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Shanahan Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

While there are some eastern conference teams that are seriously interested in Shanahan, they would have to make deals or clear cap space or get permission from ownership to increase the budget and the truth of the matter is those things are not easily done in today’s game.

So while Shanahan realizes he may have no other choice at some point but to play in the West if he wants to play, he has not yet exhausted all his Eastern Conference possibilities and if it means waiting an extra day or week or whatever to get the right fit closer to home, that apparently is the route he is going to take.

read on and some Sundin talk too…

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Happy Thanksgiving Mac…Now Get To Grand Rapids

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

UpdateHolland told Khan(!) that after the way West trip, energy’s the thing. 

Darren Helm called up today, McCarty sent down.  Why?  It’s Cleary-related, according to MacLeod.

Darren Helm’s stay in Detroit won’t likely last long. He was told that he’d just be with the Red Wings for one game, but general manager Ken Holland said that he’d re-assess when Dan Cleary’s (scratched cornea) status for Friday is clearer.

“I don’t think I’ll be here too long,” said Helm, who drove to Detroit last night. “But it’s another good opportunity.”

Also, I answered a few questions for a Montreal blogger this morning. I’d tell you the name of it, but I can’t pronounce it.

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Wings Recall Helm, Demote McCarty

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Red Wings today recalled forward Darren Helm from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League and assigned forward Darren McCarty to the Griffins.  The Red Wings also assigned forward Randall Gelech from Grand Rapids to Rochester (AHL).

Helm is currently second on the Griffins roster in scoring with 18 points in 16 games (5-13—18).

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ASG Voting Results For Western Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York (November 26, 2008) – Determined that recognition of their heroes’ latest Stanley Cup triumph continues long after the presentation of the chalice, the parade through Detroit and the banner-raising on opening night, the fans of Hockeytown have stormed the cyber ballot box.

        Four members of the defending champion Red Wings are among the leaders at their respective positions in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal.

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Fighting Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Knobler of the AJC,

(Ian)White called Kovalchuk “selfish” for going after him and taking a double-minor that could have hurt Atlanta. Kovalchuk said he was just finishing what White started.

White’s version: “I finished my check off. Clean hit. And then he took a run at me on the far blue [line]. So I followed him up the ice, I was saying something to him, and he stopped, and I wasn’t expecting that, obviously. I was protecting myself. That’s the ugly part of the game. He’ll get what’s coming to him.”

Kovalchuk: “Whatever he wants to say. The score on the board, we win. We get two points [in the standings]. We’ve got three games [left] against them, so if he’s got something he wants to say, I’m always ready to answer.”

Watch the fight below…


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  Tags: ian+white, ilya+kovalchuck

Washington Recalls Four

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defensemen Karl Alzner and Sami Lepisto and forwards Chris Bourque and Graham Mink from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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Burke crowned ‘Dancing With the Stars’ queen

Blog: KK Members Blog By Navarath

I just saw come across the yahoo wire:
Burke crowned ‘Dancing With the Stars’ queen

Did the Toronto GM job fall through?

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  Tags: burke, toronto

Mason May ‘Stick’ With Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Disptach,

(Steve) Mason, who posted his first NHL shutout Saturday, will start at 7 tonight when the Blue Jackets play the Phoenix Coyotes in Nationwide Arena. It’ll be his seventh start in the past nine games.

“Right now, we’re going day to day with the situation,” Howson said, delaying a decision on the Blue Jackets’ three-headed goaltender situation for a few more days. Mason, Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena remain on the active roster.

But when coach Ken Hitchcock was asked to map out the club’s upcoming schedule—seven games in the next 12 days—he mentioned Mason and Leclaire at least sharing duties, a signal that Mason’s next month is certain enough that he could buy a Christmas tree this weekend.

“The kid’s earned it,” Hitchcock said after Mason’s 15-save effort in Atlanta, a 2-0 Blue Jackets win. “What else can you say, but the kid has definitely earned the chance (to start tonight).”

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  Tags: steve+mason

Giving Thanks To Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Thanks, hockey.

Thanks for consistently displaying the heart, courage, artistry and brain power that the best players play with, night after night, game after game.

Thanks for passing the puck to the other guy when the net is empty on a two-on-nobody. Would Terrell Owens do that?

Thanks to the Zamboni drivers who give us a clean sheet of ice that makes everyone feel as if he is 9 years old again with that first step on a fresh canvas.


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Flyers Dmen Getting Closer To Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

When the Flyers head off on their post-Christmas road trip, there is a very good chance they will have both of their injured defensemen back and on the plane.

Randy Jones and Ryan Parent - both out since training camp recovering from surgery, Jones a hip repair and Parent a shoulder - were back practicing with the Flyers yesterday and moving toward December return dates.

Both are still working under restricted status, but they are getting closer to full participation. Both have moved back into their stalls in the practice facility locker room.

Jones is hoping to play before Christmas and the plan for Parent is for him to play Dec. 26 in Chicago.


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