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No Surgery For Toews

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks received some good news Thursday as an MRI revealed that Jonathan Toews’ knee injury is a sprain and no surgery will be required.

Hawks’ General manager Dale Tallon expected the 19-year old Toews to miss the next three to four weeks.

The electrifying rookie suffered the injury in the first period of Tuesday’s Blackhawks’ loss to the Kings.  Toews said he felt as though he “changed directions too quickly” after going hard into the boards.

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  Tags: injuries, jonathan+toews

The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com.

The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com. NHL Hour is a production of NHL Radio.

[This link broadcasts a live audio stream at show time.]

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, nhl+radio

Hits Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

3 1/2 minutes of the Top 10 hits of the week.

Watch now…

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USA Hockey Needs a PR Lesson

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

New NHLPA boss Paul Kelly arrived at his first world under-20 championship on Wednesday to mix and mingle with NHL scouts and general managers as well as IIHF officials. One of the causes he has championed since he took over his office on lower Bay St. in Toronto was to better market hockey in the United States.

He should have a chat with the people that run USA Hockey. For the second year in a row, Canada and the U.S. will meet in the semifinals at the world junior and for the second straight year hockey’s governing body down south made available for interviews after practice only three players and coach John Hynes.

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  Tags: iihf, world+junior+championships

Who’s Your Starter?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A2Y’s San Francisco delegate, Alex, brings up the question below.  It’s the issue we’d all like to avoid for now, but it’s coming down the pike.

Who starts in the playoffs?

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The Brodeur Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The philosophical underpinning for the Brodeur Plan, floating around since the early years of the NHL’s Dead Puck era, is unassailable: By being allowed to ice the puck without consequence, the penalized team is inherently rewarded….

“If you ice the puck now, you can’t change,” Brodeur said, “so you’d get tired penalty killers out against a fresh power play. That’s a better advantage [for the team with the extra skater]. It’ll force [penalty killers] to flip the puck like the in old days, land it soft, without icing it. They have to manage the game better, which is also a skill.”

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Halfway There; Start Preparing For Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, the Dallas writers sure took this one hard.  Check this out:

That was the worst loss of the season tonight, and there could be some hell to pay.

Oh. Woops.  That wasn’t a Stars beat writer, it was actually Adrian Dater talking about Denver’s 5-2 loss to Phoenix last night.  Sorry about. Sometimes when I laugh hysterically, I get all fuzzy.

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No Passengers For Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Predators center David Legwand and defenseman Ryan Suter returned to practice Wednesday but might not be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against Edmonton.

Although both are healthy enough to play, Coach Barry Trotz said he was happy with the performance of the players he used in the Predators’ shutout at Dallas on Monday and did not feel particularly compelled to change….

“No team in this league scares me enough to say, ‘We are over our heads here,’ ” Trotz said. “We’re not gifted enough to have passengers. We have to be good as a team, and that’s what we did in Dallas.”

more on the Predators…

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Covering The WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brad Holland of NHL.com is working hard, covering the WJC in Prague!!!

A nice quiet New Years, with the people I love in a foreign country. Sounds nice, safe, and quiet, doesn’t it? I thought so.

A photo of our group, who braved the cold and the crowds in the Prague to take in the downtown fireworks, is on the group profile.

What I wasn’ prepared for was perhaps the most amazing, awe-inspiring, incredible disregard for public safety in my life. The result? Well, I can’t lie…

It was the best fireworks display I’d ever seen.

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Brad is 2nd from the left in the picture and you can read all of his WJC blogs here.

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Experiencing Japan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the blog of Jamie McLennan at the Hockey News,

We have also been experiencing some neat things here. The first night here the team threw a party for us at a local restaurant. The whole organization, including coaches, managers as well as company executives, were present and they proceeded to welcome us with speeches and some of the local traditional drinks (Sake).

It was quite exciting until they asked us to stand up and make a speech. The quickest thing I could come up with was having the translator explain how Nasher would need a windshield off an old car for a visor.

The boys seemed to enjoy that as we proceeded to the next stop, a karaoke bar, where we dominated the microphone for hours.

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  Tags: jamie+mclennan

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