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Canes Activate Skinner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has activated forward Jeff Skinner from injured reserve. Skinner, who has missed Carolina’s last 16 games with a concussion, is eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Capitals in Washington.

Skinner, 19, currently ranks second among Hurricanes skaters in goals (12) and third in points (24). Prior to suffering a concussion against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 7, the Markham, Ont., native had not missed a game in his NHL career. Carolina’s first-round draft pick (7th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Skinner has totaled 43 goals and 44 assists (87 points) in 112 career NHL games with the Hurricanes. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year after leading all rookies in points (63) during his first NHL season in 2010-11.

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Are You Watching Jack Capuano?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry has a message for you.

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Brooks On A Sunday Morning

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

* So who is out of Tampa Bay first, Guy Boucher or Vincent Lecavalier?

This assumes amnesty buyouts in some shape or form accompany the next CBA.

* There is one rule when it comes to watching the Bruins’ home TV broadcast, only one way to avoid being insulted, and that is to put the audio on mute.

* It hurts my ears when any 22-year-old says the words, “It’s a business,” as Kyle Turris did at the Garden on Thursday, but my eyes were opened wide by the center, a terrific and dynamic player whose acquisition by Ottawa from Phoenix appears to be a home run for Senators GM Bryan Murray.

* Snapshot. Elite Eight: 1. Boston; 2. Vancouver; 3. Chicago; 4. Detroit; 5. Rangers; 6. San Jose; 7. St. Louis; 8. Philadelphia.


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Red Wings-Blackhawks wrap-up and overnight report: style points, history and hockey philosophy

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

We got into something of a philosophical discussion here on TMR after the Red Wings’ slightly sloppy 3-2 overtime win over Chicago on Saturday afternoon, to the tune of, “Is it about the journey or the destination?”

As the Wings are in the middle of a stretch in which they’re playing every other day for a full month (from December 30th to January 25th, a span of 27 days, the Wings will have played 14 games), one could very well argue that the “how” the Wings won on Saturday—in overtime, because the Wings out-shot Chicago 17-6 in the first period and took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but slowly let up on the gas, let the Hawks off the mat and eventually allowed them to salvage a point via a Jonathan Toews game with 52 seconds remaining in regulation (during a period where the Wings were out-shot 16-5), requiring a fast and furious overtime period and a Todd Bertuzzi goal with 49 seconds left to avoid what would have been the Wings’ second shootout in two games—didn’t necessarily matter, because winning games by any means necessary is “all that matters” right now.

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Final thoughts on Cammalleri, Habs-Sens

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The Habs face the Sens tonight. I said they had to win 2 of 3 on Thursday, and they lost to Boston, so this is it. Win today, win tomorrow, or I really think the playoff chase is out of gas. We won’t know for sure until, in my opinion, the end of January, but this team is running on fumes, and a win tonight would help move it forward at least a little bit.

As for Mike Cammalleri, here are my final thoughts:

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Should Staged Fights Be Banned From The NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

It’s difficult to say whether this is a good thing or a bad thing for television.

The one certainty is that staged fights are on the verge of their final curtain call.

It has become the chatter of the league lately, the NHL moving decisively on what is perceived to be the simplest of all problems to fix. Two coaches send out their resident goons, they catch each other’s eye, agree to “go,” drop their gloves and whale away on each other until they tire and, in what has become ritual, the linesmen move in and the two fighters, if still on their skates, skate away looking up at the scoreboard to see if their moment in the spotlight is already on replay.


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Video- Another Head Shot

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Rookie center Andrew Desjardins was near the blue line when he was on the receiving end of a high hit by Blue Jackets left wing Dane Byers early in the second period. Desjardins fell woozily to the ice, then was helped to the locker room. He did not return.

“That’s exactly what we want to eliminate from the game, exactly,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

Desjardins said he was taken to what is known in the NHL as the “quiet room” after the hit, but he said after the game he was feeling much better.

“You can’t risk anything, but we don’t know anything” he said of the decision to keep him out of the rest of the game. “I feel fine, I feel all right.”


See the penalty breakdown below along with a video of the hit…

added 11:05pm,  a 2nd video posted which includes the fight…

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The Hockey Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Toronto GM Bryan Burke has promised to make a move. He wants to get ahead of everybody else and it would appear Anaheim F Bobby Ryan is his top target. It will cost Toronto either Joe Colborne or Nazem Kadri, along with a another prospect and a No. 1 pick to land Ryan.

• Keep an eye on Buffalo C Derek Roy because his name is popping up all over the place in trade talk. League sources say GM Darcy Regier believes the Sabres need to get bigger and might be offering up Roy. The 28-year-old, 5-foot-9 Roy, who has a cap hit of $4 million, is on the books through the 2012-13 season. The Ottawa native has struggled this season, putting up only eight goals and 16 assists in 41 games. Regier will only make a move if he can get a centre in return. The Blackhawks are looking for help in the middle and may show interest.

• The Penguins are a team worth watching as the trade deadline approaches. Whether C Sidney Crosby returns, GM Ray Shero has the assets to deal and money to spend to try to make sure Pittsburgh makes the playoffs. With C Jordan Staal and, hopefully, Crosby back before the playoffs, the Penguins need help on the wings. Top candidate: P.A. Parenteau of the Islanders would be a nice fit.


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Video- You Almost Want To Call It A Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

But the shot by Tim Connolly was ruled no goal on the ice and multiple angles never shows the puck crossing the line.

Rangers goaltender Marty Biron did a fine job of covering the puck and also blocking-out all the cameras.

I wonder if the call on the ice was goal would the situation room overruled the call?

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Video- It’s Not Often You See A Penalty Shot Awarded On A Non-Scoring Chance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mark Streit of the NY Islanders knocked the net off and the Buffalo Sabres were awarded a penalty shot.

The Islanders did win the game.

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