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Avs Getting Healthier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via NHL.com,

Colorado’s top three forwards - captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny - are back on the ice.

Sakic went through a light skate before practice Monday. He’s recovering from hernia surgery.

Smyth is coming back from an ankle injury and Stastny from an appendectomy. Both participated in practice and took contact. For Smyth, it was his first ice time since he was injured on New Year’s Eve.

Stastny, the team’s leading scorer with 49 points, has been practicing and could return soon. He’s listed as questionable for Tuesday night when the Avs play Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Smyth could return to action this week.

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Leafs Go Outdoors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

“It’s nice to come to the rink and see the guys joking around with each other a little bit,” head coach Paul Maurice said after the team’s annual outdoor practice Monday.

It was, brrrrr, minus-10 as the players scrimmaged on a sheet of gleaming ice just east of downtown to promote the club’s participation with The Home Depot in refurbishing outdoor rinks in the city. Bundled-up school children sprung from classes so they could get a close-up look at their hockey heros waved Leafs flags and cheered every pass and shot on goal.

“It was a good time,” said Matt Stajan. “Our toes and fingers were a little cold but it’s great for the kids and it brings back memories.

more…

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First Place Today Belongs To…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The race for the Southeast Division crown may be like watching sea slugs perform Swan Lake. But whatever this competition lacks in artistic beauty is more than made up for in pure drama.

As of Monday morning, all five Southeast Division teams have at least a modicum of optimism regarding their chances for being the only team left standing when the dust clears on April 6.

continued

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Shopping For A Hockey Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Simcoe.com,

For a young player, the appeal for composite sticks, and frankly any piece of equipment, has a great deal to do with what their professional idols are using. Kids see the league’s most valuable player, Sidney Crosby, score his way in to the record books using a certain type of hockey stick and they want what he’s using.

The question is: Is a composite stick necessary for every player, or simply a fancy frill for those who can afford it?

The term itself might be somewhat deceiving for a first-time buyer. Composite is not in reference to the combination of the blade and shaft of the stick, which is a common misconception.

It’s actually in reference to the what he stick is made of in terms of materials.

more

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Gagne on the Mend

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Philadelphia Flyers,

Q: Is this a new concussion or an extension of the old concussions?
SG: “That’s a good question. The only thing I can say right now is that I don’t think it is that bad. I know the symptoms were definitely worse the last time. Hopefully I will feel better very soon. The doctor said I could feel very good in the next couple of days. I just have to take it one day at a time and see what happens.”

Q: What is the outlook?
SG: “Like I said, right now it is one day at a time. It could be a couple of days, it could be a week or it could be longer. There is no timeframe on what is going on right now.”

more…

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  Tags: concussion, simon+gagne

Sens/Canes Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators have shuffled the deck in a big way by completing a four-player transaction with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sources say the Senators have acquired defenceman Mike Commodore and forward Cory Stillman in exchange for defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves.

added 2:45pm, from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford says Stillman waived a no-trade clause to complete the deal.

added 2:58pm, via the Carolina Hurricanes,

“We’re pleased to acquire a very good, young player in Patrick, and address a need for a mobile defenseman who can move the puck on the power play like Joe,” said Rutherford. “We are very thankful to Cory and Mike as two great contributors to the Hurricanes, including during our Stanley Cup run of 2006.”

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The Cost Of ‘Renting’ A Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

Scouts are in agreement that next June’s entry draft is the deepest in years. Throwing around first-rounders like candy won’t be as fashionable.

You may also remember which team got roasted last year at the trade deadline for doing very little. That would be the Anaheim Ducks. GM Brian Burke tried his best but couldn’t pull the trigger other than adding rugged veteran Brad May.

In an interview with me about two hours after the trade deadline last February, Burke explained that he refused to give up his prime young assets for rental players.

“I’m not a big trade deadline guy, you look at my history, my splashes are in the off-season,” Burke said. “I don’t believe in giving a ton for rental players.

more

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How To Rebuild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

...GMs will have to decide whether they want to be buyers or sellers. And if they’re sellers, just how far do they go?

That’s a tricky question, and the answer will vary from team to team. But one thing is certain: Whether you’re a GM or a fan, you should never fall into the trap that so many people want to plunge into. In today’s game, it’s not wise to “blow it up and start over.”

The proponents of that tactic are often vehement.

“It’s the only way,” they say. “Start at the bottom and get top draft picks and build that way.”

read on

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The Hits Just Keep On Comin’

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Young Jimmy’s been recalled as the Miracle gets sidelined with an ailment sure to get the creative juices of the MSM going: a hip.

Khan(!)

The Wings have recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids because Dominik Hasek is day-to-day with minor inflammation of his hip flexor. They placed Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 30, when he suffered a sprained clavicle, to make room for Howard. Chris Osood will start Tuesday in Nashville with Howard dressing as the backup.

 

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Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 10.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, j.s.+giguere, jason+spezza, stars+of+the+week

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