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Simmonds Needs Meniscus Repaired With Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider,

In his postgame talk with the media, Terry Murray said Wayne Simmonds will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. No timetable for his return has been set, but such a procedure typically requires a recovery period of several weeks, if not a couple months.

Murray also said that Ryan Smyth will not play in any of the three games in Canada, and that he expects Smyth to return on Dec. 26 at Phoenix.

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Sharks May Have Lost More Than The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Two second-period goals less than two minutes apart gave the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night as San Jose’s winless streak reached five games — its longest since coach Todd McLellan took over at the start of last season.

And captain Rob Blake sees that as a legitimate cause for concern.

“It’s a cause of concern because we’re playing similar to where we were down the stretch last year, where it doesn’t look like there’s that much energy or excitement,” Blake said. “That’s got to be created by us internally. We need to turn that around.”...

The Sharks might have suffered more than the loss of sole possession of first place as defenseman Dan Boyle was hammered to the boards at the final buzzer by Phoenix left wing Taylor Pyatt. Boyle had to be helped off the ice, but McLellan said after the game that it was too soon to know the extent of the injury.

more on the Sharks…

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NHLPA Remains Silent On Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Does anyone believe the NHLPA would stand for the lenient sentences leveled by the league against headhunting concussion-inducing miscreants if a player whose career was destroyed by a series of brain injuries was there to present a case for victims’ rights and safety in the workplace on a daily basis?

Instead there is silence, the silence of the lambs of the NHLPA.

There is no other issue at the moment for the union other than this one. Why can’t advisor Donald Fehr actually advise the players on the critical nature of safety in the workplace? Or maybe the former executive director of the MLBPA thinks the long-terms effects of concussions are as benign as the long-terms effects of taking steroids.

read on

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No Jump Zone For The Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

The Flyers could find themselves as playoff no shows if they don’t wake up and smell the steam coming from their new coach’s ears.  The same mental errors that led to John Stevens’ firing were prevalent again Saturday night in front of Peter Laviolette.

Undisciplined penalties. Lost battles along the boards. Golden scoring opportunities gone awry. They all contributed to the Flyers’ 10th loss in 12 games and their fourth loss in five games under Laviolette.

“We stayed off the ice with the purpose of having jump tonight and we had none – zero,” Laviolette said of his decision to give players a day off the rink on Friday.


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The Bertuzzian Spin-O-Rama Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This was Bertuzzi’s first goal of the game tonight, he also had the game winner in OT.

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Caps Suffer A Complete Team Letdown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Well, that was a dud. To put it lightly. The Caps just played the two worst teams in the NHL on back-to-back nights and needed overtime to beat one at home and self-destructed to the tune of six goals in the final 40 minutes against the other.

The Caps were terrible after the first period tonight. Almost all of them were. Here are the two quotes you need from the aftermath:

“Obviously I thought the last half of the game we played pretty badly,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think outside of Shaone Morrisonn and Tom Poti all of our defense struggled tonight and they didn’t get any help from the forwards outside of Nick [Backstrom’s] line. So I guess it was basically a complete team letdown.”


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HNIC With Class(ical)

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Would Wayne Go Back To Phoenix?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,

The company that has just signed a letter of intent to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes is also reaching out to Wayne Gretzky as a potential partner, Hockey Night in Canada contributor Pierre LeBrun told Saturday’s Hotstove segment.

“I’m not getting the sense that he wants to do that,” LeBrun said.

It’s expected that Gretzky will also receive an offer from his former teammate and good friend Mark Messier to coach Team Canada’s entry at the world championships.

Since the NHL purchased the Coyotes from bankruptcy court this fall, Gretzky has remained silent on the situation and his future plans.

“He’s ticked off, and why wouldn’t he be,” HNIC analyst Mike Milbury speculated.


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Who Do You Blame For The Penalties

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

The bulk of the post-game discussion centered on the 10 minor penalties the Ducks took which gave Detroit power plays each time. Having to kill off that many disadvantages proved too much in the end as they blew a two-goal third-period lead.

“We had four in the first period and thought that would be enough,” Carlyle said sardonically. “But we obviously committed more fouls in the referee’s eyes than … I don’t know. No comment on the officiating.”

It seemed like a return to the days when the Ducks were the most penalized team in the NHL. They’re still in the top half as far as total penalty minutes but they seemingly became a little more disciplined over time.

And then that discipline flew out the window at Joe Louis Arena, wasting an otherwise solid effort in which they didn’t allow Detroit to hog the puck all night. The Red Wings held a slight 31-27 shot advantage.

“I thought, other than the penalty kill, we did play well,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. “Even our penalty kill wasn’t bad. I thought guys skated well, forechecked, controlled the puck. Our overall game was good.

“But we shoot ourselves in the foot by giving them that many chances.”


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Live Blogging The Evolution From Hunted Into Hunter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bubba’s won like 28 games in a row.  The Wings are dead and buried.  The earth is burning and all the firetrucks are in the shop for repairs.  The puppies are fat, lazy and refusing to frolick and the strippers are all waiting for pro golfers to walk through the door.  They’ve got no time for 9th place teams.  No time at all.

We have no reason to be optimistic.

Do we?



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