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Ducks defenseman Kent Huskins had a CT scan on Thursday which revealed his fractured right foot was not healing up to the doctor’s expectations. Earlier today, Huskins had surgery to stabilize the fracture by inserting two screws into the ankle. The surgery was performed by Dr. Ken Jung at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles. Huskins will be out an additional 4-6 weeks.
Glasnost! Perestroika! You see, there’s no animosity between Pittsburgh Penguins star Evegni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. They’re like two little Fonzies, those two. Look at those vice-like grips; it’s like they can’t let go.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A lot of times, a team will hold an injured player out of the final week before the all-star game just to give him that little bit of extra healing time – and not take a chance on aggravating a problem in his first game back. So, for example, the Bruins figure that both Milan Lucic, who also skipped the YoungStars Game because of a shoulder problem, and Andrew Ference, who has been out since before Christmas with a broken leg, will be back in the line-up once the break ends. So too will be Montreal’s Chris Higgins (shoulder) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith.
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via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Pittsburgh has no intention of testing NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s threat to suspend those who choose not show in Montreal for this weekends All Star festivities.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is en route to Montreal and will arrive early this afternoon to fully participate in all off-ice All Star activities.
The NHL says it will enforce an understanding that all players who decline to show after being named to the All Star must miss at least one game before or one game after the All Star weekend.
If so, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom may be forced to sit the Red Wings next game if they don’t immediately change their All Star break plans and report to Montreal.
added 1:34pm, A2Y has some updated information…
Update 3:01pm ET (alanah): Datsyuk and Lidstrom both suspended for one game—details at ESPN. Note that this policy does not thus far impact the YoungStars game, according to Scott Burnside’s report.
added 3:51pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
I just now was told by an NHL spokesman that Lidstrom and Datsyuk “are sitting out (Tuesday) due to ‘nagging injuries,’ which will preclude them from participating in the first game following the break.”
So sitting out, suspension, same result except they don’t have to hand over suspension money.
*original post time was 12:14pm.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
I haven’t heard one peep about whether Randy Carlyle is entering his final days or weeks as the Ducks coach.
Nor do I think he should be the main blame target for this long outbreak of mediocrity. The Ducks have been plagued by vacations, injuries, suspensions and just lackluster play over the past season and a half. In spurts they still remember how they did it in 2007.
But just take a glance at the All-Star break standings.
There are our heroes, in 8th place in the West. They have 51 points (as do sixth-seeded Edmonton and seventh-seeded Vancouver) and are 22 behind San Jose.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Welcome to Montreal, All-Star city.
You probably will notice that in city of crater-sized potholes and lunatic drivers that there are no right turns permitted on red lights, that the French lettering on commercial signs is twice as large as the English lettering (although spoken English is permitted to be at the same decibel level as spoken French, so you don’t have to whisper), that the legal drinking age is superceded by a drinking height (sure, officially you have to be 18 but if you can see over the bar, there is an excellent chance you will be served) and that we take our hockey extremely seriously—even that high-end confection known as the NHL All-Star Game.
The reason: The City is Hockey.
“While the NHLPA’s membership has issues with the current Agreement, the players and their Executive Board decided that due to the current economic conditions as well as the players’ focus on continuing to help grow this game and expose our great athletes to many more fans, now is not the appropriate time to enter complex labour negotiations.”——NHLPA Executive Director, Paul Kelly
TORONTO/MONTREAL (January 23, 2009) – The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that the NHLPA has declined to exercise its option to terminate the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) following the 2008-09 season. The current CBA between the NHLPA and the National Hockey League will remain in effect for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
The Hockey Show tested fans (and players) at the All-Star Jamboree tent in Montreal to see if they could spell the names of current and former NHL All-Stars.
...Mike Comrie is enjoying his break with Hilary Duff.
from James D. Horne of The Leaf Chronicle,
All in all, my first official NHL game at the Sommet Center featuring your Nashville Predators against the New Jersey Devils Monday night was a very pleasant experience….
As a sports fan in general, I liked seeing all the action at the net and how teams set up their offenses and power plays, and of course, being that close to see the crashing on the boards was way cool. TV definitely doesn’t do that any justice.
And I always thought it got cold at hockey games, but it really doesn’t get that way. Really, I was nice and comfortable….
This year, the Preds’ offense seems non-existent. After going down 2-0 early in the second it looked like they were just content to skate around and stopped being aggressive.
What’s worse is the power-play goal Nashville scored that cut it to 2-1 in the third was more luck than skill, and the crowd felt that way, too. The constant boos in that period helped make that evident.
And that’s the worst thing, the crowd knows the product on the ice isn’t as good as it has been and that they deserve better.
But those boos also tell me and almost affirm that the Preds’ days in Nashville are truly numbered.
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