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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Feinstein of the Washington Post,

It is now time for the Caps, their fans and the local media to let go of this whole all-star thing and move on to far more important tasks: like trying to win the Stanley Cup.

It really doesn’t matter that Montreal’s fans stuffed the ballot boxes to get four of their players into the starting lineup or that Ovechkin, the best player in the league, wasn’t a starter, or that other all-star-worthy Caps got snubbed. Because there has been so little actual winning among the professional sports teams in this town during the last 20 years, there’s a tendency to make a big deal out of things that just aren’t that important.

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If The Ducks Became Sellers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

Rather than targeting draft picks, Murray would be more likely to seek established players in their early to mid-20s. Certainly, the commodities that might bring the most in return would be former Norris Trophy-winning defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Neither has been nearly as dominant as in seasons past, but might be very attractive to teams looking for the final piece to a potential Stanley Cup puzzle.

Niedermayer, the team captain who stands to become an unrestricted free agent, has given no commitment to playing beyond this season, but could remain extremely valuable as the Ducks attempt to break in a younger group of defensemen. Pronger has one year, at $6.25 million, remaining on his contract.

“I’m certainly aware of it,” Pronger said. “We have to start doing whatever it’s going to take to win hockey games. If we don’t, then we’re forcing their hand and they will be forced to move guys, obviously. They’re not going to just sit there and watch.”

more on the Ducks…

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Fernandez Will Miss A Few Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,

Coach Claude Julien said that goalie Manny Fernandez is experiencing some ‘‘general soreness’’ and is likely to miss a few games.

In keeping with the club’s secretive policy about injuries, Julien did not divulge any further information, or the specific nature of the ‘‘soreness’‘.

continued

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No Appeal Process, Lidstrom & Datsyuk Will Sit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from Monday’s practice: Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and center Pavel Datsyuk both said they were disappointed in the NHL’s decision to force them to sit out Tuesday’s game in Columbus for withdrawing from the All-Star game due to injuries and not showing up in Montreal for the off-ice activities.

The Wings said, contrary to reports, there is no appeal process. It’s cut and dry. They will not play tonorrow. Technically, it’s not a suspension, as they will be paid.

continued

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Lightning Recall Downie & Ramo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Steve Downie and goaltender Karri Ramo from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

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Bruins Recall Rask On Emergency Basis

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Rask will join the team for practice Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2009)—Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Brown, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 25.

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Forced Sit-Down May Actually Help Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Much was made of the fact that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will not permit either the Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk or Nicklas Lidstrom from playing in Tuesday’s first game after the break because they skipped Sunday’s All-Star Game, in order to permit minor injuries to heal.

What an unnecessary tempest in a teapot.

In the grand scheme of things, a couple of extra days off for their two veteran stars will help, not hurt, the Red Wings as they prepare to defend the Stanley Cup…

That’s not to fault Bettman for his decision either. Last February, at the semi-annual general managers’ meeting, he made it clear that All-Star Game matters and so the policy going forward was this: If a player opts out, there better be a good reason to do so – or at least an injury significant enough to keep him out of the game just before the break or the game after.

read on

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You’re Aware Of This Right?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For those so quick to point out just how deeply at fault the big, bad Wings are…you do realize the ramifications of these suspensions right?

You do understand that, due to injuries to Johan Franzen and Brad Stuart, the Wings will ice 18 players tomorrow night instead of 20? 

Due to the Cap that Gary created, and the suspension that he levied because two respected players got injured and decided to skip his corporate kiss-ass fest?  Detroit will play a regular season game that actually means something in the standings with an incomplete roster.

And all of this points right back to who?

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The Games Count Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

History shows that having a playoff position in January tends to be a big indicator of who ends up with a spot in April. In each of the last two seasons, 14 of the 16 teams that held playoff spots at the all-star break went on to make the postseason.  In other words, teams on the outside looking in today will really have their work cut out for them.

But that doesn’t mean that that the jump can’t be made.  In the Eastern Conference, Buffalo, Carolina, Florida and Pittsburgh are separated by just three points.  Two of those teams will make the playoffs, and two won’t.  In the West, only two points separate the five teams seeded six through 10, with the Oilers and Canucks both in the thick of the battle.

read on

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