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No More Dark Days In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Mariotti of the Sun-Times,

There was Bobby Hull, back from the darkness. There was Stan Mikita, back from the cold. And there were the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks, back where they belong in the bosom of Chicago sports on a memorable evening when an illustrious past was attached to a hopeful future.

‘‘I spent so many years proudly wearing the Indian head sweater,’’ said Mikita, who arrived with Hull for the center-ice ceremony in a custom ‘57 Chevy. ‘‘But tonight, I’m even more proud to be welcomed back and to be part of the great moments that lie ahead for this franchise.’‘

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  Tags: bobby+hull, stan+mikita

Not A Smart Career Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

RDS is reporting on its website that Mikhail Grabovski, upset at being a healthy scratch againet the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night, intentionally missed the team flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles.

continued

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  Tags: mikhail+grabovski

Bring Out Your Banners

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Some of you may have skimmed over the mention of our newest contest.  Understandable.  It was at the end of a post and by that time you were probably so overwhelmed by the literary goodness that is the typical A2Y post that your eyes were all foggy and stuff.

Refreshing your memory:  submit your suggested banner to be used during the playoffs. Winner will receive a fabulous A2Y gift and the unquestioned honor of seeing their work displayed here all the way through June.  Yep…June.

We have our first entry…and it’s a good one.

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  Tags: genius+a2y+readers, stress+train

Sens Not Thinking About Missing Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

...They might not hang on to a playoff position.

“It’s the reality, there’s no question,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who will miss his third straight game tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Alfredsson is still bothered by muscle spasms in his lower back, the result of being cross-checked by Anaheim defenceman François Beauchemin on Monday.

“I think we will make the playoffs, but obviously it has been going on for quite a while where we haven’t played as consistently well as we can as a team.

“It’s a possibility [we could miss the playoffs], but I don’t think it’s something we’re thinking about.”

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Injuries Hit Canucks Hard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

Aaron Miller missed practice to go to the hospital for shoulder X-rays after taking a hit along the boards from Jordin Tootoo late in Vancouver’s 6-2 victory over Nashville on Thursday.

Mattias Ohlund rode the bike a bit but he’s got bone chips in his left knee and is out indefinitely. The Canucks hope the swelling goes down in a few days, otherwise it could be season-ending surgery.

Kevin Bieksa, seven games back from a four-month, 46-game layoff to recover from a severely lacerated calf muscle, was also getting X-rayed. He hurt his wrist Thursday trading punches with Nashville’s Greg de Vries.

Then there’s Sami Salo. He was excused from Friday’s practice because of the flu.

Oh, and defensive forward Ryan Kesler was also being X-rayed Friday after blocking a shot Thursday night with his foot.

For those of you scoring at home, Salo is expected to play Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Kesler and Bieksa will be game-day decisions. Ohlund and Miller are out.

more on the Canucks…

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Covering The Comeback

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press has been writing about Darren McCarty’s hopeful return to the Wings since he arrived in GR two weeks ago.  We asked him to give us his impressions of the experience and of Mac’s chances at success back in the NHL.  Our questions and his answers are below.

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  Tags: mccarty

All David Freeman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With today marking the three-month anniversary of Predators Holding’s purchase of the team, NashvillePredators.com grabbed some time with David Freeman, the team’s new Chairman, to discuss his first three months on the job, the state of the team, and the plans for next season….

NP.com: Have you starting planning the budget for next season?
DF: Sure. Yes. Strategically it’s probably not good for us to talk about that publicly for competitive reasons. Our budget will be significantly higher than it was this year. In fact, I’m quite certain we will spend more on payroll next year than at any time in the history of the club. We’re that committed to building this team right back up.

read on at NashvillePredators.com…

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Lidstrom Not Used To This Routine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

He’s been thrown off his routine — which is everything to a hockey player — but at least hasn’t thrown off the family household.

“I think my wife has actually enjoyed it, just helping out with the kids a little bit more, taking them to their hockey practices and whatnot,” said Lidstrom. “She’s liked having me around a bit more.

“I don’t know if it goes on for another week if she’ll change her mind, though.”

Despite the injury, Lidstrom may very well remain the odds-on favourite to capture a sixth career Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman.

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

You Just Never Know

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

When Carolina and Ottawa made a four-player trade on Feb. 11, the optics suggested a short-term boost for the contending Senators and a long-term gain for the possibly rebuilding Hurricanes.

Turns out we were all fooled on that one.

Entering the weekend, the Hurricanes had gone 9-2-1 since acquiring defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves—thus solidifying their spot atop the Southeast Division—while the slip-sliding Sens had gone 3-7-3 since picking up forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore.

continued with more NHL talk…

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Shooting Up The League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from STATS Blog,

Among the 26 players who have scored 27 or more goals this season, eight of them are 23 years old or younger. With 54 goals in 68 games, Ovechkin has found the net at least 11 more times than anyone else in the NHL.

Most Goals by Players 23 Years Old or Younger, 2007-08

Player. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Age. . . . . . . . . . . . Goals
Alexander Ovechkin, Was. . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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