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Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Paul Kukla had a health emergency earlier today, forcing him to check into the hospital for an unexpected surgery.  He might be back as soon as tomorrow or it may take a bit longer, so he’ll be unable to respond to emails etc in the near future.

KK Hockey will continue to be updated, but perhaps not as quickly as normal. But we’ll do our best.

As for Paul’s condition, I promise to post an update when we hear more.

Best,
Alanah

February 6th Update: As promised, I just wanted to let everyone know that Paul is on the mend and hopes to be back at the computer sometime this weekend. Thank you to everyone for all the notes and comments, and thanks for your patience. It’s very much appreciated. smile

*original post-time 2:19pm ET, February 5.

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Talkin’ Sunday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sean Leahy from Puck Daddy contacted me earlier this week and asked if I’d like to participate in a bloggers’ roundtable.  The subject? This Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.  I’m pretty sure he was looking for some statistical analysis from me, because it’s widely known that we kind of roll that way here.

So, when the time came for predictions?  All bias was set aside and research prevailed.

4. Finally, it was 7-6 Pittsburgh in overtime last time around. Will this game be even close as exciting as the last time? And your prediction, of course.
A2Y (Wings): Let’s see. Osgood gives up three in the first. Pulled. Conklin shuts out the Pens the rest of the way. Hossa scores four. Gary Bettman and Pierre McGuire sit on either side of Sidney Crosby and feed him baby food with plastic spoons in between shifts. Wings win 5-3.

Read the rest here.

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Stanley Cup Finalists Curse

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

Over the past 11 seasons, the team losing in the Stanley Cup final has made it out of the first round of the playoffs the following year only once – the Dallas Stars got to the second round in 2001 after losing the final to the New Jersey Devils in 2000. Four finalists failed to return to the playoffs a year after their run, a number that will grow by one unless the Penguins start playing with some level of consistency down the stretch.

Some have pointed to the oft-used Stanley Cup hangover, but if that exists, why did the Ottawa Senators get out of the gate with a 15-2-0 record to start the 2007-08 season? More than a hangover, the real reason for a team’s lack of success, at least in the salary cap era, lies more in what kinds of roster decisions the team makes after going to the final.

The reason for the Penguins’ demise has been fairly easy to figure out. With the top-end players they have in their lineup, they had to give huge pay increases or risk losing them the way they did Ryan Malone. Marian Hossa not re-signing with the Penguins hurt them, but it says something about the direction an organization is headed when a player turns his back on a multi-year deal in order to go somewhere else for a one-year contract.

read on

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February Continues:  Homer Out 3-5 Weeks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hernias and Holmstrom.  Man.

Khan(!)

Tomas Holmstrom will have surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out three-to-five weeks.

An MRI revealed a small tear in his groin. Holmstrom hopes to have the surgery early next week in Philadelphia.

He had the same procedure on June 11, but on the other side. He said this tear is smaller, so he’s optimistic he won’t be idled as long. He’s hoping to return with about 10 games remaining in the regular season.

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Sabres GM Regier Talks About Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail:

“People ask me about fighting and I really don’t know sometimes what I want,” said Regier. “I believe that things are going to happen over time, where I don’t think society is always going to accept (fighting).

“I see it in Canada now. There was a poll about fighting (conducted by the Harris-Decima firm, in which 54 per cent of Canadians surveyed favoured a unilateral ban on fighting, while 40 per cent wanted to retain the status quo). If you go back 10 years, I don’t think those numbers would be anywhere close to where they are right now.

“So I think it’s going to be more of a statement of the position of society – and I’m talking about true hockey fans, and their culture.”

continued…

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Capitals Claim Kronwall off Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Washingon Capitals claimed Staffan Kronwall off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

The 26-year-old defenceman was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

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  Tags: staffan+kronwall, waivers

Wings Lose Holmstrom 3-5 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ansar Khan at Mlive:

Update from Friday’s practice: The Wings announced that Tomas Holmstrom will have surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out three-to-five weeks.

An MRI revealed a small tear in his groin. Holmstrom hopes to have the surgery early next week in Philadelphia.

He had the same procedure on June 11, but on the other side. He said this tear is smaller, so he’s optimistic he won’t be idled as long. He’s hoping to return with about 10 games remaining in the regular season.

continued

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Boosting the Roster Before Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at FoxSports:

With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away and the race for playoff berths in both conferences heating up, several teams could soon find themselves in the market for roster depth to improve their postseason chances.

Here’s a look at several of the Eastern Conference clubs struggling to nail down playoff positions. We’ll examine the Western teams next week.

Montreal Canadiens: They’ve blown hot and cold throughout this season and have only two victories in their last seven games since mid-January. GM Bob Gainey signaled a month ago he was interested in adding an experienced puck-moving defenseman. With top-scoring center Robert Lang out for the season he might also need a first- or second-line center. Ignore those silly rumors of Gainey selling the farm for Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier. That’s not going to happen.

continued…

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  Tags: trade+deadline, trade+rumors

Malkin Discovers That Bribery Works

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Yesterday afternoon, Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Luca Caputi was a guest on former WCW announcer Mark Madden’s 105.9 FM “The X” radio show (listen to the podcast here). The conversation turned to Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, and Caputi let slip an interesting behind-the-scenes detail about Pittsburgh’s huge rally to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning the other night: That Malkin offered up $1,000 between periods if the Penguins came back to win.

read on for a transcription of the relevant part of the interview.

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Manny Legace Waived by St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

The Blues will place goaltender Manny Legace on waivers at 11 a.m. today, the Post-Dispatch has learned.

The team will know this weekend whether Legace has been claimed by another team.

If he is not, Legace will be sent to Peoria. 

“It’s extremely tough,” Legace said this morning. “You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you.

more

Update 1:11pm ET: Press Release from the St. Louis Blues—

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled goaltender Chris Holt from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

Update 1:20pm ET: From Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today

Actually, the Blues hockey staff has been patient this season. Legace started the year as the clear No. 1 goaltender and had every chance to keep that job.

With top prospect Ben Bishop needing more time in Peoria, Legace had a chance to extend his stay in a city he clearly loves. But nagging injuries and inconsistency marred his season and hurt the Blues’ competitive chances.

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  Tags: chris+holt, manny+legace, waivers

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