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A Fifth String Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The New York Islanders are not having a good season.  They are in last place in the East Conference.  The most ridiculous part of their story is their goaltending situation.  They have four goaltenders who are unavailable to play.  Often injured Rick DiPietro has facial fractures and a swollen knee.  He will be out for several weeks.  Evgeni Nabokov has refused to report to the team after they claimed him on waivers.  Nathan Lawson hurt his knee and is out.  Kevin Poulin hurt his knee as well.  That leaves the Islanders playing their fifth string goalie and dressing their sixth stringer as a backup.  Many NHL teams do not have six goalies under contract.

Any team playing their fifth string goalie is in the middle of a disaster.  The Islander’s season has been a disaster even without this problem.  If there is a game where a team might give up a double digit number of goals, it is the Islanders right now.  A weak team with a goaltender who is definitely not NHL ready is a prime candidate to get blown out.

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Time for Dubinsky and Callahan to Resurface as Leaders

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

With Arthur Staple reporting that New York Rangers’ captain Chris Drury will be out for six weeks after having his knee scoped, it is time for Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan to lead this team into the playoffs.

There are many out there that question why Drury was named captain in the first place but despite not producing, he did try and play hard, he blocked shots, he was great on the penalty kill and he was the consumate professional. Even head coach John Tortorella said he was tired of hearing negative things about Drury:

Tortorella on Drury: “It pisses me off that some things come out about Chris Drury, about him thinking he might be out of the lineup and thinking he’s given in here a little bit…It bothered me. Because he’s not built that way, and we all know that.”

With that in mind, it is time for Dubinsky and Callahan to lead this team both as leaders on the ice and off the ice. When it comes to the on-ice part, they will have to continue to play hard, play on special teams, kill penalties, hit, block shots and produce. The last part is extremely important considering how quiet Marian Gaborik has been.

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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky, chris+drury, john+tortorella, new+york+rangers, ryan+callahan

Pens’ Malkin To Undergo Knee Surgery Thursday; Rehab Period Will Be Six Months

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Penguins:

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn ACL and torn MCL in his right knee, the team announced today.

Malkin’s rehabilitation period will take six months, and he will be ready for the start of training camp in September, general manager Ray Shero said.

Malkin, 24, the 2009 NHL scoring champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the playoffs, suffered the injury during Friday’s game against Buffalo at CONSOL Energy Center.

He had 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 43 games this season.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Who’s Available From The Eastern Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Just because a player is listed as being of interest, it doesn’t mean he will be traded or should be traded. Some may just be of interest for teams looking to hit a home run when trying to swing a deal or they are players that may be considered to be underachieving for the money they are due over the rest of their contract.

Generally, then, here’s a rough guide for which players each Eastern Conference team might have at their disposal in order to make a trade leading up to the deadline.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So why are free agents staying away from Canadian teams?  Is it Canada? The weather? The pressure of hockey markets?

Why is it that over the last number of years New Jersey or Detroit was able to keep their players and sign free agents along the way? With all due respect to the respective cities I am not sure New Jersey or Detroit would be on many players’ wish list from a lifestyle standpoint in comparison to a southern destination. It’s about winning, opportunity and stability!

-Greg Millen at MapleLeafs.com where you can continue reading.

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Flames Lose Tanguay And Pardy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Flames announced today both forward Alex Tanguay (concussion) and defenseman Adam Pardy (upper-body) are out for an unspecified time.

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Red Wings-Predators game-day update/set-up/catch-up post: Homer’s in, get your Wings donuts

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Updated at 5:13 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the Nashville Predators tonight (7:30 PM EST, FSD+/FS Tennessee/WXYT), the Free Press’s George Sipple confirms that Tomas Holmstrom will rejoin the Wings’ lineup, replacing the injured Valtteri Filppula.  Wings coach Mike Babcock isn’t delighted with the fact that the revolving injury door continues as the Wings hope to gain a measure of revenge for Saturday’s 3-0 defeat:

“We’d like to have all hands on deck,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock. “We’d like to find out what kind of hockey team we really have. We’re playing Nashville tonight and they don’t have guys (healthy). That’s just the way the league is. We’ve got to find a way to keep getting better.”

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Cooke Suspended Four Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

#NHL news. 4 game suspension for #Pens Matt Cooke.

Missed the hit, watch it here.

added 3:06pm,

TORONTO (February 9, 2011)—Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for four games and will forfeit $87,804.88 for a charging incident involving Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin in NHL game #804 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision: Cooke delivered a forceful hit from behind on an unsuspecting opponent; also, he is considered a repeat offender under the League’s supplemental discipline rules,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

Cooke was suspended for two games on Nov. 28, 2009 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Sabres, 2/8/11 (Plus, Isles Goalie Woes and Matt Cooke)

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

As the second period of last night’s Sabres/Lightning game was nearing a close, anyone trying to get a jump on writing their game story had to feel pretty good about things.

Captain Vincent Lecavalier was putting together a dominant performance, the Bolts had a two-goal lead, goalie Dwayne Roloson looked sharp and entering the third period with a lead has been a near sure thing for this team, 22-1-1 in such a scenario before last night.

Once Thomas Vanek’s 20th goal of the year cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2 with less than two minutes left in the middle frame, however, a not-so-fast vibe filled the St. Pete Times Forum. That Vanek, a notorious Lightning-killer, started the turn of Buffalo’s tides should be no surprise. That the game got as out of control as it did beyond that, though, should be.

And now, the return of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with some cameo appearances from other games (so as not to overly depress the Lightning faithful):

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, fedor+tyutin, kevin+poulin, matt+cooke, rick+dipietro, ryan+malone, sean+bergenheim, victor+hedman, vincent+lecavalier

Anaheim/Toronto Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Francois Beauchemin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Joffrey Lupul and defenseman Jake Gardiner. 

“We are thrilled to be able to reacquire Francois,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He is a physical, puck-moving defenseman with tremendous character. We would also like to wish Joffrey Lupul well in Toronto. He’s worked very hard to return from a serious ailment and we hope he can get his career back on track.”

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  Tags: francois+beauchemin, joffrey+lupul

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