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Swollen Knee Cancels DiPietro Start Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Swelling in Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee prompted the Islanders to cancel his expected start tonight in Calgary, coach Scott Gordon explained after the pre-game skate today at the Pengrowth Saddledome. When DiPietro returns to Long Island with the team after tonight’s game, his condition will be “reevaluated.”...

Asked if he has any idea how long the uncertainty surrounding DiPietro’s availability will go on, Gordon said, “No, like I said, he could have played all three games [so far on the road trip]. That’s why he’s been here and we haven’t done anything else.

“But it hasn’t made the progress that was to be expected, so, rather than just throw him in there, knowing that he’s medically cleared to play, we just figured we’ll hold off and get him back to New York and reevaluate and go from there.”

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Flames Recall Backlund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forward Mikael Backlund.

Backlund is coming off a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships as a member of team Sweden, and was named as one of Sweden’s Top Three players in the Tournament. Backlund finished tied for 2nd on the team with seven points (5+2), and tied for 7th overall in tournament scoring with five goals in six games. This is Backlund’s second straight silver medal after finishing second at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

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Capitals Not Happy With Lack Of All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

...Their coach and some other members of the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference were a tad less diplomatic.

“We know on merit that Nick and Mike and maybe Alex Semin should all be on that, but that’s not how the scenario goes and it’s not because they don’t deserve to be on that,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It’s the way the whole thing is situated - the way they pick.”

Goalie Jose Theodore, twice an all-star for other teams, also spoke strongly.

“There are some stars but it’s not all the stars,” Theodore said. “The league should really review the system.”

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Oscar Moller Suffered Fractured Clavicle In WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from LAKings.com,

(Oscar) Moller was recalled to the Kings on Jan. 6 and skated yesterday at practice and was expected to return to the lineup. However, after suffering from some soreness in his shoulder, the Kings medical staff inspected the injury and discovered a fractured clavicle. Moller will miss at least the next seven games and will be re-evaluated after the all-star break.

“It was a fracture of his clavicle,” Kings head coach Terry Murray said. “It happened in the World Juniors in the game against the Russians, he played the rest of the way with it and practiced. He went to the doctors yesterday afternoon because he was having some issues with it and it revealed a fracture in the clavicle….”

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NHL Teleconference with Rick Nash

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash participated in a NHL teleconference with the media.  Here is a transcript of that Q&A session.

Q.    What defenseman, past or present, has presented you with your biggest challenge?

RICK NASH: I’m going to say Chris Pronger. Pretty tough guy to play against. Adam Foote has been really tough. It was nice when we had him on our team. You know, usually the bigger, stronger guys are usually the guys I find tough to play against.

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  Tags: media, rick+nash

Anniversary Flashback: 19 To The Rafters

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Two years, six days ago the inevitable happened in Detroit and it was interesting to note how it was covered in Hockeytown.

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Pat Quinn on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pat Quinn, fresh off his gold medal win with Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship,  will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman

The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, pat+quinn, wjc

Hockey Players are Different

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

This was published yesterday but we only just came across it today.  From Adam Burish, winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, in his Chicago Sun-Times blog Dropping the Gloves:

You will not see a hockey player call his own press conference in his front yard with his shirt off, doing sit-ups, and saying how great he is. You will not see a hockey player tell the media how stupid practice is, and how stupid his coach is for not starting him. And you will not see a hockey player bring a gun into a club and accidentally shoot himself.

I know some people will say, ‘well what about Sean Avery.’ Sean Avery recently said he doesn’t understand why other players in the league seem to take his “sloppy seconds,” in reference to another hockey player who is dating his ex-girlfriend. Stupid, I know, but is that the worst thing you’ve heard an athlete say? I don’t think so. In no other sport will you see a team hand out the type of punishment Sean Avery received for it.

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Ten Reasons Why Avery Should Not Be A Member Of The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

There are very good reasons why Rangers fans are so hot to get Sean Avery back.

One is he has a rare combination of skills: He is a world-class provocateur and he also is, as coach Tom Renney used to say during Avery’s time with the Rangers, a good hockey player.

Two, he was effective, especially when he first came to New York from the Los Angeles Kings in February, 2007….

Not to be spoilsport, but there are more and better reasons why the Rangers shouldn’t come within 100 miles of him…

• His reputation is radioactive now. No flying under the radar to get under opponents’ skin in the crease. He would be the big Rangers story every day. At every stop, people would clamor to get a few words from him, hoping to hear him say something outrageous.

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Your Eastern Conference ASG Reserves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

Up front, one of the most offensively gifted groups in recent years will be headlined by starters Crosby, Malkin and Kovalev, along with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier, Carolina’s Eric Staal, Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, Boston’s Marc Savard, New Jersey’s Zach Parise, Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk and Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter….

But it isn’t all offense for the East. In goal, starter Price will be joined by Boston’s Tim Thomas and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. And on defense, Markov and Komisarek will head a defense rounded out by Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Boston’s Zdeno Chara, the Islanders’ Mark Streit, and Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle.

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