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Morrow Out With Torn ACL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the left wing Brenden Morrow is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery. He is expected to miss up to six months. The club also recalled right wing Landon Wilson from Grand Rapids (AHL).

“We are obviously very disappointed to hear the news about Brenden’s knee,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “As our captain, he will obviously be missed, but we have every assurance that he can and will come back from this injury at 100 percent. There is a lot of hockey left to be played this season, and we are confident our team will rally together and keep pushing.”

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  Tags: brenden+morrow

UFAs Paying-Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

As the quarter point of the season approaches, it’s a reasonable time to take a look back at the moves of the summer to get an indication which transactions helped and which ones hurt their respective teams.

We’re not going to look at the guys that re-signed with their current teams, maintaining the status quo.  Rather, the focus will be on the transactions that saw players change teams….

Red Wings sign LW Marian Hossa to a one-year, $7.45-million contract (10-13-23, plus-8 in 18 GP)
Leaving the Cup finalists to join the defending Cup champions, Hossa hasn’t disappointed at all, playing on the league’s best line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.
TSN.ca Rating: 91.26

read on

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Have You Seen This Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BayNet.com,

imageThe Charles County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on Nov. 16, at Subway in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf.

At 9:38 p.m., the suspect entered the shop, displayed a knife and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled. A surveillance camera recorded the robbery as it occurred.  The best lead in the case is the jacket the suspect wore; it has a distinct logo of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL team.



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Importance of the ‘C’

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Whether by coincidence or design, Toronto, Atlanta and Florida have no captain at all right now and none of those teams are slated to make the playoffs at this juncture.

Yeah, maybe the captaincy is symbolic. Just because you don’t have a letter on your jersey, doesn’t mean you can’t be vocal in the dressing room when things are going pear-shaped. But a look at what even some of the newest captains are doing these days sheds a little light on how symbolism often bleeds over into reality.

Earlier in the week, an unlikely fight occurred in Phoenix when Coyotes young gun Martin Hanzal squared off for the first time in his NHL career with Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. For Toews, it was his first fight ever, according to hockeyfights.com.

read on

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  Tags: captains, jonathan+toews

The Whole Revenue Sharing Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,

(Pierre) Boivin (Montreal Canadiens president)  is right when he suggests revenue sharing should be re-examined and perhaps adjusted if the Canadian clubs’ own revenues are sliding, but anyone — whether a club exec, journalist, blogger or fan — who counterposes the interests of Canada’s teams against those of the U.S. teams is wrong. The N.H.L. is one league. Revenue sharing is in place for reasons that benefit the N.H.L. as a whole. Without it, teams are left to fend for themselves in a laissez-faire economic system that increases the likelihood of failure. Those lessons of “non-regulated” economies should be pretty obvious to everyone about now.


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Avs Getting What They Deserve

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

This team is getting exactly what it deserves right now. Assets have been misallocated, some key player personnel decisions have been dead wrong, some top prospects have been overrated and other problems have been given the usual Avalanche whitewashed PR treatment.

This team has gone from perennial Stanley Cup contenders to one that almost surely will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.

But, hey, maybe they’ll get that No. 1 pick next June.


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Ducks Have Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The issue isn’t with the benchwarmers. It’s with the stars. Problem is, while it might be tempting to dramatically whittle down the time of a star—or even send one to the press box—that approach rarely works. That’s why the answer has to come from the players themselves. And it starts with Scott Niedermayer, the player who is wearing the C but doing little of late to earn it.

Discipline shouldn’t be an issue on a team led by Niedermayer, but it is. The bad habits developed by the Ducks last season while he was on his journey of personal discovery as Chris Pronger wore the C have continued this year. They fail to execute in their own zone. The transition game is a turnover machine. And then there are the penalties.


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Rejoice SoCal Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Randy Harvey, the Sports editor, has decided to bring back the NHL standings and game summaries to a position of prominence (like the NBA standings) beginning Dec. 1—now that we have a little more space with college football winding down.

a little more hockey talk..

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Another ‘KK’ Blog

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kyle Turris of Kyle’s Korner at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

After that game, we flew back home for a two-game homestand and now we’re back on the road. We flew into Carolina last night and it was a pretty long flight, just under four hours. Teeks (Viktor Tikhonov) and I played Tiger Woods ‘09 on our PSPs against each other. It’s a fun game and we have some great battles.

Later on this trip we go into New York. I’ve never been, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve heard it’s a great place. One of my friends from Wiconsin is a die-hard Rangers fan, and she’s flying back for the game, so it’ll be nice to see her and make her root for us instead.

moreand regular KK readers may remember this KK blog too…

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  Tags: kyle+turris

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“I don’t share your love for the Isles, Scotty. Not sure what you’re smoking. I think they are apt to lose five games in a row at a moment’s notice. I will run across press row naked at the Cup finals if the Islanders make the playoffs.”

ESPN‘s Pierre LeBrun writing to colleague Scott Burnside

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  Tags: pierre+lebrun, scott+burnside

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