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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you have followed my blogs on NHL.com, you know I have added two women as tenants under my roof and one them turned the big 21 today.

So off we go to do a little celebration but I did make sure the watering-hole has Center Ice.

I probably won’t be updating until I get home later tonight and wish me luck!

added 10/30/09,

The two tenants pictured below before the partying really began..

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One Big Happy Social Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

The NHL believes that bringing fans together socially online, and bringing fans closer to their favorite teams and players, is a fundamental way to grow the game in a changing media culture. But will these “fan experiences” happen organically enough to not feel like a corporate marketing campaign; and will the ongoing debate about how teams and players use Twitter result in too much control over their messages to fans?

DiLorenzo is the man behind the NHL Fans microsite, a massive collection of social media that ties together blogs, videos, tweets, user pages and message boards—which have always been the leading attraction for many hockey fans using the NHL’s official team sites.

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Wild Coach Motivating Sykora

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Regarding scratching Petr Sykora last night, Richards said he was trying to put the best team on the ice. Still, he benched Sykora for Derek Boogaard, who only got five shifts.

On Sykora: “He is a proven scorer, but there’s so much more that goes to playing the game of hockey than just finishing.”

He said the coaches went over those areas with Sykora. But Sykora told us after the coaches haven’t told him anything. Richards said he expects Sykora “to be a professional” since this isn’t the first time he’s been scratched (a lot last second half with Pittsburgh) and “have the attitude of sticking it to the coach.” But Richards said the coaches haven’t made up their mind if Sykora will play tomorrow against the Rangers.

more on the Wild…

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Gaborik Still Sore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

Personally, I believe the Slovakian right winger isn’t playing until Sunday afternoon against Boston in the Garden, but there’s a chance he’ll dress in Minnesota, where he played eight years, on Friday night.

        Standing in the locker room with reporters after another practice in which he did not participate—-he was receiving treatment on his right leg, possibly thigh or hamstring, the club is not disclosing—-he called himself “day-to-day.”

          Not playing would be disappointing, Gaborik said. “We don’t play them that often. Definitely it would be something special.”

        He confirmed that he was still sore from a front of the net collision late in the third period against Phoenix on Monday, but would be on the plane to Minneapolis this afternoon.  The team’s top scorer, with 18 points, said he initially thought the injury was more severe.

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Go Ahead…Start Sniffing Glue Again.  Datsyuk’s In.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via Khan(!),

Pavel Datsyuk, as expected, will play tonight, after sitting out practice Wednesday due to a sore foot, the result of blocking a shot in Tuesday’s game.

And, no matter what I say to intro this or react to it, I’ll be the gamewrecker.  I take full responsibility.

For the Oilers, forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Lubomir Visnovky are out becuase of the flu. Defensemen Sheldon Souray and Steve Staois are out due to concussions. Defenseman Ladislav Smid, who had the H1N1 virus, will play, as will forwards Gilbert Brule and Alex Hemsky, who have been hampered by the flu.

The Oilers have been shut out in their last two games—3-0 vs. Colorado and 2-0 vs. Vancouver—and have lost three in a row.

No way we win this game tonite.  No frigging way.

 

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Tell It Like It Is

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from Japers’ Rink,

One of the great things about being a sports fan in this day and age is the access we have to the players we follow. Through social media and real-time online coverage, our collective insatiable hunger for the latest news (and non-news) is getting fed around the clock.

For example, Mike Green has 2,309 followers on Twitter, some of whom, no doubt are minors. Earlier today, all of them got to see this:

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Flyers Lose Jones

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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Randy Jones won’t be going back on the Flyers’ roster.

The defenseman was claimed Thursday morning by the Los Angeles Kings on re-entry waivers. That means Jones’ $2.75 million cap hit will be split between the Flyers and Kings, who must pay the $15,000 waiver claim price as well

In other words, the Flyers just took a $1.375 million cap hit for a player they lost on re-entry.

Financially, it was a huge gamble and the Flyers lost.

“He would have helped our team but that’s the risk you take,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “What are you going to do? … Those are the rules. We knew the risks going in.”

Holmgren said a couple clubs asked about him recently, but no one asked the Flyers to put him on re-entry so he could be claimed.

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Kings Claim Randy Jones

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have claimed defenseman Randy Jones off of re-entry waivers, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.  The Kings have also placed defenseman Alec Martinez on the injured reserve list (retroactive to October 5) due to an ankle injury. 

Jones, 28, has played in six games this season with the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League, recording one point (an assist) and six penalty minutes.

Last season, Jones played in 47 games with the Philadelphia Flyers, recording eight points (4-4=8) and 22 penalty minutes.  He also played in six playoff games with the Flyers and he played in two regular season games with the Phantoms. 

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Malkin Out

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from PittsburghPenguins.com,

Head coach Dan Bylsma announced that forward Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury. It is not the same injury that kept Malkin out of the lineup during the beginning of the 2006-07 season and the team is being cautious.

“Geno is going to be out of the lineup for a couple of weeks,” Bylsma said. “He strained his shoulder about 10 days or so ago. I don’t know the exact day. It is precautionary for the player. We are worried about the safety of the shoulder. A couple weeks of rest and rehab will get that thing healthy so he can get back onto the ice.

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Patience Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We caught up with Holland in the middle of the Wings’ Western Canadian road trip this week, and it wasn’t long before the idea of patience came up again. Instead of taking snapshots of how a team or a player is performing, Holland said he likes to take a step back. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, he told ESPN.com, that’s when you know where you’re at.

“It’s hard to move up after that,” Holland said. “You sort of start to move as a pack.”

Does that mean Holland’s sitting back with his feet on his desk, especially after his Wings overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit and the pulling of starting netminder Chris Osgood to defeat Vancouver 5-4 for their first road win of the season earlier this week?

Uh, no.

“We’ve had some curves,” Holland acknowledged. “We’re going to have to grind.”

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