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Oil Patch on Nation Radio

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Nation Radio is a two hour program on Edmonton’s Team 1260 on Saturday afternoons. The show routinely features various voices and faces from the hockey world discussing trades, prospects and statistics, but it tends to focus more on Edmonton hockey teams. I had the opportunity to talk Oilers prospects on Nation Radio this past Saturday as did the voice of the Oklahoma City Barons, Jim Byers.

You can listen to my segment here, and Jim Byer’s here. The entire show is also available on the Nation Radio posting.

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Senators Don’t Plan On Any Big Moves At Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Gordon of Senators Extra at the Ottawa Citizen,

Don’t expect Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to make any impulse buys when the NHL trade deadline rolls around next Monday.

Melynk phoned in to Toronto radio station The Fan 590 Monday morning and insisted he has learned his lesson when it comes to breaking the bank to win now.

That means rival general mangers trying to unload expensive veteran contracts this week should look elsewhere.

“What are you going to do?” Melnyk asked host Roger Lajoie. “You’re seventh (in the standings), you end up seventh. What happens if you go out and spend a boatload of money and come in ninth? Then everybody looks like an idiot!”

Melnyk said the Senators intend to stick to their plan, which revolves drafting well and building from within.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In February, the United States celebrates National Black History Month, National Wise Mental Health Consumer Month and National Women’s Heart Month.

In February, Canada celebrates National NHL Trading Deadline Month.

The big wind-up, an undeclared holiday for the puck obsessed, occurs Feb. 27 when a pair of Canadian sports network, TSN and Sportsnet, scurry to break trades and mightily attempt to one-up each other with instant analysis, giving fans a reason to keep hitting the refresh key on their computers or the “last” button on the remote.

-Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the trade mania.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 20, 2012) – Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler and Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 19.

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Oilers Recall Danis

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goaltender Yann Danis from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL after Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a groin injury during Sunday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. According to the Oilers’ official twitter feed, Khabibulin is expected to miss 7-10 days.

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  Tags: yann+danis

Conklin On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Wharnsby tweet,

RedWings have put G Ty Conklin on waivers.

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AHL’s Top Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets farm team) have moved into first place in the AHL.  They have a 33-19 record with 6 regulation tie points.  They have passed the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers farm team) who also have a 33-19 record but with only 5 regulation tie points.

St John’s is best known as an offensive team.  They are third overall in the AHL in scoring.  Given that the Winnipeg Jets are run by Mark Chipman, who ran the successful Manitoba Moose in the AHL before the Jets, it isn’t a surprise that they have a top AHL team.  The question is whether or not this helps the Jets win at the NHL level.  A winning team in the AHL is usually a team of men who are no longer NHL prospects that defeat teams of boys who have much higher NHL potential.

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Nash Or Carter?  How About Waiting Until The Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Craig Custance in an ESPN Insider (paid subscription) compares Rick Nash to Jeff Carter.  His conclusion…

Nash has received the bulk of the attention over the last week and that will continue until he’s traded or the trade deadline expires. He’s a game-changer and for a team like the Kings, might be the ideal addition at the deadline. But for other teams like the Rangers or Maple Leafs, the cost might be too great. Not only is Nash a salary cap liability, it’s going to sap the organization of key assets. And for a team like Toronto, that covets Ryan Getzlaf, it would all but end that possibility if the Ducks decide to trade one of their big forwards this summer.

Carter is the safer choice but doesn’t come with the high-end dominance that Nash provides. The best play? It may be for contenders to pass on both players and see what transpires this summer in Anaheim or with potential free agents Ryan Suter or Zach Parise.

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Chara Slumping Along With The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

The numbers don’t lie, and Chara is a minus-7 over his last four games while showing signs of fatigue. There isn’t a soul that thinks it’s desire or effort that’s at the heart of Chara’s difficulties, and his coach thinks it’s merely the 6-foot-9 defenseman trying to do too much with so many of his teammates struggling around him.

“You talk about mistakes, but those are made when you’re not on top of your game,” said Claude Julien. “When you play with energy and you play with smarts you make good line changes. That energy level stays where it should be and your work ethic stays where it should be.

“But you’ve got only some guys producing for the team, and there are not enough of them. So they try to do a little more and produce a little more, and it hurts them more than it helps him. It just snowballs from there. We’ve got to rely on everybody to do their jobs and do them well.”

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Major Surgery For Ohlund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Crisodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

It is easy to understand why Mattias Ohlund said, “I wake up every day in a bad mood.”

The Lightning defenseman is in pain, and the ache in his left knee that has kept him sidelined the entire regular season and off skates completely since mid November is getting worse.

“We have great trainers, and they work with me every day,” Ohlund said. “We’ve tried everything. We’ve been thinking and talking about this and finally came to the conclusion it’s time to get it done.”

What Ohlund, 35, will have done Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is major surgery on his left knee that likely is the last best hope of saving his career.

The complicated procedure performed by noted orthopedist Anthony Miniaci will use a thin layer of titanium to resurface the bottom of the femur behind the kneecap. That should create a cushion where cartilage that usually covers the bone has flaked off to such an extent there is painful bone-on-bone rubbing at the patellofemoral joint.

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