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Coach Q. Resting At Home

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Blackhawks released the following statement regarding Head Coach Joel Quenneville:

Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Joel was released from the hospital today and is resting comfortably at home. We will continue to monitor him and still anticipate a full recovery. We are working to determine when it is best for him to return to his coaching duties”

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Video- Scary Carey Price

The mask Price had made for the Heritage Classic in Calgary tomorrow.

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Souray On Re-Entry Waivers, Will A Team Grab Him?

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Oilers news. Sheldon Souray is in play. Put on re-entry waivers today.

Souray’s salary this year and next is $4.5M.  Half-off discount if picked up on re-entry.

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TooToo Cleared To Play

NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 19, 2011)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has been cleared to play in NHL games while he continues to participate in the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the NHL.

Tootoo’s care continues to be administered by SABH Program Doctors Brian Shaw (NHLPA) and Dave Lewis (NHL).

There will be no further comment at this time.

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Dmen Leading The Team In Scoring

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

In 1990-91, four players did it; two were first-ballot Hall of Famers, one a future Hall inductee and the other a guy who played Canada Cups, a World Cup and in the Olympics. If things continue as they have so far this season, an unofficial record will be matched. Entering weekend play, Phoenix, Atlanta (where two D-men were tied), Nashville and Ottawa were all being led in scoring by blueliners.

Now, for all their talents, Keith Yandle, Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom, Shea Weber, and Erik Karlsson are not Ray Bourque (five team scoring titles), Bobby Orr (two Art Ross Trophies), Phil Housley (twice consecutively Winnipeg’s leader in the early ’90s), Brian Leetch, Denis Potvin or Brad Park. But they could be Sergei Zubov (89 points for the Rangers in ’93-94) Kevin Hatcher (74 for the Caps in ’90-91) and definitely Norm MacIver (63 for the expansion Senators in ’92-93).

Those are the eight defensemen who’ve led their team in scoring the past 40 or so years. (As an aside: No offence, Norm. Good on ya, man. A career high in points on a team that scored 202 goals and won 10 games, that’s quite a feat.)

But despite the big names above, if you’re thinking that having a D-man lead your favorite team’s scoring parade doesn’t bode well when it comes to success; for the most part you’re right.

read on

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Bryan Murray Making The Right Moves

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The latest Senators trade was a shocker. Like, whoever would have thought there would be someone to take Brian Elliott off Bryan Murray’s hands?

For doing so, we figured, maybe Murray deserves consideration as NHL executive of the year.

Elliott used to be inconsistent. He sure corrected that problem in 2010-11, especially the last couple of months, when he was consistently bad. Wasn’t entirely his fault, though. He’s not ready to be a No. 1 goalie. He had to be, here.

Still, you would have thought Elliott’s last game as a Senator would have scared off any team even remotely interested in acquiring him. Particularly his explanation for being deked into the front row of seats by Michael Grabner on a goal after the Islanders forward misplayed a breakaway. It was scored almost three minutes after the Zamboni driver had finished re-surfacing.

Elliott blamed the new ice, saying it made him slide more than usual. Imagine having to deal with slippery ice? Maybe it’s stickier in Colorado.


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LLL - Giving Kaberle a Proper Farewell

Less than 24 hours after the Toronto Maple Leafs finally traded Tomas Kaberle, Number 15 found himself wearing Number 12 in the Boston Bruins’ line up. Number 15 is retired in TD Garden, you see. Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt wore it while winning 4 Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy with the Bruins.

But the number wasn’t the only thing that was eerily unfamiliar.

Kaberle found himself in a game between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators, two bitter division rivals he had battled against since 1998.

This time, though, he wasn’t wearing the Blue and White jersey with the Maple Leaf crest in the middle. Black and Yellow were now his colors.

The longest-serving current Leaf was traded yesterday for Joe Colborne, Boston’s 1st in 2011 and a conditional 2nd.

Leaf Nation has been ecstatic with the return. So much so, that they have forgotten the respect servitude and loyalty deserve.

But Kaberle deserves a proper goodbye.

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Good-Bye Kaberle

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

On Toronto ice, he will be missed, at least for his lovely first passes out of the zone, the dynamic puck movement and his anchoring on the power play point, a role now almost exclusively devolved to the over-rated Dion Phaneuf.

Kaberle may have had an earful of “SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK!” from Leaf fans over the years for his too-patient maneuvering in the offensive zone, but there was no doubt he could see the play with instincts few possess. In his own end, of course, he was often a maddening liability, rarely using his size combatively.

“He’s been here a long time,’’ said Burke. “During that time, he was a low-maintenance player, a quality player on the ice, a community-minded player. He was one of the best defencemen to play here in this era, if not the best.

“And a gentleman the whole time.”

Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen.


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Avs/Blues Trade While Many Of Us Were Sleeping

from TSN,

The St. Louis Blues have traded defenceman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a conditional first-round draft pick to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Chris Stewart, rookie defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional second-round draft pick.

The draft picks could be used in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but there are conditions that could change that. If the Blues end up with a Top-10 draft selection, they can choose to transfer their 2012 pick instead. If that occurs, the Avalanche will also send their 2012 second-round pick to the Blues instead of their 2011 pick.


added 9:32am, ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired former first round draft choices Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional 2011 or 2012 second round draft choice from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a conditional 2011 or 2012 first round draft choice.
“We’re very excited to acquire a young emerging power forward in Chris Stewart and a top young NHL defenseman in Kevin Shattenkirk,” said Armstrong.  “These are two solid young players who will help us now as we continue to grow and improve our team.  I would like to thank Erik and Jay for their service to the St. Louis Blues and wish them nothing but the best of luck.”

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced tonight that the team has acquired defenseman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick in either the 2011 or 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues.  In return, the Avalanche gave up the services of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, forward Chris Stewart and a second-round selection in either 2011 or 2012.


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Mikko Koivu Takes A Shot Off His Left Hand

via Michael Russo tweets,

Koivu (upper body) will not return. He blocked a Todd Marchant shot with his left hand

I’ll get you Mikko Koivu update if they disclose, but already being told by somebody in the know it’s not good

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