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The Leafs In 2011

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Ulmer at TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

For an idea just what Burke is facing, let’s take a look at the grid for opening night, 2011-2012, two and a half seasons from now.

The Leafs desperately need to get younger. To that end, I have limited the top two lines and top two defensive pairings to players 25 years or younger on opening night. Keep in mind, there will always be room for productive older players. Nik Hagman will be nearly 32, but it’s hard to think his game would not be welcome somewhere on the roster.

On defence: Luke Schenn. He’s a sure bet. A little below Schenn, put Jeff Finger in the depth chart. Anton Stralman has the talent to be a top four defenceman but it’s impossible to accurately predict whether he will make the jump. I like Jonas Frogren’s mean for the third pairing and based on his ever improving play, Ian White might be considered in the mix.

But for top four, we have one guy, Schenn.

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Canada Waiting For The Stanley Cup

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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

What there has not been, at least not since the Montreal Canadiens circled the ice at the old Forum on June 9, 1993, is a Stanley Cup party on Canadian soil.

“If someone had told me after June 9, 1993 that the Montreal Canadiens would have gone 15 years without winning the Cup, and that no other Canadian team would win the Cup either,” Jacques Demers says, “I would have said to them: ‘Absolutely not, there is no way.’”

But there is a way, and an unassailable truth: The country that gave hockey to the world has had to tune in every June to watch Gary Bettman present the Stanley Cup to an American team.

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Swollen Knee Cancels DiPietro Start Tonight

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Swelling in Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee prompted the Islanders to cancel his expected start tonight in Calgary, coach Scott Gordon explained after the pre-game skate today at the Pengrowth Saddledome. When DiPietro returns to Long Island with the team after tonight’s game, his condition will be “reevaluated.”...

Asked if he has any idea how long the uncertainty surrounding DiPietro’s availability will go on, Gordon said, “No, like I said, he could have played all three games [so far on the road trip]. That’s why he’s been here and we haven’t done anything else.

“But it hasn’t made the progress that was to be expected, so, rather than just throw him in there, knowing that he’s medically cleared to play, we just figured we’ll hold off and get him back to New York and reevaluate and go from there.”

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Flames Recall Backlund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forward Mikael Backlund.

Backlund is coming off a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships as a member of team Sweden, and was named as one of Sweden’s Top Three players in the Tournament. Backlund finished tied for 2nd on the team with seven points (5+2), and tied for 7th overall in tournament scoring with five goals in six games. This is Backlund’s second straight silver medal after finishing second at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

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Capitals Not Happy With Lack Of All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

...Their coach and some other members of the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference were a tad less diplomatic.

“We know on merit that Nick and Mike and maybe Alex Semin should all be on that, but that’s not how the scenario goes and it’s not because they don’t deserve to be on that,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It’s the way the whole thing is situated - the way they pick.”

Goalie Jose Theodore, twice an all-star for other teams, also spoke strongly.

“There are some stars but it’s not all the stars,” Theodore said. “The league should really review the system.”

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Oscar Moller Suffered Fractured Clavicle In WJC

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from LAKings.com,

(Oscar) Moller was recalled to the Kings on Jan. 6 and skated yesterday at practice and was expected to return to the lineup. However, after suffering from some soreness in his shoulder, the Kings medical staff inspected the injury and discovered a fractured clavicle. Moller will miss at least the next seven games and will be re-evaluated after the all-star break.

“It was a fracture of his clavicle,” Kings head coach Terry Murray said. “It happened in the World Juniors in the game against the Russians, he played the rest of the way with it and practiced. He went to the doctors yesterday afternoon because he was having some issues with it and it revealed a fracture in the clavicle….”

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NHL Teleconference with Rick Nash

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash participated in a NHL teleconference with the media.  Here is a transcript of that Q&A session.

Q.    What defenseman, past or present, has presented you with your biggest challenge?

RICK NASH: I’m going to say Chris Pronger. Pretty tough guy to play against. Adam Foote has been really tough. It was nice when we had him on our team. You know, usually the bigger, stronger guys are usually the guys I find tough to play against.

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Anniversary Flashback: 19 To The Rafters

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Two years, six days ago the inevitable happened in Detroit and it was interesting to note how it was covered in Hockeytown.

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Pat Quinn on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pat Quinn, fresh off his gold medal win with Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship,  will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman

The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, pat+quinn, wjc

Hockey Players are Different

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

This was published yesterday but we only just came across it today.  From Adam Burish, winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, in his Chicago Sun-Times blog Dropping the Gloves:

You will not see a hockey player call his own press conference in his front yard with his shirt off, doing sit-ups, and saying how great he is. You will not see a hockey player tell the media how stupid practice is, and how stupid his coach is for not starting him. And you will not see a hockey player bring a gun into a club and accidentally shoot himself.

I know some people will say, ‘well what about Sean Avery.’ Sean Avery recently said he doesn’t understand why other players in the league seem to take his “sloppy seconds,” in reference to another hockey player who is dating his ex-girlfriend. Stupid, I know, but is that the worst thing you’ve heard an athlete say? I don’t think so. In no other sport will you see a team hand out the type of punishment Sean Avery received for it.

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