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No Matter What, Grigorenko Staying Stateside…I Think

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta give your boy George Malik credit.  When Wing news hits those pulsing Russian news wires, he’s on it like….(insert Bubba line here.  I’ve exhausted all mine.)

Today?  Igor Grigorenko tells some Russian writer for some Russian paper that he’s done with the mother country come Detroit or Grand Rapids.

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  Tags: babcock, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko

Cloutier On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

TSN has learned that the Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers Friday.

added 3:41pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Don’t read too much into the Los Angeles Kings’ decision put goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers today, other than he’ll almost certainly start the season in the minors this season. Considering the NHL’s goalie glut (and the two years left on Cloutier’s contract at $3.1 million per season), there is virtually no chance that anyone would put in a claim for his rights at that price, at this time of year.

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  Tags: dan+cloutier, goalies, los+angeles+kings

Friday Dose of Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: 1243 ESTBruce MacLeod reports Uncle Mike says Cleary’s ribs aren’t broken and that “he’s day to day”.  Mike Babcock is a lying liar so take that for what you will. 

Mid-September in the Navy and all initiated Chiefs are busy yesterday and today.  And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.  Beers and anchors will get you more info.

An exhibition loss…no big deal.  Another two more injuries (at least)? Now that’s irritating.

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  Tags: cleary, deep+diggers, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko

Milbury Joins TSN Crew

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Veteran NHL player, coach and GM Mike Milbury already has one of the more diverse resumés in hockey. Now he can add another title. TSN today announced Milbury is joining the NHL on TSN broadcast team as a studio analyst, marking his debut as an analyst on Canadian television.

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  Tags: mike+milbury

Who Is Liable

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Daily-Herald,

In a case that could send shock waves through the sporting world, the Illinois Supreme Court will decide if two suburban hockey players, their coaches and league should be held liable for a hit from behind that seriously injured a player in 2003.

Matthew Jacobson, representing the hockey league, said the case could have a “chilling effect” on organized sports, as people would withdraw from coaching and officiating for fear of lawsuits.

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  Tags: injuries

Bombs Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

One shot. One goal. A bullet from the right point that Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider never saw - even though he wasn’t screened.

“You see him bomb that one?” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “Wow!I knew he had a shot, but that thing was in and out of the net before the goalie even thought he was shooting it.”

And that’s what the Oilers are looking for - potency on what used to be an offensively-impotent blue-line. You might not want to be the forward charged with creating traffic in front of the net when Souray is unloading his cannon, but Edmonton’s power play coach is about to look a lot smarter.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, sheldon+souray

Hockey At The Devil’s Lagoon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun,

Jose Luis Tibaudin, 52, photography teacher, who has never been out of South America, who has never seen an NHL game live, who has never met a Canadian—Jose Luis, defenceman, the godfather of ice hockey in the most unlikely place you could ever imagine it being played: Ushuiai, the southernmost community in the world….

Under Jose Luis Tibaudin’s program, 35 kids in Ushuiai from six to 16, including two girls, are playing full-equipment teams hockey (two of the kids wear Philadelphia Flyers jerseys their parents got in a clearance sale from a sporting goods store in Buenos Aires) in the Tierra del Fuego winter from June to September on the only ice surface in town, the frozen pond known as Laguna del Diablo, Devil’s Lagoon.

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Sens Owner Would Like To Avoid The UFA Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Universal Cynic, the blog of Erin Nicks,

“Quite frankly, I find it amusing that the media has continued to talk about what’s going to happen after this great year, because I think the fans want to see what’s going to happen (this year).,,,  I think the fans are really excited. They really don’t want to hear what’s going to go on a year from now.”

read on... and Nicks responds…

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, roy+mlakar

Bouchard Making His Own Breaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Joel Bouchard lay in a Dallas hospital seven years ago with his mother at his side and doctors working to stave off an infection that nearly killed him.

Some details remain sketchy, Bouchard said, but while fighting off a 105.1-degree temperature he distinctly recalled feeling angry.

Not at fate. Not at God. Not even at the physician who misdiagnosed the spinal meningitis days earlier.

“I was mad at myself,” said Bouchard, a 33-year-old hockey journeyman. “I didn’t feel like I was where I wanted to be in life—personally or professionally. I felt like I had become complacent and underachieving and I told myself, ‘If I get out of here, I’m going to do something about it.”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, injuries, joel+bouchard

Fernandez Hopes To Play 65-70 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Herald,

“It’s easier to play a lot of games than a few,” Fernandez said. “It’s a little tougher to get prepared mentally for one (game) every five or one every three. Once you get on a roll, you want to keep going. It’s easier to feel out the team, too, and have the team knowing exactly what to do.”

Ultimately, it will depend on the two goaltenders whether their roles sort themselves out comfortably - or whether a good, old-fashioned goalie controversy develops.

Fernandez hopes it is not the latter.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, manny+fernandez

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