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Walking Around In A Fog After A Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Steve Staios felt like he was stuck in Groundhog Day, and every morning was a wicked New Year’s Day hangover that wouldn’t go away.

Knocked out of Edmonton’s lineup with a concussion two games into the season, he’s been trying to free himself from the cobwebs ever since.

“The first 10 days that I took off were not very good at all—I had some really rough days,” said the Oilers defenceman, who felt well enough, finally, to skate for the first time yesterday,

“I’m glad I’m past those because they were tough. Walking around in a fog, you don’t feel crisp. That hangover feeling all day.

“It was a little bit concerning at some points, but you try not to make too much of it and hope the next day was a good day.”


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Gaborik’s Gone And So Are The Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

There’s no hiding the first month of the Chuck Fletcher/Todd Richards regime was as successful as a grouse staring down the barrel of a shotgun, but, boy oh boy, the hockey gods sure had a good laugh at the Wild’s expense.

As the Wild keeps losing (it is 3-9), Gaborik keeps scoring (10 goals), although in a fitting twist of irony, Gaborik’s St. Paul homecoming is threatened tonight because of that oh-so familiar “lower body” injury. He hasn’t skated since Monday.

But let’s be honest: Gaborik’s fast start under the Broadway spotlight was as predictable as a rush-hour traffic jam through the Lincoln Tunnel.

read on

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Head Shots Need To Stop

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

How many players must be taken off the ice via stretcher before the NHL changes its way?

Will it take a body bag before the league finally clamps down on head shots?

Sure looks that way.

After years of believing the biggest cure of the headshot problem was players not skating with their head up, I’ve converted.

The onus has to be put on the players making the hit.


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Crosby Gains Confidence With New Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

With nine goals in 12 games, Crosby is off to the best start of his five-year career. He has 24 goals in his past 36 games, including the playoffs. He is on pace to score 62 this season, though it’s a bit early for projections.

Some people want to attribute Crosby’s hot start solely to his new, one-piece stick. Crosby is not one of them, although he acknowledges that the stick, at the very least, is symbolic of his budding scorer’s mentality….

Crosby favored the wood, among other reaasons, because he could feel the puck better on his stick. He finally made the switch this past summer, partly because the wooden blades he favored went out of production two years ago (he kept a stash for last season and still has plenty left, just in case).

“If anything, I think (the new stick) has probably given me more confidence to use my shot a little more,” Crosby said Wednesday, after scoring a hat trick against Montreal. “I definitely feel like I’m more likely to shoot from a little farther out than normal. In my mind, I’m not afraid to take a shot in a one-on-one now. That’s important. I can’t be too predictable.”

read on

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Bergeron Finding His Game Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,

After watching Patrice Bergeron score a first-period goal in the Bruins 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night at the Garden, an NHL scout in attendance began taking down notes.

“He’s skating . . . he’s strong on the puck,” wrote Tom Fitzgerald, a former teammate of Bergeron’s and now an assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “He’s hunting down the puck . . . he gets physical . . . he scores goals.”

And then, sounding more like the former teammate and less like the scout, Fitzgerald smiled and said, “He’s the old Bergie.”


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Leafs Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

Vesa Toskala: Don’t you get the feeling this guy would be really good at dodgeball?

Lee Stempniak: A capable point man on the power play ... who knew?

The Frat Pack: A sharp-looking line during pre-season, Viktor Stalberg, Tyler Bozak and Christian Hanson have been reunited ... with the Marlies. For now they’re the Drat Pack, but they’re in the right spot.

Tomas Kaberle: Say what you like about his teeter-totter play from one game to the next, but don’t you just want to pinch those rosy cheeks?

Mikhail Grabovski: Has the tremendous ability to go 100 m.p.h. without actually getting anywhere.


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Filppula Out With Broken Wrist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings have lost center Valtteri Filppula for 6-8 weeks with a broken right wrist.

Filppula was hurt in the second period of Thursday’s 6-5 shootout loss at Edmonton when he was hit by Gilbert Brule.

“I feel terrible, but nothing I can do now,” Filppula said.

“It’s not good,” Henrik Zetterberg added. “It’s tough to lose a player and especially Fil, he plays a lot of minutes and plays in all situations, so it’s a tough break for us.”

General manager Ken Holland said the team would not be recalling anyone from the minors, as they have enough forwards to go around.


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Complaining About Holmstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

On Tuesday when Niklas Kronwall scored to make it 2-2 early in the second, Holmstrom not once, not twice, but three times pushed Alex Edler out of the way while at the same time bumping against Roberto Luongo.

Then on Pavel Datsyuk’s go-ahead goal that made it 4-3 on the power play, Holmstrom was partially tying up Willie Mitchell in front of Luongo. You could argue that had it been Mitchell doing the same thing he’d be called for interference.

In football it’s called offensive interference; in the NHL it’s called when and if the refs feel like it.


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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Every One Of You Bitches Knew, And The Captain Did Too, That All We Needed Was Jobu

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Proving once again that my role in this organization is administrative at best.

It’s a Live Blog.  Spearheaded by Lightfoot, again.

But with a whole new sponsor.

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KK- Lite Nite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you have followed my blogs on NHL.com, you know I have added two women as tenants under my roof and one them turned the big 21 today.

So off we go to do a little celebration but I did make sure the watering-hole has Center Ice.

I probably won’t be updating until I get home later tonight and wish me luck!

added 10/30/09,

The two tenants pictured below before the partying really began..

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