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TooToo Out With Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators right wing Jordin Tootoo has a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to miss three to four weeks.


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On Helmer, On Franzen, Filppula and Williams.  Cleary and Kronwall…But At Least There’s Bertuzzi.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

When you sign a shoplifting meth head who attempted to molest the collie who lives next to the old woman he flipped off on the way to the Joe because she told him she liked his spin-o-rama?  You’re in serious trouble.  Payback will be a bitch, sooner or later.

I’m not pushing religion on you. I think you know that.

But it’s pretty motherf…front page…sorry…

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All For One In Chicago

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from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Individual Hawks are succeeding, but no one has stood out singly more than others. The mug shot has been replaced by the mass hysteria of team harmony, where the monster lumbers and looms ominously as one.

If that’s a cliche, so be it. But the Hawks are a collective nightmare with a very diverse group of stars coalescing rather than being a star-driven team that needs a few guys to be at their best or else fail day after day.

That’s why there should be no goalie controversy now or ever this season. It matters not whether it’s Cristobal Huet or Antti Niemi in goal, because the team defense rules. It matters not that Dave Bolland and Adam Burish are healing, the defense is driving the momentum game-in, game-out.

Do we miss Bolland and Burish? Hell, yeah. But the tumor of terror waits for no man.

Put them together and Cris and Andy spell C-Andy in net, but they aren’t as sweet as Tony Esposito or even the demented Ed Belfour by themselves. They don’t have to be. They have help unlike previous Blackhawks’ clubs where it was every man for himself.


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Note To Santa: Suck It Fatass.  Down Goes Helm.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Seriously.  It’s not funny anymore. 

Ready. Set. Vomit.


The Red Wings called up center Kris Newbury from Grand Rapids Monday morning to replace Darren Helm, who is out with an injured wrist.

“It’s more of a test, for sure,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ll put Newbury out there and we’ll grind away.”

Babcock said he would move Justin Abdelkader up to Helm’s line, skating between Drew Miller and Kris Draper. Newbury will skate on the fourth line with Brad May and Kirk Maltby.


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Let’s Talk Vinny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

Don’t look now, but the Vincent Lecavalier trade rumors have started up again.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun recently suggested Vincent Lecavalier didn’t look happy playing for Tampa Bay, noting his offensive struggles this season and claiming his coach didn’t seem to know how to use him.

While Lecavalier is in the first year of his 11-year, $70 million-plus contract, which also contains a no-movement clause, LeBrun wondered what would happen next if Lecavalier’s situation didn’t improve in the coming months.

That sparked further speculation later in the week as columnist Yvon Pedneault and former NHL coach Pat Burns also weighed in on the possibility of Lecavalier moving later in the season.

continued plus more rumor talk…

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Stars Of The Week & More

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Raise your hand if you had the Los Angeles Kings at the top of the Western Conference standings in the middle of December….

By going 3-0-0 last week, and stopping 80 of 85 shots, Quick was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week. In his last seven games, Quick is 6-0-1 with a 2.20 goals-against average.

Second Star: Daniel Sedin—Daniel had a hat trick in a 4-2 win against Atlanta and had a goal and an assist in each of the Canucks’ other two games last week, giving him 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points. He has 18 points in the 14 games he’s played.

Third Star: Ilya Bryzgalov—The NHL’s hottest goaltender continues to play brilliantly. Bryzgalov allowed just three goals in three games for Phoenix last week, going 2-0-1 (the only loss came in an eight-round shootout) with a shutout. Bryzgalov is 6-0-1 in his last seven games, allowing just 10 goals.

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Wake-Up Rangers

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Perhaps, before tonight’s home encounter with the Atlanta Thrashers at MSG, John Tortorella ought to hire a bugler and a drummer.

Prior to his club taking the ice, the drummer would knock off a rousing roll on his snare while the bugler would toot that wake-up call of all wake-up calls, “Reveille.”

It might help because (No News Department) this is no time for comedy. You can look it up; the Blueshirts now officially are in No-Ifs-Ands-Or-Buts Land.


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Attendance Issue For Avs Continue

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via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Not going to keep beating this horse, but…11,448 last night for the Flames-Avs game, a showdown for first place in the Northwest Division. Folks, what gives? That was on a Family Night deal, too, where tickets and a meal averaged less than $25.

One question I have is: has the advent of HDTV made it less imperative to go to the games? Is the picture so good on TV now that, in effect, teams are hurting themselves by looking so good on TV?

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The Best Of The Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Allan Muir and Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated take a look back at the last decade in the NHL.

Farber selects the Wings team of the 2001-02 season as the best team of the decade…

Their fourth line in the 2002 Stanley Cup finals featured Igor Larionov centering Luc Robitaille and Tomas Holmstrom. Larionov and Robitaille are now in the Hall of Fame. (Holmstrom will also be going if the Hall establishes a wing for players who set up shop on the edge of the crease during power plays and talk trash.) While Detroit’s 116 regular-season points fell two shy of Colorado’s team of all-stars the previous year, the Wings’ credentials were impeccable. Robitaille and Larionov represent just a sliver of slam-dunk Hall of Famers on that team, which included Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull (already enshrined), Dominik Hasek, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.

Much more by clicking the above links…

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Potential Phoenix Sale

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

After a summer spent in bankruptcy, the Phoenix Coyotes may finally have new owners.  The NHL bought the team out of bankruptcy, but that solved little.  The NHL was still committed to keeping the money losing team in Phoenix, where the market has been destroyed.  The NHL was committed to finding an owner who would buy the team and keep them in Phoenix despite a bleak future economically.  Perhaps that owner has been found.

Ice Edge Holdings LLC has signed a letter of intent to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.  The purchase price is believed to be around $150 million (the NHL paid $140 million to buy the team from bankruptcy).  Ice Edge Holdings is a group of five owners that have been fronted in the media by Anthony LeBlanc, who is a former executive at Research In Motion (Jim Balsillie’s company).  There are questions regarding this group’s finances.  It isn’t clear that they have the money to keep this struggling team afloat.

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