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Hossa Hurt

via the CP at TSN,

Chicago forward Marian Hossa left the Blackhawks’ game against the St. Louis Blues early in the second period Wednesday night because of an unknown injury.

Hossa appeared to have sustained the injury after being hit and knocked to the ice by St. Louis left wing Brad Winchester at 8:07 of the first. Hossa continued to play, but left after one shift in the second period.

This time of year, it is doubtful we will hear much on the injury.. Get ready for the day-to-day updates.

added 11:40pm, via a Chicago Blackhawks tweet,

Coach Q postgame on Hossa: “Nothing serious, should be fine.”

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Report- The 2011 NHL Entry Draft Will Be In The State Of Hockey

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Every who’s who in the NHL will descend on St. Paul in June of 2011. According to league sources, the Wild has been awarded the 2011 NHL entry draft. An announcement is expected in the very near future.

The draft is one of my favorite events to cover, although I’ll miss my hotel and frequent flier points, and hanging out with my colleagues considering now I have to cover it from a league perspective as opposed to just a Wild. I didn’t see anybody when the Panthers hosted the 2001 Draft. I was sequestered in my home constantly writing.

read on

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Keith Tkachuk Retiring

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk has announced this evening that he will retire after 19 seasons from the National Hockey League (NHL) at the end of the 2009-10 season.  He will play in front of Blues fans for the final time this Friday night against Anaheim and the club will pay tribute to Tkachuk’s career following the game.

“I have been privileged to have a long career in this terrific league and play for first class organizations,” said Tkachuk.  “My thanks go out to my current and former teammates, the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets and Atlanta Thrashers organizations and most of all to my parents, my wife Chantal, my kids Matthew, Braeden and Taryn along with all of my other family members for all of the support they have given me throughout my career.”

“Walt has been an amazing ambassador for the St. Louis Blues,” said Dave Checketts, Chairman, St. Louis Blues.  “I had a very nice talk with him today and conveyed what an honor it has been to have him in the organization.  I thanked him for the effort he put in on and off the ice each and every day he has been a Blue.  He will always be a cherished member of the St. Louis Blues Family and I look forward to celebrating his career in the appropriate fashion, bestowing upon him the honors he most certainly deserves.”

“Keith is a true warrior who had an excellent career and I was hoping this day would never come,” said Blues President of Hockey Operations John Davidson.  “The NHL is losing an individual who gave a lot of time and dedication to the game and I wish him and his family a happy retirement and the best of luck.”

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Making The Jump From College To The NHL

from Kevin Kurtt of Let’s Play Hockey,

In the world of NCAA hockey, the vast majority of players on the 58 Division I and 78 Division II/III men’s teams will not make the jump to the NHL, AHL, ECHL or any other of the various professional hockey leagues around the world. But for a growing number of players, college hockey is a steppingstone to the bright lights of the National Hockey League.

In fact, according to next week’s issue of Let’s Play Hockey, 267 players who saw at least one regular season NHL game in 2009-10 honed their skills in college before making the leap to the professional ranks. That number represents nearly a third of all NHL players from the current season. In 2009-10, 39 former collegiate hockey players made their NHL debut.

Leading the list of former college players now in the NHL are standouts such as Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis (Vermont), Ottawa’s Dany Heatley (Wisconsin), New Jersey’s Zach Parise (North Dakota), Colorado’s Paul Stastny (Denver), Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler (Ohio State), Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (Vermont) and Jonathan Toews (North Dakota), Edmonton’s Dustin Penner (Maine), San Jose’s Dan Boyle (Miami), Calgary’s Rene Bourque (Wisconsin) and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller (Michigan State).

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Broad Street Bullies Trailer

The documentary premieres on HBO May 4th.

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Ballard Videos Collecting YouTube Hits

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

It’s been one of those years for Keith Ballard—and like Randy Moller, he’s becoming a YouTube sensation.

In the first year of a six-year deal with the Panthers, this season has been filled with ups and downs for the Florida defenseman.

Tuesday, he had another one of those moments. Trying to clear the puck away from goalie Tomas Vokoun, Ballard went to swat the puck away and instead tossed the puck backward.

continued

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Bryzgalov Preparing For The Playoffs

from Dave Vest of The Desert Blog at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov knows what it takes to win games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In two postseason runs with Anaheim (in 2005-06 and 2006-07), Bryzgalov posted a 9-5 record, three shutouts and a 1.68 goals-against average.

That’s why Bryzgalov is excited to have a few more regular-season games to hone his craft before this year’s playoffs start.

“I need to fix something in my game because I start to make some mistakes (in) a couple games, and this can cost a game in the playoffs,” Bryzgalov said. “That’s why I think it’s a good week to work hard and fix my game a little bit and prepare myself for the playoffs.”

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Any Team But Detroit For The Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Sharks will say they don’t care which team they face in the opening round of the playoffs and that’s fine. They have to say that. They probably even have to think that.  The rest of us, though, can try to be a little more analytical.

Right now, it has to be ABD — Anybody But Detroit.

Even without the history between the teams or the Sharks’ recent record of playoff wipeouts, nobody wants to face the hottest team in the NHL as the season ends and that happens to be the Red Wings.

Factor in everything else — the Sharks are a team that has to go to re-education camp to learn how to feel confident in the post-season — and that standard line about beating the best to be the best just doesn’t seem to apply. Beat anybody now. Beat the best later. Heck, let someone else beat the best.

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Ducks- What Went Wrong?

Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry and Randy Carlyle talk about not making the playoffs this season.  Plus Kings coach Terry Murray and Kings defenseman Sean O’ Donnell discuss the topic too.

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Kuba Out At Least Four Weeks After Back Surgery

from NHL.com,

The Ottawa Senators are being forced to move forward without one of their top blueliners.

Filip Kuba underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to repair a herniated disc in his back and Senators general manager Bryan Murray confirmed earlier today that the veteran defenceman will be sidelined for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“We suspect he’s out for the next four weeks, at least,” said Murray. “(It looks like) we certainly have to get into the second round, at this point in time, for him to be available to us at all. But let’s hope that’s the case and somewhere down the line, it would be a nice addition to have if we go deep into the playoffs.”

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