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DiPietro Leaves Game With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

DiPietro made the start for New York, but lasted only one period. He didn’t come out of the dressing room after the first intermission because of an undisclosed knee injury. The Islanders said the franchise goalie wouldn’t return and would be re-evaluated on Thursday.

 

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  Tags: rick+dipietro

Pens Lose Eaton To Torn ACL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Empty Netters,

Mark Eaton is out indefinitely with a torn ACL.

As we’ve illustrated before, Eaton is one of the most valuable members of this team.

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  Tags: mark+eaton

Cullen Leaves Game After Hit From Orr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sports Network,

Carolina Hurricanes center Matt Cullen left Wednesday’s contest against the New York Rangers in the second period after an open-ice hit by Colton Orr.

Cullen quickly carried the puck into New York’s zone and with his head down after losing possession of the disc, was recklessly ran into by Orr with his helmet smacking him in the face.

Cullen, who had a cut on his nose, stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped to his skates and was eventually escorted to the locker room.

Orr was penalized for interference on the play and was handed a game misconduct.

update 10:46pm, Swapped out the video for one that shows more angles of the hit.

added 6:20pm on 12/27/07, KK member just pointed out in the comments that there will be no suspension for Orr.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: colton+orr, matt+cullen

Avs Gearing Up To Meet Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rocky Mountain News,

“Oh, I know all about it,” said Smyth, who skated at practice Wednesday with his usual linemates, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk. “I know that some things went on in the past, but I think the game has changed quite a bit since then.”

Most of the antagonists responsible for violent episodes have either retired or are playing for other teams.

“But this game has always been a fans’ favorite to go to,” defenseman John-Michael Liles said. “The emotions are always revved up. I think some of these games in the past got a lot of people into hockey.

more & it sounds like Sakic is not making any improvement and will not play tomorrow.

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Decisions Ahead For NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Willam Houston of the Globe and Mail,

There’s plenty on the line for the NHL. NBC has not committed to the 2008-09 season and the success of the outdoor game will help the network decide about continuing to televise hockey beyond this season.

“As we would with any property, we’ll make an evaluation as the season goes along,” NBC spokesman Brian Walker said. “We’re hopeful the outdoor game and the new flex scheduling have a positive impact on ratings.”

It would make sense for NBC to stay with the NHL in 2008-09 if only to get U.S. viewers more connected with hockey in advance of the network’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic tournament in Vancouver.

What concerns NBC, however, is giving over as many as five prime-time spots in May and June to the Stanley Cup final when the ratings are minuscule.

read on...

Also, about a month or so ago, a hockey blogger wrote, “A mutual option must be agreed upon by the January 1, 2008” regarding NBC and the NHL.  I said it then and will say it now, not true.

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Fast Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Speeding up the conversion in Buffalo from football field to ice rink!

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  Tags: winter+classic

A Holiday Wish List

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

36 games down, 55 points in the books, a 16 point divisional lead, comfortable leads in-conference and atop the league.  What do you get the team that has everything?  Oh, I’m sorry. Was that smug? Arrogant?

If you’re smelling what Khan(!)‘s cooking, add about five big trophies in there and selecting gifts for the league’s best team is even tougher.

But we’ll give it a shot. I’d intended to post this yesterday, but the dirty looks kinda…well, you know.  So, here we have holiday wishes for all the Wings.  Actually, it’s wishes for half the Wings.  We’ll do the remainder tomorrow morning some time.

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Details

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Word is out from a variety of sources on a few topics of importance to you and your family.

First, as many of you have already discussed in comments below: Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Maltby all stayed home.

Khan(!)

...got ahold of Wings general manager Ken Holland and he said forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby are not on this road trip.

Zetterberg saw a back specialist who told him his injury isn’t significant, just inflammation, and prescribed rest. The Wings are hoping he can get back on the ice Monday, after they return from this three-game trip, but are calling his status day-to-day. He missed the last 19 games of the regular season a year ago with a similar injury.

“Each day it gets better,’‘’ Holland said.

Holmstrom had further tests on the bone bruise in his right knee and will be out a minimum of two more weeks.

“He has a very deep knee bruise,’’ Holland said.

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Boudreau Named Caps Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have named Bruce Boudreau the team’s head coach, removing “interim” from his title, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The Capitals are 7-5-3 since Boudreau was named interim head coach on Nov. 22.

added 2:11pm, Link now available to the story at the Caps website...

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Two More Years For Lidstrom

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whoa.  This one came out of nowhere, as Holland’s moves typically do.  Nick Lidstrom has extended for two more years.

Khan(!)

The Wings just announced they have signed defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a two-year extension that runs through 2009-10. Lidstrom was in the final year of his contract, earning $7.6 million.

“Nick has been the best defenseman in the world for several years”, Holland said in a statement. “He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice. We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.”

No indication as to whether the money is for more than the 7.6 he’s currently making…

More from TSN. No word on salary.

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