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Pronger Has Minor Jaw Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the OC Register,

The Ducks could have a short-term hole on defense in light of their revelation that captain Chris Pronger underwent surgery Monday to repair a “small fracture” in his jaw suffered in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over visiting Chicago.

“It’s not clear how much time he will miss,” Burke said. “It’s certainly not expected to be lengthy. A game or two is the expectation at this time.”

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Fantasy Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darryl Dobbs at the Hockey News,

Just more than five weeks left in the regular season, some big decisions need to be made - let’s get to some letters…

Hey Dobber. My son and I are in a keeper league pool and we want to rebuild for the future. We have 20 players – 14 good ones – and keep only 10 at the beginning of each season…

read on for all the fantasy advice you may need…

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Bettman in Congress

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC Sports,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday that hockey is not plagued by steroid use among its players.

Bettman joined his major-league counterparts — baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NBA commissioner David Stern and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — in Washington where he testified that only one player has tested positive for steroid use in the 2½ years since the NHL resumed play after the 2004-05 lockout.

“As a historical matter, the many years that NHL players have been tested in international competition, as well as recent testing under our program, suggests that performance-enhancing drugs had never been part of the culture of the NHL…”


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  Tags: athletes, gary+bettman, hockey, steroids, u.s.+congress

Memo to Drew Sharp:  It’s Not Just Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So Drew Sharp, based on zero hockey knowledge and his access to a keyboard, blasted Kenny Holland today.  Sharp said he lacked the courage to make a deadline move.  Sharp said, “that’s it?” regarding the Stuart trade.  Sharp claims Holland should have harkened back to the days of unlimited money and mindless spending.

Sharp, as we know, is a tool.

Read on.

Continue Reading »

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Almost One Million

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How did we do yesterday?


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The Bloggers React

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Slap Shot at the NY Times took the pulse of some of the hockey bloggers on the trades their teams made.

Part 1

Part 2

added Part 3 at 2:12pm.

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Leonsis Breaks Down His Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted’s Takes,

I think we helped ourselves without hurting our team’s future. We entered the sessions with a list of “must NOT do’s”:

1. Do not trade any young players in the lineup that we count as core.

2. Do not trade any first round picks.

3. Do not pick up any major salary requirements in the out years that make us NOT re-sign our young players. If we could add to the team without “blowing our brains out”, we would do so and we did.


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Canucks Don’t Address Their Needs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

So the Canucks held on to their future, sacrificed the present and raised questions about their fate.

For this year, that will be in the hands of a star goalie, a potentially high end blueline and what general manager Dave Nonis dubbed “a middle-of-the-road” offence.

Is that enough to make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup, considering a similar combination wasn’t enough last year, considering the significant improvements the Stars, the Sharks and the Avalanche all made Tuesday?

read on

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Newbies Catch On Fast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On a ver-r-r-ry interesting NHL trade deadline day, the youngest and most inexperienced of the general managers took the boldest steps.

Ray Shero, the second-year GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, outmanoeuvred the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins to land Marian Hossa and complete the most significant upgrade among Eastern Conference playoff contenders.

François Giguère, the second-year GM of the Colorado Avalanche, surrendered a significant package of draft choices to land Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei, improving his defence corps a day after Peter Forsberg provided additional help up front.

Then, in what was probably the biggest deal of all, that quirky Dallas Stars front office, consisting of steady Les Jackson and wildly exuberant Brett Hull, pried playoff-tested Brad Richards out of the Tampa Bay Lightning without giving up a core asset.


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A Bad Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

Look, I don’t want to blast Simon. I barely know the guy. Quite frankly, he seemed like a nice enough fellow when he graciously answered my call at his house. And most the guys I’ve ever talked to that have played with him swear by the guy.

But the Wild might have been better off doing nothing.

The Wild may be bigger and stronger and tougher and yada, yada, yada.

But you know what? You have to make the playoffs for this anticipated physicality to matter.


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