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Doug Weight Hits 1000 Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Weight made a brilliant cross-ice feed from his own blue line on the right side to Park at the Phoenix blue line on the opposite side to spring him for a breakaway goal that made it a 5-3 game at 16:55 of the third. As a footnote to history, the second assist went to DiPietro.

The Phoenix organization stopped the game to recognize Weight’s achievement, and the crowd gave him a sustained ovation. With a nod to Coyotes coach and managing partner Wayne Gretzky, Weight said, “That’s very nice. Anything run by Wayne Gretzky is first- class.”

The Isles’ leading scorer later added his 1,001st point with a second assist on Park’s second goal with 28 seconds left in regulation. Weight became only the eighth American and 73rd player overall in NHL history to reach 1,000 points.

“It felt good, but it would have been better to creep back into a tie,” Weight said. “I couldn’t move all day. I felt very nervous. I had 25 or 30 people here. It’s something I’m going to be proud of for the rest of my life, and my family was here to see it ... Me being an American, it’s nice to do it on this soil.”

more on the game & watch a video of Weight’s 1000th point below…

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At Least The Wild Saved Some Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patrick Reusse of the Star-Tribune,

They are the smartest guys in the room and if you gave them a choice between losing money and losing a player, the members of the Wild brain trust would go for losing the player every time.

Thus, there might be a tinge of front office disappointment that the Wild will be losing the most dynamic player in franchise history and get nothing in return, but you can be assured that Doug Risebrough and his minions will spend much time congratulating themselves for not committing to a long-term contract for many millions to Marian Gaborik….

The best bet today is Gaborik has played his last game for the Wild. He’ll hit the market this summer with two surgically repaired hips, sign a one-year contract with a contending team—such as Marian Hossa did with Detroit—and re-establish himself as a star.

The Wild? Lemaire will get his lads to play even more defense and keep his team on the cusp of playoff contention over the next two months. Then, as the March 4 trade deadline approaches and other teams yield prospects for reinforcements, Risebrough will strike.

A year ago, the acquisition was Chris Simon, a misunderstood gentleman now trying to start World War III in the Russian league. The prediction here is that this is the move Risebrough has on his hip, so to speak:

He’s going to bring in at the cost of nothing another misunderstood chap—Sean Avery.


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  Tags: marian+gaborik

World Junior Hockey QuarterFinals

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The World Junior Hockey Championships quarter-finals went last night.  A summary of the preliminary round is here

The quarter-finals were USA matched up against Slovakia and Russia against the Czech Republic.

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Avs Suffer A Disgraceful Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

That was a disgrace to the game of hockey by the Burgundy and Royal Blue tonight. If this game didn’t get Francois Giguere reaching for the nearest phone to make calls around the league to talk a little trade, I don’t know what will.

Tyler Arnason needs to go. Now. He needs to just go. The hope is gone. The experimentation phase is over. The “he’s got potential, maybe he just needs a little more time” thoughts are gone. He needs to go. Period. It’s not working as the No. 1 center. It wasn’t working as the No. 3 center. He needs to go….


Peter Budaj just isn’t a No. 1 goalie. Sorry, Boods backers, but he’s not good enough. Period. He’s a good kid and I hate to keep knocking him, but he’s not good enough. He’s just not.


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Chicago In The Rear View

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First, since I’ve been a little (ahem) cynical about the whole deal for the past several months…let me give you a few final impressions of the event in Chicago.

Then?  Chris Osgood returns tonite.  First time he’ll have played in three weeks, since my birthday in fact.  And what to do with Chris Chelios? I have no idea.

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World Junior Hockey Preliminary Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

First, I would like to apologize for a much longer than expected Christmas vacation from the internet. 

The World Junior hockey Championships are underway in Ottawa.  The preliminary round has been completed.  Here are the results.

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Talk Of Blackhawks/Panthers Playing In Prague

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Blackhawks have been invited to open the 2009-10 season in Prague, Czech Republic and that the Panthers will likely be the opponent.

Chicago team president John McDonough told the Tribune that Blackhawks had been extended an invitation, and added, “nothing has been finalized. We’ll know sometime in the near future.” The newspaper cited an unnamed source saying that Blackhawks’ opponent would be the Panthers.

Asked about the validity of the report this afternoon, Panthers team president Michael Yormark said, “No comment” through team spokesman Justin Copertino

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Your Newest Lady Byng Candidate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

While sorting through candidates for the inevitable halfway-home awards selections (Malkin or Ovechkin for the Hart? Nabokov or Niklas Backstrom or Tim Thomas/Manny Fernandez for the Vezina), one possibility simply leapt off the stats page, passed through the corneas and deadened the brain: Jarome Iginla for the ... Lady Byng?!...

Among the NHL’s Top 10 scorers, only NJ Devils’ sprite Zach Parise, Washington’s super-slick Nicklas Backstrom and the reigning Byng holder, Pavel Datsyuk of the Wings, have spent less time in the bin than the Flames’ inspirational captain.

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Slovakia Upsets USA In WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Slovakia pulled off the first big upset of the world junior hockey championship with three first-period goals and 46 saves from Jaroslav Janus to defeat the United States 5-3 in the quarter-finals on Friday at Scotiabank Place.

Adam Bezak, Tomas Tatar and Jozef Molnar scored in the opening period on only eight shots against porous American goaltender Thomas McCollum of the Guelph Storm.


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Sullivan Getting Closer To A Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators forward Steve Sullivan told the team he could be ready to discuss target dates for his return to the lineup as early as Monday, barring any setbacks before then.

The topic of timetable had been very much avoided, but Sullivan met Friday with general manager David Poile after practice and gave him the encouraging news.

“He says he’s feeling really good and that he wants to get a couple more full practices in on Sunday and on Monday,’’ Poile said. “Then he wants to sit down with (Coach Barry Trotz) and myself, and if all goes well, be more precise with a timetable of when he may be able to return to play. That was music to my ears to hear he was feeling that way.’’

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