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On The Prospects: Mursak Turning Heads in Saginaw

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Jan Mursak is tearing up the OHL. A couple of pointers for you on him, and other Wing prospects. First, to Hockey's Future.

He has been a scoring machine for the Saginaw Spirit, scoring points in each of his first 21 games in the OHL and racking up a total of 38 points (13 goals and 25 assists). He’s getting a lot of ice time for a rookie and he has responded in a very good way to the coach’s trust. Mursak will have to try to continue his torrid scoring pace during the long OHL season. So far he has exceeded all expectation of a sixth round pick, and he looks like he could be a prospect to watch down the road as a legitimate NHL player.
And this from Red Wing Central.
The Red Wings are impressed with how fast the Slovenian has adjusted to North America, but his strength is a big concern. “He’s as weak as a noodle right now, but you wouldn’t know it watching him,” said McDonnell. “He’s real strong on his feet so when he comes out of the corner, he doesn’t get trapped too much. He’s very competitive.”
Another note on RWC you might find interesting...
Forward Darryl Bootland (Grand Rapids, American Hockey League) fought former Colorado Avalanche agitator Mike Keane early in the week, but was a surprise healthy scratch later in the week.
Oh...yes. I would have liked to have seen that. If anyone in the Grand Rapids area has any info on that scrap, let me know.

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Detroit Sports Radio On Williams, Grigorenko

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Asst. GM Jim Nill told WXYT tonight that he feels Wing prospect Igor Grigorenko is getting stale in Russia. Nill stressed his belief that Grigorenko needs to be stateside next year and that his season in Russia thus far has been "solid, but not spectacular." Ken Kal, Wings play-by-play announcer, followed Nill and said he doesn't expect Jason Williams to return to the lineup until after Thanksgiving. Kal said he hasn't discussed it with the coaching staff, but gets the idea that the Wings depth is good enough now not to have to rush Williams back.

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Most Wins In Sight For Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Martin Brodeur is easily one of the five greatest NHL goalies ever, but it would be hard to label the Devils netminder as the greatest ever to play the position even presuming he overtakes Hall of Famer Patrick Roy as the all-time winningest goalie. One of the reasons Brodeur's stature is not that of the greatest ever between the pipes is because he has played in an era when Dominik Hasek was winning Hart and Vezina Trophies at an incredible clip.
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Malkin Still A Penguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

A legal challenge by a Russian club team to prevent Evgeni Malkin from playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins has failed. A U.S. District court judge ruled today from the bench that Metallurg's request for an injunction to keep Malkin from playing in the NHL this season has been rejected.
continued update 6:41pm, Statement from Bill Daly on this matter...

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Fan Post Of The Day: The Keys To Success

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A nine-game winning streak will do some strange things to people. All the gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands has been set aside. The power play, operating at 9 percent efficiency, is a humorous side note. It's all about the positives these days in Hockeytown. LGW has a thread today titled "Why This Team Is Different." Our FPOD comes from within it. image BlueMonk/LGW: Why This Team Is Different

I feel this team has a little more balance and a little less talent. The style they're playing isn't as flashy but is the kind that I would expect to be more successful in a playoff series against a tough team. Hasek's health is a major concern for me. If he gets hurt, it will be a setback. If he can stay on the ice, he seems to be getting better and should be a major asset.
Read the entire post after the jump.

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The Gearhead, Episode One: Warrior Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George Malik Welcome to "The Gearhead!" As your resident rink rat and equipment nut, my goal is to give you an inside look at the tools hockey players use by talking to the ladies and gents who make hockey gear. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Warrior Hockey's marketing director, Neil Wensley, about the Warren-based manufacturer's expansion from making lacrosse equipment to producing hockey sticks as well. He and I spoke for over an hour about Warrior's stick-making processes, and I think he had as much fun as I did--there's nothing like two equipment geeks talking shop!

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Vote For Your Favourite All-Stars!

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The NHL's opened up its All-Star voting to the public:

COLD-fX/NHL ALL-STAR FAN BALLOTING, presented by 2K SPORTS GOES COMPLETELY DIGITAL FOR THE FIRST TIME. Now, through 8:59 PM (PT), January 2, 2007, fans worldwide can CLICK TO VOTE any time for their Eastern and Western Conference NHL All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.
US Ballot * Canadian Ballot * En Francais * International Brought to you by the Robert Lang for ASG campaign...

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Ovechkin, Meehan Part Ways

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Canadian Press:

Veteran hockey agent Don Meehan and star Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin have parted ways after five years together. The Russian player fired the head of Newport Sports Management during a meeting last week, Meehan told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. ''I'm disappointed but I wish him well,'' said Meehan. Ovechkin was not immediately available for comment. It's believed Ovechkin's mother will be taking over her son's affairs. The 21-year-old is signed to his entry-level contract through next season.
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Brace For Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Delaware County Times:

According to trainer Jim McCrossin, Forsberg had been dealing with a sprained ligament in the ankle, prompting the visit to the Cleveland Clinic in search of an orthotic device which will help stabilize the ankle inside the boot of a hockey skate. "I spoke with Peter (Tuesday), and (Monday) he was fitted with an orthotic brace," said McCrossin. "Peter skated and he said it actually felt very good. Some minor adjustments had to be made and they were made overnight. Peter was going back out to skate again and we decided we are going to touch base (in) Anaheim. "I did speak with Dr. Brian Donley from the Cleveland Clinic a few times (Monday) after our game and Dr. Donley was very pleased on how the orthotic brace angulated Peter’s ankle. Peter is happy, Dr. Donley is happy and I’m happy."
It took the Flyers' medical staff how long to finally recommend an orthotic? Over a year and a surgery later, they finally get down to business? That's scary, and their inability to make the most basic observation--if the boot doesn't fit the ankle, help the ankle fit the boot--borders on incompetence. continued

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Hitchcock Brings His Own Ways With Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Hitchcock is supposed to be the top choice for the vacancy and the Philadelphia Flyers have already granted permission for MacLean to talk to him. But if he agrees to go to Columbus, Hitchcock will never agree to clear almost every decision with the boss. As anyone who knows him knows, Hitchcock runs his teams his way and his way only. So if MacLean hires him, then he is well aware that only a playoff berth will save his own job at the end of the season. Then again, MacLean said as much the other day when he was asked if McConnell said he was on notice.
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