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Wings Win.  Happy?  Not For Long…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No, Todd Bertuzzi did not spend any time in Nigeria over the Christmas break.  Let’s put a stop to that right now.

But this is fun.

Grand Rapids Press

Mattias Ritola admitted he was a little surprised when the parent club Detroit Red Wings recalled him from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday.

Imagine how shocked the 22-year-old left wing must have been after the Griffins’ 7-4 loss to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at Van Andel Arena.

The Red Wings recalled Ritola again after the game, and he’ll be available for Detroit’s game at Columbus on Monday night.

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Save Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight not a goalie, but Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Wings Playing Old-Time Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,

This is not the best Red Wings team of recent vintage. It is not the dominant team in the NHL any more. With Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Andreas Lilja, Valtteri Filppula, Danny Cleary, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Darren Helm and Brian Rafalski having missed games because of injuries or illness, the Wings continue to play competitive hockey. They have lost some 150 man-games this season, yet have a winning record. They have been forced to load up with fill-in players from Grand Rapids.

They play hurt. Just hockey players.

That’s guts, or courage—a trait for which I have huge admiration.

And when I watch these modern guys, my old nostalgia syndrome begins to purr.


Also, in case you missed it, the Wings have recalled Mattias Ritola tonight.  Not sure if there is an injury we are not aware of or just a move the Wings wanted to make.

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Justin Williams Out With Knee, Leg Or Foot Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

The official word from the Kings on right wing Justin Williams, who was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period Saturday after injuring his right leg, is that he has a lower-body injury.

What were the odds that would be the official announcement?

The idea of teams being vague about injuries is understandable on some level. Teams don’t want to be specific because they fear an opponent might poke at it when that player returns.

But Williams was carried off on a stretcher, won’t return tonight and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. A bit more information would be appropriate in this instance because the stretcher leads to thoughts of horrible injuries—and that might not be the case.

update 8:30am 12/27/09, Broken leg for Williams.  Watch video below…

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The Underachievers

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Vincent Lecavalier is the highest-paid player in the league this year at $10 million. The Lightning center signed a monster contract based on previous production and potential for more, but he had only six goals and 26 points in his first 32 games before he had three goals and seven points in a five-game hot streak.

Carolina center Eric Staal has a $6 million salary for this season on a contract in which he’ll average $8.25 million. He was sixth on the NHL’s worst team in goals (six), fourth in points (19) and sixth-worst in plus-minus (minus-10). In all three categories, he’s behind Jussi Jokinen, who is making $1.5 million.

Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, usually mentioned in the same breath in these parts, are together for their ineffectiveness. I’ll go to my grave — hey, don’t get any ideas — believing the Sabres should have kept them for $10.3 million combined because they were terrific here with the right chemistry and ideal circumstances.


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Semin Contract Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun on the HNIC Hotstove states Alexander Semin of the Capitals will have a new, one year contract announced very soon.

Contract is between $5-6 million.

added 8:56pm, from Sports Network at KTVU,

The Washington Capitals signed right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year contract extension on Saturday.

Washington general manager George McPhee confirmed during Saturday’s game against New Jersey that the 25-year-old Semin, whose current deal was set to expire at the end of the season, agreed to the extension.

added 10:07pm Tarik El-Bashir says $6M is the contract.

Read Washington Capitals release below…

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Our Thoughts Are Wanderin’ Wally…And We’re Turning The Page To A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I could have posted any number of Valtteri Filppula tribute videos tonite.  I promise you, there is no shortage.  But I felt dirty just sitting through a couple of them, so I’m falling back on an A2Y standby: Guralnick.

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Sergei Fedorov Delivers Payback For Hit On Little Brother

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alexander Zaitsev of RussianHockeyFans,

Sergei Fedorov, who moved from NHL to KHL past summer, got into a fight with Roman Derlyuk to avenge Derlyuk’s dirty hit on Sergei’s younger brother, Fedor.


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My Team USA Selections

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I posted my my picks for the Canadian Olympic hockey team.  Today, I will give my picks for the American team.  This team will be announced during the winter classic game in Boston on January 1st.

This is not my prediction for who will be selected to the team.  It is the selections I would make if I was given the chance to pick the team.  I expect that at least a handful of these players will not be selected to the actual team.

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Flashback To Team Canada 1979

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Abel at the Vancouver Sun,

It is 30 years - exactly half my lifetime - since my first visit to Moscow as an innocent, ignorant sportswriter covering one of Alan Eagleson’s Teams Canada for The Globe and Mail. The Canadian entry in the 1979 World Championships was not one of our most successful, though when I look at the roster now, there were some supremely talented men on the squad: Marcel Dionne, Garry Unger, Bobby Smith, Wayne Babych, Ryan Walter, Guy Charron, Jim Rutherford in goal.

Agglomerated a few hours before the tournament started from teams that missed the NHL playoffs, they finished fourth here and were slathered by the Soviets 9-2, in the heyday of the Mikhailov-Kharlamov-Petrov line with Tretiak in nets. These days, I could interview those guys one on one, as long as we talked about fish.

But, back then, the hockey was secondary to the Cold War suspense and surreality. Team Canada was entombed in a hotel a block from Red Square with doughy matrons blockading the corridors and glum prostitutes at every table in the dining hall.

I remember being shunned in shops, doors slammed shut in half-filled restaurants, empty shelves, barren faces, drunken heroes wearing their Great Patriotic War medals on the Metro, menus on which every dish save fleshless chicken Tabaka was crossed out.


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