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Kovalev Given Some Time-Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Struggling veteran Alex Kovalev has been given some time off by the Montreal Canadiens.

General Manager Bob Gainey said Tuesday he met with Kovalev to tell him he won’t be on the team’s trip this week for games Wednesday night in Washington and Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

His status for a home game Saturday against Ottawa remains uncertain.

Gainey said Kovalev is not suspended and will still be paid. He said the right-winger appears to be tired and has not been playing well of late.

added 4:27pm, via Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Gainey said he hasn’t spoken to any other teams about trading Kovalev, but when asked if he would be willing to move the vastly talented 36-year-old, he said “this is the trading season.”

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Sergei Kostitsyn Sent To Hamilton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL  – The Canadiens announced Tuesday that forward Gregory Stewart has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. The team also announced that forward Sergei Kostitsyn has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Stewart will join the club in Washington.

This season with the Canadiens, Sergei Kostitsyn, 21, scored 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) and served 64 penalty minutes in 52 contests.

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Keenan Doing Some ‘Fine Tuning’ For Tonight’s Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When the Flames’ coach was asked about matching up Robyn Regehr against the suddenly red-hot Mats Sundin, he turned the conversation around and suggested he was more concerned about the Canucks’ defensive match-up against Jarome Iginla.

Specifically, Keenan charged that defenceman Willie Mitchell used an illegal stick – too long – to defend against Iginla.

Keenan was coy about whether he’d ask for a measurement against Mitchell tonight (“I would never say”), but it was clear that he was trying to ramp up the rhetoric for the game, and maybe take some pressure off the slumping Iginla.

Mitchell, for his part, laughed off the charge.

read on

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Modin On IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Fredrik Modin on injured reserve retroactive to February 14, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  Modin, who suffered a lower body injury in last Saturday’s 5-1 win at Carolina, was evaluated by team physicians from OhioHealth upon the team’s return to Columbus and is expected to miss at least one week.

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Liles Out With Hand Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Denver Post,

Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles will not play in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators and is out indefinitely with a hand injury he suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Avs coach Tony Granato said he hopes to have Liles back by the end of the team’s six-game road trip, which begins Friday night at Washington.

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Future Rivalries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,

Here are two tilts I always get up for because the potential for them to grow into something more than just another game is teetering on the edge of all-out war.

Detroit vs. Columbus
These are the culprits from the Friday game I alluded to earlier (and if you haven’t seen Steve Mason’s stacked-pads save on Henrik Zetterberg, two words come to mind: Dear Lord). The Red Wings, so dominant for so long in the barren Central Division, finally have a foe similar to that itch you can’t reach in the middle of your back. The Blue Jackets aren’t deep, they aren’t overly talented and they definitely don’t have much experience past the first 82 games of a season, but they have a hard-working team, a Ken Hitchcock system and this special kid named Mason.

more and a look at Philadelphia/Washington too…

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Capitals Assign Two To Hershey

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Jay Beagle to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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You Want A Controversy?  Check This Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So.  I mosied on over to Spector’s a few minutes ago and took this one out for a spin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hossa and Franzen are re-signed kiss Hudler, Samuelsson and Conklin goodbye, and don’t expect to see Chris Chelios back. I don’t blame Holland for trying to keep both and they might accept less than market value to remain with the Wings, but I hope they don’t make the mistake of some other notable teams in investing too much money on too many big ticket players and leave themselves without enough for depth throughout the roster.

That’s our friend Lyle Richardson in response to the Freep and the News’ reports that trade winds could be a-blowin’ and that they could be Lightfoot-like in strength but neither goalie is going anywhere.

 

 

 

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Daddy’s Got Datsyuk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The boys at Puck Daddy have scored.  It’s a one-on-one with the league’s best player.  No Gary…sit down.  It’s not him.

You once told the Red Wing broadcasters that you like to “dangle, dangle.” What the heck does that mean?

Now I am going to have problems with my Russian! How should I explain it? It’s like dancing rock-n-roll with a puck. You pick a puck on your stick and you dance around on the ice with it.

What kind of stick do you use to create your amazing tricks with the puck on the ice?

I use a Reebok stick. For now, I belong to them. As for the curve on my stick, a funny story. When I came to Detroit’s training camp for the first time, I had a Titan4 with a big curve. When the coaches saw the stick, they came up to me and said: ‘Bowman is not going to like it if you get two minutes for using an illegal stick.’ Right there and then, I started to change the curve on my stick to be within the legal limits.

A great Pavel Datsyuk interview…here.

I’ve copied one of the better comments from PD’s interview below.

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Put Your Karma In A Box And Ship It West Where It Belongs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t offer you an explanation as to why your Detroit Red Wings continually lose to Darren Garcia’s Dive.  I can’t.  It baffles me and I’m past the point of trying to analyze it. 

It is, and we all have to do deal with this, what it is.  A regular season bit of strange.  The kind of strange you used to value back in your younger days?

No.  Quirky strange.  Weird and almost laughable strange.

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