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Surgery For Olesz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin said winger Rostislav Olesz needs surgery to repair a sports hernia that already has cost Olesz six weeks of his season.

Olesz was injured Dec. 4, with the original diagnosis being a pulled groin. Olesz returned to practice a few weeks ago before being shut down after the pain failed to subside.


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  Tags: rostislav+olesz

If The Stars Became Sellers…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a fan Q & A with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Q: With the hole the Stars dug themselves into at the beginning of the season, do you see them being a seller as the trade deadline approaches? If so, who would be the top names they would likely jettison?

HEIKA: If they are completely out of it, the likely people you could nab would be: Darryl Sydor, Brian Sutherby, Toby Petersen, Mark Parrish – the role players who will be unrestricted free agents and either don’t cost much or could be reacquired in the summer.

If a team asked about the big-dollar contract guys – like Marty Turco, Mike Ribeiro or Brad Richards – my guess is the Stars would listen very hard.

But my guess is they will be in the mix for the playoffs, will be very small buyers and will try to add a defenseman and/or a veteran backup goalie.

more Dallas related questions and answers…

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More On The County Fair:  No Wings Invited?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2043 with the international reaction at the bottom.

Edit: 2000 ESTKhan(!) now reporting that the league did, in fact, invite at least one anonymous Wing.

NHL spokesman Gary Meagher said in an e-mail that attempts were made to get another Wing. They wouldn’t reveal which player. But certainly the league would want a player from the Wings to participate, especially since every other team is represented.

If true? That renders the rest of this post kind of…irrelevant.  But, unlike some of our beat writers (Ansar?), I’ll go ahead and leave it as is so you can see how this whole thing evolved.

Original post below.



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Wings Thinking Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Caples of DetroitRedWings.com,

While Hockeytown is snowy and frozen this week, assistant general manager Jim Nill and the masterminds behind the Red Wings’ success were meeting in warm and sunny Arizona in preparations for the 2009 NHL Draft.

Nill and general manager Ken Holland gathered the entire Detroit scouting staff to the Phoenix area to decide on what amateur players the Red Wings will target in late June in Montreal.

“What we’re doing is going over each league, and we’re going to rank the players, talk about the players, discuss what’s good and bad about them,” Nill said. “Get all the information on the players then we’ll start to rank them.”


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Passing Out Grades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside of ESPN passes out his mid-season grades.  We will start at the bottom…

St. Louis Blues: D
Injuries have so crippled the Blues, it’s hard to get a sense of how bad they are or, conversely, how good they might have been. Still, there are a lot of things to look forward to if the play of youngsters T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Perron are any indication. Just not now.

New York Islanders: D-minus
How’s that 15-year deal with goaltender Rick DiPietro working out? Yikes. Dead last in the NHL, the Islanders can only hope their bad luck doesn’t extend to the draft lottery and they land the No. 1 pick that their dreadful play suggests is their right. Bad building, bad team. The highlight for them is going to be playing an exhibition game in Kansas City next training camp. How bad is that?

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Steve Webb Now Teaching Teens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WHEC (Rochester),

Former New York Islander Steve Webb was known for being a “tough guy on the ice”, but his time off the ice is now dedicated to teaching kids life lessons through sports. He visited one local high school today.

Webb was a gritty right winger known for protecting and inspiring his teammates. He has turned his hard work and will to battle back towards kids.

Webb says, “At that time it was a big learning experience for me.” Drafted by the Sabres in 1994 Webb he was released for being out of shape and unfocused. That tough start in the NHL now serves as his inspirational story for teens.

continued and a Webb tribute video below…

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  Tags: steve+webb

Saku Koivu Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Habs Inside/Out,

Captain Saku Koivu, who has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain since early December, will return to the Canadiens lineup for tonight’s game against the Devils in New Jersey.

Coach Guy Carbonneau confirmed Koivu’s return but said he hadn’t decided which player would sit. The choice is between veteran Steve Bégin or rookie Gregory Stewart.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: saku+koivu

Previewing the 2010 Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Over at Gunaxin, they’ve put together a mighty fine 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Preview, looking at all the teams in the tournament. 

To get you excited, we are previewing the best possible teams for each country. Let it be clear that these teams are the best case scenarios. Certain players have retired from international play, some have chosen not to play in the past, some may simply opt out or be injured. We don’t know for sure what each player will end up deciding a year from now. But countries are already formulating their squads, so we’ll look at the best possible team to give you an idea as to who will show up in Vancouver in 2010.

In this nine part series we’ll profile the “Big 7″, plus have an extra post outlining players to watch on the other squads in the tourney.

Check it out and be sure to scroll down where you’ll find the links to all the individual national preview posts.  Great work.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: olympics+2010

The State Of The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe LaPointe of the New York Times,

Gretzky has spent the last several weeks seeking new investors for a team expected to lose at least $30 million this season. “Yeah, I’ve talked to a few guys,” he said this week. “More or less introductions to meeting with the league and meeting with Mr. Moyes.”

In some ways, his current franchise manifests some of the problems that used to plague the W.H.A. About 20 employees were laid off last month. There have been recent reports, particularly in The Globe and Mail of Toronto, of N.H.L. concern and involvement in the Coyotes’ business decisions.

But team and league officials said speculation about bankruptcy or a move to another city is false. Without prompting, Gretzky said: ``You ask me my gut feeling — is this team going to be here in September? Absolutely.”

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added 5:04pm, Just notified this link requires registration, I am working on it.

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

“We Are Having A Strong Season”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fan590,

The commissioner joins The Game Plan to discuss a variety of topics involving the NHL including the state of the league in spite of the fact that certain teams are in serious financial trouble, the possibility of re-location and the future of fighting in the game.

Listen here, about 17 minutes long.

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  Tags: gary+bettman

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