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Lidstrom Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nick Lidstrom was hit by Ian Laperriere around the five minute mark in the first period.  Versus is reporting a knee injury, no report from Detroit radio.

He was groggy when he left the ice and was escorted to the lockerroom.

This is a pretty hot topic in the KK chatroom right now.

added 9:07pm, According to Wings radio, slight knee injury to Lidstrom.
added 9:33pm, as updates come in, they’ll be added on this post at A2Y

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Worst Case Scenario: Lidstrom Helped Off Ice

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2233:  St. James and Khan(!) both blogging that John Hahn is claiming Lidstrom’s injury is a sprain, that he was sitting in front of his stall watching the game, and actually wanted to come out for the second.  Hold on to those sighs of relief though and answer this question: Is anyone going to tell the truth about the extent of an injury to Nick Lidstrom when Ken Holland’s trying to work a deal right now in Naples?

Update 2125:  From Khan(!)‘s blog (URL below): Wings spokesman John Hahn said it doesn’t appear to be too serious but he’s being held out as a precaution. Hahn said Lidstrom never blacked out and actually wanted to return to the game.

Update 2121: From St. James blog (URL below): “It doesn’t look too serious,” Hahn said, “but he is being kept out as a precaution.”

Update 2108:  Paul Woods reporting a “slight knee injury.”

Nick Lidstrom, and reports from Versus and the Diggers are calling it a right knee injury, was helped off the ice midway through the first in Denver.  Will provide updates here as we get them. 
Khan(!)

No word yet on the extent of the injury. Lidstrom needed some assistance to get off the ice and was taken to the training room after a hard hit from Colorado’s Ian Laperriere at 6:10 of the first period. It happened during a Detroit power play as Laperriere hammered Lidstrom against the boards. Lidstrom tried to get up but was wobbling before trainer Piet Van Zant came onto the ice to help him off. Lidstrom’s right leg appeared to get bent in an awkward position.

Aaron Downey, because that’s what he does, beat the Hell out of Laperriere soon after.  And, yes, Laperriere turtled.

All the Diggers have blog entries up regarding Lidstrom.  Check them out for updates:  Khan(!), Niyo, St. James.

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Wing/Dive Chat Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The chat room will be open as usual this evening as Michigan “transplants” flood the Can in Denver on Gary’s Versus.  See you guys in there around 1955.  Also, Kevin Allen joins Sean Baligian on WDFN’s “Ice Time”, streaming live at 1930.

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One Minute Penalties in OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

One-minute penalties for overtime during the regular season?

That was one of the many issues discussed Monday as the NHL’s 30 GMs broke out into four different groups to tackle a number of subjects.

Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke is keen on the idea of one-minute penalties in overtime instead of two. The thinking is that 4-on-3 power plays in overtime take up 40 per cent of the entire five-minute period and more than often end the game.

“One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense,” Burke said Monday after the first day of meetings.

continued… with a list of other subjects discussed today as well

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  Tags: general+managers+meeting, penalties

Undrafted Success in Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Whicker at the OC Register,

[Ryan] Carter joins Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Shannon among non-drafted college players that [assistant GM David] McNab spotted and signed.

“We were motivated because we were afraid he would explode the next season and be one of the very best players in college hockey,” McNab said.

“It’s something we used to have success with, before the salary cap came, because you could spend a million or a couple of million on a guy that you really liked. Not every team believed in that sort of investment. But now, with the cap being tighter, the salaries for those players have gone down and more teams are getting involved. So it’s harder now.”

more… primarily looking at the rise of Ryan Carter

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  Tags: college+hockey, david+mcnab, ryan+carter

On The Mend: Hasek and Rafalski

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Scrappy Deep Digger Helene St. James blogs this afternoon that two of the four injured Wings appear to be getting better.

Mike Babcock said Rafalski may be ready to play by Friday’s game at Calgary. Hasek is improving, too.

“Definitely feeling better,” he said. “This week I hope I can start to practice, so that’s my goal. I want to go on the ice in the next few days and see how it feels, but I definitely feel better than one week ago. Much stronger.”

As you know, Kronwall’s skating with no firm return date and there’s no reason to hope Dan Cleary will be back for anything more than a few regular season games.

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The Talk In Naples

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison of CBC,

Here is the latest trade scuttlebutt:

Marion Hossa: Thrashers general manager Don Waddell admits he has three options with Hossa, a pending unrestricted free agent.

1. Sign him. “The odds of that are getting slimmer,” said Waddell.
2. Trade him. “We’re not interested in draft picks, that can be part of the puzzle, but our future is now and we think we can win our division,” continued Waddell.
3. Keep him. “We could keep him and take a run at the playoffs, but the odds of dealing him before July 1 aren’t good,” said Waddell. “We could possibly sign him later if we had success, that might change things because with him it’s all about whether we are winning.”

Conclusion. Waddell will trade him and several teams are lining up. Montreal is interested and Christopher Higgins name has been mentioned. San Jose has inquired, but the asking price included Jonathan Cheechoo. Detroit is very hot on Hossa. Anaheim and Dallas are also in the hunt.

much more

added 5:16pm, from the CP,

Continue Reading »

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Lecavalier Talks About The Rumor He Wants To Leave

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier said he knows all about the rumor that came out of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast that said he was tired of playing in a small market and would asked to be traded to perhaps New York, Los Angeles or, surprise, his hometown of Montreal.

Lecavalier said he was called by his agent, who asked Lecavalier if he wanted him to “do something about’’ the story. But Lecavalier said he would rather the rumor die of its own weight. Lecavalier reiterated he is not looking to be anywhere else.

“There was a time when I thought the grass was greener somewhere else,’’ Lecavalier has said of his trade request in 2001 amidst much rancor with coach John Tortorella that almost got him moved the the Maple Leafs, “but it’s not.’‘

more

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Longest Hockey Game—World Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

The world’s record for the longest continuous hockey game now belongs to a group of amateur Edmonton athletes.

The 40 players broke the old record at noon Monday - 240 hours, or 10 straight days of non-stop skate-lacing and puck-chasing, through temperatures that ranged from minus-40 to plus-three.

The effort raised more than $300,000 for cancer research.

continued…

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OHL Player Renaud Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Windsor Spitfires,
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The Windsor Spitfire family sadly announces the passing of team captain Mickey Renaud at approximately Noon today.

“Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud suddenly collapsed at his Tecumseh home and was transported to Windsor Regional Hospital with absent vital signs. All attempts were made at resuscitation and were unsuccessful at the emergency room,” commented Windsor Spitfires Team Physican Dr. Roy Diklich.

“This is the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history. Words alone cannot describe our pain at this time,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.

*Renaud was a 5th round draft pick for the Calgary Flames in 2007

added 4:25pm, The Calgary Flames have issued the following statement,

It is with sadness and deep regret that we share the news of the passing of Flames prospect and Windsor Spitfires team captain, Mickey Renaud. Mickey died suddenly this morning at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario.

The Calgary Flames pass along our condolences to the Renaud family, Mickey’s father Mark, mother Jane, sister Penny and brother Remy. Additionally, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Windsor Spitfires organization; Mickey’s teammates, coaches and staff.

CALGARY FLAMES HOCKEY CLUB

added 6:20pm ET, More on Renaud’s short career from the CP.

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  Tags: mickey+renaud, ohl, windsor+spitfires

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