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Flyers Getting Healthier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Philly Burbs,

Reinforcements are on the way for the resurgent Flyers.

General manager Paul Holmgren indicated Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher should be back from a three-week knee injury in time for Saturday’s home game against the New York Islanders.

Also, there’s a possibility that right wing Joffrey Lupul, sidelined since Feb. 16 (eight games) due to a high ankle sprain, could be back for the Islanders game.


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Why San Jose Wanted Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Digging Deeper: Dater Dumber By The Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1124 ESTI’ve pasted below the response Matt Saler provided to Dater’s blog entry. 

Been a few days since you’ve stuck your head in an oven?  Scars healing from the last self-induced fork to the temple?  Good. So you’re feeling healthy, spry even.

The only redeeming quality of sobbing Dive apologist Adrienne Dater?  He actually makes the Detroit sports columnists look smart.

I honestly think the Avs would beat Detroit in the first round of a playoff series right now, too. BUT, only if they get Smyth back. They really need that presence in front of the net to do it. Otherwise, Detroit still has the edge with their puck control. But the skill disparity up front has been largely wiped out with the returns of Sakic, Stastny and, now, Foppa.

Oh…it gets better.

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Leafs Have A Playoff Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

It is just far-fetched enough in this crazy, tumultuous, and controversial Maple Leafs season that making the playoffs no is longer out of the question.

Actually, with all that has gone on, a near calendar of calamity, the Leafs may be just astonishing enough to finish eighth in the Eastern Conference.


added 7:09am, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The prospect of the Leafs finally making good on their third consecutive late run at a playoff spot is a semi-interesting thought in an idle moment or two. But that is all it is. This is never going to happen. There are just too many things going against the plucky lads.


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Ducks Are Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks have found their way again, a point emphasized by their assertive 3-1 victory Monday in a performance reminiscent of their success last spring.

“I’m putting a lot of faith in what I know this group can do from last year and the year before rather than on how we’ve played,” General Manager Brian Burke said, “although our play has improved of late, also.”

They’ve turned their season around not only because Niedermayer’s return restored a calm confidence to their defense and Selanne’s more recent appearance has restored the emotion and depth they missed up front.

more (reg. req.)

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Chris Simon Wants Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Minnesota Wild website- by Chris Simon as told to Chris Snow,

I want to leave the game as a respected player. I think I am that, to coaches who coached me, and managers who managed me, and players who played with me. But I know that’s going to take time to build back with the fans. And I know now, this is it. Anything else happens, I’m done. I know that.


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Foote Would Have Stayed In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Teams make hard financial decisions all the time. I would never begrudge Howson the right to do that here. If the Jackets don’t want Foote at $4 million a year on a two-year deal, so be it.

Everyone moves on and they all live happily ever after.

But to pick up a newspaper or watch Hockey Night in Canada and read and hear an implication that Foote is a fraud who deviously orchestrated his own exit from Columbus, that he never had any intention of re-signing in Columbus, well, that is, at the very least, offside.

At worst, it’s character assassination.

much more

added 7:37pm, from Rob Oller at the Columbus Dispatch,

Just be thankful Foote’s departure didn’t destroy the team’s playoff chances. Honestly, trading him to the Avalanche actually could help the CBJ’s cause.

If true that Foote threatened to quit on his teammates if the franchise didn’t move him before last Tuesday’s trade deadline, then better to be rid of him than risk poisoning the dressing room with his pessimism. Especially during this period of unparalleled optimism.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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  Tags: adam+foote

Tuesday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I put the pegs in the holes, then I put more pegs in different holes.  I look at the drawings and I see the arrows but I don’t trust the arrows.  I drink a little, then remove the pegs and examine them.  I throw one to watch it bounce then I draw pictures of airplanes and goblins on the third page of the directions.  I then skip to the sixth page and it all makes sense…until I get to the ninth page when I realize the peg I threw at the beer bottle is missing and the four poster bed will surely fall apart with a child sleeping in it if I don’t find that peg.

And that’s my life according to Ikea.

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Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Top 10 goals of the week, all in six minutes.

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Bad News For Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche took a dual hit on the injury front Monday.

The team learned that forward Ryan Smyth suffered a concussion after his collision with the padded partition near the Avalanche bench. He will not be able to exercise or return to the ice until he is symptom free. He also suffered a minor shoulder separation remains sidelined for an indefinite period of time.

The news got worse for Colorado as Marek Svatos was diagnosed with a torn ACL that will require surgery and sideline the forward for the remainder of the season.

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  Tags: marek+svatos, ryan+smyth

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