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Wild Hurting With Injuries, What Can They Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

After GM Chuck Fletcher informed the media that Cal Clutterbuck will be out a matter of “weeks” with a sprained ankle, that Pierre-Marc Bouchard is still out indefinitely with a concussion and that Petr Sykora is doubtful Wednesday against Anaheim with a sore groin, I sat down and watched practice.

In a 5-minute span, Martin Havlat crashed into the boards, Mikko Koivu crashed into the goal and Benoit Poiliot crashed into a teammate. At the end, Jaime Sifers’ skate hit a rut and he crashed backwards onto the ice.

All four are OK, but the scenes were pretty much par for the course for what’s been going on with the Wild since the start of training camp…

So while Fletcher can probably trade draft picks for players, how do you justify that when you need to somehow use those picks to hopefully add skill to this organization. In other words, if you trade your draft picks like yesteryear’s Wild, how do you ever catch up?

Fletcher just doesn’t have a lot of options that I see. I know I’ve harped on this before during some very critical columns last season of the previous regime, but I’ve watched a lot of hockey in the last few weeks. The Wild are so far behind other organizations right now in terms of bright young talent on the roster and in the system, it is downright frightening.


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HD Alert- Is This Something New?

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I noticed the Leafs/Rangers game on CI, with the Sportsnet feed is in HD on Directv.

I can’t recall this happing before with a Canadian feed. 

Is my memory going bad?

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Gagne Still Feeling Tightness In Groin Area

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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Just got back from the Flyers’ practice, where Simon Gagne declined to speak to me – a rarity for him — because he said he was “going to the doctor” with Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin.

Gagne has no goals and three assists in five games this season and has lacked the jump he showed most of last season when he finished with 34 goals.


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  Tags: simon+gagne

Best Of The Week

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Best goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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Off To A Rough Start

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Five players who’ve struggled early:

Olli Jokinen—Lost in the Calgary Flames’ fast start has been the fact that Jokinen has not scored this season. After a fast start in his first couple of games as a Flame last March, he has gone 18 games, going back to last season, since his last goal.

Ryane Clowe—While San Jose’s first line has been going great, the second line hasn’t. Clowe, who’s being counted on for 20-plus goals this season, hasn’t produced a point in the Sharks’ five games.

Chuck Kobasew—The Bruins are off to a shaky start, and one reason is the lack of production from players like Kobasew. He hasn’t put up a point in Boston’s first four games and is minus-3.

Tomas Vokoun—The hero (52 saves) of Florida’s season-opening win against Chicago has had a tough time since then. He’s lost his next three starts, including two this past weekend in which he allowed eight goals in five periods.

Milan Michalek—One of the two players who came to Ottawa in the deal that sent Heatley to San Jose, Michalek hasn’t done anything for his new team yet. He’s scoreless in four games and is minus-3.

many more topics as John takes a look at the NHL this week…

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Hockey Fan?  You’ll Enjoy Hockey Dad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I normally don’t do book reviews for this simple reason- I don’t have the free time to actually read books.

But when Bob McKenzie personally sends you his book, Hockey Dad: True Confessions of a (Crazy?) Hockey Parent, well, you read it.

Now, I am not a hockey dad, but as a fan of hockey, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Perhaps the most straightforward way to review the book is to use Bob’s own words…

from the prologue of Hockey Dad,

Hockey Insider is what I do, not necessarily who I am….

Yes, Hockey Dad is what I am.  As passionate as I am about my job, as passionate I am about hockey, I am even more passionate about my family….

Enough said, get the book if you are a hockey fan, hockey mom or hockey dad.

Hockey Dad can be purchased at Amazon (affiliate link).



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  Tags: bob+mckenzie

Semenov Felt He Was Worth More Money

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from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times, I

n an interview published over the weekend in the Russian daily Sport Den za Dnem, defenseman Alexei Semenov made his first public statement on his sudden departure from the Rangers before the season opener on Oct. 1.

Semenov said he declined to sign with the Rangers after being invited to try out for the club in training camp not because of his wife’s objections, as Rangers General Manager Glen Sather had told reporters, but because he did not think the contract would pay him enough.

“The story is somewhat different than what was presented,” said Semenov, who is now playing for Dinamo Moscow in the K.H.L. “I love my wife; I take her advice on family matters, but never on hockey! On that I have my own views, or I confer with my agent.”


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK ( October 12, 2009) –San Jose Sharks left winger Dany Heatley, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 11.

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Panthers Need To Start Winning

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

It’s too early to deem this another poor start to the season, but the Panthers are skating in that direction after four games.

They lost their third in a row Saturday, dropping their home opener 3-2 to the Devils. That emotional shootout win against the Blackhawks on Oct. 2 seems as distant as the miles between Helsinki and Sunrise.

“We have to get it right in a hurry or we’ll be in big trouble,” goalie Tomas Vokoun said.

Coach Pete DeBoer tried to put a positive spin on the situation after Saturday’s game, noting it’s a long season and that he likes this team and how it’s capable of playing.

“I think we’re going to be fine,” he said.


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Two Hot Topics In Quebec City - Hockey & Politics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Some of Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume’s opponents are accusing him of overplaying the possibility of resurrecting the Quebec Nordiques, saying it’s a ploy to win more votes in the upcoming municipal election.

Quebec hockey fans are still buzzing after a meeting between Labeaume and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday over the potential return of a professional hockey franchise to the provincial capital.

Labeaume’s NHL ambitions are running offside with opponents such as Langis Harvey, who is running for mayor as an independent.


added 12:21pm, from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The NHL has just spent the better part of the past year propping up the Coyotes and spending all sorts of time and resources in a bid to keep the team from being moved and just last May, Bettman proclaimed that when it came to the league’s struggling franchises, “We fix the problems. We don’t run out on cities.”

So let’s get this straight. The league essentially puts its credibility on the line for a franchise that has been bleeding red ink for years and has almost no hope for long-term success and it’s suddenly going to start moving franchises or expanding to places such as Quebec City and Winnipeg?


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  Tags: quebec+city

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