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Spezza Out With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza suffered a right knee injury and is expected to be out for “weeks” the Senators said today.

“It looks fairly serious. Right knee,” said coach Cory Clouston after the team’s practice today. “It means we’re going to have to be more of a team than ever. It’s a great opportunity for some guys.”

Clouston said the injury is similar to one suffered several weeks ago by Chris Neil. The team is still awaiting more information, but if it is similar to Neil’s injury then he could miss four to six weeks.

“We will know more tonight,” said Clouston.

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Jonathan Ericsson Injury Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am hearing no tear in Ericson’s knee, expected to be out 2-3 weeks.

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Halak And The Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bertrand Raymond at RueFrontenac (translated),

Item in the news: the Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers were discussing a trade involving goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

To know what it returns, there is nothing like talk to an actor who finds himself in spite of himself at the heart of this rumor: GM Bob Gainey.

“Bob, as a journalist, I’m what’s the story?  I treat it as a new or I consider it a rumor, just another rumor?

Gainey is well known, does not usually comment on rumors. Rather than sending everyone into the left field, he usually prefers to say nothing.

“This is not for me to suggest what you write, the chief replies. All I can say is that it was I who called the Flyers, not the contrary. “

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Instead Of Whining? Let’s Make Some Sort Of Sick Contest Out Of It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If we were Pens fans, we’d be piling up the alibis, pointing to different injuries as to reasons why our guys can’t possibly be expected to win with any frequency.

But, thank Jebus, Santa and the patron saint of serial killers, we’re not fans of a one-trick team whose “captain” requests permission from his owner to wear powdered blue around the house. 

Instead, we’re starting to take an obscene enjoyment in watching the Grand Valley Haven Rapids Detroit Griffin Wings play better team defense than we’ve seen in a year, clamp down on the PK and actually give us hope for the goaltending of the future.  That’s homegrown Jimmah to you and me.

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Those Were The Days

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Will the Blues ever deploy another forward combination that thrills fans as Hull and Oates once did?

Will the Note ever find another rugged superstar capable of winning hearts as Shanahan did?

Will this team ever find a goaltender capable of single-handedly stealing big games with insane saves, as CuJo once did?

The new regime tried to add some sizzle by signing Paul Kariya, who used to be one of the NHL’s most dazzling performers. But injuries, advancing age and declining skill have relegated Kariya to this team’s supporting cast.

He is a private guy who generally avoids the media and public interaction. He seems likely to get through his three-year stint in St. Louis without leaving much of a mark.

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Memo To Everyone Else:  You Don’t Want This Team In Your Lives

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That phrase is not new to A2Y.  In fact, two years ago before we realized Joe Thornton’s deal with Lucifer included perpetual playoff failure, we pointed to the Sharks and shivered.

Well, we’re bringing it back and this time it’s a warning.  It’s a warning I guarantee the rest of the West is taking to heart.  What started out as an obscene joke played on hockey’s gold standard of an organ-I-zation has turned into more evidence that watering down the Wings is just not in the cards.

Will they win the Cup each season? No.  Injuries, officials and a league run by a commissioner with his tongue stuck to a stop sign are just too formidable of a combination to overcome every year.

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Havlat’s Game Improves

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from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Onlookers have witnessed a blossoming in the play of Wild winger Martin Havlat.

One of those onlookers has the view from behind the Wild bench.

“A visible change,” coach Todd Richards said of Havlat’s play, noting that the shifty winger’s wheels are on fire.

“He can make a play at any moment,” he said. “There are a select few in the NHL that have that potential of making a play, and he did that in Phoenix by going coast to coast on the power play and put it off the pipe.”...

While the Wild have been climbing the NHL charts since an awful start, going 12-5-3 in their past 20 games, Havlat coincidentally has found the game so many expected from him after he signed a six-year contract worth $30 million. After scoring 77 points on 29 goals and 48 assists for the Chicago Blackhawks last season, he came on board expected to pick up the slack left by the departure of star winger Marian Gaborik.

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Blue Jackets Struggle Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers,

Is anyone else feeling like they’ve been transported back to 2004? Holy sheep shank. The Jackets are stringing together some absolutely brutal performances – particularly against teams that can skate – and tonight brought another dismal outing.

The Nashville Predators defeated the Jackets 5-3 before a small band of ticked-off hard-cores in Nationwide Arena. Home ice. Archrivals in town. No forecheck. Awful. There was a crowd of 12,856 on hand, and half the folks were shuffling for the exits, heads bowed, with 7 minutes remaining. The rest stayed to boo after the final horn.

“I’d boo too,” defenseman Mike Commodore said.

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Playoffs Creep Into Leafs Vocabulary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Wilson isn’t issuing a bold prediction to order tickets for April to beat the rush, but if the Leafs can overcome some Northeast Division demons this week and continue a string of home success, the Eastern Conference standings will start to speak for itself.

From an 0-7-1 start and national scorn, the Leafs began last night just four points back of a post-season berth as they began their final 50 games of the NHL schedule.

“We’re getting close enough to that eighth-place line to realize where we’ve come from,” coach Wilson said before taking on the Senators. “We do want to make the playoffs this year and to take our foot off of the gas right now would not be a wise choice.”

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Duchene Looking Forward To First Match Against Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Matt Duchene spoke with a slight lisp Monday morning, the result of just having work done on a chipped front tooth. Although the prized Avs rookie missed the team’s optional practice because of it, it would take a lot more than that to keep him out of tonight’s game against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

“It’s going to be very cool. Obviously, he’s one of the best players in the league,” Duchene said. “I know I can pick up a lot of great things from him. To be able to play against him, it’s going to be great. He’s pretty exciting and a guy I’ve really watched and admired growing up.”

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