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You Know Where They Really Love Them Some Willa Right Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chicago’s too busy with their own issues to worry about this thing.  Seriously.  That town’s in a Turco tailspin right now and it’s best that we just leave them be to figure out how to fix their own house.  In the East?  Pittsburgh may raise an eyebrow but that’s a rivalry we really won’t care about again until next June for the Clubber Lang edition.

But there are places across our great land where the angst is boiling over, as usual.

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Antti Niemi . . . We Hardly Knew Ye

Blog: KK Members Blog By eternal_fields

So just like that, the Antti Niemi Era has ended . . . almost as unspectacularly as it began.

This week, the Blackhawks let their rookie Stanley Cup-winning goaltender walk away from a $2.75 million arbitration ruling and ushered in Dallas castoff Marty Turco as his replacement.

Make no mistake: The Niemi Era was short lived, but spectacular.

It began in fits and starts with no small amount of organizational waffling as Joel Quenneville and the Hawks brain trust bent over backwards giving Cristobal Huet every possible chance to cling to the starter’s job. But throughout the regular season, Huet ran from lukewarm to cold, leaving many to wonder about the kid from Finland who was exceptional in most of his backup stints. This went on and on and sometime in March – long after it became apparent to everybody with a functioning pair of eyes that Niemi was the man – Huet gagged hard in an 8-3 loss to lowly Columbus and the Hawks had no choice but to make it official: Huet was toast and Niemi was the Hawks new #1.

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Demers Lucky To Be Alive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

A gruesome accident during what should have been a routine operation nearly killed hockey man-turned-parliamentarian Jacques Demers this summer.

The frail-looking Conservative senator has gone public to describe his brush with death.

Now resting at his Montreal-area home, Demers has lost 43 pounds this summer and even his voice is sounding a little thinner.

Demers described his ordeal in an interview with the RDS sports network, where he worked for years as a hockey analyst.


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The Little Things Add Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin is a hockey icon because of his offensive skills—after all, the basic premise of hockey is that you have to put the puck in the net more than the other guy, and Ovi has been the best in the NHL over the past few years at doing just that.

But there’s more to winning hockey games than just scoring goals, and not even the Great Eight can do everything. Doing the little things and the dirty work plays a big role in winning games as well.

Here’s a look at some of the NHL’s best players in a few of the least-appreciated categories:

Takeaways: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit

Even if Datsyuk weren’t a tremendously skilled offensive player (he is), he’d be a star for his defensive abilities alone. One of the abilities that helped him win the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in each of the last three seasons is his unparalleled skill as a puck thief.


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Bruins Sign Tyler Seguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Tyler Seguin to an entry-level contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Seguin, the second overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, spent the past two seasons playing with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 2009-2010, the 6’1”, 172-pound forward led the OHL in scoring with 106 points, sharing the title with fellow top prospect Taylor Hall. Seguin notched 48 goals and 58 assists in 63 games while compiling 54 penalty minutes.

The 18-year-old Brampton, Ontario native played in nine playoff games for Plymouth in 2010, scoring five goals and tallying five assists for 10 points.

He played in 124 regular season games during his two years with Plymouth, recording 69-104=175 totals. Seguin then added 10-16=26 totals in 20 postseason contests.

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Pronger Expected Back For Training Camp After Knee Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

If Flyers fans are unsettled about the goaltending situation heading into next season, then surely this is not going to make them feel any better.

Chris Pronger underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery last week.

“He had some particles floating around in there that were taken out,” general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday. “It wasn’t an issue. He’s back in Canada right now visiting and will be back here next Monday.”


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HSJ: Willa’s Wearing #90, Uses Organic Shampoo, Shops At Baby Gap

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1336 PST: Many of you don’t trust our Diggers. I understand and redolently respect that.  Dallas’ Mike Heika confirmed the whole Willa thing a few hours ago.

Updated at 1214 PST: see below for some info provided by the News’ Greg Krupa. Also check out my analysis of his elitist vocabulary. Not impressed.

Helene St. James apparently has the pipeline to the Diva.  She’s been tip tapping and texting with her new bestie all day and she’s scooping her fellow Diggers left and right.


He can’t wear his usual No. 9, which was retired in honor of Gordie Howe. Adding a 1 in front of the 9 won’t work—No. 19 has hung from the rafters at Joe Louis Arena since Jan. 2, 2007, when the Wings retired Steve Yzerman’s number.

Instead of adding a number in front of the 9, look for Modano to go with a clean No. 90. It’s not official yet, but that’s the way things are leaning.


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The Enforcers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Next season, the Oilers are likely going to have Theo Peckham—a fierce player who appears to relish fighting—and enforcer Steve MacIntyre in the line-up. Peckham will likely play a regular shift, while MacIntyre will get three or four minutes a game. He’s no Dave Semenko,  but I don’t imagine he’ll hurt the team too much in his limited on-ice role. Indeed, his lack of icetime will free up icetime for others. At the same time, if having him on the bench gives pause to the Matt Cookes, Derek Boogaards, Steve Otts and Robyn Regehrs of the NHL, he will be serving a useful, perhaps vital purpose.


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NHL’s Most Unsung Forward

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I think the most unsung forward in the NHL is Frans Nielsen.  This opinion is supported by the high zone and team adjusted Corsi rating that he put up in 2009/10.  Nielsen was 15th in the league with a +178.52 rating.

This was Nielsen’s most complete season to date in the NHL.  He played 76 games this season.  In 2008/09, his only previous season he spent entirely in the NHL, he was limited to 59 games.  At first glance, Nielsen’s numbers may not seem too impressive.  He put up 38 points this year, which is a career best.  It placed him fifth in scoring on the New York Islanders.

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The Latest On the Phoenix Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

It appears the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation is getting murky again.

While Ice Edge Holdings is still talking with the City of Glendale about the long-term lease of Jobing.com Arena, a source close to the negotiations confirmed that the City is also talking with three other groups about the arena and team.

One of those groups is said to include Jerry Reinsdorf, who has been sitting on the sidelines for the past few months while Ice Edge has tried to negotiate a lease and also prove it has the financing in place to own the NHL team.


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