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Wings Playing Old-Time Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,

This is not the best Red Wings team of recent vintage. It is not the dominant team in the NHL any more. With Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Andreas Lilja, Valtteri Filppula, Danny Cleary, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Darren Helm and Brian Rafalski having missed games because of injuries or illness, the Wings continue to play competitive hockey. They have lost some 150 man-games this season, yet have a winning record. They have been forced to load up with fill-in players from Grand Rapids.

They play hurt. Just hockey players.

That’s guts, or courage—a trait for which I have huge admiration.

And when I watch these modern guys, my old nostalgia syndrome begins to purr.

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Also, in case you missed it, the Wings have recalled Mattias Ritola tonight.  Not sure if there is an injury we are not aware of or just a move the Wings wanted to make.

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Justin Williams Out With Knee, Leg Or Foot Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

The official word from the Kings on right wing Justin Williams, who was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period Saturday after injuring his right leg, is that he has a lower-body injury.

What were the odds that would be the official announcement?

The idea of teams being vague about injuries is understandable on some level. Teams don’t want to be specific because they fear an opponent might poke at it when that player returns.

But Williams was carried off on a stretcher, won’t return tonight and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. A bit more information would be appropriate in this instance because the stretcher leads to thoughts of horrible injuries—and that might not be the case.

update 8:30am 12/27/09, Broken leg for Williams.  Watch video below…

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The Underachievers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Vincent Lecavalier is the highest-paid player in the league this year at $10 million. The Lightning center signed a monster contract based on previous production and potential for more, but he had only six goals and 26 points in his first 32 games before he had three goals and seven points in a five-game hot streak.

Carolina center Eric Staal has a $6 million salary for this season on a contract in which he’ll average $8.25 million. He was sixth on the NHL’s worst team in goals (six), fourth in points (19) and sixth-worst in plus-minus (minus-10). In all three categories, he’s behind Jussi Jokinen, who is making $1.5 million.

Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, usually mentioned in the same breath in these parts, are together for their ineffectiveness. I’ll go to my grave — hey, don’t get any ideas — believing the Sabres should have kept them for $10.3 million combined because they were terrific here with the right chemistry and ideal circumstances.

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Semin Contract Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun on the HNIC Hotstove states Alexander Semin of the Capitals will have a new, one year contract announced very soon.

Contract is between $5-6 million.

added 8:56pm, from Sports Network at KTVU,

The Washington Capitals signed right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year contract extension on Saturday.

Washington general manager George McPhee confirmed during Saturday’s game against New Jersey that the 25-year-old Semin, whose current deal was set to expire at the end of the season, agreed to the extension.

added 10:07pm Tarik El-Bashir says $6M is the contract.

Read Washington Capitals release below…

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Our Thoughts Are Wanderin’ Wally…And We’re Turning The Page To A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I could have posted any number of Valtteri Filppula tribute videos tonite.  I promise you, there is no shortage.  But I felt dirty just sitting through a couple of them, so I’m falling back on an A2Y standby: Guralnick.

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Sergei Fedorov Delivers Payback For Hit On Little Brother

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alexander Zaitsev of RussianHockeyFans,

Sergei Fedorov, who moved from NHL to KHL past summer, got into a fight with Roman Derlyuk to avenge Derlyuk’s dirty hit on Sergei’s younger brother, Fedor.

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My Team USA Selections

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I posted my my picks for the Canadian Olympic hockey team.  Today, I will give my picks for the American team.  This team will be announced during the winter classic game in Boston on January 1st.

This is not my prediction for who will be selected to the team.  It is the selections I would make if I was given the chance to pick the team.  I expect that at least a handful of these players will not be selected to the actual team.

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Flashback To Team Canada 1979

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Abel at the Vancouver Sun,

It is 30 years - exactly half my lifetime - since my first visit to Moscow as an innocent, ignorant sportswriter covering one of Alan Eagleson’s Teams Canada for The Globe and Mail. The Canadian entry in the 1979 World Championships was not one of our most successful, though when I look at the roster now, there were some supremely talented men on the squad: Marcel Dionne, Garry Unger, Bobby Smith, Wayne Babych, Ryan Walter, Guy Charron, Jim Rutherford in goal.

Agglomerated a few hours before the tournament started from teams that missed the NHL playoffs, they finished fourth here and were slathered by the Soviets 9-2, in the heyday of the Mikhailov-Kharlamov-Petrov line with Tretiak in nets. These days, I could interview those guys one on one, as long as we talked about fish.

But, back then, the hockey was secondary to the Cold War suspense and surreality. Team Canada was entombed in a hotel a block from Red Square with doughy matrons blockading the corridors and glum prostitutes at every table in the dining hall.

I remember being shunned in shops, doors slammed shut in half-filled restaurants, empty shelves, barren faces, drunken heroes wearing their Great Patriotic War medals on the Metro, menus on which every dish save fleshless chicken Tabaka was crossed out.

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GDT - Game #38: Red Wings host Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Geebuz, Santa Claus delivered the goods to the Wingnut’s house this year, he even managed to whip up a blizzard for an honest to goodness white Christmas, the first one since I left Michigan.  Maybe, or hopefully, he also delivered the goods for the Wings, like the occasional goal to snap the Wings 141 minute futility streak.  Perhaps too, Santa also delivered some magic elixir or magic dust (try starting the clip at the 1:30 mark) to cure the Wings injury woes; Wally is coming off IR tonight, and Raffi should be back too.  Santa may also have delivered an opponent that is actually having much more significant issues than the Wings, the BJ’s have gone 1-7-3 in Dec, and have lost 8 straight.

The holiday spirits are aligned with the hockey gods, tonight the Wings get BJ’s and a happy ending to their 3 game skid.  Game on, bitches.

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Toews In His Comfort Zone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Judy Hevrdejs of the Chicago Tribune,

At the moment, though, Toews is sitting in his new condo, 30-plus floors above the hustle and grind and noise of the city on a cafe au lait-toned sectional, its long, comfortable stretches big enough for his 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound frame.

The sofa — its view-blocking chaise relegated to another room by Toews — faces a 12-foot-tall wall of windows, offering up picture-perfect vistas of Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago River, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.

“It’s kind of like your cave on top of the world with a view,” says Toews (pronounced tayvz). “It’s all very modern, it’s new, it’s young. I just really felt it fit my personality.”

It’s also quiet, peaceful and big — three bedrooms, three baths, 2,700 square feet — big enough for family and close friends. And exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain — one of the youngest in NHL history — wanted when he searched for his first home.

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