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Deal For Kubina Works Out For Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

This space has fired more than a few well-deserved broadsides at Don Waddell in the past, so it’s only fair to give the Atlanta GM his due for making what’s shaping up as the most lopsided deal of the summer. It was Waddell, after all, who accommodated Brian Burke’s desire for a crankier blueline and some salary cap relief by sending original Thrasher Garnet Exelby and forward Colin Stuart to Toronto in exchange for Pavel Kubina and Tim Stapleton.

How’s it working out so far? The gritty, if sparsely-talented Exelby has played in just 12 of the Maple Leafs’ first 23 games, and with only one fight and a -6 rating to his credit, he’s likely to become a near permanent resident of the Foster Hewitt Gondola at the Air Canada Centre when Mike Komisarek returns to the lineup next week. Stuart, a spare part in the deal, was sent to the Flames without ever playing a game for the Buds.

And Kubina? The fleece is evident in the numbers. He’s eating up more than 22 minutes a night as part of Atlanta’s second pairing and playing a significant role on both special teams.

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David Clarkson May Have A Broken Ankle

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Jacques Lemaire said they won’t know the full extent of right wing David Clarkson’s right ankle injury until Saturday morning, but all signs point to Clarkson having a broken ankle. Clarkson blocked a shot by Boston’s Zdeno Chara just 2:08 into the game and had to crawl to the bench to get off the ice.

“It doesn’t look good,” Lemaire said after today’s 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins at TD Garden. “It does not look good. We’ll see more tomorrow. We’ll have more news.”


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Waiting On Hemsky Injury Status

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

There will be no decision on Ales Hemsky until the swelling subsides in his badly wounded shoulder, I’m hearing.

He will need surgery on the battered shoulder sooner or later, but it’s possible he could still keep playing, after some time off to recuperate from the latest blows and bruises, in the short term.

Hemsky has got a burning desire to compete, and to suit up for the Czech team this February in Vancouver, so if the surgery can be later, that will be his first choice. But something will have to be done and at that time he’ll be out for months.


added 9:36pm, Shoulder surgery will put Hemsky out for the regular season and possibly the playoffs.

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  Tags: ales+hemsky

Blackhawks Alternate Look

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A variation of their Winter Classic sweater.

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Is Hossa Jinxed?

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from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

He has answered the call every time Slovakia has called, but has never scaled the podium. When Slovakia experienced its greatest achievements on the world stage – silver, gold and bronze medals at World Championships in 2000, 2002 and 2003 respectively – Hossa was engaged in the NHL playoffs for the chronically underachieving Ottawa Senators.

And, of course, we all know what happened the past couple years in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Detroit.

So, if you’re a Hawks fan, should this worry you? Is every team on which Hossa plays doomed?

It’s not rational, but who knows how the hockey gods work? For the superstitious Chicago supporter, here’s something to cling to: the last time Hossa did win anything of consequence, at the Memorial Cup, he was wearing the Hawks’ logo. Until he got hurt.


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And Son Of Sam Will Save Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris McCosky told us this morning that if the Wings are going to start scoring again, it may just be our very own serial killer who leads the charge. 

Detroit News

Truly, if the Wings are going to snap out of it, Bertuzzi has to snap out of it. As long as he stays healthy, he’s still capable of a 20-goal season. Other than the big three and Danny Cleary, who also is struggling to score (four goals, nine assists), who else can you say that about?

Certainly not Ville Leino, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Drew Miller or Eaves, right?

No, Bertuzzi is the one button Babcock has to continue to push. Sooner or later he’s bound to get a response.

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Lucic Out With High Ankle Sprain

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via Boston Bruins Twitter,

Chiarelli: high ankle sprain for Lucic. Out for four weeks. Maybe less.

added 11:37am, More on the injury from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe.

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Hockey All Day & Night

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from NHL.com,

For shoppers, it may be “Black Friday.” But for hockey fans, this Friday is a day to feast. The NHL’s 12-game schedule will give fans a full day of their favorite sport.

The action begins at noon ET, when the Boston Bruins host the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins are back at TD Garden after capping a perfect 4-0-0 road trip with s 2-1 shootout victory at Minnesota on Wednesday. That game ended about an hour after the Devils finished off a 3-1 home victory over the Ottawa Senators.


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Schenn Up For A Day

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Los Angeles Kings have had some recent injury problems.  Jarret Stoll suffered an injury in LA’s game against Calgary on Saturday and is out day-to-day.  Rookie Andrei Loktionov suffered a dislocated shoulder in Wednesday’s game against Edmonton (which was his NHL debut).  This left the Kings one forward short of their regular 12 for their game in Vancouver last night.  With their AHL affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire, on the other coast of North America, there was no way to get a twelfth forward to Vancouver in time for the game last night.  Los Angeles dipped into the WHL for their solution.  Their 2009 first round draft pick Brayden Schenn was in Victoria for a “Super Series” game pitting top Canadian junior players against top Russian ones.  That made Schenn close enough to Vancouver than he could arrive in time for the game.

Under normal circumstances, after an NHL team sends a player back to junior, they cannot call him up for the remainder of the season.  The only exception to this is in an emergency situation, where the team could not otherwise ice a full lineup of players.

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Yes, It Is Even Black Friday Here At KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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