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Report: NHL Told DiPietro to Change Pads

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

original report posted 12:14am ET January 4th

From TSN via CTV,

Sources tell TSN that the NHL asked New York Islanders netminder Rick DiPietro to change his pads during the first intermission of Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers at Nassau Coliseum.  DiPietro played the first period in new white Itech leg pads, then returned for the second period wearing his old orange and blue pads.

NHL’s executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell and Islanders general manager Garth Snow are believed to have discussed the situation after DiPietro was ordered to change his pads. The two are expected to further discuss the matter on Friday.

Update Jan 4, 6:25pmET: From TSN,

The National Hockey Leagues Hockey Operations department received and inspected New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro’s goalie pads Friday afternoon, and upon further review declared the pads legal.

Ordinarily, all new goalie equipment is cleared through Hockey Operations before its delievered to the teams. DiPietro was forced to remove the pads in question following the first period of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers because the NHL had no way of confirming the pads were, in fact, legal.

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Whoa:  McCarty to Grand Rapids?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep.  According to Chris Chelios, that may be the plan.  Just on with Stony and Wojo, Chelios said something may be in the works to open a spot with the Grifs then…possibly…with the Wings.

“If he still has that burn to play that game, lose the weight, get him to Grand Rapids and come back to the Wings in some form. That would be great.”


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They Can Still Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

The goons are gone from the NHL, but not the pugilists, who are around to protect and serve their teammates. Here are my super tough guys starting with a top five of all heavyweights, proving that size does matter when you’re in the role of an enforcer.

1. Georges Laraque
6-foot-3, 243 pounds

A veteran who has played since the late 1990s, Laraque sits in the king’s thrown among the NHL’s tough guys.

read on

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The MVP Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

With the first half of the season in the record books as of Saturday, it looks as if the NHL’s most valuable player race is going to mirror the playoff race — too close to call at the moment.

Even if you discount goaltenders (dangerous to do, considering two of them were Hart Trophy finalists last season), there are at least six skaters making the case for MVP honours and once again, the debate will probably come down to this:

Does the vote go to the NHL’s best player? Or, as the award is written, to the player adjudged most valuable to his team?

continued and some Jagr talk too…

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Coming Around?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last week we liveblogged the swill that is Detroit sports radio.  For four hours the A2Y staffers sat on the edges of their seats, pens at the ready, prepared to transcribe whatever lively Wing banter crossed those majestic airwaves.


Earlier today, I directed you to the Wayne Fontes Experience, a site that has no problem pointing out the inadequacies of the Detroit MSM.

Now?  Interesting.

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Pressure Mounting On Turco

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Quite a quandary for Dave Tippets. Do you start Marty Turco against the Wings even though you know it’s hard to stop pucks when in the fetal position?  Or do you start Mike Smith even though you know that if you are going to succeed in the playoffs you’re going to need Turco to beat the Wings?  Weird, wacky and fun for the whole family. 

Dallas can handle the Ducks and Sharks, but they haven’t given any indication that they can compete with the Wings. Not beat the Wings. Just battle them close enough to prove that they belong in the same conversation with the best team in hockey.

It’s hard to imagine how a team that looks so confident, so capable, when it lines up against every other team, can empty its pockets and fork over its lunch money as soon as it sees that famous winged wheel crest. No club is more spooked by the Wings’ aura than the Stars, and no player pulls the sheets up over his head faster than Turco, whose career mark against Detroit stands at 1-10-5 after the latest de-pantsing.

More from SI’s Allan Muir.


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Step-Up Time For Stastny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,

Without a serious goaltending pedigree in town, Colorado’s playoff hopes – which looked practically radiant in the summer – now fall on the shoulders of one happy-go-lucky fellow: Paul Stastny.

Sure, the Avs get solid contributions from the likes of veterans Andrew Brunette and Milan Hejduk, but it is Stastny who leads the team in points by a wide margin (44 to Hejduk’s 30) and Stastny who has the highest ceiling for stardom.

read on

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More Games For Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Record,

Martin Brodeur has a message for those who believe he plays too many games and should rest more often.

“Leave me alone,” the Devils’ goaltender said Thursday. “Point the finger somewhere else now.”


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Pressure On Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The onus is on Henny (Lundqvist). Period.

Oh-for-two on the Western swing, the Rangers require the king to once again be THE KING.

No ifs, ands or buts when the Blueshirts play the Oilers on Saturday night in Edmonton.


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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist

Old & New Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GreatestHockeyLegends.com has been a great website for information and stories regarding the all-time hockey greats.

Now it looks as if Joe Pelletier is bringing some of the current NHL talk into the fold.  Make sure to check it out.

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