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Report- Bergeron Out 2-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Star center Patrice Bergeron could be out anywhere from two to six weeks with a thumb injury, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.


added 2:46pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Bergeron believed to have suffered a thumb injury. 3 weeks, according to a source.

updated 3:53pm, from a tweet by Daren Millard of Sportsnet,

Plenty of concern regarding Patrice Bergeron. We r told the hand is week to week. His olympics r not in danger.

updated 5:39pm, What I am hearing on this is 2-3 weeks for Bergeron after visiting with a doctor today.

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Ahem, Diggers?  Wakey, Wakey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

update 3:40pm (Paul), No Z or Cleary tonight, May in for Leino.

I know.  I know travel’s tough.  I understand that when you hit a rollicking town like Anaheim the nights get a little longer and the sunshine feels like burning lasers on your sensitive retinas. 

But, if it’s ok, could you let me and Drew know whether Hank Zetterberg’s playing tonite?  It’s kind of important to us.  See?

‘member? Yesterday you said we’d know.  You promised.

I think we’re going to decide tomorrow—we’re going to decide after the morning skate.


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No Need To Scout The WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

I dialed up the scouts in my Rolodex this last few days. The grumpiest were still in Saskatoon. The slightly less grumpy were ones who were home from the tournament and thawing out. Happiest - or at least as happy as a scout gets - somehow avoided the tournament assignment.

One of the great disconnects between fact and public perception is that the world under-20s is a priority assignment for NHL scouts leading up to the draft in June. Such is rarely the case and maybe in no year has it been so far down the list as this year.

Those NHL scouts who made the trip out to Saskatoon were mostly doing check-ins on prospects that their teams had already drafted. There weren’t really any great discoveries to be made in Saskatoon.


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Pat Burns With Some Police Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

Tiger Woods’ disappearing act since he crashed his SUV outside his Florida home in November might be partly due to a pair of missing teeth, compliments of a nine-iron to the face by an angry wife, according to former NHL coach Pat Burns.

Burns offered some details of the now-infamous night to a Montreal radio station Tuesday morning, based on what he’s heard from his Florida police friends.

Burns, who has mostly retired from hockey and now lives in Florida, has contacts with the police sector, where he worked before coaching hockey.

In a conversation with CKAC Sports in Montreal on Tuesday morning, Burns said an old friend in the highway patrol was among those who went to Woods’ home on the night of the crash, on Nov. 27.


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Say No To Winter Classic In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails…

I’m sorry, but a Winter Classic in Dallas just doesn’t sound right. ... Isn’t the point of the Winter Classic to bring hockey back to its outdoor roots? Cold, snow, a biting wind—that is where hockey started; not in the 60-70 degree heat of a Dallas winter. Not to mention that the Cowboys’ stadium is practically indoors so that kind of puts a damper on the outdoor game thing as well….

LeBrun:  I’m with you, I’d rather play the Winter Classic in northern climates, where outdoor hockey actually has a history. But the fact is, this thing is getting so huge, every NHL owner wants a piece of it now. And because of the amazing abilities of the ice plant machine the NHL bought two years ago, it’s believed you can pretty much hold the game anywhere. Eventually, after we’ve had games in New York and Denver and Minnesota and other northern NHL markets, we’re going to have to eventually accept that the Winter Classic will go to more southern markets

more topics…

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It’s Really Late January

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I explain why in my NHL.com blog today.

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Nappy, Nappy…Gary’s Got Us Out West

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Get your woobies out.  Go home early. Don’t crack one until 2100.  Don’t watch a Minnesota Wild game.  Go out and buy or rent the Hangover. Put it on at 2000 and watch it until game time.  All those things will help you stay awake for tonite’s matchup with the dirty Poultry.

Ok.  This one’s all over the place. No theme. No real direction. Strap in.  This one might get bumpy, especially over the Rockies. But just hang in there until the end. It’ll be worth it.

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Another New Fan In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Quigley of All Q’d Up at ChicagoNow,

Three years ago I hardly cared that Chicago owned one of the Original Six franchises—and I probably would’ve had to cheat to guess who the other five were. So I guess I gotta come clean: I am a bandwagon jumper….

And in the midst of the biggest collective letdown amongst our pro teams—the Blackhawks shine alone, exceeding already-high expectations. And hey, home games are actually on TV now! I thank Blackhawks fans for not hitting us bandwagon-jumpers with the typical hockey fan response: “Doooood, hockey for life! You’re too late!” Instead, every lifelong Hawks fan I know has been incredibly kind and generous in sharing their hockey knowledge. I even got Blackhawks tickets for Christmas. I laughed and smiled like it was a Red Ryder BB gun.

Now, if one of you could explain to me what that blue line is for, I would appreciate it.


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GDT - Game #42: Red Wings at Ducks (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Maybe, hopefully, the worm is finally turning.  After an offensively starved month of December in which the Red Wings failed to score more than three goals in any game during a 6-5-2 stretch from Dec. 3-28; Detroit have scored four goals in each of their last two games - both wins.

The Ducks just completed a 0-3-0 road trip, and will be glad to be on home ice where they are riding a three game winning streak.  ANA is 1 for 20 with the man advantage in its last seven games.  The ANA MSM are taking the Ducks to task, pulling no punches, in describing the team as “woeful underperformers.”  Two teams that are apparently heading in opposite directions.  Red Flags are flying, and the signals get worse.

For the first time in recent memory, DET will not be facing the “hot” goaltender.  Hiller is allowing 2.91 gaa, and Wings killer JSG is sporting a 3.06 gaa.  Overall, ANA’s “D” is 26th in the league, surrendering 3.17 ga/g; you know what that means - - Jimmah is going to have to continue to impress, in his last 4 games he has been an amazing 3-0-1, 1.24 gaa, .961 sv%.

Late night tonight Bitches, see you there.

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Your Average Flyers Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Having marked the end of the season’s first half with a sloppy 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Flyers find themselves with a .500 record.

The difference is that 22 other NHL teams have been better, leaving the Flyers—once projected as a Stanley Cup contender—bobbing with a 19-19-3 record, last in the Atlantic Division, 12th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the NHL.

The Flyers are just as ordinary at home, where they are 9-9-2, as they are on the road, where they are 10-10-1.

And they haven’t been any better under coach Peter Laviolette (6-8-2) than they were under coach John Stevens (13-11-1).


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