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DiPietro Out 4-6 Weeks Following Knee Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The New York Islanders will be without goaltender Rick DiPietro for 4-6 weeks after knee surgery.

The 27-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus issue, the team announced on Saturday.

More updates may become available later at the Islanders website as well.

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  Tags: injuries, rick+dipietro

Boudreau On Semin & Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,

I asked Bruce Boudreau if he had any thoughts on Alexander Semin’s comments about Sidney Crosby.

“I thought that was the biggest comment I’ve seen from him in three years,” Boudreau said. “I’m just glad to see he’s talking. Obviously, you don’t want top give anybody [bulletin board] stuff. But he said it. If it might mean he’s coming out of his shell a little bit, then good for him.”

“Not good for him that those comments were made,” he added. “I think Crosby is unbelievable. I think he is a great player and all of those things. But it was also through an interpreter, so it could have been taken out of context….”

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Torres Activated By Columbus

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Raffi Torres off injured reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Torres is expected to return to the lineup tonight, when the Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
  Tags: raffi+torres

Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with guests Tom Lynn (Minnesota Wild), Ken Belanger (Relocation.com), Joe Beninati (Capitals play-by-play) and Rob Simpson (NHL Network and MSG), Tim Rosenthal (Inside Hockey) and Bob Snow (NHL.com),

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio.  Chime in by calling 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Slow Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Most teams don’t get too concerned about making big moves until the 20-game mark, but it’s never too early to start looking at some players that may not be living up to expectations.

Here’s a look at some early-season underachievers in this week’s edition of Backchecking.

Brendan Morrison, C, Anaheim (0-1-1, minus-5 in 11 GP, one year, $2.75M)
Comment: Still a step slow coming off knee surgery.

Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton (3-1-4, minus-2 in 9 GP; seven years, $36.6M)
Comment: Strong two-way player, but at his price tag he needs to provide offence.

read on plus a wrap-up of all the trade talk this week…

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Early Game Today & Some Teams Not Televised

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Edmonton at Carolina starts off our hockey viewing day at 3pm ET.

I have received numerous emails regarding the three games that will not be televised tonight and feel free to express your thoughts in the comments.

Below is the full NHL Schedule for today…

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What Could Have Happened

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

In the middle of the second period Oct. 22, with the Devils leading 1-0, Brodeur cleared the puck past an on-charging Dallas winger - Brodeur’s nemesis, Sean Avery.

“I saw somebody,” Brodeur told The Post. “It’s hard to know who it is when you’re playing the puck.

“I got the puck by him, saw it was him, and said, ‘[Rats], I should have hit him.’ “

A possible brawl was averted, but only by the slimmest of margins.

read on

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Chicago Could Use A Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The Hawks need another top-six forward, preferably a center, and possibly another defenseman. Dale knows this, but he’s right up to the salary cap and has no money to make anything happen without disrupting the roster.

Sending Nikolai Khabibulin ($6.75 million cap hit) or Cam Barker ($2.7 million hit) to the minors would open up cap space, but Nik has been the best goalie so far and Barker is an upgrade over Jordan Hendry, so he has to stay for now with little other options until either Wisniewski comes back or Hjalmarsson is ready to return from Rockford.

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Goaltending That Won’t Do

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Most people expected the Dallas Stars to do pretty well this season.  They were fresh off a trip to the Stanley Cup semi-finals and would have Brad Richards joining their offence for the entire season.  Marty Turco had provided solid goaltending for the last several years.  There was no reason to doubt his ability to keep that up into the future.  However, the goaltending has not been there.  Dallas has the worst goals against average in the NHL.  They have allowed 4.09 goals per game (they had a sizeable lead over second place Atlanta’s 3.70 GAA).

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Mixing Politics and Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Whoever said hockey and politics can’t mix?  James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen finds us some evidence:

Just take a look at the following actual quotes from the key figures in the race. (Now, I can’t 100-per-cent confirm the context of the statements, but I’m pretty sure I know what they were talking about.)

“I have fought against excessive spending my entire career, but we need to make it a priority to take care of our veterans.’‘
—Republican presidential candidate John McCain, on the Daniel Alfredsson contract extension.

“It’s not something that I’m proud of. It was a mistake as a young man.’‘
—Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on the time he bet on the Leafs to win the Cup.

continued…

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  Tags: barack+obama, john+mccain

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