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Devils Could Use More From Gionta

from the NY Post,

Opposing scouts, who may be shopping for trade-deadline bargains, claim Gionta’s struggle this season is the result of the loss of the tip-bait Brian Rafalski used to send his way. It doesn’t explain last season, and Gionta doesn’t clutch that crutch.

Gionta offers no remedy, just the desire to help the Devils any way he can, even if goals are scarce.

“Even when I was scoring, it was doing things I could do to help the team win,” Gionta said. “When the team’s not winning you feel more pressure.”

He said he doesn’t feel he’s been helping enough.

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Rangers Hope Lundqvist Gets Hot

from the New York Times,

The Rangers hope giving him long-term security helps spur another hot stretch.

Lundqvist’s original contract expired after last season and he signed a one-year contract worth $4.25 million last summer so the Rangers could fit his long-term deal into their salary cap. The two sides could begin negotiating again after Jan. 1.

By then, Lundqvist had his father’s health weighing on his mind as well.

“Henrik is, in our minds, if not the best goaltender in the league, then one of the top two or three,” Coach Tom Renney said. “My feeling is, he’s been able to keep his eye on the ball anyway, with all the issues going on all around him.”

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist

Brind’Amour Out For the Season

From TSN (and CP),

If the Carolina Hurricanes hope to make the playoffs, they will have to do so without their captain.

General Manager Jim Rutherford announced that the team will be without Rod Brind’Amour for four to six months after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Following the game the Hurricanes announced that Brind’Amour would undergo reconstructive knee surgery.

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  Tags: injuries, rod+brind-amour

Improving The Rangers By Moving Jagr

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The offense is just now starting to show signs of life, thanks mostly to Chris Drury’s recent spurt of productivity (he is still minus-11 and has just 18 goals after a career-best 37 a season ago).

The main issues confronting Sather are what to do about Jaromir Jagr and how to improve his average defense. One issue seems to naturally lead to another. Jagr is done in New York—that much seems clear. Once again, this isn’t about a mercurial star quitting, but a talented star (and captain) who has hit the wall. It is not a stretch to suggest Jagr’s departure would free up the rest of the forward contingent to be more productive; addition by subtraction, if you will.

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Hossa Doesn’t See A Signing By Deadline

from Thrashers Blog,

...Hossa said the chances of him signing an extension before the trade deadline are “very slim.” I imagine that’s the closest he’ll come to saying, there’s no way he signs before the deadline.

He still hasn’t ruled out signing with the Thrashers down the road, but he understands the ramifications of not doing it before the deadline. It puts the ball in Don Waddell’s court, because Waddell has been maintaining he’d like to sign Hossa to an extension before the deadline. It doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

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added 6:45pm, from Blueland Blog,

If the Thrashers don’t trade Marian Hossa between now and Feb. 26 he’s still under contract for the remainder of this season and the team retains exclusive negotiating rights with Hossa up until July 1. A lot could happen between now and then. For example, Don Waddell could work his magic and pick up some key pieces at the deadline like he did last year.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

USA Hockey Fans

Hockey Weekend Across America begins tomorrow.  Information can be found at the following links:

 

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Coming- An Unprecedented Level Of Hockey

from Harrison Antognioni at the Bennington Banner,

For those whose hockey senses need a little polishing, let me fill you in.

Hockey is an extremely fast sport that displays an equal balance of speed, physicality and finesse. It’s like football without the endless delays, it’s like basketball without the constant touch fouls and it’s like soccer with a lot more speed in a much smaller arena.

Hockey has the best characteristics of just about every sport; it’s amazing to me why the game’s not as mainstream as football, basketball and baseball.

continued & fyi, Harrison is a senior in high school…

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GMs In A Tough Spot

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Today is Valentine’s Day, anybody in the National Hockey League feeling the love?

Certainly not NHL general managers, who going into their upcoming meetings this weekend are pretty much obsessed with how best to handle relationships that are on the verge of falling apart.

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Top 10 Most Minor Hockey Injuries

Charlie Teljeur in The Hockey News,

If there’s ever any mention of the most severe injury in NHL history, it revolves around the triumvirate of Clint Malarchuk, Bill Masterton and now, Richard Zednik. Really no arguing here – literally.

But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? What about the most minor injuries in professional hockey history? Sounds like a Top 10 list to me…

1. Broken Neck - Tyrus The Water Bottle. The main casualty of Jeremy Roenick’s water bottle flinging tirade of 2004 was, frankly, one of the innocent water bottles. Specifically the one he threw – that went by the name Tyrus - who bounced twice on the ice, severing his spine and splitting his neck wide open. Tyrus never regained his professional form and is now employed as a Sippy Cup somewhere in southern Idaho.

2. Ink Stain - Alexei Yashin. After signing his $87.5 million deal, the ballpoint pen Yashin was using to sign the massive contract exploded in his lapel pocket, causing unsightly chest stains. Even after it was explained to him “blood isn’t blue” Yashin opted for three months of R & R, just to be safe.

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  Tags: hockey+injuries, humor

Ted Leonsis on the NHL Hour Today

Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, ted+leonsis, washington+capitals, xm+radio

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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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