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from Damien Cox at ESPN,
Of the 10 players, five are French Canadians, two are Europeans and none are Americans, although two are former NCAA stars, one at the University of Maine and the other at Wisconsin.
One player was never drafted, but already has one MVP award to his name; another once passed through NHL waivers with no takers. Four are with the same team that originally drafted them, but only two were judged to be the best player available in their draft year. Two were traded for each other, while another was involved in last summer’s biggest blockbuster trade.
They are the NHL’s most valuable players this season, but who is the most valuable?
via the Tennessean,
Predators left wing Martin Erat suffered a sprained knee in a third-period collision with teammate Jason Arnott during Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to Detroit and will be out four weeks, the team said today.
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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The link to NHL - On The Fly is now available…
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?
NEW YORK (March 14, 2007) – NHL.com and the NHL.com Network—which includes NHL.com, all 30 club sites and affiliate sites—once again has increased its traffic for the month of January according to recently released reports by comScore Networks. The NHL.com Network delivered 6,373,626 unique visitors during the month of January 2007. That’s a 33% increase from last January’s total of 4,801,108 and a 266% increase from January 2005’s total of 1,740,228.
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.
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