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Glue Or Stitches?

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from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The Thrashers forward had been hit with a stick during an early season game against Ottawa, opening a gash in his left eyebrow.

Armstrong had one question for the team’s trainer.

“Can you glue it?” he asked.

In some cases, glue can be used to close cuts that once would have required stitches. Depending on the location and depth of the cut, hockey players are often opting for a more elementary form of treatment.

“I didn’t want to have stitches because I really don’t like needles that much,” Armstrong said. “I saved myself a bunch of pain and anxiety.”

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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (November 2, 2009) —Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for October.

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Booth Still Experiencing Concussion Symptoms

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via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Update on David Booth: He’s coming along slowly and is expected to be at Incredible Ice tommorrow, but still has some post-concussion symptoms.

“It’s going to be baby steps here as we go forward,” Pete said. “It’s too early to really be testing him on anything. With any kind of concussion like that, the first thing to do is to get rid of all the symptoms. Once he’s symptom free you can start trying some different things and we’re not to that stage yet.”

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Elias Practices, May Play On The Weekend

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Elias said “nobody has said a word” to him about when he might play.

“If you ask me, I haven’t practiced, I haven’t played a game in five months,” he said. “I don’t think two practices will do. I think there’s more danger to it than the positive side. Today was practice and the guys knew it was my first time, so they backed off me a little bit and gave me time. Nobody’s going to do that in a game. You don’t want to get caught out there with your head down looking for the pucks all the time and give the other team the opportunity to get you.”

Elias sounded optimistic, however, about playing in one of the games this weekeend—Friday against the Islanders at home and Saturday in Ottawa.

“There’s back-to-back games, so one game would be great to jump in and just to get my feet wet a little bit,” he said. “Then, we have three more practices after that. That would be a perfect scenario, but, like I said, nobody has said a word. We haven’t talked about it. For me, it was good to get out there and not really feel much with the leg.”

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (November 2, 2009)—Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 1.

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KK- We Continue Our Growth

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We normally start off slow during October, November and December, then traffic really increases once the holidays are over in early January.

As you can see, we have had a huge increase in numbers over last year at this time and hopefully the trend will continue.

Thanks to everyone who visits KK on a regular basis and also for those of you who have visited KK since our infancy.

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A Sophomore Jinx?

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Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the Calder trophy as the best rookie in the NHL last season.  He finished second in the Vezina voting for best goaltender (behind Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins).  He looked like an NHL star in the making.  He was invited to the Canadian Olympic Team summer camp.  However, this season has not gone nearly as well so far.  Mason currently has a .882 saves percentage - which is the worst of any goalie who has been a clear number one with his team.  He has a 3.53 goals against average and six wins in 11 starts.  These are not the numbers of a future star.

Last season, Mason did not have a consistent season.  He joined the Blue Jackets in early November.  For about six weeks in December and January he played some spectacular hockey.  This is a large part of what secured his awards.  By the end of January, Mason missed time with mononucleosis and did not look like the same goalie when he returned.  From the beginning of February to the end of the season, Mason posted a .899 saves percentage.  Given that he posted a .916 saves percentage over the whole season, this was a noticeable drop.

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Eric Staal Out With Upper-Body Injury

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via Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes center Eric Staal will miss some games because of an upper-body injury suffered Sunday against the San Jose Sharks, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.

Staal has played in 349 consecutive regular-season games, but that streak will end, Rutherford said. He has missed just one game in his career, late in his rookie season.

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Early Game Alert

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The Lightning/Flyers game was moved to 5:00pm ET today due to the Phillies hosting game 5 of the World Series later tonight.

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John Davidson’s Input Improved Our Watching Experience

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Being inducted is a group of players who were certainly some of the game’s greatest. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch will be honoured next Monday night, as will New Jersey architect Lou Lamoriello. Between the five, their names are inscribed on the Stanley Cup 11 times. For the past two decades, these greats have left their mark.

Also being honoured will be Pittsburgh writer Dave Molinari, who will be the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Award. Dave’s talent as one of America’s finest hockey writers, and driest senses of humour, is well documented within the game. And winning the Foster Hewitt Award is John Davidson.

With apologies to the five inductees and Molinari, I will admit my bias on JD’s award….

Proof of his knowledge and leadership is the success that has followed him in St. Louis with the Blues. The true impact, however, he has had on the game (and therefore deserving of the Hewitt award) can be measured by all the fans in both countries that have grown to enjoy the game because of his work.

And while the others will deservedly receive most of the attention next weekend, I wanted all to know how important John Davidson has been to the growth of the game and the NHL.

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