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Jason Chimera To The IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Jason Chimera on Injured Reserve and have recalled left wing Alexandre Picard from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  Chimera is expected to be sidelined at least one week.

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Dan LaCouture Trying To Find A Home In Russia

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via TSN,

Sources tell TSN another NHL player may be about to jump to the KHL.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Dan LaCouture is believed to have left the team for Russia, however, the Hurricanes remain unclear as to which Kontinental Hockey League team LaCouture is attempting to join.

The Hurricanes intend on suspending LaCouture, who was signed as a free agent in October, if he doesn’t have an immediate change of heart.

If LaCouture walks away from his contract with the Hurricanes this will fuel the ongoing feud between the KHL and the National Hockey League as, once again, the Kontinental Hockey League would have apparently abandoned its policy of respecting NHL contracts.

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  Tags: dan+lacouture, khl

Chicago Development Continues

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Coach Joel Quenneville’s ‘‘team-building activity’’ on the Blackhawks’ first day in Calgary turned out to be an afternoon of curling at a nearby rink.

If ever the Hawks were entitled to a day of fun away from hockey, it’s now. They’ll take a season-high five-game winning streak into their game Friday night against the Flames. They play the following night at Vancouver leading into the NHL’s Christmas break.

The Hawks are the league’s youngest team, but game by game, they’re getting stronger and more confident. Just 29 games into an 82-game regular season, they’re even developing a bit of a swagger.

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Tortorella Hopes To Be Coaching Soon

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

While he’s definitely trying to relax in his year away from the bench, Tortorella is hardly a homebody. He travels from Tampa to Toronto, where TSN’s studio is located, every Monday and doesn’t return home until Thursday or Friday.

“I go to a great city in Toronto that is nothing but hockey and that has kept me a little fulfilled without coaching,” Tortorella said. “It has kept me around the game and understanding the nuances of what is going on around the League.”

Three coaches have been fired this season, and two were replaced by out of work coaches like himself, but Tortorella tries not to think about the fate of current coaches around the League.

“I try not to because it’s so unfair and it’s a lousy way to live, but you have people talking to you and you hear this and that,” Tortorella said. “I think there are a lot of good people in this game and we all know it’s part of the business. I certainly don’t wish anything bad on people because a lot of them are good friends of mine. I am going to try to go about this the right way and if things happen than they are supposed to happen.”

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Injuries Put A Stop To Their Career

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Marian Gaborik returned to the Minnesota Wild lineup Wednesday night after missing 27 games with a lower-body injury. The talented winger has never played a full 82-game season. We take a look at five other NHL stars who could have done even more had it not been for injuries.

1. Pavel Bure: The Russian Rocket was only 31 years old when he played his last NHL game. Recurring knee problems grounded him for good.

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Deflected Goals

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You will get the picture quickly…

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All Darren Pang

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Q: How hard is it separate yourself from players, as far criticizing them?

A: “The first couple of years were very difficult because I left the team in Chicago that I played with, I was in the locker room with the players all the time, and we even had the same coach, Mike Keenan, so I knew what the players were going through with that coach, and that was very difficult, watching practice and watching the players.

“But when I was moved nationally to ESPN that really helped me out because I got to in the other teams’ locker rooms, and I got to see the games a little bit more from the management and coaching side rather than just being the players’ side. I’ve enjoyed that part of it. There’s a big difference between being a player and looking at it from a coach’s side.”

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Trevor’s Night

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I watched most of the Trevor Linden Ceremony last night (thanks CI for the broadcast) and came away impressed.  Events like this only reinforce why us fans are so dedicated to the game.

Watch the tribute the Canucks put together on Trevor.

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Blue Jackets Knocking At The Door

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from Michale Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Last night, they took a step.

Hitchcock is 483-328-120 with six division titles and one Stanley Cup in 931 games with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Jackets.

Here he is, at the start of his third year in Columbus, where he has fashioned a 77-79-20 record and had a hand in a major overhaul.

“I don’t get the joy out of winning,” he said. “I get the joy out of watching guys come together and act as one. To me, it has always been about the feeling, never about the result.”

Hitchcock described a brick-by-brick building process. He said a lot of pieces are now in place. He said the Jackets are knocking on the door. He said, “Now, we have to break that thing down.”

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Did You Expect Anything Different?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Mats Sundin is waiting for the Rangers to clear enough cap space to present him with a full-season $6 million contract offer before he commits to joining the Blueshirts New York Rangers , The Post has learned.

Thus, with the NHL holiday roster freeze going into effect Friday night at midnight and lasting through midnight Dec. 27, Sundin - who has a $10M offer on the table from the Canucks that he obviously is in no hurry to accept - is likely to remain unsigned until late in the month.

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added 10:21am, AM640 Toronto is reporting…

There will not be an annoucement from Mats Sundin, or his representatives today.  Sundin’s Swedish agent, Claus Elefalk, says Sundin will indeed decide before Christmas, but there is no Friday deadline, and a decision may not come until next week.

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