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Sakic Recovering From Back Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that captain Joe Sakic underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc and is expected to be out approximately 10 weeks.

“After weeks of rehabilitation, it was determined that surgery was the safest path to a complete recovery,” said Avalanche Team Physician Andrew Parker. “This was our best option and the surgery went as expected.”

“I understand that this was the best way for me to return to the ice, so now my focus and goal will be to get back as soon as possible to help my teammates in the final weeks of the season,” said Sakic.

The Avalanche captain will be resting at home for the next seven to 10 days recovering from this procedure

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  Tags: joe+sakic

Caps Had Some Help Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Homer McFanboy,

While we were waiting near the Caps locker room to conduct an interview with defenseman Karl Alzner after the game, we witnessed something we can confidently say we’ve never seen before.

In addition to the various players and equipment managers shuffling up and down the hallway, there was George McPhee, who was followed by roughly 30 priests from the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Chillum, Maryland.

It turns out Raul Fernandez, a part owner of the Washington Capitals, invited these fine men to attend the game and get a little VIP tour of the facilities, which set the scene for the most bizarre and improbable moment in our young blogging career.


thanks to Ted’s Take for the pointer…

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Bobby Ryan Finally Settling In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,

When Bobby Ryan was taken by the Anaheim Ducks with the second pick of the 2005 Entry Draft, he never dreamed he’d spend the next three years splitting time between Anaheim, Portland, Iowa and Bakersfield.

He never dreamed he’d be living in a hotel room while his truck was parked in a driveway hundreds of miles away.

He never dreamed he’d ask the team that drafted him to find a roster spot for him or find another team that would.

“It’s been a roller coaster, to say the least,” said Ryan, a talented 21-year-old forward who is finally realizing his potential after switching from right wing to left wing.


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Sens Recall Matt Carkner

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators today recalled defenceman Matt Carkner from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

Carkner, 28, has scored one goal and added 10 assists while recording 70 penalty minutes in 24 games this season with Binghamton. The native of Winchester, Ont., is in his second season with the B-Sens, after recording 10 goals, 15 assists and 218 penalty minutes in 67 AHL games in 2007-08.

He has played in one career National Hockey League game, recording an assist and two penalty minutes for the San Jose Sharks in a 4-3 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Feb. 6, 2006.

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Ruutu Suspended for 2 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the NHL:

Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #586 against the Buffalo Sabres, the National Hockey League announced today.

The “incident” being, of course, this one.


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  Tags: jarkko+ruutu, suspension

Trade Talks May Be Dying Down For Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

I don’t see a trade going down anytime soon. Not unless something drastic happens in the next two or three days. Let’s face it, the Blue Jackets have only draft picks to trade. Why would teams trade the roster players for a second-round draft pick in the middle of January? Perhaps a better offer will come along in February or early March, right before the NHL trade deadline. Right now, they’ll only trade them for picks if they “win” the deal.

more on the Blue Jackets, specifically all of their injuries…

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Flames Sign Keith Aulie

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Keith Aulie.

In 32 games as captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League this season, the 6’6”, 217lb rearguard has recorded two goals and 15 assists for 17 points while accumulating 42 penalty minutes. Aulie is fresh off a gold medal win as a member of Team Canada at the recent 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa, ON.

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Anniversary Flashback:  29 Days In Hell

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

“You’ve, well, pretty much sucked.”

“You’ve cursed our Wings, but you’re almost gone you frigging bastard.”

“Some will say, though, that you’ve had value, that you’ve made this team tougher, more resilient.  I happen to disagree.”

What?  Two consecutive days of Legace flashbacks?

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Why Pat Quinn Deserves Another NHL Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Milbury at CBC’s hockey blog:

As a coach, he was tremendously successful in Philadelphia, and he’s the last Leafs bench boss to produce a competitive team. On top of that, he is fiercely loyal and a very fair man. What’s not to like about a guy like this?

Critics would say that Quinn has never been an X’s and O’s guy. Maybe, but the essence of coaching is far deeper than a Hockey Canada manual. It is more about managing people, setting expectations for players and making them accountable for achieving those goals.

The best coaches I have ever been around have one thing in common: they know their players’ emotional and psychological makeup and, armed with that knowledge, find ways to motivate then. Further, they inspire a loyalty from their players, who come to realize over time that the guy behind the bench wants them to succeed. From all that I know, Pat Quinn is this type of man and coach.

read on

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  Tags: pat+quinn

Hanging Out Near DC Tomorrow?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Still narrowing down places of worship (bars), but it would appear we’re going to throw an A2Y get together tomorrow (Thursday) night in the nation’s Capital (ol).  What prompted this?

Our long-lost traveler, Andrew from Ann Arbor, is hitting the big city and he promised he’d buy me at least one cheap beer.  So we’re throwing down while we watch Turco burn like the bitch he is.  I’ll let you know the location either tonite or tomorrow morning.  But it should be somewhere around the Verizon Center, and it must have Center Ice.  Any of you experts out there who have suggestions, send ‘em in.  And you’re all invited.  An A2Y All Skate.

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