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Sabres’ Lydman Has Neck Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Buffalo News:

Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman saw another specialist Friday. Ruff said the theory is that Lydman may have sprained a neck ligament. Lydman missed his fifth game with his mysterious neck injury that also has caused migraines. Lydman is not rehabbing as if he has a concussion. He has been working out in earnest off the ice. "I don't know if you can ever rule [a concussion] out, but it's not being treated as that," Ruff said. "He's gone through full-blown workouts - wind sprints, the whole exercise, day in and day out."
In addition to battling the lack of knowledge about concussions, the NHL's been flummoxed by players who exhibit concussion-like symptoms from head and neck injuries, migraines, inner-ear disorders, and even sinus problems... continued

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A League For Everyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

No checking. No fighting. You call that hockey? It is to tens of thousands of American adults who make up a fast-growing segment of the hockey-playing population. And if people like Elizabeth Larkin of Brookline have their way, this nonviolent version of the sport will keep on growing. "Even if people don't know how to skate, we'll take them from that point forward," said Larkin, director of Boston community outreach for Hockey North America, which has teams for adults in 15 US and Canadian cities.
continued

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Rol’d Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A note on game recaps: I'm in the process of moving from Bubba to Cap territory. Until I settle in DC, I'll be without Center Ice. So, games I have to listen to six inches away from my computer screen like a pathetic gamer will feature recaps a little skimpier than those I watch on tv (Versus!) or through Yahoo streaming. Bear with me until mid-December when the hockey package is once again the primary ingredient to my successful marriage. ------ Oh, the fond memories Dwayne Roloson provides the Wing faithful. Oiler fans will have to give us some insight on a question I have, and how they respond will make you feel better, worse or both...if that's possible. I think we deserve to know whether Roloson plays this well against everyone or if he saves these kind of performances just for us. Let's just get it out of the way. If you passed out in the fetal position after another sporting event yesterday and perhaps slept through the Wing game, well, here's the game for you right here. Wasn't that fun?

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What Will Hitchcock Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Though there's widespread belief throughout the industry that mixing strong-willed Hitchcock with control-freak MacLean would produce a combustible combination doomed to fail in Columbus, Capt. Kangaroo has been notorious for accepting the first job offered to him. Hence, St. Louis major domo John Davidson - who always has had an excellent relationship with, and always has had high regard for, Hitchcock - may feel the necessity to move sooner rather than later to make a change behind the Blues' bench, where good guy Mike Kitchen is operating on a one-year contract one year after finishing last overall last season.
much more from Larry...

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No Intention Of Trading Jovo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Despite the team's 6-13-0-0 record, and newspaper and Internet reports to the contrary, General Manager Mike Barnett said Phoenix has not had a single discussion about trading defenseman Ed Jovanovski to the San Jose Sharks for goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Furthermore, Barnett said, the Coyotes have not discussed any trades involving Jovanovski with other teams. "Ed Jovanovski was a key acquisition for our hockey club this summer, and we believe strongly that he will be part of the group that will see us an improved hockey club for the next several years to come," Barnett said. "We have no intention of discussing him with any other hockey club."
more

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Deal Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Anastasia of the Courier Post,

For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction, especially in sports. Action: Flyers show signs of life on West Coast. Reaction: Trade Peter Forsberg. Now. Two things don't go together in professional sports: Rebuilding teams and aging superstars trying to squeeze one last championship out of the twilight of their careers. Forsberg is 33 and dealing with a variety of health issues. He doesn't have a contract for next season. He's uncomfortable in his role as captain, especially for a struggling young team that might not make the playoffs.
read on

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Demystifying Hockey Nicknames

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Macomb Daily:

"I'm not sure that I'll ever learn all their nicknames. There are a lot of them in this Red Wings lockerroom." "Don't look at it that way. There are really only a handful of nickname variants." "Nickname variants?" "Yup. OK over there, who's that?" "That's Robert Lang, right?" "No, that's Langer. The 'er' suffix has been a favorite of hockey players for a long time."
continued, and never ask a goaltender named "Killer" how he earned his nickname...

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Bruins Still Searching For Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

Supposedly, the Bruins are interested in San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov or Philadelphia goalie Robert Esche, which may be the only accurate part of the rumors. Esche, like all the Flyers, is off to a horrible start, but who wouldn’t be interested in a 28-year-old goalie with career numbers of 2.68 and .900? Ditto for the 31-year-old Nabokov (2.44, .910), although his $5 million salary would be a lot harder to swallow than Esche’s $1 million. The bottom line: The Bruins wouldn’t pull the trigger on a major deal this early knowing what panic trading did to this team last year, not to mention what it did to Wall Street in 1929.
more on the Bruins...

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Nolan Not Happy With Lack Of Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Newsday,

The day after the Islanders' 3-2 shootout loss Friday night in Tampa, coach Ted Nolan still couldn't get over the fact that the Lightning played 65 minutes of hockey without being whistled for a single penalty.... "The coach on their team ranted and raved about the inadequacies of the referees a couple days before, and all of a sudden, he gets no calls against," Nolan said. But he's not planning to lodge his own complaint with the NHL. "I'm not sure if squeaky wheels get some grease or not, but we're not here to complain about that."

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Tallon Wants A Fair Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

Sources in Vancouver ay the Canucks, the Hawks' opponent tonight in the third game of their road trip, are ready to part with veteran center Brendan Morrison. The Canucks would love to pry Brent Seabrook, the 21-year-old defenseman who grew up in British Columbia, from the Hawks, who need a centerman to play with Havlat. This deal probably won't come off because Hawks general manager Dale Tallon is reluctant to part with his young players. ''It depends on the player [offered],'' Tallon said. ''We wouldn't want one at the end of his career. To give up a prospect, you have to get a young player back.''
more on Chicago, and you might be interested in what ex-Blackhawks play by play man Pat Foley has to say about his old team...

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