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Is It The Flu, Virus Or Concussion?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio at CSN Philly,

Both Gagne and general manager Paul Holmgren denied after the game he was concussed. Gagne said he had either the flu or a stomach virus, since he has been experiencing digestion problems for two days. Holmgren said Gagne was dehydrated and that’s all.

Gagne, like another famous Flyer, Keith Primeau, suffered multiple concussions last season and has experienced post-concussion syndrome.

Neurological experts say anyone who has suffered from post-concussion syndrome can experience concussion symptoms many months or even years later because they have suffered multiple brain trauma.

In other words, Gagne could have concussion symptoms without being hit or incurring an injury in a game.


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Good News Only

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

Heck, things have been so dark that Peter Laviolette’s firing in Carolina and the electronic ballot-box stuffing in Montreal barely caused a ripple in The Hockey News editorial department.

So how about some good news? If even for half-a-blog? Here are some stories you can latch onto if you’re in need of a little warmth and shelter:

The Original Six revival. Boston, the shiniest surprise of the young NHL season, has surged to first in the East. Chicago is a terrific feel-good story, a team on the verge of something special. The Rangers have remodelled themselves and are rolling. Detroit is Detroit, still the team to beat until someone does it. Montreal is celebrating a centennial season with typical style and grace and is a legitimate Cup threat. There’s even an air of expectancy in Toronto, if not for this season, then a few down the road.

read on for more ‘happy hockey talk’!

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Two Rookies On The Radar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Hale of Slap Shot at the NYT,

Hands up out there if you had Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks as your candidate for the Calder Trophy this season.

Versteeg, 22, leads N.H.L. rookies in points (22), assists (15) and plus-minus (+13). Versteeg’s route to prominence was a long one. He has escaped major notice because he was drafted four years ago in the fifth round by Boston, who dealt him to Chicago for Brandon Bochenski in February 2007. The Bruins would probably love to redo that deal.

It’s possible that Versteeg’s main challenger could be just as unexpected. Steve Mason, 20, the goalie for the Columbus Blue Jackets, is 6-3-1 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average. He also has two shutouts.

continued with some WHC and Phaneuf talk included.

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  Tags: kris+versteeg, steve+mason

Colorado Calls Up Chris Stewart

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Chris Stewart has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. He will be available for tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars.

It’s Stewart’s first career NHL call-up in the regular season after spending the last two seasons in Lake Erie where he has compiled 11 points (5g/6a) in 19 games played this year. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Stewart’s first full year as a pro, he recorded 44 points (25g/19a) in 77 games at Lake Erie. Stewart was recalled by Colorado during the 2008 playoffs, but did not dress.

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  Tags: chris+stewart

Too Early To Talk Stanley Cup & Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Now that the San Jose Sharks have tied the 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens’ mark for the most points in the season’s first 25 games, they’re a lock for the Stanley Cup, right?

Well — not quite.

The Sharks have been devouring opponents in the season’s first two months. Their 22-3-1 record is the best in the NHL, as is their 14-0-1 record at HP Pavilion. San Jose is the only team that hasn’t lost a home game in regulation, and the Sharks are 22-0-2 in their last 24 games at the Shark Tank.

continued and some talk regarding other teams too…

added 12:07pm, from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

Regular-season success might keep the building full and give the fans an exciting 82 games to watch, but winning games well into May and June is what every team in the NHL covets.

That is something that the Sharks have yet to prove they can do, and until they do, their continued regular-season success only add to the pain and disappointment of their early playoff exits.

The only measure of victory left for this franchise is to win the Stanley Cup, and it can’t come quickly enough for their loyal fans.


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Will The Lightning Make Even More Changes?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bolts Report,

After Thursday night’s 3-1 home loss to the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay is 1-4-4 under interim coach Rick Tocchet, who was supposed to inject some enthusiasm and a different approach.

Instead, the Lightning find themselves with an NHL-low six wins after 25 games. No club has scored fewer goals, and no team has a more-lopsided goal differential….

At this point, you have to wonder whether Vinny Lecavalier has any regrets about signing a long-term contract to remain in Tampa and be the face of a franchise that is floundering in the early stages.

Given the penchant of new ownership to make sweeping changes, we could see some significant personnel moves by the start of the new year.


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Stars Should Have…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

Because twenty-five games into this season the franchise finds itself wallowing in controversy, losses and depth issues. But would different decisions in the summer have been able to pave a different path in the opening 2 months of this disappointing campaign?

Here are 5 that might have:

1. Keep Hagman/Spurn Avery…Nik Hagman had value in a lot of areas. He was a good teammate, an effective and deadly penalty killer (Stars PK is currently 27th), a workaholic, durable, and could be counted on for 25 goals…

3. A Better Backup Goalie…With Marty Turco’s struggles this is much more imperative than it looked 6 months ago. The club has almost always been blessed with talented, game winning backups. Roman Turek, Arturs Irbe, Manny Fernandez, Marty Turco, Johan Hedberg, Dan Ellis, Mike Smith, Johan Holmqvist….


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Introducing The A2Y Happiness Quotient

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve decided that when your save percentage is .876, it’s no longer a “save percentage” because that’s a little too optimistic.  Fail percentage? That’s a little too harsh.

So, from this point forward that particular stat will be my “happiness quotient.”  If Osgood’s is above .900? That’s when I’ll be happy in a Wing-related way.  Below?  Well, sister…that’s a recipe for surliness.  So, after games like last night, even though the outcome was “good”, the mood in my personal space is not.

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Six Games For Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The verdict is in, and Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery will be sitting out a little while longer for the inappropriate comments he made earlier this week.

The National Hockey League announced Friday morning that Avery has been suspended for six games, without pay, retroactive to Tuesday’s game in Calgary, as a result of the comments he made Tuesday morning after the his team’s morning skate at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Avery also agreed to seek professional anger-management evaluation and, if necessary, structured counseling in light of his pattern of behavior, which the NHL has deemed unacceptable and antisocial behavior.


added 10:55am, Officiall release from the NHL on Avery…

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  Tags: sean+avery

Kariya Working Out But Not Skating

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Kariya’s hip, however, remained sore and he missed five games before he tried to skate again. The Blues were planning for him to return Nov. 21 against Anaheim, but in the days leading up to that game, Kariya experienced more pain than expected while testing his hip on the ice before the Blues’ practice.

Kariya underwent an additional MRI, sources have told the Post-Dispatch, which showed the injury to be “hip-related” but more complicated than a typical hip-flexor. The definition of a hip-flexor is a strain on the group of muscles that “pull the knee upward.”

Kariya hasn’t skated since testing the injury two weeks ago and he doesn’t appear to be closer to lacing up his skates. The Blues don’t have a timetable for when Kariya will play again, or even return to practice. The doctors and specialists that Kariya and the team have spoken with have stressed the need for rest.


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  Tags: paul+kariya

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