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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul here, filling in for George, who is at the game, who is filling in for IwoCPO who is keeping our country safe.

Two in a row would be nice and so would an all-around complete game.

Goaltending defensive zone coverage and puck control.  With that comes a victory and if not, we have questions to be answered.

It is a live blog b******, enjoy it.

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Islanders Trade For Al Montoya

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

UNIONDALE, NY, February 9, 2011 – The New York Islanders have acquired goaltender Al Montoya from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Montoya will report to the Islanders’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Montoya, 25, has an 11-8-0 record with a 3.19 goals against average (GAA) and a .891 save percentage (sv%) in 21 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. The Chicago, IL, native has played in five career NHL games, all with Phoenix, and posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.08 GAA and a .925 sv%.

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  Tags: al+montoya

LLL - Breaking Down the Beauchemin Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Shiv

This trade did not happen because of Lupul.

In a one for one trade, Beauchemin can fetch a better player than Lupul from another team.

Brian Burke knows this.

What Burke also knows though is that there aren’t any teams out there that would give up a prospect like Jake Gardiner on top of a player like Lupul and a pick for a player like Beauchemin.

That is the trade in a nut shell.

So who is Jake Gardiner?

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: francois+beauchemin, jake+gardiner, joffrey+lupul, keith+aulie

From Concussion To Neck Strain For Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a Calgary Flames press release,

Upon further evaluation today by Flames head team physician Dr. Kelly Brett, it has been determined that Alex is suffering from a neck strain. It was erroneously reported by our organization as a concussion. His return to play status is day-to-day.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Simmers’ Puck Thoughts for the Week

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

From good friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSGnetwork.com:

2) The Rangers-Red Wings matchup Monday night got me thinking: Which greats played for both teams? Of the names hanging in the rafters at “the Joe,” only Terry Sawchuk also donned a Blueshirt. He played eight games for New York in the last season of his career. Meanwhile, three Rangers legends also wore the winged wheel: Andy Bathgate, Ed Giacomin and Adam Graves. Bathgate played 60 games for Detroit in 1966-’67, Giacomin was of course waived by New York, picked up by Detroit and came back to beat his former team a couple of nights later in an unforgettable game on Nov. 2, 1975; and Graves was drafted in the second round by the Wings in 1986 and played a total of 78 games for them. Giacomin played a total of 71 games for Detroit. Bathgate and Sawchuk, coincidentally, are both from Winnipeg, Manitoba—known this time of year as Winterpeg, Manitssnowin.

3) This Tuesday through Thursday, the Rangers have a little three-day break to work out the kinks, work out the lines, further mend bumps and bruises, and all get on the same page. That will help, particularly in three key areas: power play, faceoffs, hitting the net. If that doesn’t work, they’ve got another three-day break next Monday through Wednesday.

4) Rangers fans, you may want to join Blueshirts United, the NYR fan group, and do so in a hurry. Tomorrow, Feb.  9, Rangers Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust, Derek Stepan, Matt Gilroy and Michael Del Zotto will trade in their skates for bowling shoes and they host a special event at the brand-new Bowlmor Lanes Times Square for members of the Blueshirts United fan community. The event will be emceed by MSG Network’s Sam Rosen and Joe Michiletti, and will feature special appearances by Rangers alumni. For additional information, visit http://www.blueshirtsunited.com


Click here for more Rangers’/hockey thoughts from a top notch hockey guy.


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  Tags: msgnetwork.com, new+york+rangers, rob+simpson

Edmonton Players On Trade Alert

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky know better than to send out their dry cleaning.

And as the trade deadline draws even closer, they’ll know better than to buy green bananas.

As they near the end of their contracts, both can’t help wondering if they’re nearing the end of their time in Edmonton.

Hemsky admitted Wednesday that for the first time since he became an Oiler in 2002, he thinks he might be on the block.

And Penner, well, he’s been on the block since he came here. With one season left before he’s eligible for unrestricted free agency, and his stock value high, his name is definitely coming up.


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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.

Filed in: Pittsburgh Penguins, | The Confluence | Permalink
  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.


Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink

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