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Enough With The Celebrations

from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It’s probably too early to be this pessimistic. But a few more weeks of this, and I’m going to be feeling awfully gullible.

The Hawks are still that fresh, emerging story. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane can still be Chicago’s iconic combo in a few years.

So the Hawks are still a curiosity. But they have to be more than that now.

They have to be a hockey team.

Time to win. There’s a slogan.

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Hatcher Helped By Rehab

from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

“I’ve been rehabbing like crazy, and to be honest with you, it feels pretty good,” Hatcher said. “I had it drained and then shot up with cortisone and there’s been no fluid build-up since, and that’s the most important thing.”

Hatcher has said all along that his knee felt no worse than it did during the playoffs last spring. The Flyers’ doctors have not cleared him to play, but Hatcher is champing at the bit to get back.

“I still think I can play,” Hatcher said. “I’m not ready for it to be over yet. I still think I can get back and that remains my goal.”

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  Tags: derian+hatcher

A Dangerous Hockey Player

from Damien Cox at The Spin Blog,

Hollweg is about to receive his second suspension in a matter of weeks, a three-gamer this time for checking from behind, his favourite hockey play.

Let’s be clear. This oaf on skates doesn’t score goals, or set up plays, or generate a forecheck or even protect his teammates. Ever since he’s been in the league, he has been known as a player who does one of three things every time he’s on the ice:

1) Takes about 25 strides and charges an opponent.
2) Leaves his feet to hit an opponent.
3) Hits opponents from behind.

He’s a dangerous, dangerous hockey player, and for all the wrong reasons. Everybody knew it before he got here after his years of playing for the Rangers.

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  Tags: ryan+hollweg

Alexei Cherepanov Receiving Treatment On The Bench

A KK reader sent me the link of the video showing Cherepanov receiviing treatment from the medical staff while on the bench.

As the reader pointed out to me, no stretcher, they had to carry him out with manpower.

Watch the video below…

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  Tags: alexei+cherepanov

NHL Still Growing

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL is “still in growth mode” despite the economic downturn, commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, noting that ticket sales have increased this season.

“We’re acutely aware of what’s going on out there, but it hasn’t yet impacted us,” Bettman said before attending Monday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks.

“I have no doubt that, over time, if it’s long enough and bad enough, it will have some impact, but based on what we’re seeing right now, our business seems to be strong.”

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Trade Staal Now

from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,

It’s too early to complain, but…

Crosby doesn’t have any quality wingers.

Actually, it’s not too early to complain about that, or to do something about it….

Penguins GM Ray Shero should trade Jordan Staal for some quality help at wing, and do it sooner, not later. Staal, 20, is a major talent with tons of potential. He plays hard two-way hockey and does everything he’s asked. Staal could play for my team any day.

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  Tags: jordan+staal

Alexei Cherepanov Dies During KHL Game

from TSN,

New York Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov collapsed on the bench at or near the end of Omsk’s Kontinental Hockey League game and died a short time later.

According to reports, medical personnel attempted to revive him.

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added 3:52pm, The Alex Ovejtkin blog translates a story from Russia,

The young forward unexpectedly collided with his teammate during the line change. Soon after a 19-year-old hockey player’s heart stopped, and he was sent to the resuscitation.

added 4:03pm, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

According to initial reports, Cherepanov collapsed on the bench after suffering a heart attack and was unable to be resuscitated. There was, apparently, no ambulance on hand at the rink at the time of Cherepanov’s collapse as Omsk played Vityav Chekhov in the Moscow Region. Resuscitation efforts were conducted in the parking lot.

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added 4:17pm, via Puck Daddy,

Dmitry Chesnokov of SovSport, who writes:

Cherepanov is dead. He collapsed on the bench on the 18th minute of the third period in the game against Vityaz Chekhov after a collision with Jaromir Jagr [his teammate on Omsk in the KHL]. He went to the bench and his heart stopped. He was taken to the emergency room at a local hospital where the best doctors in town worked for about an hour trying to resuscitate him.

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added 8:36pm, Video of Cherepanov receiving treatment on the bench can be found here.

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  Tags: alexei+cherepanov

Ryan Hollweg Back At It

Hollweg returns from suspension and promplty hits Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues from behind, 5 minute major and a game.  I do believe an automatic suspension comes with it, possibly three games.

added video at 4:42pm...

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  Tags: alex+pietrangelo, ryan+hollweg

Hit The Apple Jeff

The Flyers Jeff Carter takes some ‘shots’ at Maxim.  Watch the video below…

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  Tags: jeff+carter

Report- Jack Johnson Could Miss Three Months

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN that L.A. King defenceman Jack Johnson is likely to miss as much as three months as a result of what appeared to be an arm injury suffered in last night’s loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Also, NHL Live citing TSN, states Kyle McLaren has been put on re-entry waivers by the Sharks.

added 309pm, Inside the King confirms, shoulder surgery for Johnson.

added 3:11pm, According to David Pollak of Working the Corners, McLaren is not on re-entry waivers, just standard waivers for the second time.

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  Tags: jack+johnson

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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