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Kari Lehtonen/Marty Turco Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via tweets from Chris Vivlamore,

I’m hearing more than rumbles that Kari Lehtonen has been traded to Dallas. Didn’t accompany team to Denver.

Deal for Lehtonen could involve defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy. Maybe a low-round draft pick.

Bob McKenzie tweets-in,

Kari Lehtonen trade from Atlanta to Dallas has not yet been completed but it MAY happen later tonight. Stay tuned.

added 8:39pm, Turco in goal against the Blackhawks tonight.

added 8:40pm, via Kevin Allen tweet,

Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen will be traded to Dallas tonight

added 8:43pm, via Matt Marstrom tweet,

kari lehtonen to the stars for ivan vishnevsky and a 4th rounder

added 8:52pm, Now the question is, Do the Stars move Turco, who has been playing very good lately?

added 9:00pm, Nick Kypreos tweets,

Dallas/Atlanta still waiting for trade call to complete Kari Lehtonen deal. Dallas/ Philly talks ongoing for Marty Turco.

added 9:52pm, The trade is official according to Chris Vivlamore tweet.

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Bad Time For The Olympic Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

... now we’re face to face with the most dangerous opponent they will face from now until the Stanley Cup playoffs: Dick Ebersol, the president of NBC Sports. In the selfish interest of padding his Olympic programming this month, the NBC executive is about to take away our joy for 17 days.

Just so he can have the best hockey players in the world playing for gold in Vancouver, Ebersol could end up hijacking the Caps’ scintillating season, without so much as delivering a mid-ice check.

Ebersol is kidnapping five of our best hockey players, including Alex Ovechkin, for 2 1/2 weeks. Beginning Sunday, he is taking them to western Canada, right in the middle of the greatest regular reason in, oh, the history of North American sports.

more

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LB: If You Plan On Joining The 19, You Better Believe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Things have to change.

And I’m not talking about the Red Wings.  Everyone knows they need to win.  The 19 expect them to win.

I’m talking about the negativity among Red Wings fans.  And starting tonight, there better be some changes around here.

It’s time for a Live Blog and it is about time we had some perspective about what is really important.

And this isn’t it:

Continue Reading »

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Harlem Globetrotters Forgot Their Skates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is not exactly the Winter Classic…

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  Tags: harlem+globetrotters

Team Sweden Coach Following Franzen Progress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jamie Bell at CTVOlympics,

Johan Franzen may end up at the Olympics after all.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Swedish Olympic team coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson has asked Franzen to contact him following Tuesday night’s Red Wings’ game against the St. Louis Blues to give him an update on his status after a lengthy absence.

Franzen, who was not originally named to Sweden’s roster, has not played in over four months after undergoing surgery to repair an injury to his left knee.

“I’m going to call him after the game and tell him how I felt,” Franzen told the Free Press, “and then talk to him after the next game.

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  Tags: johan+franzen, team+sweden

Getzlaf Hopes He Can Play This Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ryan Getzlaf said he is hopeful for possibly returning to the ice this weekend and hasn’t ruled out participating in the Olympics.

“We’re definitely hopeful for the weekend and see how things go from here,” Getzlaf said in a brief media session Tuesday morning at Honda Center, before he was scheduled to undergo and MRI exam for a sprained left ankle.

“I’ll probably know a little bit more tomorrow.”

continued

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf, team+canada

What Break?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Are you like me and a bit worried about an injury during the Olympics?

Check out my NHL.com blog today and let me know how you feel.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: winter+olympics

Six Teams Head To Europe Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A record six teams will be opening next season in three different European cities.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.

The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.

more

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NBC Has A Touch Of Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumors,

Eight Canadian broadcasters will work on NBC’s Vancouver Olympics coverage. Included among the network’s 53 on-air people are Sandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson in figure skating; Tim Ryan and Todd Brooker for alpine skiing; Don Duguid, Colleen Jones and Elfi Schlegel for curling; and Pierre McGuire in hockey.

  NBC’s prime time host will continue to be Bob Costas. Al Michaels will be the daytime host and Mary Carillo will work the late night show. Cris Collinsworth will provide special reports, as will Dick Button….

Men’s hockey:
Host: Bill Patrick
Play-by-Play: Mike Emrick and Kenny Albert
Game Analysts: Ed Olczyk and Joe Micheletti
Studio Analysts: Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick
Reporters: Pierre McGuire, Joe Micheletti and Mike Milbury

more on the on-air talent…

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Not Much Has Changed In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

A lot of folks wanted to blame the Blues’ erratic play on coach Andy Murray, and eventually team management came to the side of Murray’s critics by firing him on Jan. 2.

But what has changed since Davis Payne took over?

The answer: not much, really.

This isn’t a knock on Payne. I like him. He’s tried to emphasize the right things. He’s done about as well as could be expected. But as I have been saying all along, and the point needs to be reinforced, so here I go again: this is about the Blues’ players.

continued

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