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Too Comfortable

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

Vesa Toskala says he’s “comfortable” playing the rest of the season. Of course, when he was losing 7-1 to Washington and platooning with Andrew Raycroft he said he was “comfortable” too. He leaves the impression someone could put him on a bed of nails and, if there was a reporter around, he’d give him a bemused grin and insist that he was, indeed, “comfortable.”

So, we’ll bite: Just how does a team keep its comfort zone when it can win three like Toronto did in January and move all the way up to 13th. Or beat Detroit, Montreal and Ottawa, and not gain an inch?

read on

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Fans Are Watching Columbus Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,

With the NHL trade deadline a week away, the decision whether to buy or sell rests not only in the mind of Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, but in the mail of season ticket-holders.

The 2008-09 ticket renewal packages arrived at homes and businesses the past few days. It will be interesting to see if they are immediately returned with a renewal check, are held for a few weeks to see whether the Jackets strengthen the roster through trades—either to add talent now in hopes of making the playoffs or to slash payroll so they can afford to bring in better players in the offseason—or are burned in protest.

continued

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Burke At It Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Slap Shot at the NY Times,

What’s the lead item on the agenda this year from the same men who brought you penalty-shot contests, the trapezoid, and the guaranteed point?

Why, the one-minute penalty!

Three guesses as to who cooked that one up — ah, but you’ve guessed already. Of course you’re right, it’s Brian Burke, GM of the Anaheim Ducks. His take on the proposed rule: “One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense.” Vintage Burke.

more

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Fun For The Whole Family

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wake up the kids.  Have them bring their Cocoa Puffs to the Commodore 64.  In the event they didn’t see last night’s game on Gary’s Versus, here are the highlights.

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Beat Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Keane was on Hockey Night in Canada radio a few weeks ago, talking about his life in the minors playing for the Manitoba Moose.  Hard not to respect the things he had to say, that he realizes he’ll probably never play for an NHL team again; but that he loves hockey and would like nothing more than to help Manitoba to a title.

It was one of those interviews that would typically leave you liking the guy because of what he represents as a hockey player.  And it almost made me forget that Keane referred to the Wings as “cowards” after McCarty dragged Claude Lemieux’s bloody face across the Joe Louis ice, closer to the Wings bench so that Kris Draper could get a better view.

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Lidstrom Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nick Lidstrom was hit by Ian Laperriere around the five minute mark in the first period.  Versus is reporting a knee injury, no report from Detroit radio.

He was groggy when he left the ice and was escorted to the lockerroom.

This is a pretty hot topic in the KK chatroom right now.

added 9:07pm, According to Wings radio, slight knee injury to Lidstrom.
added 9:33pm, as updates come in, they’ll be added on this post at A2Y

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Worst Case Scenario: Lidstrom Helped Off Ice

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2233:  St. James and Khan(!) both blogging that John Hahn is claiming Lidstrom’s injury is a sprain, that he was sitting in front of his stall watching the game, and actually wanted to come out for the second.  Hold on to those sighs of relief though and answer this question: Is anyone going to tell the truth about the extent of an injury to Nick Lidstrom when Ken Holland’s trying to work a deal right now in Naples?

Update 2125:  From Khan(!)‘s blog (URL below): Wings spokesman John Hahn said it doesn’t appear to be too serious but he’s being held out as a precaution. Hahn said Lidstrom never blacked out and actually wanted to return to the game.

Update 2121: From St. James blog (URL below): “It doesn’t look too serious,” Hahn said, “but he is being kept out as a precaution.”

Update 2108:  Paul Woods reporting a “slight knee injury.”

Nick Lidstrom, and reports from Versus and the Diggers are calling it a right knee injury, was helped off the ice midway through the first in Denver.  Will provide updates here as we get them. 
Khan(!)

No word yet on the extent of the injury. Lidstrom needed some assistance to get off the ice and was taken to the training room after a hard hit from Colorado’s Ian Laperriere at 6:10 of the first period. It happened during a Detroit power play as Laperriere hammered Lidstrom against the boards. Lidstrom tried to get up but was wobbling before trainer Piet Van Zant came onto the ice to help him off. Lidstrom’s right leg appeared to get bent in an awkward position.

Aaron Downey, because that’s what he does, beat the Hell out of Laperriere soon after.  And, yes, Laperriere turtled.

All the Diggers have blog entries up regarding Lidstrom.  Check them out for updates:  Khan(!), Niyo, St. James.

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Wing/Dive Chat Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The chat room will be open as usual this evening as Michigan “transplants” flood the Can in Denver on Gary’s Versus.  See you guys in there around 1955.  Also, Kevin Allen joins Sean Baligian on WDFN’s “Ice Time”, streaming live at 1930.

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One Minute Penalties in OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

One-minute penalties for overtime during the regular season?

That was one of the many issues discussed Monday as the NHL’s 30 GMs broke out into four different groups to tackle a number of subjects.

Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke is keen on the idea of one-minute penalties in overtime instead of two. The thinking is that 4-on-3 power plays in overtime take up 40 per cent of the entire five-minute period and more than often end the game.

“One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense,” Burke said Monday after the first day of meetings.

continued… with a list of other subjects discussed today as well

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  Tags: general+managers+meeting, penalties

Undrafted Success in Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Whicker at the OC Register,

[Ryan] Carter joins Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Shannon among non-drafted college players that [assistant GM David] McNab spotted and signed.

“We were motivated because we were afraid he would explode the next season and be one of the very best players in college hockey,” McNab said.

“It’s something we used to have success with, before the salary cap came, because you could spend a million or a couple of million on a guy that you really liked. Not every team believed in that sort of investment. But now, with the cap being tighter, the salaries for those players have gone down and more teams are getting involved. So it’s harder now.”

more… primarily looking at the rise of Ryan Carter

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  Tags: college+hockey, david+mcnab, ryan+carter

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