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Lightning Recall Downie & Ramo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Steve Downie and goaltender Karri Ramo from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

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Bruins Recall Rask On Emergency Basis

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Rask will join the team for practice Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2009)—Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Brown, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 25.

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Forced Sit-Down May Actually Help Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Much was made of the fact that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will not permit either the Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk or Nicklas Lidstrom from playing in Tuesday’s first game after the break because they skipped Sunday’s All-Star Game, in order to permit minor injuries to heal.

What an unnecessary tempest in a teapot.

In the grand scheme of things, a couple of extra days off for their two veteran stars will help, not hurt, the Red Wings as they prepare to defend the Stanley Cup…

That’s not to fault Bettman for his decision either. Last February, at the semi-annual general managers’ meeting, he made it clear that All-Star Game matters and so the policy going forward was this: If a player opts out, there better be a good reason to do so – or at least an injury significant enough to keep him out of the game just before the break or the game after.

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You’re Aware Of This Right?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For those so quick to point out just how deeply at fault the big, bad Wings are…you do realize the ramifications of these suspensions right?

You do understand that, due to injuries to Johan Franzen and Brad Stuart, the Wings will ice 18 players tomorrow night instead of 20? 

Due to the Cap that Gary created, and the suspension that he levied because two respected players got injured and decided to skip his corporate kiss-ass fest?  Detroit will play a regular season game that actually means something in the standings with an incomplete roster.

And all of this points right back to who?

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The Games Count Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

History shows that having a playoff position in January tends to be a big indicator of who ends up with a spot in April. In each of the last two seasons, 14 of the 16 teams that held playoff spots at the all-star break went on to make the postseason.  In other words, teams on the outside looking in today will really have their work cut out for them.

But that doesn’t mean that that the jump can’t be made.  In the Eastern Conference, Buffalo, Carolina, Florida and Pittsburgh are separated by just three points.  Two of those teams will make the playoffs, and two won’t.  In the West, only two points separate the five teams seeded six through 10, with the Oilers and Canucks both in the thick of the battle.

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Just Vote

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sigh of relief today.  The ASS.G is done. We can stop talking about it. Stop obsessing about the shaft and the manner in which the tide has turned against two of the classiest players in the league, led by a little man with an agenda.

We can set it aside now, can’t we?

Well. Not really, since there’s always tomorrow in Columbus.

So, let’s get that out of the way.

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Ugly Incident In College Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Ryan of the Ann Arbor News via Mlive,

An on-ice incident during the University of Michigan hockey team’s game against Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday night landed Wolverines defenseman Steve Kampfer in the hospital, Spartans players Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy facing discipline and a man being accused of physically confronting a player in Michigan State’s locker room.

Kampfer, a junior from Jackson, was clothes-lined and sucker-punched from behind by Conboy along the boards and whacked in the neck area by Tropp’s stick during the final minute of play in the Wolverines’ 5-3 victory on Saturday. Moments earlier, Kampfer had knocked Tropp off his feet with what appeared to be a clean open-ice hit.

continued with video…

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Bettman & MacLean

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last night Ron MacLean of HNIC had his annual ASG sit-down with Gary Bettman.

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Veteran Dmen Will Be Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Many around the league believe the Flyers are one veteran defenseman away from being a serious playoff threat. With the NHL trading deadline March 4, Holmgren is expected to look closely at defensemen who will become unrestricted free agents after this season, and he could use the Flyers’ depth at forward to acquire one.

Atlanta’s Niclas Havelid, Colorado’s Brett Clark, Phoenix’s Derek Morris, Nashville’s Dan Hamhuis and the Islanders’ Brendan Witt are expected to be on the trade block in the next six weeks. With Scottie Upshall, Lupul and Knuble, the Flyers have the assets to land one of them. Holmgren optimistic

more on the Flyers…

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