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Team USA May Have A Young Flavor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Youngsters such as Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan and San Jose’s Joe Pavelski are strongly in the mix now to make the American squad, and if the Olympics started tomorrow my hunch is that Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad would be the fourth-line center….

Boston’s Blake Wheeler and maybe Buffalo’s Drew Stafford are two other young forwards who have to be considered

My take on the team is that there are, barring injuries, four locks on defense in Detroit’s Brian Rafalski, Montreal’s Mike Komisarek, Nashville’s Ryan Suter and New Jersey’s Paul Martin.

Then, Anaheim’s Ryan Whitney is still strongly in the mix, as is Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik and Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert. Don’t rule out Florida’s Keith Ballard or Carolina’s Tim Gleason. Ron Hainsey’s power play prowess with Atlanta gives him a chance. Dallas player Matt Niskanen is also in play.

The two youngers guys with strong chances to make the team are Los Angeles’ Jack Johnson and St. Louis’ Erik Johnson, although Erik will have to show well at the start of next season because he will have missed the entire 2008-09 season with a knee injury.

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Seaside Sittin’?  Nope.  But How ‘Bout A Live Blog?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Strong possibility I’ll be mired in DC traffic when the puck drops. 

But I dig you. Every one of you. And that’s why I’m starting this bad boy remotely, on a timer, a time delay, a trip wire if you will.

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Blue Jackets May Have To Go With Dubielewicz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason made a bee line out of Nationwide Arena before the morning skate. He has a cold that is affecting his respiratory tract and is considered questionable for tonight’s game vs. Pittsburgh.

If he’s not feeling better—or any worse this afternoon—Mason will start. But don’t be surprised if Wade Dubielewicz gets the nod in net tonight against the Penguins.

more on Columbus…

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Wade Belak’s Brother Faces Criminal Charges

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

One of two Yukon RCMP officers charged with sexual assault is the brother of NHL hockey player Wade Belak, according to court documents obtained by CBC News on Thursday.

Graham Belak, 29, and Shawn McLaughlin, 32, were charged Wednesday after a woman in the southern Yukon town of Watson Lake told police that she was sexually assaulted Sunday by two off-duty officers from the local detachment. [...]

On his website, Wade Belak said his brother had played in some lower-tier professional leagues, including the American Hockey League and Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.

Aside from working from the Whitehorse RCMP detachment last year, Graham Belak played hockey and helped coach a midget boys hockey team in the Yukon capital.

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  Tags: graham+belak, wade+belak

How Sick Can He Be?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of Off the Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Filip Kuba will miss his third straight game with an “illness” tonight.

To me, this just isn’t right.

At the risk of sounding like I’m just picking on the guy, how sick can he be? I mean, really.

I saw Kuba this morning. He looked fine. He had just been to breakfast and he was on his way to the rink, where he and Chris Neil were the only two Senators to go for the morning skate. Afterwards, Neil determined that he was going to play tonight against the Bruins, but Kuba deemed it necessary for another couple of days off to make sure he’s fully recovered from the flu?

Nope, it just isn’t right.

continued

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Zednik Reminisces in Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Gorten at the Sun-Sentinel:

Winger Richard Zednik skated on the ice at HSBC Arena this morning for the first time since he skated off it Feb. 10 of last year covering his neck with his glove in fear for his life. Zednik’s carotid artery was accidentally slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate in the third period of a game against the Sabres that night.

Zednik said one of the surgeons who performed surgery on him that night invited him over to her house for dinner last night. He went and they reminisced about the incident and that night.

Here are some of his thoughts after this morning’s skate on what it was like on the ice:

“I was trying not to think about it. I want to just focus on hockey.”

Zednik was the first Panther on the ice this morning and skated toward the boards near where the incident happened, but he said that was simply coincidental.

“I’m not going back. I’m looking forward. I’m not trying to go back. What happened, happened. I’ve already passed that. I don’t want to go back and think about what could have happened.”

continued…

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One Month to Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:

The NHL’s regular season wraps up exactly one month from today. The playoffs begin three days later.

“Everyone on our team will be really excited, maybe even more than last year,” Detroit Red Wings winger Daniel Cleary told ESPN.com. “Because we have something to prove. The Cup is still ours and we feel that it doesn’t belong to anybody else.”

Sixteen teams have a shot at Lord Stanley’s prize starting April 15. This week, ESPN.com spoke to the 10 teams we believe have the best shot at winning it all. In order of current standings:

Western Conference
1. San Jose Sharks:
The Sharks roared out of the gates this season and only recently finally showed signs of vulnerability. It might be because they can see the playoffs around the corner and want to get there now.

read on

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Two Goalies In The Calder Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Pollard of TSN,

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne is giving the Blue Jackets’ Steve Mason a run for top rookie honours. Both have helped put their teams in a position to make the playoffs this year. For Columbus it would be the franchises maiden voyage into the post-season.

There’s not much to choose from when comparing the goaltenders numbers wise.

Other than shutouts, Rinne’s numbers are better or almost identical to Masons.

That being said, when forced to make a choice my support leans to Mason.

read on and more NHL topics (fighting and Daniel & Henrik Sedin)...

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  Tags: pekka+rinne, steve+mason

Sutter Will Wait Until Season Is Over To Decide His Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

I was reluctant to ask Devils coach Brent Sutter about it again, but after the story in the National Post in Canada made it seem like he might be leaning toward leaving the Devils after this season, I brought it up to him again after today’s morning skate.

“That’s not the case,” Sutter said when I asked him if some people’s perception that he might be leaving was true. “I evaluate my situation at the end of each year and I always have. People have asked me, ‘Is it hard being away from the hockey team (the Red Deer Rebels)? Is it hard being away from my family?’ Yeah, it is. But it was hard last year and if I stay it will be hard next year. What I said is I’m going to re-evaluate at the end of the year, which I did last year and which I’ve done since 1999. That’s how I approach it.

“I coach year to year and then evaluate my situation on the coaching side of it and evaluate my situation on the family side of it and decisions will be made at that point. Until then, there’s nothing to talk about.”

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  Tags: brent+sutter

BGSU Hockey In Trouble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you don’t wander over to the KK Members’ Blog area….

My name is Jeremy Pellek and am a Senior at Bowling Green State University. In light of the current tough economic times, and lack of state funding, BGSU will experience a $6-10 million budget shortfall for this coming fiscal year. As it stands now, many part-time employees will be let go after the school year ends, but further cuts need to be made to negate this substantial loss of money. Recently, it has surfaced that one possible cut may come in the form of the varsity hockey program.

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