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Smyth Could Be Out A Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Ryan Smyth will be out of the lineup for up to one month, Terry Murray said after practice today. Murray would not detail what Smyth’s “upper-body” injury is. As expected, Alexander Frolov will skate on the first line. Teddy Purcell will skate with Handzus and Simmonds.

Murray said Rob Scuderi continues to be day to day with his lower-body injury.

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Gionta Out With Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pat Hickey of Habs Inside/Out,

Right wing Brian Gionta will be out of the Canadiens indefinitely with a broken bone in his left foot. Gionta said he suffered the injury when he was struck by a shot in the Nov. 3 game against Atlanta. Gionta saikd hetriked to play through the injury but the pain became too much to bear Saturday night in Nashville. Subsequent tests revealed a broken bone.

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Jay McKee Out With Infected Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jason Seidling of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Head coach Dan Bylsma announced after practice Wednesday that defenseman Jay McKee will be sidelined the next two-to-four weeks with a finger infection.

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Crosby For Sportsman Of The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 1. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

The first time I saw Sidney Crosby he was a 16-year-old making the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rounds of Halifax, Sydney, and his home base of Rimouski, which struck me as the equivalent of Mozart playing in a farmer’s field. Obviously, Crosby was a prodigy. He was exquisitely gifted for someone not physically imposing (although he did have great hockey haunches) and was blessed with a vision of the ice as instinctive as it was impressive.

“So?” a friend asked when I returned from the trip. “Real deal?”

“I’m can’t guarantee he’ll ever win the Hart,” I told him, “but I promise you he’ll never win the Lady Byng.”

continued

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Strachan Says He Was Unfairly Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Al Strachan, who was fired from Hockey Night In Canada a few weeks ago, has sent a lawyer’s letter to the CBC stating that he was unfairly dismissed.

  Strachan was removed from his spot on the Hotstove panel after the CBC learned that his new book, Why The Leafs Suck, identified him on the cover as “from Hockey Night In Canada.” Permission had not been given to the publisher, Harper Collins, to use the show’s name. Hockey Night markets its own publications and did not want its brand appearing on a competitor’s book. Strachan’s letter states that he was an innocent third party in a dispute between the CBC and Harper Collins.

  For Hockey Night, the immediate issue is: Who replaces him? Reporter Elliotte Friedman filled in one week and did a good job. The Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts appeared once.

  Last week, Glenn Healy took a turn, juggling two assignments, one in the studio replacing Strachan, by remote, and the other at ice level as a game analyst. It’s difficult to do both jobs effectively.

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Future Hall Of Famer Brendan Shanahan Retires

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to write a career retrospective when any future Hall of Fame player retires.  Yesterday, Brendan Shanahan announced his retirement, so here is his career retrospective.

Brendan Shanahan was born on January 23rd, 1969 in Mimico, Ontario (which became a part of Toronto as Toronto expanded).  Shanahan grew up playing hockey in the Metro Toronto hockey system.  It was as a 16 year old he was first seriously noticed by NHL scouts.  Shanahan joined the London Knights of the OHL to play his junior career.  Shanahan was a star in junior.  He scored at better than point per game rate in his rookie year and added 92 points in 56 games in his second junior season.  He was immediately seen as a leader and ran some Knights practices when the coach was unavailable.  As a 17 year old, Shanahan starred for Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships.  He scored seven points in six games/  This was the year that a bench clearing brawl between Canada and the Soviet Union left both teams disqualified, so Shanahan did not play for a World Junior medal.  Shanahan was chosen second in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils (Pierre Turgeon was selected first overall).

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have stopped trying to figure out the Canadiens. They should have had the Hurricanes for lunch without No. 1 goalie Cam Ward and their best forward, Eric Staal. This one should have been decided long before Kostitsyn’s goal.

They can take the two points and run, but it’s pretty clear that this team has to start scoring goals if they hope to make the playoffs. You don’t win a lot of games with only two goals in regulation, and how the Hurricanes managed to miss winning the shootout when one goal in the third, fourth and fifth rounds would have done the job is difficult to understand.

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.  More from Red…

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Early Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL doesn’t hand out its awards until after the season but we here at ESPN.com like to dole out the hardware every quarter:

Hart Trophy (MVP)

Our candidates: Alex Ovechkin, Washington; Rick Nash, Columbus; Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles; Marian Gaborik, N.Y. Rangers; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Chris Pronger, Philadelphia; Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit.

Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman)

Our candidates: Chris Pronger, Philadelphia; Duncan Keith, Chicago; Dan Boyle, San Jose; Tomas Kaberle, Toronto; Niklas Kronwall, Detroit; Mike Green, Washington; Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles.

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KK- Fighting The Flu

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve been fighting flu-like symptoms the last few days and instead of getting better, it seems to be getting a little worse.

So my body says take it easy and I guess I should listen to it, therefore updates may be a bit slow today.

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The Handling Of Filatov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock cannot escape criticism. Since the season began, Hitchock has kept Filatov on an impossibly short leash. For every mistake, there was instant rebuke and, at times, a public punishment. Why treat Filatov so? Is not the goal here to take this talent-rich player and mold him rather than emasculate him? Does not a smart coach find a way to teach him—for the good of the player, the team and the organization? Is not Filatov a prime asset?

Filatov is not devoid of culpability. Many Jackets have fresh memories of Zherdev’s enigmatic, and sometimes toxic, presence. Filatov, by comparison, is well-liked. Lately, however, Filatov has moped as his frustration has grown, and it was a source of worry within the tightly knit group of players. There is no room for added drama over a rigorous season. Jake Voracek and Derick Brassard continue to have their chains yanked, but they have responded to challenges where Filatov has not. Ultimately, Filatov used his Moscow escape hatch, which comes with a tax-free contract worth about $1 million.

The nut of it all is this: The general manager, the coach and the player reached the same conclusion, and that is that Filatov will best be served by returning to Russia for at least a year.

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