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Penguins May Have Decisions To Make At Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The NHL trade deadline is nine days away, and there are less than six weeks in the Penguins’ regular season after that.

It might be easier for general manager Ray Shero and his staff to know what moves, if any, to pursue if he had an idea whether center and captain Sidney Crosby might be back in the lineup before the playoffs.

Crosby simply cannot oblige.

He has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms perhaps related to a neck injury for more than two months and has played in just eight games dating to early January 2011. He said Friday he still has headaches but the trouble he has had with motion and balance has subsided….

If the Penguins knew Crosby was going to be out at least until the end of the regular season, then, as long as he remained on long-term injured reserve, they could exceed the salary cap and use some of his $8.7 million cap hit to acquire one or more players. Perhaps they could add a scoring winger or a physical, shutdown defenseman.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Everything that I’ve gone through does make these last two weeks even sweeter for me.  I’m not sure what’s going happen next. Whatever they decide to do next is fine with me. I’m just determined to enjoy the ride as long as I can.”

-Joey MacDonald, goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings.  More on MacDonald and the Wings from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.

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Forget The Portrait, How About The “Real” Thing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Jets had a surprise guest for their game against the Bruins last night.

“She” brought them luck too, with Winnipeg beating Boston 4-2.


REUTERS/Fred Greenslade

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Spezza’s In The Other House These Days

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Spezza thinks of himself as more of “a team player” these days – fewer blind passes, less gambling, but still creative – and is convinced his personal success this year has been but a happy result of the overall team play.

Whatever it is – new coach in Paul MacLean, deft tweaking by GM Bryan Murray, the reborn play of Alfredsson, Jason Spezza shooting more – it has worked more than not this season, the recent wins picking the team up from a losing streak that had reached seven games and, once again, quieting the fans of Scotiabank Place.

“It’s good to have passionate fans,” Spezza says. “It’s part of playing in a hockey market and it’s part of the positives and negatives that come with that. If you’re playing really good, you’re a hero, and if you’re not, you’re a dog.”

Having known the doghouse, he much prefers the penthouse.


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Snoozing Setback

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Oilers lose 3-1 to Avalanche
The Edmonton Oilers’ head coach Tom Renney was not at Rexall place as his team hosted the Colorado Avalanche. Instead, Renney is at home recovering from a concussion for the rest of the weekend. Renney was struck with an errant puck during the morning skate in Toronto February 6th. Since then, Renney has sporadically spoken with the media, but associate coach Ralph Krueger has stepped up to fill in. And so, Renney may now have a better sense of what the fans sit through at home while yelling at their coach and watching the Oilers lose 3-1.

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Video- Ducks Think They’ve Won In OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Getzlaf scores, but….

Devils win in the shootout.

Even the OC Register thought the Ducks had won…

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Wings Keep Winning At Home, 22 In a Row

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Paul here subbing for George who should be back very soon…

With 6 seconds left in regulation and the scored tied…

Wings win 2-1.

More video will be added below when available…

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Be Prepared To Be Spooked

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul here for IwoCPO, who emailed me at 0300 hours advising he may be without web access for a few days.

So here I am and this is all I have for you.

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The Story Of Andy Bezeau

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from Steve Ludzik of the Niagra Falls Review,

No. 13 was the greatest secret never to play in the NHL. This is Andy Bezeau, No. 13, and this is his story.

Bezeau, the dead end kid, learned quick and early to stand up for himself. It was a quality that held him in good sted on an August evening in 1989.

“I’ll be back tomorrow, line ‘em up, Mr. Laforge,’’ said the dead end kid, refusing to except the sour news that he was just cut from the Niagara Falls Thunder training camp, by the ruling general, Battling Bill Laforge, a five-star heavy, who liked his players lean and mean, but the kid was only 5-foot-9 inches tall he wouldn’t last the season, thought the coach.

“Did you hear me? I’m coming back tomorrow,’’ the dead end kid shouted, as the hulking Laforge shook his head and walked away. The burley bench boss was not in the habit of repeating himself, nor having freshly cut rookies chirp back to him.

Laforge turned and resumed his dreadful duties of cutting another dozen hockey hopefuls and sending them packing back home and to reality, their hockey hopes hijacked.

A desperate Bezeau did not want to go back. He would not go quietly into the night. The only thing that he feared was failure. He had nowhere to go. He slept on a park bench that night. The dead end kid bused, walked and thumbed his way from Saint John, N.B. to Niagara Falls, hockey bag slung over his shoulder.

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Video- Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We will start off with the Top 10 saves of the week and below the Top 10 hits and goals can be viewed.

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