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Kyle Quincey Ouf For The Year After Shoulder Surgery

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that defenseman Kyle Quincey will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

“This is the best course of action for Kyle and his future,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. Andrew Parker.  “After physical and diagnostic tests, the decision has been made to repair his shoulder at this time.”

Quincey, 25, suffered the injury on Dec. 11 at Washington.  He was placed on Injured Reserve, Dec. 13 (retroactive to Dec. 11).  Quincey appeared in 21 games this season, tallying one assist.  The surgery will take place in the near future.

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Afternoon Line

More soft dumps than you’ll find at a Preparation H testing facility. Tighter ‘n’ Oprah’s corset. Less room than a solitary confinement cell in D-Block on Alcatraz.

Wild hockey.

Never was anything more inaptly named.

The NHL’s version of elevator muzak. The league’s chastity belt. The team that’s as much about clutter as Clutterbuck.

The guys in the Wrigley Spearmint Gum duds are (in)famous for dead-bolting the doors, drawing the shades, turning off all the lights and daring unwanted visitors to trespass on their premises.

-George Johnson of the Calgary Herald describing the Minnesota Wild, who beat the Flames last night.

 

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Buffalo Braces For Hockey World

From The Buffalo News:

The World Junior Hockey Championship will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, with only one off day, New Year’s Day. The tournament, showcasing the world’s best 18- and 19-year-old hockey players, will bring 21 games to HSBC Arena and another 10 to Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena.

“It’s the NCAAs, for 11 days, with beer,” Buffalo Sabres public relations director Michael M. Gilbert quipped.

Sabres officials, serving as host for the 10-team tournament, won’t hazard a guess on the number of visitors expected here for what’s considered the second most prestigious international hockey tournament, behind only the Olympics.

All they’ll say is that they expect tens of thousands of fans.

More than 50,000 visitors, mostly from Canada, are expected.

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Follow Mike Green

Billy Jaffe on the NHL Network points out the Washington stars have to play as stars.

Scroll to the :30 second mark and follow Mike Green, #52 in white.

Kelly Hrudey did the same thing on HNIC last night and do understand, Green may be suffing from a knee injury, but he has to find a man on the plays shown below.

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Video- You Make The Call

Blue Jackets had a go-ahead goal waived off last night against Dallas.

What do you think plus more reaction at PuckDaddy.

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Where Does The Money Go?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

It’s something a little bit harder to follow and a shade more substantial than usual today because hockey fans in Vancouver have the right to know where their money goes once it leaves their hands—and then gets wrenched out of the Aquilinis’ paws to help other teams try to beat the Canucks.

That’s right, we speak of revenue sharing here. And while fans know the rich Canadian clubs subsidize the lesser American teams, for the most part, we thought we would provide a little more detailed account of what happens.

At the end of the season the teams are ranked 1-30 in hockey-related revenue (HRR); Toronto is on top of course, with Montreal, Vancouver and the Rangers also in the top five. Surprise, Phoenix is at the bottom.

What’s included in HHR is an ongoing discussion between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, but if Ted Saskin did anything well in his brief tenure as NHLPA executive director, it was to get a lot of ancillary revenues included for the calculation of the salary cap when it came about.

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The Russians In The NHL - Not What It Used To Be

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

This NHL season has not been kind to Russians. Check that. This season has been decidedly unkind to Russians. Alexander Ovechkin is now dropping his gloves to make up for his team’s poor showing and his own goal-scoring drop off. Washington teammate Alexander Semin is the Alexei Yashin Playoff Vanishing Act winner every year, and Semyon Varlamov is fighting the puck like never before in his young career. And that’s just one team!

Remember the early 1990s when Russians were first allowed to come to the NHL? In 1992, teams drafted 44 Russians, and every scout and general manager believed this was the start of a new era. Russians would provide the skill, Americans the size and power, and Canada the fighters and fourth liners. That’s what they said.

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Hockey Talk On The Sunday Before Christmas

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Bobby Holik, who never met a microphone he didn’t like, has an interesting trade proposal, according to The Sporting News’ crack NHL scribe Craig Custance. Holik says the New Jersey Devils should move Zach Parise to the Pittsburh Penguins for Evgeni Malkin. Parise would give Sidney Crosby an A-plus winger and Malkin, who likes to be top dog, could play with Ilya Kovalchuk. The Penguins would hold out for more than Parise, though.

• Obviously, Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason is still learning on the job. We forget he only had 126 major junior games in the OHL. He’s played 120 NHL games and has 16 shutouts, one every seven games, but he’s also been pulled 12 times in his last season and a third and he has only been in 78 games in that time. Not much middle ground. But it’s way too early to say he might be the new Jim Carey, who was runner-up to Peter Forsberg (’95) for the Calder and won a Vezina in ’96, yet was out of the NHL in five seasons. Problem facing Columbus: they absolutely have to make the playoffs, and they can’t be baby-sitting Mason through games. There’s nowhere to hide a goalie who’s struggling. Mason, by the way, would have been better served to take his lumps with the media in Edmonton Thursday, saying he appreciated coach Scott Arniel sticking with him for 40 tough minutes than not talking.

more topics…

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One Point Losses & Shootouts

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL has its gimmicks, none bigger, in my opinion, than overtime losses. Talk about a charade. Take just a second this morning to check out the standings. When you lose in overtime, you L-O-S-E, and that 1-point OTL booby prize means next to nothing in the overall scheme of things.

It’s fool’s gold, which the NHL cleverly has hammered into costume jewelry that even coaches and general managers believe is worth wearing.

Teams make the playoffs based on W-I-N-S, and that stuff about, “Well, hey, at least we got a point for getting the game to OT,’’ is for those who feel they’ve really struck it rich when they dash through a Dave and Buster’s arcade with a fistful of tickets, bellowing, “I’m rich!’’ OK, great, redeemable for what? Like the world doesn’t have enough plastic pinwheels and rubber duckies.

The shootout is yet another gimmick, which is why all the flap over Linus Omark’s goal Dec. 10 is nothing short of hilarious. The sleight-of-hand, 23-year-old Oiler, playing in his first NHL game, closed the shootout with a sensational scoring play that he started with a dazzling Denis Savard-like spin-o-rama as he picked up the puck at center ice.

continued and additional hockey talk too…

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Swearing Or Teaching?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It was an hour snap shot of the Capitals through a losing streak, no more than that, but if the first episode of HBO’s “Road to the Winter Classic” is any indication, Bruce Boudreau sure seems to do a whole lot more cussing than he does teaching.

Or maybe the teaching and coaching have been edited out. Maybe the fine folks at HBO think we’re all adolescents, hanging on and counting every four-letter word, uninterested in eavesdropping on constructive dialogue.

Which raises this point as well about the Caps and the editing process: Either there is no locker-room interaction between the athletes, no leading by the veteran leaders in the midst of a losing streak, or all evidence of that, too, has been consigned to the digital wasteland.

All credit is due Washington and Pittsburgh for the access the organizations are granting HBO. All credit to the NHL for striking this deal, though, as commissioner Gary Bettman and his legal department were recently reminded by the NHLPA, the league does need the union’s sign-off before agreeing to endeavors such as this, and will be expected to get it the next time.

continued plus more hockey talk…

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