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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.


Filed in: NHL Teams, d, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink

NBC Has A Touch Of Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumors,

Eight Canadian broadcasters will work on NBC’s Vancouver Olympics coverage. Included among the network’s 53 on-air people are Sandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson in figure skating; Tim Ryan and Todd Brooker for alpine skiing; Don Duguid, Colleen Jones and Elfi Schlegel for curling; and Pierre McGuire in hockey.

  NBC’s prime time host will continue to be Bob Costas. Al Michaels will be the daytime host and Mary Carillo will work the late night show. Cris Collinsworth will provide special reports, as will Dick Button….

Men’s hockey:
Host: Bill Patrick
Play-by-Play: Mike Emrick and Kenny Albert
Game Analysts: Ed Olczyk and Joe Micheletti
Studio Analysts: Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick
Reporters: Pierre McGuire, Joe Micheletti and Mike Milbury

more on the on-air talent…

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Not Much Has Changed In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

A lot of folks wanted to blame the Blues’ erratic play on coach Andy Murray, and eventually team management came to the side of Murray’s critics by firing him on Jan. 2.

But what has changed since Davis Payne took over?

The answer: not much, really.

This isn’t a knock on Payne. I like him. He’s tried to emphasize the right things. He’s done about as well as could be expected. But as I have been saying all along, and the point needs to be reinforced, so here I go again: this is about the Blues’ players.


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The Montreal Goalie Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What’s also interesting in the goalie debate, which is all the rage in Montreal, is what impact a new sheriff will have. Gainey was a huge Price backer. Gauthier? It remains to be seen. I know Price was on the phone with his agent Gerry Johannson in the wake of Monday’s news. But as Johannson relayed to me Monday night, the kid was cool as a cucumber, as usual. He doesn’t get too rattled, and despite not playing much lately, he’s not in a snit over it.

“Carey is really happy in Montreal,” Johannson told me. “We respect that the Canadiens have smart guys running things and we know that there’s a time and a place for us to have a discussion, and that’s in the offseason. Right now, they’re doing what they think they need to do to win, and that’s OK.”

There have been no contract talks with the camps of either goalie. That will be a summer issue. And what a big one. They’re both in for raises. That’s when I think you’ll see a trade.

more plus Scott Burnside chimes in regarding all things Montreal…

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Bob Gainey Steps Down As Habs GM

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced that he is stepping down as their general manager yesterday.  Assistant general manager Pierre Gauthier takes over the role.  The timing of the move is poor as the transition takes place just before the NHL trade deadline.  This was a move that Gainey had contemplated for a while.  It is the second time he has walked away from an NHL general manager position in mid-season.  He did the same with the Dallas Stars in 2002.

Gainey was a very successful Dallas GM.  He took over the team in 1992, while they were still playing in Minnesota.  He built the 1999 Stanley Cup champion team.  When the Stars were into their downslide from that success, he stepped down as GM in mid-season to let his assistant Doug Armstrong take over the role.  Gainey was quickly recruited to come back to Montreal, where he played his NHL career, and be the Habs GM.

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Marc-Andre Bergeron Out With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens got more bad news on the injury front on Tuesday, as RDS reports that defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a left knee injury.

Bergeron, 29, was signed as an unrestricted free agent last fall.

In 51 games with the Canadiens this season, he has 10 goals and 28 points.

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  Tags: marc-andre+bergeron

Emery May Be Facing Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Michael Leighton started his third straight game in goal for the Flyers last night in place of Ray Emery, who underwent an MRI yesterday on his sore left hip.

A team source told the Daily News that Emery could have a torn labrum that may require surgery.

General manager Paul Holmgren said the results from the MRI were not immediately available yesterday.

“It seems to be an issue with a lot of goalies in the league and we’re hoping to learn from what Ray underwent today,” Holmgren said. “A lot of goalies have this issue because of the way they play, so I think it’s probably something like that.”


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  Tags: ray+emery

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