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Stars Getting Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

Joel Lundqvist (shoulder) is in tonight.

Stephane Robidas (jaw) is in tonight.

Steve Ott (hand) is in tonight.

Jere Lehtinen (upper body) and Brian Sutherby (groin) are not yet ready.

Still, that can make a big difference for the Stars. Tom Wandell has gone back to Sweden and Chris Conner looks like he’s out of the lineup.

That could make for some interesting line combinations.

more on the Stars…

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Do we really need Sundin? A fans rant

Blog: KK Members Blog By Luongo-is-my-hero

You know, there was a lot of things that came to mind when Nonis got fired.  First came shock, then came denial, then came acceptance.  Nonis was great for the Canucks, he brought Luongo here, added to our extremely bare cupboard of prospects.  The only bomb of a prospect he drafted was Pat White, but everyone has a bad pick.

  When Gillis came, I had a little bit of hope, but I obviously wasn’t impressed with what he said about Nonis.  Blaming him for the team being the way it is, but thats another story completely.  Gillis promised big changes and results.  We got some change, but not at the level he promised.  He basically revamped out fourth line, and got Demitra and Bernier to replace Naslund and Morrison.  Not that much of a upgrade considering Demitra is made of glass, and Bernier has not lived up to expectations.

When Sundin was offered 10 million over 2 years, my jaw dropped as I walked aimlessly around the neighborhood trying to make sense of this obvious overpayment.  Gillis promised youth and change, and then he offered 10 million dollars to a guy who is almost 40, approx 3 million more then what ANY other team would have offered him.  Doesn’t make Naslund look overpaid anymore does it?

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Eric Brewer Undergoing Back Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Captain Eric Brewer will have surgery tomorrow on a herniated disc in his back. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD., JD., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Brewer’s last game was December 11th in Los Angeles.

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Price Goes Old School

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs at the Financial Post,

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price shoved his hand into the 50-year-old stick-hand blocker, a glove more than twice his age, and wore the look of a man who’d just pushed his palm into a bowl of liver.

He was similarly impressed with the flimsy catching mitt. And the 1970s-vintage chest protector, which was barely more than a thick undershirt.

“This isn’t protection,” Price said incredulously.

“It’s suicide. Can you imagine me going out there like this? For even one practice? No chance.”

continued with picture of Price in the gear.

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  Tags: carey+price

Top Montreal Moments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Care of CBC Sports,

Whether he was watching the Montreal Canadiens from the bench when his father coached the team or broadcasting their games with the late Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin always had the best seat in the house.

Ever since Dick Irvin Sr. patrolled behind the Habs bench beginning in 1940, the younger Irvin has witnessed most of the great moments in the team’s history, along with the bulk of its best players….

Top 5 moments

1. Closing of the Forum (March 11, 1996) — “The emotion in the building was unbelievable, and the ovation the Rocket received from the fans was something to behold.”

2. Russia’s Red Army squad vs. Montreal (Dec. 31, 1975) — “I didn’t think it was that great a game as everybody else seems to think it was. It was very one-sided, even though the teams tied 3-3. This was more of a moment than a great game. The whole night was unbelievable. It was a special situation, and everybody understood that.”

more

Watch the Richard ovation below…

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All Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks took part in an NHL tele-conference today.

Q. Just wondering if you had been to any outside rinks to acclimatize yourself for January 1st at Wrigley.

PATRICK KANE:  No, I haven’t seen any rinks around here, but you know, that day, it’s just throw it up in the air what the weather is going to be like.  You don’t really know.  You don’t really know what you want as a player, either.
I guess you want it to be a little cold so the ice is better and all of the ice complications are worked out.  But at the same time, you don’t want it to be too windy where the wind is blowing in your face the whole game.

I’m sure it will be a cold day, but a fun day overall, so looking forward to it.

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Was Drafting Stamkos A Mistake?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News, .

..The Bolts ought to have drafted Doughty. Had they done so, they might even be challenging for a playoff berth right now.

Of course, it could be equally likely Doughty would be in the same predicament as Stamkos, laboring like the dickens along with the rest of his Lightning teammates. But take a gander at Doughty’s stats with the Kings and tell me he wouldn’t have greatly aided settle Tampa’s home-zone coverage.

As of mid-December, Doughty led all of Los Angeles’ skaters in ice time, averaging a rookie-best 23:40 per game. If he’d eaten-up that many minutes a night while wearing a Lightning jersey, odds are Tampa GM Brian Lawton might not have had to use up precious cap room and roster space on journeymen defensemen such as Marek Malik and Steve Eminger.

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The Plight Of The Fan Blogger

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It had been too long.  Something like two years.  I wasn’t prepared for it and I’ll admit to you now that I haven’t handled it well.

Losing to Denver was so unexpected, so…startlingly revolting, that I’d pushed the memories of the last time too far away. 

I should have kept them handy.

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It Could Happen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from 24 Hours Vancouver,

JUNE 15, 2009: The Mats Sundin sweepstakes will end tonight.

The 38-year-old Swede will finally choose a team, but you won’t see him on ice.

The professional poker player and former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain announced in a statement via agent J.P. Barry that he would declare his loyalty to the New York Rangers or San Jose Sharks, depending on which team is leading after two periods in tonight’s seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Should the teams be tied, Sundin will choose the team that scores the go-ahead goal.

continued

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  Tags: mats+sundin

The NHL Hour with Trevor Linden

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Trevor Linden  will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.  Linden, of course, just had his number 16 retired and hung from the rafters in a pre-game ceremony last night honoring the longtime former captain.

The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, trevor+linden

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