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Uncle Mike Goes League-wide

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jack Adams front-runner Mike Babcock just wrapped up a media conference call and we’ve got it for you.  He touched on the Flying Circus and the fact that Zetterberg was the league’s best player the first six weeks; a title Pavel Datsyuk has since assumed.  Babcock made no mention of the knee injury that may keep Tomas Holmstrom out of tomorrow night’s Edmonton game.

Saler’s a frigging showoff. He’s got the transcript here.

You can check out the Canadian Press story here.

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Fleury & Talbot Out In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks and forward Maxime Talbot will be sidelined two-to-four weeks, each with a high ankle sprain, it was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Both players were evaluated by team physician Dr. Chip Burke on Wednesday morning.

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Holmstrom Out With Sore Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom missed practice today because of a sore knee, and said he doesn’t think he’ll be able to play tomorrow when the Wings host the Oilers.

Mike Babcock said Mark Hartigan would be called up from Grand Rapids. Babcock didn’t know what line combinations he would use, but Mikael Samuelsson skated with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg today.

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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Which Lightning Star Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

And with each passing day it becomes more evident GM Jay Feaster is going to have to trade one of the Big Three…

All three are decorated. St-Louis led the NHL in scoring and was named most valuable player in 2004; Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP the same season and, a few months later, Lecavalier was the MVP of the World Cup. He won the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the NHL in goals last season.

Making the prospect of a deal more complicated is the fact that of the three, only Lecavalier does not have a no-trade clause in his contract. For Feaster to trade Richards or St-Louis, he would need their permission.

Richards might be inclined to move to a team where he can play on the top line, but it’s hard to imagine St-Louis wanting to leave Lecavalier’s side – unless, of course, his new team was interested in signing him to a contract extension.

read on

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NHL on iTunes Finally in Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

National Hockey League games are among the first programming to be offered through Apple’s iTunes video download service to launch Wednesday, Apple Canada has announced.

Apple began offering videos for download in the U.S. in September 2006, but the service has not been available in Canada until this week.

The top NHL games for the 2007-2008 season, a selection of Stanley Cup classics and a five-game bundle of great Stanley Cup final games is to be made available, Apple said in a statement.


Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: apple, itunes, media

Vote For Kovalchuk - Watch Blogger Get His Head Shaved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BenWright of Blueland Blog,

I’m not one to ask you to do something I wouldn’t do myself, so here’s what I’ll do. If you guys can get Kovy voted into the starting lineup of the NHL All-Star Game I’ll let someone shave my head at a game or practice (logistics to be determined later). Seriously. I’ll bring the clippers and pick a fan or reader (or maybe even a player if I can pull some strings) and let them buzz off all of the hair on my scalp. Do we have a deal?


Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Forget Lecavalier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

And as much fun as it may be to speculate about trades that would bring Vincent Lecavalier to Montreal, the simple truth is that Lecavalier doesn’t want to play here. Pity, because he is a fair modern imitation of Jean Béliveau. The goal he scored on a knuckler last night was his 20th of the season to go with 26 assists.

Forget that fellow Sidney What’s-his-name: If we’re choosing sides for a little shinny, Vinny is our first pick. Any game that includes Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis should have more sizzle than last night’s rather humdrum affair.

more on the Canadiens…

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  Tags: vincent+lecavalier

Emery Pays Tribute To Ali

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

When Ray Emery unveiled his new helmet yesterday, the Ottawa Senators organization held its collective breath.

Memories are still fresh of the firestorm Emery ignited two seasons ago, when he briefly donned a helmet carrying images of convicted rapist Mike Tyson.

So a great sense of relief washed over everyone when Emery’s new helmet was revealed to be carrying two images of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, who was everything to boxing (and humanity) that Tyson wasn’t.

continued... with picture.

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  Tags: ray+emery

Trade Well Is Dry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,

Usually by now, the NHL trade total is well into double-digits (we were already at 11 last year, and even that was low). But now that we are into the 3rd year of the cap, and parity has settled in, The Art of the Deal is dying. It’s tough to make trades work financially, and the panic moves we used to see from teams who start slowly have disappeared. Everyone is still in the hunt, so everyone is willing to wait.

For guys like me, who depend on trade-talk to liven up panel discussions, this is not good news. If you see me doing a 8-minute retrospective on the “Sutherby Blockbuster” on Trade Deadline Day, you have permission to shoot me.

read on

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Bad Blood Building Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Crosby is a terrific player. He is also capable of some hit-and-run behavior of his own. He tripped up Flyers goaltender Martin Biron from behind in the third period, then hid behind teammate Georges Laraque, who took a dive into Biron’s legs a few minutes later.

When things really got out of hand, Crosby was on the bench.

There’s no way to defend all the fighting and foolishness to a non-hockey fan. The NHL has worked hard to steer the game away from the professional wrestling atmosphere and emphasize the skill and the speed that really make the sport fun to watch.

But a night like this has a certain, hard-to-justify appeal to those of us who grew up watching Bobby Clarke and Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly throw their bodies around and their gloves on the ice.


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