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Marian Hossa Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My understanding he took a knee to knee hit from Glen Murray.

Will be re-evaluated tomorrow according to FSN Pittsburgh.

added 9:59pm, via TSN,

Marian Hossa’s first game as a Pittsburgh Penguin ended pre-maturely as the Slovakian sniper left after suffering a grade 1 strain of his MCL.

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The Playoff Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Forecheck,

While the web-surfing hockey fan can find reams of analysis as to which teams did or did not help themselves on the NHL’s Trade Deadline Day this week, there’s another question worth answering when one considers how tight the playoff races remain. To what extent has the remaining schedule for various teams gotten tougher or easier, depending on what their upcoming opponents have done to their rosters?

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Sharks Have Cap Room For Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Victor Chi of the Sporting News via Yahoo,

The Sharks should be able to offer Campbell the two most important enticements for a free agent: Money and success. They have the salary-cap space to accommodate him, and the team is positioned to be competitive for several seasons—- Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo are signed through 2011.

San Jose’s ace, though, might be the Ottawa connection. Campbell and GM Doug Wilson both played junior hockey under legendary Ottawa 67s coach Brian Kilrea. Wilson often cites Kilrea as one of the most important influences in his life, and the alumni network of 67s is tight. He believes in the way Kilrea develops hockey skills and character, and his track record with the Sharks is a reflection of that.

read on

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Too Many Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

The Washington Capitals demonstrated three goaltenders do not fit in front of two nets.

Newly acquired Cristobal Huet presided at one end of the rink Thursday during his first practice with the team. Longtime face-of-the-franchise Olie Kolzig was at the other end.

As for reliable backup Brent Johnson? All he could do was watch from the bench.

“I think everybody realizes how weird it is in here right now,” Kolzig said.

continued

added 7:37pm, Kolzig’s agent talks about this move at Capitals Insider...

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Khan(!): Cleary’s On Track

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) let loose a torrent of literary brilliance following today’s practice.  He’s all over it: Cleary (recovering), Chelios (skating), Quincey (departing) and Redmond (returning).

Cleary said he’s still hoping to play in the last three or four games of the regular season to get ready for the playoffs.

He’s lost a lot of weight being on a liquid diet after undergoing surgery on Feb. 9, having three plates and numerous screws inserted into the jaw.

“I didn’t even want to get on the scale. I usually like to play at 210, 215, so I got a ways to go,’’ Cleary said. “I got 4-5 weeks to get it back and I feel I’ll come back stronger and better than I was before I was hurt. I lost 15 pounds, but I expect it to gradually come back once my diet gets better.’‘

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Looking At The Richards Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Tampa Bay general manager called Brad Richards on Tuesday morning to tell the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner he had been traded to Dallas. Feaster, Richards and Richards’ agent, Pat Morris, had been talking about the potential move for days, so the news was hardly surprising. Still, Feaster had to hang up the phone.

“I phoned Brad and I couldn’t finish the conversation. I broke down and I couldn’t finish talking to him,” Feaster told ESPN.com a day after he sent Richards to Dallas along with backup netminder Johan Holmqvist for goalie Mike Smith, forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern and a 2009 fourth-round pick.

“It was the weirdest day of my life,” Richards told ESPN.com shortly after his first practice with the Stars.

read on

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Rob Blake Activated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Rob Blake from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

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Wings Welcome Stuart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Rafalski didn’t stay long. Update below.

Update from the Joe via the Anti-Digger,

On the ice for Thursday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena (an unusual 3 p.m.) are Chris Chelios, Niklas Kronwall and Brian Rafalski. So is newcomer Brad Stuart, meaning nine defensemen (no Nicklas Lidstrom) are at practice.

Stuart led the Red Wings’ stretching exercises (one player does each practice) to hoots and hollers from his new teammates.

Continue Reading »

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The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is on the airwaves from 4-5 p.m. ET today for the NHL Hour on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com.

NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, including Commissioner Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Senior Executive VP of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. The show is co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour

All About Shop.NHL.com

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Internet Retailer,

NHL.com does not disclose its sales, but Cooper says they are up 35% over last year, and the conversion rate is up 23%. Cooper says most of those increases come from an improved product configurator introduced on the site last summer that makes it easier for customers to add a name and number to a team jersey, and to see what the jersey will look like. Team jerseys account for 40% of the site’s sales.

read on

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