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Blake On Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Remember the comments official Wing spokesman Chris Chelios made regarding Rob Blake last week?  Well, Blake has responded….kinda.

Inside the Kings

Last week, Red Wings defender Chris Chelios said this of Rob Blake in an interview on a Detroit radio station: “He’s in a situation there where there’s just no end at the light of the tunnel and he’s lost his drive right now. I’ve been there. I talked to him last time we played him, and he would love to come here.”

Blake’s response: “I don’t know if that’s exactly what was said, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Blake said he wasn’t upset at all with Chelios for making the comments. When I asked if there’s any truth to him losing his drive, he gave a long ``Well ...,’’ then said he was still trying and he didn’t know any more he can say about that.

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Wine With The Old-Schoolers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Getting to Atlanta early for the ASG?

If so, you may want to have a glass of wine on Thursday with Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Pat Lafontaine, Rob Ray, Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, Clark Gillies, Mike Richter, and Rod Gilbert.

Blueland Blog has all the details…

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Jokinen Wants To Win In Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George Richards of On Frozen Pond speaks with Olli Jokinen,

“What are you going to say? The team hasn’t been playing well. My name is popping up again. I don’t think if we were in first place, my name would be out there in trade rumors. I’m pretty much used to it. It doesn’t really bother me. My agent called me and asked if I had heard it.

I haven’t been traded in 7 years. I never will be OK with it. I like this place. This is home. It’s not one of those things where you want to move. I don’t believe the grass is any greener on the other side. as a player you are always going to win. To me it’s the easy way out looking elsewhere for other teams or going somewhere and trying to win happiness or win championships. I want to win here and hopefully we make some moves here.”

read on

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Back Again: Zetterberg In Pain

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This can’t be good. 

St. James

Bad news from this morning’s skate at the Toyota Center in El Segundo, California: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg didn’t practice because his back is acting up again.

Zetterberg, the team’s leading scorer with 28 goals and 61 points, and a plus-20 rating, in 44 games, missed five games in late December because of back spasms, and his back problems cost him the last 19 games of the regular season last year.

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Who Is This Fabian Brunnstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet,

As many as 20 NHL teams have shown serious interest in the 22-year-old Swedish forward this season. He’s an unrestricted free agent in terms of his NHL rights because he went undrafted. He’s a late bloomer and has really come on in the past 12 months. He has 30 points in 36 games with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League this season.

“He’s oozing skill, a great playmaker with lots of upside,” one NHL executive told Sportsnet.ca. “He won’t take the NHL by storm right away, but he’ll grow into a quality first- or second-line forward.”

Brunnstrom recently gave his agent, J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, a short list of five teams to begin negotiating with.

continued

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Hot Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from STATS Blog,

With the young kids putting up the points, no team won more games or picked up more points than the Ducks during their month-long surge.

Team Leaders in Points, Dec. 18-Jan. 18

Team. . . . . . .W-L-OTL. . . Points
Ana. . . . . . . . .12-2-1. . . . . . .25
Pit. . . . . . . . . 10-3-1. . . . . . .21
Det. . . . . . . . .10-4-1. . . . . . .21
Atl. . . . . . . . . .9-6-2. . . . . . .20

The Red Wings come calling Wednesday on a 20-4-2 run dating to Nov. 27. It’s a big test—against a key conference rival—to see if the Ducks have ditched the Stanley Cup hangover and are nearly ready for playoff hockey.

more on the Ducks…

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Dreaming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Forecheck,

With apologies to one of the truly great pieces of American rhetoric… please place tongue firmly in cheek before reading….

I have a dream that one day this community will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “The Coolest Game on Earth.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, Calgary Flames fans and the fans of the former Atlanta Flames will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Nevada, a state sweltering with the heat of gambling, sweltering with the heat of explosive growth (just sweltering in the heat, period…), will be transformed into an oasis of NHL expansion.

read on

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Watching The News

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

News: Big jump to first place comforting and vexing (Denver Post)

Views: Yes, that was the Colorado Avalanche in first place in the Northwest Division this morning.

That the Avs have been able to even hang in the Western Conference race with long-term injuries to Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny qualifies as one of the feel-good stories of the season so far.

And go directly to the head of the class and collect a gold star if you predicted they would do it with Jose Theodore in goal.

It’s probably a stretch to suggest Theodore is actually worth his $5.3 million cap hit – after all he’s got a ton of making up to do – but there is little doubt Theodore is playing his best hockey in years.

many more News & Views…

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Zetterberg Back Problems Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit News,

Henrik Zetterberg’s back problems are flaring up again.

Zetterberg missed practice Monday and his status for the next two games against Los Angeles and Anaheim—as well as this weekend’s All-Star Game—is not known.

Zetterberg said a hit in the third period of Saturday’s game at San Jose triggered this latest setback.

“It’s stiff and sore today, it’s a challenge,” Zetterberg said. “I felt the same way yesterday and decided to stay off today. After the game (Saturday) it got a little worse.

“I’d say it’s pretty questionable for tomorrow.”

continued and thanks to a KK member for the pointer.  Also, if you were in the KK chat room yesterday, well, let’s say, I called it.

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Atlanta Remembers Last Trip To MSG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog,

But here we are, the Thrashers head to New York for a pair of games that they desperately need. Seems familiar doesn’t it? I asked Kari Lehtonen, who may or may not start on Tuesday, if he is looking to bury that awful performance in Game 3 in his first return to Madison Square Garden. He said it wasn’t something he thought about, but joked that he would if I kept asking about it. So I’ll leave Kari alone for now. But he did say the team was getting amped up for these two games and I sensed it. Ilya Kovalchuk also said it’s huge that this team finish strong for the break for a lot of the reasons mentioned above.

Plus, let’s not forget the revenge factor. The last time they were at the Garden, they got steamrolled out of the playoffs and were sick about the way they sent Scott Mellanby into retirement. Those memories don’t just disappear.

more on the Thrashers…

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