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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It was [expletive] brutal. We have too many guys who don’t compete. You can’t win in this game unless you’re ready to show up and go to war every night. We don’t have enough of them. .-.-. This is not type of team we want. We’re going to keep making changes until we get that. It takes time.

“It’s like turning around the Titanic and not a rowboat.’’

-Florida Panthers GM Randy Sexton after losing to Carolina tonight.  More from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.

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  Tags: randy+sexton

Getzlaf Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Ducks media department,

Ryan Getzlaf underwent an MRI this afternoon on his sprained left ankle. The test showed no significant ligament or muscle tears, and Getzlaf is day-to-day. Following the MRI, Getzlaf made the following statement:

“My ankle feels much better today and I’m relieved the test showed no significant damage. My goal is to return to the ice this week for the Ducks, and I look forward to joining Team Canada for the Olympics on Monday.”

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf, team+canada

Kari Lehtonen/Marty Turco Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via tweets from Chris Vivlamore,

I’m hearing more than rumbles that Kari Lehtonen has been traded to Dallas. Didn’t accompany team to Denver.

Deal for Lehtonen could involve defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy. Maybe a low-round draft pick.

Bob McKenzie tweets-in,

Kari Lehtonen trade from Atlanta to Dallas has not yet been completed but it MAY happen later tonight. Stay tuned.

added 8:39pm, Turco in goal against the Blackhawks tonight.

added 8:40pm, via Kevin Allen tweet,

Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen will be traded to Dallas tonight

added 8:43pm, via Matt Marstrom tweet,

kari lehtonen to the stars for ivan vishnevsky and a 4th rounder

added 8:52pm, Now the question is, Do the Stars move Turco, who has been playing very good lately?

added 9:00pm, Nick Kypreos tweets,

Dallas/Atlanta still waiting for trade call to complete Kari Lehtonen deal. Dallas/ Philly talks ongoing for Marty Turco.

added 9:52pm, The trade is official according to Chris Vivlamore tweet.

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Bad Time For The Olympic Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

... now we’re face to face with the most dangerous opponent they will face from now until the Stanley Cup playoffs: Dick Ebersol, the president of NBC Sports. In the selfish interest of padding his Olympic programming this month, the NBC executive is about to take away our joy for 17 days.

Just so he can have the best hockey players in the world playing for gold in Vancouver, Ebersol could end up hijacking the Caps’ scintillating season, without so much as delivering a mid-ice check.

Ebersol is kidnapping five of our best hockey players, including Alex Ovechkin, for 2 1/2 weeks. Beginning Sunday, he is taking them to western Canada, right in the middle of the greatest regular reason in, oh, the history of North American sports.


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LB: If You Plan On Joining The 19, You Better Believe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Things have to change.

And I’m not talking about the Red Wings.  Everyone knows they need to win.  The 19 expect them to win.

I’m talking about the negativity among Red Wings fans.  And starting tonight, there better be some changes around here.

It’s time for a Live Blog and it is about time we had some perspective about what is really important.

And this isn’t it:

Continue Reading »

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Harlem Globetrotters Forgot Their Skates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is not exactly the Winter Classic…

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Team Sweden Coach Following Franzen Progress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jamie Bell at CTVOlympics,

Johan Franzen may end up at the Olympics after all.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Swedish Olympic team coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson has asked Franzen to contact him following Tuesday night’s Red Wings’ game against the St. Louis Blues to give him an update on his status after a lengthy absence.

Franzen, who was not originally named to Sweden’s roster, has not played in over four months after undergoing surgery to repair an injury to his left knee.

“I’m going to call him after the game and tell him how I felt,” Franzen told the Free Press, “and then talk to him after the next game.

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  Tags: johan+franzen, team+sweden

Getzlaf Hopes He Can Play This Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ryan Getzlaf said he is hopeful for possibly returning to the ice this weekend and hasn’t ruled out participating in the Olympics.

“We’re definitely hopeful for the weekend and see how things go from here,” Getzlaf said in a brief media session Tuesday morning at Honda Center, before he was scheduled to undergo and MRI exam for a sprained left ankle.

“I’ll probably know a little bit more tomorrow.”


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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf, team+canada

What Break?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Are you like me and a bit worried about an injury during the Olympics?

Check out my NHL.com blog today and let me know how you feel.

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Six Teams Head To Europe Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A record six teams will be opening next season in three different European cities.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.

The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.


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