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Better With Age

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

Sundin has pledged to end his career with the Leafs, even though all eyes around the league could look his way if Toronto falters near the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 26. His contract expires after the season which, combined with his productivity, could make him the most attractive commodity the market has seen for some time.

“Points or not, I’m not sure how much better a guy can play for us,” Maurice said. “If he hits that plateau, fine. If he’s under it, he may have actually played better.

“I don’t think the numbers will tell us how important he is to our team in the end.”

more on Sundin…

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Making A List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Did you get your Christmas card from the Canadiens yet?

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No Pre-Christmas Rush For Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Sun,

National Hockey League teams have until midnight Wednesday to complete a trade, waiver move or loan before the holiday roster freeze takes effect until midnight Dec. 27.

“There has been (trade) talk around the league and it continues,” Toronto general manager John Ferguson said last night. “But I don’t get the feeling that a one-week freeze is going to be the impetus for anyone to (fast track a deal).”

 

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Shots Or Lack Of

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle,

It’s from this secret location, somewhere in northern California, where this strange creature spends his days pumping out all sorts of wacky hockey-related numbers for our perusal.

And it’s a good thing, too. Because, more and more, I’m stopping by his site to look at what certain players are up to.

Desjardins’s latest concoction is a look at shots on goal at even strength, something that tells us Alex Ovechkin leads the way with 103.

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Talking about shots on goal… via the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche combined for 32 shots last night, with each team taking 16. That’s the lowest combined total in Blue Jackets franchise history. The previous record was 35 set twice.

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Caps Could Use Attendance Boost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Slap Shot at the NYT,

The most sobering part of Wednesday night’s Rangers-Capitals game had nothing to do with the game — a 5-4 overtime victory by Washington, which was wildly entertaining unless you are a big fan of goalies — but the lack of people watching in Washington’s Verizon Center.

The team announced the attendance at 12,553, which is laughable. There were entire empty sections. Any camera shot that caught the sections behind the nets showed swaths of empty seats.

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Walker May Be Facing Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Scott Walker may be facing a suspension after the Carolina Hurricanes forward head-butted Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher in the face during a fight on Wednesday night.

After Walker collided with Senators goalie Martin Gerber early in the second period of Carolina’s 6-0 loss, Fisher fought Walker and cut him under the left eye. Walker head-butted Fisher, earning a match penalty for attempt to injure. Fisher said he chipped one tooth and may have lost another.

Walker was ejected from the game and now faces an automatic review from the NHL.

“It was cheap. It caught me off guard,” Fisher said. “I’m sure he will get some games for it. He ran the goalie. He made no attempt to get away, and I just wanted to let him know he can’t do that.”

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Watch the video, scroll to just past the 2 minute mark to get a clear view of the head butt…

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Thursday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

0629: A quick note.  The Dive sit, once again, in the 9 spot this morning.  What a shame.  And hey…how bad are they defensively? This bad.  Of the 8 teams ahead of them in the West, 7 of those teams have scored fewer goals than Denver.  Of those eight teams, wanna guess how many have let in fewer goals?  Good job.  7.

0547: Updated below to include Gramps’ new additions to the HockeyTown Todd stable of writers and a number of stories from the Canadian media.

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Today’s a good day for the Diggers.  A good day.  Collectively they show a little spine, a little initiative. 

Khan(!), still sad and confused about the lies Mike Babcock told him earlier this week, tries to redeem himself with a good piece on the ease with which thousands of people are taking their home-state Wings for granted.  I read the article about fifteen minutes ago and it hasn’t been deleted from MLive yet, so that’s a good sign.  Helene St. James causes a bit of an uproar with her interpretation of Uncle Mikey’s comments to the media yesterday and Ryan The Temp (John Niyo) returns to the Detroit News cycle of brilliance. 

We’ll have those stories and more, next, on this edition of Thursday with the Diggers.

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Fernandez Likely Gone for Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,

Barring an unexpectedly quick rehabilitation, goalie Manny Fernandez’ first year as a Bruin ended yesterday when he underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL in his left knee.

Fernandez first suffered the injury last season while with the Minnesota Wild, but it continued to bother him and has affected his play since training camp.

“It’s a relief, because we know he’s going to be in shape for next year,” B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said last night before his team’s 4-3 win over the Thrashers. “It’s likely that he’ll be gone the whole year, maybe not, but he’ll be ready for next year.

“It’s been a chronic thing all year and Manny felt he couldn’t perform at 100 percent. He had to alter his style. I’m not ruling out him coming back this year, but we’re under the assumption that with proper rehab, it’s going to take the rest of the year.”

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Pat Hannigan Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Pat Hannigan, who played his first National Hockey League game for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1959-60 season and then enjoyed a second career broadcasting Buffalo Sabres games, has died. He was 71.

But in Fort Erie, he was better known for his social justice efforts, helping refugees new to Canada through Casa el Norte, a safe house for newcomers.

More on Pat Hannigan’s life and career at Legends of Hockey

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Sutter & Asham Go At It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Brent Sutter and right wing Arron Asham got into a heated, profanity-laced exchange near the end of this afternoon’s intense practice at Prudential Center. Most of what was said can’t be printed, but Asham said it started because he didn’t chip the puck in the way Sutter wanted. Asham said something about the puck bouncing and Sutter ripped into him.

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