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Time To Deal Biron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In his last 14 games, Niittymaki is 10-2-2. He has started three of the Flyers’ last four games, and his emergence makes one wonder if the Flyers would try to deal Marty Biron (15-10-5, 2.88 GAA, .905 save percentage) before the March 4 trade deadline.

  Biron can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He has had an up-and-down regular season _ much like last year. Biron, of course, raised his game in the first two rounds of last year’s playoffs and carried the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals.

  The Flyers would like to acquire a big, physical forward or defenseman.

  Stay tuned.

a little more on the Flyers…

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What’s At Stake?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO


Today will be the 20th Red Wing game I’ve attended over the history of my life (Rocky II).  They haven’t lost a single one.  One tie against Dallas four years ago.  19-0-1.

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Forsberg Not Coming To The NHL This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday Peter Forsberg announced that he will not be playing in the NHL this season.  If he plays hockey this year it will be for his former team Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik in Sweden.

Forsberg’s career has basically been put on hold due to serious problems with his right foot.  Last season, he held out most of the year to have surgery on it before signing with the Colorado Avalanche at trade deadline time.  Forsberg managed to play nine regular season games and seven more in the playoffs, with eleven games along the way missed due to injury.  He did manage the highest points per game in the regular season last year.  His 14 points in nine games (for a 1.56 PPG) beat out eventual Art Ross winner Alexander Ovechkin.

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No Newman Equals Turco Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

imagePetite, sexy-cougar anthem songstress Karen Newman has stood next to Marty Turco at the start of every Stars game at Joe Louis Arena and belted out the anthem on a Red Wing red carpet…until last night.

Over the years Marty has heard her voice, then the goal horn repeatedly - followed by the crusty tones of rink public address man Bud Lynch announcing Red Wing goals. It was like a symphony of negativity, the soundtrack of an 0-8-2 record.


So when some unremarkable young female singer stepped from the zamboni tunnel to sing last night it was like an auditory surrender to the eardrums of Turco and the Stars.

No Karen Newman – no Wings victory. Coincidence?

We can’t mention Karen without mentioning her website too!


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Everyone Needs To Be Better In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

If the Canadiens are to snap a season-long four-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings, their effort must start between the goalposts of Price, who gets the start. The NHL sophomore is a better goaltender than he’s shown in the two games since last weekend’s all-star break, and in the game before that.

He knows it. His coach knows it. His teammates know it.

Fourteen goals allowed for an .849 save percentage is not the goalkeeping the Canadiens need, or that Price expects of himself.

“Carbo just told me not to put it (all) squarely on my own shoulders,” he said of their masque-à-tête. “He told me I need to be better. And I know that. It’s the truth. He said, ‘You can’t put all the pressure on yourself because everybody has to be better.’ “

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Cammalleri Price Keeps Rising

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When the Flames acquired Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings, they understood there was a chance they might only keep him for one year, at which point he could leave as an unrestricted free agent (and with the dollars tied up in Kiprusoff, Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, there may not be a lot left over for Cammalleri).

It doesn’t mean they’ll trade him either.

The reality is this: If you’re a good team, and this year, Calgary is a good team, you don’t trade an important puzzle piece just because your chances of re-signing him next year may be negligible.

more and numerous NHL topics discussed…

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Last Call:  A2Y DC Muster Tomorrow Morning

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

To all Wing fans heading to the Verizon Center tomorrow: there will be an A2Y pre-game sipper at Fado of DC.  They should be open around 0900 so when you show is up to you.  I’ll be there between 10 and 1030.

Here is the address.

Fado Irish Pub 808 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Here are directions.

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What The Senators Need

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

How could anybody possibly suggest a team that has Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza doesn’t have the foundation for a rock solid team?

Now you may not be a fan of any or all of them, but there is no denying when they are on their game, they form one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Problem is, the Senators are so thin up front, coach Craig Hartsburgh has had to resort to separating the trio in an effort to spread the scoring around. That has not proven successful.

What the Senators need is really quite simple: Proven goaltending, a better defence and secondary scoring.

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No Wonder:  Homer, Zetterberg Both Out.  Oompa’s Iffy.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Precaution my ass. Justin Abdelkader’s trip to DC now appears to be absolutely essential.  And the Stress Train?  Get in line and load ‘er up.


Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms) and Tomas Holmstrom (sore groin) didn’t practice and won’t play Saturday. Jiri Hudler also didn’t practice due to a sore left foot, caused by blocking a shot on Thursday. Coach Mike Babcock said Hudler will be a game-time decision. If he can’t play, Derek Meech will fill his spot up front.

No word as to what line Home Keys is on, how Homer got hurt, how bad Hudler’s foot is or when Hank’s back.


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Abbadabadoopitiedoo:  Home Keys Called Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Looks like Aaron Downey’s return stint with the Wings was a one-game appointment with Steve Ott.  Back to GR he goes. And it would appear those of us attending the Wing/Cap game tomorrow here in DC may not get to see Hank Zetterberg because Justin Abdelkader’s been called up in place of Downey.

The Red Wings announced today that they have recalled forward Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, and reassigned forward Aaron Downey.
Along with rookie forward Ville Leino, Downey, 34, was called up by the Red Wings this week. The moves were necessary to fill roster vacancy created by injuries to defenseman Brad Stuart (ribs) and forward Henrik Zetterberg (lower back).

Precaution or necessity?  We’ll see.  As much as I’d like to see Zetterberg in there tomorrow, I also wouldn’t mind seeing a line that includes Leino and Abadabbaboobiedoo.

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