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Vanek Not Sure When He Will Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Thomas Vanek is back doing some light exercise but the Buffalo Sabres’ leading scorer says returning in 3-4 weeks from his fractured jaw may be an overly optimistic timetable.

“I hope that I haven’t lost too much of my fitness but we’ll see about that once I start skating again,” Vanek wrote in a diary entry posted on his official Web site for fans in his native Austria. “The doctors said that I would miss at least four weeks altogether but it also could be five to six weeks. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

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Reasons To Feel Disappointed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Here are the NHL’s 10 biggest disappointments, with the Canadiens and Penguins leading the way.

1. Underachieving Pittsburgh
“We’re still confident we can make the playoffs,” Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis told SportingNews.com on the night Therrien was fired. They might be the only ones.

The Penguins could get a boost with the firing of Therrien, but the bigger boost comes from the return of defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Even with Gonchar, this team is still a scoring winger away from returning to the playoffs

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Ducks Need Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“We’re in a situation where if we don’t get points, it’s a grim outlook,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.

With the NHL trade deadline looming March 4, it is by no means a stretch to think a number of Ducks might have played their final home game at Honda Center. Having seen the club go from Stanley Cup champions to potentially missing the post-season in only two years, General Manager Bob Murray is undoubtedly considering dramatic personnel moves in an effort to re-tool the team sooner rather than later.

“That’s really not up to us,” Niedermayer said. “Our job is to go out there and compete and focus on being a good hockey club here, and I think that’s what we’ll do. So I don’t expect anything.”

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“That’s Insanity”- Pierre McGuire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander Ovechkin scores a goal from his back last night against the Canadiens.

added 11:12am, Japers’ Rink breaks down the goal.

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Albany River Rats Involved In Bus Accident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Times Union,

Three players and employees of the Albany River Rats were seriously injured this morning after their team bus slid in snow and rolled on the Massachusetts Turnpike just before 3:30 a.m., Massachusetts State Police said.

The injured people are a mix of players and team employees, River Rats coach Jeff Daniels said, but declined to identify any of them until families can be contacted.

Police describe the injures as serious, but Daniels said they did not appear to be life threatening.

“We were very fortunate and lucky,” Daniels said.

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Advantageous

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good line from Barry Trotz following last night’s game.

Daily Tennessean

“The formula for Detroit is that if they get two power play goals in a game against us, they generally win,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “When they get five, they always win.’‘

Detroit went into last night’s game leading the league with a 26.8 PP percentage and left it at 28.1.

Ty Conklin has won 20 for the first time in his career (and is now 7th in the league in GAA at 2.33) while little Oompa Loompa reached the 20 goal mark for the first time.

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The Dallas Amazing (And Likely Failed) Comeback

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When Sean Avery was suspended by the NHL in early December, the Dallas Stars were dead last in the West Conference.  From that point on, things have clearly improved.  They have the eighth best record in the league since the suspension and would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today, as they are seventh in the west.

It is easy to put the blame onto Sean Avery for the bad start, but things are not that simple.  Dallas’s goaltending has significantly improved.  Marty Turco had been off to a pathetic start, but has turned things around.  Perhaps the most significant change for the Stars has been the return of Jere Lehtinen to the lineup.  Due to injury, he had played only three games before the Avery suspension.  He has now appeared in 20 games and been a vital cog to the Stars.

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Any Team Want Kovalev?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

According to a report in Montreal’s La Presse, Habs’ forward Alex Kovalev is not expected to rejoin the team after he was sent home on Tuesday by general manager Bob Gainey.

Gainey is reportedly in the process of attempting to move the veteran forward prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 4th.

“Bob called everybody about Alex Kovalev,” one unnamed agent told La Presse. “This player is on the market for the next two weeks; it’s not a secret around the hockey community.”

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added 8:35pm, TSN has updated the same link after speaking with Kovalev directlty.. The story has now changed since it was first posted.

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Feel Like A Number?  As A Matter Of Fact, I Do…How’s 29 Sound?  He’s Your Starter You Know

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s just cute.  Little Shea and Stevie and Dannie.  All those pesky neighborhood kids have come back, ready to show the big, bad bully that they’ve had enough.

Bubba’s back in town and the battles in the greater Nashville living rooms have begun.  DVR’d Ricky Lake or Predators/Wings?  Oh, the dilemmas.

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NHL.com In Trade Deadline Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

To get the Writing on Deadline blog ball rolling, let’s start with the 10 questions facing the League and its member teams as the deadline begins to loom on the immediate horizon….

With all that said, who will be the biggest name moved by the time the curtain falls at 3 p.m. on March 4?

My money is on Chris Pronger, just because he would likely bring the biggest return if the Ducks fall out of the playoff race. Pronger has one year left on his current deal, so there is not the pressure to move him usually associated with impending free agents. But, he will be in high demand among the Eastern Conference’s top playoff contenders as they look for separation from the pack. That means someone will cave under the pressure and make an offer the Ducks can’t refuse.

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