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Chelios The Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

This is about loyalty, a player’s to his team and a team’s to a legend.

This isn’t about money for Chris Chelios, who at 46 is back with the Detroit Red Wings for his 25th National Hockey League season. Not when he’s being paid $750,000, spillage in many of today’s NHL contracts.

This is about hockey coursing through Chelios’s veins, about his willingness to sit more than he’ll play simply because he loves the game too much for the puck to drop next month without him.

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A Look At The Leafs Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at the Spin,

Depth and experience? Really?

This is the same chatter we heard last fall when some suggested the Leafs had such depth on defence that they should trade some of it away to help in other areas.

Now we’re hearing it again. Folks, it’s about more than just having lots of names.

What I see is a defence with two proven blueliners - Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina - and a pile of question marks.

It might be the weakest defence corps in the entire league. Certainly one of the weakest five.

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Hockey Sweater Helps War Prisoner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Prior to the start of World War II the Smokies went on a barnstorming tour of Europe and then represented Canada at the World Championships. Upon their successful return to British Columbia, Smoke Eater Mickey Brennan gave his well worn sweater to fan Steve Saprunoff as a souvenir.

Saprunoff later enrolled in the Canadian Air Force, and was called into action in Europe in World War II. He always wore his trusty Smoke Eaters jersey on missions. Even on the day in 1944 his plane was shot down in German territory and he became prisoner of war.

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Yzerman Waiting For The Right Situation

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

“Some day I may have to make a decision whether I’m comfortable in Detroit, or do I want to take a significant role if it means I have to go somewhere else.

“In the right situation, I’d have to consider it. I don’t want to say absolutely not to anything.”

Yzerman’s unique, combined apprenticeship between Detroit and Hockey Canada has made him a hot managerial commodity for the future.

“I’ve learned a lot in Detroit,” he said. “Whether it’s negotiating a contract, debating whether a player should go to the minors or deciding whether we should sign a junior player, every decision that gets made I get to sit in on.

“Then, with Hockey Canada, I’m in a position to actually make decisions. So I really have gained a lot of experience.”

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Exhibition Game 1:  Stress Train Is Warmed And Ready

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aloha from Waikiki.  As the kids would say, don’t hate.

Oh.  I’m an idiot for even mentioning the stress train in September? 
MacLeod

Nicklas Lidstrom left tonight’s preseason opener with 16:55 left in the third period when a shot by Montreal’s Shawn Belle deflected up into Lidstrom’s face. The Detroit captain crumpled to the ice holding his face with a pool of blood fast in forming beneath him. Lidstrom didn’t return to the game.

The anti-digger did also say his x-rays were precautionary and it “could have been a lot worse.”

 

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Carle & Lidstrom Off To The Hospital

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mattieu Carle of the Canadiens was hit by the Wings Tomas Kopecky and was taken to the hospital for observation.

You can see the hit at RDS.

Nick Lidstrom was also taken to the hospital after taking a puck to the face.  Reports are he went for stitches and an xray.

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Found Her

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Anyone wondering where Alanah has been?

This will answer your questions.

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Official Gonchar Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a dislocated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Gonchar suffered the injury in the pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 20.

“Sergei will continue to be evaluated as our team medical personnel consider several treatment options,” Shero said. “In the meantime, we will look for our other defensemen to step up and fill the void created by his absence.”

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Claude Lemieux Wants Back In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Well-travelled former Montreal Canadiens forward Claude Lemieux appears to have found the fountain of youth – apparently it’s somewhere near Phoenix.

Lemieux has told the RDS sports network that he wants to make an NHL comeback at age 43, and that his inspiration is the impending un-retirement of cycling legend Lance Armstrong….

And while he insists money is no concern, Lemieux carefully choreographed his announcement, earning maximum exposure through his insistence that the RDS interview be conducted by former Habs coach Jacques Demers or former teammate Benoit Brunet (both are analysts for the network.)

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Ohlund Wants To Stay In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Sporting News,

Ohlund sidestepped the question of whether he would waive his no-trade clause.

“I’ve never been asked,” he said. “As far as I know, I’ll be here.”

He could fetch a lucrative new deal with another team in the offseason, because many teams would covet his offensive prowess and defensive dependability.

While open to moving on, he is also willing to negotiate a new deal with Vancouver during the season.

Meanwhile, Ohlund’s more immediate concerns are to help the Canucks return to the playoffs—and rebound from one of the most difficult seasons in his career.

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