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Arnott Out Up To Six Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Nashville Predators,

The Predators announced Tuesday that center Jason Arnott is expected to miss three to six weeks as the result of arthroscopic knee surgery he is scheduled to undergo on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Arnott, who is currently fourth on the team in scoring with 16 points (7g-9a), left Monday night's game in Columbus early in the second period of play with a leg injury. He did not return. Arnott flew to Nashville for an evaluation of his right knee Tuesday, at which point it was determined that surgery would be required. In other injury news, winger Josef Vasicek, who also left Monday night's game early, has returned to Nashville with back spasms. Forward Alexander Radulov was recalled from Nashville's development affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, on Tuesday. To make room on the roster, defenseman Mikko Lehtonen has been placed on injured reserve. Lehtonen was diagnosed with a concussion as the result of a hit to the head by Pascal Dupuis in the Thursday, Nov. 16 game against Minnesota.

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Last Season In Hockeytown For Datsyuk?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Clearly, I have no ability to multi-task. I was so focused this morning on the fact that the Detroit papers are ignoring the Fischer story that I skipped over an item that deserves significant discussion. Thankfully, I read the Detroit News message board this afternoon. A post from Attica reminded me of this little issue. It would appear that Pavel Datsyuk's days in Detroit could very well be numbered. If he's not dealt by the summer, it's looking like re-signing with the Wins may not be a possibility when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next July. Khan(!)/MLive

The Wings made center Pavel Datsyuk a contract offer. He rejected it, and his agent, Gary Greenstin, made a counter-offer. The Wings rejected that. "We had quite a difference of opinion and we agreed we'll table (talks) for now,'' Holland told Booth Newspapers. "We're far enough apart that there's no negotiations going on.'' The Wings have had difficult negotiations with Greenstin the last two times Datsyuk's contract was up. Two Russian clubs started a bidding war for Datsyuk prior to the 2005-06 season. He eventually signed a two-year deal with the Wings for $3.9 million a season. Datsyuk is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. Holland has been trying to get him signed to a long-term deal. "I never moved from my offer,'' Holland said. "After a long period of time, they countered. They have no interest in my offer, I have no interest in their offer. Let's let the season unfold.''
Pavel Datsyuk wanted to cash in last summer. The 3.9 he signed for was based largely on regular season flash and potential to carry this team in a postseason in the future. His performance in that arena, as we know, has been one of the bigger disappointments to affect this organization in the last decade. Any discussions Ken Holland has with Datsyuk's camp are out of curiosity, courtesy or both. If he expects to be paid significant dollars, he'd better earn them in May and June.

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Setback For Kronwall

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It's beginning to look like expecting a full season out of Nik Kronwall just may be too much to ask. According to both the Freep and MLive Wings blogs, he's taken a step back in his recovery from a strained groin. He won't play tomorrow night against Vancouver. Khan(!)/MLive

Kronwall still practiced and hopes to return Friday against St. Louis. But, the Wings aren’t going to take any chances. Tomas Holmstrom will return vs. the Canucks, unless he has a setback during the morning skate.
Also, according to Khan(!), the Wings intend to use Dominik Hasek in a backup capacity on the nights he doesn't start, risking the dreaded "cold entry groin pull."

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No One To Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

"If you can't skate and play, you just stopped your team from having four lines," Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday. The Wings, as a result, don't have a traditional enforcer. "The league's flying out there," Babcock said from Detroit. "And if you think you can play three lines, I think you're wrong. I myself could be wrong, but I don't think you can. I think your players all should be able to contribute." Are the Wings worried when they face a opposing team with an enforcer? Not really. Just ask Laraque, the NHL's most feared fighter. "Teams are discovering that if you don't have a fighter, it doesn't matter," said Laraque. "If you play a team with a fighter, even though your team doesn't have one, does it matter? What's he going to do? Who's he going to fight?..."
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The Nolan Influence On Yashin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexei Yashin took part in a tele-conference today...

Q. Could you just talk about what the arrival of Ted Nolan has meant for you personally and for the team? ALEXEI YASHIN: I think it's a great impact on the team. What happens is we’re kind of having a learning process, learning his systems, learning the way to prepare ourselves for the game. It's really been terrific for everybody because we really concentrate on what we have to do on the ice. He teaches us what to do with the system. It's what already said, prepare ourselves. He gives us a lot of rest so we make sure we are ready to play every night. Q. I saw a story where when he met you, he was impressed with what a quality guy you were. Did you sense you had good chemistry, that he was going to have great trust in you and believe in you? ALEXEI YASHIN: Again, I am who I am. I’m glad some people see something special in me. Again, it's always kind of great when you have a connection, especially with the coaching staff, right away. It seems like it's been going well. I hope I can play as well as I can to help the team to be successful and help Ted to build something great here.

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Foppa Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As Spector points out at his Fox Sports blog, there is talk Forsberg may be traded within the next 24 hours, Unlike some bloggers who throw out outlandish trade scenarios, the source of this rumor has a good history of reporting these types of trades.

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The 7th Greatest Canadian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Clad in matching nylon workout pants and jacket, looking like he might be preparing to coach a game later that afternoon, the seventh-greatest Canadian of all time makes his way up through the stands at the Hershey Center in the western Toronto suburb of Mississauga. Though he hasn't coached a National Hockey League game in 26 years, this is still Don Cherry's element — the hockey rink.
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Staios Signs Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers have secured a major piece of their defence corps, signing Steve Staios to a four-year contract extension, worth $10.9-million.

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KK- Update On Questions For John Shannon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The questions many NHL fans submitted to John Shannon will appear a week from today. Also, this feature will be expanded and offered on a montly basis. More information on this early next week.

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Draft Right & Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

Enough with the excuses. I am amazed by the excuse makers in the NHL who say that the NHL entry draft is an in-exact science. If that were true, then how come the same teams always seem to get it right, even if they are picking way down the line each and every draft?... General Managers are under the microscope more than ever before when it comes to building a team. The best way to keep your job as a GM is to go out and hire top quality scouts who can deliver draft day results.
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