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Theodore On Leave

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Goalie Jose Theodore has returned to Washington for personal reasons, and the Caps have recalled Michal Neuvirth and Jay Beagle ahead of tonight’s game against the Rangers.

Neuvirth is here to back up Semyon Varlamov, and Beagle is here just in case David Steckel can’t go. Steckel took a teammate’s slap shot off the foot in practice yesterday and was last seen limping off the ice at Prudential Center.

As far as Theodore’s situation, I don’t have any details at the moment.

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Naslund Hopes To Play With Modo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Markus Naslund has decided to reunite with former teammate Peter Forsberg in their former club in Modo.

The former NHL player, who retired in early May, announced in a news release that he hopes to be able to skate with the team in a few weeks after he gets his conditioning up.

“I will do anything to get in shape and hope I can add something on the ice, but as everybody understands it’s not just to get on the ice and perform,” Naslund said in a statement.  “I’m really looking forward to play with Modo again and the fact that Peter and I will do it together is of course something really special.”


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Ducks Not Doing Their Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog, Center

Todd Marchant said that despite a stretch that’s seen them lose 10 of their last 13 games, the players haven’t tuned out Carlyle. When asked if the group is still listening to him, Marchant said, “Oh yeah. Absolutely.”

“I’ve been in situations like this before and that seems to be a common question,” Marchant added. ”Are people not listening to the coach? I don’t see that at all. I’ve never seen that at all. I’ve never seen where players don’t listen to the coach.

“For whatever reason, things just don’t work out the way you want them to. They don’t work out the way you draw them up.”

Carlyle visibly expressed his frustration following the loss to the Penguins. Marchant said the coach’s reaction is understandable.

“He’s as frustrated as anybody,” he said. ”The difference is we can go out and do something about it and he can’t. Coaching staffs can only do so much. They can only give you so much information. They can only diagram things so many times.

“It’s the players that ultimately have to go out and perform. That’s our job. Bottom line, you’ve got to go out and perform.”

read on

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Doing It Right Down In Nashville

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As some of you may recall, I used to live in Tennessee.  One thing I learned about that state and about the residents there is that they are patriots to the core.  “God Bless America” is a song that stops you in your tracks down there.  The Pledge of Allegiance has a place in every school, every church and every home. 

And they love the military.  In about a week they’re gonna prove it.

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Duchene Off To A Slow Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Twenty games into his rookie season, the highly touted Duchene is struggling, with two goals and seven assists. But that comes with a huge asterisk: his age. With a handful of exceptions, including one on his own roster, even the most gifted of Duchene’s hockey-playing contemporaries still are in major junior or NCAA hockey — dreaming of an NHL chance that might never come.


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Gambling In The Game

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from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

National Football League executives pat themselves on the back, noting they haven’t had a major gambling scandal in close to 50 years. National Hockey League vice-president Bill Daly calls gambling on NHL games by players or club officials a “hypothetical” issue.

Mostly, professional sports league administrators speak about how they have the twin-headed monster that is gambling and associated crime covered.

“Bull,” says Arnie Wexler, the former executive director of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling, a renowned speaker and a self-described “recovering compulsive gambler” who has counselled numerous professional and college athletes.

“This is a huge problem not only with players but some executives,” Wexler says. “It’s a hidden secret. They don’t want the information to get out to the public. So they try to hide it. They’re afraid the media will write about it.

“This is the big dirty secret. This is a bigger, dirtier secret than steroids for pro sports and it will be the next explosion.”


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Ron Wilson’s Losing Record In Toronto

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from Damien Cox of the Spin,

If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 63 losses for Wilson during his Leaf tenure against 37 triumphs. Of those 63 defeats, 18 have been through either overtime or a shootout.

Of a possible 200 points, Wilson has achieved 92 for a “winning” percentage of .460.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is not good. The optimism from Wilson’s hiring is gone and it sure doesn’t feel fresh.

The tone? Well, the idea was that a teacher was coming to town, a no-nonsense bench boss who would make sure everything, from defensive zone coverage to the laundry, was done correctly. Wilson spoke of a new culture, an end to any sense of entitlement players might have, something he called the blue-and-white disease.

Interesting, then, to hear Wilson discussing on Monday the need to start benching players who make major errors early in games and punishing players for egregious errors.

Shouldn’t that have been happening, oh, 100 games earlier?

read on

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Everyone Is Quiet On Filatov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Rookie forward Nikita Filatov, who has struggled to remain in coach Ken Hitchcock’s lineup, might be headed back to Russia, perhaps as soon as this week, according to sources within and beyond the NHL.

Jackets general manager Scott Howson would not comment on a potential agreement allowing the 19-year-old Filatov to return to his former club team, CSKA Moscow. Nothing has been finalized, however, and Filatov and the Blue Jackets are expected to talk again today about the possibility of staying in Columbus.

At least one teammate has encouraged Filatov to give the situation more time before making a decision, a source said.

Neither Filatov, a healthy scratch last night against Edmonton, nor his agent Don Meehan would comment when contacted by The Dispatch. Hitchcock also declined comment.


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Not Much Camaraderie In The Locker Room Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Thus, most rosters have become somewhat fluid, led by a smaller core with faceless names filling the “role player” spots until they become recognizable, want more money and have to be shipped off in favor of the next generic fill-in.

Imagine how that feels for a player in the dressing room. Each week a new bag shows up attached to a new face, a buddy gets traded away and the team is a slightly different beast than it was yesterday, and different still than it will be in the coming weeks.

It’s tough for a newly arrived player to feel too much loyalty for that team logo before the trade deadline. Until the roster is frozen, the only letters that matter in “team” are the “m” and the “e.”

Back when rosters were more or less the same year to year, players stuck up for one another because they were more than just “locker-room buddies.” Game seven or 70, you played the New York Islanders, not the just the players with NY on their jerseys.


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The Sore Foot Of Daniel Sedin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel,

When Daniel Sedin failed to practise Monday, general manager Mike Gillis stressed that the Vancouver Canucks left winger hasn’t re-injured his left foot. He also defended the process that led to the Swede pushing his rehab on Nov. 8 in Dallas to the extent that he won’t skate with the team again until Wednesday and possibly play Friday….

“It’s not a re-injury, it’s soreness,” added Gillis, who said a re-evaluation of Sedin back in Vancouver confirmed there was no further foot damage. “You have to see him skate with the team. Skating on your own is something entirely different. No player will play here unless he can go out and play and compete in a practice and stay up with the rest of the group. If he’s not ready to do that, he’s not playing in a game.”


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  Tags: daneil+sedin

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