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Brodeur Surgery Successful

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur underwent surgery Thursday to repair the distal bicep in his left elbow.

“According to the doctors, his surgery was 100 percent successful,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “The timetable for his return remains three to four months.”

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Welcome Igor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

He stills remembers the Soviet system, which he calls “unacceptable,” and he’s outspoken in his praise of the people who allowed him to escape that system for the NHL.

The type of hockey that he and his teammates played was so effective that much of it was adopted by the NHL and for that, we all owe him our thanks. The game is a much more attractive spectacle today than it used to be and Larionov’s contributions in that regard would be hard to eclipse.

The Hockey Hall of Fame has no shortage of worthy inductees, but it’s hard to think of a guy who is more worthy — in a number of ways — than Igor Larionov.

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No Market In North America

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,

Q: ...As you show in your article, the Russian government considers the K.H.L. an instrument of foreign policy. Given the uncertain economic climate for Russia, are the league’s plans to expand beyond the old Soviet sphere still feasible? How about the newest talk from Slava Fetisov, on expanding into China, Korea and Japan?

Andrew Meier.: Europe remains the first target for growth. Above all, Fetisov, and others behind the founding of the K.H.L., fear that the N.H.L. is bent on a self-serving drive to preserve its market share. To Fetisov, the strategy is both myopic and ultimately detrimental to the game. “There’s no market there,” he told me. “North America’s too small. Europe is the future. That’s where the tradition, and the players, and the fans are.” Jagr, and a whole host of Europeans now playing in Russia, would tend to agree.

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Forget The Blues Fast Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Remember how the Blues blew out of the gates this fall, looking very much like a playoff contender?

Forget about it. Now this hybrid team -– an interesting mix of kids and hardened veterans -– faces a season-defining challenge.

The Blues lost four of the last five games on a seven-game homestand, then opened a five-game trip by losing in Anaheim.

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Avalanche Recall Hensick

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward T.J. Hensick has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. He will be available for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

It’s Hensick’s first call-up of the season from Lake Erie where he leads the Monsters in scoring (6g/7a) and is tied for fifth among all AHL scorers. His three power play goals lead the Monsters.

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Renaming The Trophies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

No offence to Dr. David Hart or Marie Evelyn Moreton (aka Lady Byng), but, when we vote for - and honour - the game’s best, shouldn’t we also recognize those who were the game’s best?

Hart to Howe: Wayne Gretzky won it more than anyone, but I have something else in mind for him. This one goes to Howe, as Mr. Hockey held the record - six - before Gretzky smashed it. He was the pre-eminent player during the Original Six, and deserves this.

Art Ross to Gretzky/Norris to Orr: These two are easy. Seriously, does anyone really need an explanation?

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Q & A From TSN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Question No. 3: Which is the best line in the NHL right now - Datsyuk, Hossa and Holmstrom in Detroit; Getzlaf, Perry and Kunitz in Anaheim; Spezza, Alfredsson and Heatley in Ottawa or Thornton, Setoguchi and Marleau in San Jose?

Bob McKenzie: Getzlaf, Perry and Kunitz in Anaheim. This line is as good as it gets right now and if you want to talk about Getzlaf compared to Datsyuk, they lined up against each other in a recent game it was Getzlaf and the Ducks who came out on top.

Keith Jones: Datsyuk’s line and why else but the fact that Marian Hossa is on it. They are a perfect mix with Holmstrom and the best line in the league.

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Sharks Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News via Inside Bay Area,

This is terrific. This is awful.

This is terrific, how the Sharks are off to their best start in history. They won their 11th game Tuesday night. Let’s put that in perspective. The Sharks of 1992-93, back in the Cow Palace days, won only 11 games in that entire season. And they did not win the 11th game until April 6.

So, yes, the current Sharks are ahead of that pace. By five months.

This is awful, because those of us who have watched the Sharks since the Cow Palace can tell you how meaningless the results of October and November are by the time the NHL gets to the second round of the playoffs.

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Keeping It In-House

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Feaster at ESPN,

While we realize fans and media may want to know about injuries, we also recognize there are lots of things they would like to know, from our trade deadline strategy to whether we intend to make a coaching change. Nonetheless, we do not give the public access to this information (except, perhaps, in very general terms) for a host of competitive and business reasons.

The bottom line: the extent and severity of a player’s injury is proprietary business information and most GMs would like to keep it “club confidential,” even if nondisclosure gives members of the press and some fans an upper-body ache.

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added 11:47am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Because there is proof of targeting, we can buy the players’ safety issue. But our argument would be that the policy should be amended so full disclosure still exists from mid-September (the start of training camps) through March 1 (the beginning of the stretch run). From then through the playoffs, teams can hide injury details all they want.

Holland didn’t shoot down our idea.

“I mean, listen, we’ve disclosed Johan Franzen has a Grade 2 ACL sprain and that he’s out 3-4 weeks,” said Holland. “We disclosed the Andreas Lilja injury. For me personally, I just think over 82 games you’re probably going to play your player when they’re healthy. But the playoffs are different.”

Exactly.

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Stars Facing Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

But one thing that isn’t sitting well with me is the Avery addition. Mike Modano exploded to the media after last Saturday’s loss in Boston, a game in which the antics of Avery and fellow agitator Steve Ott essentially cost the Stars in a third-period collapse. Avery and Ott got into it with fans and on-ice officials. Modano called it “idiotic and stupid.”

And you might suspect, Tippett did his best to downplay it to me. That’s his job.

“Mike’s got no problem playing with Avery or Ott,” said Tippett. “He’ll be on a line with Avery today at practice. There’s no problem there at all. It’s the frustration of losing that’s got everyone upset.”

Still, Tippett did have a chat with his agitators.

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