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The Value Of Clemmensen At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It could be a major temptation for Lou Lamoriello, but at the March 4 trade deadline he’ll likely pass on picking up a significant piece of loot.

He’ll probably have to resist renting Scott Clemmensen to the highest bidder, unable to depend on an immediate and full contribution by Martin Brodeur Martin Brodeur , who would barely be back in action by then….

The Devils could likely demand significant bounty for Clemmensen, perhaps even a first-rounder from an injury-struck contender, as he heads toward certain summertime departure as an unrestricted free agent.

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Wrapping Up The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Hockey Show takes us on an all access tour of the greatest outdoor party in Chicago.

from Lindsey Ungar at DetroitRedWings.com,

The taunting between fans of the Red Wings and Blackhawks went both ways, turning Wrigley Field into the “Not So Friendly Confines” Thursday afternoon.

Danni Wysocki, originally from Northville, Mich., but now living in Chicago, held up her “Our Mayor Can Beat Up Your Governor – Go Wings!” sign every chance she could.

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Make sure to check out the pictures of the Winter Classic at NHL.com.

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Ovechkin Hit On Heward

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

A Capitals official told Washington reporters after Thursday’s game that he did not believe Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin would get supplemental discipline for his hit on Lightning defenseman Jamie Heward that left Heward unconscious on the ice for 90 seconds but, thankfully, only with a concussion.

Still, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said early Friday morning that the hit, like all others that results in injury, will be reviewed.

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added 1:28pm, “Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jamie Heward has been released from a Washington D.C. hospital and is traveling back to Tampa today. Heward suffered a concussion during the third period of last night’s game against the Washington Capitals.

Heward, 37, was taken to Sibley Memorial Hospital last night, accompanied by Lightning Assistant Athletic Trainer Mike Poirier. He underwent further testing, where it was determined that no damage to his cervical spine occurred. Heward was kept overnight as a precaution and will be sidelined indefinitely, though the prognosis for his personal health is good.’’

added 1:40pm, No action will be taken against Ovechkin.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, jamie+heward

Winter Classic Hits A Home Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside wrap up their impressions of the Winter Classic.

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Huskins Out With Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ducks defenseman Kent Huskins will be out 2-3 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot, the Ducks announced today. Huskins played the entire game in a 2-0 loss Wednesday night to Columbus at Honda Center. But an MRI taken after the game revealed the injury

As a result, the Ducks recalled defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

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Surgery An Option For Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Marian Gaborik has a hip deficiency that is causing his groin problems and is contemplating surgery that would all but end his season, and perhaps his tenure with the Minnesota Wild.

Assistant general manager Tom Lynn said Thursday the decision likely will be made within the next two to three days.

“It’s something you can manage, or you can have surgery,” Lynn said.

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That should put to an end all of those made-up rumors that Gaborik is about to be traded.

added 5:46pm, from Russo’s Rants,

This is catastrophic, and I’m not talking about what this does to the team this season.

The Wild likely would have an untradeable asset, one that would likely walk at the end of the season. From Gaborik’s perspective, there is no chance he’d command anything close to around the $8 million a year the Wild offered him at the start of the season….

I talked to Doug Risebrough this morning, and the reason I got real suspicious to pursue this story? When I asked if he was worried Gaborik woudn’t play again this season, Risebrough basically said yes. When I told him I had heard it was recommended Gaborik have season-ending surgery, he said, “I’m not commenting.

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Canadiens Recall Four

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

MONTREAL—The Canadiens announced Thursday that defenseman Yannick Weber, goaltender Marc Denis as well as forwards Max Pacioretty and Kyle Chipchura have been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. All four players will join the Canadiens tonight in New Jersey.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Ovechkin just doesn’t sit on the outside and take one-timers, he’s in front of the net, he goes behind. He does a lot of wraps. He’s a special player because he’s an aggressive player. That’s why I think he’s the best player, because he’s an aggressive player. He’s not just a pure sniper who sits on the outside all day.”

-Lightning coach Rick Tocchet on Alexander Ovechkin.  More from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes as the Bolts prepare for the Capitals tonight.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, rick+tocchet

+/- From The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

MINUS: What’s with those Indiana Jones hats for Detroit coach Mike Babcock and his staff?

PLUS: The Cup champion Red Wings are still the class of the league. Outstanding team.

MINUS: Sad to say, but it’s hard to imagine if the casual sports fan—the person who flipped over from the Nebraska-Clemson game on CBS—could name even one player on the Red Wings.

PLUS: Excellent point by Bob Costas in the closing segment, pointing out that Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls kept getting thwarted by the Detroit Pistons on their way up, the way it looks like the Blackhawks will have to do.

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Let’s Take Two

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m reminded of a ditty we wrote earlier this week.  If you’re not a Wing fan, I’d recommend you just stop reading now.

Or you’re going to get irritated.  Again.

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