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Selanne Out With Fractured Jaw

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via AnaheimDucks.com,

Teemu Selanne suffered a fractured jaw in the third period of Anaheim’s 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at Honda Center, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told reporters after the game.

Carlyle said Selanne “unavailable for a number of days, weeks here going forward” and that the fracture will be surgically repaired tomorrow. “We’ll have to see what kind of timeframe they are going to give us with it,” he said.

Selanne was hit in the face by the puck with 8:29 left in the game following a shot by teammate Ryan Whitney that deflected off the stick of Boston’s Miroslav Satan and bounced off the ice. He went down to the ice holding his face and was helped to the locker room while holding a towel to his bleeding face. He did not return to the game.

“It’s a tough loss,” Carlyle said. “The puck hit the bottom of somebody’s stick, went and hit the ice and then bounced back up and hit him. It’s one of those things that you’d very rarely would see unfortunately for Teeme and unforunately for us. We finally started to get some bodies back in our lineup and get our lines setted. That is just the way it goes and injuries are a part of it.”

added 1:51pm, Watch the video below of the Selanne injury.

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Evening Line

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“I’d have been suspended indefinitely.  There’s no doubt that all he was trying to do was hurt me.”

-Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild on the elbow he took from Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More from Clutterbuck by Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.

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  Tags: cal+clutterbuck, sergei+gonchar

‘Bobblin Doan’

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The Coyotes will be handing out the Shane Doan Bobblehead on January 16th.

Some of the Coyotes critique the work of art.

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Retired Ref Paul Stewart Says Burrows Broke ‘One Of The Rules’

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),

After Monday’s game, in which Burrows was given a questionable penalty that resulted in the game-winning goal for the Nashville Predators, the Canucks’ forward made his accusation to the media.

And that, according to Stewart, violated one of hockey’s unofficial rules.

“It’s like that old expression, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Stewart said. “You got an issue? Don’t take it to the press.”

Calgary Flames centre Craig Conroy agreed.

“It’s like a tattletale. No one likes a tattletale,” Conroy said of Burrows. “That’s kind of what it looked like to me.”


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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, paul+stewart

Forsberg Hurting Again

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from TSN,

Peter Forsberg’s Olympic participation may be in jeopardy.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion, who was named to the Swedish Olympic team last month suffered a setback this week in his rehab for injured ribs.

Forsberg, who has been playing for Modo of the Swedish Elite League, was expected to make a comeback on Thursday against Farjestad, however he left the ice half-way through Wednesday’s training session.

The team issued a statement saying that the 2003 Hart Trophy winner will not be playing this week or next.


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Official Release From The NHL Regarding Alexandre Burrows Fine

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TORONTO (January 13, 2010) – Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows has been fined $2,500 for conduct deemed detrimental to the National Hockey League and the game of hockey, the NHL announced today.

On separate plays during the third period of a 3-2 Vancouver loss to the Nashville Predators Jan. 10, Referee Stephane Auger assessed Burrows minor penalties for diving, interference and unsportsmanlike conduct.

After the game, Burrows made the following comments to the media: “It was personal. It started in warm up before the anthem. The ref (Auger) came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the Smithson hit (during a game December 8, 2009). He said he was going to get me back tonight and he did his job in the third . . . “

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Would Ovechkin Jump To The KHL?

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Kovalchuk isn’t the only player in the sights of the KHL. A source told sportsnet.ca Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin is so upset about having to pay 18 per cent of his salary to escrow he is prepared to pondering leaving the Capitals after this season. Sources say Ovechkin expressed his displeasure with having to pay escrow during an NHLPA conference call meant to talk about the direction of the organization.

more on Kovalchuk…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, ilya+kovalchuk

Oilers Going With Youth In Goal

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,

The Edmonton Oilers don’t plan any quick fixes to help their goaltending situation, with Nikolai Khabibulin having surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disc in his back.

They will ride young netminders Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk rather than make a trade for New York Islanders’ goalie Martin Biron, who is No. 3 on their depth chart behind Rick DiPietro, who is back from a knee injury, and ex-Oiler Dwayne Roloson. A trade like that might cost the Oilers a middle-round entry draft pick.

There is also no truth to rumours the Oilers may be interested in acquiring Jaroslav Halak from Montreal, which would cost them infinitely more.


To the KK readers who have emailed me about the made up rumor of Halak to Edmonton, there is your answer…

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Determining The Value Of Steve Ott

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I apologize for being late to the party on the Steve Ott contract talks, but I just kind of knew they weren’t making progress, so I put it on the backburner.

The talks are cordial, Ott wants to stay in Dallas, and both sides say everybody is happy and open to negotiations. But the fly in the ointment is that it’s really tough to define what Steve Ott is right now.

Is he a gritty third line forward who can kill penalties, agitate and help the team win? Is he a top six forward who can score goals and help make a skilled line tougher? Is he the elusive shut-down checking line center who can win faceoffs that this team so desperately needs?

Because that makes a lot of difference in how a player gets paid.


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  Tags: steve+ott

Gonchar Elbow On Clutterbuck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve had a few emails today from readers asking about any action against Sergei Gonchar for his elbow on Cal Clutterbuck on Monday.

According to an email exchange with TSN Insider Bob McKenzie, there will be no further action…

Nothing on Gonchar. Five minutes deemed sufficient.

So there you have it, end of story.  In case you missed the incident, you can watch it here.

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  Tags: sergei+gonchar

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