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Grigorenko Says Good-Bye To Grand Rapids

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Wings Corner,

Igor Grigorenko didn’t want to be in Grand Rapids any more.

So Grigorenko, who has an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to Russia if he’s in the minors for more than three weeks, refused to remain in Grand Rapids any longer and has thus been recalled by the Red Wings. He’s in Detroit now, on the team’s active roster and will practice with the club Tuesday.

Red Wings management asked Grigorenko to remain in Grand Rapids beyond the three weeks, but he refused and would have returned to Russia instead.

In his three-week, five-game stay in Grand Rapids, Grigorenko tallied zero points and two penalty minutes.

When asked where Grigorenko fits in the lineup plans, coach Mike Babcock answered: “That’s a good question. Everything here’s on an at-earn basis. We’ll see if he has enough pace to fit in.”

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, igor+grigorenko

Hot Seat Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, Bob Hartley became the first NHL coach of the 2007-08 season to take the high dive after an 0-6-0 start.

Call it the domino effect, but the next order of business is … who’s next?...

History suggests Hartley will not be alone. But there are a lot of extenuating circumstances around the NHL, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Hartley stands alone. Let us examine.

read on

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Three Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Biron, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla and Chicago Blackhawks forward Jason Williams have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 21.

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Darcy Tucker Out Indefinitely

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsnet.ca,

Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a right knee injury.

He suffered the injury Saturday night in the third period of a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Update 10:15am ET: From the Globe & Mail,

Tucker has experienced knee soreness since the summer, but a collision along the boards early in the third period on Saturday hit his knee directly and has knocked him out of action.

An MRI performed on Sunday indicated damage to Tucker’s knee. He will not require surgery, but there is no time frame for a return.

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, injuries, toronto+maple+leafs

Lehtonen Out With Strained Groin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen will be out four to six weeks with a strained groin. An MRI revealed that there was no tear in the groin Lehtonen injured during Thursday’s win over the Rangers.

Even so, he’ll likely be out until December.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, goalies, kari+lehtonen

Devils Discover New NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Watch the Devils in the opposition’s end. Their players are sticking around to try to make things happen on offense rather than automatically dropping back to defend. Even defensive specialists like John Madden and Jay Pandolfo are free to take the odd chance.

Halleluiah!

Crowds have been dwindling in New Jersey, so this new style of play – along with a brand new building – may help revive interest in the team. I’m not certain the Devils have the personnel at this point to be a Cup contender, but clearly the club is moving in the right direction.

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  Tags: new+jersey+devils

A Habs Gathering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

While many people were enjoying the sunshine this summer, a group of devoted fans from across North America that congregate on Habsinsideout.com decided they should get together to watch their favourite team up close in Montreal.

What started as an innocent comment from Brian Jones, known as Yeats on the website, turned into the Habs Fan Summit, a full day of events that brought Canadiens fans from across the continent together on Saturday to watch the Habs defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.

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  Tags: fans, montreal+canadiens

NHL Responds To MSG Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

In its lengthy rebuttal to the lawsuit brought by MSG over new media rights, the NHL alleges MSG’s “real gripe” is with a league-imposed $100,000 fine — not the NHL’s effort to migrate MSG’s New York Rangers Web site to a league platform.

The league also dismisses MSG’s antitrust charges in the lawsuit saying, “MSG’s implicit suggestion that the NHL and its Member Clubs have somehow limited the scope of their joint venture to scheduling games and agreeing on limited broadcast rights is absurd.”...

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote, “The Rangers’ complaint amounts to an attack on the fundamental manner in which the league and every other professional sports league is organized and operates. … Granting MSG its requested relief would strip the league of its essential and fundamental structure.”

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Trying To Find Someone To Play With Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Manhattan, we’ve got a problem.

Let’s face it. Gomez has looked lost skating with Jagr the last two games, but what’s even more troubling, Chris Drury also looked lost skating with Jagr the first five games of the season. Really, there hasn’t been a single shift on which either center has appeared to be speaking the same hockey language as No. 68….

As long as Jagr insists on playing the game his way - and obstinacy is a trait shared by every great player extant - then going with Gomez as his pivot is a dicey proposition. So too is reverting back to Drury. So what to do with the 2-4-1 Rangers who have scored two even-strength goals their last six games and pretty much will go as Jagr goes as long as he’s here?

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, new+york+rangers

Be Like Holmstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Then (Ron) Wilson talked about Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom as a role model for what he would like to see from his players.

“He goes and stands in front of the net. And he gets punched and he gets whacked by the goalie, he gets knocked on his keister and he fights back and he maybe gets a penalty. The next shift, where’s Tomas Holmstrom? Back in front of the net. It might have taken him some time to get comfortable doing that, but because of what the reward is, you have to do that.

“That’s what I want to see. When you do get punched in the head, or they dump it in the corner and you get run on the very first shift of the game, does it affect your second and your third and your fourth shifts?

“Don’t allow anybody’s efforts to get you off your game. That’s what we’re working on.”

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  Tags: san+jose+sharks, tomas+holstrom

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