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NHL Should Be Dark On Trade Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Victor Chi at the Sporting News,

When it comes to a trade deadline, no other sports league can match the fuss and frenzy of the NHL.

The NHL should be accentuating this distinction.

Turn the day itself into a stand-alone event. It should be easier now that the NHL Network is available in the United States. And if Versus is supposed to be such a great partner for the NHL, get the network to simulcast the NHL Network or a Canadian all-sports outlet or produce its own trade-day show.

On deadline day, games actually serve as a diversion. The attention and resources required to covering games come at the expense of deeper trade coverage.

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Ducks Carter Out With Broken Wrist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Rookie center Ryan Carter suffered a broken right wrist in Wednesday night’s victory over the Colorado Avalanche, an MRI exam performed Thursday revealed.

Carter was checked into the board by Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger but the injury occured when Carter’s right hand went through an opening in the glass that is used by photographers.

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  Tags: ryan+carter

Wild Show Interest In Jokinen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

The Minnesota Wild hasn’t tried to hide its interest in Jokinen. And it appears the Panthers are at the very least exploring the idea of trading him there by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

Why?

Panthers director of pro scouting Bill O’Flaherty was at the Wild’s game in Chicago last night. He’s the third different Panthers’ representative to attend a Wild game recently—pro scout Jack Birch and director of player development Duane Sutter are the others—and combined, the trio as attended four of the last six Wild games overall. Perhaps the Panthers want to be very prepared for their Feb. 29 home game against the Wild. Or…....they’re checking out their options for Jokinen.

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  Tags: olli+jokinen

Richards Talk From The Columbus Side

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

Richards’ availability via trade was first reported by TSN, a Canadian cable channel. TSN also hinted that the Blue Jackets were in the running. I didn’t want to report it until somebody I respected confirmed it to me, and that took place this afternoon.

First, Richards would have to waive his no trade clause. Not sure he’d do that to come to the Blue Jackets, but this franchise has always been very welcoming and attractive to Prince Edward Island guys.

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  Tags: brad+richards

Trade Deadline: Top Buyers and Sellers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

You know that the hockey world has entered the 21st century when the Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings had to deny a rumor that appeared on a bogus Valtteri Filppula Facebook page earlier this week.

As is always the case, the ridiculous rumors far outnumber the actual trade negotiations. But with five days remaining before the trade deadline, here are the top buyers and sellers in the marketplace:

continued… with a list of 15 top-buyers and 6 top-sellers

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  Tags: trade+deadline, trade+rumors

Wings Following Pats’ Pattern?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So says Damien Cox, on loan to ESPN,

We all know, of course, how that fantasy football story ended, with the 18-0 New Englanders stunned on Super Bowl Sunday by the New York Giants.

It could be that the Red Wings are headed for a similar conclusion, particularly since the Western Conference is packed with tough opponents, from defending champion Anaheim to hard-nosed Calgary to talented San Jose. Vancouver, led by superb goalie Roberto Luongo, could trip up anybody.

And if the Wings get past those obstacles, any number of upset-minded Eastern Conference clubs would await.

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Neil Smith on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Rangers, will be the guest on the NHL Hour today.  Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*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.

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  Tags: bill+daly, media, neil+smith, nhl+hour, xm+radio

Zednik Tells His Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

“I was cut before in my face and I didn’t even feel it. This time, it was kind of like a stab, I felt like somebody stabbed me,” he said. “After it wasn’t the pain, it was more what was going to happen.

“I kind of got a bit weaker when I got to the bench and then I don’t remember much but I remember I was talking to our trainer Zenobi and a doctor was putting so much pressure on my neck I couldn’t breathe. ..

“I was just wishing, `OK, let’s go to the surgery, give me some injections so I’m going to be sleeping and I can wake up after.’ It was painful just the pressure they were putting on my neck.”

His carotid artery on the right side of his throat was nearly completely severed. Surgery to reattach it at Buffalo General Hospital took an hour.

more from Zednik as he addressed the media today

Update 3:25pm ET: ESPN provides video (below) of the press conference:

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  Tags: injury, richard+zednik

Yoga Makes the Fighter

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,
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Four years later, Laraque credits yoga for sharpening his competitive edge against the younger, bigger foes trying to make a heavyweight name for themselves in the NHL.

“Most guys that fight use the weights, weights, and weights, and they’re so big in their bodies that the muscle doesn’t matter,” Laraque said. “Yoga helps your core strength and that is way better than weights. I’m not the strongest guy weight-wise with enforcers in the NHL, but I’m strong, but not because I bench press six plates. If you do yoga, you don’t need to do weights that much because it’s like a weight exercise, but instead of using weights, you’re using your body.”

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  Tags: fighting, georges+laraque, training, yogo

Panic In Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

All it took were a few dreaded words from a concussion specialist Tuesday for the Philadelphia Flyers to subtly slip into full-blown desperation mode.

Moments after completing a trade that sent Jim Vandermeer west to Calgary, the Flyers learned they will be without forward Simon Gagne for the remainder of the season.

Not exactly welcome news for a team that hasn’t won in eight games.

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Update 4:02pm ET: (alanah) Marty contacted us acknowledging the error in his original article, and made the correction which we’ve also reflected above.

(*Hey, we all have “blonde moments” where we accidentally invert some vital information—I’m just happy it wasn’t me for once!)

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