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Surgery A Possibility For Draper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper will see a specialist in Philadelphia this week to determine if he needs sports hernia surgery….

Draper tried skating on Monday, after taking a few days off following a setback last week, but couldn’t finish practice.

“Not good,’’ Draper said. “I just went for a little twirl yesterday, felt all right. Then went at it today and felt pretty good and just tried to explode and take a couple of faster strides. That’s where I really felt it. Got off the ice.’’
Three years ago, he had his right side operated on. This time it’s the left side that’s troubling him.

“You figure it’s been over four weeks (since the initial injury), if things were going to take care of themselves and heal (they would have),’’ Draper said. “It’s frustrating.’‘

more on the Wings…

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Monday’s Friedman Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Don’t think the issue of teams dressing fewer than 18 skaters is going to be addressed until the next CBA. There have been discussions about a Kovalchuk-type agreement to try and fix this, but neither side is certain as to what punishment should be.

• Don’t want to hear Sean Avery complaining about the league targeting him anymore. Escaping punishment for his two two-handers to Mike Komisarek exposes that argument.

• Can’t help but be impressed with Jonathan Quick. Inside and outside the organization, there was a feeling that it was only a matter of time before Jonathan Bernier took the No. 1 job. Quick took the challenge with the right attitude, showing up ready to compete. Long-term, it’s likely Bernier takes the job, but it will be a fight.

• On the other side, there’s Marc-Andre Fleury. Watching him, in tears, after the Game 7 loss to Montreal, there was concern about a long-term carryover. Dan Bylsma’s clearly lost confidence in him - for now.

more plus a look at the Flames…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (October 18, 2010)—Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 17.

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Quick Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Road weary - The Carolina Hurricanes sure looked pooped in their 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. The Canes, who played in an exhibition game in Russia before opening the regular season with two matches in Helsinki, don’t play their first game at home until Oct. 27 against the Washington Capitals.

They will travel through 11 time zones and more than 24,000 kilometres (14,913 miles) before they finish their current trip that makes stops in Ottawa, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Games I won’t miss this week -

1. The Canucks stop by the United Center on Wednesday to play the team that has eliminated them from the playoffs the past two years, the Blackhawks.

2. Ottawa Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar visits his old team for the first time, the Penguins, on Monday.

3. It’s always special when New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur plays in Montreal against the Canadiens. Meeting No. 60 will take place at the Bell Centre on Thursday.


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The Face Of The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs turned 55 early this summer. His once red hair – bulrushes for follicles – has turned the colour of spring ice. His big, glowing Irish face remains set in what appears to be constant fury, belying both the wit that lies not far beneath the surface and the sentimental sob that hides somewhat deeper. He is almost as complicated as his job description.

In a team that polarizes fans – lionized and loved by half the country, resented and ridiculed by the other half – Burke, far more than any individual player, has become the face of hockey’s most powerful franchise.

And given that the Leafs began the season as the NHL’s hottest club – currently sitting 4-0-0 – that polarization has risen to levels not even imagined by the Ignatieffs and Harpers of the country.

Burke is, for hockey circles, a bit of an enigma: an American who prefers Canadians; a journeyman player who chose school over dreaming; a man who is both gruff and articulate in a culture known for politeness and clichés.

read on

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Oh Doan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Possible suspension looming as league reviewing #Coyotes Shane Doan’s late hit on #Ducks Dan Sexton in last nites 3rd period.

added 9:47am, Earlier in the game, Doan welcomed Cam Fowler to the NHL with a huge hit after Folwer did his Bobby Orr impression.  Watch below…

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/18/10

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

This morning’s three cheers for those that shined in yesterday’s action:

***Cheers to Anaheim’s Corey Perry, who broke a 2-2 tie late in the third with his third goal of the season to lead the Ducks to a win over Phoenix. Perry also managed an assist in the game and was a plus-3 for Anaheim, who got 36 saves from goaltender Jonas Hiller in victory. Speaking of…

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, corey+perry, daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin, jonas+hiller, mason+raymond

Successful weekend for the Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

The Montreal Canadiens had a productive weekend, taking four points from two divisional rivals in wins over the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. On Friday night, Carey Price was the hero, making a number of good saves against a Buffalo team that often seems to have Montreal’s number when playing South of the border. On Saturday, it was the team’s turn to bail Price out from a couple of unfortunate goals, as the Tomas Plekanec line put on a show, recording 15 shots in coming back from a 3-1 deficit. Andrei Kostitsyn, who has looked like a different player sans Sergei, scored the winner with minutes to go.

Where did Lars go?

One negative to come out of the weekend was the play of Lars Eller, who has seen himself go from a potential top line winger to fourth line scrub.

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  Tags: alex+kovalev, benoit+pouliot, carey+price, lars+eller

Early Season MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to track leaders for the NHL awards from early in the season through to season’s end to see when players secured their leads for the awards that they wind up winning.  Now that a few games have been played, it becomes possible to start picking award leaders.  It is likely the case that these early award leaders will not wind up winning awards, but it is interesting to track how long they remain top contenders.  Today, I am looking at the Hart Trophy for NHL MVP.  I think the leader at this point is Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars. He is tied for the league lead with 9 points, the assist lead with 7 assists and the +/- lead with +7.  All of this is despite playing only four games so far, which is one of the lower totals in the league.  A Brad Richards MVP run would be interesting because of his impending unrestricted free agency this year.  It would suddenly make him in line for a huge contract this summer, when many were predicting he would be forced to take a pay cut from his current 5 year $39 million ($7.8 million per year cap hit) contract.

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Myers Slumping In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

It’s only six games so you generally can’t draw any sweeping conclusions. Tyler Myers didn’t have the Calder Trophy wrapped up last October and he’s not sentenced to a sophomore slump in the same amount of time this year.

But there are troubling signs for the 20-year-old who was expected to be the Buffalo Sabres’ top defenseman. He’s been tentative on the rush, sloppy with the puck and has probably committed more brutal giveaways leading to goals than he did all of last season.

And there’s this: Entering Sunday, there have been 602 skaters to hit the ice in the NHL thus far this season. Only two have a minus-7 rating.

One is New Jersey veteran Jason Arnott. The other is Myers.


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