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Keeping Fernandez Has Its Benefits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

In the Bruins’ plan for 2008-09, one likely scenario was to have Manny Fernandez reclaim his game, then swap the free agent-to-be before the trade deadline, replacing the veteran with rookie Tuukka Rask to back up Tim Thomas.

But with the Bruins merrily steamrolling opponents and both goalies combining to form the stoutest puck-stopping tandem in the league, general manager Peter Chiarelli may find that trading Fernandez brings more harm than benefit.

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Selanne Suffers Leg Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Selanne suffered a laceration on his lower left thigh when a collision with Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov resulted in Selanne getting twisted to the point that his right skate sliced his opposite leg.

“I knew right away that I got cut,” Selanne said before leaving the locker room with the aid of crutches. “It was scary how much blood was coming out. It was all over. You couldn’t even stop it.”

A doctor on scene halted the bleeding and stabilized Selanne’s leg but chose not to investigate the extent of the damage for fear of adding to it, Selanne said. The Ducks planned to take Selanne on a Friday night flight to Vancouver, and then send him to Anaheim on Saturday to undergo an MRI exam with their own medical personnel.

“The MRI is going to tell exactly if it’s surgery or not,” Selanne said. “It’s just bad luck, but it could be worse. There’s a bright side. That’s how I’m going to look at it.”

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At first, the Ducks broadcast team did not know wear Selanne was cut, but about half way through the video, they realized it was his own skate that did the damage,  Just a freaky accident and watch below…

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Lang A Big Positive For Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

With 10 goals, Lang is the Canadiens’ leading goal-scorer heading into tonight’s game against Buffalo; with 24 points, he is tied for the team lead with Alex Kovalev and Andrei Markov.

He is a crafty, smart-skating, 906-game NHL veteran whose poise and experience are precious commodities both on the ice and in the dressing room, a terrific acquisition on many levels.

“(Some) people think he was a consolation prize (to Sundin), but we had started to talk about him a little bit last year,” head coach Guy Carbonneau said yesterday of Lang.

“We took some info from Denis Savard (Lang’s coach in Chicago last season), some people who’d had him, and everything was positive. He has a lot of respect and came in here with a really good attitude.”

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Walkom Backs His Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, said the ruling that Lightning goaltender Mike Smith deliberately threw his stick to disrupt Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt on Thursday was the correct call.

“It was a very tough call. It was a gutsy call. It was a call that was made in an instant, and I support the call,” Walkom said.

Walkom said the referees did it right by conferring amongst themselves to try to get the call correct. As for perhaps in the future expanding video replay to include such situations, Walkom said no because, “Where does it stop. It’s a judgment call. You can watch this play 1,000 times, and the only thing you can say is the decision that was made you need to support.

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In case you didn’t not see the disputed call, you can see it here.

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All They Want For Xmas Are Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Feeling generous this time of year—Ho! Ho! Ho!, must be the egg nog and spiced rum—and hoping to just once be a little positive, we’d like Santa and his elves to whip up a batch of good luck and scoring touch for some NHL players.

For example, Anaheim’s Brendan Morrison has not been enjoying his start to life in Disneyland. Maybe it’s because he’s always been willing to chat with reporters throughout his career, but you can’t help but like to see Morrison do better than the four goals and four assists he’s garnered.

Look at Maxim Afinogenov in Buffalo, one goal in 28 games this season and only two in his last 43 contests. A guy with that kind of breakaway speed shouldn’t struggle like that.

Edmonton has a few players struggling, but the most surprising are Erik Cole (3-5-8) and Sam Gagner (2-5-7)

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Khabibulin Has Been Great

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Where would the Blackhawks be if another team had claimed Nikolai Khabibulin on waivers back in training camp?

They probably wouldn’t be 17-6-7 today and the talk of the NHL.

Khabibulin has been nothing short of sensational for the Hawks, and he was just that again Friday night in the 3-2 overtime win over the Flames. As he has done most of the year, Khabibulin kept the Hawks in the game long enough for the offense to do its thing.
Khabibulin has lost once in regulation, his record now at 10-1-4. Once.

As we walked out of the Saddledome Friday night into the unbearable Alberta cold, Chris Kuc of the Tribune mentioned how Khabibulin should be going to the All-Star Game, and he is absolutely right.

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What Happens When Terry Foster Gets Bored

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning Christmas shoppers.  Oh yes.  I’ll be braving it today.  But first… 

Well, lookee here at all the Wing experts coming out of the woodwork after Thursday’s “statement”.  Wojo and Rosenberg were back on the wagon, and stand by for insight because Terry Foster’s a Wing analyst again too.

Sorry to be a party pooper, but the game only meant one thing, really. It meant the Wings got two points for their efforts and the Sharks got none. That’s all. That’s it.

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Semin Has No Idea How Many Games He Will Miss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via On Frozen Blog,

In Saturday’s SovetskySport, an obviously frustrated Alexander Semin informs Dmitry Chesnokov of his latest injury—incurred non-accidentally at the stick of St. Louis’ David Backes Thursday night:

  “I have already been to the doctor. I think that maybe my nerve was hit. And now it is squeezed. I can hardly walk. I have no clue how many games I am going to miss. I felt bad this morning.  I feel worse than I did yesterday.  I am trying to [use] pain relievers . . . I am so tired of these injuries. Just [recently] one injury healed, my shot got better. Now here is another one. When is this all going to end?”

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Who May Be Moved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Our weekly “Faceoff” features ESPN.com NHL writers Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Pierre LeBrun (based in Toronto), who duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Now that the Mats Sundin saga is over, who will be the next most-sought-after players before the March 4 trade deadline?

read on for names like Michael Nylander, Nikolai Khabibulin, Olaf Kolzig, Jay Bouwmeester, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Gaborik and Jason Spezza.

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Jamie Baker: Wings Are Tops In League

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Shark broadcaster and former player…Baker’s not buying the spin from Detroit about last night’s contest being one where the Wings went up against the NHL’s “best team.”

Oh, and by the way, Detroit is the best team in the league regardless of how Lidstrom and Babcock try to spin it. San Jose had the best start to the regular season than any other team, but Detroit is the best team until they are defeated in the post-season.

 

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