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Rangers Trainer Talking Like Torts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants,

John Tortorella met with the media for 25 minutes, a good give-and-take session. One of the things he mentioned as a positive in coming back to New York was he knows he’s going to get criticized, he knows there will be boos. And he likes the passion for hockey that shows from both Rangers fans and media.

One immediate change. Us media types were told in no uncertain terms by trainer Jim Ramsey to stay the %#(&^$ off the logo in the dressing room.


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Colorado Activates Stastny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has activated forward Paul Stastny from the Injured Reserve list. He is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s game in Atlanta against the Thrashers (5:00 p.m. MT, Altitude TV).

Stastny has missed the last 26 games after suffering a broken forearm while blocking a shot against Phoenix on Dec. 23 at Pepsi Center.  He underwent surgery on Dec. 30.  The 23-year-old center was leading the Avalanche in scoring at the time of his injury with 31 points (10g/21a) in 34 games.

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Did You Say The Wings Would Be Sellers?  Don’t Be A Dumbass

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Seriously.  Did you really think there was even a possibility the Detroit Red Wings would be anything other than potential buyers at the deadline?  According to Craig Custance, the best hockey writer in Detroit, the thought has never crossed the mind of one Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

There has been speculation the Red Wings might deal one of their potential restricted free agents to clear room for signing Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen. So we asked G.M. Ken Holland: Any chance the Wings will be sellers? “No chance,” Holland told SportingNews.com. “We’re going to give this team every opportunity to be as good as we want to be. We’ll worry about the 2009-10 season as soon as this one is over.”

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Avs Morning Skate Cancelled - No Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Hello from the ATL, where the Avalanche was supposed to go through its normal paces this morning with a skate-around at the Philips Arena. But there will be no morning skate today.

That’s because the ice is not fit for skating. Ther circus was in town recently, at Philips, and has rendered ice conditions unfit. Despite being told by Thrashers personnel that the ice would be ready by this morning, it was not.


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NHL Network Free Preview

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK – The NHL Network will offer a free preview to more than 34 million subscribers of multiple distributors in the United States, such as DIRECTV, DISH Network®, AT&T U-verse, Verizon, Cox Communications, Grande Communications and TVMAX, beginning Monday, March 2 through Saturday, March 7.

As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games, robust game highlights packages and expert analysis. As a portion of this six-day free-preview period, viewers will be able to watch 52 hours of HD hockey programming including five live games, special Trade Deadline day coverage and 10 premieres of exclusive original NHL Network™ programming.

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Stars Recall Stephan & Place Petersen On IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club placed center Toby Petersen on Injured Reserve with a broken bone in his left foot, suffered during Monday’s game vs. San Jose. He will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The club has also recalled goaltender Tobias Stephan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Petersen, 30, has appeared in 57 games for Dallas this season, recording four goals and seven assists with 14 penalty minutes. He had a career-high five-game point streak (3-2-5) from Nov. 30 – Dec. 10.

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Wings Send McCarty To Grand Rapids

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Detroit Red Wings activated veteran right wing Darren McCarty from injured reserve and assigned him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

McCarty has missed most of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery in January. In 13 games with the Red Wings, he has one goal and 25 penalty minutes.

The four-time Stanley Cup champion has registered 127 goals and 161 assists to go along with 1,477 penalty minutes in 15 NHL seasons, all but two with Detroit.

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Rangers Needed A Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

In a sense Glen Sather—announcing his new coach and looking to the immediate and distant Rangers future—sounded the theme of a recently-elected president.


His Blueshirts needed a different personality, with a louder voice who would provide the Rangers with a go-go attacking style rather than over-worrying about goals against.

More than anything, those points explain why John Tortorella is the new head coach and Tom Renney is on a sabbatical he would not have wished on himself.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a not-so-small matter of the Rangers possibly even slipping out of a playoff berth had the Old Guard remained behind the bench.

“Over the last couple of weeks I watched the team slide,” said Sather in a far-reaching conference call, “and our game eroded. This was obvious from the last couple of games.”


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Sabres Turn To Lalime

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Necessity has dictated that Ruff turn his team’s fortunes over to backup Patrick Lalime, who inherited the starter’s job when Ryan Miller sprained his ankle against the Rangers on Saturday.

Ruff says he’s confident. He has faith in Lalime’s ability to hold the fort. Of course, he has no choice.

“Patty knows he’s playing,” Ruff said. “We’ve got a lot of trust that he’s going to play well for us, and I think he’s got a lot of trust that the team is going to play well in front of him.”

It’s hard for a backup to develop a rhythm when he plays once every two weeks. Ruff expects Lalime, 34, to find a rhythm quickly. Last year in Chicago, Lalime played more than expected because of injuries and went 16-12-2.

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Question Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In my NHL.com article today, I asked readers of playoff bubble teams how they feel about their chances of making it into the second season.

So, I am also asking readers of KK the same question- Will your team make the playoffs and give me the reasons why they will or will not?

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