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from Habs Inside/Out,
After an optional practice on Wednesday morning where Alex Kovalev was only able to stay on the ice and skate by himself in full gear for about twenty minutes, Kovalev met with reporters afterwards to tell them he’s suffering from vertigo and hopes it’ll go away in the next few days.
Otherwise, the Russian winger said, his career could hang in the balance.
added 3:46pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,
“I’m feeling a little better but still a little shaky,” said Kovalev, who has been dealing with a bout of vertigo since Monday morning. “I definitely wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone. I’ve heard some guys say that some players were forced to retire because of it. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to me.
“I woke up Monday at 4 a.m. and it was like I was standing on my head,” explained Kovalev. “I felt perfectly fine on Sunday.”
from Eric Stephens of the LA Times,
If you build a Stanley Cup contender, they will come.
Success on the ice is translating well at the box office for the Ducks. The team has been playing in front of a full house at the Honda Center for the last three months, at least according to announced figures.
Entering tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Ducks have had 17 consecutive sellouts and are expected to announce sellouts for the remaining four home games.
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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
John Kincade, co-host of 680 The Fan’s afternoon “Buck and Kincade Show,” is an unabashed hockey fan. He gives us five reasons the Thrashers are about to experience a playoff breakthrough:
1. Carolina won the Stanley Cup last season after finishing third in the Southeast and out of the playoffs the previous season. Last season, Atlanta finished third in the Southeast and missed the playoffs just like Carolina did. The last two Stanley Cup champs have come from the Southeast Division.
continued (reg. may be req.)... and I am surprised he mentions Kozlov as a veteran playoff performer. He is much more than that, a premier playoff player in his Detroit days…
I received an email today from a Nashville Predators backer, basically stating the Wings were lucky to win last night due to the fact the Preds have some major injuries.
I responded back, well, the Wings are not using the injury excuse, since they have a few key players out too.
The response back was, and I quote, “Zetterberg doesn’t compare with Forsberg and Hartnell is better than Bertuzzi”.
What do you think KK readers?
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Looks like KK Member Geoff is the winner of the $50 gift certificate.
He picked Robert Lang who scored 1:39 into the first period.
Congrats Geoff and I will be in contact with you within 24 hours.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Trotz listed Holmstrom first and the Islanders’ Ryan Smyth second when asked about the players who are unafraid to stand in front, screen the goalie and get deflections.“It’s like bunting a baseball,” Trotz said. “You’ve got superstar players that can hit 70 home runs a year but they can’t bunt the ball. It is an art.
“A guy like Homer will take away the goalie’s eyes. It takes some courage, ‘cause pucks are getting redirected—they’re coming at you at all angles, at a pretty high speed.”
Trotz said there are only a handful of guys who are really good like Holmstrom.
via the News & Observer,
Anson Carter has been around the NHL long enough that he can’t remember the last time he was a healthy scratch. He’s also been around long enough to understand why he sat out for the third straight game Tuesday night….
“I’ve been in the game 11 years,” Carter said. “In a situation like this when the team’s healthy, especially after winning the Stanley Cup the year before, you’re going to look to those guys. It’s up to me to stay sharp in practice until I get my shot again. ...
“I look at it as a positive. It was a difficult transition coming in here not really knowing the guys. This gives me a chance to get to know every one, get to know the practices and watch a few games to get a sense of what we’re trying to do on the ice.”
from Elizabeth Merrill at ESPN,
They chugged Labatt Blue and shared man hugs at Happy Hour just down from 66 Mario Lemieux Place on Tuesday night because the planets aligned and the politicians agreed and hockey was staying in Pittsburgh.
Lemieux was nowhere to be found.
He slipped out of a press conference a mile across town, shielded in a herd of dark power suits, away from the handshakes and backslaps. The job was done, Lemieux saved hockey in Pittsburgh a third time, and the quiet Canadian who has somehow become the face of a blue-collar American city was tired.
“In the deal business, there’s a term that people sometimes call ‘deal fatigue,’” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “I think the process was wearing on him.”
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