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Huselius Price Keeps Increasing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The only downside to Huselius’s scoring surge: Every time he and Iginla put on a show, it only increases his value on the open market, if Calgary cannot get him signed to a contract extension before July 1, at which time he would become an unrestricted free agent. Huselius carried a lot of baggage when he arrived in Calgary a couple of years back.


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  Tags: kristian+huselius

Blue Jackets Call Up Steve Mason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Steve Mason to the roster on emergency recall, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire left Saturday’s game at San Jose following the second period due to illness and will not be available to play when the club visits the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Mason, 19, was recently named the Most Valuable Player at Top Goaltender at the 2008 World Junior Championships after leading Canada to its fourth-straight gold medal.  The Oakville, Ontario native went 5-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout in five games.

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  Tags: steve+mason

External Sources

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s January, and that means you’ve tired of the Diggers.  Sorry.  I shouldn’t narrow the months down like that.  It’s winter, and you’ve tired of the Diggers.  So, we turn to some other sources to re-affirm our suspicions that the Wings are, well, the Wings.

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Slow Process For Bergeron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

It’s slow going to be sure. He got a small headache at the end of his bike session last week and was told to rest for a few days.

“Every week I’m getting better but obviously it’s not where I’d like to be. I’d like to be on the ice right now,” said Bergeron. “And I’m not close to going back on the ice. But at least we’ve started to work out. I’ve been on the bike three times so far. I felt OK. The last time I had small little headaches, so we decided to take more time off and see what happens after that.

“I’m feeling good, I feel a lot better, but not exactly where I want to be.”


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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

A Goal Worth Another Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at The Tampa Tribune,

Hockey Web site Kukla’s Korner had a video link to a highlight of the goal with the description of “a great between-the-legs move” by Lecavalier.

Whatever anybody else wants to call the play, Lecavalier just calls it a bit of instinct combined with plenty of luck.

“I don’t really think about it ... I just kind of do it,” Lecavalier said of the play. “I knew I wanted to fake goaltender Ray Emery out, but for me, the worse thing is that after it happened, if I had missed it I would have been pretty mad at myself and I would have thought that I should have just shot the puck.

more… about Lecavalier’s season, and go here to see the video.

*thanks to The Tampa Tribune for the KK mention!

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  Tags: tampa+bay+lightning, vinny+lecavalier

THN Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KEn Campbell of the Hockey News ranks the NHL teams, 1-30…

1. Detroit: The way Datsyuk, Zetterberg & Co. are playing, it doesn’t matter who plays goal.

2. Pittsburgh: The great outdoors has done wonders for the Penguins and so has Ty Conklin.

3. Calgary: Let the Jarome-Iginla-for-MVP begin in earnest.

4. San Jose: Not a lot of fun to watch, but not a lot of fun to play against, either.

read on

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Straka Out With Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Rangers Beat at Newsday,

In a serious blow to the Rangers’ offense, Martin Straka, who missed 15 games with a broken finger, but sparked a resurgence of the first line when he returned, is out indefinitely with a concussion he suffered Saturday in the Edmonton game. Nigel Dawes skated in Straka’s spot alongisde Jaormir Jagr and Scott Gomez in practice today.

Also not skating was Brendan Shanahan, whose left knee injury was described as a bad bruise and coach Tom Renney described the veteran’s status as “day-to-day.”


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  Tags: martin+straka

Yotes Rolling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Various factors have jelled for the Coyotes as the first half of the season comes to an end Tuesday night in Calgary. Riding a four-game winning streak with a record of 21-18-1, they are one of the surprise teams in the NHL.

Coach Wayne Gretzky points to a couple of the main reasons.

“The two things that you need to do to win hockey games is, a) cut down on penalties, which we’re doing a tremendous job of; and b) cut down on goals against . . . we’re probably, after 40 games, 80 goals better defensively than we were last year at this time - or close to that, anyway.”


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Sid The Cover Boy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sidney Crosby will grace the cover of the January 14th edition of Men’s Fitness.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Knee Surgery For Torres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers will be without of of their regulars for an extended period of time, as the team learned Monday that forward Raffi Torres will have knee surgery.

Torres has been on injured reserve since Dec. 15 with a sprained anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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  Tags: raffi+torres

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