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Havlat Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

“I’m making progress every day,” Havlat said. “I’m still not in place with a couple of movements to where I want to be. I still have to work on those.”

Havlat has been strengthening his right shoulder and will wear a brace during practices and games.

“We have to make sure the shoulder is strong enough, almost as strong as the other one, because when I come back I want to help as much as I can,” Havlat said. “If I come back 50 percent, I can’t be the player I can be.”


added 3:03pm, from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

Savard said he approached injured winger Martin Havlat this morning and said: “You ready? You playing tonight?”

Havlat said not yet as he recovers from the shoulder injury he suffered during the first game of the season.

“As long as his mind is clear, that’s the biggest thing,’ Savard said. “He’s going to have to make that decision, I can’t make it for him.”

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

Former NHLer Jere Karalahti Arrested

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Reuters,

Former NHL defenseman Jere Karalahti has been arrested in his native Finland on suspicion of a drugs crime, police said on Friday.

Karalahti, 32, played for Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators between 1999 and 2002 before returning to Finland. He is among the best Finnish players and has been playing for league champions Oulun Karpat this season.

Police said the arrest was related to a big amphetamine smuggling case and that the player was being held in custody while an investigation was underway.

“The court of Espoo has today imprisoned Karalahti ... suspected of a gross drugs crime,” detective chief inspector Ari Karvonen from Espoo police said.


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  Tags: jere+karalahti

Pass First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Macomb Daily,

Pavel Datsyuk is an admitted pass-aholic. He would much rather pass than shoot, rather stick-handle than set up for a one-timer.

Lost in Zetterberg’s remarkable opening—he has a franchise record 15-game point streak from season’s start and leads the NHL in scoring—is that his linemate, Datsyuk, has helped turned the Swede into a sniper.

Entering Thursday night’s games, Datsyuk was third in the NHL with 14 assists in 15 games.

“I like passing,” said Datsyuk. “When somebody scores in an open net after my pass is the best. If somebody says, ‘Would you rather score or have somebody score off your pass?’ ... I’d say pass.”


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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, pavel+datsyuk

Maturing Bourdon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Luc Bourdon has come to realize who his biggest enemy has been in the past.


“A couple of years ago, when I made a mistake, I was pretty much done for the whole game,” he admitted prior to facing the Calgary Flames last night. “Now, you know it’s what happens. It happens to the best and I know it’s gonna happen to me.

“That’s something I’ve had to work on.”

read on

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  Tags: luc+bourdon, vancouver+canucks

Too Much Zone Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

This isn’t the NHL. It’s the English Premier League.

The upgraded style of play that resulted from the lockout has been victimized by strategy. Coaches adjusted to the rule changes intended to promote skill and skating. Defense reemerged as the great equalizer for offensively challenged franchises. Nowadays NHL players are always in the zone, be it a 2-3, a 1-4 or variations thereof. The game can’t breathe.

“Zone defense right now, I would put it under the label of killing the game,” Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday. And he plays it.


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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, lindy+ruff

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Speaking of surly, former NHLer Bob Probert was outside the Caps dressing room after the game. He introduced himself to Ovechkin. The star walked away and asked somebody, “Grobert? Who’s Grobert?”

AO, I’d like you to meet Grobert….

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, bob+probert

Vanek Feeling Pressure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

With the Sabres’ record at 6-7-1, it’s clearly become bothersome for Vanek. His coach has noticed, his teammates have noticed and so has anyone who’s been watching.

“Sometimes, his emotions are right out there for everyone to see how frustrated he is,” Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said. “It’s going to be part of his maturing process. You can’t let the other team see that. There’s little talks with him, but I think that’s part of his personality. I’m kind of OK with him doing it. I think he plays his best hockey when he’s holding himself accountable. It’s just you don’t want to get to the point where you’re beating yourself up.”


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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, goalies, ryan+miller, thomas+vanek

Measuring Stick Game Tonight For Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson is still getting a read on the club, measuring strengths and weaknesses.

A game like tonight’s could expose both of those.

“Detroit is the best team in the NHL, probably right there with Ottawa,” Howson said. “You could call it a barometer game for us, absolutely.

“I thought the Anaheim games (earlier this season) were those kind of games, too, and we fared pretty well. But you always want to measure yourself against the best.”


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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, detroit+red+wings

OneGoal Hockey Show Begins Today In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Today the OneGoal Hockey Show begins at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  OneGoal is a non-profit organization that’s helped kids get involved with hockey by providing affordable equipment and fundamentals clinics, working in partnership with Hockey Canada and the major equipment manufacturers to raise awareness of and interest in the game. 

OneGoal’s partnered with the industry manufacturers to make sure that a portion of the hockey equipment industry’s profits, especially at its major trade show, goes back into growing the game itself, and that’s what this weekend’s show is all about—except that the public’s invited to take a gander at the equipment industry’s 2008 product for the first time.

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All Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

But numbers tell some stories. Here’s a look at the NHL’s first five weeks by the numbers starting play Thursday unless noted:

Minus 11: Brad Richards plus-minus for the Tampa Bay. He’s generally recognized as a star, and he’s earning $7.8 million per season and he has the second-worst plus-minus in the league. In fairness, he is the only forward in the NHL playing an average of more than 25 minutes per game.

12,000: The Predators’ estimated average attendance this season. They need 14,000 to make the team work in Nashville.

much more...

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