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Ryan Johnson Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

Vancouver forward Ryan Johnson was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the end boards early in the second period of the Canucks’ game against Detroit on Tuesday night.

With just under three minutes gone in the period, Johnson raced into the Detroit zone, swerved past defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom but lost his balance and crashed into the boards head-first.

Medical personnel put Johnson onto a stretcher and he was wheeled off the ice.

Upated word is Johnson has been taken to the hospital for observation and tests.  He is alert and has movement.

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Kopitar Playing With Confidence

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Having one of the game’s best young talents certainly helps. Kopitar has clicked with new linemate Ryan Smyth, who is willing to do the dirty work required to score goals.

Kings captain Dustin Brown sees a bit of Smyth’s influence rubbing off on Kopitar, who now is winning those battles in the corners. He’s also competing harder than ever.

“A couple years ago, he’d get pushed around and the puck would get away from him,” Brown said. “This year, he’s saying, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”

That’s added strength. It’s also confidence.

more

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  Tags: anze+kopitar

If We Could Only Make Whitefish Bay…It’s The Live Blog Nobody’s Looking Forward To

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Filled with anticipation for this one, are ya?  Been looking forward to some late-night Wing brilliance to cap off a pleasant afternoon?

No?

I didn’t think so.  How’s this for fun? Ready?

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But The Lightning Did It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Idaho Junior team plays strip shootout and punished for it.  Team says the Tampa Bay Lightning did it!

Read the AP story…

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Enjoying The EPL After A Stint In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ollie Williams at the BBC,

It is the jewel in ice hockey’s crown: the fastest league in the world, watched by hundreds of thousands of fans, three times a week for half a year.

North America’s National Hockey League - the NHL - is as good as the sport gets.

Televised, analysed and monetised to within an inch of its life, it is the sport’s beating heart. It is a world away from ice hockey in the UK.

To my knowledge, only one man in England’s Premier League (EPL) has stepped onto the ice as an NHL star. Now, he’s talking to me in a dimly-lit Bracknell car park.

“To these players,” says Ed Courtenay, gesturing towards his team coach, “this is the NHL.”...

On 21 October 1992, at the Montreal Forum, one of the most revered venues in ice hockey, Courtenay scored his first goal for the San Jose Sharks in their 8-4 defeat by the Montreal Canadiens

read on

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  Tags: ed+courtenay, epl

A Sale Solves Nothing

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Bankrupt Phoenix Coyote owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell his team to the NHL.  This is after the Phoenix market has been basically destroyed due to a summer of litigation and bankruptcy.  Moyes would accept the NHL‘s $140 million offer.  This offer would pay nearly $80 million to SOF Investment (the Coyotes largest secured creditor - who had provided the team with a line of credit).  It would pay the NHL back $37 million for funding the team since last fall (that‘s right some of the money in the $140 quote paid by the NHL is paid to the NHL).  It pays about $13 million to other Coyote creditors.  This leaves about $10 million for Moyes (and possibly Wayne Gretzky who has a $22.5 million claim in the bankruptcy case). 

Basically, this offer has Moyes losing his shirt.  He accepted it because the NHL would continue to deduct the operating costs of running the team from their offer, if it ran into the future.  Jerry Moyes had no other options.  Wayne Gretzky has not agreed to this offer.

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Gagne Must Deal With Two Small Hernias

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Flyers forward Simon Gagne has two small hernias in his right groin area, the team announced today.

The diagnosis was made after an examination by Dr. Allen Schurict from Pennsylvania Hospital, after Gagne had an ultrasound procedure yesterday.

The Flyers said their medical staff will meet with Gagne on Wednesday to discuss possible treatments.

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Budaj Has H1N1 Virus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

The Avalanche confirmed Tuesday that the national swine flu scare has hit the team’s bench. Goalie Peter Budaj, out since Friday with flu-like symptoms, is suffering from the H1N1 virus, the team said.

Craig Anderson, who has started in goal in a team record-long 11 games to begin the season, will again be in the net tonight as the Avs take on the host Oilers.

Budaj was set to start in goal last Friday in Denver against Carolina. But he fell ill Thursday afternoon and was scratched. Tyler Weiman was recalled from Lake Erie to backup Anderson and he will remain on the roster.

From the first sign of Budaj’s flu last week, the team was concerned it might be swine flu.

continued

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Talking Montreal Goaltenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

If there is a problem with Montreal’s goaltending, it is not so much the ability of the two puck-stoppers but the dynamic. While all the “1 and 1A” stuff sounds swell, teams generally prefer defined roles—a clear-cut top guy and a reliable backup who can fill in competently or at times spectacularly as Craig Anderson (now with Colorado) did in Florida and Ty Conklin (now in St. Louis) did in Detroit last season.

But Halak is 24 and Price is 22, hardly the age in which either would care to play Sancho Panza to the other’s Don Quixote. And as they are similar in age, they are not all that dissimilar in ability even though Price, the 2009 All-Star game starter, has more renown. The situation should work fine in the short term, but if this construct doesn’t eventually change, some creative friction might arise that would not be as healthy.

more plus a look at the injuries throughout the league and a look at the Oilers…

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Keith Primeau Talks Headshots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Former Philadelphia Flyer Keith Primeau was on Leafs Lunch today with Darren Dreger & Bill Watters.  He discussed headshots and the Mike Richards hit on David Booth.

“There is not a place in the game for those kind of hits.”

“Those hits are a punishable act.”

“If were going to make a change…there has to be a line drawn in the sand.”

“The head has to be off limits.”

“I’m a real live human being and I still have a life and it impacts the players life when he’s gone.”

listen to the full interview at AM 640...

 

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