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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, we were gonna try and hook this thing up at a local establishment but it’s raining and here and that often confuses me.

So our world traveler, Andrew, is aboard the metro as we speak headed this way.  I’ll be picking him up, stopping at the Yuengling store and it’s back here to A2Y HQ to watch the game.

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Oilers Injury Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com,

Saturday was an eventful day at Rexall Place - particularly for an off-day - with several injury updates coming out of the Oilers dressing room.

Sheldon Souray remarked that he tweaked his shoulder on Friday against the Sharks but it was nothing too serious and certainly not related to last season’s shoulder injury. Sam Gagner left practice early with a nagging ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday.

Head coach Craig MacTavish talked about Zack Stortini’s injury as well. He said the Oilers enforcer strained his knee. The injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought but he’ll still be out for some time.

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Rinkside View Is History

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The last ‘Rinkside View’ broadcast of Ducks games was last Sunday.

The Ducks met with FSN and the decision was made to discontinue the controversial telecasts for the rest of the season.

“It’s not something that’s overwhelmingly positive,” said Aaron Teats, Ducks director of broadcasting.

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Shanahan In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Brendan Shanahan is a New Jersey Devil—sort of.

Sources says the unrestricted free agent winger is joining the team, but has yet to agree to terms on a contract and it isn’t clear at this point when that will happen or when he will be ready to play a game with them.

But sources say Shanahan will start skating in New Jersey today and the details of him officially becoming part of the team will be worked out in the days to come. The Devils are in Los Angeles starting a six-game road trip.

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added 4:47pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have brought left wing Brendan Shanahan back to the organization, signing the 39-year-old left wing today to what is believed to be a one-year contract. There is no timetable yet for when Shanahan will join the team and begin playing in games.

“Brendan Shanahan has agreed in principle to join the New Jersey Devils,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “He will begin skating on his own. Brendan will join the team at a date to be determined.”

added 5:12pm, from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Although there has been contact with Shanahan since September, Lamoriello said he had no intention of signing Shanahan until the team’s recent struggles.

“No. We had spoken to him, like a lot of other people, in September and throughout the year,” Lamoriello said. “We met face to face (Friday) and we spoke again today….”

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Mason Looking At Major Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

Forget all that stuff you’ve heard lately about Columbus rookie Steve Mason being a late-entry candidate for the Calder Trophy. If he keeps playing even close to the way he has through 24 games, he’ll win the Vezina as the NHL’s top goalie and the Hart as the league’s most valuable player.

No player in the history of the league has won those three awards in the same season, so we truly are seeing a phenomenal story in the making.

Consider the undisputable facts. Mason spent the first month of the season in the American League as Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena patrolled the crease for the Blue Jackets. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 the 20-year-old Mason got his first start of the season. He started off with three straight wins and six of nine.

Then Mason got hot.

read on

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A ‘Doc’ Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NewJerseyDevils.com,

The Devils will host “Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Night’ during their Atlantic Division contest vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Friday, January 30 at 7:00 PM.  On November 10, 2008, Emrick received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.  The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

“Mike Emrick is the consummate professional who is the best at what he does, and is passionate about the game of hockey,” said Lamoriello.  “We are extremely fortunate to have Doc Emrick as our play-by-play announcer.”

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Peverley Claimed By Thrashers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Forward Rich Peverley has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Peverley had been placed on waivers on Friday by the Predators, in order to clear a roster spot for Steve Sullivan. The 26 year-old Peverley had played 27 games for the Predators this season, notching nine points – two goals and seven assists.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Inside Hockey

Today, check out the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll and their guests:  Mike DiLorenzo (NHL.com), Angelo Esposito (Montreal Juniors, Team Canada and Atlanta Thrashers),  James Mirtle (From the Rink), and Bob Snow (NHL.com).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and also now on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Phil Esposito, Andrew Cogliano, Bill Guerin, Jordan Eberle and Brad Boyes.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Team 990 and others.

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Flemming May Still Have A Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

A bizarre power struggle continues to unfold in the KHL between Omsk management and head coach Wayne Fleming.

Fleming, who was (according to russiatoday.com) reportedly fired in-game this week, met with Omsk general manager Anatoli Bardin on Saturday and was told he hadn’t been fired even though Bardin asked Fleming not to coach the third period of game on Thursday night.

“I guess they didn’t fire me,” Fleming said. “But I told him at the time, if I’m not coaching the third period obviously I’m fired.”

Fleming says he didn’t return for the final period, changed his clothes and left the arena under the assumption his KHL days were over.

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Montreal Owner Gillett Talks About The Passionate Habs Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“There is obviously some suspicion that something nefarious was going on and I don’t think so at all. I think it was just tremendous fan interest,” Gillett said while his team was on the ice for its morning skate. “You have to remember Montreal is a city of about 3.7 million people and the Province (of Quebec) has 7.5 million and they are huge hockey fans. There are 186,000 junior hockey players up there and those kids love it so they all voted.

“Did we have a marketing program going on? No. This is natural passion.”

Gillett went on to admit that “there were players that were perhaps not selected to the starting lineup that you might say, ‘Hmmm.’ Like (Alex) Ovechkin, right? But, the fans spoke. There is a level of passion and interest there and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. That is why we get such huge television ratings and so forth.”

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