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Ducks Make Moves To Call-Up Backup Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

The Ducks find themselves doing a salary-cap tap dance again.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned to Montreal because of a personal situation unrelated to hockey and will not rejoin the team until Sunday when the Ducks play at Carolina. That left the Ducks needing a backup goaltender for Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center.

Team officials had to move money, and bodies, around. Defenseman Brett Festerling will be sent back to Iowa today to make space under the cap to recall goaltender David Leneveu.

The NHL would have allowed a player exemption for the Ducks, who are at the 23-man limit. But the team is currently only about $400,000 under the NHL’s $56.7-million salary cap. The NHL minimum salary is $475,000.


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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Early Cup Favorites

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

With a quarter of the season gone, who is the favourite to win the Stanley Cup?

Bob McKenzie: “I’ll go with the Detroit Red Wings.  Stanley Cup hangover?  What Stanley Cup hangover?  We’re seeing that at the quarter point of the season that the Wings are just as effective as they were during the Stanley Cup playoffs, so I pick them to win the Cup.  Why?  Because we know they’ve done it before, as recently as last spring.”

John Tortorella: “I like the San Jose Sharks.  I said it at the beginning of the year, and I like the pick more after the first quarter.

more questions and answers from the TSN experts…

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Against the Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:

[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.

“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”

Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.

read on

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  Tags: gregg+sutch, ohl, ontario+hockey+league

Some Kitty Next Door Says It’s Time For A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh…Stooges backers made a late run, but Uncle Teddy was consistent throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

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Hossa…Holland Working It?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pierre LeBrun didn’t exactly say as much, but there are hints in his chat today at ESPN...

Ron, Pittsburgh: Zetterberg, Franzen, Hossa. I’ve read that Holland doesn’t view Hossa as the rental he once did, which makes a lot of sense to me. However, I don’t see any way that the Wings can keep Hossa and Zetterberg, even without Franzen in the mix. With their cap situation, I see either Zetterberg/Hossa and Franzen, and I’ll eat my foot if they let Zetterberg go.

SportsNation Pierre LeBrun: (4:55 PM ET ) Ron I can tell you from my talks with Holland that you’re right, he wants to try and keep all three. But it will be tough. Zetterberg is priority No. 1 and they’ve been exchanging coutner-proposals. Should hopefully get done over the next few weeks. Hossa they can’t talk to until January because he signed a one-year deal last summer. They’re talking to Franzen right now. It’ll be tough but one thing Holland can do is trade a few bodies next summer to make room for Hossa.


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Bep Guidolin—Youngest Player to Ever Skate in the NHL—Dies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN:

Armand (Bep) Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game and later went on to coach Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.  Guidolin died Monday at a Barrie hospital, according to his family.

Guidolin, who was born in Thorold, Ont., made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Nov. 12, 1942, at the age of 16 years 11 months, becoming the league’s youngest player ever. The Bruins desperately needed his help to fill holes left by players who were serving in the Second World War.

He went on to play nine seasons in the NHL, recording 107 goals and 171 assists in 519 games with Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

more at TSN and his story at Legends of Hockey

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  Tags: bep+guidolin

Team Yashin vs Team Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen:

The inaugural Continental Hockey League All-Star Game will have an NHL ring to it.

The KHL announced on its website that the all-star game - which will be played outdoors at Moscow’s Red Square on Jan. 11 - will pit “Yashin Team” vs. “Jagr Team.”

The Yashin Team, headed by former Ottawa Senator and New York Islander Alexei Yashin, will feature players from Russia and former Soviet republics. Jagr Team, headed by former Pittsburgh Penguins great Jaromir Jagr, will be made up of non-Russian players.

The format was decided by fan voting on the KHL website. The KHL announced Wednesday that 50.13 per cent of voters favoured the Yashin vs. Jagr format, while 49.87 per cent favoured a more tradition West vs. East format.

read on

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  Tags: khl

Helm: Leino’s Gonna Be Great

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Helene St. James spoke with Darren Helm today (really…she said so) and he had this to say about Ville Leino,

While in Grand Rapids, Helm has been on a line with Ville Leino, the talented Finn the Wings signed as a free agent last spring and who, I have no doubt, we’ll also see in Detroit before the season is over.

“He’s a really skilled player,” Helm said of Leino. “He’s got a great shot, great hands. He’s starting to get used to the league a little bit more. He’s come along well and he’s going to be a great player.”

She also said Cleary will be in for a BJ on Friday or Saturday against Boston.

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Pick 12

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With 24 teams in action tonight, let’s see how smart you are.

Pick the winner of every game for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.

Anyone who enters will also be included in a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.

So, all I need from you is this- In the comment area, list only the winner of each game tonight.  Also, we need a tie-breaker so give me the total goals scored tonight.

The $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the person who selected the most total wins.  If there is a tie for wins, we go to the tie-breaker and if a tie still exists, a random drawing will be held between the people who met the previous criteria.

You need to be a KK member (free registration) in order to be eligible for the prizes and your submission must be time-stamped no later than 6:45pm ET tonight.

Tonight’s schedule is listed below and good luck.

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Quit Whining About All-Star Voting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Morrison at CBC:

The league will still make sure that best players are represented in the game. Chances are at least a couple of those Canadiens would make it any way.

It’s curious that a game, the all-star game, that is annually mocked and criticized for what it is, can muster so much emotion from people.

There is, of course, a simple way to solve the problem, or at least attempt to solve the problem. Turn on the computer and vote. Often.

Otherwise take a valium.


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  Tags: all+star+game, asg

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