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Teams That May Have An Interest In Khabibulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Daily Herald,

Maybe this latest injury has the Hawks thinking hard again about trading Khabibulin before the deadline and going with Cristobal Huet, especially with Khabibulin set to walk in July as a free agent.

While the Hawks are better with Khabibulin in net, what good is he if he’s not on the ice?

Who needs a goalie? Philadelphia, for one. The Flyers are talking with Atlanta about Kari Lehtonen, but wouldn’t they rather have the playoff-tested Khabibulin?

Washington is looking for a goalie. So is Detroit, but the Hawks couldn’t do that. Could they?

Does Anaheim need a goalie? Just asking. The Ducks need some jolt.

Are the Canadiens happy with Carey Price?

I am really not sure where some of these “Detroit needs a goalie” rumors are coming from.  Sort of makes you wonder how ‘connected’ writers are.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

HDIC Comes To Campbellton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Adams of CBC Sports,

A bone-chilling wind was whipping up the snow as Marjorie Nicolle stood on an old railway bridge spanning the Upsalquitch River.

Only minutes earlier, Nicolle was in her kitchen in the settlement of Upsalquitch when word spread that Ron MacLean was just down the road.

Nicolle tapped her husband Albert on the shoulder and off they went to watch MacLean film parts of his opening segment for Tim Horton’s Hockey Day in Canada broadcast on Saturday.

Nicolle and a handful of friends that live along the road that hugs the Upsalquitch River didn’t flinch when the wind turned a pleasant day into a reminder that winter is far from over in northern New Brunswick.

continued

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Pushing Wellwood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canucks Nation at the Vancouver Province,

Alain Vigneault told the rest of the world how he felt about Kyle Wellwood after Tuesday’s game.

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he let Wellwood in on this Thursday morning at practice — he’s not happy.

“I’m not here to be liked. I’m here to get the most out of him,and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Vigneault said. “As a coach you have to push the right buttons. Some guys need to be pushed a little harder, some guys need to be handled differently. Kyle needs to be pushed and that’s what I’m doing.”

continued

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  Tags: kyle+wellwood

Flyers Defense Is Just Fine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times,

Without substantial new investment, Stevens has aligned his seven defensemen so snugly that should the March 4 trade deadline pass without Paul Holmgren adding one more big body to the group, the Flyers will be no less likely to make a serious postseason push….

Holmgren still could add a defenseman at the deadline. Injuries happen, and the Flyers’ defense was fractured during the last postseason. Derian Hatcher is still threatening to make a return. Luca Sbisa likely will rejoin the team for the playoffs. Lasse Kukkonen remains with the Phantoms, providing depth.

But for now, the Flyers’ defense is set, complementary and effective, with just enough youth, just enough experience, just enough offense, defense and skill to work.

more

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Smolinski On The Come-Back Trail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We’ve got an update for you on one of our “in-limbo” guys we wrote about this past November. Veteran center Bryan Smolinski will join a minor league team next week in an effort to revive his career.

He’ll check in Monday with the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League. Will it lead to a return to the NHL? Who knows.

“I have an open mind. I’m not expecting any miracles,” Smolinski told ESPN.com on Thursday. “An opportunity presented itself. A friend of mine [Chris Bogas] plays there. It was a conversation we had, ‘Would you like to play?’ and I said, ‘You know what? Yeah.’ I’m healthy again, I feel good. I’ve been working out and skating.”

continued

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  Tags: bryan+smolinski

Babcock Talks Wings - “We Got One Goalie Playing Better Than The Other Goalie”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The bench boss of the defending Stanley Cup champs joins The Game Plan on Fan590 to discuss being the fastest coach to ever reach 200 wins, his team’s struggles between the pipes, and whether he would be interested in coaching the Canadian Olympic team.

Mike Babcock also talks, Hossa, Lidstrom, the goalie situation and Datsyuk.

Well worth a listen if you are fan of the Wings.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+babcock

Ty Conklin’s Your Starter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There’s a large contingent of the 19 heading to JLA tomorrow night to see the Wings take on Sasquatch and the Poultry.  This whole deal has been honcho’d by MOWingsFan19 and he’s been beating the drum for about a month now.  I don’t know how many will be going, or who…mainly because I won’t be one of them so I’d rather just avoid thinking about it.

But I’ll tell them this.  It’s gonna be a conk fest. 

Khan(!)

Wings goaltender Ty Conklin will try to stretch his home winning streak to 11 games Friday when he starts against Anaheim, which is in a tough battle to make the playoffs.

Somebody pointed this out yesterday and it’s brilliant:  Chris Osgood has exactly one more game of less than 3 goals allowed than Ty Conklin does shutouts.  Think about that.  Have a ballcap Chris. Keep it on for a while.  Like ‘til mid June or so.

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Ranger Likely Done For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Rick Tocchet said after Thursday’s morning skate that defenseman Paul Ranger, who has missed four straight games with a mysterious upper-body injury, likely will be shut down for the rest of the season. He gave no specifics about the injury, but indicated Ranger will need surgery to correct the problem.

“He’s probably going to get shut down. We’ll probably make that decision later today,” Tocchet said. “We’re going to have one more meeting about it.”

continued

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  Tags: paul+ranger

In Search Of The #1 Goalie In Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Since Ron Hextall’s excellent first tour of duty in the Flyers’ net from the 1986-87 season to 1991-92, the revolving door in the Flyers’ goal has been mesmerizing. The search for a true No. 1 has been endless.

It started with Tommy Soderstrom in 1992-93, followed the next season by Dominic Roussel. Then came Hextall’s second tour of (twilight) duty, followed by the likes of Garth Snow, Sean Burke, John Vanbiesbrouck, Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche, Niittymaki and then Biron.

By our count, that’s 11 masked men who have had legitimate handles on the Flyers’ No. 1 job over 16 seasons. The New Jersey Devils have had the same guy in net for the past 15 seasons. The Flyers? They’ve averaged about 1.5 seasons per starting goalie. Talk about a short shelf life.

read on

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Sakic Hopes To Return This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Stancher at ColoradAvalanche.com,

Sakic - who underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 7 - spoke on a wide range of topics Thursday, including his back injury, the status of his rehabilitation and his drive to get back on the ice.

“We just started rehab this week, so we’re just working on stability right now. After surgery, we haven’t been able to do anything for about six weeks,” said the 20-year NHL veteran. “Just a lot of rest and making sure you don’t move around too much. We just started, but things are progressing.”

While there is no definitive timeline for his return, Sakic’s ultimate goal is to get back on the ice before the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

“For now, it’s still too early for a timetable. I definitely want to be back sometime near the end of the year, give or take a couple of weeks,” said Sakic. “I’m not too sure right now, but as long as rehab keeps working and my back does fine and progresses, hopefully it will be by the end of the year.”

read on

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  Tags: joe+sakic

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