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Anyone Can Be Benched

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

Lest you think Iginla was being picked on during the 3-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, he had company on Tuesday in the second-period doghouse. In fact, personnel from the top two lines—Iginla, Kristian Huselius, Craig Conroy, Owen Nolan, Daymond Langkow and Alex Tanguay, the latter seeing a little more than two minutes of ice time in the middle frame.

The message from head coach Mike Keenan was clear—ice time has to be earned, and his top dogs weren’t earning it against the Desert Dogs.

But he also wanted to acknowledge the job being done by the worker bees on the third and fourth lines, and was looking for a spark from them.


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They Used To Be Backups

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

It’s interesting to see what has happened this week to Manny Legace and Chris Osgood, a couple of goalies the Detroit Red Wings thought were nothing more than back-ups not long ago.

Legace was named the league’s No. 1 star for the week ending Jan. 6. The St. Louis Blues’ No. 1 man in the net has pretty much been spot on all season, despite playing at less than 100 percent.

Osgood has played so well that not only has he emerged as the go-to guy in Detroit, but the Red Wings awarded the 35-year-old with a three-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Holy Hasek, what’s going on here?


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  Tags: chris+osgood, manny+legace

Hey Columbus, You Got Vinny!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gregory Hardy at CBS Sports,

Feb. 14, 2012: Columbus Blue Jackets 3, New York Islanders 1, at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. Game in “The Horseshoe” was highlighted by a natural hat trick by Columbus’ Vincent Lecavalier in a four-minute span in second period.

more “future” outdoor games…

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Flyers Getting Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Simon Gagne (concussion), Jason Smith (leg injury), Sami Kapanen (facial lacerations) and Scottie Upshall (sprained ankle) all skated with their teammates on Wednesday at practice. If this were a football injury update, Gagne and Kapanen would be on the probable side, while Smith and Upshall would be listed as questionable.

Of course, the big news is that Gagne, who has missed the last 26 games, will get back into game action after the long layoff.

“I’ll be nervous,” said the two-time 40-goal scorer. “I was a little bit nervous coming in for practice today. I felt good again on the ice and I’m looking forward to playing in New York.”


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  Tags: simon+gagne

Decisions For Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,

With their playoff hopes dashed, Lombardi may have to get a head start on retooling the team. Aside from pondering a coaching change, he must explore whether to trade veterans to contenders willing to spend draft picks and prospects.

Rob Blake and Nagy are due to become unrestricted free agents this summer and Blake is apparently willing to finish this season with a contender.

Lombardi will have some cap room to play with after the season, but he must decide what to do about his coaching staff and the poor results this season.


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Hot Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the NHL will introduce an NBA Slam-Dunk Contest style shootout at this year’s All-Star Skills Competition in Atlanta.

Players will be asked to perform the craziest trick-shots they can come up with. Between the leg shots, spin-a-ramas, over the shoulder lacrosse moves, it’s all fair game. A panel of celebrities, still to be announced, will judge the shooters on their originality.

The shootout will feature three players from each conference. They will be allowed to start from anywhere on the ice, even behind the net they are shooting on.


My money is on Datsyuk or Ovechkin!

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McCarty: “Wings At The Top Of My Wish List”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Darren McCarty on HNIC radio, via Sirius, this afternoon said he feels good after his first game with the Flint Generals, that he’s comfortable staying in the IHL the rest of the year if no one picks him up, and that he considers his tenure there as a tryout for any NHL team interested in signing him. 

When Kelly Hrudey asked him if there was one team he’d like to play for more than any other, McCarty wasn’t shy in identifying Detroit as that team.

“I’m not going to lie, Detroit’s at the top of my wish list.”

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Updates on Numminen and Thibault

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,

Lots of news from the Sabres camp Wednesday around Teppo Numminen and Jocelyn Thibault—two guys who haven’t seen the ice much this season outside of practice.

The latest on Numminen is that he’s been told he has to wait six months after his heart surgery—or the middle of March—before Sabres doctors clear him for full contact. And while it still smells like the Sabres are trying to shirk their way out of paying any of his $2.6 million salary, I reached Numminen at his home today and he said, “doctors talk to doctors” when asked what has changed in the last week since he gave a glowing post-practice report after a return from the Cleveland Clinic. The heart is fine but no one, he says, is confident the scar in his chest cavity is sufficiently healed for him to play.

continued… with updates on Thibault as well

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  Tags: injuries, jocelyn+thibault, teppo+numminen

You Want Some Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kevin Allen was just on WDFN in Detroit….  Both the Ducks and Sharks have a real interest in Mats Sundin and Marian Hossa.  We know the Sundin situation, but according to Kevin, negotiations with Hossa and the Thrashers are not going well.  The Wings would be interested in both, but are not willing to give up young players like Hudler or Filppula.  Kevin feels both players will end up in the West but did mention Boston and Pittsburgh are also looking for scoring forwards and Hossa has a relationship with Chara.

Kevin also mentioned some dmen will be available and said Foote could be moved if Columbus is not in the playoff hunt.  Also mentioned Fedorov and feels Sergei would be a great fit with the Wings.

At the end of the conversation Kevin was asked about Modano and mentioned he would be a perfect fit for the Wings.  Ah, we can dream, can’t we.

added 6:16pm, You can listen to the interview at WDFN or go to their website and you will see it listed in their podcasts.

added 9:25pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Told that people in Toronto need no encouragement to talk about trades, real or imagined, and that the favourite topic in the Centre of the Hockey Universe (the sarcasm font is on here, e-mailers) is the imaginary trade of Leafs captain Mats Sundin to the Ducks for about half of Burke’s current roster and his first-round draft picks for the next decade, the GM laughs.

“I haven’t talked to [Leafs GM] John Ferguson about Mats Sundin once,” he said. “We have a legitimate No. 1 centre, and that’s Ryan Getzlaf.”

more from Burke regarding the lack of trades…

added 9:29pm, from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Any look ahead to the Western Conference playoffs should consider the probability that two key performers could be currently residing in the East.

It’s starting to look likely that Toronto’s Mats Sundin and Atlanta’s Marian Hossa will be the hottest rental properties among forwards as the Feb. 26 trade deadline draws near.

read on

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No Surprise Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blueland Blog,

The NHL won’t officially announce the Western Conference All-Star team until noon tomorrow and the East won’t be unveiled until Friday, but it’s pretty safe to assume that Ovechkin, Kovalchuk and Thornton will all be here for the big game. It’s not like that’s a surprise though, right?

more with billboard proof!

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