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Something Is Just Not Right

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Maybe it was fighting while wearing a pink hockey jersey!!!  It happened in a game when the Belfast Giants took on the.Nottingham Panthers.

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A More Significant Slump

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A lot of press has been given to the Montreal Canadiens slump.  They have a 3-10 record in their last 13 games.  This has dropped Montreal to fifth place in the East Conference.  It has provoked a lot of panic among Montreal fans who have all kinds of crazy suggestions including fire the coach, trade key players, send All Star goalie Carey Price to the minors.  Montreal fans are overreacting.  Slumps happen.  Every season, somebody falls into one during the stretch run.  In almost all cases the team recovers.  A Montreal recovery is likely.  They have a good young goalie in Carey Price who will find his game.  They have some talent in Alex Tanguay and Robert Lang on the injured list.  There are reasons to explain the slump. 

In an effort to change the recent direction of the team, Montreal has acquired Mathieu Schneider from the Atlanta Thrashers for a 2009 second round draft pick and a 2010 third round pick.  Likely Montreal will survive this slump and will have lost home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs because of it, but that will be the most significant loss.

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Brad Richards Leaves Game

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Brad Richards hurt his hand or shoulder after going into the boards during the 2nd period of the Dallas/Columbus game.  Columbus TV team reports Richards was in severe pain in the locker room and doctors were examining him.

update 8:33pm, Report is Richards will not return- out with upper-body injury.

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Derek Morris Wants To Stay In Phoenix

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Defenseman Derek Morris, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, says he would like to return to the Coyotes.

The length of a proposed deal is the sticking point right now between the Morris camp and General Manager Don Maloney.

“Obviously, they don’t know where they’re at financially, with the ownership groups and such, so a one-year deal is where it’s at right now, and obviously I’m looking for more than a one-year deal , being 30 years old, so we’re kind of stuck at that right now,” Morris said. “If the right thing comes up for the team, the right situation, then I would hope he (Maloney) would do it.”

Morris, who is making $3.95 million this season, emphasized that his family loves the area and stays in town during the summer.


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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost six minutes of the best goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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Justin Williams Out With Broken Hand

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via Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

It appears that Justin Williams’ recent bad luck with injuries has struck again.

The Hurricanes winger, who missed the team’s first 25 games with a ruptured Achilles tendon, is expected to miss at least a month after a slap shot broke a bone in his hand last night in Buffalo. A decision will be made on whether to perform surgery in the coming days.

“He walked on that bus last night and he looked about as low as a man can,” said Coach Paul Maurice of Williams. “The especially painful part is that over the last three or four games, his speed was coming back. He was skating last night and he was really moving, and I think he really felt that finally something positive [was happening]. To have that happen is going to be very difficult for him.”

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How The Schneider Deal Was Made

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Don Waddell’s phone rang Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. It was Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, asking his Atlanta counterpart if he could meet with Habs executive Pierre Gauthier later that evening at the Thrashers-Ducks game.

The Canadiens were stepping up their efforts to acquire a defenseman and they wanted to further pursue Mathieu Schneider, a veteran slated for unrestricted free agency July 1.

Waddell didn’t waste his opportunity. For starters, there was always the chance the Canadiens, under tremendous pressure to act with the team in freefall, could opt for a different player if they couldn’t come to terms with Atlanta. The clock was ticking and Waddell feared the Canadiens had another deal in the works for another defenseman.


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Phoenix Activates Sauer

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA —- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have activated defenseman Kurt Sauer from Injured Reserve. 

Sauer, 28, has recorded four assists and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 43 games this season, his first as a Coyote.  Sauer, who ranks 5th on the Coyotes in average ice time per game (20:47), has missed the last 14 games since being placed on Injured Reserve.  Sauer signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 1, 2008.

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Sather Silent

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from Bill Price of the NY Daily News,

Tom Renney and Chris Drury said all the right things after the Rangers did all the wrong things in Sunday’s dismal loss to the Flyers at the Garden.

“I take full responsibility for where this team is right now,” said the coach.

“I’m not doing what I was brought here to do,” said the captain.

As for the man who put this team together . . . nothing.

In case you’ve forgotten, he’s Glen Sather, the president and GM of your New York Rangers. Honestly, I can’t blame you for forgetting, because he’s nowhere to be found.

He never speaks to the New York media and he’s rarely seen at games.


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The Stock Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

Well, if I’m a player or goalie or coach, I really don’t care about my first half as much as I do about my second half. You all want to know my first-half MVP and all that jazz? Well, instead, I’m going to go on a limb and give you who I think will be the eventual winners of these major awards.

You win nothing in the first half and all will be forgotten if your team doesn’t make the playoffs, just ask Jarome Iginla.

Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the year)
Winner: Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
Runner-up: Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets
Who I’d like to see win it: Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins, or Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Norris Trophy (best defenceman)
Winner: Nick Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
You have to knock out the champ and he’s still standing.


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