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Gaborik Will Have Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik is scheduled to have surgery on his left hip on Monday in Vail, Colo.

The surgery will address a deficiency in his hip that has caused chronic left groin pain. The surgeon has apprised the team that a return to play from this surgery is as soon as ten weeks, with the player able to begin skating after six weeks.

That’ll take it past the March 4 trade deadline obviously.

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Interesting Statistic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Stat Wizards at Elias Sports Bureau,

When Detroit defeated Chicago yesterday at Wrigley Field it marked the 879th time that Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios played on the winning team in a regular-season game, tying the NHL record held by Scott Stevens. Chelios’ first win came in his first game, a 3-2 victory by the Canadiens over the Hartford Whalers at the Montreal Forum on March 8, 1984.

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  Tags: chris+chelios, scott+stevens

How’s This For A Final Four?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The San Jose Sharks may have something to say about it in the end, and playoff match-ups are unpredictable at the best of times, but could the NHL luck into a scenario in which four Original Six teams – the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens in the East; the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks in the West – qualify for the Stanley Cup semi-finals?

And if so, wouldn’t that be the strongest marketing ploy imaginable, as the league enters into a year in which its presence on the sporting landscape will be put to the test by the world’s growing economic crisis?

continued & many other hockey notes…

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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2009) —Boston Bruins goaltenders Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas, who combined to post a 12-1-0 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 13 games, have been named co-recipients of the NHL ‘First Star’ award for December. Philadelphia Flyers center Jeff Carter was named Second Star and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin earned Third Star honors.

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Rookie Of The Month

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NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2009)—Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason, who posted a 7-5-0 record with a 1.41 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December. It marks the second consecutive month that Mason has earned top rookie honors and the third consecutive month a Blue Jackets player has done so, following Derick Brassard in October.

Mason edged St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (6-7—13 in 15 games), Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan (4-8—12 in 13 games), Boston Bruins left wing Blake Wheeler (5-6—11 in 13 games), Florida Panthers center Michael Frolik (4-7—11 in 14 games) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (3-6—9 in 11 games) for the award.

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Winter Classic Ratings

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from Gene Laverty of Bloomberg,

The Detroit Red Wings’ 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday at Wrigley Field topped last year’s National Hockey League outdoor game by 12 percent in preliminary television ratings.

The game at the home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs was the third annual outdoor contest and had an overnight rating of 2.9, according to Nielsen Media Research. That tops the 2.6 rating for last year’s match in snowy Buffalo, New York, between the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which had the biggest television audience for an NHL game since 1996.

continued

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The Odds Of Changes

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

What the National Hockey League should do and what the National Hockey league does are not always the same thing. So we’ll offer up these suggestions along with the likelihood of their being implemented.

Change the point structure (33% possibility): Some games, three points are awarded. Some games, it’s two. The NHL should say: “Look guys, we’re putting three points on the line in every game. If you want all three, you have to win in regulation time. If not, the points are awarded on a 2-1 basis with the eventual winner getting two.”...

Get a new commissioner (10%): Gary Bettman shut down the league for a year with the promise to the owners that his solution would end their economic woes. That clearly has not been the case, and many of the owners are unhappy with him….

more

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The Bruins Are #1

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from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins are for real. The Bruins are loaded. The Bruins are deep, talented and extremely well-coached, and they are a legitimate threat to win—deep breath here—Le Coupe.

The Cup.

Right?

I mean, aren’t they?

Admit it: If you are like most Bostonians, the Bruins have had their place for a long time. They are No. 4. (This is the only similarity to Robert Gordon Orr.) Yet the simple, indisputable truth today is that Bruins are indeed No. 1, in more ways than one, meaning it is time for some of us to learn, once and for all, the true difference between a hockey puck and a Ring Ding.

read on

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Something Needs To Be Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

No, the late Don Sanderson should not be turned into a martyr for the anti-fighting crowd.

On the basis of what we know, he might well have been the first guy to say that fighting was part of the game, and that he knew what he was getting into that fateful Dec. 12 night while playing for the Whitby Dunlops. He died earlier today, and his family, one imagines, wouldn’t want to see his memory manipulated for the purposes of anyone’s political agenda.

At the same time, however, it would be equally wrong to pretend for the sake of the pro-fighting constituency out there that this was somehow just an accident that was unavoidable and could happen to anyone who laces up a pair of skates.

We cannot simply ignore the terrible truth that a young man has been killed in a hockey fight, that hockey violence has claimed a life.

continued

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  Tags: don+sanderson

Santa Surprise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I hope the NHL doesn’t pick-up on this marketing idea.  It sort of spooks me out.

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