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Wild Show Interest In Jokinen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

The Minnesota Wild hasn’t tried to hide its interest in Jokinen. And it appears the Panthers are at the very least exploring the idea of trading him there by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.


Panthers director of pro scouting Bill O’Flaherty was at the Wild’s game in Chicago last night. He’s the third different Panthers’ representative to attend a Wild game recently—pro scout Jack Birch and director of player development Duane Sutter are the others—and combined, the trio as attended four of the last six Wild games overall. Perhaps the Panthers want to be very prepared for their Feb. 29 home game against the Wild. Or…....they’re checking out their options for Jokinen.

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  Tags: olli+jokinen

Richards Talk From The Columbus Side

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

Richards’ availability via trade was first reported by TSN, a Canadian cable channel. TSN also hinted that the Blue Jackets were in the running. I didn’t want to report it until somebody I respected confirmed it to me, and that took place this afternoon.

First, Richards would have to waive his no trade clause. Not sure he’d do that to come to the Blue Jackets, but this franchise has always been very welcoming and attractive to Prince Edward Island guys.


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  Tags: brad+richards

Trade Deadline: Top Buyers and Sellers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

You know that the hockey world has entered the 21st century when the Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings had to deny a rumor that appeared on a bogus Valtteri Filppula Facebook page earlier this week.

As is always the case, the ridiculous rumors far outnumber the actual trade negotiations. But with five days remaining before the trade deadline, here are the top buyers and sellers in the marketplace:

continued… with a list of 15 top-buyers and 6 top-sellers

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: trade+deadline, trade+rumors

Wings Following Pats’ Pattern?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So says Damien Cox, on loan to ESPN,

We all know, of course, how that fantasy football story ended, with the 18-0 New Englanders stunned on Super Bowl Sunday by the New York Giants.

It could be that the Red Wings are headed for a similar conclusion, particularly since the Western Conference is packed with tough opponents, from defending champion Anaheim to hard-nosed Calgary to talented San Jose. Vancouver, led by superb goalie Roberto Luongo, could trip up anybody.

And if the Wings get past those obstacles, any number of upset-minded Eastern Conference clubs would await.



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Neil Smith on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Rangers, will be the guest on the NHL Hour today.  Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

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  Tags: bill+daly, media, neil+smith, nhl+hour, xm+radio

Zednik Tells His Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

“I was cut before in my face and I didn’t even feel it. This time, it was kind of like a stab, I felt like somebody stabbed me,” he said. “After it wasn’t the pain, it was more what was going to happen.

“I kind of got a bit weaker when I got to the bench and then I don’t remember much but I remember I was talking to our trainer Zenobi and a doctor was putting so much pressure on my neck I couldn’t breathe. ..

“I was just wishing, `OK, let’s go to the surgery, give me some injections so I’m going to be sleeping and I can wake up after.’ It was painful just the pressure they were putting on my neck.”

His carotid artery on the right side of his throat was nearly completely severed. Surgery to reattach it at Buffalo General Hospital took an hour.

more from Zednik as he addressed the media today

Update 3:25pm ET: ESPN provides video (below) of the press conference:

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: injury, richard+zednik

Yoga Makes the Fighter

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,

Four years later, Laraque credits yoga for sharpening his competitive edge against the younger, bigger foes trying to make a heavyweight name for themselves in the NHL.

“Most guys that fight use the weights, weights, and weights, and they’re so big in their bodies that the muscle doesn’t matter,” Laraque said. “Yoga helps your core strength and that is way better than weights. I’m not the strongest guy weight-wise with enforcers in the NHL, but I’m strong, but not because I bench press six plates. If you do yoga, you don’t need to do weights that much because it’s like a weight exercise, but instead of using weights, you’re using your body.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fighting, georges+laraque, training, yogo

Panic In Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

All it took were a few dreaded words from a concussion specialist Tuesday for the Philadelphia Flyers to subtly slip into full-blown desperation mode.

Moments after completing a trade that sent Jim Vandermeer west to Calgary, the Flyers learned they will be without forward Simon Gagne for the remainder of the season.

Not exactly welcome news for a team that hasn’t won in eight games.


Update 4:02pm ET: (alanah) Marty contacted us acknowledging the error in his original article, and made the correction which we’ve also reflected above.

(*Hey, we all have “blonde moments” where we accidentally invert some vital information—I’m just happy it wasn’t me for once!)

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

‘Splaining To Do?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1455 with Uncle Mike’s comments on Ellis. Thanks, CP, for the pointer.

Matt Ellis, one of the most popular players in Grand Rapids Griffin history, has been claimed by the LA Kings.  Don’t be swayed too much by his popularity in GR.  Only a reference point, but one to keep in mind when you consider the type of character guy Ken Holland let walk, and the player he kept in his place: Mark Hartigan.

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More Availability Please

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Coming out of the lockout, fans and media types alike were promised a new era of accessibility to NHL players.

Promises, I suppose, are meant to be broken.

Despite the fact opening up to the media is beneficial to the league, teams and players (more access equals more fans; more fans equals more revenues), the give-‘em-the-bare-minimum credo continues to rule across most league lines.

The team-first, boast-free attitude - the womb from which this issue is born - is ingrained in the vast majority of hockey people. So it’s easy to understand where the league’s seeming disdain for cameras/microphones comes from; and how it will never change organically.


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