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Zednik Heating Up In Miami

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From On Frozen Pond,

As many of you may remember, Zednik was really turning things on at this time last season, then that game on Feb. 10 happened in Buffalo. Sure everyone remembers that game. Anyway, if the Panthers are going to be serious contenders for the postseason this year, they’re going to need Zednik to be on.

Check out this quote from one Peter DeBoer: ‘‘He’s a game-breaker. Your best players have to be your best players down the stretch, and he’s in that group of guys. Right now, he’s delivering.’‘


Update 10:28 am ET (alanah): Video of Thursday’s highlight-reel goal—


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Turning Up The Heat On Osgood

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Red Wing execs are not holding back this week about the poor play of Chris Osgood.

With 31 games remaining in the regular season, general manager Ken Holland said it’s vital for Osgood to step up his play—right away.

“Chris Osgood is not even close to where he was last year, but history has shown he’s been able to raise his game,” Holland said. “We need Chris to get his game back—and now.”


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Forsberg Retirement Near?

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Adrian Dater says that may be the case.

We have a story that just came up on denverpost.com, written by a Swedish journalist we hired, detailing Peter Forsberg’s first game of any kind since Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals for the Avalanche against Detroit.

It didn’t go so well. As reporter Anders Ronmark wrote in his story, quoting Forsberg: “This wasn’t fun at all. I have to go home and evaluate this. I don’t want to go into details, but it didn’t feel as good as I hoped it would.”


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AHL Top Teams

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Periodically I like to take a look at what is happening in the AHL.  It is great hockey and since most NHL players spend some time in the AHL in their careers it can directly affect the NHL, yet a large number of NHL fans do not pay attention to it.

This season, there is a two team race that has developed for first place overall in the league.  The race is between the Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canuck affiliate) and the Hershey Bears (Washington Capital affiliate).  Currently Manitoba leads the league with 71 points, but Hershey is only one point behind with two games in hand.

Manitoba has done things so far by being a defensive power.  Their 117 goals against is the least allowed in the league.  Hershey has done things so far by being an offensive power.  Their 190 goals lead the league.

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Caps Goalie Johnson Out 6-8 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Capitals goalie Brent Johnson will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss up to two months.

The decision to have the operation was made Thursday. The Capitals said Johnson could be out six-to-eight weeks.


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Peddling the Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:

Gary Bettman struck out at least three times in attempts to peddle the Phoenix Coyotes, according to multiple sources.

The sources say the NHL commissioner was turned down by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, by Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver and by Ken Kendrick, the managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, on separate occasions. All three were said to have backed out after looking at the books of the Coyotes, who are expected to lose as much as $45-million (all currency U.S.) this season.

“It’s not happening,” a source close to Reinsdorf said yesterday. “They’re begging him to do it, but there’s no way. He has no interest. Who would?”

Reinsdorf, Sarver and Kendrick could not be reached for comment. Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the NHL, declined to comment.


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Sabres Turn it Around with Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN (h/t to Sabres Insider):

Coach Lindy Ruff was more blunt: The trap is back.

“Most teams now have four, five guys back,” Ruff said. “It’s a 1-4 now. They’re lining up, a five-man group in the neutral zone.”

So the Sabres also felt the need to tighten up. But hey, let’s not get carried away here. The Sabres remain a skilled and entertaining team, underlined most recently by a 10-2 drubbing of the Edmonton Oilers. But if there’s an overwhelming reason for Buffalo’s turnaround, it is that Ruff has finally gotten through to his players about defensive awareness after pounding them with the message since training camp.

read on

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Mid-Season Coaching Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley of Sports Illustrated:

The Cory Clouston era kicked off in Ottawa this week.

The hope of the Senators and their fans is that the new coach, fresh up from Binghamton in the American Hockey League, will be the second coming of Bruce Boudreau, the veteran minor league coach who took over a foundering Capitals team and drove it to the Southeast Division championship on the final day of the 2007-08 regular season.

Not to be disparaging of an NHL newbie who was just getting his style unwrapped in the AHL, but I have a two-word view on that possibility: fat chance.

continued with a look at all the teams who’ve had coaching changes this season

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Owen Nolan Out For Friday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

The Minnesota Wild will be without veteran forward Owen Nolan when they play the Nashville Predators on Friday.

Nolan skated Thursday but was too sore with what the team is calling upper body muscle spasms. Nolan’s 12 goals this season are just three behind team leader Mikko Koivu despite playing in 19 fewer games.


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Zetterberg Conference Call Shocker:  “We Made Crosby Our Bitch.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whoa. Crazy stuff, eh?

Yeah, it would be even more shocking if he’d actually said it…or anything close to it.  But hey. Don’t fret.  He dropped this frigging bomb.

Q. Do you have a favorite day of the week that you like to play on?
HENRIK ZETTERBERG: I like the weekends. I like the afternoon games. It nice to play then.

There are actually some interesting ditties in there.  Matt Saler’s got the whole transcript here.

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