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Osgood’s Good To Go…Almost

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update from Khan(!),

Osgood said his strained groin felt much better after today’s morning skate, so he will not need to go on the long-term injured reserve list.

“I should be ready to go after Christmas,’’ Osgood said. “Two more days (of rest), that’ll make it 10 days (since his last game), that’ll be perfect. It was just tight but I want it to be 100 percent so I know I won’t hurt it again for the rest of the year.’‘

He’ll back up Ty Conklin tonight against the Blues and Friday in Nashville and said he might be able to start Saturday in Colorado.

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Looking Ahead To 2009

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Five questions to answer in 2009

Will the Sharks finally break through in the playoffs?
No, we don’t expect the Sharks to keep winning at this pace and finish the season undefeated in regulation at home. But we also don’t anticipate the annual playoff collapse, either. There’s something different about this San Jose team, and the roster finally has players who know what it takes to advance beyond the first two rounds.

How quickly will Brian Burke tear things down in Toronto?
There’s no easy way to rebuild, but the worst thing a rebuilding franchise can be is average. It needs to get much worse in Toronto before it gets better—and that starts by dealing anyone who can return prospects and picks.

read on plus a look at 2008…

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Capitals Recall Two

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defensemen Bryan Helmer and forward Andrew Gordon from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Helmer, 36, is a 6’1”, 215-pound 16-year pro from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He is the Bears captain and is the active AHL games played (894) and assists (361) leader. The undrafted Helmer, No. 43 with Washington, has 11 assists in 25 AHL games with year. He was recently named captain for the Canadian team in next month’s AHL All-Star Classic. This is Helmer’s second recall of the year, as he recorded one assist in six games with the Capitals from Nov. 28 – Dec. 10. He has 24 points (8g-16a) in 140 career NHL games with Washington, Phoenix, Vancouver and St. Louis.

Gordon, 23, is a 6’0”, 185-pound second-year pro from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has 20 points (10g-10a) in 30 AHL games this year and is one of only four Bears to have double-digit goals and assists. Gordon has two game-winning goals and has tallied at least one point in 15 games this season.

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KK- Holiday Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know many of you are about to get on with your holiday plans and I do hope you have a peaceful holiday season.

I will be updating KK through tomorrow, probably stopping around 4pm or so.

KK will be a post free zone on Christmas and will return on the 26th of December.

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A Few Ditties To Help Blues Fans Through Their Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First of all, I know this guarantees a loss for tonite. 

But I just can’t stop myself.  Maturity, as you may know, is not a strong suit.

Continue Reading »

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Groins and More From Van Dyke

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The DRPBs are lining up to provide treatment for Chris Osgood’s groin and the Triple Bravos are evolving.  We’ve added a B. 

It’s crazy, I know.  We’ll explain below!

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Wheeler On Pace For Bonuses

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

...there’s a good chance that if Wheeler (11-9 -20, plus-19 in 33 games) continues to produce at his current rate, he’ll earn some extra cash to tack onto his $875,000 base pay.

Wheeler is in line to hit three $212,500 Individual A bonuses: scoring at least 20 goals, finishing among the top three Bruins in plus-minus, and making the All-Rookie Team. Wheeler is on pace to score 27 goals. He is second on the team in plus-minus, trailing only Marc Savard (plus-20). Among rookies, Wheeler is tied with Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski with 20 points, trailing Columbus’s Derick Brassard (25), Chicago’s Kris Versteeg (25), and St. Louis’s Patrik Berglund (21). Brassard dislocated his shoulder last Thursday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

more on the Bruins

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Oilers Need To Make Some Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have an abundance of young, skilled, play-making future stars but they clearly haven’t found a goal scorer to go with Ales Hemsky, are still seriously short on guts and remain at the bottom of the league in penalty killing and faceoffs. There’s been a serious shortage of will and willingness to compete. Some of the veterans aren’t as safe as they were at this time last year.

There’s no need for Eric Cole to remain here playing on the third line or that he’ll have a future fitting in on the first two. If you’re scoring Lowe is oh-for-three trying to find Hemsky a mate.

First there was Joffrey Lupul. Dustin Penner keeps getting chances and keeps failing to claim the spot. And getting right winger Cole to play with right winger Hemsky didn’t work either. Next.

read on

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A Look At Peter Pocklington Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brent Jang of the Globe and Mail,

(Peter) Pocklington, who’s now 67, is trying to keep things in perspective. Having hundreds of familiar and valuable possessions seized isn’t driving him to distraction, he insists.

“I don’t want to get involved in the public again. You never win. It’s ‘he said, you said.’ I don’t really give a shit what people say any more. I really don’t care. You can write whatever the hell you want. Thirty or 40 years from now, who gives a shit,” he says. “With all the shit that I’ve been through in my life, I don’t really mind. I’m not a bitter person. People who are bitter end up having heart attacks. That’s why I’m healthy at my age. I don’t internalize things.”

much more

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Road Trip Could Define Senators Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

After Ottawa finishes an eight-game, season-defining road trip—which begins tonight in Philadelphia—fans will pretty much know where their team stands.

While Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says the media will be calling it a miracle turnaround when his team vaults into the top four in the Eastern Conference by March, it’s these next eight games that will determine what kind of miracles this team can perform.

After tonight’s game against the Flyers, the Senators will get a two-day Christmas break before heading to Western Canada for games in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

After returning home for New Year’s, the Senators, who are being displaced by the world juniors, will hit the road for four more (Toronto, New Jersey, Buffalo and Boston).

In pursuit of a playoff spot or in pursuit of a lottery pick? It could go either way.

read on

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