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The Hockey Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Carroll Rogers in tomorrow’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Dr. Michael Stuart was on the phone with the oldest of four hockey-playing children — Mike, who plays in Austria. They were just chatting when the cheering started from 10 friends and family members gathered at the Stuarts’ home in Rochester to watch the Thrashers on TV.

“Oh my gosh, Colin just went end-to-end,” Dr. Stuart said into the phone. He proceeded to break down the play for Mike, which ended with a back-handed shot past goalie Ryan Miller.

Hockey has been a big deal in the Stuart family for a long time. It’s getting bigger by the day.

Colin, 25, is five games into his NHL career, joining his brother Mark Stuart, 23, who is in his first full season as a defenseman for the Boston Bruins. Mike, 27, who once played in the St. Louis Blues organization, is now playing in Graz, Austria.  Their sister Cristin, 21, plays on the women’s team at Boston College. And Michael Stuart, who is an orthopedic surgeon, is the chief medical officer for USA Hockey.

more… and the video of Colin Stuart’s goal can be seen here.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, colin+stuart, highlight+goal

Manny Legace Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, Manny Legace was named First Star for the week ending January 6th, after appearing in three games for the Blues and not allowing a goal. He recorded two wins, pushing his record this season to 15-10-2 in 29 appearances. His 2.09 goals-against average is fifth among all NHL goalies. He has a .921 save percentage and his three shutouts this season give him a career total of 21.

Today Legace participated in an NHL conference call. Here is the transcript of the Q&A:

Q.  I guess you made a comment about your knee recently that sort of surprised John . But more importantly, have you had any discussions with Andy Murray about work load or is there a plan so as you are battling for a playoff spot you don’t have a repeat of last year where you had to shut it down early?

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  Tags: goalies, manny+legace, media, nhl+conference+call, st.+louis+blues

All Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The top 10 goals of the week, in about 6 minutes.

Watch the video…

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Hossa’s Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

This could be a critical week in the future of star winger Marian Hossa with the Atlanta Thrashers. Sources tell Sportsnet.ca that if progress isn’t made in contract talks with the potential unrestricted free agent, the Thrashers could begin shopping him in earnest.

GM Don Waddell is slated to resume contract talks this week with Hossa’s agent Ritch Winter. The two haven’t talked contract in nearly a month. The Thrashers would still much prefer to keep Hossa but if the dialogue isn’t positive over the next 10 days, the NHL club will need to go to Plan B and put him on the market ahead of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline.

plus much more hockey talk from around the NHL

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  Tags: contract, marian+hossa

Huselius Price Keeps Increasing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The only downside to Huselius’s scoring surge: Every time he and Iginla put on a show, it only increases his value on the open market, if Calgary cannot get him signed to a contract extension before July 1, at which time he would become an unrestricted free agent. Huselius carried a lot of baggage when he arrived in Calgary a couple of years back.

more

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  Tags: kristian+huselius

Blue Jackets Call Up Steve Mason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Steve Mason to the roster on emergency recall, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire left Saturday’s game at San Jose following the second period due to illness and will not be available to play when the club visits the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Mason, 19, was recently named the Most Valuable Player at Top Goaltender at the 2008 World Junior Championships after leading Canada to its fourth-straight gold medal.  The Oakville, Ontario native went 5-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout in five games.

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  Tags: steve+mason

External Sources

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s January, and that means you’ve tired of the Diggers.  Sorry.  I shouldn’t narrow the months down like that.  It’s winter, and you’ve tired of the Diggers.  So, we turn to some other sources to re-affirm our suspicions that the Wings are, well, the Wings.

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Slow Process For Bergeron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

It’s slow going to be sure. He got a small headache at the end of his bike session last week and was told to rest for a few days.

“Every week I’m getting better but obviously it’s not where I’d like to be. I’d like to be on the ice right now,” said Bergeron. “And I’m not close to going back on the ice. But at least we’ve started to work out. I’ve been on the bike three times so far. I felt OK. The last time I had small little headaches, so we decided to take more time off and see what happens after that.

“I’m feeling good, I feel a lot better, but not exactly where I want to be.”

more

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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

A Goal Worth Another Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at The Tampa Tribune,

Hockey Web site Kukla’s Korner had a video link to a highlight of the goal with the description of “a great between-the-legs move” by Lecavalier.

Whatever anybody else wants to call the play, Lecavalier just calls it a bit of instinct combined with plenty of luck.

“I don’t really think about it ... I just kind of do it,” Lecavalier said of the play. “I knew I wanted to fake goaltender Ray Emery out, but for me, the worse thing is that after it happened, if I had missed it I would have been pretty mad at myself and I would have thought that I should have just shot the puck.

more… about Lecavalier’s season, and go here to see the video.

*thanks to The Tampa Tribune for the KK mention!

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  Tags: tampa+bay+lightning, vinny+lecavalier

THN Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KEn Campbell of the Hockey News ranks the NHL teams, 1-30…

1. Detroit: The way Datsyuk, Zetterberg & Co. are playing, it doesn’t matter who plays goal.

2. Pittsburgh: The great outdoors has done wonders for the Penguins and so has Ty Conklin.

3. Calgary: Let the Jarome-Iginla-for-MVP begin in earnest.

4. San Jose: Not a lot of fun to watch, but not a lot of fun to play against, either.

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