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Daniel Sedin Not Ready To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Injured Canuck winger Daniel Sedin has been sent home to Vancouver and won’t play until at least next Friday’s home game.

Daniel Sedin did not practise as planned in Detroit, indicating his broken foot has not healed well enough for him to play.

Sedin broke his foot Oct. 7 and rejoined the Canucks Saturday in Dallas after skating for three straight days in Vancouver.

Sedin practised well on Sunday, but was kept off the ice on Monday. He took the morning skate Tuesday in St. Louis although he was not going to play that night.

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Giguere Says No Intention Of Retiring

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Doing a fair bit of damage control, Giguere said he was being facetious when he told the L.A. Daily News on Monday that “I’d rather retire than be a backup.”

“Let’s be clear with something,” he said today. “I’m not about to retire. That was kind of being sarcastic on my part a little bit. What I really mean by that is I’m not having fun not playing. I’m not going to just stay on the bench and collect my money and say, ‘It’s OK. It’s no big deal.’

“I’m all set. I don’t need to make any more money and stuff like that. That’s just not in my nature. I’m competitive. I want to play.”


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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Talking Goalie Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Kay Whitmore, manager, hockey operations for the NHL, took center stage at Wednesday’s meeting and updated the League’s GMs on the status of size-specific goaltending equipment being instituted next season.

“Kay briefed us on the formulas they use when they are sizing the pads and it’s a pretty detailed formula,” Boston GM Peter Chiarelli told NHL.com. “We are satisfied with what we saw. It’s trending in the right way because it takes measurement of specific body parts.”

According to Whitmore, the ability to have unified measurements of various body parts for every goalie in the NHL is what finally moved the much-discussed plan of height-specific leg pads from the discussion stage to the action stage. In fact, the plan will be in place for the start of next season.

read on

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Hockey Playing Started At An Early Age

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from Bob Boyes at CBC,

My son, Brad Boyes, is in his fifth year as an NHL hockey player, and has been the leading scorer on the St. Louis Blues for the past two years.

Who would have guessed that 27 years ago? Certainly not me.

Brad is the second of our four children. He has an older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom love and play sports still. We are a sports family.

As a toddler, Brad would play mini hockey in the kitchen whenever he could with his brother, mother, and/or me.


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May As Well Start The Early Trade Talk

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It is a long way to the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline and defenseman Scott Niedermayer is hoping that the Ducks are in a playoff position by then.

But what if the Ducks, who ranked 14th out of 15 Western Conference teams as they prepared to face the Devils Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, were floundering as the deadline approached? It is not inconceivable that Niedermayer could be traded back to his former club for another shot at a Stanley Cup with brother Rob.

“I think it’s a possibility,” Niedermayer said of being traded by the Ducks at some point this season. “Last year we were kind of a in a situation where we were teetering and there was some talk and rumors. You start to think about it.

“But I’m not thinking about that right now. Our goal right now is to do well on this road trip, to play good hockey and get into the playoff picture and compete with this team. When those bridges come, I’ll deal with them.”


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Rule Change For Head Shots Is Likely

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers agreed Wednesday they will make a rule change dealing with hits to the head at their major annual meeting in March.

But at this point they have not agreed on how the change will be made, other than the goal is to eliminate blindside hits and perhaps contact between a shoulder and a player’s head.

What the league’s GMs did agree to do when their meetings in Toronto ended Wednesday was to establish a committee that will study the issue and make a report to the GMs at the March meeting. At that point, all of the GMs surveyed at the end of Wednesday’s meeting agreed there will likely be a rule change after further discussion.


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Wings Claim Drew Miller

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per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Detroit claims Drew Miller on waivers from Tampa.

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  Tags: drew+miller

Best Defenceman So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

At the end of October, I picked Alex Goligoski as the top defenceman in the NHL so far this season.  I think this was a good selection at the time, although some commenters disagreed.  I think the main complaint was that they did not understand that I was picking the top defenceman so far in a month old season and not the top defenceman in hockey.  Lindas1st understood the difference when he said So what you’re basically saying is that Goligoski is the defenseman of the month for October in the NHL.  Obviously when October is the only month of play so far, the best player in the season so far would be the player of the month for October.

Not surprisingly, Goligoski did not stay on a Norris Trophy pace for a long time.  That would be an awful lot to ask from a second year defenceman in his first full season of NHL play.  He has been surpassed by Chris Pronger.

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Gainey Disappointed In Walsh Twitter Incident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Not surprisingly, Bob Gainey does not use Twitter. He hasn’t personally seen what Allan Walsh tweeted last weekend. But, he’s aware of the controversy, and Jaroslav Halak won’t be held responsible for his agent’s thoughts.

“I thought it was infantile ... ‘My dad is bigger than your dad,’ kind of thing,” Gainey said Tuesday after session one of the annual general manager meetings in Toronto. “It’s disappointing.”

“I don’t know [about] Halak ... but if this happened to you, you might want to pick up the phone and let your agent know that he’s not doing the best for you.”

continued plus more hockey talk…

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  Tags: allan+walsh

Plays Of The Week - TSN Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Top 10 Plays of the past week.

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  Tags: tsn

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