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No Goalie Trade For Kings At This Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The NHL’s holiday trade freeze ends at midnight local time tonight, but General Manager Dean Lombardi said Friday he’s not planning to look for a goaltender—for now.

About a month ago the Kings were discussing a multi-team deal that would have brought Nikolai Khabibulin from Chicago, but the trade fell apart when one team tried to switch a player in the mix.

There isn’t much out there, anyway, Lombardi said. “You hear of any goalies available that I’m not hearing of?” he asked, joking.


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Timonen & Hartnell Injured Last Night

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via Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell were injured in last night’s 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

Timonen had a soft cast on his right foot after chipping a bone in the ankle.

“It will depend on how Kimmo feels, but it looks like [he’ll be out] a minimum of a week,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Hartnell broke his big toe blocking a shot. We’ll see how he feels, but it’s a very slim chance [he’ll play tonight].” *

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Chicago Wins 8th Game In A Row

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune

, It didn’t take long for the Blackhawks to erase any fear they would lose momentum during their Christmas break.

The Hawks picked up right where they left off as they scored 1 minute 13 seconds into Friday night’s 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers before a franchise-regular-season-record crowd of 22,712 at the United Center.

The crowd eclipsed the previous regular-season mark of 22,690 on Oct. 25 against the Detroit Red Wings.

The victory extended the Hawks’ winning streak to a club-record-tying eight games, matching the mark set during the 1971 season and again in ‘81. Their fifth victory in a row at home extended the Hawks’ points streak to 10 games (9-0-1).

continue for a game recap…

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Could The Rangers Use Shanahan?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Still, with the Rangers New York Rangers having needs that now include the ability to play with poise under pressure, what would Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist think if Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan somehow suddenly walked through the door into the locker room?

“I don’t want this to be taken as a sign of disrespect to anyone, because I believe in the group we have here now, but I like Brendan a lot, he helped me and our team a lot, and I would definitely welcome him back,” Lundqvist told The Post following yesterday’s up-tempo practice. “But it’s hard to say what the impact would be, because we’re a different team than the one he left.

“I look at that the same way I did when there was the chance that Mats [Sundin] would come here. Mats and Brendan are two players who know what it takes, and I think any team with the cap space would love to have either, but you don’t know how adding players like that in the middle of the season would affect team chemistry.

“I’m not saying we need it, but sometimes change is good. But it doesn’t do any good to talk about players who aren’t on our team,” said The King, who will face the Devils tonight at the Garden.

read on

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Until Lidstrom’s Back…It’s All Static

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last February proved something to all of us:  if the Wings lose Nick Lidstrom for anything longer than a commercial break, certain doom is to follow shortly. 

So losing to Bubba last night?  Secondary.  Irritating? Yes.  But because we’re a big picture group here, the loss itself matters little.

Now, it’s all about the ankle.

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Thrashers Have Numerous Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The Thrashers aren’t merely the 28th-ranked team in a 30-team league. They are a mediocre, even if hard-working, bunch put together with the primary objective of losing as little money as possible. The roster screams it. The payroll confirms it. Nobody denies it.

A franchise can’t possibly send a worse message to an already dwindling fan base.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where we sit in salaries in the league,” general manager Don Waddell said before Friday’s loss to Carolina — and it should be noted here that while he didn’t shirk responsibility for the way this team has devolved, it always helps to spread the blame….

All of the problems obviously can’t be attributed to finances. Most of the problems can be traced back to year one. Waddell was here, the Spirit wasn’t. Even in budget-crunching times, a general manager can make things work to a degree if there’s a solid foundation. Waddell poured the foundation. It hasn’t been just about bad drafts or miscalculations in personnel. It’s mostly about never having a successful plan, a structure, an identity.


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Lidstrom Out With Lower Body Injury

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Nick Lidstrom did not appear after the first period in tonight’s game in Nashville. 

Word is he is out for the rest of the game with a lower body injury.

edit 9:54pm, Nick did play about a minute in the 2nd period, then went to the locker room.

added 11:05pm, SnapShots has all the details and in summary, nothing major, xrays were negative and Nick could play either tomorrow or the next game.

Seems Lidstrom took a shot to the foot and had discomfort in skating.

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Bring Your Cousin To The Live Blog With Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wow it seems like forever since we last talked about our dear friends from Nashville.  I haven’t checked yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting the Bubba feed tonite.

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Dater Dreaming Again

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’ve had a zillion dreams involving the Avs. They happen all the time. In many of them, I’ve been an actual player on the team. And it felt so real . I’m usually a fourth-liner, but I’m out there playing, hearing the crowd, talking with teammates on the bench. For about an hour every so often in my sleep, I’m an actual NHL player, literally and figuratively living the dream. It’s wonderful. It’s a major bummer when I wake up, therefore, and go back to being a 40-something newspaper hack with a bad back and an ambien habit.

So last night, here are scenes from the dream factory, and I’ll just tell them in the same scattershot manner in which they happened and that I have of them now: I’m at a game between the Avs and Red Wings - in Sweden. The Avs win 1-0 on a goal in the last couple minutes, but I missed it, because I’m trying to get online in the press room of a foreign country and things aren’t working right…


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Puck Bunnies Rejoice:  Osgood’s Groin Is Strong And Healthy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Give the Detroit papers some credit.  While others are cutting back their hockey coverage, all three Diggers apparently made the trip to Gary’s Favorite Hockey Hotbed.  And all three have taken a long look at Chris Osgood’s groin and declared fit for full frigging duty.


Osgood, after a two-day break, practiced for the second time, his fourth time on the ice after straining his groin on Dec. 15. He said he would be ready to play Saturday if called upon.

“I feel pretty good,’’ Osgood said. “The rest did me good, I feel sharp out there. Every little nick I had before is gone.’‘

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