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Sharks Take A Chance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Mercury News,

The Sharks took a calculated risk Monday and placed little-used backup goalie Dimitri Patzold on waivers.

If no team claims him, Patzold will report to San Jose’s minor league affiliate in Worcester, Mass. But he could go to another NHL franchise without any compensation for the Sharks.

“We hope not,” Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said, noting that Patzold needs to play more in this stage of his development than he has as Evgeni Nabokov’s backup. “We believe in our goaltenders and we believe they don’t improve by not playing.”

When Patzold was sent to Worcester in late November on a conditioning assignment, he did not have to clear waivers. That was no longer an option under NHL rules.

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Canes Looking For A Depth Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

The Canes are trying to add a forward, something that could happen in the next 48 hours.

They’re concerned about their NHL depth with Justin Williams out indefinitely and Matt Cullen’s recovery from his concussion proceeding slowly. The price would probably be a draft pick or low-level prospect.

The Canes are continuing to pursue a puck-moving defenseman as well, at a much higher price, but you can read all about that in the Tuesday newspaper.

Ludicrous internet rumors aside, don’t look for the Canes to start dumping players unless they’re clearly out of contention at the deadline.

I sort of enjoyed the “Ludicrous internet rumors” remark.  More MSMs should be doing that.

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Oh, That Has To Hurt

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Adrian Dater’s in Livonia, and he has a “raging sinus infection.”  The thirteen remaining Dive fans may wish a worse fate on him after reading this.

The Wings are just an absolute machine right now, so I’m predicting a 6-2 final. The question about the Wings remains: will be they be big and tough enough for the playoff grind, or will injuries take a toll on some of their older players?

I think they’re even more skilled than last year and are outskating everybody by heads and tails, so I think they will win the Cup again if their bigs stay healthy.

Dater also says Theodore will be in net tomorrow night at the Joe, which reminded me of another epic Dive goalie moment.

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Stars Extend Ribeiro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced tonight that the club has signed center Mike Ribeiro to a five-year contract extension worth $25 million ($5 million per year) through the 2012-2013 season. Ribeiro’s current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season.

“Mike has made a big impact on our hockey club the past two seasons and we are very happy to have him under contract,” said Co-General Manager Brett Hull. “He makes things happen on the ice and will only continue to grow as a player.”

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Corporate Mess In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

What was once a workable arrangement — a group of 34 men and women banding together for a common good — has now become a pit of slithering vipers.

Depending on whom you listen to, the Edmonton Investors Group is either going to sell the Oilers to local billionaire Daryl Katz or tell him to take another hike. The remaining shareholders are either going to buy out those who want to sell, or perhaps a splinter group will form and make an independent offer for the team.

Anything and everything is in play, including the gamesmanship, which is running at an all-time high. Consider what’s happened in the past few weeks.

read on

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NHL Ref, HHOF Member John Ashley Passes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP,

KITCHENER, Ont. -Being an NHL referee can be trying at times. But Cambridge native John Ashley never let the crowd get to him.
“My dad’s commentary was, `if they’re watching me, they’re missing one helluva good game,”’ Ashley’s daughter, Kristine Bailey, recalled. “I think I heard him say that hundreds of times.
“Most people don’t like officials. You either love them or hate them. He used to just laugh it off and say it’s apart of the game.”

Ashley, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and called more than 650 NHL games, died of heart failure Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener. He was 77.

Mr. Ashley’s Biography at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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All About Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from STATS Blog,

The playoff chase intensifies this time of year, and solid goaltending can be the difference-maker as contenders push for postseason berths. As the All-Star break approaches, several NHL goalies have been on top of their game for an extended period. All finished strong in 2007 and are off to great starts in 2008.

continued

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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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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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