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Devils Fine Without Brodeur

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When superstar goaltender Martin Brodeur was hurt for the Devils earlier this season, they were written off by a lot of people.  Brodeur had surgery on his torn tendons in his left bicep.  The surgery occurred in early November and with recovery expected to take 3-4 months, he would project to return in February at the earliest. 

Martin Brodeur has been the heart and soul of the Devils franchise for years.  His goaltending has been one of the main reasons for the Devils success.  Without an elite goaltender, the Devils might be in for a long season.

Not so fast!  The Devils have been 9-1 in their last ten starts without Brodeur.  Scott Clemmensen has filled in marvelously.  He has been the winning goalie for the Devils in eight of those nine wins.

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Coyotes CEO Says No Bankruptcy, No Plans To Sell Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

Phoenix Coyotes Chief Executive Jeff Shumway shot down a report this week that claimed the financially strapped desert dogs were facing a handful of doom-and-gloom options that include filing for bankruptcy.

A story in Toronto’s Globe and Mail said the Coyotes were expected to lose up to $35 million this season and owner Jerry Moyes may be forced to renegotiate the team’s lease at Jobing.com Arena with Glendale, file for bankruptcy protection or give the team to the National Hockey League.

Shumway said Moyes, who also owns trucking company Swift Transportation, has no intention of giving up the team, filing for bankruptcy or giving the Coyotes to the NHL.


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Years Before Plante, Woman Used Goalie Mask To Protect Teeth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stewart Bell of the National Post,

I picked up a copy of The Hockey News the other day and there, on page 25, was an old black-and-white photograph of my grandmother, wearing goalie pads and a striped hockey sweater.

It described how, while playing for Queen’s University in 1927, my grandmother shocked fans by wearing a mask.

“The first hockey netminder interested in saving face looks to have been Elizabeth Graham,” the article reads. “It would appear the father of the goalie mask was in fact a woman.”...

Like a lot of innovators, my grandmother passed away before she was widely recognized for her contribution. Her role as the pioneer of the goalie mask was always family legend, but all of a sudden, she is now getting her due.

The Hockey Hall of Fame has named her one of a dozen “Notable Women Hockey Players,” and she is featured in a new book called Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask, with a forward by the legendary Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins.

more and if interested, you can purchase the book at Amazon.

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Pahlsson Has Seen Ups & Downs In His Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

Pahlsson’s career seemed headed down a much different path in 2002. He walked away from the Ducks, and the NHL, after being sent to the minor leagues. He hoped to be traded, or, at the very least, released from his contract so he could play in Sweden. Bryan Murray, then the Ducks’ general manager, did neither and Pahlsson cooled his heels for two months.

“I don’t know if it was the right decision to leave,” said Pahlsson, who turns 31 on Dec. 17. “But it was the right decision to come back. Maybe I had to go through all of that to learn what I wanted out of life and hockey.”

Pahlsson’s next big decision should be a lucrative one. He is an unrestricted free agent and has a hefty reputation as an annoying obstacle to opposing players….

“If I have to test the market, I will,” said Pahlsson, who is making $1.4 million this season. “At the same time, I love it here.”


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Your Choice…Flippin’ Out With Great Danes Or A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Deep in the hearta and we’re going with ZZ Top for tonite’s featured artist.

Here’s the deal.  I’m “going out to dinner.”  I have a feeling this is some kind of wack-job 40th birthday surprise party, 3 days before the actual event.  If it is? I won’t be back for the Live Blog.

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Top-Tier UFA’s Will Be Paid Accordingly

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from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Executive director Paul Kelly took some time to provide an update on the NHLPA, its outlook on the economy, and how it will affect player salaries moving forward.

While cap problems might curb the trend of rising contracts, Kelly said the top-tier players heading into unrestricted free agency should still earn lucrative paydays. Kelly cited Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg as an example. “You’ve got to pay Henrik Zetterberg to play for you,” Kelly said. “He’s a phenomenal athlete. He’s an exciting player. He’s a guy who can singlehandedly carry a team. I don’t think a guy with his skill level is going to suffer that big a shock in the marketplace. He’s one example. There are dozens of guys that fit that profile.

more & Wings fans thank you Mr. Kelly for increasing the $$$ Zetterberg may be asking for!

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Theodore Day-to-Day With Hip Flexor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Here’s the latest on the Caps’ goalie situation. You might want to take a seat.

Jose Theodore is, in fact, hurt. He is day-to-day with a hip flexor. I’m not sure when this injury happened.

The Caps have summoned Simeon Varlamov from Hershey and he hopes to arrive from Houston in time to be on the Caps’ bench by the second period. He’ll backup Brent Johnson. Eventually.

imagecontinued with more on the the first period backup goalie, Brett Leonhardt.

And there’s more on Leonhardt also available from the Associated Press via the Globe & Mail.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Simeon Varlamov (SIHM-yahn VAR-la-mohv) from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears and reassigned forward Oskar Osala and defenseman Sean Collin to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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A Look At The Wings Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Despite a surprisingly suspect defense, the Detroit Red Wings have still managed to keep pace with the red-hot San Jose Sharks on top of the Western Conference standings. The biggest reason is that there isn’t a better power play in the league. Entering Friday’s game, the Red Wings were scoring on 29 percent of their power plays, easily the best conversion rate in the NHL.

Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has been around some pretty good power plays in Detroit; is this one the best he’s been a part of? “I’ve played on some great teams, I think it’s right up there,” Lidstrom told SportingNews.com. “We had some strong ones with Hull, Shanahan, Yzerman, Robitaille, Larionov, Fedorov—guys that bring a lot to a team and a power play—but this ranks right up there with the teams we’ve had.”

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Robidas Out With Broken Jaw

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars blog,

He had surgery on it yesterday and will be out for at least a week.

The guy is tough, you have to give him that, to play half of that Wednesday game with a broken jaw.

more on the Stars…

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Lightning Waive Lundin

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune:

Tampa Bay’s transaction wire continues to be as hot as a fire burning inside a chimney north of the border.

The Lightning on Friday placed defenseman Mike Lundin on waivers, sending him back to Tampa while he waits to see if he clears. Also, right wing Steve Downie was reassigned to AHL Norfolk. In addition, left wing Matt Pettinger was activated off injured reserve and center Zenon Konopka’s status changed from an emergency recall to a regular recall.

The biggest surprise was waving Lundin, who last year took part in the NHL Youngstars game, part of the All-Star game festivities. The 24-year-old appeared in 81 games with the Lightning last season as a rookie and for stretches this season played as a top-four defenseman, logging 18-20 minutes a night.


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