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Hurricanes Looking For Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the News & Observer,

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday afternoon that he is keeping his ears open.

“In the new system and the way things are now, it’s hard to project if you’re ever close to anything or not,” Rutherford said. “So, we continue to look at things. I think the one area—and we’ve talked about this the first half of the season, but it becomes more obvious now—is maybe an enforcer.

“It seems like every week one of our guys is getting hit pretty hard and getting hurt, so we may try to look a little harder at that.”

Rutherford also said the Canes might be in the market for a puck-moving defenseman.

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NHL Network Is Good For US Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

We speak here of the NHL Network, which now has been made widely available for NHL fans in the U.S., given most all of the important satellite or cable carriers in the country are running the service. Talk about a shepherd finally feeding his flock.

While you can say it’s long overdue, finally the standard NHL fan in the U.S. can be guaranteed of seeing highlights of virtually every NHL game.

read on

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Is Denis Headed For Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

With the Lightning carrying three goaltenders on its roster, and the league’s holiday roster freeze having expired Thursday at midnight, something has to budge. Marc Denis, a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Thursday, would be the most likely one to be placed on waivers, and that could happen as early as today.

more on Tampa Bay…

added 1:01pm, Denis has been placed on waivers.

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  Tags: marc+denis

Alfredsson Has Advice For Emery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

After swinging his goalie stick and sending some Gatorade bottles on the club’s bench flying, Emery tossed his stick into the stands before heading to the dressing room.

Alfredsson said last night if Emery wants to get back in net he has to work harder in practice and earn a start from coach John Paddock because the current situation is frustrating for everyone involved.

“To get considered for a start, (the coaching staff) is looking for (Emery) to show that he wants to be in there,” said Alfredsson, who didn’t see the incident. “You have to work hard in practice to show that you want to play. That’s what most players do when they’re not playing and the goalies are no different.”

more

added 12:42pm, via the Globe and Mail,

The Ottawa Senators held an open practice on Friday morning in Ottawa with only one goaltender on the ice.

Ray Emery, who ended Thursday morning’s skate with an on-ice tantrum, was nowhere to be seen a day later. He was sent home by team officials after showing up at the rink.

added 12:50pm, from the Ottawa Sun,

“I told him to go home because he wasn’t feeling good,” said Senators coach John Paddock after practice. Paddock added he expects Emery to be back at practice on Saturday.

more

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, ray+emery

Live Blogging Detroit Sports Radio Ignoring The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: 1025 EST.  Two hours of Sports Radio on WDFN devoted to nothing but the Lions, with the exception of fifteen exciting minutes on fantasy basketball.  Wing references only at the top of the hour and bottom with ten second references to last night’s win in Denver.  Moving on to WXYT. 

Over the summer we live-blogged our phone call to Verizon Fios.  Thousands of you responded that it was the most creative example of hockey blogging in hockey blogging history.  Since then we’ve taken the whole idea of live-blogging to new and genius levels.  We’ve live-blogged airplane delays, annual physicals, tee-ball games and fishing derbies…as well as 19 of the last 20 Wing games. 

But today we tackle an issue.  I’ve got WDFN tuned in and it’s STREAMING LIVE!!  The morning following another spanking of another yester-rival, we’ll see just how badly your Wings are ignored.

Continue Reading »

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rangers Report,

“I never enjoy playing in Toronto really. Why? I don’t enjoy hockey-obsessed Canadians. The exchange rate is not very good right now. And it’s going to cost me a lot of money for tickets for people I don’t even like. How’s that for a list?”

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  Tags: sean+avery

Caps Lose Goalie, Ovechkin Gets Stitched Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Post,

Ovechkin left the game early in the third period after being cut on the leg by a skate. The Capitals’ leading scorer (he tallied his 26th goal in the second period) required “a few” stitches to close the cut, but he will play on Saturday in Ottawa, General Manager George McPhee said. Ovechkin declined to talk to reporters as he limped to the team bus, saying only that he was “okay.”

The prognosis was not so good for Johnson, who will miss the next two to four weeks with a sprained left knee.

more (reg. req.) on the Caps loss to Pittsburgh…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brent+johnson

Why The Delay In Signing Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Brian Campbell hasn’t issued a deadline for a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres, at least not yet. His desire is to stay with the organization that drafted and developed him, a wish he has practically screamed from the mountaintops. Let’s face it, he has an ideal situation in Buffalo.

Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier insisted Thursday that he wants to keep Campbell, but the defenseman wasn’t about to play games with these guys. He can simply finish the final 47 games of his contract, shop his services in the open market and make a pile of dough elsewhere.

continued

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  Tags: brian+campbell

Surgery For Sakic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Colorado Avalanche,

Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joe Sakic will undergo hernia surgery. He will be sidelined approximately eight to 12 weeks.

“Joe’s rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform surgery in order for him to fully recover,” said Avalanche Team Physician Andy Parker. 

“After consulting with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable me to return to the lineup,” added the Avalanche captain.

added 8:38pm, link now available at the Avs website…

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  Tags: joe+sakic

UFA’s- Keep Or Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,

But there is a fair amount of intrigue surrounding potential UFAs. General managers have three choices: Sign them to an extension (ala Lidstrom), trade them (ala Doug Weight) or play them out and reevaluate come summer time.

Here are 10 potential unrestricted free agents that franchises need to keep:

Marian Hossa, W, Thrashers: He won’t re-up unless he is convinced Don Waddell has this franchise rolling in the right direction.

read on for the rest, including ten UFA’s that should be moved…

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