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Bertuzzi Era Starts The Way An Era Should…With BJ’s

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Is it an "era", if the "era" only lasts a few weeks? Depends on the success of said "era" and how deep that "era" lasts into May and June. Regardless, it Kulfans says it starts Thursday against our former/future rival.

Sounds like Bertuzzi will play Thursday vs. Columbus if he feels he's ready to go. Still not word on Zetterberg, no timetable as to when he'll skate, so that's not great news for the Wings. Franzen will play tonight after missing the last 4 with an upper body injury. Bootland will be a healthy scratch.
We'll see we can find something a little stronger than "sounds like" from the other Diggers.

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Watch Out For The Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at ESPN,

The rise of the Wild dovetails into superb performances from two men. Returning from a groin injury that cost him 34 games, Gaborik has been the consistent gamebuster everyone knows him to be. Teaming with Todd White and fellow Slovak Pavol Demitra, he’s excelled on the road, where he’s scored 18 of his 25 goals. Fans in St. Paul are likely wondering where the Wild would be if he hadn’t missed all that time, but, in the end, the extended stint on the sidelines might be beneficial. He’s fresh, frisky and on fire heading into the big dance, when it counts most.
“Having Gabby back in the lineup is huge, obviously,” Rolston said. “It gives teams more to think about in matchups. He makes our line better, and in turn, we make his line better. It took this team a while to learn how to win on the road. But we’ve gotten our act together.”

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Anyone Know Any Jokes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wow, what a slow day.  I could give you more Tootoo news, or how about some Gartner news or NHLPA talk?
No you say, well, we better start telling some jokes during this lull!

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More Confusion Over Player Transfer Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP,

A key meeting set for Wednesday which many hoped would lead to a new IIHF/NHL player transfer agreement has been postponed.
Just why exactly seems up for debate. The IIHF sent out a letter to federations Tuesday advising them that the meeting, to be held at its Swiss headquarters, needed to be re-scheduled because the NHLPA, going through turbulent times, could not send a representative.
But the union issued a statement giving a different reason.
“The NHLPA was fully prepared to take part in the IIHF meetings but informed the NHL in advance of the meetings that we would not be consenting to a new transfer agreement until we had an opportunity to complete our analysis of potential agreement structures,” the statement said. “The NHL and the NHLPA agreed that it was appropriate to defer the meetings for a short period of time until the NHLPA analysis is complete.”

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Playoff Race On My Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I take a mini-tour with the hockey bloggers, looking at the playoff races in my NHL.com blog today.

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Sens A Different Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

“I think we’re a different team now than we were in past years,” Muckler said. “A lot of people like to talk about the different preparation this year, going through adversity at the start of the year, which we never had before. They were really bad times, no question. We didn’t seem to have any chemistry on our club.
“But it all came together when we ran into injuries. When (Jason) Spezza, (Antoine) Vermette, and (Mike) Fisher went down, people who weren’t getting a lot of ice time were getting a lot of ice time, and we found out we had more depth in the organization than we thought we had. And I think it proved to the coaches that they could go to these people and put them in crucial situations and see the same results.

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Quarter-Pro Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

The rink is tiny and the team’s win total minuscule, but the game – hockey – is big on the Isle of Wight, of all places.
Make that a most peculiar brand of hockey.
They love their Wightlink Raiders in Ryde, the main city on the island in the English Channel, despite their franchise in the 12-team English Premier League having won only three of 43 league games this season. Plus, they play in a 1,200-seat arena with one of the smallest ice surfaces in pro hockey, or anywhere for that matter.

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All Gone

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from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres have made it all but official: They will have no playoff tickets left to sell to the general public this season.
A whopping 98.5 percent of season-ticket holders have put down a deposit for their playoff tickets, while 90 percent already have renewed for next year — more than six months before the start of next season.

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Bolts May Go The “Minors’ Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Karri Ramo said he has no indication about when, or if, he will play for the Lightning this season.
But considering what coach John Tortorella had to say, the goaltender, called up Monday from AHL Springfield, better keep his game face ready.
“He is part of the equation,” Tortorella said. “He’s not here to see his teammates so he knows them better during camp next year. We’re going to make decisions accordingly. Do I want someone to take the ball and run with this and be consistent? That’s what we need.”

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Biron Appears Happy In Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier Post,

If you believe what Marty Biron and his agent, Gilles Lupien, have been doing and saying lately, it won’t be long before the 29-year-old goaltender signs a long-term contract that will keep him with the Flyers for the next three or four years.
After Monday’s rare practice at the Wachovia Center, necessitated by the latest team picture day in club history, Biron unzipped a pouch and revealed his new Flyers mask, glistening in orange and black with images of the Rocky statue, the Philadelphia skyline and the Liberty Bell.

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