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Video- Preview Of The NHL Float On Thanksgiving Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The float will be part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Special guests on the float will be Hockey Hall of Fame members Cam Neely and Larry Murphy.

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Khan(!): Smith’s Probably In And Wings Admit Power Play Sucks Really, Really, Really Bad

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

On a day when Brendan Shanahan suspended former Denver punkass and current St. Louis golfer Chris Stewart three games for his brutal attack on our innnocent lamb Nik Kronwall, Deep Digging Captain Ansar Khan(!) reports that Brendan Smith (after finishing a suspension levied by the same Brendan Shanahan we just talked about) will be in there tomorrow against the team that almost choked away a seven game series last year after building a 3-0 lead over Detroit.


Smith practiced like he was going to play—paired with Niklas Kronwall at even strength and with Nicklas Lidstrom at the point on the first power-play unit. Smith spoke after practice like he was going to play.

But coach Mike Babcock was coy about it, somewhat.

“I’ll decide in the morning,’’ Babcock said.

Awesome.  Thanks Mike. Let us know what you decide, eh?  Me? I decided to spend the day finding cool new spots in my house to toss vomit into.  Why?

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The Not So Good UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The biggest busts – so far – of the 2011 unrestricted free agent market:

10. Marty Reasoner, C, NY Islanders- The Isles jumped on the first day of free agency to sign Reasoner to a two-year, $2.7 million contract. Unfortunately, the 34-year-old – who tied a career-high with 14 goals for Florida in 2010-11 – has amassed only a single assist and a minus-7 rating.

1. Ville Leino, C/LW, Buffal
o- Sabres owner Terry Pegula was one of the most aggressive players in unrestricted free agency, but it appears he and GM Darcy Regier were overly aggressive in signing the 28-year-old Leino to a six-year, $27-million deal. In return, Leino has flopped badly to begin his Buffalo career, with just two goals and four points in 17 games. That’s a nine-goal, 18-point pace – and at $4.5 million this season, that’s also incredibly awful.

read on for everyone in-between….

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Video- Chris Stewart Suspended For Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.

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  Tags: chris+stewart, niklas+kronwall

Kyle Okposo Off To A Very Slow Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Kyle Okposo acknowledged all the things that have been obvious to those around the Islanders this season: He’s pressing and his confidence is not where it needs to be.

And that sitting out Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Rangers was a low for him in his three-plus NHL seasons.

“I know what I have to do,” Okposo said after the team’s practice at the Coliseum today. The Islanders host the Canadiens on Thursday night. “There’s a lot of things I have to do to get going.”

He’s watched all his shifts from this miserable season so far—he’s got no goals and three assists in 14 games—as well as some tape from last season and the two seasons prior to his shoulder surgery.


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Burish Out With A Broken Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News,

Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish will be out for at least four weeks because of a broken left hand. Burish incurred the injury when struck by a shot from teammate Brenden Morrow during Tuesday’s loss to Florida.

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  Tags: adam+burish

Souray Proves He Belongs In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Sometimes the guys in the Dallas Stars locker room will give it to Sheldon Souray.

Call him rookie.

Give him the gears about having been banished to the nether world of the American Hockey League.

“Nothing’s off limits for those guys,” the big defenseman quipped.

“But you wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The ribbing doesn’t bother Souray, because it’s yet another reminder of the journey he has traveled to the far end of the hockey spectrum and back. The joking reinforces that the past is the past and that his future is what he imagined and hoped it might be even when things looked most bleak.


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Top Defenceman This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Nearing the end of October I picked Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs as the top defenceman in the league so far in the season.  While Phaneuf is having an all star calibre season so far, it is clear that he is no longer the top defenceman so far this year.  Several of the usual suspects are having very strong two-way seasons so far.  They include Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.  These are three players who all have won Norris Trophies in the past.  Other candidates include top defencemen in Shea Weber and Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators and Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In this crowded group we also have surprise players including Sheldon Souray of the Dallas Stars and Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers.  There is a strong group of top defencemen so far this year and no one candidate is way out in front of the pack.

If forced to select one at this point I pick Shea Weber.

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Video- Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yes, I am late with this, but it is still worthy of watching the goal by Matt Duchene from last night.

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  Tags: matt+duchene

Phil Kessel- Almost There But Never Will Be

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Rand of RandBall a the StarTribune,

The hockey world has been impatiently waiting for Kessel to make the jump to the next level for the better part of a decade, and it looks like he might have finally done it.

This is also why it just won’t happen. This cruel world has determined that Kessel is going to be one of those guys to whom real success and true greatness will just be out of reach and who will be a magnet for misfortune. We may be just moments – and certainly not more than a couple of weeks – away from Kessel suffering a broken collarbone or herniated disc or a moderate case of scurvy. His quest to be an elite scorer will be derailed. It cannot happen any other way.

I can’t say that I hold any serious ill will for Kessel, even though many regard him as something of a bridge between a very successful era of Minnesota hockey and a particularly pitiful era out of which the squad only now seems to be crawling. And when we look back in 2020 or sometime thereabouts, we’re all going to be surprised that Kessel had as good of an NHL career as he did. The numbers will be impressive and there will be some young whippersnappers who will make some noise about how he is a hall of famer.


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  Tags: phil+kessel

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