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Osgood Has Been Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

“Actually Ozzie’s been much better,” Holland says. “His attitude, his work habits, his conditioning. He’s challenging shooters more. Really he’s in a different place than he was at the same time a year ago.”

Bottom line: Holland, who spends on skaters and not goalies, has no plans (or cap space) to tweak his goaltending.

more on the Wings and some Kessel talk plus Kari Lehtonen may be available when he recovers from back surgery…

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A Look Back At The 2009 Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know I don’t watch movies, but I think this is

John Cusack

(it is Brendan Leonard) narrating a video of the Wings/Blackhawks Winter Classic from last season.

Good video about the atmosphere at Wrigley and please tell me if I am correct about Cusack.

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Dane Byers Gets A Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The New York Rangers-Vancouver Canucks brouhaha in the third period of Tuesday night’s game has players from both teams on the NHL’s discipline docket.

Rangers forward Dane Byers was assessed an instigator penalty in a fight with Vancouver’s Tanner Glass in the final five minutes of the game (18:50 of the third period) and that calls for an automatic one-game suspension and a $10,000 fine for Rangers coach John Tortorella.

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OHL Supsends Michael Liambas For The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Toronto, ON - The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of its review of an incident which occurred in the game played in Kitchener on Friday, October 30th, 2009 between the Kitchener Rangers and the visiting Erie Otters.

The incident in question involved player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters who was assessed a match penalty for boarding as the result of his hit on Kitchener Rangers player Ben Fanelli who sustained an injury to the head on the play.

In making the announcement as the result of the review, Commissioner David Branch stated that…”players must understand they shall be held accountable for their actions.  We must all work towards improving the level of respect players have towards opposing players and the game in general”.

“It is the position of the Ontario Hockey League that player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters Hockey Club be suspended for the balance of the 2009-10 playing season including playoffs”.

added 1:48pm, In case you missed the video of the hit earlier, I have added it below..

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Don’t Look For A Home-Town Discount For Semin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Examiner,

I decided to ask Semin’s agent, Mark Gandler, a few questions about his client’s contract negotiations. “Yes, we started the process and have exchanged ideas,” - Gandler told me today. He did admit that it was “impossible to predict” if a contract will be signed before the Olympic break, as the negotiations are at a “very preliminary” stage right now. But Gandler did say that “it’s clear that the Capitals want to see Alexander in their line-up.”

I asked Gandler if there was a possibility Semin would be traded at the deadline if both sides cannot find a compromise by March. “You don’t trade one of your best players from a play-off team to another play-off team. It is self defeating,” - Semin’s agent replied.

And finally, a lot of fans believe that Semin might give a “discount” to the Capitals. I wondered if this could become an issue in the negotiations. Gandler’s reply was firm: “I don’t believe in discounts.”

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HHOF Spotlight- Steve Yzerman

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

At the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Team Canada trainers were draining his aching right knee of fluid and shooting the leg full of painkiller so he could get his skates on, never mind race up and down the ice. He wanted to play, so he did, but it was agony, at times, after his knee was scoped three weeks before the tournament.

“I played two pre-tournament games in Montreal and Minnesota and had no swelling. I told Wayne (Gretzky, Olympic team boss)I was fine, then the first tournament game it got sore against Sweden. Then, against Germany, the knee became really painful and it just progressed,” said Yzerman.

“I don’t know if I willed myself to play, but I said, ‘Oh, boy, I’ve made this commitment. I can’t bail out now. I knew I had to work through it as best I could.”

read on plus Dave Gross of Camwest News Service takes a look at Stevie too…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“He’s a great player.  I was lucky enough to play with him in World Juniors. He’s got a lot of skill. He’s a dangerous player out there.”

“He’s making a strong case for the Olympic team.  He deserves all the credit he gets.”

-Sidney Crosby on Corey Perry.  More at Ducks Blog from Curtis Zupke.

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Ducks Support Operation Homefront

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from AnaheimDucks.com,

This Saturday, Nov. 7, the Ducks will host Operation Homefront Night at Honda Center (7 p.m. game vs. Phoenix). Operation Homefront provides emergency and morale assistance for troops returning home, including wounded warriors, along with the families they leave behind.

continued and the Ducks wore the sweaters below during their warm-up last night.

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THE BLACKHAWKS’ ‘CAP CRISIS’: FACT OR FICTION?

Blog: KK Hockey By David Morris

Hockey writers looking to fill their columns and generate eyeballs, find few easier ways these days, than to zero in on the so-called “Cap Crisis”. Per the pundits, the sky is about to fall in on teams as their salaries smash up against a steel ceiling, their rosters set to implode as the time bomb ticks.

The Chicago Blackhawks are a favorite target for sensation-seeking scribes. The scenarios they paint have rivals licking their chops as Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman pounds his calculator furiously, trying in vain to find ways to keep his treasured stars, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith secure within the Hawkey Flock.

Prognosticators conjure up a disaster in the making, the high-flying Hawks suddenly crashing back to Earth. Discussion boards are fired up, and the fur flies as they fulminate.

But is this fact, or fiction formulated by hockey hacks and fuelled by frantic fans?

Taking a closer look at the landscape, there is as usual, a story behind ‘the story’…

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NHL`s Opportunistic Fight With The NHLPA

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHLPA is in a shambles.  The NHL is using this weakness to launch an attack on the NHLPA, as the NHLPA is not in a position to defend itself well.  This summer, Dany Heatley, then an Ottawa Senator, demanded a trade.  Heatley then declined to be traded to the Edmonton Oilers, as he had a no movement clause in his contract.  This allowed him to deny any trades (despite the fact he requested one).  Ottawa spent most of the summer dealing with the Heatley drama until they finally traded him to the San Jose Sharks.  Heatley and a fifth round pick were traded to San Jose in exchange for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.  So far, this trade has favored San Jose as Heatley has 17 points by himself and Michalek and Cheechoo have combined for ten points in Ottawa.

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