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Turco’s Final Days In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Turco will play again for the Stars this season, but it’s probably not his team anymore. That’s a strange feeling. He will turn 35 in August, and my guess is he has plenty of good years left. As an unrestricted free agent in the summer, he could end up on a really good team in Detroit or San Jose or Chicago or Washington, and he could become a wonderful story in the NHL next season.

But it seems pretty clear there’s little chance he will re-sign with the Stars.

So he has to stand by and patiently watch a team that he has poured a lot of his heart and soul into embrace the new kid in town. It can’t be easy, but my guess is he’ll handle it with the class he has shown throughout his career.


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  Tags: marty+turco

Ryan Wilson Out With Head Injury After Fight With Jamal Mayers

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You will see Wilson’s legs buckle about the 41 second mark…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jamal+mayers, ryan+wilson

Bids Taken On Team USA Sweater, Right Off The Player’s Back

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from NHL Auctions,

USA Hockey and the MeiGray Group, “The Official Game-Worn Source of USA Hockey” have teamed so that fans across the globe for the first time ever can acquire authenticated, game-worn jerseys and other game-used and autographed items from the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Olympic Teams, Men’s and Women’s U.S. World Championship Teams, U.S. teams that have competed in the World Junior Championship, and much, much more.

Proceeds will benefit the USA Hockey Foundation.

read more and place your bids on items like Ryan Miller’s sweater going for $5000.

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  Tags: team+usa

5000 Fans Turn Out To Watch Wings Practice In Kelowna B.C.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Luongo Blames Canucks Offensive Style For His Lackluster Play

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

When he got yanked after the second period of Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders, it marked the seventh time this season—and fourth time in his last 13 starts—that Luongo has been pulled from a game….

On Wednesday, Luongo blamed it on what he said is a more offensive style of play being employed by the Canucks this season.

“We are playing a different brand of hockey this year and it’s been more offensive,” said Luongo, who only got the hook twice last season. “We are not as conservative as we used to be.”

Vigneault took issue with that and said it is his team’s propensity for surrendering early leads to its opponents that is the real culprit.

“I think maybe what has happened, especially during this (recent) road trip, when you give up early goals you have to press, you have to try and make the ground up,” he said.

read on

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Top NHL Line

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Every year, and sometimes several times throughout an NHL season, there are questions about which line is the best in the league.

I take a run at that question for the 2009-2010 season, to this point, examining any trios that has combined for at least 35 even strength points this season.

Setting that minimum benchmark leaves several lines out of contention, for a number of reasons, not least of all that an injury to a significant offensive contributor often prevents a team from keeping consistent lines long enough for a line to not only gel, but accumulate those points at even strength.


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Holmstrom Wants To Remain A Red Wing

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

If you find it hard to imagine Tomas Holmstrom wearing anything but the winged wheel on his sweater, so does he.

“Detroit has been so good to me over the years,” said Holmstrom, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. “I have been fortunate to be part of four Stanley Cup teams here. I want to stay here and finish my career here.”

General manager Ken Holland feels the same way. He’s already had one brief conversation with Holmstrom’s agent, Howard Gourwitz. Holmstrom said he would consider anything from a one-year to a three-year deal.


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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There was so many Stanley Cups in both those dressing rooms now looking back and there was just genuine, genuine hatred.  There were no guys meeting up for a beer the night before or winking hello to a guy during warmup.

“There were players on the Colorado team I had played with before and I just grew to hate them and they felt the same way, I’m sure.”

-Brendan Shanahan talking about 3/26/97.  More from Shanahan by Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Mikael Samuelsson Out 2-3 Weeks

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via the Vancouver Canucks Twitter,

Mikael (Samuelsson) will likely be out 2-3 weeks with an ‘upper body’ injury.

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  Tags: mikael+samuelsson

Talking About The New Head Shot Proposal

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from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

The NHL is looking to establish a new rule against blind-side hits to the head as soon as possible, but any change for the rest of the regular season or playoffs would involve possible supplemental discipline but would not involve on-ice officials calling a minor or major penalty.

“A penalty call on the ice [based on any new rule] would be a difficult thing to consistently administer at this time,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, during an appearance on NHL Live! radio.

The alternative measure would be for any potential violation to be reviewed by Campbell and his Hockey Operations staff. Any questionable play would involve “a lateral, back pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.”


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