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Staal Becoming Rangers Top Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

The main difference in his game this season, Staal said, is a growing comfort level.

“I’m not the type of person who gets nervous,” said Staal, whose low-key public demeanor brightens considerably away from the media, teammates said. “Sure, in my first game and my first playoff game, but otherwise I stay loose. When the anthem starts, I focus on the game.”

Don’t consider him laid-back, though. Staal is pushing to get better “in everything, from bringing the puck up ice to getting better shots,” he said. “There’s no doubt that the more I play, I have more confidence, I’m seeing the ice better and I’m learning a lot just by watching other players. And I worked hard over the summer to get stronger.”

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Update On Rob Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Officially, the Sharks still aren’t saying exactly what injury has sidelined Rob Blake after he blocked a shot against Calgary only to have the puck roll up the shaft of his stick and strike him in the chin.

“I won’t go into the test results, but it was better than we thought,” Coach Todd McLellan said.

But Blake did meet with reporters this morning and some of the damage is pretty obvious: a walnut-sized swelling on his lower left jaw and a wiring mechanism in place that limits its mobility.

Unofficially, another player identified Blake’s problem as a fracture.

Blake was able to talk — his jaw, he said, would be wired shut only a couple hours each day — but he wouldn’t spell out the precise damage, saying that they still wanted to do more tests.

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  Tags: rob+blake

The NHL & Europe Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL will continue to send teams to Europe to kick off its regular season, and the world’s best players will meet in the 2011 World Cup of Hockey after the league and players’ association reached a compromise on how revenues from those international efforts will be divvied up, ESPN.com has learned.

Those international events—important to the league’s efforts to increase a worldwide presence and generate revenue—were in jeopardy as the two sides could not agree on how the players’ union was going to be able to use the money it receives for taking part.

A handshake agreement between the two sides has been reached, however, and barring some dramatic turn of events, the NHL will send six teams to three European cities to kick off the 2009-2010 season.

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Dubielewicz Claimed By Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via IslandersPointBlank,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have plucked Wade Dubielewicz off the waiver wire. Columbus, without Pascal Leclaire, was the other NHL team that really wanted the goalie.

added 12:55pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Shortly after Wade Dubielewicz came off the ice at the Islanders’ pre-game skate this morning at the Coliseum, he received a telephone call from general manager Garth Snow informing him that he had been claimed on waivers by Columbus.

“I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn’t,” Dubielewicz said. “He was disappointed, and I’m disappointed.”

Dubielewicz quickly packed his gear and headed out to catch a flight to Vancouver to meet the Blue Jackets.

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added 1:08pm, from Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets assistant general manager Chris MacFarland said the move does not indicate that Pascal Leclaire will miss the rest of the season because of his ankle injury. That determination is still being made.

“We needed a goaltender,” MacFarland said. “We needed an insurance policy. We’ve gone the last two weeks with the bare minimum.”

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  Tags: wade+dubielewicz

Battle For First In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One point.

That is all that separates the Sharks and Red Wings before the clash of the titans Saturday night in San Jose.

“We’ve been looking at the standings all season long, knowing that they’ve been atop our conference and they’ve been the team to beat this year,” Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom told ESPN.com Friday. “It’s a game we’re looking forward to playing. It’s a bit of a measuring stick for our team to go up against the top team.”

That was Lidstrom’s understated way of saying: We want to kick some butt Saturday night.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Inside Hockey

Today, check out the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll and their guests:  Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports), Damian Cristodero (St. Petersburg Times), Bob Snow (NHL.com) and former NHL enforcer Jim Cummins.

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and also now on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets), John Stevens (Flyers Head Coach), Phil Esposito, Tom Renney (Rangers Head Coach) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Team 990 and others.

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Sekera Out With Ankle Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via BuffaloSabres.com,

Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff updated the status of defenseman Andrej Sekera following Saturday’s morning skate.

The blueliner will be out at least two weeks after sustaining an ankle injury Wednesday night in Chicago. Sekera took a hit from Blackhawks’ winger Dustin Byfulgien in the second period of Buffalo’s 4-1 loss and did not return.

“We’ll just evaluate it [after] at least a couple of weeks. Maybe longer,” Ruff said.

Sekera has 13 points (1+12) in 43 games for the Sabres this season.

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  Tags: andrej+sekera

Penguins Trade For Mathieu Garon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired goaltender Mathieu Garon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

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  Tags: dany+sabourin, mathieu+garon

Kings/Wings.  Pick The Idiot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I just read the comments from Thursday’s Live Blog.  Notice I didn’t say “re-read.”  I was asleep well before the third even started.

The game itself was a snooze, obviously.

Your comments?

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Sutter Talks Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

From complaints about his goal output (four in 43 games) to concerns about his defensive play (minus-eight), Phaneuf no longer enjoys untouchable status when it comes to criticism from fans and media types. The all-star snub undoubtedly came as a shock to the Edmonton native. After all, Phaneuf already has two trips to the winter extravaganza on his resume.

He leads the league in ice time with an average of 27:41. He has 24 assists to bring his point total to 28.

“I think on the positive side—minutes played, points and penalty killing—those are all things he’s right at the top of the league at or at least close in, ” Sutter said. “I think most of the talk from people is very selective. Meaning, they only look at goals.

“I didn’t know that’s how you evaluate defenceman—by goals. But apparently some people do.”

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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