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Martin Brodeur Will Get A Tryout With The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 5:10pm,

 

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Presuming a little too much shiny happiness regarding Alfredsson’s retirement and a Sens reunion

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun just penned an article confirming that Daniel Alfredsson will announce his retirement from the NHL next Thursday, and that's yielded some stupidity from Darcy Tucker and what I'd delicately describe as an overly-optimistic set of expectations for December 4th's festivities from the Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Scanlan:

Alfredsson, the longtime captain of the Ottawa Senators, returns to the fold next Thursday, Dec. 4, to announce his retirement from the NHL during a media conference at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Fittingly, it’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ at the rink, a night for Senators heritage jerseys and now, a Senators legacy player: No. 11, the man affectionately known throughout the community as “Alfie.”

In town for a game that night will be the New York Islanders, a team the Senators used to toy with back in Alfredsson’s tenure (times have changed, the Islanders are a juggernaut, go figure). Expect numerous game night interruptions for chants of “Alfie!” Expect the crowd to monitor the time of each period, counting down the seconds to that moment when the clock shows 11:11.

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Knowing Alfredsson, he didn’t ask [Bryan] Murray to “go for a drive” just to talk about himself and his retirement. He wanted to speak to his former GM in the wake of the revelation that Murray’s cancer was incurable. It wasn’t their first conversation in recent weeks, but it was an important face-to-face meeting.

The result – Alfredsson is to be a Senator for life, with a future place in the organization if he so desires. As you were. All is right with the world again.

Alfredsson will be remembered as a Senator, but he lives in Birmingham, Michigan now, and while the ailing Bryan Murray "went for a drive" with Alfredsson last week, I'm sure that Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Kris Draper will lobby #11 to begin his post-hockey career learning the ropes in Detroit.

That, and he may want to go back to Sweden, too. It's up to Alfredsson, and a year-and-a-half doesn't necessarily mend all wounds.

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St. Louis Blues Goaltender Brian Elliott Considered Week-To-Week With Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,

The Blues have yet to say how much time Brian Elliott could miss, but they announced in a press release Wednesday that the goaltender "will be sidelined with a lower-body injury."

Coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott was "week-to-week."

"We'll kind of address it every Sunday and see how he is," Hitchcock said. "That's about as close as I can give you right now. He's had this type of injury before and has recovered quickly and nicely so we're hoping for the former but we don't want to say it's five or six days and then it's 14 so we'll leave it at that.

"If it was a skater, this would be moment to moment, but he's a goalie and you need your knees, especially if you're a butterfly goalie. We're not taking any risks here. We want him at 100 (percent) and Jake (Allen) can cover the load for a little while here."

continued

Below, watch how Elliott was injured....

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Chris Chelios rankles some feathers while discussing Brendan Shanahan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I don't have a problem with Chris Chelios's take on Brendan Shanahan--given that Chelios, whose book tour for his Memoir, Made in America, will resume in suburban Chicago on December 2nd, was a staunch advocate for the NHLPA during two lockouts, while Shanahan not only reached out to the NHL during the 04-05 lockout but also ended up working for the league...

But Chelios appeared on TSN 1050's Leafs Lunch today, and his suggestion that the Maple Leafs' president is a "politician" of course rankled some feathers:

Hall of Fame defenceman Chris Chelios joined Leafs Lunch to discuss his autobiography “Overtime” sharing some stories from the book and why it was time to write it. He also discussed some candid comments he made about his relationship with Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan in the book, and whether Shanahan is suited for the Leafs job.

As far as I understand the situation, Shanahan left the Red Wings in the summer of 2006 because he felt that Mike Babcock gave veteran players no deference and because he wanted to further his post-playing career, which probably was going to be helped by playing in Montreal or New York instead of Detroit, but that was his prerrogative, and it's Chelios's prerrogative to suggest that his former teammate isn't his favorite human being.

And it's Toronto Sports Talk Radio's prerrogative to turn this into an international incident, I suppose:

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KK- Plans For Thanksgiving Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My plan for Thanksgiving Day is do the normal morning update, although it may be a little later than usual.

After that, it is couch time with turkey, football and perhaps a short nap.

There is one NHL game on Thursday, Edmonton at Nashville at 8pm ET and of course if anything big happens in the hockey world, I will certainly cover it.

Otherwise, I will see you on Friday.

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The New York Islanders Are #1 In Sports Illustrated NHL Power Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Illustrated,

Welcome to the latest installment of our 2014–15 NHL Power Rankings. We've passed the first quarter mark of the season and there have surely been some surprises, most notably on Long Island, in Nashville and out west in Calgary and Vancouver.

Once again our three scribes—Allan Muir, Sarah Kwak and Brian Cazeneuve—have submitted their choices for the league's Top 10 teams....

#1 NEW YORK ISLANDERS

LAST WEEK: 7, RECORD: 15-6-0

MUIR (1): Coach Jack Capuano says his Islanders have a bit of swagger in their game right now, and who can blame 'em? They may not be the best team in hockey, but they're the best team in hockey right now. Their home-and-home weekend sweep of Pittsburgh and a thoroughly dominant performance on Monday night against the Flyers made that abundantly clear. Jaro Halak has been lights out, stopping 180 of the past 188 shots he's faced while posting seven consecutive wins.

KWAK (2): Isles fans shall hail the shootout! Indeed, their team is an impressive 5-0 in the skills competition this season, picking up valuable points and joining the Penguins at the top of the rather dumpy Metropolitan Division. Those points have come on the sticks of Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo, who are each 4-for-5 this season.

CAZENEUVE (2): It has been refreshing to see the Islanders reaching for new glories. They've won four straight, but more important, with that home-and-home sweep of the Penguins, they are positioning themselves very well should they happen to meet Pittsburgh in the playoffs. They then beat the Flyers, 1-0, in a shootout, proving that this emerging young team can play high- or low-scoring contests and survive the tests.

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Ryan Garbutt Will Have A Hearing With Player Safety Tomorrow

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If you missed the hit or want to review it, watch below...

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Video- Wayne Simmonds, His Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The My Story series profiles Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and his perseverance against odds to make the NHL

 

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Tyler Seguin Has Been On Quite The Roll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A blue-chipper in Big D, Landeskog coming on for Avs, and a rare puck possession night for an enforcer; Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Tyler Seguin – The Stars’ game-breaker scored another pair of goals in a 3-2 win over Edmonton, giving him 10 goals in the last nine games, and a league-leading 17 goals on the season.

Since arriving in Dallas last season, Seguin ranks third in the league with 52 goals and is tied for second with 110 points in 101 games and he does a lot of his damage at even strength, with 38 of his goals coming at even strength (tied for second) and Seguin and linemate Jamie Benn are among the league’s most efficient even-strength scorers.

Among players with at least 500 5-on-5 minutes since the start of last season:

continue to TSN for much more...

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Video- Top 10 John Tavares Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN style...

 

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