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Nashville Looking For Backup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

With Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun out for as many as six weeks with a thumb injury, Predators General Manager David Poile said he has started making phone calls inquiring about available backups. Two of the Toronto Maple Leafs' three pro scouts were in attendance Saturday, which could be significant because the team has three goalies — Andrew Raycroft, Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Mikael Tellqvist — on its NHL roster. Raycroft is the team's top netminder and won't be going anywhere, but the Leafs might be willing to part with Aubin (2-1-2 record, .891 save percentage and 3.21 GAA) or Tellqvist (0-1-0, .895 save percentage and 2.03 GAA).
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Phantom Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinel,

"You just hate to see the calls that are made that have absolutely no meaning on the game itself, or the situation of the game and it costs the team a win," said winger Gary Roberts before Florida played Atlanta on Saturday. "That's what's frustrating -- the timing of some of the calls that are phantom calls. When you look at it, it's obvious to see on tape, too." Roberts said he supports rule changes cracking down on penalties and said referees have done well officiating some games, but it's been tough with two referees making calls. "There's always one calling it tighter than the other," he said. "So it's really tough to have that consistency throughout a game to know what he's calling, what you're getting away with, what you're not."
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The #1 Debate In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,

If Ottawa acquired an elephant -- a 32-year-old elephant born in Switzerland, no less -- shouldn't someone have alerted the international media by now? It's the metaphorical elephant in the room that no one from the Sens' front office wants to talk about. Especially as he resides on the bench, pulling down a 3.7-million dollar salary (all terms US) this year, with two left to go on his contract. Said salary anointed Martin Gerber as Ottawa's premier backstopper. But does he still hold that position?
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Oilers Looking For “D”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe has inquired about Lubomir Visnovsky, but Los Angeles apparently isn’t willing to deal him. The St. Louis Blues might be looking to move a blueliner. The Oilers probably would give up a forward, perhaps even a minorleaguer with upside such as Marc-Antoine Pouliot or Rob Schremp. There have been rumors that the Oilers are interested in Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle — a lot of teams would love to have him — but it’s not likely the Bolts will be moving him.
a few more trade talk items...

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Nap Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

In a sport steeped in tradition, the game-day nap is one of those traditional touches. Between 1-4 p.m. on the day of an Avalanche game, it is almost certain that every player will be sound asleep. Not every player knows how or why they become so adept at falling asleep in the middle of the day, but they are. Anybody who hangs around NHL players knows not to bother them in the afternoon hours of game days. If the player is married with kids and the game is at home, the wife and children become accustomed to doing everything quietly. On the road, hotel front-office staffers know only emergency calls are to be put through to a player's room
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Forsberg Waive Good-Bye To Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Injury-prone centre Peter Forsberg has insisted publicly he doesn't want to be traded, but it's believed he wouldn't balk if the club decided to deal him. The Avalanche, it is believed, wouldn't mind bringing him back to help take some of the pressure off captain Joe Sakic. The word is that Colorado is dangling defenceman Karlis Skrastins as part of a package.
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Blasted By Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I'd like you to read something. It's not anything particularly well written, or inspiring. It's not a line from Pat Conroy's The Great Santini, or from the "Anchorman" manuscript (two genius works, by the way). It's just something I saw today that I think might make you laugh. Ready? Here we go. Detroit News/Ted Kulfan

NASHVILLE - Let’s not dwell on this game by the Red Wings. There’s absolutely no reason anyone should.
I'm sorry. What? Oh, I've got some dwelling to do. A dwelling we will go. Dwell I shall and dwell I will. "Let's not dwell on this...". Jesus, you wonder why Kulfan's no longer DD Captain.

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Where’s The Fog

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Hockey Hall of Fame may or may not have kept Herb Brooks out for 26 years because he was America's Coach, but then what is the explanation for Fred Shero having been kept out forever? The omission of Shero - one of the most innovative, successful and important coaches in NHL history - only serves to cast further doubt as to the mission and credibility of the 15-member selection committee that does its work in the dark and zealously guards its dominion from inspection.
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Dan Snyder’s Rising Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageMentioned on tonight's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast was the Snyder family's website in memory of former Atlanta Thrasher, Dan Snyder:

Graham and Lu Ann Snyder, parents of Dan Snyder, are traveling in an RV across North America, visiting all 30 NHL cities during the 2006-07 NHL season, delivering a message of forgiveness, hope, and determination to players, teams, and communities. In each city , the Snyders will attend a game, visit with teams, and participate in community - minded speaking engagments to raise awareness and funds for the Dan Snyder Memorial Foundation.
The Snyder's are also keeping a blog of their journey. (Update: blog can be directly accessed here.) *Please note that their website seems to be experiencing very heavy traffic tonight and isn't always accessible.

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Thanks Gramps!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What a pleasant surprise, after braving America's freeways for ten hours today, to come home and find that Grampa Pinhead had done my job for me. Here are his thoughts on the last few days of Wing activity. I'll be back in the morning with a recap and more pithy brilliance. Tame Game, Lame game DET/StL game 2 of 8 this season, another divisional mismatch (thanks little gary), was only onesided in the SOG, and puck possession departments, as both teams were very careful not to hurt each other because there were 6 more games coming up. The Wings may have been saving it up for the Preds on Sat., but the game looked more like 'bring on Columbus' to the fans. It wasn't exactly like watching paint dry, more like watching snow melt in the driveway. The 'Dominator' turned in a performance that sent the fans home looking forward to the return of those 'Tim Cheveldae nightmares' I shall return. One day after Joey Harrington had his way with the Lions, Manny Legace returned to shutout the shootout with 41 saves on 43 shots. Adding Legace to the Legacy, he seemed to be grinning throughout the game. Interviewed by the local sports station right after the game, he was very professional. Manny said he missed playing for the Wings, and thanked all the fans for their support and mentioned all the signs in the stands, which were never mentioned during the game by the broadcasters. And another one Tonight (thanks again little gary), game 2 of another 8 game series, perhaps a little more rivalry as the Wings swing into the Gay to play the Preds. My guess is a 50/50 chance of another lame, tame game. Chris Mason should be in the net for the preds, Vokoun has hit another stroke of bad luck and will be out for some time wtih thumb surgery. Mason has come up big in the past, and he should have it all together facing the Wings. Give it a rest Rumors of Hasek starting tonight, the second night in a row, may be an indication that management is no longer concerned about his re-injuring his groin. Considering his performance against the Blues, we should all be concerned with his 41 yr old eyes and reflexes.

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