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Ward Stays, Leighton Off To Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CarolinaHurricanes Twitter,

Aaron Ward has cleared waivers, but Michael Leighton has been claimed by Philadelphia.

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Race Atop The AHL Standings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I last wrote about the AHL standings  the Rochester Americans (Florida Panthers affiliate) had taken a bit of a lead.  They have been caught by a couple teams.  The Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate) and the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars affiliate) have passed them in the standings.  Manchester has the league lead with 43 points in 31 games.  Texas is next with 42 in 30 games.  Rochester has 39 points in 27 games and maintains the top winning percentage, but has fewer games played at this point. 

None of these teams have anyone among the top scorers in the league.  Rochester’s top scorers are Jamie Johnson and Chris Taylor who have 22 points in their 27 games.  They have two players with higher per game scoring rates in Jeff Taffe (17 points in 18 games) and Michal Repik (18 points in 22 games) who have been called up by the Florida Panthers.  Manchester’s top scorer with their team is Gabe Gauthier with 19 points in 31 games.  Called up are Corey Elkins (19 points in 30 games), Andrei Loktionov (17 points in 20 games) and Oscar Moller (18 points in 25 games).  Texas does not have any high scoring call ups missing, but has been led by Greg Rallo and Aaron Gagnon who have 18 points apiece.  All of these teams have deep offences that are among the top scoring teams in the AHL, but none are lead by top scorers.  Rochester and Manchester have been weakened by NHL call ups.

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Spezza Out With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza suffered a right knee injury and is expected to be out for “weeks” the Senators said today.

“It looks fairly serious. Right knee,” said coach Cory Clouston after the team’s practice today. “It means we’re going to have to be more of a team than ever. It’s a great opportunity for some guys.”

Clouston said the injury is similar to one suffered several weeks ago by Chris Neil. The team is still awaiting more information, but if it is similar to Neil’s injury then he could miss four to six weeks.

“We will know more tonight,” said Clouston.


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  Tags: jason+spezza

Jonathan Ericsson Injury Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am hearing no tear in Ericson’s knee, expected to be out 2-3 weeks.

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Halak And The Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bertrand Raymond at RueFrontenac (translated),

Item in the news: the Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers were discussing a trade involving goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

To know what it returns, there is nothing like talk to an actor who finds himself in spite of himself at the heart of this rumor: GM Bob Gainey.

“Bob, as a journalist, I’m what’s the story?  I treat it as a new or I consider it a rumor, just another rumor?

Gainey is well known, does not usually comment on rumors. Rather than sending everyone into the left field, he usually prefers to say nothing.

“This is not for me to suggest what you write, the chief replies. All I can say is that it was I who called the Flyers, not the contrary. “


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Instead Of Whining? Let’s Make Some Sort Of Sick Contest Out Of It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If we were Pens fans, we’d be piling up the alibis, pointing to different injuries as to reasons why our guys can’t possibly be expected to win with any frequency.

But, thank Jebus, Santa and the patron saint of serial killers, we’re not fans of a one-trick team whose “captain” requests permission from his owner to wear powdered blue around the house. 

Instead, we’re starting to take an obscene enjoyment in watching the Grand Valley Haven Rapids Detroit Griffin Wings play better team defense than we’ve seen in a year, clamp down on the PK and actually give us hope for the goaltending of the future.  That’s homegrown Jimmah to you and me.

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Those Were The Days

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Will the Blues ever deploy another forward combination that thrills fans as Hull and Oates once did?

Will the Note ever find another rugged superstar capable of winning hearts as Shanahan did?

Will this team ever find a goaltender capable of single-handedly stealing big games with insane saves, as CuJo once did?

The new regime tried to add some sizzle by signing Paul Kariya, who used to be one of the NHL’s most dazzling performers. But injuries, advancing age and declining skill have relegated Kariya to this team’s supporting cast.

He is a private guy who generally avoids the media and public interaction. He seems likely to get through his three-year stint in St. Louis without leaving much of a mark.


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Memo To Everyone Else:  You Don’t Want This Team In Your Lives

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That phrase is not new to A2Y.  In fact, two years ago before we realized Joe Thornton’s deal with Lucifer included perpetual playoff failure, we pointed to the Sharks and shivered.

Well, we’re bringing it back and this time it’s a warning.  It’s a warning I guarantee the rest of the West is taking to heart.  What started out as an obscene joke played on hockey’s gold standard of an organ-I-zation has turned into more evidence that watering down the Wings is just not in the cards.

Will they win the Cup each season? No.  Injuries, officials and a league run by a commissioner with his tongue stuck to a stop sign are just too formidable of a combination to overcome every year.

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Havlat’s Game Improves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Onlookers have witnessed a blossoming in the play of Wild winger Martin Havlat.

One of those onlookers has the view from behind the Wild bench.

“A visible change,” coach Todd Richards said of Havlat’s play, noting that the shifty winger’s wheels are on fire.

“He can make a play at any moment,” he said. “There are a select few in the NHL that have that potential of making a play, and he did that in Phoenix by going coast to coast on the power play and put it off the pipe.”...

While the Wild have been climbing the NHL charts since an awful start, going 12-5-3 in their past 20 games, Havlat coincidentally has found the game so many expected from him after he signed a six-year contract worth $30 million. After scoring 77 points on 29 goals and 48 assists for the Chicago Blackhawks last season, he came on board expected to pick up the slack left by the departure of star winger Marian Gaborik.

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  Tags: martin+havlat

Blue Jackets Struggle Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers,

Is anyone else feeling like they’ve been transported back to 2004? Holy sheep shank. The Jackets are stringing together some absolutely brutal performances – particularly against teams that can skate – and tonight brought another dismal outing.

The Nashville Predators defeated the Jackets 5-3 before a small band of ticked-off hard-cores in Nationwide Arena. Home ice. Archrivals in town. No forecheck. Awful. There was a crowd of 12,856 on hand, and half the folks were shuffling for the exits, heads bowed, with 7 minutes remaining. The rest stayed to boo after the final horn.

“I’d boo too,” defenseman Mike Commodore said.

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