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Avery Expected More Of A Welcome In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It was some ado about very little, apparently. Anti-hero Sean Avery’s return to Dallas for the first time since he was run out of town early in the 2008-09 season following 23 games of employment elicited little response from the paying customers.

“They didn’t even a have a sign,” Avery said, shrugging, following the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout victory over the Stars last night. “The crowd was kind of boring, I’d have to say.”

continue for more on the Rangers…

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Blue Jackets Lose 6-0 To Ducks, Shakeup Expected

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

One gets the sense that the players are waiting for the shoe to drop, wondering who it is that’s headed out the door. There is tremendous heat on Arniel, who has rattled many cages in the dressing room and has half a season to get the players motivated and headed in the right direction, with a singular purpose.

But the heat is truly on Howson. He has waited this long to make a trade. Is over-waited a word? The rest of the NHL now knows he is desperate to make a move, and he has a player who has now openly asked to be traded. Neither are positions of strength.

A season—now at it’s mid-point—hangs in the balance,.


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Tom Kostopoulos Breaks Brad Stuart’s Jaw With High Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kostopoulos received two minutes for roughing.

Post game, Henrik Zetterberg says the Wings will be very surprised if there is no suspension.

No video yet.

added 12:17am on 1/8/11, Mike Babcock says awful hit, disgraceful and unfortunate that (bleeped out) goes on.

added 12:23am, via the CP at TSN,

Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart left the game halfway through the third and did not return. He got bowled over by Tom Kostopoulos right beside the Red Wings net and when the training staff finally helped him to his feet, a giant pool of blood was left behind.

added 12:27am, video added…

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  Tags: brad+stuart, tom+kostopoulos

Former San Jose Shark Found Dead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Jose Sharks,

From Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson on the passing of Tom Cavanagh:

“We are shocked and saddened by the news today of Tom’s passing. Tom was an extraordinary young man and a terrific teammate who spent four seasons with our organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”


from Richard C. Dujardin of the Providence Journal,

Tom Cavanagh, who skated his way from rinks in Rhode Island to Harvard and then to the National Hockey League, was found dead Thursday inside the parking garage of the Providence Place mall.

The police said the body of the 28-year-old athlete was discovered in the vicinity of the garage’s Level C at around 11:25 a.m. Thursday. His car was discovered, with his wallet inside, later that day in another part of the garage.

Health Department spokeswoman Annmarie Beardsworth said Friday that an autopsy by the state Medical Examiner showed that Cavanagh died from “multiple traumatic injuries due to blunt force impact.”


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The Norris Trophy Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I wrote I now consider Zdeno Chara a Hall of Famer I assessed the Norris Trophy race this season and called Zdeno Chara a darkhorse candidate for a Norris Trophy nomination this season.  Given the Detroit Red Wings biases around here many people are upset that I am not pushing Nicklas Lidstrom as the frontrunner for this award.  In fact, I think Kris Letang should win the award if the season ended right now.

I argue that there is no really great defensive performance this season.  Duncan Keith is not playing as well as he did last year.  Mike Green is not playing as well as he did last year.  Drew Doughty is not playing as well as he did last year.  None of the three Norris nominees are playing at the level they did last year.

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Talking Detroit’s UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Holland said he has not had talks of any substance with the agents of any players. He might wait until after the playoffs to take care of business.

“It doesn’t look like there’s a lot of traction,’’ Holland said. “I’m comfortable with waiting until the end of the season.’’

The Red Wings have many players in the final year of their contracts. Goaltender Jimmy Howard, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller can be unrestricted free agents this summer.


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Video- Ben Eager With A Punch To The Face Of Colby Armstrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

17:05 Atlanta Dustin Byfuglien: 2 minutes, roughing
17:05 Atlanta Ben Eager: 10 minutes, match penalty
17:05 Toronto Dion Phaneuf: 2 minutes, roughing

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Best Part About Wings/Flames?  Making Yahoo Suck It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As I guaranteed more than a month ago (you’ll have to find the link yourselves with your own Gore), I have no intention of reading Puck Daddy until Wyshynski says seeya to piss-ant Wing hater Ryan Lambert.  That’s not a decree, it’s just a personal preference.

If you choose not to visit hockey on the search engine because of blatant bias, well that’s your call. Not mine.

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Is HBO Thinking About the Cup Finals?

Blog: KK Hockey By Patrick Hoffman

From Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press via the Globe and Mail:

Few ever thought the NHL would open its doors to camera crews and unfettered access during the regular season, but almost everyone who saw HBO’s “24/7” series was glad they did.

While the league will take some time before deciding what to do for an encore, at least one top executive is willing to dream big — chief operating officer John Collins says he’s open to the idea of doing something similar during the post-season.

“That would be the ultimate, being able to take fans inside the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Collins said Friday in an interview. “We’ll look at it. It’s certainly not something we’ll be able to pull together for this year.

Click here for more.


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  Tags: hbo, nhl, stanley+cup+finals

Feaster Figuring Out the Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Patrick Hoffman

From Craig Custance at The Sporting News:

It’s been such a whirlwind for Calgary interim general manager Jay Feaster, that he’s already lost track of how long he’s been on the job.

“I don’t even know. About 10 days,” he told Sporting News by phone from his Calgary office. “It has been hectic. There are so many different areas you have to make sure you’re addressing and on top of.”

There were meetings with scouts. A trip to Abbotsford with Brent Sutter to meet with their AHL coaching staff.

But the focus right now, as it was when he took over in Tampa before leading the Lightning to a Stanley Cup, is identifying the core players he hopes to build around.

Click here for more on Feaster’s challenges ahead as the Flames’ general manager.




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