a pink slip (Denis Savard and Peter Laviolette were the others) and landed a new/old gig as a broadcaster with ESPN, where he can continue to poke pins in his Len Barrie voodoo doll.

There was new life in Chicago, even before they played a Winter Classic at Wrigley Field to rave reviews. Five of the six pre-expansion teams were on pace for 100 points or better, with only the Toronto Maple Leafs unable to participate in the Original Six revival.

read on and as always, many more NHL topics…

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