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Calder Finds His Game With Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press (Tuesday edition) via the Santa Barbara News,

When Calder came to Detroit on Feb. 26, the night before the NHL trade deadline, he had just nine goals and 12 assists in 59 games with the Flyers, far and away the worst team in the NHL pretty much all season. On a team that stank, Calder retained a touch of noxious notoriety for having the worst plus-minus rating in the league at minus-31.
Since joining the Wings, he’s been a minus player in only two games. He has developed instant chemistry with linemate Robert Lang. Calder has, in short, started enjoying going to work again.
‘‘You feel rejuvenated,’’ he said Monday. ‘‘That’s what it is. It seems like so long ago now that I was in Philly, and the memories from there, there weren’t a lot of positive ones. When you play on a team that’s struggling, not a lot of things go right. To come here, with a different view and where every one is really upbeat, it’s just a good atmosphere. I just want to keep that going. This is a great team, good guys here, so that helps a lot.’‘

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added 3/20, link to Detroit Free Press now available…

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Whoa…Wait A Second

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1931 I left Vancouver and Minnesota out of the hatefest.  Here you go.  AlanaH has been talking about you all, every one of you.  She’s said horrible things, terrible really.  I can’t reveal them out of loyalty to The Empire, but I’ll tell you she’s no fan of the Oil, by god.  And Minnesota?  Ummm…gimme a few.

I just realized something.  The Edmonton Oilers will not be going to the playoffs.  Now hold on a damn minute. Stop your scoffing.  I’ve known it.  But I haven’t grasped it.  I looked at the standings, took a gander you might say, and it really hit me.

So what, you say?  So what?  Why should I care?

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Five Games For Tootoo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL has suspended Nashville Predators winger Jordin Tootoo five games for his punch to the face of Dallas Stars defenceman Stephane Robidas.

added 6:57pm,

“In reviewing this incident, Stephane Robidas appeared to be initiating a confrontation by approaching Jordin Tootoo,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “While a player is entitled to defend himself, Mr. Tootoo’s forceful blow to Robidas’ head was an overly aggressive and inappropriate response. The fact that Mr. Tootoo’s actions resulted in an injury to his opponent also was a factor in this decision.”

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Dig, Dig, Digging On A Monday Evening

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Khan(!), ya little bastard. He tells us Cheli's tired and headed home to Hockeytown.

Chris Chelios returned home after Saturday's game in Vancouver, as part of a scheduled rest. He'll play Thursday against Columbus. Johan Franzen (upper body injury) might be ready to play Tuesday in Calgary but Dan Cleary (sprained knee) is not ready.
He's also got tidbits on Kopecky re-signing for two more and Bertuzzi's return.

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One Week From Today: The Tenth Anniversary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Of what you ask?

Of this….

FIRST PERIOD—Scoring: 1, Colorado, Kamensky 24 (Forsberg), 3:29.
Penalties: Young, Col (interference), 1:20; Severyn, Col (fighting major),
4:45; Pushor, Det (fighting major), 4:45; Sakic, Col (interference), 5:12;
Corbet, Col (fighting major), 10:14; Maltby, Det (fighting major), 10:14;
Draper, Det (roughing), 10:14; Forsberg, Col (roughing), 18:22; Roy, Col
(roughing, fighting major), 18:22; Larionov, Det (roughing), 18:22;
Vernon, Det (roughing, fighting major), 18:22; Mccarty, Det ( double
roughing minor), 18:22; Deadmarsh, Col (cross checking, fighting major),
18:37; Konstantinov, Det (fighting major), 18:37.

Stay tuned…

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No Charges Against Simon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via TSN,

Chris Simon, the New York Islanders forward suspended for a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges.
Nassau County district attorney Kathleen Rice says here office conduced a thorough review of the incident and decided not to charge Simon.

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DiPietro Goes Through Full Practice

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from the New York Islanders,

Rick DiPietro took part in his first practice since his injury last Tuesday night in Montreal. He was there from the beginning until the workout ended at 3:15 pm, stopped plenty of pucks and was his usual, energetic self. After practice, he did not rule out the possibility of starting when the Islanders face the Lightning on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.

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All Walt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Tkachuk) talked with atlantathrashers.com about how he likes his newest team (only the third franchise he’s played with in his 14-year career), how the atmosphere at Blueland could pay dividends come the postseason and how he got the nickname, “Walt.”
The Thrashers have won seven straight home games. What do you think of the atmosphere at Blueland?
TKACHUK: I like it. You have to be homers. That’s the bottom line. You have to win your games at home. Home ice is so important. We feel, very comfortable playing here and there’s nothing better than home cooking. This is a big step for the fans to see what playoff hockey is all about. It’s going to grow the game down here, too. There’s a great fan base now but to have them finally see playoff hockey and be a part of it, the place is going to be crazy.

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A Tricky Situation

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Every time a serious problem arises, they first pull the ostrich routine. Then they go into denial mode.
Then they go into containment, as in, “We don’t really see it as a problem.”
Then it goes into commissioner Gary Bettman’s favorite phase — a work in progress. And eventually — maybe — something of substance gets done, but not until serious damage has been inflicted on the game.
We saw it with clutching and grabbing. That took 10 years to elicit a response. We’ve seen it with attendance. And now we’re seeing again with an even more serious problem — head shots.
Granted, this is, as Freddie Mercury used to like to say, “a tricky situation.”

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Three Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 19, 2007)—San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic and Dallas Stars center Mike Modano have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 18.

Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.

FIRST STAR—JOE THORNTON, C, SAN JOSE SHARKS

Thornton led all NHL scorers for the week, posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games as the Sharks gained seven of a possible eight points (3-0-1). He opened the week with one goal and two assists in a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks March 13 and recorded one goal and three assists in a 5-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes March 15. He tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets March 16 and finished the week a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche March 18. Thornton has moved up to third place in overall NHL scoring with 96 points (20 goals, 76 assists). His 76 assists tie him with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the League lead in that category. The Sharks (44-25-4, 92 points) rank second in the Pacific Division.

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