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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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Fractured Wrist For Osgood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via ESPN,

For once, Dominik Hasek isn't the goalie whose injury woes have left the Red Wings shorthanded. Detroit general manager Ken Holland announced Tuesday that backup Chris Osgood will miss three to four weeks with a fractured left wrist. Osgood practiced Monday for the first time since Nov. 12, when he was hit in practice by a shot on the inside of the wrist. He said the wrist was sore, but he didn't think it was broken. Because of the swelling, X-rays taken a week ago didn't reveal anything. "I thought it would feel better today, after not taking any shots for a while, but it doesn't feel as good as I thought," Osgood told the Red Wings' Web site after practice, before learning the wrist was broken. "I had broken hands before; [this] is not the same thing."

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On the Hockey Blogs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By Alanah D This week's selection of entertainment from around the hockey blogosphere has a bunch of good links to feed your hockey addiction. To start, The Ice Block has written an opinion piece on the YouTube deal with the NHL, announced last week. While some have suggested the NHL would be better off hosting all their own video highlights, TIB's David Singer comments on what those pundits seem to forget:

The underground effect. Youtube is way overground, but it’s not nhl.com. Despite being owned by Google, it’s still not “the man”. Bitter hockey fans are still hockey fans. They watch, they might be willing to upload or simply share a link to a clip, but they’re not going to do it for the league itself. They will on Youtube.

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Stop The Clocks

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

One year ago today, Jiri Fischer's heart went into fibrillation the Red Wings' bench. his doctor was able resuscitate Fisch's heart using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), and he was taken away to hospital. The spontaneous heart fibrillation, it turned out, was due to a medical condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which means that Fischer's heart walls are thicker than normal. The resulting electrical imbalance (your brain doesn't assume that your heart muscles are thick or thin) caused a catastrophic chain of events--his heart went into what's called ventricular fibrillation, where the ventricles begin to flutter and stop pumping blood, his brain began to react by attempting to speed up his heartbeat to over 300 beats per minute. As the brain became starved of oxygen, he experienced a seizure. To some extent, he was lucky. His doctor had seen patients with this condition before, and he knew the seriousness of the situation--people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tend not to recover when their heart begins to fibrillate, because the brain and heart aren't quite in sync to begin with. The combination of heart condition, "v-fib," and seizure mean that it takes a very long time to get the heart to actually pump blood again When the heart's finally pumping oxygen through the system again, multiple organs could have failed from extended oxygen starvation, including the brain. Fisch was just that one-in-several thousand patients who came back quickly, and, at the same time, was diagnosed as not simply having had a heart attack.

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Columbus Fans Frustrated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Fans started leaving Nationwide Arena in droves with about eight minutes left in the third period last night, proof that the faithful held out little hope of a Blue Jackets’ comeback against the Nashville Predators. The fans know their team. The Blue Jackets lost 3-1 to the Predators, their sixth straight defeat, including three to Nashville within the past six days. "It’s very frustrating," said Wendy Stevens of New Albany, whose family had season tickets since the inaugural 2000-01 season before dropping them this season.
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John Ferguson Battles Bone Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sun Media via the Toronto Sun,

Through 500 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, John Bowie Ferguson was the undisputed heavyweight champion accumulating 1,214 penalty minutes in 500 games. Today, Ferguson is "starting the toughest challenge" when he begins radiation treatment for bone cancer in Toronto. "It's another setback that we're back fighting this problem," Ferguson, 68, told Sun Media yesterday. In September 2005, Ferguson had his cancerous prostate removed at a London, Ont. hospital and appeared to be healthy.
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Osgood Shelved Up To A Month

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I happen to believe that if Chris Osgood had been healthy last Spring there would be no "Punch In The Face" entry in the A2Y Glossary. Yes, that means I think that if Osgood had relieved The Martyr, the Wings would have defeated Edmonton. I think that Manny Legace was despised in the Detroit locker room and that a goalie change after Game 5 would have energized the Wings. Energized them to the point that they would have moved on to the second round. Having said that, and caused the COPBA (Chris Osgood Puck Bunny Association) significant joy, I'm a little concerned that another Ozzie injury may bring more trouble with it. Ken Holland said yesterday that Osgood's wrist is fractured and he's out three to four weeks. Khan(!)/MLive

Holland said he doesn't anticipate calling up another goalie, that the team will use Joey MacDonald as Hasek's backup. But, that would force Hasek to dress as the backup in some games, putting him at risk for an injury if forced to enter the game cold. "My feeling is we'll go with the two goalies and Dom will be on the bench when he doesn't start,'' Holland said. "But, that could change between now and (today).''
I'm not particularly worried about the "cold" entry into games. Yes, that's a concern. But everything about Hasek's health is a concern. I worry about Hasek pulling a groin while he pours a bowl of cereal. But I don't stress about it because I think Osgood's a quality back-up. Now I'm going to stress, for three to four weeks.

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Bubba’s On The Hunt

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

USA Today's Kevin Allen ran an interview with the Big Bubba today. Naturally, the Central Division title came up.

How much emphasis are you putting on winning the Central Division? Trotz: I think it's very important to us. We have been chasing Detroit for eight years now. That's the first step we have to take — to win the division. The division guarantees you at least the third spot. If you don't win your division, you aren't guaranteed anything. You might end up ninth or 10th. I think there are 10 really quality teams.
Let me translate that for you. Here's what Trotz really said: "We realize winning the division means nothing. We know we're making the playoffs regardless. However, my team has a mental hurdle we can't seem to leap over and that hurdle is Detroit. We think we're better but we can't prove it on the ice, or in the standings. Until we do, we can't expect to do jack squat in the playoffs."

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