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The Missing Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

“I should have had 30 last year. They stole one,” Alfredsson said—at least pretending (we’re never quite sure with him anymore) that the injustice of it all may have cost him a night’s sleep—following yet another standout individual performance at a morning skate. “The last game of the year, they didn’t give me the 30th, but I tipped it. I think they gave it to (Jason) Spezza or (Christoph Schubert).”

Did you go to anyone? Did you voice a complaint and try to correct the injustice?

“Yeah, but I guess because the game wasn’t in HD, they couldn’t tell,” said Alfredsson. “I never got it.”

read on and more on the Sens…

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Risk Comes With Signings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Seven of the old (age-wise) NHL free agent signings are either doing great or are at least meeting or exceeding expectations. Two are doing OK, but not living up to expectations and their big contracts. Four have had big injury problems, but otherwise played OK.

All this comes in the first years of their deals, when you would expect them to be still closest to their peaks.

read on

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Sabres Still Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres will again be without Jaroslav Spacek (back), Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Tim Connolly (groin) and Derek Roy (shoulder) tonight. Ruff said Spacek will probably take today’s morning skate in New York and could play Friday against Atlanta.

Afinogenov regressed during Tuesday’s practice.

“Max doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Ruff said. “He’s gotten to a point where he’s frustrated. We thought today would be a better day for him. It wasn’t. It turned out we got him off the ice early.”

more on the Sabres…

addede 8:26am, from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

Brian Campbell’s latest stance on his contract talks — Don’t call me, I’ll call you — is just what the Buffalo Sabres deserve given their infuriating dysfunction.

They’ve bungled negotiations with another marquee player. They’ve further angered their fan base. And they’ve re-established their ignorance on the issue of team chemistry. There you have it. The season’s first hat trick.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it crumble in a day. But apparently that’s only because Tom Golisano wasn’t around to undermine the empire.


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Get Tough Renney

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

Tom Renney talked yesterday about the need for the Rangers to be personally accountable to themselves and their teammates, and so too did Sean Avery, who’s likely to return from his third stay on IR for tonight’s Garden match against the Sabres.

That’s all well and good, but the responsibility to both demand and then enforce accountability begins with the head coach.

And for reasons known only to himself, Renney has spent the first 46 games of this disappointing season coddling and cajoling his players rather than disciplining them for repeated mental errors.


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Steve Sullivan Likely Done For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.

Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.

The doctor told Sullivan it normally takes six months to a year to recover from the operations, which means Sullivan most likely has several months before he would regain his health.


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No More Fat & Happy Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Caldwell at the New York Times,

Through Monday’s games, eight N.H.L. goaltenders had played more than 2,200 minutes, including all three of the New York-area goalies: the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (2,384) was third, the Devils’ Martin Brodeur fifth (2,342) and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro seventh (2,264).

At a similar point last season, five goaltenders (including Brodeur, but not Lundqvist or DiPietro) had played in 2,200 minutes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. At the same point in the 2005-6 season, only three goalies had played 2,200 minutes.

“Maybe 10 years ago, that may have been a problem,” said Garth Snow, a former N.H.L. goaltender who is now the Islanders’ general manager, “but goaltenders are some of the best-conditioned athletes on the team. Athletes, in general, are taking care of themselves 12 months a year, and the old way of thinking was, a fat goalie is a happy goalie.”


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Blogger Burnout? Yeah…A Little

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Work? New Zealand?  Domestic Pressures?  Sure. All realistic. 

But honestly…not really.  Here’s what I don’t know:  I have no idea who’s healthy tonite, who the starting goalie is, what Darren McCarty’s status is, whether Hank Zetterberg is going to rest during the all star break, or whether Mike Babcock has uttered a complete sentence in the last five days.

I’m back..I think.  After not reading about the Wings, or even thinking of them since our last live blog/chat, I think I’m back in form.  Blogger’s malaise. Blogger burnout. Whatever.
Live blog/chat here.

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Wouldn’t This Be Fun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The Leafs could even do worse than consider former NHL Players Association head Bob Goodenow, who would probably make an excellent GM. He knows the ins and outs of the collective bargaining agreement, having helped write it. He’s a Harvard-educated lawyer and he understands hockey. He has successfully run a billion-dollar organization and spent a good portion of his life in Toronto.

more suggestions for the Leafs…

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Who May Be Moved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Monday night on The NHL on TSN, two of the network’s hockey experts discussed the trade landscape around the league. Host James Duthie threw out names, some big names, and hockey insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger discussed each player’s short-term future as the trade deadline looms.

First up was Sabres defenceman Brian Campbell, who has 11 goals and 25 assists for Buffalo, but just announced that he would not negotiate anymore until the end of the season.


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Tough Times in Finland

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBS Sports wire,

Karalahti is one of 19 suspects in a widespread case of alleged smuggling and distribution of amphetamines in Finland, officials said. He will face trial in the Vantaa prison court near Helsinki on Jan. 29, the Espoo Regional Court said without announcing the exact charges.

Local media have reported that the 32-year-old Karalahti was linked to a drug smuggling network that imported and distributed drugs in Finland in July. Karalahti was taken off the ice for police questioning during a practice session last month with his Karpat team. 

Karalahti left the NHL before the beginning of the 2002-03 season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.


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  Tags: finland, jere+karalahti, los+angeles+kings, nashville+predators

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