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Mike Robitaille’s Health Is Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News, H

e advises men where to get treated for prostate issues, explains where to get dental implants and tells customers what cheese to buy. But those commercials were filmed some time before the Buffalo Sabres studio analyst was seriously injured Feb. 3.

On his way to a Sabres game, he had stopped at a light on Oak Street when a a car behind him rammed his BMW, which hit the car in front of him, Robitaille said. Almost instantly, he knew he was in trouble.

“I couldn’t move my arms; I couldn’t move my legs,” he said. “My nose was itchy, I couldn’t scratch my nose. I couldn’t get my cell phone. I couldn’t do anything. ... I knew it was spinal. My arms and legs — there was nothing there.”

Some feeling returned later that night, but so did pain and fears. Five weeks later, after Dr. Kevin Gibbons — the same neurosurgeon who treated Bills tight end Kevin Everett — attached his vertebrae to a metal rod, Robitaille walks slowly with a cane, wears a neck brace and is on painkillers.


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Good Time For A Road Trip

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The schedule certainly does not favor the Phoenix Coyotes - 11 of their final 15 games are on the road - but coach Dave Tippett thinks the current four-game trip is coming at an opportune time….

“When you’re in one place too long, a change of scenery is good for you; it tweaks you,” Tippett said.

“It’ll just be a nice time to get out on the road and play some good road hockey. By the end of these two weeks, when we’re on the road for a week, come back for one game and go back out on the road for a week, I guarantee you by that last game of that next trip, we’ll be dying to get home. That’s the way it goes in our life.”

read on

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Wrong Move To Bench Quincey

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

While I think Joe Sacco is a very good coach and will stay that way for a long time, I just have to respectfully disagree with his decision lately to bench Kyle Quincey.

Sacco said last night Quincey needs to get back to playing an assertive, aggressive game. Was he really that bad though, to warrant being a healthy scratch? Look, I know the Avs have seven healthy D-men right now (eight, when Ruslan Salei comes back, probably some time next week), so somebody has to sit. But count me as one who believes Quincey is one of the team’s top six D-men and should be out there.


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Anything On Your Mind?

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I have an appointment and will not have web access until 5:30pm ET or so today.

So with that, anything on your mind you wish to make public, of course, only hockey related.

Leave a comment below and I shall return in a few hours.

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No Suspension For Carcillo

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via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Flyers forward Dan Carcillo will not be suspended for pushing off linesman Greg Devorski during an attempt to fight Boston’s Matt Hunwick’s during Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Bruins.

Devorski tried to separate the two late in the two period when Carcillo struck him.

Ironically, the decision was left in left Devorski’s hands, and he cut the Flyers a break, CSNPhilly.com was told.

“I have spoken to Stephen Walkom about the play,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Discipline in an e-mail to CSNPhilly.com.

“And IF Greg Devorski, who was the linesman with Carcillo, decided Carcillo needed discipline, they could apply three, 10 or 20 games themselves under Rule 41, Abuse of Officials. They decided not to and I am fine with their decision.”

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The Race To The Playoffs

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As we get closer to deciding which teams will make the top 8 in each conference, it is important to note the games remaining for the teams still in the playoff hunt.

Thanks to the NHL PR department, you can view below a breakdown of the remaining games.

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Morning Line

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“I don’t question too much about what people think.  I believe in myself. I know I can do great things for the team.”

-Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet.  More on Huet from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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Why Not Winnipeg?

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“Yes, under the right circumstances and should there be a need or an opportunity, we would love to return to Winnipeg,” wrote NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an email.

“Love,” he said.

Well, in the immortal words of Junior Soprano, I’d love to, er, be intimate with Angie Dickinson, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

“We would have to take a closer look and do some due diligence to make a determination on the Winnipeg market before making a conclusion one way or the other,” Daly continued. “That’s not something we have the need or reason to do at this point.”

Maybe not. But the day seems to be drawing closer.

While it’s hard to separate the myth from the reality when it comes to this subject, the least you can say is the circumstances surrounding Winnipeg have changed dramatically over the last couple of years, just as the circumstances in the NHL have changed.

read on

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Hart Trophy Talk

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss the Hart Trophy candidates.

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Selke Leader

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I picked Mike Fisher as the Selke Trophy leader in early January.  While he remains a candidate, I do not think he is the top one in the league.  I think he has been passed by Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks.  Marleau has more shorthanded ice time, he plays against a higher quality of competition and he has a better rate stat adjusted +/-.  That makes Marleau a better candidate statistically.  By watching their teams play, it is clear that both are significant defensive presences for their teams, but Marleau plays a bigger role in San Jose.

Of course, this argument does not address any other defensive forwards.  There are many who will get some consideration for the Selke.  It is quite likely that half a dozen or more players get first place votes from at least one voter in the Selke balloting.  Though some of these might be poor choices, this comes from the vague nature of defensive statistics in hockey.  You cannot reliably assess the best defensive forward in most cases.  Patrick Marleau is clearly a top defensive forward who is playing a big role on a successful team.  He is a very good candidate for the Selke.  I think his biggest problem is geography.  The award has existed since 1977 and no player west of the Central time zone has ever won it.  I think too many eastern voters went to sleep before the west coast games ended and missed out on some Selke candidates (this was easier to do because of the lack of strong statistics).  I think there is a very good chance that Marleau could get lost in the same shuffle, but he deserves better.  He should be the Selke front-runner.

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