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Sergei Gonchar Cleared to Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar today received medical clearance to return to the [Penguins} lineup.

Gonchar, the team’s top defenseman and quarterback of the power play, will not play tonight against San Jose. He said he will continue to practice and judge himself day to day to determine when he believes he is ready to return.

continued…

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Flashback with Glen Sharpley

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Glew at The Hockey News,

If anyone has a right to be bitter about the way their NHL career concluded, it’s Glen Sharpley.

The former Minnesota North Star and Chicago Blackhawk had his six-year NHL tenure all but end after a stick slammed into his left eye during a game against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 19, 1981.

“It was basically a dead pupil,” said Sharpley, who was just 25 years old at the time of the injury. “It stopped working and I couldn’t see.”

And if that wasn’t devastating enough, Sharpley’s agent, Alan Eagleson, embezzled a reported $15,000 of the resulting disability insurance benefit. Eagleson’s actions would prompt Sharpley to testify against his former rep in front of a grand jury in Boston in 1992.

continued with an interview with Sharpley on his career and life after hockey

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  Tags: alan+eagleson, glen+sharpley

Sean Avery Making Personal Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Arthur Staple at Newsday:

“It was just a real important time in my life,” [Sean Avery] said today. “Just one of those things where I took some time to sit back and help myself become a better person. It was amazing. It was something that was important for me as a person, as a man. Actions speak louder than words.”

It’s Avery’s actions that will be scrutinized when he does get into a game with Hartford. That likely won’t happen until Saturday, or possibly a week from today—he said he did not do much skating in his two months away—and then, he’ll have to show he can be the abrasive, sometimes abusive, edge player who got himself that multi-million dollar deal.

“I’ve been playing hockey for a long time, and my on-ice game has never been an issue,” he said. “It’s other things I was working on. But I’m sure there’s still going to be an element of Sean Avery hockey that’s exciting to watch.”

read on

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  Tags: sean+avery

Talking Hockey Songs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Met Dave Bidini for the first time at Monday night’s Calgary Flames-Montreal Canadiens game and we both agreed it was about time our paths finally crossed. Bidini is a musician (mostly with the Rheostatics) with a big interest in hockey; I write about hockey, but remain hugely fascinated by rock music. Dave knew my eons-ago roommate, James Muretich, when the Rheostatics were just starting out and James was one of the more influential rock critics in the West; he said James was always good to the band in their early starving artist-days….

He’s currently in Calgary, preparing to re-launch The Five Hole Stories (subtitle: Tales Of Hockey Erotica) in Calgary next Monday at the Jack Singer concert hall; they are currently in rehearsals in preparation for that…

Instead of producing a list of songs for Barack Obama, maybe the CBC can count down the best hockey-themed songs of all time. I can think of at least two that invoke Gump Worsley – one by Huevos Rancheros, one by the Weakerthans, plus the usual Tom Cochrane and Stompin’ Tom offerings. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Rushmore In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

John Buccigross is bored.  So he decided to name four players from each team to 30 different organ-I-zational Mt. Rushmores.

The Wings? 

Guess them before you click.

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The Round Of 16

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

If the playoffs started today, here are the matchups – and predicted outcomes.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Boston Bruins (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (8)
The Bruins have come too far, too fast this season to see it all end in the first round. The Canes have the edge in experience, given their Stanley Cup run in 2006, but history lessons don’t win you hockey games.
Outcome: Bruins in five games

read on for all the matchups…

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Odds Are Cammalleri Will Leave Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at ESPN,

“I like it here. I enjoy the city. This is a contending team and should be for quite a while. What’ll happen? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

Cammalleri is being coy. But the Cammy Quandary is the hot topic in Calgary these days. It seems as if he has just arrived, yet already is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. On short notice, the University of Michigan product has become one of the most popular players in a town that reveres its hockey stars like Aztec gods.

But there is bad that goes with the good. He should by all rights turn in that 13 stitched on the back of his sweater for a “$$.” Every time Cammalleri scores another goal, the sound you hear in the distance is his personal cash register going ka-ching!.

That bittersweet sound must be driving GM Darryl Sutter slightly mad.

more

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  Tags: mike+cammalleri

Guy Lafleur Ordered To Stand Trial

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of obstruction of justice.

A judge in Montreal has dismissed Lafleur’s bid to have legal proceedings against him dropped.

continued

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  Tags: guy+lafleur

Blame Sather

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Now, I’m not ready to confuse Renney with Scotty Bowman, but I think Renney has actually overachieved with this roster. That’s right—I think Renney’s 29-20-5 record is pretty good when you consider his team.

Renney doesn’t have a No.1 center or a No. 1 defenseman. He doesn’t have a reliable scorer on the wing. And his most dependable defender is just a sophomore. No, the 2008-09 Rangers aren’t exactly an All-Star group.

Of course, Renney isn’t without fault. I haven’t always agreed with his lineup decisions or in-game moves, and he’s got to find a way to make that power-play unit at least a little better.

Still, Renney shouldn’t be the fall guy.

The real problem is Renney’s boss, Rangers president and GM Glen Sather. If anyone is going to get canned, it should be Sather.

read on

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  Tags: glen+sather

Sabres Recall Gerbe

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (February 11, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled forward Nathan Gerbe from Portland of the American Hockey League.

Gerbe (7/24/1987, 5’6”, 160 lbs.) is tied for the AHL rookie scoring lead with 37 points (20+17) in 32 games this season.

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