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Rangers Have Decisions To Make

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of theOttawa Sun,

The Rangers haven’t had any talks with G Henrik Lundqvist, who can become a restricted free agent July 1 and is making $4.25 million this season. The Rangers are going to have to pony up about $8 million per season on a new contract to fend off the threat of an offer sheet from a team looking for goaltending help. The Lightning, Kings and Oilers would all be in the running.

If the Rangers decide to trade W Jaromir Jagr at the deadline, Detroit is a possible destination.

much more rumor talk…

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Problem In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The fall out of favor of Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, scratched from the last two games, is merely symbolic of the dysfunction striking the Penguins.

A notable number of players in the room harbor bitter feelings toward head coach Michel Therrien and assistant Andre Savard. There is resentment, we’re told, over the manner in which veteran Mark Recchi was waived. Ruutuu and Gary Roberts have asked for trades.

more and some Simon and NHLPA talk too…

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Why Boo Briere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

The comments have been nearly nonstop on whether Daniel Briere should have been booed mercilessly when he returned to Buffalo on Friday. And the words are passionate on both sides of the argument. One site even had to shut down the message board topic because the chatter turned into fans with opposing views typing vulgarities at each other.

For even more words on the matter, here we go: The booing of Briere was absolutely wrong, especially at the start of the game.

He helped make the Sabres matter again. When he arrived, games consisted of about 9,000 fans and a few writers.

read on and just a little reminder, Sergei Fedorov still gets booed in Detroit so it will probably continue in Buffalo too.

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Note to Farber:  Eat It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Michael Farber can point to December 4th as the day he became the Minnesota Wild’s worst enemy.  After months of serious research, that was the day he declared St. Paul as “America’s new Hockeytown.”

Three days after that the Wings outshot the Wild 34-19 and swirlied them to the tune of 5-0.  And three weeks after that?  All it did was get worse.

Associated Press

After another dominating victory over the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper packed his bag in front of his locker and was asked where he was headed.

“I’m going back to Hockeytown,” he said with a smile.

F’ing A right you are.


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Half The Team’s Hurt…Might As Well Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Igor Grigorenko has been recalled from Russia and will play on the Wings third line with Dennis Derosiers and Saline Policeman Chad Dana, 1987 standout for the Arthur Hill Lumberjacks.  Dana, typically a stay-at-home defenseman said he’s comfortable playing the wing, even after a 20 year absence from organized hockey.

No, none of that’s happening. It was a gratuitous slam at Grigorenko, a tribute to my favorite Saginaw Gear and a not-so-subtle salute to my drunk friends from my hometown.  Good enough? 


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Ready To Hurl?  Zetterberg Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back spasms, according to Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod.

The biggest news from Saturday’s morning skate is that Henrik Zetterberg won’t play tonight because of back spasms. With Tomas Holmstrom back in Detroit with a bone bruise in his right knee, Mark Hartigan has been called up to give the Red Wings 12 forwards. Hartigan wasn’t at the morning skate.
Zetterberg will rest his back over the Christmas break and see how he feels on the other side.

“I’m not too worried,” said Zetterberg. “There’s been a lot of games played. I feel a little bad today. Hopefully, I get three days off, I’ll feel a little better after Christmas. Of course I want to play tonight, but if you think, be a little smart, you get a few days off and hopefully it won’t get worse. ... Today was the first time it was bad enough to not go out there. We decided not to play. It’s been pretty good lately. Overall for the year, it’s been good and bad days, but overall it’s been good.”


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Open Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As I mentioned yesterday, KK posting will be in “lite” mode until December 26th and will go “dark” around noon ET on December 24th thru the morning of the 26th.

So this post is open to you, feel free to talk hockey or in this one instance, general talk is allowed too.

As you can see at the bottom of each blog homepage, traffic is down and will be that way for about the next ten days or so.  But if yoi have a question, a rant or just want to get something out, feel free to do so in the comments of this post.

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Where’d That Big Lead Go?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Before your eyes glaze over and you stop reading halfway through this post, get to the bottom for details on an epic A2Y Event.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that the Wings were cruising along with a sizable lead in the Division That Gary Built?  Those were the days, eh?  Well, after Thursday’s loss to the martyr and the little Blues, the Central lead has dwindled to a worrisome 17 points.

Yes, that’s sarcasm.  Revel in it.  Here’s something.  Worried about the Blues?  I’d guess that answer is no. But if you are, take note of this number:  42.  It’s an amazing number and I’ll tell you why.

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Stick Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com,

This hot-and-cold argument has raged almost from the time composite sticks became popular, early in the 2002-03 season. It was very much a topic in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ dressing room Friday after defenceman Pavel Kubina’s stick disintegrated as he leaned into a wide-open slapshot in Tampa on Thursday, which might have provided the visitors with a last-minute victory.

Instead, the Lightning broke away on an odd-man rush and Vincent Lecavalier slapped in the decisive tally with 41.6 seconds left in regulation time.

“Yeah, a broken stick probably cost us a game the other night,” forward Matt Stajan said.

read on

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Havlat Returns To Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

Once the Blackhawks winger found out Chicago was playing in Ottawa, he purchased a private box at Scotiabank Place for all his close buddies in the capital….

“It’s going to be special to come back there and play in my first game,” said Havlat, 26, the Senators’ top pick in 1999 with the No. 26 selection. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. There were so many good nights in that building, so many special moments and the thing I enjoyed the most was that we always had a team that made the playoffs.

“We always had a chance ever year. The winning, and having the chance to win, was always something I enjoyed. That’s what every hockey player wants to have in his career.”


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