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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Ovechkin never stops. He is a mix of ferocity and fury; insatiable in his hunger for the puck, his desire to score, his will to win. He is Jim Brown on skates, a dominant physical force of nature who would just as soon go through an opponent as around one (or two, or three). He’s what Rocket Richard must have been like in the ‘40s and ‘50s.

Too bad, though, Ovechkin has approximately one-third the number of All-Star votes as NHL favorite son Sidney Crosby. One-third as many votes as Crosby? Why, the league’s best player has one half as many votes as Alex Kovalev, and just over half as many as the great Alex Tanguay!

The NHL should be embarrassed for itself.

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Renney Needs Better Performance From Key Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,

“I can tell you right now, I’m not happy with the way the team played, I’m not happy with the performance of some very key people on our hockey club who need to be better,” said Tom Renney. “They need to step up and start taking charge of this hockey club and playing the way they can.”

That was foremost a reference to Chris Drury, who played an awful game - he was on the ice for all four Devils goals and was culpable on three of them - and to Scott Gomez, who was barely noticeable except when he was losing 13 of 15 faceoffs.

“We can do a lot better than this, and we can be a lot smarter as a team, too,” said Markus Naslund, Gomez’s linemate on a trio that accomplished nothing Saturday night. “These last two games here are not acceptable.”

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The Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Montreal GM Bob Gainey is determined to make a big splash before the NHL trade deadline. League sources confirm he has held talks with the Blackhawks about RW Martin Havlat, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Not only do the Habs want to add a scoring forward, they’d also like to upgrade their weak power play.

• Talk will not go away that the Senators are going to deal C Jason Spezza before the March 4 deadline. If Ottawa continues to lose, Spezza’s name will be tied to more and more potential deals. The word is the eight-game road trip Ottawa is on will go a long way in determining Spezza’s future with the team because he has a no-movement clause that kicks in on July 1.

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Dan Ryder Suspended By Flames Organization

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that the organization has suspended forward Dan Ryder for violation of team rules and conduct detrimental to the best interests of the team. The suspension was made effective December 22nd.

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Rangers Need Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s clear that there’s one team and one team only for which Avery can play; one city and one city only big enough for him to live; one coach and one coach only - the one behind the Rangers bench - for whom Avery can play.

The mechanics of making it happen are hazy. But those are mere details. The Rangers need an infusion of energy. The Rangers need someone who actually will be tough to play against. The Rangers need Avery almost as badly as he needs them, and if anybody doesn’t like it, he should be playing better.

Because this is pretty much it was before Avery became a Ranger . . . the first time.

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Surgery For Kariya

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Paul Kariya’s left hip will require surgery and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Weather Fluctuation Won’t Stop Dan Craig

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune,

Preparations for the final touches of the Winter Classic hockey rink were put on hold Saturday because of heavy rain, high wind and a tornado watch in Cook County.

In a matter of a few days, Wrigley Field went from sub-zero to semi-tropical, relatively speaking, forcing a brief delay in the painting of the ice surface. But an NHL spokesman said the ice should be painted Sunday, when the temperature is expected to drop from the upper 50s to the low 30s, and the rain is expected to subside.

“We’ll go out there with the Zamboni and give it a nice little shave, be ready to paint it white [Sunday] morning,” said Dan Craig, the NHL’s facilities/operations manager. “Everything is on schedule from our side, and we’re ready to go.”

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Dater:  Drink Up Dive Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Saw this yesterday and decided to save it for tonite’s extravaganza from the Ass Can.  Adrian Dater, after several paragraphs devoted to the Dive’s number one center—-Tyler Arnason—-has this recommendation for the 14 die hard Denver fans left in his dear city.

...if I’m a fan of the Avs, I’m taking a good, stiff drink before tomorrow’s game.

All the spritzers you can sip, Dive fans.  Send the bill to Adrian.

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Too Much Winter Classic Hype

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like the buildup for the Winter Classic, the outdoor game between the Hawks and the Red Wings to be played on New Year’s Day. I understand the goose-bump factor here: It’s very cool for an NHL game to be played in the elements and even cooler for it to be played in one of the cathedrals of baseball.

But, my goodness. You would think the pope were coming to Wrigley to announce his conversion to Scientology.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Pyatt Out With Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks will be without the services of Taylor Pyatt for an indefinite period of time after the winger suffered a broken right foot in Friday’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

The injury looked to happen late in the second period when Pyatt’s right skate caught a Willie Mitchell slap shot from in front of the Canucks net.

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